Dubrovnik has so much to see and do and the best place to stop off at first is to visit the Tourist Information Office at the Pile Gate area opposite the Onofrio's Fountain and off Placa. There you can able to get maps and more information about the city and its environs.
You can also find out more about Dubrovnik on this website.
If you arrived to Dubrovnik and have no plans, not even accommodations, just step into one of the local agents, they can help you to find accommodation according to your budget, a tour, cruise or whatever you look for that you might not know where to find.
This is one agent I found just outside the Ploče gate, it called PERLA ADRIATICA
At F. Supila 2, tel/fax: 422 766
Dubrovnik is beautiful old city and it is not surprising that it is also very popular. It has a lot to offer for all kind of tourism and being small it is also easy to manage and enjoy this town.
As a whole, I did have nice time here and I enjoy the sites, food and drinks as well as the comfortable weather.
Favorite thing: If you are planning daytrips, you might schedule them for days when the cruiseships are in Dubrovnik, as the old town is quite small and a cruise ship full of people will make it a lot less pleasant. Closer places like Cavtat might also be overwhelmed on those days.
Favorite thing: Dubrovnik's new bridge was officially opened May 2002. It stands 51 m above the water, spanning a large cove north-west of the city of Dubrovnik. at the entrance to the New Harbour area of Gruz. Its one of the largest single-pylon, cable-stayed bridges (518m long) in Europe and took over 3 years to build. It crosses over the river Ombla and helps cut down the time needed to travel to Split by the Adriatic Highway. We had great views of it from the beach near our hotel. It was great to see the view from up there too on the way to and from a trip to Mostar - and especially to see the big cruise liners entering the harbour.
Favorite thing: Have you noticed the architectural style of the shops and cafes along Dubrovnik's Stradun? They all have this typical one and a half arch - the so-called "over the knee" opening where goods bought would be passed over the counter to the customers outside.
Fondest memory: The afternoon of our arrival we took a stroll from the hotel coastal path into the New Harbour and marina area of Dubrovnik - a walk of some 30-40 minutes each way. Lovely golden hues on the water and villas lining the marina as we watched cruise ships come into the port. We always planned to have a stroll round here more in the daytime ..but you know how these plans come and go!
Favorite thing: Well we had such good food in our hotel we didn't get to dine out in Dubrovnik - but if you do eat out here you will be spoilt for choice. Virtually all the long alleyways behind (running parallel) the main street are crammed with inviting eateries spilling out onto the narrow passageways - mainly fish and italian food from what we saw. Lunch or dinner is a delight here - but at city prices too :-S
Favorite thing: Dubrovnik is one of the top tourist destinations in Croatia. The old town attracts people from all over the world. It can get really crowded in narrow streets of Dubrovnik. Naturally local entrepeneurs are taking advantage of tourist-masses. That's not typical just for Dubrovnik but for the whole World. So expect to pay somewhat 50-100% more as in less touristy places. The cappuccino on Stradun (main street) was 12 kunas, in other towns 7-8 kunas. But I can say it was worth the money.
Favorite thing: This is a view of the harbour from the road bridge. We stayed in the Hotel Lapad which is one of the buildings on the waterfront opposite. On the side of the harbour which we took the photo from is a vary busy area of markets, shops and ferry terminals. A chance to experience local life. I can recommend the fruit market. Loads of stalls all sellinf peaches and figs.
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