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Welcome to Dubrovnik

Also known as the Croatian Athens, the UNESCO World Heritage–listed city of Dubrovnik certainly lives up to the accolade. The ancient city walls, with its myriad towers and turrets, date back to the 10th century and protect the many impressive monuments of the Old Town. Walking tours check off all the main sights including Onofrio's Fountain, the Franciscan Monastery and Museum, Dubrovnik Cathedral, Rector’s Palace, Renaissance-era Sponza Palace, the Church of St. Blaise, and of course, Dubrovnik’s Ancient City Walls. Beyond the Old Town, the city’s beaches and surrounding islands are popular with travelers and locals alike. Take a guided sea kayaking or snorkeling tour to discover caves and beaches along the Dalmatian coast. Or cruise by ferry, speedboat, replica 16th-century galleon, or even private yacht to the Elafiti Islands, Lokrum, Korcula Island (where Marco Polo was born), and more. For a true taste of Croatia, take a day trip to Konavle Valley region and spend the day hiking, biking, or wine tasting among the mountains, vineyards, villages, and olive groves. The Pelješac peninsula is also famed for its wine, and many excursions combine tastings in Pelješac with stops in the bayside town of Ston, known for its oysters and old salt factory. And for longer-haul trips, head to Bosnia and Herzegovina, where the town of Mostar dazzles all who gaze upon its iconic bridge, and Montenegro, the tiny country where medieval towns meet the natural beauty of fjords.

Top 15 things to do in Dubrovnik

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Elafiti Islands (Elaphites)

Elafiti Islands (Elaphites)

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A cluster of 14 islands along Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, the Elafiti Islands (Elaphites) are one of the country’s most popular destinations and a popular day trip from nearby Dubrovnik. The archipelago’s largest three islets—Kolocep, Lopud, and Sipan—are the focal point of island-hopping tours.More
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Dubrovnik Old Town

Dubrovnik Old Town

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Located at the southern tip of Croatia, perched above the rocky coastline of the Adriatic Sea, the enchanting city of Dubrovnik attracts visitors with its medieval architecture and labyrinth of limestone-paved streets. Its Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, remains surrounded by 14th-century fortified stone walls.More
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Elaphite Islands

Elaphite Islands

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Go island hopping during a trip to Dubrovnik with an excursion along the Dalmatian Coast to the Elaphite Islands (also known as the Elafiti Islands. The archipelago consists of 14 islands–including the three most popular destinations of Kolocep, Lopud, and Sipan–and is a popular destination for swimming and sunbathing.More
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Lokrum Island

Lokrum Island

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Just 600 meters (1 kilometer) from Dubrovnik, the car-free island of Lokrum makes a peaceful escape from the city. At its center is a medieval Benedictine monastery complex that’s surrounded by botanical gardens planted with exotic trees, flowers, and bushes. Picturesque swimming spots abound on the island’s rocky shoreline.More
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Dubrovnik Ancient City Walls

Dubrovnik Ancient City Walls

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With their imposing watchtowers looming over the medieval city and dramatic fortifications edging the sea cliffs, Dubrovnik’s ancient city walls are an impressive sight and deserving of their star-attraction status. Dating back to the 10th century, the remarkably preserved walls—among the finest in the world—mark out the perimeter of Dubrovnik’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and offer magnificent views over all corners of the city.More
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Dubrovnik Cable Car

Dubrovnik Cable Car

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Dubrovnik’s distinctive orange cable cars speed 2,500 feet (778 meters) in about three minutes, from the lower station just north of the city walls to the top of Mount Srđ. During the ride, you can enjoy peerless views of Dubrovnik’s terracotta rooftops, the coastline of Dalmatia, and archipelagos sprinkled across the Adriatic Sea.More
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St. Lawrence Fortress (Fort Lovrijenac)

St. Lawrence Fortress (Fort Lovrijenac)

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Overlooking the Adriatic Sea from a cliff-top perch, the St. Lawrence Fortress (Fort Lovrijenac) is a Dubrovnik icon. Thought to be around 1,000 years old, the 121-foot (37-meter) fortress was used to defend the city for centuries. Today, the fort is better-known for its theatrical shows, coastal views, and starring role in HBO’sGame of Thrones.More
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Pile Gate

Pile Gate

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Constructed in 1537, this sturdy gate on the west wall of Dubrovnik’s Old Town was once locked nightly—and the wooden drawbridge leading to it was raised—to prevent intruders from gaining access to the city. More recently, the gate served as a filming location for Game of Thrones, as the site where King Joffrey was unceremoniously pelted with cow dung.More
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Stradun (Placa)

Stradun (Placa)

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Stretching from Old Town’s western entrance at the Pile Gate to the harbor in the east, the Stradun (or Placa) was once a shallow sea channel that divided the small island on which Dubrovnik was built from the Republic of Ragusa on the mainland. In the 12th century, the Stradun was filled to create the main street in Dubrovnik’s Old Town.More
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Dominican Monastery

Dominican Monastery

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Built into the eastern flank of Dubrovnik’s fortified walls adjacent to Fort Revelin, the 14th-century Dominican Monastery is designed in a combination of Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance architecture that is seen in several of the city’s palaces and churches.The monastery’s church was rebuilt several times over the centuries and was used as an army depot during Napoleon’s occupation of Dubrovnik in the late 18th century; today its single nave features a massive painted Gothic cross by Paolo Veneziano, dating from around 1384,St Dominic by 19th century painter Vlaho Bukovac — widely regarded as Croatia’s finest artist — and sparkling contemporary stained glass in the apse.The elaborate 15th-century Gothic cloister of the monastery surrounds a shady garden that was used as stabling for French army horses and their troughs can still be seen between the cloister’s pillars. The well in the garden provided water for Dubrovnik’s residents when the city was under siege in 1991. An important collection of religious art hangs in the museum, including Titian’s sublime Mary Magdalene; other paintings of note are Nikola Božidarević’s altarpieces and triptych plus Lovro Dobričević’s bloodthirsty St Peter the Martyr, which portrays the saint with a hatchet in his head. The monastery can be visited when touring Dubrovnik’s defence walls and is included on several museum tours of the city.More
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Peljesac Peninsula

Peljesac Peninsula

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Revered for its endless beaches, idyllic coves, scenic valleys, fine wines, and seafood, Croatia’s Pelješac Peninsula juts out of the center of southern Dalmatia. Without the tourist-oriented resorts and the crowds of other coastal Dalmatian destinations, the Pelješac Peninsula is the perfect spot for a relaxing holiday.More
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Rector's Palace (Knezev Dvor)

Rector's Palace (Knezev Dvor)

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Dubrovnik’s 15-century, Gothic-Renaissance–style Rector's Palace (Knezev Dvor) contains the rector’s office and private chambers as well as public halls, courtrooms, and a former dungeon. Interestingly, the rector’s term was for only one month, during which time he was confined to the palace and allowed to leave only on official republic business.More
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Mljet Island

Mljet Island

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Mljet Island is Croatia’s most lush, forested island in the Adriatic Sea. The western cape contains Mljet National Park, where pine forests and spectacular saltwater lakes offer incredible natural scenery. On the nearby tiny island of St. Mary, not far from the southern shore of Veliko Jezero, there is a Benedictine monastery and St. Mary’s church.More
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Franciscan Church and Monastery

Franciscan Church and Monastery

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The Franciscan Church and Monastery is one of the few buildings in Dubrovnik that survived the devastating earthquake of 1667. Bordered by late-Romanesque arcades, the monastery’s inner courtyard provides a quiet reprieve from Dubrovnik’s bustling Old Town. The monastery houses a small religious museum as well as one of Europe’s oldest working pharmacies.More
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Dubrovnik Bell Tower

Dubrovnik Bell Tower

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Discover one of the main attractions of Dubrovnik’s Old Town with a visit to the Bell Tower. Overlooking Luza Square, the stone tower is 102 feet (31 meters tall and dates back to the 15th century. It is near some of the city’s top architectural landmarks including Sponza Palace, Orlando’s Column, and St. Blaise Church. The bell is struck every hour, on the hour.More

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How to Spend 2 Days in Dubrovnik

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Recent reviews from experiences in Dubrovnik

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Branko is a natural story-teller!
Alissa_B, Aug 2022
Discover the Old Town Walking Tour
Branko was an excellent tour guide with an innate ability to bring his stories to life; he was extremely animated, funny, easy to understand (excellent English) and it was a pleasure to be a part of his group.
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Tuk tuk sight seeing trip
Lynette_S, Aug 2022
E-Tuk Tuk Tour in Dubrovnik
The best way to see Dubrovnik.
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Kayaking a good way to see Dubrovnik sights.
Jeffrey_B, Aug 2022
Adventure Dubrovnik - Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour
Was a great way to see Dubrovnik from a different perspective.
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Loved it!
jennifurr2013, Jul 2022
Total Game of Thrones Experience
Being able to see most of the sights in Dubrovnik as well as get all the background on GOT was the best.
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Great Tour of Dubrovnik
Shirley_S, Jul 2022
Dubrovnik panorama tour & old town Dubrovnik
The view of the Old City of Dubrovnik from the top of Mount Srd was breathtaking, and this was the best way to see it!!!
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A must do for GoT fans!
Erica_F, Jul 2022
Exclusive: 'Game of Thrones' Walking Tour of Dubrovnik
It was awesome to see the side by side photos from the show compared to the scene in real life.
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Great day… worth the trip!
majarosenquist, Jul 2022
Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls Tour from Dubrovnik(small group)
I took my mom, sister and kids to Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls from Dubrovnik - we all had a great time.
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GOT tour is great
Thomas_T, Jul 2022
Game of Thrones Tour
Really interesting to see all of the Dubrovnik GOT locations.
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Amazing you won't be disappointed
Bradley_C, Jul 2022
Adventure Dubrovnik - Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour
Scenery was amazing and the snorkeling topped it off as you get to see plenty of fish the water is crystal clear!
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An amazing way to see Dubrovnik from the sea
Abigail_W, Jul 2022
Adventure Dalmatia - Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour Dubrovnik
An amazing way to see Dubrovnik from the sea and the shoreline and caves of Lokrum Island, very knowledgeable and helpful guides lead by Ivan.
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See the walk of shame
Jared_B, Jul 2022
Game of Thrones Tour
Nearly perfect English, easy to understand, and very knowledgeable about not only Game of Thrones, but the history of Dubrovnik.
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An excellent tour.
Graeme_H, Jul 2022
Dubrovnik Panoramic Sightseeing Tour - Cable Car View
Choosing the late tour allowed us to see an amazing sunset.
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Great excursion. Fabulous...
Michael_G, Jul 2022
Curves&Edges of Dubrovnik E- Scooter Tour
Great way to see Dubrovnik.
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Great way to Dubrovnik
Gary_C, Jul 2022
E-Tuk Tuk Tour in Dubrovnik
Great way to see the area.
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Petar was a great guide...
Andreae_S, Jul 2022
Exclusive: 'Game of Thrones' Walking Tour of Dubrovnik
Getting to see all of the places where Games of Thrones was shot in Dubrovnik was a lot of fun and great way to see the old city.
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A A really informative and entertaining walk.
Stuart_F, Jul 2022
Ancient City Walls & Wars Walking Tour
A great way to see the old town, our guide, Ivan was friendly and shared his experiences of growing up in Old Dubrovnik.
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We visited the main...
Sam_F, Jul 2022
Game of Thrones Walking Tour + Iron Throne Photo
He also let us know about the city and general and recommended some really nice places to visit and eat.
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Flawless experience!
Gene_S, Jul 2022
Luxury private transfer: Dubrovnik airport to Dubrovnik
On the way to the hotel, he gave us some great recommendations for places to see and eat.
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More time at the falls!
Amanda_B, Jul 2022
Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls Small-Group with Turkish House Included
As many other reviews mention, there definitely should’ve been way more time at the waterfalls versus in Mostar.
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Great guides, lots of...
Mary_R, Jul 2022
Sea kayaking (with snorkeling) around Dubrovnik's old town city walls
I would highly recommend this trip as a way to see Dubrovnik and hear about the history.
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All about Dubrovnik

When to visit

With its program of open-air theater, film, and music, Dubrovnik Summer Festival offers a cultural alternative to the non-stop parties in coastal Croatia. After a summer spent beach- and island-hopping, the crowds depart and leave fall and winter—when the mild climate is ideal for sightseeing and Christmas markets offer festive fun—realtively quiet.

A local’s pocket guide to Dubrovnik

Sara Camarero

Sara fell in love with Croatia from the moment she stepped foot in the Mediterranean country. Find her having a cup of coffee with the locals and looking for the best spots to see the sunset in Dubrovnik.

The first thing you should do in Dubrovnik is...

take a stroll in the Old Town. Walk Stradun’s marble streets and get lost in the medieval passageways.

A perfect Saturday in Dubrovnik...

starts with a boat ride to the Elaphiti Islands of Kolocep, Sipan, and Lopud. For sunset, head to Cave Bar More and enjoy the scenery with a cocktail in hand.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

seeing Dubrovnik from the water. Admire the ancient city walls and the nearby island of Lokrum from a different perspective.

To discover the "real" Dubrovnik...

try the local cuisine in Gruž. The market is well-known for its fresh fish that you can savor in nearby restaurants at affordable prices.

For the best view of the city...

hike or take the cable car to the top of Mount Srd. If you’re still feeling energetic after the hike, visit Srd Fortress and join a fun-filled buggy safari tour of the hilltop.

One thing people get wrong...

is thinking that the Dubrovnik City Walls are too touristy. To escape the crowds and the sun, visit first thing in the morning or right before closing.

People Also Ask

Why is Dubrovnik so popular?

Dubrovnik has always been popular for its coastal location, balmy climate, and architecture. The interest in filming locations for HBO's Game of Thrones has boosted its popularity. High season is intense. Beat the crowds by visiting outside of summer, or seeing main attractions in the early morning or evening.

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What should you not miss in Dubrovnik?

A stroll around Dubrovnik's city walls is a must. Access the walkway via the Ploče Gate and enjoy views of Old Town, Adriatic Sea, forts, lookouts, and Game of Thrones filming locations. For something uniquely Dubrovnikian, take a boat to the islands or cable car to the Mt. Srd peak.

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How many days do you need in Dubrovnik?

Two days is enough time in Dubrovnik. Start early for a walking tour of Dubrovnik's city walls and Old Town. Then, take a sea excursion or unwind on a sunset cruise. The next day, take a cable car up Mt. Srd or a day tour of Mljet, Lokrum, or Elafiti Islands.

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Do they speak English in Dubrovnik?

Yes. English is widely spoken in Dubrovnik, as it is a popular tourist destination. Locals may not be fluent, but most tourist-serving staff speak English. The official language of Croatia is Croatian, and locals appreciate it if you know a few key phrases.

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Is Dubrovnik worth visiting?

Yes. Dubrovnik is worth visiting thanks to its unique history, local cuisine, and striking coastline—though these days it's best to avoid the high season and cruise arrival rush hours. If you do get stuck in the tourist traffic, there's still a great deal to enjoy—it'll just be crowded.

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Is Dubrovnik expensive?

Yes. Popular Dubrovnik is a little more expensive than other destinations on the Adriatic Coast. There are ways to save while sightseeing, though. Choose tours that include meals or entrance fees, and take advantage of inclusive deals such as the Dubrovnik Card, which bundles unlimited travel with attraction access.

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