Dubrovnik Travel Guide
Dubrovnik, is one of the world’s most enchanting walled cities in the Mediterranean. The city is now a Unesco world heritage site and Croatia’s most up-market destination. The main draw is the charming pedestrian-only old town, packed with aristocratic palazzi and elegant Baroque churches, contained within sturdy medieval fortifications. Add to this the beaches, pristine sea, exquisite eateries serving top-notch seafood, and your holiday is made.
Dubrovnik Old Town
Best Time to visit Dubrovnik
Best time to visit Dubrovnik is May to June or September to October, when the weather is warm, hotels offer moderate prices and you can enjoy the Adriatic without overwhelming crowds.
During the peak season in July and August, Dubrovnik is over-run by tourists and hotel prices rocket, so book well in advance, if you want to catch a deal. Low season, November to April, can be lovely, though most facilities are closed and the weather is less reliable.
Accommodation in Dubrovnik
If you are travelling on a budget, stay away from city centre. The quiet residential suburb of Lapad sits just northwest of Old Town centre, offering a variety of cheap accommodation and amenities, and it is nearby the beach, but it may require bus to get to the Old Town.
If you are looking to stay in the heart of the Old Town, you may find descent prices, provided you book early and avoid high season.
Book your stay in Dubrovnik using the map below or visit booking.com
Things to do in Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik, is known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”. It is also known as the city where they filmed Game of Thrones, an attraction on its own. Take a long walk in the medieval walls, offering you ever-changing views out to sea and over the old town. Make a stop at Rector’s Palace and the Cultural History Museum, and then marvel an enchanting view from the modern Cable car.
Shopping in Dubrovnik
The Old Town is the place to go shopping, with many shops selling Croatian goods such as wine and textiles. Small shops can be found around Stradun, but the streets to the north and south offer a greater variety. Popular purchases include, handmade tablecloths, linens and napkins. Many merchants claim that the necktie was invented in Croatia. Another local specialty is little dolls dressed in local garb and there are many local artisans who specialize in domestic crafts.
Outside the walls, shops are scattered around the town. Small shopping centres such as Pemo, Tommy, Mercante and Downtown can be found in the business area of Gruž, which is just a 10 minute walk south of the main bus terminal.
Shops in Dubrovnik are open from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM, but limited during winter months. Most shops open seven days a week.
Don’t miss a chance to buy fresh food from farmers on open-air markets, or fresh fish directly from fishermen on fish markets.
Old City Shopping Street
Where to eat in Dubrovnik
In Dubrovnik there is a variety of restaurants for all styles and wallets, from fine dining restaurants, bistros and simple taverns, to fast food joints and pizza-cut places.
The majority of traditional Dubrovnik restaurants expertly prepared seafood. The most popular seafood dishes include fresh shellfish, octopus salad, squid risotto with black squid ink, and grilled fish sprinkled with garlic, parsley and olive oil.
Many popular meals are characteristic of Dubrovnik, such as zelena menestra (it is the name for many sorts of cabbages and other vegetables with meat), the meat dish pašticada and the famous caramel-based dessert dubrovačka rozata.
n Dubrovnik besides Croatian cuisine, you will find Italian, French, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Asian fusion, Indian, Bosnian, Mexican, and even Peruvian restaurants
Visit some of the top restaurants in Dubrovnik from the list below:
Oyster & Sushi Bar Bota
Tavern Arka Restaurant
Forty Four Restaurant
Dubrovnik is one of the most popular summer destinations of Croatiao and offers a lively nightlife, suitable for all ages and tastes. Nightlife is concentrated in the many bars within the walls of the old town, a maze of small streets with clubs, bars, wine bars and live music venues, that animate the old town until late at night.
Check some of the most popular Bars & Nightclubs in Dubrovnik from the list below:
Katie O’Connor’s Irish Pub
Cave Bar More
Skar Winery Dubrovnik
Banje Beach Club