Dubrovnik is a city along the beautiful Croatian coast and is famous for it’s Old Town and Fortress. The city was completed in the 16th century and faces the Adriatic sea. It is now a popular tourist destination in Croatia. This is partly due to the magnificent walls that surround the Old Town, the stunning landscape along the coast and the cities fantastic restaurant scene and culture.

In this quick guide to visiting Dubrovnik, you’ll find the basics to help you on your visit, including getting around, suggestions of things to see and do, eating and drinking, places to stay and other general tips.

Old Town

The Old Town is one of the main attractions and all throughout this area you will find romantic cobbled streets and old but perfectly maintained architecture. Dubrovnik feels like a city of food and you will find an endless choice of restaurants along the streets winding through the Old Town. Many of these offer affordable dishes with great service and atmosphere.  For those who enjoy fish you will be spoilt for choice with lots of fresh dishes on most menus.

Old Town Dubrovnik at night
Restaurants in Old Town Dubrovnik at night
Streets of Dubrovnik Old Town
Streets of Dubrovnik Old Town

Things to See and Do

Here are a few of the things you can do in the city.

Walk the Walls

One of the most popular things to do in Dubrovnik includes walking the walls around the Old Town. This takes a couple of hours and as you walk you’ll get fantastic perspectives of the Old Town, as well as the Adriatic sea, surrounding city and landscape. Also along the route you will find some places to stop for refreshments if you wish.

View from the walls of Dubrovnik Old Town
View from the walls of Old Town

Visit Fort Lovrijenac

Also included in the price of the walls (or you can buy separately) is entrance to Fort Lovrijenac which is just up from Old Town.  If you go up to the top you will get panoramic views towards the Old Town and City.  Fortress Lovrijenac was also used as a filming location for Game of Thrones. Learn more and see some scenes here.

Fort Lovrijenac, Dubrovnik
A view towards Fort Lovrijenac from the main Dubrovnik walls
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Relax on the Beach

There are several places to swim along the Croatian coast including Banje beach slightly down from Dubrovnik Old Town. This can get quite busy during the peak season but it’s still an enjoyable place to relax and take a dip in the stunning and refreshing clear water.

Banje Beach in Dubrovnik
Banje Beach
Beaches and coves in Dubrovnik
Beaches and coves

Also along the coast you can sometimes find steps leading down to secret areas such as below.

Swimmings along the Dalmation Coast, Dubrovnik
Secret swimming areas in Dubrovnik accessed from Ulica Branitelja Dubrovnika

Go on a Boat Tour

The city has plenty of boat tours on offer. Simply head to the old harbour and you’ll find lots of sales desks that will be more than happy to help you.

Boat trips in Dubrovnik
Boat trips

Go Kayaking

If you’d like to get a bit wet, you’ll find plenty of water sports on offer for single hire or with the option of doing day or sunset group tours. Head to the Pile Gate (North Entrance to Old Town) and you will see sales agents that can help and advise you.

Kayaking in Dubrovnik
Kayaking

Enjoy Views of the City

For some of the best views of the city head up the roads to the south of the city, or up the Gondola Cable Car which goes to the highest point directly above the city.

High viewpoints towards Dubrovnik Old Town
High viewpoints towards Old Town

You may find some good viewpoints along Ul. Bruna Bušića and Ul. Druge Dalmatinske brigade. When I was looking for viewpoints I would often find openings between buildings or along the paths such as below.

High views of Dubrovnik at night
High views of Dubrovnik Old Town at night

If you have a car you can also head to several viewpoints along the main road (Jadranska cesta, road 8) such as seen below.

Views of Dubrovnik from road D8
Views of Dubrovnik from road D8

Places to Stay

If you are travelling cheap a great hostel worth staying at which is located halfway between the Old Town and Main bus Station is Hostel 365 For U. If you wanted a luxury hotel then consider staying at the Hotel Imperial which is one of Dubrovnik’s most famous and oldest hotels.

There are plenty of other fantastic places to stay in Dubrovnik, consider checking them out on Booking.com.



Booking.com

Places to Eat

All throughout the city, especially old town you will be spoilt for choice. As well as high-quality food you will often be in a beautiful ambience. To find a restaurant you could explore and look at menus whilst there, or if you wanted to do research beforehand visit tripadvisor.co.uk. Trip Advisor will provide you with hundreds of suggestions reviewed by previous customers and is a good source of information.

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Consider looking on skyscanner.net to research your flights. It is our first choice and an excellent tool that can help you find the cheapest flights from wherever you are to Dubrovnik.

Destination Photography Tips

Here are some tips for taking photographs in Dubrovnik.

  • Explore the Old Town Walls for great views of the city.
  • Head up the high roads and streets to the south of the city for high perspectives.
  • Take pictures around Old Town in the morning when it should be much quieter.
  • Use a tripod and take pictures of the city at night.

Visit my guide for more tips: Ultimate Tips for Travel Photography

Read More

To learn about the city and to plan your trip check out the tourism boards website at www.visitdubrovnik.hr. To read more about the history visit en.wikipedia.org

Have you been to Dubrovnik? What did you think and what else would you recommend people do?

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17 Comments

  1. Just beautiful! I love your photos, so bright and lively… Great idea with the day/night shot of this cozy little alley. I heard already so many good things about Croatia as a travel destination, your post totally confirms this.

    • Mike

      Thanks Hendrik. Croatia is amazing. This is the second time I’ve had the chance to visit and it’s the kind of destination you can easily fall in love with.

  2. Hang Around The World

    We have a friend who have always invited us to visit Dubrovnik and now thank to your post we know why. With your photos you inspired us and we’d love to do a tour around the old town!!
    What’s the most cool attraction for you?

    • Mike

      Oh that’s a tough one. I really enjoyed exploring the Old Town though and swimming in the sea. I hope you visit! 🙂

  3. Jeff at Our Changing Lives

    Wow, so much to see and do in just two days. Your photographs are amazing, and the descriptions are captivating. Great article.

  4. I am so in love with Dubrovnik and I have not even been there! I’d love to dine at that restaurant in that walk way – how beautiful does it look.

    • Mike

      Thank you. It’s an amazing city and the restaurants along the narrow streets are so lovely.

  5. I loved Dubrovnik such a cool place. I want to go back and see all the GoT locations.

  6. Sam Sparrow

    We are hoping to make Croatia our summer destinations this year, and have considered Dubrovnik. This is definitely at the top of my list now! The views over the city are fantastic, and I’m pleased to hear you can get a cable car up to explore!

    • Mike

      Hi Sam, if you are in Dubrovnik it’s also worth considering going to Kotor whilst you are there. It’s about 2 hours away. I have been twice to Dubrovnik and always combine the two. Have an amazing time whatever you decide 🙂

  7. Tracy (lifeofkuhl)

    What a lovely city. I love the narrow cobblestone walks with the outdoor restaurants. It always feels like such amazing energy! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Definitely on my bucket list. I love the extremely blue water. And the secret spots are fantastic !

    • Mike

      Thank you. The water is definitely beautiful and it’s so nice when you find those hidden swimming spots 🙂

  9. Thanks for this great overview! I absolutely recommend doing the wall walk as well.
    Happy continued travels!
    C

  10. thesanetravel

    Croatia is long time on my wishlist but somehow I haven’t made it yet. Dubrovnik is definitely a place I want to see. Just like other tourist attractions in Croatia it must be very crowded. I think picking a right time for a visit should be a key. Your recommendations are very helpful and pictures are awesome. Thanks for sharing!

    • Mike

      It was very busy in august when I went but that was peak time. I imagine other months are quieter. Thanks for the comment and hope you make it soon! 🙂

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