Things to do in Dubrovnik

With its quaint cobblestone streets and red-tiled roofs, Dubrovnik makes an amazing holiday destination for visitors from all walks of life. Its sublime location on the Adriatic Coast means it's a popular European travel spot, featuring Baroque churches, monasteries and palaces built behind iconic city walls in the UNESCO-listed Old Town.

Visitors can enter through Pile Gate and admire the imposing Fort Lovrijenac or journey to the Rector's Palace, housing the Cultural History Museum. One can also delve into more recent historic events with the powerful exhibitions of War Photo Limited.

A short cable car ride up the hill lies Mt Srd, presenting stunning views of the Old Town and the Elafiti Islands. Dominating the bay is the forested island of Lokrum, just a 10-minute ferry ride from Old Harbour. Visitors should take in the Benedictine monastery, pose on a replica of the Iron Throne from Game of Thrones and wander through lush botanical gardens.

Dubrovnik boasts a superb bus service, with key tourist routes running long past midnight in peak season. Discounted fares can be bought at a newsagent (tisak), and journeys to Old Town from Gruz or Lapad take just 15 to 20 minutes.

Those willing to brave the masses of July and August can explore the annual Dubrovnik Summer Festival of music, theatre, dance and film. But for most people, the best time to visit is May to June, or September to October, when the sun is out, the sea is warm and the crowds are noticeably thinner.

Mljet Island photo

Mljet Island

Covered by small villages, forests and vineyards, Mljet is famous for its national park. Main attractions include the two saltwater lakes of Veliko Jezero and Malo Jezero, as well …

Mljet Island

Covered by small villages, forests and vineyards, Mljet is famous for its national park. Main attractions include the two saltwater lakes of Veliko Jezero and Malo Jezero, as well as a 12th-century Benedictine monastery. Mljet is said to be Croatia's greenest island, the beauty of the unspoiled oasis attracting nature lovers and those in search of peace and tranquillity. It's popular with couples because of the pristine natural beauty and lack of crowds, making it ideal for romantic getaways. It is also a great option for those who enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming, mountain biking, hunting, fishing and kayaking.

Website www.mljet.hr

Franciscan Monastery photo

Franciscan Monastery

Around 700 years old, the Franciscan church and monastery is enclosed in the walls of medieval Dubrovnik. While enduring many rebuilds and repairs, it still boasts one of the most …

Franciscan Monastery

Around 700 years old, the Franciscan church and monastery is enclosed in the walls of medieval Dubrovnik. While enduring many rebuilds and repairs, it still boasts one of the most beautiful Romanesque cloisters in Dalmatia. There is a working pharmacy, considered the third oldest in the world, which also holds a museum housing medical instruments and books, scales and gilded church relics. Its library is renowned globally by historians for its celebrated inventory of some 30,000 volumes with 1,500 handwritten documents. The monastery proves a great refuge after sightseeing in the heat and city crowds, offering peace and quiet in its tranquil gardens.

Address Placa 2

Dubrovnik City Walls photo

Dubrovnik City Walls

The impressive walls enclosing the ancient city of Dubrovnik were laid out in the 13th century and became an ongoing project for almost two hundred years. The fortified walls are u…

Dubrovnik City Walls

The impressive walls enclosing the ancient city of Dubrovnik were laid out in the 13th century and became an ongoing project for almost two hundred years. The fortified walls are up to 10 feet (3m) thick on the sea side and at least twice as thick on the land side, reaching up to 82 feet (25m) in height. Visitors access the walls via a steep stone stairway and once they reach the top they'll be rewarded with astonishing vistas. A walk around the old city from this fascinating vantage point is a must for visitors to Dubrovnik. The detached sentinel of Lovrijenac Fort to the west of the old city is also worth a visit.

Marin Drzic's House photo

Marin Drzic's House

Marin Drzic is Croatia's best-known literary genius, immortalised in his Dubrovnik home which serves as a museum dedicated to the famous playwright and author. It gives visitors a …

Marin Drzic's House

Marin Drzic is Croatia's best-known literary genius, immortalised in his Dubrovnik home which serves as a museum dedicated to the famous playwright and author. It gives visitors a great insight into the writer with a 40-minute presentation on his life and work. The house itself has been restored to reflect the 16th-century Renaissance period that Drzic lived in, while also functioning as an exhibition space and museum of theatre. The museum collects theatrical material for study and is the only institution of its kind in Croatia.

Address Siroka ulica 7

Website muzej-marindrzic.eu/en

Cathedral Treasury photo

Cathedral Treasury

Dubrovnik has had at least three cathedrals on the same site during its long history. The first was a Byzantine building dating from the 7th century; the second a Romanesque Cathed…

Cathedral Treasury

Dubrovnik has had at least three cathedrals on the same site during its long history. The first was a Byzantine building dating from the 7th century; the second a Romanesque Cathedral destroyed by a great earthquake; and at present the beautiful Baroque structure completed in 1713. Within the current Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary, there are several magnificent statues and paintings, including a work by Titian dating back to about 1552. As well as valuable art, the cathedral has stunning Baroque features as well as a treasury, filled with hundreds of relics, artefacts and religious icons.

Address Kneza Damjana Jude 1

Dubrovnik Riviera photo

Dubrovnik Riviera

In close proximity to the city of Dubrovnik there are lots of picturesque villages and stunning resorts to explore.

Dubrovnik Riviera

In close proximity to the city of Dubrovnik there are lots of picturesque villages and stunning resorts to explore.

About 11 miles (18km) away is the quiet bay of Zaton, with sandy beaches and pine forest. The town has numerous restaurants, a relic of the days when it was the chosen retreat for the aristocrats of the Dubrovnik Republic.

The village of Tristeno features the Arboretum, a Gothic-Renaissance park on the coast. In the centre of this village, visitors are awed by two gigantic sycamore trees which are reputedly 500 years old and standing 197ft (60m) tall.

Even closer to the city, the towns of Kupari, Srebreno, Mlini, Soline and Plat lie along a chain of hills descending to the rim of Zupa Bay, known as one of the most beautiful resorts on the Dubrovnik Riviera.

Here, visitors will find plenty of modern hotels offering a variety of watersports to keep guests entertained. Also close to Dubrovnik is Lapad Beach, a popular getaway with a number of bars and restaurants, and a lovely spot to while away a sunny afternoon.


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War Photo Limited photo

War Photo Limited

War Photo Limited features changing photographic exhibitions relating to war and conflict, aiming to expose the horror and brutality experienced by innocents and combatants alike. …

War Photo Limited

War Photo Limited features changing photographic exhibitions relating to war and conflict, aiming to expose the horror and brutality experienced by innocents and combatants alike. These exhibitions in the historic centre of Dubrovnik are intended to be educational and showcase the work of world-renowned photojournalists. The minds behind War Photos Limited consider war a disease and the intention is to rid people of the perception that it can be glorious and righteous. Anybody interested in military history, photography or the strength of the human spirit will be fascinated by War Photo Limited. Although some exhibitions may be quite shocking, a visit to the gallery is an overwhelmingly rewarding experience.

Address Antuninska 6

Website www.warphotoltd.com

Elafiti Islands photo

Elafiti Islands

A popular excursion from Dubrovnik is a day trip to the offshore islands of Kolocep, Lopud and Sipan. They are an escape from the mainland crowds, boasting olive groves, orchards, …

Elafiti Islands

A popular excursion from Dubrovnik is a day trip to the offshore islands of Kolocep, Lopud and Sipan. They are an escape from the mainland crowds, boasting olive groves, orchards, sand- and pebble beaches, 15th-century mansions, and several interesting churches and monasteries. The smallest and closest island to Dubrovnik, Kolocep is lush and green. Lopud is the most visited, and famed for the sandy beach at Sunj. Sipan used to be the summer getaway of choice for aristocratic families in Dubrovnik and is fascinating from a historical point of view. Kolocep and Lopud are both car-free islands and easy to navigate on foot.

Korcula Island photo

Korcula Island

Korcula Island is one of the biggest on the Adriatic, boasting verdant vineyards, secluded beaches and olive groves. Korcula Town juts out into the sea, and is typically Dalmatian …

Korcula Island

Korcula Island is one of the biggest on the Adriatic, boasting verdant vineyards, secluded beaches and olive groves. Korcula Town juts out into the sea, and is typically Dalmatian in character, with red-roofed houses and enclosing walls. Some theorise that Marco Polo was born here and his rumoured house is now a museum open to the public. The town is also famous for its 15th-century Moreska sword dance which is performed during summer.

Other towns on the island include Vela Luka and Lumbarda, which are surrounded by vineyards and coves. Korcula is said to have been a favourite Greek holiday spot over 2,000 years ago and since then it hasn't stopped delighting visitors with its culture and green landscapes. Of the 1,000 or so islands in Croatia, Korcula is often ranked most highly as a holiday destination.

Website www.korculainfo.com

Sponza Palace photo

Sponza Palace

Built between 1516 and 1522, the Sponza Palace was the centre of medieval Dubrovnik. A mixture of Gothic and Renaissance architectural styles, it's one of the most beautiful and we…

Sponza Palace

Built between 1516 and 1522, the Sponza Palace was the centre of medieval Dubrovnik. A mixture of Gothic and Renaissance architectural styles, it's one of the most beautiful and well-preserved palaces in the city. It has been suggested that the style of building gives some indication of what public buildings in Dubrovnik may have looked like before they were destroyed in an earthquake in 1667. Although this natural disaster caused considerable destruction to Dubrovnik, the palace itself was largely undamaged. Today, it houses the Dubrovnik archive, which contains 7,000 volumes and about 100,000 individual scripts. The atrium of the palace is an art gallery showcasing various exhibitions from contemporary artists, as well as those prominent in Dubrovnik's past.

Dubrovnik Port photo

Dubrovnik Port

Found next to the picturesque UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Old Town and lined with palm trees, Dubrovnik's Old Port is unforgettable. Known as the 'Jewel of the Adriatic', it …

Dubrovnik Port

Found next to the picturesque UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Old Town and lined with palm trees, Dubrovnik's Old Port is unforgettable. Known as the 'Jewel of the Adriatic', it boasts fantastic sightseeing opportunities and intriguing, small markets along its tiny cobblestoned streets. The rich history and quaint shops of the Old Port make Dubrovnik a popular cruise port, with liners anchoring at the modern Port of Gruz less than two miles (2,5km) from the Old Town. Many different kinds of boat tours are operated from the harbour, offering a wonderful chance to explore the stunning coastline. Many will point out attractions and landmarks, providing insights into the port's past and Dubrovnik in general.

Stradun photo

Stradun

The biggest, longest and widest street in Dubrovnik, the grandiose Stradun dates back to the 13th century, while its uniform houses were mostly built more than 300 years ago. The c…

Stradun

The biggest, longest and widest street in Dubrovnik, the grandiose Stradun dates back to the 13th century, while its uniform houses were mostly built more than 300 years ago. The commercial, entertainment and spiritual home of Dubrovnik, the limestone-paved Stradun is the best place to get a feel for the pulse of Croatia's capital. It holds many of the city's monuments and some great restaurants and shops. One of its more famous attractions is Onofrio's Fountain, which is located in a small square near the Pila Gate and Franciscan Monastery. Built in 1438 by a famous Italian architect from Naples, Onofrio della Cava, this large fountain is considered a masterpiece of its time.

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