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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

Great way to see the city walls with out the crowds - plus exercise!

The Kayaking excursion was one of the highlights of our trip. Easy to hook up with staff, just outside old city's main gate: equipment was great (including barrels on the Kayak to keep things dry and secure) and staff were friendly and knowledgeable. No need for experience Kayakers as waters were very calm. We would paddle double Kayak for 10-15 min then we would stop for a break and Marco our guide would tell us some interest facts and history of Dubrovnik and Croatia - both interesting and insightful. We even saw several dolphin while Kayaking. Stop for a swim on a stone beach - water was cold when we were there in late May but still went for a swim. Would highly recommend this excursion as it is peaceful uncrowded way to explore around this area. Sandwich and a bottle of water was provided. There is small change room when you return to change out of wet clothes. Overall a great experience - no issues.

Dubrovnik 3-Hour Sea Kayaking Tour with Snack Reviewed by Kimberley Ann, 05/20/2019

Excellent guide and driver, also excellent local guide in Mostar.

A very interesting and enjoyable day thanks to excellent guide (Tania) and driver. Really professional and caring. Thank you all so much. The border crossings can be slow and difficult.

Mostar Full-Day Trip from Dubrovnik Reviewed by Brian, 05/19/2019

A great experience, fun, informational, beautiful

We had a great trip. Our guide was very knowledgeable, kind and relaxed. We first went to a cave where we could swim, snorkel and rock jump. The water was beautifully clear. We then kayaked about 6km around Lokrum Island, a beautiful area, finishing with a view on Dubrovnik and the walls. All in all a fantastic, memorable experience.

Informative and fun tour. Our guide was very knowledgable.

Great tour, well worth doing if you’re a Game of Thrones fan. Not just to see the filming locations, but full of interesting facts about the show. Our tour guide was brilliant and very knowledgable, she also gave us some history about the city. Would definitely recommend.

Dubrovnik: 2-Hour Game of Thrones Tour Reviewed by Carla, 05/18/2019

TJ is guide was excellent. A well worth while trip.

If you only do one trip from Croatia, let it be this. An eye-opening experience from a fascinating place. I can’t explain, you’ll just have to do the tour...

Mostar Full-Day Trip from Dubrovnik Reviewed by Paul, 05/17/2019