Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik has become one of the most popular cities to visit in Europe. A must to experience whilst on a luxury Croatia holiday whether on its own or as part of a multi-city tour, it sits along the Adriatic coast and is particularly renowned for its walled historical centre. The best way to get around the Old City is on foot. To travel further afield, public transport is readily available and reliable to all areas of Dubrovnik, including the main port of Gruz and Banje Beach which lies to the east. 

For some of the best views, visitors can walk atop the Old Dubrovnik City Walls that stretch for 1.2 miles. From this vantage point, you’ll be able to marvel at medieval forts, the tightly clustered red-tiled rooftops, the endless blue of the sea, and nearby islands like Lokrum just a short distance away. 

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Dubrovnik captivates visitors with its well-preserved medieval architecture, fortified walls, and breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea. Known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” Dubrovnik offers a rich history, cultural charm, and a vibrant atmosphere within its UNESCO-listed Old Town.

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Explore the diverse wonders of Dubrovnik with our small ship cruises and private tours, catering to a variety of interests. From beach enthusiasts and culinary connoisseurs to history aficionados, Dubrovnik really does have it all. Whether you’re captivated by the enchanting Adriatic coast, medieval hilltop towns, or the myriad island treasures, a small ship cruise from Dubrovnik promises an array of beautiful discoveries.

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Best Things to Do in Dubrovnik

In Dubrovnik, discover a mesmerizing blend of medieval charm and stunning coastal beauty, where ancient city walls embrace a wealth of historical sites, vibrant markets, and panoramic views of the sparkling Adriatic Sea.

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    Admire Dubrovnik’s Historic Charm

    Encircled by imposing medieval stone walls, the beautiful coastal city of Dubrovnik simply oozes elegance, character, and charm. Admire the rugged coastline that separates the calm crystalline turquoise Adriatic Sea from the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage site of the Old Town. Take a wander through the cobblestone streets and alleyways, and discover the stunning historic architecture of the churches, palaces, and elegant villas. The cultural hub also boasts museums, galleries, and stylish cafes and restaurants.

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    Enjoy Breathtaking Vistas

    To fully appreciate the beauty of the charming city of Dubrovnik, it’s necessary to hop aboard the famous Dubrovnik Cable Car, which was built in 1969. To reach the top of Mount Srd takes only 4 minutes! From the summit, situated 778 metres from ground level, you can feast your eyes on breathtaking views over the city and 40 miles out across the sparkling Adriatic Sea. Enjoy unlimited photo opportunities in Dubrovnik’s prime panoramic location.

  • Lovrijenac Fortress

    Step Back In Time

    Take a leisurely stroll along the top of the 1940 metres long, ancient stone walls that encircle the beautiful city of Dubrovnik, and imagine yourself transported back in time. From the exclusive vantage point, you can admire the distinctive red roofs of the clustered houses, and view St John’s Fortress and the Lovrijenac Fortress. In the opposite direction, you’ll be able to see Buza beach and colourfully painted sailing boats bobbing on the shimmering waters.

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Best time to visit Dubrovnik

April through October is the tourist season in Dubrovnik with the busiest and hottest period in July and August. Many come in the summer to soak up the sun and enjoy refreshing swims from the beaches, with sightseeing optimal in the early morning hours. While the water may be a bit too chilly for a swim in April or early May, this is a good time to avoid the crowds and enjoy comfortably warm temperatures. Mid-September through early October may be the best time of all with summer’s heat making the sea quite pleasant and visitor numbers start to decrease.

Check out The Best Time to Travel to Dubrovnik for more details.

Dubrovnik FAQs

How many days do you need in Dubrovnik?

If you just want to see the highlights of Dubrovnik’s Old City and walk the City Walls, you can do it in a day, but with at least three days you’ll get a much better overview and time to relax in between all the sightseeing. You can take advantage of attractions like the Mount Srd cable car that provides a bird’s-eye view, perhaps take a cooking class in a local’s home or paddle over to Lokrum Island on a kayak tour. Spending a day at the beach is possible as is discovering nearby countries like Montenegro.

When is the best time to avoid the crowds in Old City Dubrovnik?

While you could come in the off-season, November through March, to explore the Old City and capture photos without interruption from countless others, that period is not the best for enjoying other delights like the beaches. Come in May or October and you can check off both. Otherwise, you’ll want to visit early in the morning, before 10 a.m., or later in the day from about 4 p.m. on. During the peak of summer, avoid late morning through early afternoon when temperatures are likely to be sizzling.

See our When to Visit Dubrovnik blog for more details

What are the essential sites to see in the Old City?

Onofrio’s fountains, completed in the early 15th century, are what you’ll glimpse first after stepping through Pile Gate onto the main street, Stradun. Just to the right, don’t miss the Franciscan Monastery which is home to one of the oldest still operating pharmacies in Europe – it dates back to 1391. Recalling the time when Dubrovnik was Ragusa, and the centre of a republic is the Rector’s Palace. Other highlights that shouldn’t be missed include Bokar Fortress, built to defend the western entrance in the 1460s, the monumental Renaissance-Gothic Sponza Palace, and of course, the City Walls, Dubrovnik’s most iconic site.

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Is Dubrovnik worth visiting?

As one of the world’s most magical cities, Dubrovnik isn’t just worth visiting, it’s an essential stop on any Croatian itinerary. Looking as if it came straight from a storybook, the exterior with those massive stone walls is incredibly impressive, viewed while approaching from the sea but the inside is sure to dazzle in this place where history comes to life. You’ll also have the opportunity to soak up the sun and enjoy swims from gorgeous beaches as well as sample mouth-watering Dalmatian fare and fine regional wines.

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