The thousand-year-old ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ – the target of globetrotters


To visit Dubrovnik and not walk along its city walls would truly be a sin. But the city walls are not the only attraction that will grab your attention. At every step, the Old Town takes you back to the 16th century and the golden age of the Republic of Ragusa. You can admire the view of Dubrovnik from Srđ Hill above the city, and when you want to experience the peace of Mediterranean nature, take a boat ride to the neighbouring wooded islet of Lokrum or the beautiful Elaphiti Islands.


Dubrovnik city walls

TripAdvisor included the Walls of Dubrovnik in its Top Ten Landmarks bucket list. The walls, built from the 13th to the 17th century for defensive purposes, encircle the old town of Dubrovnik for a length of 1,940 m. They are protected by towers on four sides: Minčeta in the north, Bokar in the west, Revelin in the east, and St John’s Fortress in the southeast. The best time to visit the walls is in the morning from 08:00 to 10:00 or late in the afternoon. There are three entrances: one on Stradun near the Pile Gate, the second near St John’s Fortress, and the third near St Luke’s Tower.

Gundulićeva poljana 6, Dubrovnik
T: +385 20 638 800, +385 20 324 641
E: gradske.zidine@gmail.com

The UNESCO Old Town of Dubrovnik

The Old Town of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO heritage site, is the most famous historic city centre in Croatia. It is encircled by city walls with two entrances, Pile in the west and Ploče in the east. The old part of the town, in the form of an irregular pentagon, is intersected by the wide central street of Stradun, small lanes, flights of steps and squares. The distinctive monuments include the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries with their cloisters, the Large and Small Onofrio’s Fountain (16th century), the Rector’s Palace (15th century), the Sponza Palace, Orlando’s Column (1418), the Bell Tower (1447), and the baroque Church of St Blaise (Sveti Vlaho – 1706).

Concert in the Rector’s Palace

The Rector’s Palace, the former administrative centre of the Republic of Ragusa, has been a historical museum since 1948. The atrium of the palace is one of Dubrovnik’s most famous stages for classical music concerts, not only because of its impressive ambience, but also because of its excellent acoustics. It traditionally features performances by members of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and famous musicians from around the world. Don’t miss a chance to attend a concert here!

Pile Tourist Information Centre
Brsalje 5, Dubrovnik
T: +385 20 312 011
E: tic.pile@tzdubrovnik.hr

Church of St Blaise (Sveti Vlaho)

The baroque Church of St Blaise (Sveti Vlaho), the patron saint of Dubrovnik, was built from 1706 to 1715 on the site of an older Romanesque church that burned down in a fire. It is distinguished by its richly decorated façade with a portal and wide flight of stairs. The central part of the church is covered with a dome. The main marble altar features a 15th-century gilded silver statue of St Blaise holding in his hands a model of the city before the 1667 earthquake. It is interesting that the statue survived both an earthquake and a fire that struck the old church.

Pile Tourist Information Centre
Brsalje 5, Dubrovnik
T: +385 20 312 011
E: tic.pile@tzdubrovnik.hr

Lovrijenac (St Lawrence’s Fortress)

Also known as the ‘Gibraltar of Dubrovnik’, the Lovrijenac Fortress stands on a cliff 37 m above the sea outside the walls on the western side of the Old Town. You can reach it by climbing the path above the beach. The fortress, a symbol of resistance to the Republic of Venice, offers a wonderful view of the Old Town and the sea and hosts numerous performances, most notably Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Entrance to Lovrijenac is included in the price of the Dubrovnik Walls ticket, though you can also buy a ticket just for Lovrijenac.

Pile Tourist Information Centre
Brsalje 5, Dubrovnik
T: +385 20 312 011
E: tic.pile@tzdubrovnik.hr

Franciscan Friary and Church

The construction of the Franciscan monastery began in 1317 in the area between Stradun and the Minčeta Tower. Over time, wonderful stone buildings emerged here with a monastery, the most beautiful cloister in Croatia, a church, a pharmacy, and a rich library as a testimony to the priceless heritage of the Republic of Ragusa. The church today houses an altarpiece by the painter Celestin Medović and the grave of the poet Ivan Gundulić. The monastery library holds more than 70,000 works, including 206 incunabula, and the pharmacy has been operating since 1317, which makes it unique in Europe. In the monastery, you can visit a museum which holds books and archival material, old exhibits from the pharmacy, and ancient apothecary vases from Florence and Siena.

Franciscan monastery museum
Placa 2
T: + 385 20 641 111
E: mala.braca@du.t-com.hr

Must-visit museums

The most attractive museums in Dubrovnik are dedicated to war and love. The War Photo Limited Museum in the Old Town displays the works of world-famous photojournalists from the front lines of the battlefield, while the Homeland War Museum in the Imperial Fortress on Srđ Hill features fascinating photographs, weapons and other materials from the Croatian War of Independence. In the Red History Museum, you can see how life was in Yugoslavia under communism, and if you believe in love, don’t miss the small but particularly interesting Love Stories Museum located near the entrance to the Old Town.

War Photo Limited - Antuninska 6, Stari grad
Homeland War Museum - Imperial Fortress, Srđ
Red History Museum - Ulica Svetog Križa 3, Dubrovnik
Love Stories Museum - Ulica od Tabakarije 2, Dubrovnik

Cable car and Srđ Hill

If you want to see the most beautiful panorama of Dubrovnik, board the cable car and in four minutes you’ll be on Srđ Hill with its large amphitheatre at the top station. Here you can relax in the snack bar, buy souvenirs, and enjoy a spectacular view of Dubrovnik at 405 m above sea level. Perfect photos are guaranteed!

Tickets can be bought at the cable car stations.

T: +385 20 414 355
E: info@dubrovnikcablecar.com
Cable car lower station
Petra Krešimira IV bb, Dubrovnik

Lokrum Reserve

Uninhabited Lokrum is the closest island to Dubrovnik and can be reached in just 10 minutes by boat from the city harbour. As soon as you step on the island, you’ll feel the magic of the UNESCO-protected forest vegetation and the Lokrum gardens. So close, yet so exotic, peaceful and almost unreal, this island preserves many myths, legends and historical facts. It features the small Dead Sea lake, a botanical garden, a Benedictine monastery with a cloister garden (11th century), and HBO’s replica of the Iron Throne from the Game of Thrones series, which was filmed here. The island is rich in flora and fauna, but since it is a special reserve of forest vegetation, visitors are not allowed to spend the night here.

Ticket information:
M: + 385 994765224
E: prodaja@lokrum.hr

Elaphiti Islands

The Elaphites consist of eight islands and five islets, of which only three are inhabited: Koločep, Lopud and Šipan. Wooded Koločep is the closest to Dubrovnik. Its peace, Mediterranean aromatic herbs, and beaches lapped by the crystal-clear sea are the dream of every modern traveller. Lopud will enchant you with its sandy beaches, fortresses, small churches, summer houses and artworks, while Šipan is rich in vineyards and olive groves and has over thirty churches, several monasteries and sixty Gothic-Renaissance summer houses. You can reach the Elaphites by boat from the Port of Gruž, or you can opt for our interesting trip on board a replica of a traditional Dubrovnik sailing boat, the Karaka!


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