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Dubrovnik is a must-see city! Set against a backdrop of a cobalt blue sea, the old town walls have protected its architectural treasures in a pretty package for centuries. Once visiting this gem on the Adriatic coast, you'll promise to return again.

Stradun

Stradun

Paved in limestone that shimmers like water in the sunlight, the pedestrian street from the 11th century runs through the heart of the old town and is popular day and night.

Dubrovnik Cathedral

Dubrovnik Cathedral

Dedicated to St. Blaise, today's 18th-century Baroque structure stands on the site of previous cathedrals. A gold-plated arm, leg and skull of the saint are in the treasury.

Dubrovnik Synagogue
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Dubrovnik Synagogue

Located on Ulica Žudioska (Jewish Street), it's the world's oldest Sephardic synagogue still in use and dates to 1408. It's also the second oldest in Europe, the one in Prague is the oldest.

City Walls of Dubrovnik

City Walls of Dubrovnik

The construction of the wall to encircle the city started in the 9th century. It underwent further enhancements, including the addition of 15 forts, in the 15th century.

Lovrijenac

Lovrijenac

Built upon a rock 121 feet above the sea, the fort dates to the early 14th century. The inscription over the entrance reads: Freedom is not sold for all the gold in the world.

Mt. Srđ
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Mt. Srđ

For a stunning view of Dubrovnik's waves of terracotta rooftops punctuating an endless, azure blue sea, take the cable car up to this mountain top rising over 1300 feet.

Trsteno Arboetum

Trsteno Arboetum

The lush botanical park in the town of Trsteno boasts a Renaissance residence, Neptune Fountain, and aqueduct. The two Oriental Plane trees at the entrance are 500 years old.

Koločep

Koločep

Also known as Kalamota Island, this tranquil spot is a quick trip from Dubrovnik. Enjoy a dip in the crystal clear waters or a paddle by kayak through the Blue Cave.

Lokrum

Lokrum

With boat service every 30 minutes from Dubrovnik, the island is a great getaway for the day. There are hiking trails, plenty of peacocks wandering around and places that serve lunch.

Korčula

Korčula

The island is famous for its white wines and some say the birthplace of Marco Polo. Blessed with great architecture and history - the town of Korčula will certainly enchant you.

Planning Your Dubrovnik Visit

How many days to spend in Dubrovnik?

You can see the major attractions within the walled city in two full days, but consider Dubrovnik as a base to explore the surrounding area on some day-trips. This option also allows you to enjoy spending more time in the old town in the evening.

Getting around

You'll only need your own two feet when visiting the attractions in the old town. At first it may seem like a complex maze to navigate, but it's fun to explore. You'll find one side of the Stradun is flat, while the other side is steep in parts. Buses 1A, 1B and 1C run regularly between the old town and the main bus station.

Where to stay in Dubrovnik

Staying within the old town is an ideal place to be, but suggested areas outside the city walls include Lapad and Ploce, the later being a bit hilly with nice views over historical Dubrovnik.

Good to know

  • Language
    Croatian
  • Currency
    Croatian Kuna (kn)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +385
  • Best time to visit
    The cruise ships and 'Game of Thrones' fans flood the city from May to August. Its best to visit during the late Spring when you can wander the city freely and the weather warm but not yet at peak heat. Keep in mind the boats to the islands are infrequent during the off-season.

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What people are saying about Dubrovnik

Vidokrug's Private Sarajevo Tour Guided by Besam is My New Favorite

Vidokrug's Private Tour of Sarajevo and Mostar includes a great itinerary and Besam, my tour guide, made it a wonderful experience. Despite my booking the tour the night before, Besam arrived promptly and cheerfully at 6 am, which made it pleasant from start. Besam, whose English is perfect, conveyed a great deal of fascinating information as part of a conversation rather than a lecture. He convinced me to climb to top of the mosque in Mostar by persuading me that the view was worth overcoming my fear of heights and reassuring me that he would help me do it. A local guide lead an amazing tour of Sarajevo, including the Tunnel of Hope, the 1984 Winter Olympics sites, and the bridge where the Archduke's assassination sparked WWI. After a delicious and authentic dinner, we had a pleasant discussion while Besam expertly drove the curvy route home. At the end, I felt like I was saying good-bye to a friend. I plan to take Vidokrug's private 2-day Albania tour guided by Besam.

Excellent way to see the city regardless of whether you are a GOT fan!

Ivan did a fantastic job. He is an excellent communicator, and has a deep knowledge of the sets and cast, having been a member of the GOT Dubrovnik crew for seven years. I don’t watch GoT, but my friend and I thought it would be a good way to see the main sites of the city and be shown around. Despite my lack of knowledge of the show, I still found the references to scenes and pictures very interesting. The guide takes groups to buildings and natural settings that appeared in the show, and then passes around an image of what it looked like on TV with the characters in the screen. All of my friends who are fans of GoT love these pictures!

Nice tour but long delays at the border crossings

Both the waterfalls and Mostar are worth visiting. Our guide was excellent and friendly. The problem is the time it takes to get through not one, but three border crossings on the way there are then three more on the way back. We waited sometimes up to 30-45 minutes as large tour buses were processed. As a result the time spent at the waterfalls and Mostar felt a bit rushed. This is no fault of the tour company but We ended up spending considerably more time in the bus than on the ground touring. Overall I still think it’s worth the visit but wished we had spent more time at each location.

Brilliant kayak trip - highly recommended

Very well organised trip from start to finish. Met the tour leaders at 11am and received instructions & kit. Kayaks in great condition - 2 person kayaks. We opted for the longer trip, 7.5km, around the island of Lokrum. Opportunity to jump off the cliff into clear blue water. Met those who had opted for shorter kayak at the pebbly beach. You spend longer at the beach if you do the shorter trip so again, glad we did longer kayak trip. Tour leaders were excellent. Always checking everyone was ok and giving information about the sights and points of interest along the way.

Dubrovnik: Sea Kayaking Tour Reviewed by Lindsay, 07/14/2019

The trip was amazing, including lunch - fish

The trip was amazing, including lunch - fish. The guide was great, I would just have one comment - it would certainly be practical for your prospective clients if your sent details of the confirmed reservation contain information about the name of the ship that will pick up the clients. And then one more important point - a place to pick up clients from the hotel Sun Gardens Dubrovnik is in the adjacent marina just outside the hotel. Maps you send by email do not match the actual location for picking up clients.