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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

Perfect that was a small group; our driver and guide was awesome!

It was 4 of us in the group. Wonderful people Sue from Australia, Luis from Costa Rica and Paul from London. Each one of us looked up after each other. The shopping and dining in Mostar are exquisite!

Mostar and Kravica Waterfalls Tour Reviewed by Vee, 11/03/2018

Really good tour with the history and citizen perspective.

You have to be in decent shape b/c it is a lot of stairs and walking- but great tour and totally worth it!

We really enjoyed our trip. The waterfall is beautiful.

Our guide Andrea was lovely. Andrea was very helpful and knowledgeable. I fully recommend this trip.

A must-do for every visitor to Dubrovnik

The Guides that we had on both walks, i.e. Old Town and City Walks, were extremely knowledgeable about the history and the current affairs in Dubrovnik. There was never a dull moment during the walks given the interesting narratives which they'd delivered with passion! You'd hardly felt the 1080 steps up and down the City Walls, nor the countless steps taken throughout the Old Town! Highly recommended.

Dubrovnik: Old Town & City Walls 2 Walk Combo Ticket Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 10/19/2018

Wonderful tour guide! Make time for another day to explore!

Great tour! Well paced and informative and included information from the set. Included appropriate screenshots and good viewing angles. Tour doesn't have time to cover every single bit, so another day in the city/island across is recommended for additional sites and you won't regret it!

Dubrovnik: 2-Hour Game of Thrones Tour Reviewed by Joanna, 10/15/2018