Dubrovnik Travel Guide

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Dubrovnik Highlights

  • Pro
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    karenincalifornia says…

     Loaded with history, beautiful seaside location, very well preserved, very nice police officers 

  • Con
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     Way too many tourists in town, you have to be lucky that there's no cruise ship in the port 

  • In a nutshell
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     One of the must-see sights in Southern Europe 

Dubrovnik Things to Do

  • City walls

    The (mandatory) walk on the walls of Dubrovnik has two different sides: the ocean side and the land side. Most people cover only the ocean side, from where its possible to see the most beautiful points of the city. It's the easiest section with not much to go up and down. To avoid the long lines, our guide made us enter in the southern...

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  • Stradun

    It used to be a strecth of sea before it was filled during the 11th century. This is the main street of the town and it goes from Pile gate to Ploce gate. It is a totally walking street (cars come only on early morning to bring goods to shops and restaurants) and it's full of tables where to stop to eat an icecream or enjoy a coffe. At both sides...

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  • Old City

    A couple of hours ago, talking to a neighbor who worked longtime in a cruise navy, having visited in detail the five continents, I asked him where would he go again with pleasure. He answered "Dubrovnik", without knowing that I was coming from there. Asking why, I got an answer easy to accept: The life of town. Night and day, the town lives...

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Dubrovnik Restaurants

  • Croatian Cuizine

    We wish we never had the misfortune of eating at this restaurant. It was horrid, easily the worst meal we had on our holiday, and may well be the worst we've ever had. And it wasn't cheap. It's seems to be run by a group of young kids, and the food is disgusting. We had grilled chicken which was tasteless, and a seafood risotto which was just a...

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  • Seafood

    We were staying nearby at the Radisson Blu Hotel and was recommend this restaurant about a 5 minute drive and it was perfect …. right on the bay … 1 more foot and your in the water. The day we were there it was nice and quiet which allowed pleasant conversation with the waiter and owner who was there that day. We took the owners recommendation...

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  • Italian Food

    We went to Spaghetteria Toni one night and sat inside, although they had tables out in the street too. The service was very good, and the food was really nice. It was good value for money, again taking into account that drink is not cheap anywhere in the Old Town. Both Toni and the waitress were very friendly. We had pasta with Prawns & Tuna, and...

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Dubrovnik Nightlife

  • Latino Club

    Latino Club Fuego first opened its doors in Jun 2001. In a short period of time it become the most popular club in Dubrovnik. Interesting, carefully designed interior, excellent music, reasonable prices, and pleasant staff make a Latino Club Fuego's visitors become its permanent satisfied guests.

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  • Stradun

    Despite being in a hotel some kilometers from town, we went there at night. Stradum was so lively (and almost so hot) as during the day. We entered a tavern between the clock tower and Sponza palace to a quick drink. They had live music, but I had in mind trying to find some folk dancing. No chance, there was no performance in town that day....

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  • Pub Karaka (Irish Pub)

    Nothing really exciting, but the place for you if Ale, Stout and football on the telly are your thing. Do not expect anything Irish but a nice atmosphere and a lot of British tourists. That said, it can become quite full when there is an attractive match on the screen. A pint of Guinness was 45 Kuna in 2013. Some pub snacks like sandwiches are...

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Dubrovnik Transportation

  • Taxi

    I came with a flight from Munich, then from the airport I took a taxi which costed about 35€.The taxi cannot enter the old town, so ask the driver to call your apartment owner and ask her/him at what gate he/she prefers to pick you up.

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  • Small Airport

    The airport in Dubrovnik is as small as small can get. it's simple and easy. just a couple of shops to buy last souvenirs and a couple of cafe's for coffee or a snack. There is only 5 gates .... and once you give you boarding card you board a bus that takes you to the airplane. There is no jetway's at this airport. Very simple, clean, and people...

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  • local bus

    We had a rental car, but finding a parking space near the old city is like winning a lottery .. so we parked our car near a paid lot near the port and took the bus into the old town. It only took 5 minutes. Dubrovnik itself is very,very small ..... you can buy bus tickets at any of the TISAK newspaper stands and at some hotel's sell them also. The...

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Dubrovnik Shopping

  • Souvenirs and crafts

    The offer is pretty unique among cheep chinese souvenirs products that are offered in many souvenirs shopes in the Old town.. Shop offers local products ( rose liqour, carob brandy...), crafts( handmade and hand painted ceramics with motives of Dubrovnik nature as olives, lavander, figgs..), unique souvenirs ( replicas of croatian historical...

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  • Bajadera

    One of the unique and best tastes of Croatia is Bajadera. That is the local quality chocolate, it is one of my favourite chocolates, unfortunately I can only get it in Croatia and so in my last visit I bought lots of it to take back home with me.

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  • Fashion

    For whom ever that arrived here with their mountain gear or pyjama’s there are plenty of quality and high fashion stores in the old town, I just hope you brought with you the unlimited credit card to pay for such stuff.

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Dubrovnik Local Customs

  • Laundry

    This is typical Mediterranean habbit, drying cloths outdoors at the fresh air. Shouldn't be too sunny but also not too windy and then it's ideal for fast drying. Fresh and slightly salted air gives to a cloths very special smell. Coastal people use this method all year long because winter isn't that cold and rarely snowing. The only problem is...

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  • Money & Language

    Local currency is croarian Kuna and it's easy to get it on the many atm machines around the old town. Restaurants usually accept also euro. English is well spoken by most people in contact with tourisis and many also speack italian.

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  • Up and down all around

    I didn't count it but must be like million of stairs all over the city. Central part of Dubrovnik is pretty plane, especially around the Stradun, while it edging parts on both northern ans southern side are very steep. One must be in pretty good body shape to stroll up and down, especially if in a short visit to the town. Elder people must be very...

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Dubrovnik Warnings and Dangers

  • tourists

    Dubrovnik has become extremely popular in recent years and the infrastructure hasn't quite caught up. The real problem is when the enormous cruise liners arrive and disgorge their passengers en masse into the small old town. These beasts are like small floating cities, and the passengers are ferried in non-stop frenzy of activity. Hundreds of...

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  • Swimming

    Sea urchins are small, globular, spiny sea creatures that cover much of the sea floor off the coast of Dubrovnik. This isn't a bad thing being as they only gather in super clear water. I'd recommend that you wear sea socks or something to cover your feet while walking through the water. Also, if you snorkel, be carefuil you dont brush up against...

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  • Driving

    The police have a number of checkpoints to find out your legitimate to be in Croatia. and check for contraband, as well as maybe looking for stolen vehicles-it happens a lot. It looks like they let the goofy looking American tourists go through without hassle, but if you look like a Slave, or have enclosed truck, or on tour bus, likely the stop...

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Dubrovnik Tourist Traps

  • credit card

    When in a restaurant of old town you are asked: would you like to pay cash or credit card? Just know the subtitle: if you pay with credit card you will be charged at least 3% more. pay cash, ATM machines commissions are cheaper.

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  • Gil’s

    Well, well, well, yes, believe it or not, this places is named: Gil’s. This is not my own place even if the name looks like this ;-) This restaurant and bar is located between the walls of the old town and actually did not seems very inviting and service was a bit on the snobs side, so I don’t really know, maybe they look for those kind of...

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  • The new cable car - not worth the time...

    At the main gate, you get a lot of advertising on the new cable car to the nearby hill. We took it and it turned out to be a bad idea: the view is a kind of dull, and we could spend our time and 73 Kuna in a much better way. The reasons for the poor choice are: 1. the cables of the cablecar are always in view, 2. there areen't many places that you...

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Dubrovnik What to Pack

  • Clothing

    The women in Dubrovnik really seem to go all out, especially in the evening. Of course there are plenty of scruffy tourists too, but if you subscribe to the "when in Rome" philosophy, bring your poshest clothes and shoes.

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  • Guidebook

    The 2nd edition Lonely Planet Croatia guidebook is priceless if you are traveling in Croatia for more than a few days. It is really worth its price, and the information you will gain from it will make your travels in the country ever so much more memorable and meaningful.

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  • Sunscreen or burn

    You better have your sunscreen because you're gonna get toasted in Dubrovnik. It doesn't matter if you don't go to the beach, the sun is really strong here, be careful. Lots of polarizers A pad and towel for the rocks on the 'beaches'

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Dubrovnik Off The Beaten Path

  • Day trips

    I did this trip with Adriatic global agency. The bad side is that you have to pay online if you want to book from home, the good side of the medal is that they organise smaller groups than Gulliver travel. The price with online discount was 52 € and the bus was for 12 people. I enjoyed this trip though I usually am not a fan of group excursions....

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  • Neighbouring islands

    One of the alternatives in our free day in Dubrovnik was a trip to the Elaphiti Islands. Having visited worderful Islands as Hvar, Korcula or Peljesac we thought that it wouldn't add much to our program, and decided to visit Mostar. Anyway, the island of Lokrum, just some minutes away from town, was easy to see from the distance

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  • Beaches

    Don't expect great beaches,but, after burning in the sun along the city walls, all the water is welcome, and the coast around the town provides several beaches. Well, the possible beaches, but all with great views. (When I remember my swim in Vodice, I must confess that this, in a pebble beach, was... SUPER.)

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Dubrovnik Sports & Outdoors

  • Water polo

    Dubrovnik's waterpolo "Divlja Liga" (Wild League) games are played on this beach, a traditional amateur league played by teams, each representing one of Dubrovnik beaches. These games are always very interesting and even funny. There are lots of supporters on stands cheering for their beach and atmosphere is better then on official waterpolo games.

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  • Amazingly different way to see the...

    This is a Dalmatian kayaking tour with a twist. Not only do you get to see the stunning coastline that all the companies offer, but with the traditional boat in support you feel as though you are paddling in a postcard. The tour starts out in Korcula Town, the home of Marco Polo, and finishes in Dubrovnik. Along they way we visit wineries, the...

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  • Sea kayaking, The Elaphite Islands

    Imagine the crystal blue sea around the remote Elaphite Islands!We had one full-day tour around the islands:3 Islands: Šipan, Ruda, and Lopud and as they say on their website "Combine the history of Šipan and the sandy beaches of Lopud with Ruda's own cliffs, caves, and swimming and snorkeling spots."Facts:"Moderate, 18 km kayaking / Departures...

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Dubrovnik Favorites

  • Beautiful Dubrovnik

    Somehow I had never wanted to visit Dubrovnik. In the 1980s only old people from Germany went here. Then the war came and big parts of Dubrovik were destroyed. Only then I thought of it as a normal town with people actually living there, not some kind of "Disneyland for Pensioners". They rebuilt everything rather quickly and Dubrovnik came back to...

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  • General Info

    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....

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  • Beaches

    OK we were on the further peninsula - Babin Kuk. Also plenty of hotels here - most with beaches nearby. The Copacabana is the largest beach in this complex (and the nearest to our hotel) partly open to the public. It is a long pebble and rocky platform beach with a restaurant and cafe bar. On our day of arricval we wandered down here and just sat...

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