44 Things to Do in Dubrovnik: A Comprehensive Guide

Dubrovnik, often referred to as the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” is a city steeped in history and unparalleled beauty. This comprehensive guide delves deep into the heart of Dubrovnik, unveiling its iconic landmarks, from the ancient City Walls to the enchanting Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Whether you’re a history buff, a Game of Thrones enthusiast, or simply seeking the magic of a city that seamlessly blends the past with the present, Dubrovnik promises an experience like no other. Embark on this journey and discover the myriad wonders that await in every cobblestoned alley and sun-kissed square.

What is a Dubrovnik Pass (aka Dubrovnik Card)?

Because Dubrovnik Pass will be mentioned throughout this article, let’s first explain what it is and why you should consider getting it!

This all-inclusive card grants you free access to the iconic City Walls and a curated selection of museums and galleries. But that’s not all! Navigate the city with ease, as the pass also includes a bus card for complimentary public transportation.

Choose from three tailored options to suit your travel plans:

  • Day Pass (€35)
  • 3 Day Dubrovnik Pass (€45)
  • 7 Day Dubrovnik Pass (€55)

The magic starts the moment you step into any cultural institution, activating your pass. And here’s a pro-tip: Purchase your pass online to snag a 10% discount. Alternatively, they’re available at multiple spots across Dubrovnik.

You can buy it here.

Key Takeaways:

  • Free public transportation with every pass.
  • Flexible options: 1-day, 3-day, or 7-day to match your itinerary.
  • Unrestricted entry to a plethora of cultural and historical sites.
  • Enjoy bonus perks like special discounts at restaurants, shops, and more.
  • Online purchases often come with enticing discounts.

Dubrovnik Old Town

  • Working Hours: Varies by attraction. 
  • Ticket Prices: Some attractions may have entrance fees. 
  • Exploration Time: A full day to truly immerse yourself.

Step into the enchanting world of Dubrovnik Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, celebrated as one of the globe’s most impeccably preserved medieval cities. Once a formidable rival to Venice in trade, its grandeur is evident in its vast stone walls, constructed between the 11th and 17th centuries, which encircle the historic heart of the city.

Stroll along The Stradun, the town’s pulsating main shopping street, free of traffic. This vibrant artery is lined with markets, bazaars, and a delightful array of cafes, bars, and restaurants. The central square, Luža, stands as a testament to history, surrounded by iconic landmarks.

For a panoramic view that’ll take your breath away, ascend the City Walls. From here, the Adriatic Sea’s azure expanse stretches infinitely, and the limestone buildings below gleam brilliantly under the sun.

Dive deep into the city’s rich tapestry by joining the History Of Dubrovnik Tour. And for the fans of ‘Game of Thrones’, the city offers themed tours that transport you straight to Westeros.

Key spots not to miss: Dubrovnik Cathedral, Church of St. Blaise, Orlando’s Column, Onofrio Fountain, Franciscan Monastery, and the famed Jesuit stairs.

For a cultural treat, time your visit with the Dubrovnik Summer Festival in July and August. However, to truly savor the city’s charm, it’s recommended to visit early in the morning, evading the summer rush.

Cathedral of the Assumption (Dubrovnik Cathedral)

  • Working Hours: Holy masses: Sundays and holidays at 9 AM, 10 AM, 8 PM. 
  • Ticket Prices: Free. Treasury: 2 €. 
  • Exploration Time: 2-3 hours for a comprehensive experience.

Journey into the heart of Dubrovnik’s Old Town and discover the majestic Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Constructed between 1671 and 1713, this masterpiece replaced a Romanesque basilica that fell victim to the 1667 earthquake. The earlier cathedral was a marvel in its own right, deemed unparalleled in the region.

Today’s cathedral stands as a testament to Roman Baroque architecture in Croatia. Its design boasts a three-aisled vaulted basilica crowned with a striking dome. Inside, the cathedral reveals a harmonious blend of Corinthian pilasters and Tuscan pilasters in the arcades. As you wander, let your gaze drift upwards to the dome, a defining feature of Dubrovnik’s skyline.

Nestled amidst spacious squares, the cathedral is a beacon within Dubrovnik’s medieval urban fabric. Inside, the treasury holds relics of Saint Blaise and a collection of exquisite artworks, including Tizian’s main altar paintings. For a truly ethereal experience, attend the Sunday mass at 10:00 AM, where organ music and a choir elevate the spiritual ambiance.

While in Dubrovnik, indulge in the local culinary delights, particularly the seafood, and soak in the serene atmosphere that the cathedral and its surroundings offer.

The City Walls

  • Working Hours: Daily 9 AM – 5 PM (May – mid October until 7 PM). 
  • Ticket Prices: Adults: 35 € (under 18s: 15 €; children under 7: Free).
  • Exploration Time: 2-4 hours.

Dubbed the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” The City Walls of Dubrovnik stand as a testament to the city’s rich history and architectural prowess. Stretching uninterrupted for 1940 meters and soaring to a height of 25 meters, these medieval walls have shielded Dubrovnik from foreign invasions for centuries.

These formidable barriers are punctuated with robust forts, towers, bastions, and other structures. Among the must-see edifices are the Tower Minčeta, Fortress Revelin, Fortress of Saint John, Fortress Bokar, and the majestic Fortress Lovrijenac.

Originally, four gates granted access to the city: Pile Gate, Ploce Gate, Peskarija Gate, and Ponta Gate. The addition of Buža Gate in 1908 added another entry point. The Ploce Gate, leading directly to the Stradun, and the Ponta Gate, guiding you to the Old Port, are particularly noteworthy.

As you traverse these UNESCO-protected walls, prepare to be captivated by unparalleled views of the old town and port. The journey, spanning roughly 2 hours, is peppered with stops and quaint cafés. However, be prepared for stair climbing, as the walls aren’t wheelchair-friendly.

Pro Tips: Embark early to sidestep the crowds and heat. Equip yourself with comfy shoes, a hat, and ample water. Refill stations are available, including a fountain at the main entrance.

Game of Thrones Tour

  • Meeting Point: Large Onofrio Fountain, Old Town of Dubrovnik. 
  • Duration: Ranges from 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on the chosen tour. 
  • Ticket Prices: Starting from 25 € per person. Entrance to St. Lawrence Fortress is an additional 15 € (free with Dubrovnik Pass or City Wall ticket). 

Embark on a journey through the iconic filming locations of the legendary series, Game of Thrones. Relive the moments at places like Cersei’s Walk of Shame, Red Keep, and Blackwater Bay. And yes, seize the chance to sit and pose on the renowned Iron Throne!

Guided by an expert local, you’ll not only uncover the secrets of the series but also delve into Dubrovnik’s rich history. The tour promises an engaging experience, even if you’re yet to dive into the world of Westeros.

Key stops include the Lovrijenac Fortress (Red Keep), Pile Gate, and the Jesuit Steps. While the “Walk of Shame” location remains a favorite, some spots, like the Purple Wedding, might appear different due to the props used during filming.

However, be mindful, this adventure involves a fair bit of walking and climbing. It might not be suitable for children under 7, pregnant women, those with mobility impairments, and certain other conditions.

Stradun (main street)

  • Working Hours: Shops and cafes have varied timings. 
  • Ticket Prices: Free to walk; individual attractions may have fees. 
  • Exploration Time: 1-2 hours.

Journey through the heart of Dubrovnik on Stradun (Placa), the city’s iconic main street. Stretching approximately 300 meters, this pedestrianized path runs through the Old Town, nestled between the majestic Walls of Dubrovnik. Historically, Stradun was a marshy channel that separated Ragusa from Dubrava, but was reclaimed in the 13th century, evolving into the vibrant artery it is today.

Enter from the western Pile Gate and exit through the eastern Ploče Gate. As you traverse, marvel at the 15th-century fountains, notably the Large Onofrio’s Fountain and Small Onofrio’s Fountain, and let the chimes of the bell towers serenade you.

Post the 1667 earthquake, Stradun was reborn with a uniform design: shops at ground level, living spaces on the first floor, and kitchens in the loft. This design is evident as you pass by shops offering clothing, jewelry, souvenirs, and delectable food. However, be discerning, as some items might be on the pricier side.

Key landmarks to pause at include Onofrio’s Fountain, Saint Saviour’s Church, Statue of Marin Držić, and the dominating Bell Tower. The street’s restoration post the 1991-92 bomb attacks stands as a testament to Dubrovnik’s resilience.

For a cultural immersion, time your visit with the Feast of Saint Blaise procession on 3 February or the New Year’s Eve celebrations. The ambiance is a delightful blend of history, specialty shops, museums, and eateries, making it perfect for people-watching.

To truly appreciate Stradun’s beauty, stroll early, preferably before 8 AM, when the crowds are sparse. As the day progresses, cafes and eateries come alive, offering a plethora of choices.

Dominican Monastery

  • Working Hours: Summer (1 May – 31 October): 9.00 am – 6.00 pm. Winter: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm. 
  • Ticket Prices: €4 for the museum, €2.60 for the church. 
  • Exploration Time: 1 hour.

Nestled in the eastern part of The City, the Dominican Monastery stands as a testament to Dubrovnik’s rich history, seamlessly merging with the iconic City walls. Established in 1225, the present-day church and monastery were completed in the 14th century, playing a pivotal role in Dubrovnik’s defense system.

The monastery’s cloister, a masterpiece in Gothic-Renaissance form, was crafted by the renowned Maso di Bartolomeo of Florence. As you wander through, you’ll be captivated by the vast collection of art, including masterpieces by the Dubrovnik Painters School from the 15th and 16th centuries.

Notable works include canvases by Božidarević, Hamzić, and Dobričević. The museum also boasts an icon of the Virgin Mary with child and the illustrious painting of St. Blaise, Maria Magdalena, and the angel Rafael by Titian.

The church, with its simple Gothic design, is adorned with a Romanesque portal and a grand Gothic crucifix by Paolo Veneziano. The monastery’s serene courtyard and peaceful garden offer a tranquil respite, making it a must-visit for those seeking solace amidst the city’s hustle.

Franciscan Monastery

  • Working Hours: 9am-6pm (Apr-Oct), 9am-5pm (Nov-Mar). 
  • Ticket Prices: €4 adults, €2 children. 
  • Exploration Time: 2 hours for a comprehensive experience.

Nestled right at the onset of Placa, adjacent to the Holy Savior Church, stands the historic Franciscan Monastery. Established circa 1234, the present-day structure dates back to 1317. A journey here is a dive into history, as it houses the third oldest functioning pharmacy on the globe, initiated in 1317. This pharmacy wasn’t just a haven for the public but also served the monks’ medicinal needs.

While the monastery’s church met its unfortunate demise in the 1667 earthquake, the majestic Gothic portal endures. Crafted by the Petrović brothers in 1498, it’s a harmonious blend of Gothic and Renaissance artistry.

The monastery boasts a late Romanesque cloister from 1360, adorned with 120 distinct columns. Bibliophiles will be in awe of its vast library, home to over 70,000 books, inclusive of 1,200 ancient manuscripts and 216 incunabulas.

The serenity of the ambiance is palpable, further enriched by a garden and displays of vintage medicine bottles. The monastery also houses a quaint pharmacy museum. The exhibits are intriguing, ranging from a 6th-century sarcophagus to remnants of the 1991 Yugoslavian war.

Church of St. Blaise

  • Working Hours: 9 AM – 8 PM daily.
  • Ticket Prices: Free.
  • Exploration Time: 1-2 hours. For a serene experience, consider visiting early morning or late evening.

Nestled in the heart of Dubrovnik Old Town is the magnificent Church of St. Blaise, a Baroque masterpiece constructed between 1706 and 1714. This architectural gem stands on the very grounds of a 14th-century Romanesque church, which met its fate in the devastating 1667 earthquake. The church’s design, a brainchild of the Venetian maestro Marino Gropelli, draws inspiration from Sansovino’s Venetian church of San Maurizio.

Upon entering, your gaze will undoubtedly be captured by the 15th-century statue of Saint Blaise, the revered patron saint of Dubrovnik. Holding a miniature model of Dubrovnik, this statue is a testament to the city’s deep-rooted veneration for the saint, a tradition dating back to the 10th century.

Every year on the 3rd of February, the city comes alive with the Feast of St. Blaise, marked by grand processions, parades, and jubilant street celebrations. For ‘Game of Thrones‘ aficionados, this church holds a special allure, having graced the series with its presence.

Inside, the church boasts a rich baroque decoration, paintings, sculptures, and a majestic organ. However, be mindful that some areas await restoration. The church’s wide staircase and terrace are popular spots for relaxation and people-watching.

St. Ignatius Church

  • Working Hours: 7 AM to 10 PM. 
  • Ticket Prices: Free, donations appreciated. 
  • Exploration Time: 30 minutes.

Nestled on the south side of Gundulić Square, the majestic St. Ignatius Church beckons visitors with its grand Baroque staircase, reminiscent of Rome’s Piazza di Spagna, designed by Pietro Passalacqua. As you ascend to Poljana Ruđera Boškovića, the church’s luxurious Baroque style, mirroring the Roman Church of St. Ignatius, unfolds before you.

Crafted by architect Ignazio Pozzo and completed in 1725, the church’s interior is a visual feast. Baroque frescoes by Gaetano Garcia, illustrating scenes from St. Ignatius’ life, adorn the walls. Notably, the church safeguards Dubrovnik’s oldest bell, cast in 1355.

Adjacent lies the renowned Jesuit school, Collegium Ragusinum, once the academic abode of scholar Ruder Boskovic. Today, it serves as the Classical Gymnasium High School.

Though scarred by the 1991 Dubrovnik war, the church stands resilient. Its stained-glass windows, once shattered, now gleam post-restoration. Fans of ‘Game of Thrones’ might recognize it from the iconic “walk of shame” scene.

For a tranquil experience, visit early in the morning, when the surroundings are serene. The absence of a crucifix or image of Jesus behind the altar, focusing solely on St. Ignatius, is a unique feature.

Old Pharmacy Museum

  • Working Hours: 9 am to 6 pm daily.
  • Ticket Prices: Adults 5 €, Children (12-18 years) 3 €, Under 12 free.
  • Exploration Time: 20-30 minutes.

Step into the annals of history at the Old Pharmacy Museum, proudly standing as one of Europe’s oldest pharmacies since 1317. Nestled within the Franciscan Monastery complex, this gem initially catered to Franciscan friars before extending its services to the town and beyond.

Today, not only can you marvel at the ancient pharmaceutical tools, containers, and grinders from the bygone era of Ragusa, but you can also purchase products crafted from time-honored Franciscan recipes. A must-try: the skin cream infused with local wild herbs.

The museum paints a vivid picture of its origins, established to serve the monastery’s in-house hospital for ailing monks. As you wander, be captivated by the colorful ceramic pots and original shelves, alongside equipment once used for concocting herbs, drugs, and potions. The cloister, a haven of tranquility, invites moments of reflection.

For a modern twist, the operational pharmacy offers delightful rose-flavored potions. A poignant display showcases photos from the 1990s war, bearing witness to resilience.

Located at Ulica Placa (Stradun), 20000 Dubrovnik, it’s a serene escape from the bustling crowds. Remember, while photography beckons, it’s strictly off-limits here.

Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik

  • Working Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 9:00 – 20:00 (Monday Closed).
  • Ticket Prices: Adults: 10 €. Pupils and Students: 7 €.
  • Exploration Time: Approximately 1 hour.

Nestled in a former residential mansion of the renowned ship owner Božo Banac, the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik stands as a testament to Croatian artistry. Designed by the eminent Croatian architects Lavoslav Horvat and Harold Bilinić, its neo-Renaissance-cum-Gothic style is a sight to behold.

Spanning over 900 square meters indoors and more than 1100 square meters outdoors, the museum boasts a collection of over 3,000 artworks. These range from modern masterpieces to contemporary wonders, with a special emphasis on Croatian artists.

The museum’s terraces are adorned with striking sculptures, and its three floors are replete with exhibitions, including multimedia pieces with descriptions in both English and Croatian.

For those keen on exploring further, the associated Dulčić, Masle and Pulitika Gallery at Držićeva poljana 1 and Pulitika Studio in Fort St John are a must-visit.

Located merely 5-10 minutes from the old town, it’s an art lover’s paradise, especially with the friendly staff ready to guide you through. And if you have the Dubrovnik Pass, entry is free!

Homeland War Museum

  • Working Hours: 8.30 AM – 10 PM (Apr 1 – Sept 30); 9 AM – 8 PM (Oct); 9 AM – 5 PM (Nov 1 – Mar 31)
  • Ticket Prices: €4 per person (cash only, not included in the Dubrovnik pass).
  • Exploration Time: Approximately 2 hours.

Perched atop Mount Srđ within the historic Fort Imperial, the Homeland War Museum stands as a poignant tribute to Dubrovnik’s resilience. This museum is dedicated to the “Dubrovnik in the Croatian War of Independence 1991 – 1995”, offering a deep dive into one of Europe’s recent wars.

Visitors are greeted with a vast collection of exhibits, from documents, art, and documentary photographs to weapons, war maps, and even objects from daily life during the siege. The museum also houses a touching memorial plaque bearing the names of the brave souls who laid down their lives defending Dubrovnik.

History aficionados will find the museum enlightening, providing a unique Croatian perspective on the attack on Dubrovnik by the Yugoslav army. Beyond its recent history, the Fort Imperial itself is a relic from the Napoleonic era, adding another layer to its historical significance.

For the best experience, it’s advised to explore the old town before heading to the museum. This contextual backdrop will enrich your understanding of the exhibits. And while you’re there, don’t miss the breathtaking view from the fort’s summit.

To streamline your visit, purchase cable car tickets in advance and consider riding post the cruise ship departure for shorter queues.

Maritime Museum

  • Working Hours: 9 AM – 6 PM daily (Wednesday – Closed).
  • Ticket Prices: Adults 10 €; Children 7-18: 7 €;  Children under 7: Free
  • Exploration Time: 45-60 minutes.

Nestled within the historic Fortress of Saint John, the Maritime Museum stands as a testament to Dubrovnik’s illustrious maritime legacy. Dive into a journey that showcases Dubrovnik’s maritime prowess, spanning from the tranquil waters of the Adriatic and Mediterranean to the distant shores of England, Portugal, America, and India.

Housing a staggering 11,000 objects classified into fifteen collections, the museum offers a comprehensive look into the city’s navigation and ship-building evolution. The first floor immerses you in ancient maritime tales, while the second floor transitions into the 19th-century era, marking the shift from sailboats to steamboats.

Marvel at the museum’s diverse exhibits, from intricate art, sunken treasures, and detailed models to imposing canons. Every corner is a treasure trove of information, with English translations ensuring a seamless experience.

While the museum is compact, it’s brimming with insights, making it a family-friendly spot with interactive sections for the young explorers. However, note that there’s no elevator, and the museum spans two levels.

Ethnographic Museum “Rupe”

  • Working Hours: 9 AM – 6 PM daily (Tuesday – Closed).
  • Ticket Prices: 20 € for individuals and 8 € for schoolchildren and students.
  • Exploration Time: 1-2 hours for a comprehensive experience.

Dive into the rich tapestry of Croatian culture at the Ethnographic Museum “Rupe”. Originating from a collection of traditional culture in the early 20th century, it has since been enriched with specimens of traditional attire and lace, notably contributed by Jelka Miš. Initially showcased in Fort St John in 1950, the museum found its home in the Dubrovnik Republic’s granary, known as Rupe/The Holes, in 1991.

Why “Rupe”? It translates to “holes”, a nod to the deep silos carved out of stone. Constructed in 1590, this once four-storey marvel, despite being damaged in the 1667 earthquake, stands tall as a three-storey structure, housing over 10,000 objects that echo the ethnographic heritage of the Dubrovnik region.

Navigate the ground floor to witness the traditional method of grain storage. Ascend to the first and second floors to immerse yourself in displays of economic activities, rural architecture, festive dress, and intricate textile handicrafts. The museum’s unique architectural charm, having survived the great earthquake nearly untouched, offers a window into Dubrovnik’s history and traditional lifestyles.

Included in the Dubrovnik pass, this two-floor museum provides a panoramic view, especially from its staircase. While it offers student discounts, note that its many stairs might pose challenges for those with mobility issues.

Love Stories Museum

  • Working Hours: 10 AM – 6 PM daily.
  • Ticket Prices: Adults: 9 €; Children 10-18: 6.30 €; Children under 10: Free.
  • Exploration Time: 30 minutes.

Dive deep into the world of romance at the Love Stories Museum. This unique space is dedicated to showcasing personal love stories and treasured items from every corner of the globe. From local historical and mythical tales of passion to the real-world love stories generously donated from around the world, every corner of this museum whispers tales of the heart.

Film buffs will revel in the sections highlighting romance from films & TV shows filmed right in Dubrovnik. And for the music enthusiasts, get introduced to the souls behind those iconic love songs that have serenaded generations.

Located conveniently at the Pile gate in Old Town Dubrovnik, just outside the city walls, the museum is easily accessible. The address is OD TABAKARIJE 2, a stone’s throw from Restaurant Orhan.

Inside, the museum spans two floors. While the ground floor offers a brief tour, the 2nd floor is a global journey of love. The owner, known for his warmth, often provides personal introductions, ensuring every visitor feels right at home. And on those sweltering days, they even offer complimentary water to refresh you.

For those looking to capture memories, the museum offers picturesque spots perfect for photos. A visit here is a heartwarming experience, highly recommended for every Dubrovnik visitor.

Dulčić Masle Pulitika Gallery

  • Working Hours: 9 AM – 8 PM daily (Monday – Closed).
  • Ticket Prices: Adults: 8 €; Children 7-18 and Students: 5 €; Children under 7: Free.
  • Exploration Time: 30 minutes.

Nestled at Držićeva poljana 1, Dubrovnik, the Dulčić Masle Pulitika Gallery stands as a poignant tribute to Ronald Brown, the American Commerce Secretary, whose life was tragically cut short in a plane crash near Dubrovnik in 1996.

This gallery proudly displays the masterpieces of three of Dubrovnik’s illustrious artists: Ivo Dulčić, Antun Masle, and Đuro Pulitika. As an extension of the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik, the lower floor is dedicated to a permanent collection of their captivating works. Meanwhile, the upper gallery breathes fresh artistic air, hosting temporary exhibitions by contemporary talents.

A special mention goes to the Ronald Brown Memorial House, a significant feature located on the ground floor. For those wielding the Dubrovnik card, entry to this gallery is included. Otherwise, expect an entrance fee of approximately 140 kunas or 20 euros.

Though compact with its two-floor structure, every corner of this gallery resonates with the essence of contemporary Dubrovnik art. The well-informed staff not only shed light on the artworks but also on the poignant history of the 1991 war. And if a piece particularly catches your eye, the gallery offers prints for sale.

Red History Museum

  • Working Hours: 10 AM – 8 PM daily.
  • Ticket Prices: Adults: 9 €; Children 11-17: 3.60 €; Students and Seniors: 7.20 €; Children under 10: Free.
  • Exploration Time: 1.5 to 2.5 hours.

Dive deep into Croatia’s intriguing modern history at the Red History Museum, a captivating exploration of life under the communist regime of Yugoslavia. Established in April 2019, this museum meticulously covers the era from 1945 to 1990. It’s thoughtfully segmented into three sections: socialism in theory, socialism in practice, and socialism in memory.

Situated conveniently outside the City Walls in the Gruz area, it’s a stone’s throw from the main ferry and bus terminal. Address: Ulica Svetog Križa 3, Dubrovnik, Croatia.

The museum offers a profound understanding of the ideologies behind communism, enriched with a plethora of items, articles, videos, and interactive photos. Whether you’re an English or Croatian speaker, the museum caters to all, with additional booklets available in various languages.

Visitors can expect an immersive experience, with an average duration ranging from 1.5 to 2.5 hours. Beyond the main exhibition, there’s a serene back garden, perfect for reflection. However, a heads-up for taller visitors or those with mobility concerns: the toilets might pose a challenge.

For the tech-savvy, the museum boasts augmented reality features, though some might need a touch-up. A portion of the profits is dedicated to local youth education programs, making your visit both enlightening and impactful.

Rector’s Palace

  • Working Hours: 9 AM – 6 PM daily.
  • Ticket Prices: Adults: 15 €; Schoolchildren and students: 8 €; Children under 7: Free.
  • Exploration Time: 1 hour.

Step into the historic heart of Dubrovnik at the Rector’s Palace, which stood as the emblematic seat of the Rector of the Republic of Ragusa from the 14th century until 1808.

This architectural marvel, a blend of Gothic style with Renaissance and Baroque elements, has witnessed the ebb and flow of time, enduring gunpowder explosions and earthquakes.

Its resilience is a testament to the masterminds behind its restoration. Onofrio della Cava took charge after the 1435 explosion, while Michelozzo of Florence infused the facade and portico with Renaissance flair. The 1667 earthquake led to the addition of a Baroque staircase in the atrium.

The Palace was more than just a residence; it encapsulated the essence of governance and administration, housing the Minor and Major Council hall, courtroom, prisons, arsenal, and even a gunpowder store-house. The inscription “OBLITI PRIVATORUM PUBLICA CURATE” above the entrance serves as a timeless reminder of public duty.

Today, it’s home to the Cultural-historic Department of the Dubrovnik Museum, showcasing antique furniture, paintings, old coins, and relics from the Domus Christi Pharmacy of the 15th century. The atrium, renowned for its acoustics, doubles as a concert venue.

Dive deeper into history with augmented reality displays, and don’t miss the intense experience of the dungeon section. Enjoy free admission with the Dubrovnik Pass and marvel at historical items like the “octopus” and the two green men from the clock tower.

Trsteno Arboretum

  • Working Hours: 8 AM – 7 PM.
  • Ticket Prices: Around 10 € per person (cash only, no nearby ATMs).
  • Exploration Time: Ideal for a 1-2 hour visit.

Venture just 25 km west of Dubrovnik to discover the mesmerizing Trsteno Arboretum, sprawling across 28 hectares. This verdant haven houses the 15th-century renaissance summer residence of the esteemed Gučetić-Gozze family. With its roots tracing back to the 15th century, the garden stands as a testament to Dubrovnik’s summer residence garden architecture’s pinnacle.

Marvel at the intricate aqueduct, the captivating fountain adorned with Neptune and nymphs, and the serene belvedere pavilion. The ensemble’s rich history began with the Gučetić’s summer house park’s construction from 1494 to 1502.

Recognized for its unparalleled beauty and significance, it was declared a protected natural rarity in 1948 and has been a monument of nature/garden architecture since 1962.

Managed by the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, the Arboretum serves a myriad of purposes, from scientific to touristic. Wander through the meticulously maintained gardens, relishing the breathtaking sea views. Highlights not to miss: the enchanting water feature, aqueduct, and the panoramic sea overlook.

For ‘Game of Thrones’ enthusiasts, this locale might seem familiar, as some scenes were shot amidst its beauty. Plan your visit either before midday or in the late afternoon for the best lighting.

Sponza Palace

  • Working Hours: Summer: 8 AM – 7 PM, Winter: closes at 5pm.
  • Ticket Prices: Free.
  • Exploration Time: 30 minutes.

Nestled in the heart of Dubrovnik, the Sponza Palace stands as a testament to architectural brilliance, blending Gothic and Renaissance styles. Constructed between 1516 and 1522, mastermind Paskoje Miličević Mihov designed it, while the Andrijić Brothers sculpted its stunning loggia.

Originally, this versatile edifice functioned as a customs house, mint, treasury, armoury, and bank. By the 16th century, it evolved into the cultural epicenter of the Republic of Ragusa. Remarkably, it withstood the 1667 earthquake unscathed. The atrium, once a bustling trading hub, bears the inscription: “Our weights do not permit cheating. When I measure goods, God measures with me.”

Today, it safeguards the Dubrovnik State Archive, boasting documents from the 12th century. The Memorial Room of the Defenders of Dubrovnik pays homage to the brave souls of the 1991-1995 conflict. Architectural aficionados will appreciate the late-Gothic windows, Renaissance portico on six Corinthian columns, and the statue of St Blaise.

For ‘Game of Thrones’ enthusiasts, its fame is undeniable. Situated near the bell tower on the Stradum, it’s a favored spot for wedding photography and modern art displays.

Fort Lovrijenac

  • Working Hours: 8 AM – 7 PM daily.
  • Ticket Prices: Included in the 35 € ticket for the walls and museum or 5€ standalone entry.
  • Exploration Time: 1 hour.

Perched on a staggering 37-meter high sea cliff, Fort Lovrijenac stands as a sentinel outside Dubrovnik’s city walls. Constructed between 1018 and the 16th century, this fortress was a strategic masterpiece to shield Dubrovnik, especially from the looming Venetian fleet. Its rapid construction in just three months was a tactical move to thwart Venetian dominance.

The fort’s entrance proudly bears the inscription: “NON BENE PRO TOTO LIBERTAS VENDITUR AURO” – a testament that freedom’s value surpasses all the gold in the world. With its triangular design and three terraces, the fort’s walls are a marvel. While the sea-facing walls boast a thickness ranging from 4 to 12 meters, those facing the city are a mere 60 cm.

Dubbed as “Dubrovnik’s Gibraltar,” the fort is not just a historical gem. It’s a cultural hub, hosting Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” during the Dubrovnik Summer Festival and serving as the iconic Red Keep in King’s Landing for “Game of Thrones” enthusiasts.

From its terraces, soak in breathtaking views of the old town. And if you’re lucky, catch the thrilling Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series that graces its cliffs.

Old Port

  • Working Hours: Open 24/7.
  • Ticket Prices: Free.
  • Exploration Time: 1 hour.

Nestled in the Eastern part of Dubrovnik, the Old Port stands as a testament to the city’s maritime legacy. Guarded by the imposing St Luke Fort, St John fortress, and Revelin fortress, this port has witnessed centuries of seafaring history.

Designed by the renowned architect Paskoje Miličević in the 15th century, the port boasts the protective breakwater “Kaše” and the historic Old Arsenal. Once a shipbuilding hub during the Dubrovnik Republic, the Arsenal has now transformed into a thematic restaurant, offering a taste of the past.

For those seeking adventure, the port serves as the departure point for boat lines to Lokrum island, Cavtat, Mlini, and various sightseeing tours. The walkway along the port and the 19th-century breakwater Porporela beckon visitors for romantic strolls, offering unparalleled views of the sea.

Dine at the port’s acclaimed restaurants or embark on a 45-minute boat trip, offering mesmerizing views of the city wall. Positioned between the Revelin and Sv. Ivan fortresses, the port’s scenery is especially captivating during sunny days and at night.

For the best experience, visit on weekdays or mornings to sidestep the cruise ship crowds.

Upper Corner Tower (Gornji Ugao Tower)

  • Working Hours: 8 AM – 7 PM daily.
  • Ticket Prices: Includes entry to the wall and the lower fortress.
  • Exploration Time: 30 minutes.

The Upper Corner Tower unveils a captivating slice of history. This tower houses a medieval foundry that dates back to the late 15th century. Active until the 17th century, this foundry was the hub for gunpowder preparation, bronze casting, bell molding, and weapon production.

After being buried post the 1667 earthquake, this historical marvel was rediscovered between 2005-2008. Today, visitors can delve deep into its past with a digital tablet that elucidates the foundry process and showcases archaeological remains.

The entrance, strategically positioned at the northwestern corner of town, lies directly under Fort Minčeta. As a part of the iconic Dubrovnik city wall complex, it grants access to ancient catacombs adorned with forming stalactites, medieval workshops, and an otherwise inaccessible segment of the city wall. This includes a passage over the Pile gate and Bokar tower.

Tucked away at a playground’s corner, this museum is a true “hidden gem”. It offers a serene escape from the usual hustle, making it perfect for those traversing the walls and seeking a deeper dive into local history.

Ploče Gate

  • Working Hours: Open 24 hours.
  • Ticket Prices: Free.
  • Exploration Time: 15 minutes.

Venture into the Old Town through the Ploče Gate, the primary entrance from the Eastern side. Constructed in the late 14th century, this architectural marvel boasts both an inner and outer section. While it once had a wooden drawbridge, today, a stone bridge stands in its place.

Gazing down from above the entrance is the statue of Sveti Vlaho (Saint Blaise), Dubrovnik’s cherished patron saint. The gate’s outer section is fortified by the Revelin Fortress, a freestanding bastion that adds to the city’s medieval charm.

Designed by the renowned architect Mihajlo Hranjac in 1628, the Outer Gate of Ploče is a testament to the city’s rich history. The bridges connecting to the Revelin Fortress, crafted by Paskoje Miličević in the 15th century, further accentuate its grandeur.

For the ‘Game of Thrones’ aficionados, this gate might look familiar, having featured in both Season 2 and Season 5. It’s an excellent starting point for the wall tour, especially in the evening when you can catch the mesmerizing sunset from the wall.

It’s easily accessible, with many bus routes commencing or concluding here. Dive into Dubrovnik’s heart from this iconic gate!

Pile Gate

  • Working Hours: Open all day.
  • Ticket Prices: Free entry to the gate. Walking on the walls: €35.
  • Exploration Time: 15 minutes.

Step through the historic Pile Gate, the grand entrance to Dubrovnik’s Old Town. Constructed in the 15th century, this gate once boasted a wooden drawbridge, now replaced by a sturdy stone bridge. Situated on the town walls’ western part, it offers a direct path to the bustling Stradun, the town’s main promenade.

Marvel at its medieval architecture, featuring two gates; the inner gate, a testament to time, was built in 1460. The gate’s significance is further highlighted by the statue of St. Blaise, the city’s revered patron saint, gracing both the inner and outer arches. Dive deep into history as you spot the mechanical counterweights, once used to hoist the drawbridge.

For the ‘Game of Thrones’ aficionados, this gate might seem familiar, serving as a filming location for the iconic series. The gate’s unique locking system and its role as a pivotal defensive structure showcase the city’s strategic prowess.

Enjoy breathtaking views of the nearby fishing harbor, Fort Lovrijenac, and the vast Adriatic sea. And for caffeine enthusiasts, delightful coffee spots await just outside the castle walls.

Jesuit Staircase

  • Working Hours: Open 24/7.
  • Ticket Prices: Free.
  • Exploration Time: 15 minutes.

Step onto the iconic Jesuit Staircase, renowned for the unforgettable “Walk of shame” scene featuring Cersei Lannister in ‘Game of Thrones’. This architectural marvel, a prime example of Baroque architecture in Dubrovnik, was masterfully designed by the Roman architect Pietro Passalacqua in 1738. Its grandeur is reminiscent of the famed Spanish Steps in Rome.

The staircase gracefully leads to Boškovićeva Poljana (Bošković Square), where the majestic Jesuit church of St. Ignatius stands tall. Nestled near Uz Jezuite Street, you’ll find the church of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the Jesuit College (Collegium Ragusinum), both echoing the city’s rich history.

At the staircase’s base lies Gundulic Square, a bustling market brimming with fresh produce, intriguing products, and unique gifts.

For ‘Game of Thrones’ aficionados, this is a must-visit spot, especially to relive the iconic “shame” scene. Whether day or night, the staircase offers a picturesque backdrop with the university and church, making it a perfect photo op.

West Harbour

  • Working Hours: Open 24/7.
  • Ticket Prices: Free.
  • Exploration Time: 20 minutes.

Unveil the mesmerizing beauty of West Harbour, boasting unparalleled views of the shimmering Adriatic Sea, the ancient Walls of Dubrovnik, and the majestic Fort Lovrjenac. This spot is a magnet for “Game of Thrones” enthusiasts, being the backdrop for pivotal scenes, notably where the Golden Coats extinguished King Robert Baratheon’s illegitimate heirs.

Originally serving as the gateway to Dubrovnik through the Pile gate, today’s West Harbour is a hive of activity. Dive into a plethora of water excursions, or simply soak in the ambiance as boats gracefully glide by. For a refreshing dip, follow the locals to the furthest point, but brace for cooler waters come late November.

Dubbed as “Blackwater Bay” by fans, its fame as a filming location means it’s a bustling hub during peak season. Yet, its allure lies not just in its cinematic ties but in its inherent, breathtaking beauty. A highlight for many, this spot is a must-visit, and the best part? It’s free of charge.

Orlando’s Column

  • Working Hours: Open 24/7.
  • Ticket Prices: Free.
  • Exploration Time: 15-20 minutes for appreciation.

Nestled in the vibrant Luža Square, right in front of the majestic St Blaise’s Church, stands the iconic Orlando’s Column. Erected in 1418, this monument is more than just a piece of art; it’s a symbol of Dubrovnik’s enduring spirit of freedom. Legend has it that Orlando was the hero who aided Dubrovnik in fending off invaders.

During the town’s Summer and St Blaise festivals, the column proudly dons the Libertas (freedom) flag. Interestingly, Orlando’s forearm, which measures precisely 51.25 cm, was once the standard Dubrovnik measurement for fabric.

Beyond its symbolic significance, the column has been a hub of activity for centuries. It’s a favored meeting point, a stage for public proclamations, and even a site for meting out punishments. The column’s creation is credited to local sculptor Antun Dubrovčanin and master sculptor Bonino di Milano.

Aligned with the column stands the original City Bell Tower, constructed in 1444. While the column has withstood the test of time for over 600 years, it underwent restoration due to damage. However, a mishap during the process led to further deterioration. As of August 2023, the column was under refurbishment, eagerly awaiting its next chapter.

Marin Držić Statue

  • Working Hours: Open 24/7.
  • Ticket Prices: Free.
  • Exploration Time: 15-20 minutes.

Nestled near the iconic Cathedral in Dubrovnik stands the bronze tribute to the literary genius, Marin Držić. Often hailed as “Dubrovnik’s Shakespeare,” Držić’s works, especially his comedies, brilliantly capture the Renaissance era’s societal nuances. The masterful hands of Ivan Meštrović, Croatia’s renowned artist, sculpted this homage.

A curious detail that intrigues many is the notable bullet hole in the statue’s neck. While you’re there, you might notice a peculiar trend: visitors rubbing the statue’s nose. This recent tradition is believed to bring good luck. However, the nose’s distinct hue, altered due to frequent rubbing, stands as a testament to its popularity.

While it’s common to see tourists taking selfies seated in Držić’s lap, local heritage enthusiasts often frown upon this practice. Originally gracing the Babin Kuk suburb, the statue now proudly stands outside the theatre bearing his name, close to the Rector’s Palace.

For those keen on literary history, Držić, who lived from 1508 to 1567, is celebrated as one of the Ragusa Republic’s paramount writers. His legacy is so profound that there’s even a prestigious drama award in Croatia named in his honor.

After paying your respects, head to the nearby cafe for a delightful coffee break.

Large Onofrio’s Fountain

  • Working Hours: Open all day.
  • Ticket Prices: Free.
  • Exploration Time: 15 minutes.

Constructed in 1438, this architectural marvel was an integral part of the city’s water-supply system, channeling water from a spring a staggering 12km away. The genius behind its design? The renowned Italian architect, Onofrio di Giordano della Cava.

While it once boasted a plethora of sculptures, the devastating 1667 earthquake left only 16 carved masks in its wake. These masks, still intact, trickle drinkable water into a basin below. And yes, it’s perfectly safe to quench your thirst here, especially during the sweltering summer days.

Nestled near the Pile Gate in the heart of the Old Town, this fountain isn’t just a testament to medieval engineering but also a slice of pop culture. Fans of “Game of Thrones” will recognize it as one of the show’s filming locations.

For a serene experience, catch the sight of a Franciscan monk feeding pigeons in the early morning. And if you’re looking to capture its beauty, dawn offers the best photo opportunities, free from the bustling crowds. It’s also a popular rendezvous point for “Game of Thrones” tours within the city walls.

Fort Bokar

  • Working Hours: 8 AM – 6:30 PM daily.
  • Ticket Prices: Included in the City Walls walk ticket which is 35 €.
  • Exploration Time: 15 minutes.

Nestled on the western edge of Dubrovnik’s city walls, the majestic Fort Bokar (aka King’s Landing for GoT fans) stands as a sentinel of history. Constructed in the 15th century, this architectural marvel was designed to shield the town’s primary entrance, the Pile Gate, its bridge, and moat. The genius behind its design? The renowned Florentine architect, Michelozzo di Bartolomeo Michelozzi.

Dive into history as you explore its interiors, showcasing an array of cannons and a treasured collection of precious stones (lapidary). The fort’s unique two-story casemate structure, with a segment standing on a detached rock, allows the sea to flow beneath it, adding to its allure.

A highlight of any Dubrovnik visit, Fort Bokar offers unparalleled views of the azure sea and the Old Town. And for the ‘Game of Thrones’ aficionados, a familiar scene awaits. The fort also houses a foundry museum and beckons with underground explorations.

Your City Walls walk ticket not only grants you access to this gem but also to Fort Lawrence and the “Western Bulwark”, valid for 3 days. As you embark on this journey, prepare for a walk filled with steps and breathtaking vistas. Don’t forget to hydrate, and if you need a break, refreshment shops dot the path.

Buža Bar or “the hole in the wall”

  • Working Hours: 8 AM – 12 AM daily.
  • Ticket Prices: No entrance fee; drinks as per menu.
  • Exploration Time: 2-3 hours for a relaxed experience.

Perched on the cliffs with the Adriatic’s vastness below, Buža Bar is a gem in Dubrovnik. Its moniker, “hole-in-the-wall,” isn’t just a catchy name; the entrance is literally a hole in the city wall! This unique spot offers unparalleled views of the historic island of Lokrum and the undulating hills of Southern Dalmatia.

Imagine sipping a drink, with the sun setting, casting a golden hue over the sea. That’s the allure of Buža Bar. Come spring and summer, tables dot the cliffside, making it the go-to spot for sunsets. And due to its soaring popularity, there’s now a sibling spot, Buža II, offering a more laid-back vibe and a cocktail menu.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Want that sunset table? Arrive 2-3 hours before the sun dips.
  • While the sunsets are partially obscured by the city wall, the thrill of cliff jumping, sunbathing, and swimming more than compensates.
  • It’s basic and can get packed. Service might vary, and drinks might not always hit the right temperature.
  • Prices lean towards the higher side: 6 € for a beer, 7 € for wine, and 5 € for soft drinks.
  • Snack options? Think Pringles or peanuts.
  • Ready for a swim? Don your swimsuit. But remember, there are no changing facilities. And while there’s a porta potty, it might be occupied.
  • Payment at the original Buža Bar is cash-only. Buža II might be more card-friendly.
  • If you’re looking for an alternative, consider the Cave Bar at Hotel More.

Outdoor Cinema Slavica

  • Working Hours: First show starts at 6 PM, the second at 9 PM.
  • Ticket Prices: around 7 €.
  • Exploration Time: Duration of the movie plus some time to soak in the ambiance.

Experience the magic of film under the stars at Outdoor Cinema Slavica, a must-visit gem in Dubrovnik. This open-air theater offers a unique cinematic experience, making it an ideal choice in these pandemic times. Not only is it an amazing place to see a movie, but it’s also a fantastic bargain for a night out with its affordable tickets.

Arrive a tad early, and you’ll be treated to beautiful sunsets that paint the sky, setting the perfect ambiance for the movie night ahead. The cinema boasts a pleasant atmosphere, though a touch of added comfort with deckchairs could elevate the experience even further.

Whether you’re a cinephile or just looking for a unique experience, Cinema Slavica beckons. And here’s a tip: it’s worth visiting both during the day and at night to capture its full essence.

Culture Club Revelin

  • Working Hours: Summer: 10:30 PM – 5:30 AM daily; Winter: Fri-Sat 10:30 PM – 5:30 AM and for special events.
  • Ticket Prices: Free before midnight, €10 USD after.
  • Exploration Time: A night to remember!

Nestled within a 500-year-old medieval fortress, Culture Club Revelin stands as a testament to the perfect blend of the past and the present. Since its inception as a club venue in summer 2011, it has swiftly risen to be recognized as one of the best nightclubs in the world.

Located at the eastern edge of Dubrovnik’s Old Town, its exterior boasts of antique charm, while the interior dazzles with bare stone blocks, arched aisle spaces, and grand barreled roofs. This club offers an unparalleled atmosphere, thanks to world-class DJs, top chart performers, and a state-of-the-art sound system.

During the summer, international DJs set the stage on fire, while leading Croatian pop and rock acts keep the energy high all year round. Address: Sv Dominika 3, Dubrovnik, 20000.

For those looking to experience the unique thrill of partying in a fortress, Revelin is the place to be. With free entry before midnight and a reasonable entrance fee of 10 € thereafter, the club promises an unforgettable night.

The drinks, while fairly priced, ensure you stay refreshed, and the two expansive bars mean you’re never waiting too long. Safety is paramount, with bouncers diligently ensuring a secure environment.

Sea Kayaking with X-Adventure Sea Kayaking Dubrovnik

  • Duration: 3-4 hours.
  • Ticket Prices: Varies by tour.
  • Exploration Time: 3-4 hours. Highly recommended by many as a must-do in Dubrovnik!

Dive into a thrilling aquatic adventure with X-Adventure Sea Kayaking Dubrovnik. With local guides like Joseph, Marco, Ari, Anna, and Dino, who are brimming with insights about Dubrovnik’s rich history, you’re in for an unforgettable journey.

Choose from a variety of tours:

  • Game of Thrones Kayak Tour: Relive the iconic scenes by exploring filming locations.
  • Lokrum Island Tour: Paddle around the mysterious island and its attractions.
  • Half-Day Kayak Tour: A condensed experience of Dubrovnik’s beauty.
  • Dubrovnik Sunset Tour: Witness the mesmerizing sunset from your kayak, a view that’ll etch in your memory.

The tours cover iconic spots like the Old Town, imposing city walls, serene Lokrum island, hidden Bettina cave, and historic forts. All these from a unique vantage point – the sea!

Inclusions? Expect water, healthy snacks, waterproof gear, and a deep dive into Croatia and Dubrovnik’s history. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned kayaker, the tours cater to all. Covering a distance of approximately 8km over 3-4 hours, there’s ample opportunity to swim, explore the blue cave, feed fish, and paddle around Lokrum island. And as a cherry on top, dive, jump, and finish off with some wine.

Contact: info@kayak-dubrovnik.com, +385 97 722 2979.

Location: Dubrovnik Fun Tours j.d.o.o., Petra Krešimira IV 22, Dubrovnik.

Cliff Jumping in Dubrovnik

  • Ticket Prices: Free.
  • Exploration Time: Half to a full day, depending on the number of spots visited.

Dubrovnik, renowned for its cultural allure, also thrills with adrenaline-packed cliff jumping. The coastline beckons with cliffs and beaches perfect for rock diving, gaining fame when the Red Bull Diving World Series chose the majestic Lovrijenac fortress as its diving backdrop in 2009.

Buža Beach Old Town & Buža Bar: Hidden behind the city walls, access this gem through a discreet hole. With two spots, the main bar and Bar Mala Buža, it’s free to enter and jump. Daredevils can leap from heights over 20 meters, feeling the rush during a 3-second free fall. Tip: Start small and gradually challenge yourself.

Danče Beach: A rocky haven near Old Town, loved by locals. With cliffs soaring 30-40 meters, it caters to all thrill levels. Tip: Beware of waves on windy days.

Dead Sea, Lokrum Island: A unique shallow salt lake, just a 15-minute boat journey from Old Town, ideal for acrobatic leaps.

Pigeon Cave, Lokrum Island: Beside Lokrum’s nudist beach, it offers ledges up to 12 meters. Tip: Pack snorkeling gear for crystal-clear waters.

Betina Cave Beach: Only reachable by water, often a kayak tour pitstop, with jumps up to 8 meters.

Bellevue Beach: A quaint pebbly bay with jumps reaching 20 meters. Tip: For the best experience, swim to the right-side rocks.

Boninovo Cliffs: Nestled between Bellevue and Danče, offering leaps up to 15 meters.

Additional Tips: Buža Bar provides mesmerizing views of the Adriatic Sea and Lokrum Island. To find it, head towards St. Ignatius Church and follow the “Cold Drinks” signs. However, be prepared for slightly higher prices, with drinks ranging from 5 € to 7 €.

Cable Car to Srđ Mountain

  • Working Hours: Jun-Jul-Aug: 9 AM – 24 PM, Sept 9 AM – 11 PM, Oct 9 AM – 10 PM, Nov and Mar 9 AM – 5 PM, Dec and Jan 9 AM – 4 PM, Feb – Closed.
  • Ticket Prices:
  • Adult round-trip ticket: 27€.
  • Adult one-way ticket: 15€.
  • Children (4-12 years) round-trip ticket: 7€.
  • Children (4-12 years) one-way ticket: 4€.
  • Children up to 4 years: Free.
  • Slight discount in non-peak season months.
  • Exploration Time: 2-3 hours for a comprehensive experience.

Elevate your Dubrovnik experience by soaring to the top of Srđ Mountain via the iconic Cable Car. Established in 1969, this ride promises breathtaking views of the Old City, the shimmering Adriatic Sea, and a constellation of islands. From the summit of Srd Hill, on a clear day, you can gaze as far as 60 km (37 miles)!

The journey, though a swift three minutes, is an unforgettable ascent. With two carriages, each accommodating up to 30 passengers, it’s a smooth sail to panoramic vistas. And for those chasing the golden hour, the mountain’s peak is a photographer’s paradise, especially during sunset.

Beyond the views, the top houses the “Panorama” restaurant & bar, the Amphitheatre, Ohrid Pearl Shop, Coin Blacksmithing Shop, and the poignant Museum Dubrovnik in Homeland War. For the adventurous, Buggy Safari and Hiking Trail beckon.

Depart from the station just outside the eastern entrance to Old Town Dubrovnik. Note: The cable car halts during high winds or lightning. And while the ride is brief, reviewers unanimously agree: it’s worth every cent and every second.

Daksa Island

  • Working Hours: Private arrangements required.
  • Ticket Prices: Varies based on private tours.
  • Exploration Time: A few hours for a comprehensive exploration.

Venture just 1.5 nautical miles from Dubrovnik and you’ll find Daksa Island, the smallest gem in the Elaphite archipelago. Measuring a mere 500 meters in length and 200 meters in width, this island is steeped in history and shrouded in mystery.

In 1944, it bore witness to a harrowing event: the execution of 53 accused men. Today, a memorial grave stands in remembrance of these souls. The island’s past has left it abandoned, with ruins echoing tales of bygone eras. Discover remnants of a 13th-century monastery, a 19th-century lighthouse, and a once-grand villa.

Though not on the usual tourist radar due to its somber history, those with a penchant for the undiscovered can make private arrangements to visit. The island’s terrain, lush with cypresses, orange and lemon trees, and wild garlic, offers a serene backdrop, but tread carefully amidst the overgrown paths and ruins.

For those considering a visit, it’s crucial to grasp Daksa Island’s history. Approach with respect, given its tragic past. Ensure a dependable return journey, as the island’s reputation might deter some boat operators.

Lokrum Island

  • Working Hours: first boat from Dubrovnik 9 AM, last boat back from Lokrum 6 PM.
  • Ticket Prices: 7 € for the ferry.
  • Exploration Time: Recommended 4-hour trip.

Just a stone’s throw away from Dubrovnik Old Town, Lokrum Island beckons with its serene landscapes dotted with pine, cypress, and olive trees. Reachable by a swift 15-minute ferry ride costing 5 euros, the island is a haven for those seeking tranquility.

Ferries depart half-hourly in summer from Porporela – Dubrovnik’s Old Port, with tickets conveniently available at kiosks in the Old Port. For the tech-savvy, ferry details can be checked online.

Once on Lokrum, immerse yourself in the Botanical Gardens, home to diverse flora and free-roaming peacocks. Explore the haunting ruins of the Benedictine Monastery from yesteryears and delve into the island’s rich history, including tales of King Richard the Lionheart seeking refuge here in the 12th century.

For the sun-seekers, pristine spots await for swimming, sunbathing, and snorkeling. Sports enthusiasts can indulge in a game of volleyball or football on designated pitches. And for the ‘Game of Thrones’ aficionados, not only were scenes filmed here, but the “original Throne” stands majestically in the monastery for visitors.

While the island lacks conventional shops and restaurants, some sandwich bars cater to basic culinary needs. Lokrum is a seasonal paradise, open from April to November, with ferries operating from 10am to 5pm daily.

Lopud Island

  • Working Hours: first ferry from Dubrovnik departs at 10 AM, last ferry back from Lopud departs at 6:20 PM.
  • Ticket Prices: 3 € per adult, 2 € per child (one way).
  • Exploration Time: A full day for a comprehensive experience.

Discover the serene beauty of Lopud Island, nestled northwest of Dubrovnik and a gem of the renowned Elaphites archipelago. This slice of paradise boasts the sandy Sunj beach, often hailed as one of Croatia’s finest. With a mere 240 residents, Lopud exudes a tranquil, rustic charm. The village itself is a quaint haven, complete with a supermarket, vacation apartments, and delightful restaurants.

Bask in over 2,584 hours of sunshine annually on this verdant island, blessed with fresh water and a rich tapestry of flora. The absence of cars amplifies its peaceful allure.

Dive into attractions like the Franciscan monastery that majestically overlooks the village, or the Botanical Garden, a treasure trove of global flora from cacti to palms. History enthusiasts can explore ancient Greek and Roman ruins, while the beaches, especially Sunj and Lopud beach, beckon with their pristine allure. Adventure seekers can indulge in walking, biking, and kayaking.

Reach Lopud effortlessly via a ferry from Dubrovnik in just an hour. Once there, traverse the island on foot in about 30 minutes or opt for a shuttle to Sunj beach. Accommodation ranges from cozy apartments to notable hotels like Lafodia Sea Resort and Villa Vilina. For an opulent experience, the Franciscan Monastery, Lopud 1483, is available as a luxury residence.

Round off your day with Ljubos’ cocktails at Glauouic and savor the culinary delights at Konoba Riva. While Sunj beach can be bustling, the clear waters and mesmerizing views are worth it. And for a cherry on top, Lopud offers better value and experiences than Lokrum island.

Elafiti Islands

  • Working Hours: Varies by attraction.
  • Ticket Prices: Ferry: 18 € (round trip). Tours: Starting from 42 €.
  • Exploration Time: A full day for a comprehensive experience.

Discover the serene beauty of the Elafiti Islands, a trio of gems nestled near Dubrovnik. Comprising Koločep, Lopud, and Šipan, these islands are a haven for those seeking tranquility, with Kolocep and Lopud being entirely car-free. With a combined population of under 1,000, they promise an intimate experience.

Koločep, the closest to Dubrovnik, is divided into two picturesque villages: Gornje Čelo and Donje Čelo. Here, you can indulge in walking trails, dive into history with ancient churches, or plunge into the sea with diving opportunities. Stay at its 4-star beachfront hotel for a luxurious retreat.

Lopud is the star attraction, boasting the sandy Sunj Bay. Whether you’re kayaking, cycling, or exploring historical sites, Lopud offers a myriad of activities. Accommodations range from a modern 4-star hotel to quaint lodgings.

Šipan, the largest, is split between Sudjuradj and Šipanska Luka. Dive into its beach club, savor local cuisines at restaurants, and immerse in its rich history. Choose from a range of hotels, including a 4-star option.

Easily accessible via public ferry, with Jadrolinija and G & V Line at your service. For a curated experience, hop on organized tours from Dubrovnik, some even on old-fashioned boats.

Summary: A magical escape with pristine waters, the Elafiti Islands are perfect for boat rentals and crowd-free exploration. Many rave about the excursions, especially those with lunch onboard, praising the impeccable service, delectable food, and overall ambiance.

Tips for Tourists:

  • Ferries from Dubrovnik’s Gruž port cover all islands, with up to 4 departures daily in peak months. Round trip costs 18 €.
  • Group tours, inclusive of boat rides, meals, and drinks, start from 42 €.
  • For a tailored experience, private boat tours begin at 100 € per person for a group of four.

Dubrovnik Summer Festival

  • Working Hours: Varies by event.
  • Ticket Prices: Some events are ticketed; many are free.
  • Exploration Time: Multiple days to experience various performances.

Dive into the cultural heart of Croatia with the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, a grand celebration founded in the 1950s. Every year, during the balmy months of July and August, the city comes alive with a medley of theatre plays, classical and folk music, and mesmerizing dance performances.

The magic unfolds across over 70 venues, from the atmospheric open-air stages dotting Dubrovnik’s squares and towers to the historic indoor settings of Crkva Svetog Vlaha, Knežev Dvor, and Sponza. Notable venues include the majestic Lovrijenac fort and the iconic Rector’s Palace, where a standout performance of Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro” was once rendered by talents from the Zagreb Music Academy.

Mark your calendars for the 10th of July, the festival’s opening night on Stradun, complete with dazzling fireworks. For the best spectacle, position yourself at Ploče, offering unparalleled views of the Old Town and Lokrum.

Don’t miss the sunset vistas from Park Orsula, complemented by local wines and beers. However, consider a taxi or scooter for easier access.

With a mix of ticketed and numerous free performances, especially around the Old Town, the festival promises both value and unparalleled quality.

Dubrovnik Aquarium

  • Working Hours: Tue – Sun 10 AM – 7 PM (Mon – Closed).
  • Ticket Prices: 8 € with discounts for children.
  • Exploration Time: Approximately 1 hour. Descriptions available in Croatian and English.

Nestled within the historic walls of the medieval fortress of St. John, the Dubrovnik Aquarium offers a serene dive into the wonders of the Adriatic Sea. With 31 aquarium tanks filled with fresh sea water, visitors can marvel at a diverse range of marine creatures. 

From the majestic Loggerhead turtle and elusive seahorses to the vibrant amberjacks and mysterious moray, the aquarium is a treasure trove of aquatic life.

The unique design of tanks, built into canon niches and walls, provides an immersive experience, allowing guests to get up close with the marine inhabitants. And while you’re there, don’t miss the Maritime Museum housed within the same fortress.

For those keen on exploring more of Dubrovnik’s attractions, consider the Dubrovnik Card. It’s especially great for families, as the deep-sea ambiance of the aquarium is a hit among kids.

Abandoned Belvedere Hotel

  • Working Hours: Not officially open.
  • Ticket Prices: Free.
  • Exploration Time: Caution advised; not safe for exploration.

Perched just outside Dubrovnik, the Abandoned Belvedere Hotel stands as a haunting testament to luxury and history. Opened in 1985, this once-lavish hotel boasted over 200 rooms, a helipad, and a private boat dock. However, its opulence was short-lived, operating for a mere six years before the Croatian War of Independence cast its shadow.

The hotel, now in ruins, served as a refuge for Croatian evacuees during the 1991 siege. Its 18 floors echo with memories, with shattered glass and crumbled walls marking its past. Yet, amidst the decay, terraces at varying heights unveil breathtaking views of Dubrovnik Old Town and Lokrum Island.

For ‘Game of Thrones’ aficionados, the sea-level amphitheater might seem familiar, having been a set for the series. In 2014, Russian Billionaire Viktor Vekselberg acquired the property for 12 million euros.

Though it beckons urban explorers with its eerie allure, it’s crucial to note that the hotel is not officially open to the public and poses risks due to its dilapidated state. Access is restricted, given its status as private property. However, a staircase nearby leads to the hotel’s pier and a beach, a summer favorite.

Unraveling More of Dubrovnik’s Mystique

While you’ve discovered the many wonders of Dubrovnik, there’s still so much more to explore in this Adriatic gem. If you’re wondering how to get to this historic city, I’ve got you covered with comprehensive travel tips.

Perhaps you’re keen on a day trip around Dubrovnik, exploring its nearby attractions. For those looking to venture a bit further, there are enticing day trips from Dubrovnik that promise unforgettable experiences.

Beach lovers will be thrilled with our guide to the best beaches in Dubrovnik, from hidden coves to bustling shores. And for a luxurious stay, dive into our curated list of the best hotels in Dubrovnik, where comfort meets breathtaking views. Let your Croatian adventure continue, and let Dubrovnik’s allure captivate you even further.

About the author

Tomislav is the main contributor and creator of Croatia Wanderlust. With a deep appreciation for his homeland, he dedicates his time to sharing detailed stories and insights about Croatia's rich culture, scenic landscapes, and historical landmarks. His writings aim to provide readers with a comprehensive understanding of what makes Croatia a unique and must-visit destination. Through his articles, Tomislav hopes to inspire travel enthusiasts and curious minds alike to explore the beauty of Croatia.

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