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.
Dubrovnik’s Old Town is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Croatia, thanks in part to the fact that it’s the filming location for the fictional city of King’s Landing in HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones.
Visitors can take a guided stroll through the ancient city streets visiting such famous landmarks as the Rector’s Palace, Cathedral of the Assumption, and the Onofrio Fountain. Don’t miss a walk along Dubrovnik's ancient walls, which offer sweeping views over the maze of red-roofed Old Town buildings and out into the deep-blue Adriatic.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Wear comfortable shoes and expect to spend a lot of time walking, as Dubrovnik’s Old Town is best explored on foot.
- Dubrovnik can get hot in the summer, so don’t forget your hat, sunglasses, and sunblock.
- To dodge the crowds, check the cruise-ship schedule and visit on a day with fewer expected cruise-ship visitors.
How to Get There
Most visitors arrive in Dubrovnik by car, bus, cruise ship, or plane. The nearest major airport is Dubrovnik International Airport, located just south of the city center. Dubrovnik’s Old Town is a pedestrian-only zone, so most visitors arrive by local ferry shuttle, bus, or taxi from their Dubrovnik accommodations.
When to Get There
Dubrovnik’s Old Town is busiest in July and August; if you plan to visit during that time, plan to arrive early in the morning or later in the day to avoid crowds. The best time to visit is September and October, when temperatures are still pleasant and fewer cruise ships dock.
Game of Thrones–Themed Tours
Delve into the fantastical world of Game of Thrones with a walking tour of the real-life Dubrovnik sites used as filming locations for this popular series. You’ll enjoy behind-the-scenes insight into how Old Town Dubrovnik became the fictional city of King’s Landing and hear little-known trivia about the cast and characters from a knowledgeable guide.