General Info, Dubrovnik
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: 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.
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.
Best make choice of view to old city panorama by City Wall Walking Tour.
view about Minceta tower, Poil tower,
Old city port, Maritime museum, and Seaside.
I was take about 3hours.
don't miss it.
Tip: Keep the walking tour ticket.
four ticket check point.
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
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!
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: 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: 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.
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.
The old town is surely not the cheapest area in Dubrovnik to dine out, but still has many decent choices. Some restaurants in the old town are only open for the high season. Unfortunately, some of them are black sheep and buy their ingredients when the price is the lowest, freeze the stuff and use it all summer long. Therefore, local advice on where to eat can be useful and safe you a night on the loo.
You will notice that some restaurants are desperately looking for customers where staff is inviting you to sit down. Others don't do that at all and sometimes even have queues to get in. The first can be a bad sign, the latter a good one.
Here is a list of some safe and good restaurants which we tried upon local recommendation and guidebooks. Please read the separate tips for the restaurants. I don't claim this list to be complete at all, so ask you hosts as they may have more good options:
Kamenice (local and seafood)
Lokanda Peskarija (seafood)
Mea Culpa (pizza)
Toni Spaghetteria (pasta)
Dundo Maroje (local)
While there are two supermarkets in the old town, they do not offer the same variety as those outside of the old town. On top of that, they are a little more expensive. In the old town, I would recommend the small Konzum on Gundulic Square. There is another supermarket close to the Serbian Orthodox Church at Ul. od Puca. Furthermore, there are a handful of minimarkets, including some slightly outside of Pile and Ploce Gates.
If you need to buy more sutgg, there are larger and less expensive Konzum markets outside of the old town, including two close to Gruz harbour. If you have a car, do it as the locals do - and drive to the LIDL close to the airport.
If you have the chance to have this guidebook, grab a copy of it. At first, I thought that it is just full of ads. Well, the first half is while the second half has a good description of several Dubrovnik sights and good tips. Up to a certain point, it is comparable to in your pocket – just thicker with good history info – and always for free.
Fondest memory: www.indubrovnik.com
Favorite thing: CROATIA is a Central European and Mediterranean country, bordering Slovenia in the west, Hungary in the north, Serbia (Yugoslavia) in the east, Bosnia and Herzegovina in the south.