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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


Dubrovnik Old Town

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The medieval core of Dubrovnik and the focal point of most city itineraries, Dubrovnik’s Old Town is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site, made up of a warren of limestone-paved streets and painstakingly restored medieval architecture. The pedestrianized center is still surrounded by its 15th-century fortification walls and walking along the ramparts provides expansive views over the town. Navigating the labyrinth of the Old Town unveils many of the city’s most impressive buildings, now flanked by an array of modern shops, restaurants and hotels. Highlights include the reconstructed gothic-renaissance Rector’s Palace; the baroque-style Cathedral of the Assumption, built in the 18th-century; and the landmark Bell Tower, which looms 31 meters over Luza Square. Don’t miss a stroll along the main thoroughfare of Stradun Street, a tour of the Franciscan Monastery and Museum and a visit to the striking 16th-century Sponza Palace.More

Elafiti Islands (Elaphites)

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A cluster of isles and islands found along the Dalmatian Coast, the Elafiti Islands are one of Croatia’s most popular destinations and make an easy day trip from nearby Dubrovnik. Fourteen islands make up the small archipelago, but only the largest three - Kolocep, Lopud and Sipan – are inhabited and linked by ferry and taxi-boat to the mainland, making them the focal point of island hopping tours. Despite their popularity among day-trippers, the trio of islands remain largely unaffected by the spoils of tourism, dotted with a mere handful of hotels and maintaining many car-free roads. Koločep benefits from being the nearest island to Dubrovnik, celebrated for its dramatic coastal cliffs, tranquil pebble beaches and shaded olive groves, whereas neighboring Lopud is best known for its well-preserved 11th century Benedictine monastery, 16th-century churches and sandy Šunj beach.More

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

Dubrovnik Ancient City Walls

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Dubrovnik’s Old Town is completely surrounded by enormous stone walls that date back to the 10th century. Up to 6m (19ft) thick and 2.5m (8ft) high in places, Dubrovnik's Ancient City Walls were built to protect the city and deter would-be invaders. You can walk along the entire (2km/1.2mi) length of the ancient walls today and it is one of the best ways to appreciate the majesty of the Old Town (and get some great views over the Adriatic sea). There are 2 towers and 2 forts incorporated into the walls that were built and/or strengthened in the 15th century to bolster the city’s defences. The Minceta Tower protects the city’s northern edge; the Bokar Tower protects Pile Gate (the city’s main entrance); Lovrjenac Fort protects the west, and the Revelin Fort protects the eastern entrance.More

Dubrovnik Cable Car

Dubrovnik’s distinctive orange cable cars speed 778 m (2,552.5 ft) in around three minutes to the top of Mount Srđ from the Lower Station positioned just north of the sturdy walls of the city. Opened in 1969, the cable car was destroyed during the Balkan Wars of Independence in the 1990s but was reopened in 2010; today it serves up to 2.5 million visitors each year who make the journey to enjoy the peerless views across the terracotta rooftops of Dubrovnik, the indented coastline of Dalmatia and the island archipelagos sprinkled across the Adriatic Sea. Sitting at 405 m (1,328.75 ft) above sea level, the scenic viewpoints around the upper cable car station on Mount Srđ are popular local spots for weddings; there’s a souvenir shop selling Dalmatian olive oils and landscape paintings plus the Panorama restaurant, serving up delicious Croatian dishes along with its far-reaching views; book an early-evening table in advance to enjoy the spectacular sunset sliding into the sea.More

Pile Gate

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Pile Gate is a grand entrance into Dubrovnik’s Old Town, on its western wall. Built in 1537 to protect the city from invaders and monitor trade, Pile Gate was originally reached via a wooden drawbridge, which was raised every evening, the gate locked and the key handed to the prince in an elaborate ceremony. Pile Gate has an outer and inner gate with statues of St. Blaise, the city’s patron saint. The St. Blaise statue in the niche of the interior arch is the handiwork 20th-century Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic. You’ll also find an old door here that dates back to 1460. As you pass over the stone bridge towards the outer gate you’ll notice a green space below. This space used to be the moat, another defense mechanism to deter those who wished to infiltrate the city.More

St. Lawrence Fortress (Fort Lovrijenac)

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Perched on a 37-meter cliff top jutting out into the Adriatic Sea, it’s easy to see how the dramatic Fort Lovrijenac earned itself the nicknamed of ‘Dubrovnik’s Gibraltar’. The mighty stone fortress is one of Dubrovnik’s most recognizable landmarks, looming over the western gate to the walled Old Town and providing a striking backdrop to the annual Dubrovnik Summer Festival. Immortalized on-screen as part of the fictional King’s Landing in HBO’s hit fantasy drama, Game of Thrones, Fort Lovrijenac has further cemented its place at the top of tourist itineraries and few views are as breathtaking as looking out over the coastal city from the cliff top ramparts. Built in the 11th century, the fortress was once an impenetrable stronghold, with its 12-meter thick sea walls and infamous 3,000kg bronze ‘Guster’ cannon.More

Lokrum Island

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A mere 1km from Dubrovnik, the small island of Lokrum makes a welcome escape from the city and with regular boats making the 15-minute trip, it’s an easy excursion from the mainland. Nicknamed the ‘Island of Kings’, legend has it that King Richard the Lionheart was shipwrecked on Lokrum Island following his 1192 crusades. Continuing its royal connections, the island was bought in 1859 by Maximilian von Habsburg, the Archduke of Austria, who transformed its 12th-century Benedictine abbey and monastery into a summer palace. The Abbey and its formal gardens remain one of the island’s principal highlights, but equally impressive is the botanical garden of the Dubrovnik Oceanographic Institute and the Fort Royal, an early 19th-century French fort, which tops the Lokrum Hills. For many though, a visit Lokrum is simply an excuse to soak up the idyllic scenery – swathes of pine and cypress forests, olive groves and rocky coves that make up the Lokrum island nature reserve.More

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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Recent reviews from experiences in Dubrovnik

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.
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....
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Throroughly enjoyable and well executed
Business59, Sep 2019
Exclusive: 'Game of Thrones' Walking Tour of Dubrovnik
He was entertaining and spoke good English.
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.
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!
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.
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.

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