Things to do in Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik was described by George Bernard Shaw as ‘the Pearl of the Adriatic’. One of the most prominent tourist resorts in Croatia visited by millions of people annually, Dubrovnik offers a wealth of experiences in and around the town. Since 1979 Dubrovnik has been recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site and as soon as you enter the town it’s easy to see why you should visit Dubrovnik.
What to see in Dubrovnik
Almost everything worth seeing is centered on the compact, crowded Old Town.
To get the best view on the one of the clearest blue sea, you should visit Dubrovnik walls (summer 8 am – 7 pm daily, winter 9 am – 4 pm daily; 70KN or around 10 EUR). Audio-guides are available at the main entrance inside the Pile Gate to the left. An hour should suffice but take as long as you like.
Back inside the town walls is the main square and crossing point of Luza, where you’ll find the landmark astronomical Clock Tower (1444 original); Orlando’s Column where all state declarations were read; the smaller of Onofrio’s fountains, and a prosaic statue of Shakespeare-era playwright Marin Drzic, installed in 2008.
You’ll spend the bulk of your time within the 15th-century ring of fortifications, in the small square half-mile of gleaming medieval space bisected by 300-metre-long Stradun.
Exiting the Old Town via the Ploce Gate takes you past the attractive old harbor, where taxi boats set off for the nearby island of Lokrum. Beyond the gate stretches Banje beach then a string of luxury hotels.
Rector’s Palace, The Cathedral, and the Sponza Palace
Area of Luza is the main historic attractions of the Rector’s Palace; the Cathedral and Treasury; the Sponza Palace (Romantic Wedding in the Sponza Palace, look at the picture above); and the Dominican monastery.
St John’s Fortress and the Maritime Museum
The other sights are within easy reach. On the south side of the harbor, around the corner from the Rector’s Palace, St John’s Fortress and the Maritime Museum (open summer 9 am – 6 pm, Tue-Sun; winter 9 am – 4 pm, Tue-Sun; ticket 70KN / around 10EUR).
Visit Dubrovnik Aquarium and get to know the residents of the Adriatic underwater (open summer 9 am – 9 pm daily, winter 9 am – 4 pm, Tue-Sun; 40KN / around 5 EUR).
Church of St Blaise
In front of the clock tower, the baroque Church of St Blaise (open 8 am – 12, 4 – 6 pm daily, free enter), named after the protector of Dubrovnik through the centuries of trade, torment, and tourism, was rebuilt after the 1667 earthquake. Inside, the altar, with a statue of the saint, is the main draw. The stained-glass windows are very modern.
Museum of Religious Artefacts
At the other end of Stradun, by the Pile Gate built in the 15th century, the main drawbridge entrance to the Old Town stands Onofrio’s Great Fountain, less ornate than how it looked before the 1667 earthquake. Behind the Franciscan church nearby, the Franciscan monastery, embellished with beautiful cloisters, houses what is claimed to be the world’s oldest pharmacy and a Museum of Religious Artefacts.
Gallery of War Photo
The best contemporary gallery is War Photo Limited, with changing exhibitions of conflict photography from around the world, with one room devoted to the 1991-95 war in Croatia.
Another modern attraction is the Visia Cinema just inside Pile Gate, which uses 5D films and hologram picture-shows to bring Dubrovnik’s history.
Dubrovnik Summer Festival
The classical concerts in Dubrovnik Summer Festival, on open-air stages, set up around the Old Town, are well worth attending, although tickets should be booked well in advance.
Enjoy in a fabulous view of the city and ride a cable car up Mount Srdj, admiring to the panoramic vistas of the city and the Adriatic Sea.
Note also the Dubrovnik Card (130KN (around 17EUR)/1 day; 180KN (around 24EUR)/3 days; 220KN (around 30EUR) 1 week that allows entrance to the town walls, seven museum and gallery attractions and free rides on public transport. Accompanied children under 12 are free.
Things to do in Dubrovnik
Go to the beach
If you are on the visit to Dubrovnik during the hot summer day the best things to do in Dubrovnik is to go to one of the attractive beaches.
Rent a pedal boat or scooter
Rent a pedal boat or scooter and visit the picturesque bay near the beach, ride the banana, enjoy in skiing the sea and windsurfing.
If you are adventurous set off in kayaks from Pila below the fort Lawrence. Paddle to the Lokrum caves Bete, in return, enjoy the view of the stone wall.
Dive and explore the underwater world of Dubrovnik, enjoy in the silence and secrecy depth, visit protected underwater from archaeological sites.
For those a little more durable, I suggest climbing on the hill Srdj with the best view of the entire area of the city and the countryside, sea, and islands.
Visit the southernmost part of the Croatian coast, the park Prevlaka, the largest center for free climbing in Croatia, where you can try paintball, cycling, adventure walking trails on Prevlaka, as well as tour the maze of tunnels which was once built for military purposes.
Are you ready for Big Game Fishing
For an unforgettable active holiday, you should try Big Game Fishing, day and night fishing from Cavtat.
Jeep Safari Konavle
Jeep Safari in luxury terrain vehicles over Konavle hills, through fields and river, successfully has rated not only travel agents but also the guests who participated in it. Are you going? Are you still bored?
Eat some of the traditional Dubrovnik’s dishes
Truth is, Dubrovnik is expensive, but if you think that high prices are reserved exclusively for the summer months, you are wrong. Prices in bars and restaurants are the same throughout the year, but as everywhere, vary depending on the place. The first rule to remember is that everything is cheaper outside of the town walls. But that does not mean that quality is in Old Town or out of Old Town. Old Town because of its site and like the touristic target is much more expensive than the other part of Dubrovnik. Anyway, one of the things to do in Dubrovnik is to try Dubrovnik’s most famous cake “Rozata”.
Explore the nightlife of Dubrovnik!
Best Dubrovnik’s nightclubs are closely linked to the Adriatic Sea, with spectacular sunsets and crystal clear water. As soon as the sun sets on the beach, clubs are converted into nightclubs and world-famous DJ raise the atmosphere to a boiling point. In the town center, within and outside the town there are several clubs that offer different types of music for all tastes and entertainment until the early hours. This is a short list of “Things to do in Dubrovnik”; you’ll find the rest by yourself.