A quick guide to Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik is a beautiful port city located in Croatia. The Old Town of the city is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List and has some beautiful sights. However, not only Old Town is a must visit when traveling to Dubrovnik; the city has much more to offer!
In this article I’ll tell you more about the highlights of Dubrovnik.
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Stradun is the main street of Old Town Dubrovnik and a photogenic place (actually all of Old Town Dubrovnik is photogenic…). It’s a large street which starts at Pile Gate, one of the entrances of Old Town, and which ends at the Old Town’s port. Stradun is closed to traffic, which makes it nice to walk around. You cannot find any (international) shops, like H&M, Zara etc., but you can find here many restaurants/cafes and souvenir shops. Stradun is the starting point for exploring more of Old Town.
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NOTE: take into account that it can be very, very crowded in Stradun and all of Old Town. Especially during the day, when cruises dock. It’s recommended to go visit Old Town around the end of the afternoon. At this time, it can be a little less crowded.
A highlight and must do when visiting Dubrovnik, is walking on the city walls of Old Town. The city walls were built between the 12th and 17th century all around Old Town to protect the town from pirates and other unwelcome guests.
The walls are 1940 meters long and features six fortresses. The main entrance of the city walls, is at Pile Gate (at the beginning of Stradun), but you can also start at the Ploce Gate. With two entrances, you can either chose to walk all the walls or to just walk from one to another gate. On the way, you come across amazing viewpoints over the sea and the city. It’s not hard to walk the city walls, but it’s good to have some water with you.
A ticket for the entrance to the walls is, in my opinion, not that cheap (but worth it). The entry fee is 200 HRK per adult (around € 26,-) en 50 HRK per child or student. Children who are under the age of 7 have a free entrance.
The city walls are open year round, but do have opening hours. In summertime, the walls open at 08:00AM and close between 05:30PM and 07:30PM. In wintertime (from November to the end of March), the opening hours are 09:00AM to 03:00PM. For the most actual information, you can take a look on the official website.
War Photo Limited
War Photo Limited is a museum, located in Old Town Dubrovnik, which features photo exhibitions with imposing photographs of wars which have occurred in the past. There is one collection of photographs which is a permanent part of the museum. This collection covers the wars in Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Kosovo after the break-up of the former Yugoslavia. Other photo collections change every time. For the most actual collections, you can take a look on the official website.
The entrance fee for this museum is 50 HRK. In summertime (between May and September) the museum is open from 10:00AM to 10:00PM and in wintertime (from mid March to end of April and from October to mid November) the museum is open from Wednesday to Monday (Tuesday closed) from 10:00AM to 04:00PM. During mid November to mid March, the museum is closed.
Close to the Old Town of Dubrovnik, you can find a place where you can take the cable car up the Srd Hill. From the hill, you will have some beautiful views over the city of Dubrovnik and the sea.
On the Srd Hill, there are some activities you can do. There is a museum about Dubrovnik and its history, but you can also hike the trail, which goes from Fort Imperial to Fort Strinčjera. Another exciting thing to do, is a buggy safari. There is something for everyone! On top of the hill, you can also find a restaurant and some shops.
The cable car is open year round, except for the month February. It depends on what month you’re travelling to Dubrovnik until what time the cable car is open. Normally, it opens at 09:00AM and the closing time is between 04:00PM and 12:00AM. A round-trip tickets costs 170 HRK per adult and 60 HRK per child (4-12 years). Children under the age of 4 can enter the cable car for free. Also for this sight it’s best to take a look on the official website for all the actual information.
Uvala Lapad Beach
Dubrovnik is more than just its Old Town. There are some other nice and atmospheric area’s in the city where you can enjoy a relaxing day on the beach or a fun evening in a bar or restaurant. We stayed in an apartment between the big port of Dubrovnik and Uvala Lapad Beach. Uvala Lapad Beach is definitely worth a visit if you love to swim a bit and to lay down on the beach. It’s located in a very lively environment where you can find many eateries and bars. If you’re planning a beach day at Uvala Lapad Beach, take into account that it’s a pebble beach.
We stayed two nights in Dubrovnik and on both evenings we had dinner around our apartment. If you’re a sushi (or Asian food in general) lover, Oriental Fusion Cusine Trinity is a really nice restaurant. If you’re more an Italian food lover, than Restaurant Maskeron is definitely something for you!
The port of Dubrovnik
The big port of Dubrovnik is definitely worth a visit as, most of the time, you can spot the big cruise ships, but also you can have a really nice walk around the water. It’s absolutely a more quiet place to stroll around when you compare it with Dubrovnik Old Town. During your walk you can explore more of the city of Dubrovnik.
Red History Museum
Very close to the terminal of the port, you can find the Red History Museum: an interactive museum which shows you more about Croatia’s history, how life felt like under the communist regime of Yugoslavia and why it all ended in the flames of the Homeland War. If you’re interested in getting to know more about the history, the Red History Museum absolutely is worth a visit! We visited the museum begin September and there were just two other persons, which made it good for us to stroll around the museum in a relaxing way.
The museum is open in summer season from 09:30AM to 10:00PM and in winter season from 10:00AM to 06:00PM. The entrance fee is 50 HRK per adult and children under the age of 10 years can enter the museum for free. For the most actual information I recommend to have a look on the official website of the museum.
Have you already been to Dubrovnik yourself? Do you have any other tips?
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Wonderful guide. I have not been to Dubrovnik but I want to go there someday. I’m a huge GOT fan and Dubrovnik was GOT’s main filming location for King’s Landing.