Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is an old city on the Adriatic Sea coast in the extreme south of Croatia. It is one of the most prominent tourist resorts of the Mediterranean, a seaport and the centre of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

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Lapad Beach

A car free, sandy beach area on the Lapad Peninsula, approximately 3.5 km from the old town, where you can relax in the shade of the numerous trees. At the end of a long pedestrianised street full of cafe bars and restaurants you will see many popular pebble beaches known as Lapad beaches. These beaches are really beautiful and well used. Lapad is definitely one of the most beautiful parts of Dubrovnik and you really must visit it. If you take the headland path to the right hand side of Lapad beach, as you look at the Adriatic, you can walk along a charming little coast path with small concrete 'beaches' and ladders into the sea. These were put in during the Tito era and are ideal for one or two sunbathers. Walking further along is an excellent local fish restaurant - ideal for ending the day. The walk back is not particularly well lit, but perfectly safe.

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Placa Stradun

The Stradun (Placa) is the central street of the city of Dubrovnik and is the place where the old city comes to life. During the day, explore the shades of the perpendicular streets and alleys on its sides, and during the night, take walks up and down the Stradun with an ice-cream in hand. The uniform Baroque architecture of the houses in Placa, with shops on the street level and their 'knee-like' entrances, got its present-day form in the restoration of the City taking place after the disastrous earthquake in 1667, when a large number of luxurious Gothic and Renaissance palaces had been destroyed. The architectural design of Placa reveals effective solutions and the business sense of the Dubrovnik Republic in those difficult times. Today, Placa is still the shopping centre and venue of major events.

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Synagogue and Jewish Museum

This originally Sephardic Synagogue is supposed to be the second-oldest still in use synagogue in Europe today. A permanent Jewish community here was founded at the end of the 15th century following the expulsions from Portugal and Spain. The Jewish Ghetto was established in 1546 on Jewish Street in the old town of Dubrovnik. The community flourished and included respected doctors, merchants and state representatives. Jews in Dubrovnik enjoyed relative freedom, but there were some restrictions on their activities at certain points in history. The synagogue is tiny and delightful, with heavy velvet drapes and a richly painted, midnight blue ceiling. The museum contains valuable menorahs and Torah scrolls, alongside information on the history of the Jewish community in Dubrovnik.

SEE   —  +385 20 321 028 —  Zudioska 5

Lady Pipi

Worth the climb for magnificent views over the old town from the restaurants' terrace and presumably taking it's name from an ancient water feature just outside the restaurant (not for the prudish). Grilled fish with vegetables 110 kn, grilled chicken with fries about 70 kn, salads etc. Be prepared to wait for a table with a terrace view as is very popular with locals - alternatively arrive before 8 in the evening to avoid the busiest times. Beware of wasps.

EAT   —  Map


Cafe Buža

The tables and chairs are set out on the side of the cliff and the beers are served in bottles and plastic cups. You can sunbathe on the rocks or do some cliff-diving but do watch for rocks below. This is lovely in the evening, when the sun is setting and you gaze over at island of Lokrum. Eclectic chilled out music plays unobtrusively in the background. There isn’t much in the way of shelter apart from some palm leaves so Buža won’t open in bad weather.

DRINK   —  Iza Mura

Lazareti

Old quarantine hospital serves as a cultural centre for concerts, exhibitions, workshops, theater, film, night clubs and literature. The concert hall/bar is a very cozy place with a decent sound system. Gallery Galeriya Tutunplok is open daily 12:00-21:00. Films and theater showings range from 20-40 kn Concerts cost 40-100 kn. A nightclub is open here from 10:00-16:00 and will cost you about 30 kn. Gathers a mostly alternative crowd.



imad hotel

Swim in the Adriatic Sea below the old wall. In the harbour of the old town, go all around (right) along the wall, beyond the aquarium and there is a pier and some rocks where you can cool down on a hot summer day. Avoid stepping on sea urchins, which are commonly found on rocks in the sea water around Dubrovnik, especially if you are wearing no shoes. These are mostly found in clear water and are easy to spot.

DO   —  Za Karmenom 1

Dubrovnik Cable Car

The original cable car was bombed during the conflicts and closed in 1991. It reopened to the public for the first time on 10 July 2010. The view of the Old City will rival that found on any postcard. There is a small shop at the top and Restaurant Panorama with new outside terraces, restaurant with best view. Directions to the Cable Car are difficult to find in the Old City.



Banje Beach

A well located pebble beach. There's a concessioned part with an entrance fee, but also a public part which is always livelier and more relaxed. Great way to beat the heat in the middle of the town. Amazing view to city walls, Old Town Dubrovnik and the island of Lokrum. Beach volleyball, mini football or water polo. You can also enjoy lying on deck chair and having a drink.

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Dubrovnik Summer Festival

Music and theatre festival held since 1949 from 10 July to 25 August. Famous nationwide for its exquisite selection of drama, plays and concert of chamber music with more than 2,000 artists from 30 countries during 47 days of festival. Be sure to book in advance and don't miss a chance to see some of the open-air performances.

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Fort Lovrijenac

The monumental fort rises above 37 m high rock. It changed roles in the course of history. The main purpose of its construction was defence, and the main idea was to protect the freedom of Dubrovnik. Not much remains in the way of historical artefacts but the fort gives spectacular views back upon the walled city.

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Guest House Letizia

Free WiFi, a garden and a shared terrace looking out to Gruž Bay. Bright rooms with wooden floors, some have a private balcony. Stone barbecue on the terrace. Guests can also cook in a shared open-plan kitchen, a dining table for 6 is provided, no extra charge is levied for those services.


La Luna

Large portions. Really good pizza with fresh ingredients. Best to have a medium pizza for 1 person or large if you are really hungry - a large can be split in half for not that hungry couples. Only pizza is served before 17:00, for pasta or other dishes you will have to wait until 17:00.


D'vino Wine Bar

D'Vino Wine Bar has a selection of over 100 fine domestic and imported wine available by the glass, bottle, and in tasting servings. Largest selection of wines by the glass in Dubrovnik with a very intimate, romantic atmosphere, which is a change of pace from other bars in the city.

DRINK   —  +385 20 321 223 —  Palmoticeva 4a

Church of St. Ignatius and the Jesuit College

Ornate Jesuit church, approached via a romantic baroque staircase modelled on the Spanish Steps in Rome (1738). Built between 1667 and 1725 by architect Ignazzio Pozzo, and like most Jesuit churches of the period was modelled on the Gesù in Rome, the mother church of the Jesuits.

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Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary

This impressive building is in the Poljana Marin Držić. Supposedly, the original church was built with money donated by Richard the Lionhearted who survived shipwreck on his way home from the Third Crusade. The current Roman Baroque cathedral dates from the 18th Century.


Dubrovnik Backpacker's Club

Awarded as best hostel in Croatia. Home turned into a backpackers hot spot. Family run with location on Lapad, popular after its beaches and green parks but still just 10 min ride from old town and crowds. No booking fee for booking through their website.

SLEEP   —  +385 20 435 375 —  Mostarska 2d

The Etnographic Museum (Rupe Granary)

Built in 1590, this is a fascinating building in itself, and the exhibits showcase the economic, cultural and spiritual development of Dubrovnik. The folk costumes and textiles give the best flavour of the region where folk culture is still celebrated.

SEE   —  +385 20 323 013 —  Od Rupa 3

Gils Cuisine & Pop Lounge

A new and rather over the top venue located in the Old town of Dubrovnik with stunning views of the old harbour. The restaurant offers ultra modern French cuisine and a wine and digestive cellar. A lounge bar has fresh cocktails and funky DJ music.


Roland's Column

A slender stone flag staff of the legendary knight. Also known as Orlando's Column. Ever since its foundation in 1950, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival is officially opened by raising a flag carrying the city's motto ''Libertus'' on Orlando's staff.

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Pile Gate

A convenient starting place for your stroll through the Old Town is the Pile Gate. Before entering the Old Town, Fort Lovrjenac, the first among many sites worth seeing in Dubrovnik, provides a good view of the Old Town and its wall.


Bell Tower

On top of the tower are the famous 'Zelenci' (The Green Ones), bronze statues which strike the gigantic bell every hour. They have been recently replaced with copies and the originals are in the atrium of the Sponza Palace.

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Big Onofrio's Fountain

In the western (Pile) entrance of the old town, The fountain stairs are nowadays a favourite meeting place for local youth and where both the tourists and pigeons take rest and refresh themselves with cool water.

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Sponza Palace

Gothic Renaissance palace, one of the few buildings that has maintained its form from before the catastrophic 1667 earthquake. Hosts historic archives. Memorial room of defenders. Open 10:00-22:00. 20 kn

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EastWest

Beach club and night club. In the day you can have drinks in the lounge chairs, at night you can party in the nightclub. Amazing view, various kinds of music, popular Djs and beautiful atmosphere.

DRINK   —  +385 20 412 220 —  Frana Supila bb

Klub Orlando

Dingy club, predominantly metal but seems to cater for anything deemed alternative. Cheap drink prices with occasional international touring acts, definitely in the minority as a tourist here.


Hotel Splendid

Hotel Splendid is situated in a Mediterranean garden on a pebble beach in Dubrovnik’s Lapad Bay.It offers free parking for hotel guests, complimentary breakfast, free wi-fi in public spaces.

SLEEP   —  +385 20 433 633 —  Masarykov put 10

Hostel Villa Micika Dubrovnik

Funky, clean, character rooms, dorms, big shared terrace. Free Internet with WiFi. All rooms have TV with local and international channels, air-con and bathrooms with shower cabin and WC.

SLEEP   —  +385 20 437 332 —  Mata Vodopica 12

Serbian Orthodox Church and Museum of Icons [Pravoslavna crkva i Muzej ikona]

Built from 1865-1877, stands behind impressive wrought iron gates. Houses a number of icons, mainly Byzantine and Cretan. Museum next to church has extensive icon collection.

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Hotel Bellevue

5 star hotel on a clifftop overlooking the Adriatic, 93 rooms on 5 levels. Rooms have a modern nautical themed decor with wooden flooring. Private beach, spa and sauna.

SLEEP   —  +385 20 330-300 —  Pera Čingrije 7

Casablanca

Look for flashing red and blue lights. This is an interesting, slightly bizarre bar with seating outside on the city stairs, techno music, and may have erotic dancing.

DRINK   —  Map

Bukovac House (Kuća Bukovac)

Includes works by Vlaho Bukovac (1855-1922), one of the most famous modern Croatian painters. Part of the house is devoted to exhibitions of works by young artists.


Hotel Lero

Recently renovated city hotel with 155 contemporary designed rooms. Sea views and equipped with regular three star amenities with air-con. Free parking, free WiFi.

SLEEP   —  +385 20 341 333 —  Iva Vojnovica 14

Taj Mahal

Offers a variety of Bosnian/Eastern cuisine such as Cevapcici u lepinji, baklava and tufahi. The wait can be quite long, and vegetarian options are often sold out.

EAT   —  Map

Hotel Excelsior

5 star hotel of 146 bedrooms and 18 suites. Built in 1913 and completely renovated in 1998 overlooking the Old City. Walking distance to the beaches and Old City

SLEEP   —  +385 20 35 33 53 —  F. Supila 12

Hostel Marker Dubrovnik-Old Town

Marko the owner is a friendly and obliging guy with a local philosophic attitude. He also offers holiday-apartments with their own kitchen and private bathroom.

SLEEP   —  +385 91 739 75 45 —  Map

Dominican Monastery

This is an exceptionally valuable historic complex, which, besides its religious purpose, also represents the important artistic treasury of ancient Dubrovnik.

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Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik

5 star hotel near the entrance of the Old Town and overlooking the ancient city walls and fortresses. It was built in 1895 and has 139 rooms and 8 suites.


Hotel Vis

Hotel Vis is situated on a pebble beach in Dubrovnik’s Lapad Bay.It offers parking for hotel guests, complimentary breakfast,wi-fi in public spaces.

SLEEP   —  +385 20 433 605 —  Masarykov put 4

Maritime Museum

Considering how vital sailing and shipbuilding were to the growth of the Dubrovnik Republic, this is one of the city’s most important museums.


War Photo Limited

An exhibition centre of war and conflict photography. Exhibits change during the season. Stunning images by world renowned photo journalists.

SEE   —  Antuninska 6

Mea Culpa

One of the best pizzerias on what is becoming a 'pizza street'. Go for pizza or a coffee and brandy and exchange banter with the staff.

EAT   —  Široka Street

Youth Hostel Dubrovnik

82 beds. The atmosphere leaves something to be desired, but it's usually filled with interesting people up for a chat on the balcony.


Visia Dubrovnik 5D Theatrum

Virtual reality technology guides visitors to Dubrovnik through the history and cultural features of the city and wider Croatia.


Hotel Neptun Dubrovnik

Renovated in 2008. 9-story tower with 79 rooms and 12 family suites, all have air-con, a balcony with sea-view and free WiFi.


Arka

Dalmatian cuisine in an excellent location. Has some good vegetarian options. The baked moussaka especially is worth a try.

EAT   —  Gundulićeva poljana

Dubravka 1836

Variety of pizzas, meat and seafood dishes, quality domestic and foreign wines, cocktails, homemade ice cream and desserts.

EAT   —  +385 20 426 319 —  Brsalje 1

Franciscan Monastery

This beautiful monastery with Baroque Church, houses a Romanesque cloister and the third oldest pharmacy in the world.

SEE   —  +385 20 321 410 —  Placa 2

Hotel Dubrovnik Palace

5 star hotel on a Lapad peninsula, below the park of little Petka woods and with a view to the Elaphite islands.

SLEEP   —  +385 20 430 777 —  Masarykov put 20

Marco Polo

Good traditional food served in a small outdoor courtyard.  Really nice restaurant with different types of food.

EAT   —  +385 99 801 45 66 —  Lucarica 6

Nautika

Great views of the sea and Old City. Pay attention to the menu prices which switch from Kuna to Euro throughout.

EAT   —  +385 20 44 25 26 —  Brsalje 3

Nonenina

Chill music fills this lounge bar at night, making it a great place to unwind after a full day of sightseeing.

DRINK   —  +385 91 333 0601 —  Pred Dvorom 4

Ariston Hotel

115 luxury sea and garden view rooms a few miles from the Old Town of Dubrovnik right along the Adriatic Sea.


Nishta

Dubrovnik's first and only vegetarian restaurant, with vegan and gluten free options available upon request.

EAT   —  +385 92 218 8612 —  Prijeko 30

Pizzeria Scala

A very nice pizzeria between Lapad and Babin Kuk with good pizza and very good Mexican food/specialities.


Old Port

The eastern part of the Old Town of Dubrovnik; some cruise ship passengers are tendered to the Old Port.

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Spaghetteria Toni

A small Italian style restaurant in the old town with outdoor seating providing a wide variety of pasta.


Pekara Zlatno Zrno patisserie

Nice patisserie / bakery that stays open late. Expensive, but cheaper than those within the city walls.


Church of St. Sebastian

15th-century church built by the Ploče gate since St. Sebastian is the saint protector against plague.

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Tonći Kera, meštar za bicikle

This is not a regular bicycle repair shop, however the operator of this local garage offers a service.


Hotel Komodor

Swimming pool, complimentary breakfast, free parking for hotel guests and free WIFI in public spaces.


Dubrovnik Natural History Museum (Prirodoslovni muzej)

The collection of 100 year-old taxidermy specimens dates back to 1872 and may not appeal to everyone.


Lokanda Peskarija

Traditional Dalmatian appetizers and meals, you get your meal in a large black fisherman's style pot.

EAT   —  +385 20 324 750 —  Na ponti bb

Hotel Uvala

Conference and spa facilities, swimming pools, parking for hotel guests and WiFi in public spaces.


The Treasury of Cathedral

The Treasury has 138 reliquaries which are carried around the city during the Feast of St Blaise.


Domino Steak House

One of the best for a variety of ways of serving steak. Also serves traditional Dalmatian fare.

EAT   —  +385 20 323 103 —  Od Domina 6

Rector's Palace

Formerly the palace of the Major Council, now houses a museum dedicated to the city's history.

SEE   —  +385 20 321 437 —  Pred dvorom 1

Latino Club Fuego

Usual 18-25 touristy bunch, and the music is commercial RnB, house, dance, pop and techno.

DRINK   —  Brsalje b.b., Pile

Clara Stones Jewellery Store

Unique handmade adriatic coral, pearl and gems jewellery with certifcate of authenticity.


Home of Marin Držić

Memorial house of Marin Držić, a famous 16th-century Croatian playwright from Dubrovnik.

SEE   —  +385 20 420 490 —  Široka 7

Porat Restaurant & Terrace

Spacious terrace, just outside the Pile gate. Offers international and Croatian cuisine.


The Rector`s Palace Museum

Artifacts, paintings and furniture dating back from the time of the Dubrovnik Republic.

SEE   —  +385 20 321 437 —  Pred dvorom 1

Poklisar

Limited but good menu, including pizza and some very enjoyable live piano music.

EAT   —  +385 20 322176 —  Ribarnica 1

Dubrovnik Travel Corner

You can book tours, go online, leave your luggage or make international calls.


Konoba Atlantic

Tasty Italian food and inexpensive wine. Try the lobster and prawn ravioli.


Capitano

Various kinds of music from studio 54 to Croatian music. Low prices.

DRINK   —  Pile

Sanja & Rosie's Launderette Dubrovnik

Self-service laundromat. Washing and drying machines are available.


Magnolika

Small gallery with unconventional art and cool jewellery design.


Hotel Petka

Convenient for island hopping. Clean air-con rooms, restaurant.


Hotel Adriatic Dubrovnik

Park and sea view rooms. The city centre is reachable by bus.

SLEEP   —  +385 20 433 609 —  Masarykov put 9

Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Dubrovnik Sun Gardens

5 star beachside resort, 15 km from the centre of Dubrovnik.

SLEEP   —  +385 20 361 500 —  Na moru 1

Franciscan Monastery Museum

Houses artifacts from one of the world's oldest pharmacies.

SEE   —  Placa 2

A Marker Car Rental

Airport transfers, car, motorbike and scooter rental.


Factory

Various kinds of music, many popular singers and DJs.

DRINK   —  Put Republike

Church of Saint Blaise (Crkva Svetog Vlaha)

Baroque Church dedicated to the city's patron saint.

SEE   —  Map

Cliff Jumping @ Cafe Buža

See listing for Cafe Buža in the Drinks section.

DO   —  Map

Dominican Monastery Museum

Paintings and artifacts from Dubrovnik's past.

SEE   —  +385 20 321 423 —  Sv. Domina 4

Libertas Film Festival

Film festival held from August 25–30.

DO   —  Map

Camping Solitudo

400 m walk to two beaches.

SLEEP   —  Map

Lazareti

house and techno music.

DRINK   —  Map

EasyRent

Cars from €22 per day.

OTHER   —  +385 98 1952 114 —  Uz glavicu 7

Pucic Palace

19 room 5 star hotel.

SLEEP   —  +385 20 326 200 —  Ulica Od Puca 1

Proto

Good seafood.

EAT   —  Široka Ulica

Aquarium

SEE   —  Map

Zoro

EAT   —  Ulica od Puča 7

About Dubrovnik

The city of Dubrovnik (Latin: Ragusa) was built on maritime trade. In the Middle Ages it became the only city-state in the Adriatic to rival Venice. Supported by its wealth and skilled diplomacy, the city achieved a remarkable level of development during the 15th and 16th centuries. Furthermore, Dubrovnik was one of the centres of the development of the Croatian language and literature, home to many notable poets, playwrights, painters, mathematicians, physicists and other scholars.

Today Dubrovnik is the proudest feather in Croatia's tourist cap, an elite destination and one of the most beautiful towns in the Mediterranean. Dubrovnik used to be an independent republic, surviving mostly on trade. It managed to survive many centuries, with constant threats to its territory, particularly from the mighty Ottoman Empire and Venice. As early as the 19th century, it was discovered by celebrities as a place to be seen. George Bernard Shaw once said that "those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik and find it". Royalty, presidents and diplomats have all favored the city. The late Pope John Paul II was a fan of Dubrovnik and was even made an honorary citizen. Out of the 23 top luxury hotels in Croatia in 2010, 13 were located in Dubrovnik.

Dubrovnik is steeped in stunning architecture and sculptural detail, and boasts spectacular churches, monasteries, museums, and fountains. A multitude of typical towns and excursions include: The Elaphiti Islands, the attractive town of Cavtat,the Konavle valley, Mljet Island, Korčula Island, Ston and Peljesac Peninsula. The neighbouring towns of Kotor and Perast in Montenegro or Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina also make for intriguing day trips.


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