Travel Guide Dubrovnik – Dubrovnik is truly a medieval treasure by the sea. The sight of ancient city walls protecting architectural gems and hundreds of red-roofed houses is something you will never forget. Dubrovnik is a magical place with something for everyone. Whether it’s good food, a boat ride, a day at the beach, a romantic walk or a cultural activity, it’s all here!
I traveled by bus from Split. The journey lasts about 4 hours, as the bus crosses the Bosnian border (passport control) and stops a few times on the way. You can take a taxi from the main bus station or call your guesthouse to pick you up. It takes about 15 minutes by car to reach the historic center from the bus station. Book your bus tickets here.
Travel Guide Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is full of apartments and pensions. Locals flee the historic center due to mass tourism and rent houses and apartments. I stayed at Lucic’s apartment at 13 Peline Street, which has the best view in town (no kidding!).
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The accommodations were basic and the private bathroom was across the hall (and very hot), but I didn’t mind. Everything I needed was there. The apartment consisted of a kitchen and a living room with a double bed and a bedroom with another double bed. The beds were very comfortable and the apartment was clean. The Wi-Fi worked perfectly and the air conditioner kept the apartment cool!
Toni, the owner of the apartment was very nice and picked me up from the bus station in Dubrovnik. He carried our suitcases up the stairs which I really appreciated! You can also ask him to drive you to the airport.
What I liked most about the apartment was the private terrace with an absolutely breathtaking view. Tears rolled down my cheeks when I first saw him. Lucic’s apartment is on the highest street; Peline, so I could see the entire historic center below me. I enjoyed the afternoon and evening sitting on the terrace and enjoying the panoramic view of the old town of Dubrovnik.
I stayed in Dubrovnik for 5 nights and it was perfect. This gives you the chance to explore the city at a slow pace so you can really appreciate all it has to offer, you can take time to relax and take day trips too.
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To enjoy the sea, I recommend visiting Dubrovnik in spring and summer. Temperatures are already warm in May and June. I went to Dubrovnik at the end of June and it was already 35°C! I would avoid July and August as the tourists are at their worst then.
One important thing to know is that Dubrovnik is a very popular destination for cruises. Between 5,000 and 7,000 cruise passengers visit the historic center every day. Ships arrive in the morning and depart in the evening. This means that from 10:00 to 16:00 Dubrovnik is the busiest. Avoid visiting monuments during this time. Look for quieter spots for lunch and wander the narrow streets away from the shops and restaurants. You can go to the beach or go kayaking to escape the crowds. The port of Dubrovnik knows a year in advance which ships will arrive and publishes it on its website. You can refer to this document for preparation. Indicate which ships, when and how many passengers are on board. (you can do one search per month)
Dubrovnik is full of architectural gems. As soon as you arrive at Luza Square, the city’s most popular meeting place, you will be overwhelmed by all its beauty. The square is surrounded by Dubrovnik’s most magnificent monuments. You can admire the Renaissance Sponza Palace, the 15th century bell tower, the Gothic Rector’s Palace, the Cathedral, the Baroque San Biagio Church at the same time. This is where Dubrovnik’s main street, Stradun, begins, leading to the west side of the city, home to the large Onofrio’s Fountain, the Franciscan Monastery, and the Pile Gate.
The best way to discover this seaside medieval treasure is to climb its walls. So you can admire Dubrovnik from every angle. You can take a closer look at its many towers and domes and witness the waves crashing against the city walls. I took a lot of pictures from here. The views are absolutely stunning. I suggest you climb the walls early in the morning before the crowds arrive and the sun is scorching.
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Buza Bar is a cliffside bar located behind the walls of Dubrovnik. You can get there by crossing the “hole in the wall” (=Buza). It is the perfect place to relax, sunbathe, swim and enjoy a cocktail while enjoying the sound of the waves and the view of the many ships passing by.
This fortress was used in Game of Thrones and offers an amazing view of the old town of Dubrovnik surrounded by the city walls and its old port. It is outside the walls.
You can take the yellow cable car to the top of Mount Srđ for the most spectacular view of Dubrovnik. Most people stop at the cable car platform, but if you exit the tourist area and walk a little to the left of the cable car, you’ll find a rockier path that offers a much better view and more photo opportunities.
If you want to admire the view even more, you can enjoy a cocktail at the Panorama Bar, which are delicious and you will never get bored of the view.
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The old town consists only of narrow streets and stairs. There are no cars and it is great fun to get lost in the maze of streets. Don’t be afraid to turn into the next alley without knowing where you’ll end up. You’ll find yourself back in time or feel like you’re really in King’s Landing. At night, the atmosphere is even better, and don’t be afraid, because there’s almost no crime here.
The first night after my arrival, I was looking for a place to eat while exploring the streets for the first time. I ended up in the square just after passing Pile Gate. The square is always full of tourists waiting for their bus to arrive, but if you walk to the edge of the square overlooking the old harbor with Bokar Fort on the left and Fort Lovrijenac on the other, it gets quieter. There are restaurants on both sides of the square. Nautika restaurant prices are ridiculously high, Kavana Dubravka prices are not. They are very reasonable and the food is very good. The waiters will always try to get you the table with the best view (if available). So I just recommend to dine at this place if you can admire the beauty of the walls of Fort Bokar and Fort Lovrijenac.
Dubrovnik’s harbors are super romantic and fun to explore. Especially in the evening, I loved the look of it all covered in the last rays of the sun and the lights starting to shine. The ships return to their resting place and the people depart, satisfied and with new memories of what the day has brought. The old harbor in the west no longer docks ships, but is used extensively in films and TV series, as it offers good views of the quay, the old city walls and the surrounding fortresses.
You can’t go to Croatia without taking a cruise. It’s just part of the culture (many seaside Croatians have their own boat) and one of the funnest things to do. I took a ferry to the island of Mljet, one of the most beautiful islands in Croatia. Read all about it here.
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Dubrovnik often appears in movies or TV series. Thus, the possibility of witnessing the recording is quite high. While in Dubrovnik last June, I witnessed the making of a new series titled
. I took many photos of the actors, but I didn’t seem to recognize any of them. Maybe they were just alternates to practice shooting, maybe they will become famous after the series comes out… We’ll see!
I have already mentioned Buza Bar, Panorama Bar and Kavana Dubravka, but there is still one restaurant that deserves recognition; Secret pasta and grill. I have dined at this location 3 out of 5 times. Their food is delicious! They make their own pasta and the desserts were amazing. Would definitely try the risotto, scampi ravioli and shrimp and avocado salad. For dessert I loved fresh strawberries with mascarpone cream and crunchy filo! The staff was extremely friendly.
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