Top attractions in Dubrovnik
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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- 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
We met our guide Monika for an early morning walk to avoid the large tour groups. Monika was articulate, passionate and humorous in her description of this beautiful city. Her input enriched the understanding we had already gained after a few days in the town. We learned history - both old and more recent - which is very rich and was delivered with a personal and local flavour. We also gained some insight to life in this old town in the current day. I would highly recommend this tour to ensure a full appreciation of the old city of Dubrovnik.
Ivana was our tour guide, she was very enthusiastic and bubbly. Ivana took us to lots of locations with a very personal touch. There was only my partner and I with another couple on the tour. We were able to go to part of the wall which was of limits to the city wall trip, there were lots of photo opportunities and amazing GOT inside information. The tour was everything and more that we hoped for and it was made special by such a small group. I would highly recommend this tour.
Davor was our guide...he spoke brilliant English and his knowledge of the city and its rich history was fantastic. Very Happy to answer our questions and led us through the maze of Dubrovnik’s beautiful old town like a real professional. His guide was informative, very interesting and his fun personality made it an even more memorable experience...would absolutely recommend this tour and if you can request a guide, I’d go for Davor every time...thank you!
10/10 for the guide who was so knowledgeable and informative and enthusiastic. You could tell he really knew his stuff and was so open to questions and interaction. The microphone and headphone system worked really well and he was constantly looking out for us and keeping us in the shade wherever possible during the heat of the day.
The lads that took our group were great. It was a must, thing-to-do when in Dubrovnik. I took the sunset booking and we were privileged to watch the last sunset of summer. Absolutely incredible. The tour goes around Lokrum via several stops. I would certainly do it again. Easy for any level of fitness