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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 10 attractions 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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Travelers looking to explore untouched Croatia while getting a true taste of the Adriatic Sea will find all they’re looking for at Elaphite Islands. This cluster of coastal escapes stretches from Dubrovnik to Peljesac and boasts thick foliage and unspoiled natural wonders that have become difficult to find on the mainland.Just three of these favorite getaways—Lopud, Sipan or Kolocep—are accessible to visitors, but their diversity means there’s still something for everyone in the Elaphite Islands. Kolocep, the smallest of the three, is surrounded by brilliant blue waters and proves a remarkable respite for tired travelers. Sunj beach has made Lopud the most visited of the three, but those in the know say despite its popularity, Lopud is still perfect for a quiet escape. Sipan, the largest of the three islands, offers travelers the most to do, including tours of some of the stately aristocratic manors of the Dubrovnik Republic.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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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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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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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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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 Bell Tower

Dubrovnik Bell Tower

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One of the foremost landmarks of Dubrovnik’s atmospheric Old Town, the Dubrovnik Bell Tower stands at the eastern end of Stradun, the main thoroughfare, and looms over Luza Square. The 31-m (102-ft) stone tower is topped with a stumpy dome and flanked by some of Dubrovnik’s most spectacular architecture, including the lovely Sponza Palace, St. Blaise Church and Orlando’s Column. Constructed in 1444, the tower was badly damaged in the earthquake of 1667 and began to lean alarmingly; by the 18th century it had fallen into disrepair and it was not until the late 1920s that repair work began and the tower acquired its present shape and clock, the face of which resembles an octopus and also portrays the phases of the moon. Consequently, very little of the original tower has survived to the present day except the two-tonne bronze bell, which was cast by master metalworker Ivan Krstitelj Rabljanin from nearby Rab Island. The bell is bracketed by two bronze figures – now tinged green with age – known locally as the*‘zelenci’* or the ‘green ones’ and who strike the bell on the hour every hour – their much-restored originals are now on display in the Rector’s Palace along with the original clock mechanism.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

Trip ideas

How to Spend 2 Days in Dubrovnik

How to Spend 2 Days in Dubrovnik

Dalmatia Day Trips from Dubrovnik

Dalmatia Day Trips from Dubrovnik

Recent reviews from experiences in Dubrovnik

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Great tour
Inkaa, Dec 2020
Insider’s Virtual Tour of Dubrovnik
We got so much great information and got to see so many beautiful corners of the town.
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Sunset by kayak
Bristolians_in_dubs, Sep 2020
Adventure Dubrovnik - Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour
Decided to go kayaking to see more of dubrovnik by water and watch the sunset in a kayak....
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If you want muscly arms, strongly recommend.
Shortie_S, Sep 2020
Dubrovnik Elafiti Islands Cruise with Lunch and Drinks
You get to see lovely features of Dubrovnik as well.
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Truly amazing, a real taste of Croatian Wine and culture.
Rose_M, Aug 2020
Wine Lover's Tour of Peljesac Peninsula
It was an amazing chance to see the real Dubrovnik as we drove right up into the mountains and got the chance to see the landscape in its full glory.
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Great tour of Vardia Vineyard
Julio_C, Aug 2020
Vineyard & Olives of Vardia
Vardia vineyards is the only vineyard within 15-20 km of Dubrovnik and it was great to see the Vlasic family's passion for their craft.
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Highly recomended
Zivile_Z, Aug 2020
Dubrovnik Panoramic Sightseeing Tour - Cable Car View
we see nice small waterfall its was not for tourist place nice to see from other side .
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Great sunset kayak experience !
Thomas, Aug 2020
Sunset Sea Kayaking and Wine Tasting Tour Dubrovnik
Helen, our guide was super nice, well worded in English and knowledgeable of the history of Dubrovnik.
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A GOT ultimate experience
Mohamed_A, Aug 2020
GAME OF THRONES Lokrum Special
Also the only tour that takes you to see the Iron Throne in Lokrum Island.
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Great way to see Dubrovnik
Julie_E, Aug 2020
Adventure Dubrovnik - Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour
Fab trip with great guides - an excellent way to see Dubrovnik and city walls from the sea.
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Excellent service!
ending0bina, Nov 2019
Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls by Luxury Minibus
Me & my 3 friends spent 4 days here in Dubrovnik & our day trip to Mostar & Kravice waterfalls was very wonderful.
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Great tour of Dubrovnik
jwald12019, Nov 2019
Dubrovnik Shore Excursion: Explore Dubrovnik by Cable Car
Unfortunately it was a little busy getting up the cable cars as it was a Saturday and there were lots of tourists but all in all it was a great tour and was as great way to see Dubrovnik Thanks!
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Great GOT Fan Tour
mikeclark12, Nov 2019
Game of Thrones Tour
Well worth doing for GOT fans wanting to see the sites where filming took place in Dubrovnik old town.
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Great introduction to Dubrovnik
poliche2019, Oct 2019
Dubrovnik by night history, wine&bites
She gave us good tips on what to do, see and wines to try.
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A Great Guide and Interesting review of Game of Thrones use and History
Tom D, Sep 2019
Exclusive: 'Game of Thrones' Walking Tour of Dubrovnik
Our Guide was fantastic and was great way to learn of the history of the Dubrovnik as well as fun to see how it was used in Game of Thrones.
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Take this tour!
meagan102019, Sep 2019
Total Game of Thrones Experience
You will see all the popular places in Dubrovnik, it’s an excellent way to see the city.
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Throroughly enjoyable and well executed
Business59, Sep 2019
Exclusive: 'Game of Thrones' Walking Tour of Dubrovnik
He was entertaining and spoke good English.
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Long day but worth it
scratchNsniff45, Sep 2019
Total Game of Thrones Experience
Lots to see and do on the full 7hr trip and while it is a long day it is definitely worth it if you are a GoT fan.
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Great day trip from Dubrovnik
Krupa P, Sep 2019
Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls Small-Group with Turkish House Included
Long day with border crossings (which can't control) but so worth it to see a glimpse of the beautiful Bosnian countryside and experience a tiny bit of Mostar!
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Lady of the Rock
AngusCampbell, Sep 2019
Kotor Bay Day Trip from Dubrovnik with Boat Ride to Lady of the Rock
A full day is required to see the sights in Kotor.
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great fun
Leonie S, Aug 2019
Sunset Sea Kayaking and Wine Tasting Tour Dubrovnik
Awesome way to see Dubrovnik from a different angle, the sea.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions