Dubrovnik is a stunningly intact walled city on the Adriatic Sea coast of the extreme south of Croatia.
Although its population barely exceeds 40,000, it's one of the most prominent tourist resorts of the Mediterranean and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979.
Dubrovnik is both a seaport and the centre of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. Its population was 42,615 inhabitants according to census data from 2011. Dubrovnik is nicknamed "Pearl of the Adriatic". Tourism is the most important industry in Dubrovnik so according to data from 2012, there were 45 hotels:- twelve 5* hotels, nine 4* hotels, twenty two 3* hotels and two 2* hotels.
The city of Dubrovnik (Latin: Ragusa) was built on maritime trade. In the Middle Ages it became the only city-state in the Adriatic to rival Venice. Supported by its wealth and skilled diplomacy, the city achieved a remarkable level of development during the 15th and 16th centuries. Furthermore, Dubrovnik was one of the centres of the development of the Croatian language and literature, home to many notable poets, playwrights, painters, mathematicians, physicists and other scholars.
Today Dubrovnik is the proudest feather in Croatia's tourist cap, an elite destination and one of the most beautiful towns in the Mediterranean. Dubrovnik used to be an independent republic, surviving mostly on trade. It managed to survive many centuries, with constant threats to its territory, particularly from the mighty Ottoman Empire and Venice. As early as 19th century, it was discovered by celebrities as a place to be seen. George Bernard Shaw once said that "those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik and find it". Royalty, presidents and diplomats have all favoured the city. The late Pope John Paul II was a fan of Dubrovnik and was even made an honorary citizen. Out of the 23 top luxury hotels in Croatia in 2010, a dozen were located in Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik is steeped in stunning architecture and sculptural detail, and boasts spectacular churches, monasteries, museums, and fountains. A multitude of typical towns and excursions include: The Elaphiti Islands, the attractive town of Cavtat,the Konavle valley, Mljet Island, Korčula Island, Ston and Peljesac Peninsula. The neighbouring towns of Kotor and Perast in Montenegro or Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina also make for intrigiuing day trips.
Croatia Airlines operates buses between the airport and the main bus station in Kantafig (HRK35, 45min), which is 2.5km northwest of the Old Town. Taxis from the airport to the centre will cost HRK320. Going to the airport a bus aims to leave the main bus station 2h before each international flight, and costs HRK35. Departure times are also displayed in the tourist information office at Pile Gate. The bus passes close to the Old Town en route to the airport and you can board this bus at the bus stop on Petra Kresimira 4 just above the Old Town, by the lower cable car station.
There is no train to Dubrovnik. A narrow gauge line used to link Dubrovnik to Sarajevo but was closed in 1976.
The closest rail station is at Ploče, less than 2h by bus from Dubrovnik. From there, you can connect to trains to Mostar and Sarajevo. Trains to points north can be boarded at Split, a 4 hr bus ride from Dubrovnik.
The trip from Split along the coastal road (Jadranska magistrala or D8) is a beautiful scenic journey through small, quaint villages and other tourist destinations. Just know that in the summer months the trip is likely to take several hours longer than anticipated. What looks like a short trip on a map can take 6h.
A much faster way of simply getting from Split to Dubrovnik by car is to take the A1 highway to Vrgorac and then continue via Staševica, Opuzen and Neum to Dubrovnik.
The main bus station is in Kantafig, near Port Gruz and the Tudjman bridge, 2.5km northwest of the Old Town. Local bus 7 operates between this station and Babin kuk, and bus 1 serves Old Town.
Direct buses run to/from Zagreb (HRK205-234, 11h, 7 daily), Korcula (HRK100, 3h, 1 daily), Mostar (HRK100 or €16, 3h, 2 daily. 10:30 & 15:00 ), Orebic (HRK100, 2.5h, 1 daily), Rijeka (HRK400, 12h, 3 daily), Sarajevo (HRK160, 5h, 1 daily), Split (HRK100-150, 4.5h, 14 daily), Zadar (HRK200, 8h, 7 daily). In the high season, there is also a daily bus leaving at 11:00 going to the Montenegro cities of Herceg Novi, Bar, Kotor, and Budva. And at 15:00 to Prijedor and Banja Luka (10h) in Bosnia. A one-way trip to Budva costs HRK128, or €15. The return tickets are much cheaper and advisable, just look out for the choice of the bus company.
When coming by bus from Split or cities further north, police officers may board the bus and you may be asked for a valid identity document when crossing the Neum corridor which belongs to Bosnia and Herzegovina. While the bus companies list trip duration of c. 4 h, be prepared for a ride of closer to 5.5-6h, including Bosnian border checks.
When travelling into Montenegro and the Airport sit on the right hand side (not behind driver) for best views, and vice-versa for the return. Travelling to Bosnia, sit on the left hand side (behind the driver) for best views.
Many cruise ships come to this port of call, typically docking at the Port of Dubrovnik (Port Gruz) across from the main bus station, 2.5km northwest of the walled old town. The easiest and cheapest way to get from the main bus station to the Old Town is by using the local buses number 1, 1A and 1B, which circulate almost constantly. Some cruise ships anchor offshore just east of the Old Town and tender the passengers directly into the the Old Port. In 2012. over one million passengers visited Dubrovnik by cruise ship.
From RijekaJadrolinija ferries run up and down the coast. Calling at Split, Stari Grad, Korčula and Sobra on the way. Journey time is up to 20 hr, so consider getting a cabin. The restaurant serves up some decent food at surprisingly reasonable prices, but bear in mind that the +23% tax is not included on the menu. While the journey is scenic there is nothing in the way of entertainment. Come prepared with a good book or just sit on the deck and watch the Adriatic Sea go by. This is more than enough entertainment for an afternoon.
From Bari in Italy. The dull engine vibration or the swaying of the boat from high winds are likely to keep you awake. Cabins are strongly recommended. Although you can sit comfortably enough inside with the cheaper deck pass, interior temperature hovers at 60⁰F or below and makes for a chilly night even in the height of summer. Sadly this ferry seems quite overpriced: two adult single tickets plus a noisy, small interior 2-berth cabin costs €168.
The Old Town can be comparatively difficult to navigate on first appearances, as it really is a warren of little streets. There are however signs at the entrances to many of these streets advertising what businesses, shops, restaurants and accommodation are to be found in that direction.
That being said, some of these signs appear to be either intentionally misleading or woefully out of date. For example, there is no office of any bus company within the Old Town, despite what the signs may say.
The city is completely pedestrianised and easily small enough to get around on foot, some of the streets are a little steep though.
If you are not staying in Old Town, it's relatively simple get there by bus, as just about every one leads to the Old Town. However, it might be advisable to get a timetable  just in case. It costs 12 kn (just over €1) for tickets bought at any kiosk,or 15 kn bought on the bus; ticket valid for 1 hr. At selected kiosks (including the international bus station) you can purchase a day pass for 30 kn. This pass is valid for 24 hr of unlimited travel on the city bus network, starting from the first validation. The easiest way to get from the Main Bus Station to the Old Town is by using the (mostly modern and A/C equipped) buses number 1, 1A and 1B, which circulate almost constantly. These buses can be boarded from the bus stop just outside the Main Bus Station. Apart from this, there is another bus service which comes inside the bus station and drops you directly at the Old Town. Schedules are available at the information counter of the Main Bus Station.
In the off season, rates can be negotiated down by contacting the company in advance. You will get a better rate doing this than booking online directly. Local companies generally have cheaper rates than the multi-nationals.
A Marker Car Rental (Airport Shuttle Service Dubrovnik), Svetog Djurdja 6-Pile Gate-Old Town (Pile Bus Station by Restaurant Nautika), ☎ +385 91 739 75 45 (email@example.com, fax: +385 20 411 011), . Airport transfers, car, motorbike and scooter rental.From €32 per day inc.insurance. (42.6417566756,18.1058228016)edit
Dubrovnik was heavily bombed during the Croatian War of Independence from 1991 to 1995. Almost all of the damage has been repaired; however, if you look closely around the old town, mortar damage in the cobblestone streets and bullet marks in the stone houses are visible.
Roland's Column, (in front of the Bell Tower). A slender stone flag staff of the legendary knight. Also known as Orlando's Column. Ever since its foundation in 1950, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival is officially opened by raising a flag carrying the city's motto Libertus on Orlando's staff.edit
Bell Tower, (after the Ploče entrance to the city). On top of the tower are the famous 'Zelenci' (The Green Ones), bronze statues which strike the gigantic bell every hour. They have been recently replaced with copies and the originals are in the atrium of the Sponza Palace.edit
Sponza Palace, (West of the Bell Tower). Gothic Renaissance palace, one of the few buildings that has maintained its form from before the catastrophic 1667 earthquake. Hosts historic archives. Memorial room of defenders. Open 10AM-10PM. 20 kn edit
Rector's Palace, Pred dvorom 1, ☎ +385 20 321 437. Formerly the palace of the Major Council, now houses a museum dedicated to the city's history.edit
War Photo Limited, Antuninska 6. Open 9AM-9PM. An exhibition centre of war and conflict photography. Exhibits change during the season. Stunning images by world renowned photo journalists.edit
Pile Gate, at the western end of the Placa Thoroughfare (Stradun) (Old town). A convenient starting place for your stroll through the Old Town is the Pile Gate. Before entering the Old Town, Fort Lovrjenac, the first among many sites worth seeing in Dubrovnik, provides a good view of the Old Town and its wall.edit
Placa Stradun, (Old town). The Stradun (Placa) is the central street of the city of Dubrovnik and is the place where the old city comes to life. During the day, explore the shades of the perpendicular streets and alleys on its sides, and during the night, take walks up and down the Stradun with an ice-cream in hand. The uniform Baroque architecture of the houses in Placa, with shops on the street level and their 'knee-like' entrances, got its present-day form in the restoration of the City taking place after the disastrous earthquake in 1667, when a large number of luxurious Gothic and Renaissance palaces had been destroyed. The architectural design of Placa reveals effective solutions and the business sense of the Dubrovnik Republic in those difficult times. Today, Placa is still the shopping centre and venue of major events.edit
Big Onofrio´s Fountain. In the western (Pile) entrance of the old town, The fountain stairs are nowadays a favourite meeting place for local youth and where both the tourists and pigeons take rest and refresh themselves with cool water.edit
Old Port. The eastern part of the Old Town of Dubrovnik; some cruise ship passengers are tendered to the Old Port.edit
Fort Lovrijenac, (From the Pile gate, walk away from the city and then turn left down the steps next to Konoba Gallus. Follow the lane down to the waterfront and then climb the steps up to the fort). The monumental fort rises above 37 m high rock. It changed roles in the course of history. The main purpose of its construction was defense, and the main idea was to protect the freedom of Dubrovnik.30kn, or free with city wall ticket. edit
Visia Dubrovnik 5D Theatrum (history and culture), Poljana Paska Miličevića 4 (in the Convent of St. Clare, on the right side at the beginning of Stradun through Pile gate), ☎ +385 20 324-714 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +385 20 324-714), . 9AM-8PM. Virtual reality technology guides visitors to Dubrovnik through the history and cultural features of the city and wider Croatia.(42.64124466890477,18.107382506132126)edit
Walk on the walls around the old town, great views. It may be best to visit the walls during the early morning or the late afternoon during mid-summer months as it can become very hot.
Dubrovnik is surrounded by its city walls which are 2km long and famous all around the world. There are 3 entrances: on Stradun by the Pile gate, by Fort Saint John’s and at the Custom’s House gate.
Within the city walls you will see Fort Minceta and Fort Saint John’s on the south-eastern side. Also, within the city walls are Fort Lawrence at Pile and Fort Revelin at Ploce. The main entrance is by the Inner Pile Gates. Minceta Fort is one of the most beautiful cultural attractions in Dubrovnik. It's on the northwest side of the city inside the city walls and was built according to the design of renaissance builder Juraj Dalmatinac. St. Luke’s Tower can be seen by walking along the landward side of the city walls up to Ploce Gate. St. Luke’s Tower has protected the entrance to the Dubrovnik harbour throughout the history of the city.
St. John’s Fort was constructed in the 16th century and it is really worth visiting; on its ground floor you can visit the Aquarium, and on the first and second floors you can visit the Maritime Museum (see below).
Bokar Fort is on the seaward of the city walls. It was designed by Florentine architect Michelozzi in the 15th century.
Hours: 08:00-19:00. Entrance fee is HRK150 for adults, HRK30 for children. You can pay by credit card, but they do not take euros.
If you want to avoid paying almost USD25 to see the walls (which are the most impressive attraction in the city), there are ways you can easily get on to the walls for free. After you enter through the main gate, head east walking through the old town like you are aiming for the most southeast corner of the walls. you should come to a wire fence and through the fence you will see people walking along the wall path. Wait for the number of people to slow down or just entertain the bewildered Asian tourists by easily scaling the fence (it's about 6 feet tall, normal fence size) and head onto the wall walk for free.
Franciscan Monastery, Placa 2, ☎ +385 20 321 410. 9AM-6PM.. This beautiful monastery with Baroque Church, houses a Romanesque cloister and the third oldest pharmacy in the world.edit
Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, Kneza Damjana Jude 1, ☎ +385 20 323 459. M-Sa 8AM-8PM, Su 11AM-5:30PM. This impressive building is in the Poljana Marin Držić. Supposedly, the original church was built with money donated by Richard the Lionhearted who survived shipwreck on his way home from the Third Crusade. The current Roman Baroque cathedral dates from the 18th Century.edit
Church of Saint Blaise (Crkva Svetog Vlaha). Baroque Church dedicated to the city's patron saint.edit
Inside the Church of St. Ignatius
Church of St. Ignatius and the Jesuit College, (On an elevated square close to the southern edge of the Old Town). Mass held in English daily at 11:00 in the summer.. Ornate Jesuit church, approached via a romantic baroque staircase modeled on the Spanish Steps in Rome (1738). Built between 1667 and 1725 by architect Ignazzio Pozzo, and like most Jesuit churches of the period was modeled on the Gesù in Rome, the mother church of the Jesuits. edit
Dominican Monastery. Open 9AM-6PM. This is an exceptionally valuable historic complex, which, besides its religious purpose, also represents the important artistic treasury of ancient Dubrovnik.edit
Church of St. Sebastian, (by the Ploče gate). 15th century church built by the Ploče gate since St. Sebastian is the saint protector against plague.edit
Serbian Orthodox Church and Museum of Icons [Pravoslavna crkva i Muzej ikona]. Built from 1865-1877, stands behind impressive wrought iron gates. Houses a number of icons, mainly Byzantine and Cretan. Museum next to church has extensive icon collection.Church admission: free; Museum admission 5-10 kn. edit
Some museums offer a discount ticket if you visit more than one museum. For example its 70 kn for the Rectors Palace, Ethnographic museum, Rupe and Maritime museum.
Bukovac House (Kuća Bukovac), Bukovčeva 5, Cavtat, ☎ +385 20 478 646, . 9AM - 1PM, 4PM-8PM, Sun 4PM-8PM. Closed Mon. Includes works by Vlaho Bukovac (1855-1922), one of the most famous modern Croatian painters. Part of the house is devoted to exhibitions of works by young artists.edit
Dubrovnik Natural History Museum (Prirodoslovni muzej), Androvićeva 1, ☎ +385 20 324 888. 9AM-4PM, closed Sa-Su. The collection of 100 year-old taxidermy specimens dates back to 1872 and may not appeal to everyone.edit
Franciscan Monastery Museum, Placa 2. 9AM-6PM. Houses artifacts from one of the world's oldest pharmacies.30 kn. edit
Sigurata Convent Museum, Od Sigurate 13, ☎ +385 20 321 467. Upon request. Entry: 10 kn. edit
Synagogue and Jewish Museum, Zudioska 5, ☎ +385 20 321 028. This originally Sephardic Synagogue is supposed to be the second oldest still in use synagogue in Europe today. A permanent Jewish community here was founded at the end of the 15th century following the exodus from Portugal and Spain. The Jewish Ghetto was established in 1546 on Jewish street in the old town of Dubrovnik.The community flourished and included respected doctors, merchants and state representatives. Jews in Dubrovnik enjoyed relative freedom, but there were some restrictions on their activities at certain points in history. The Synagogue is tiny and delightful, with heavy velvet drapes and a richly painted, midnight blue ceiling. The museum contains valuable menorahs and Torah scrolls, alongside information on the history of the Jewish community in Dubrovnik. Entry: 25 kn.edit
Dominican Monastery Museum, Sv. Domina 4, ☎ +385 20 321 423. 9AM-6PM. Paintings and artifacts from Dubrovnik's past.Entry: 30 kn. edit
The Sponza Palace Museum (Museum of the State Archives). Entry: 20 kn. edit
The Rector`s Palace Museum, Pred dvorom 1, ☎ +385 20 321 437. 9AM-6PM. Artifacts, paintings and furniture dating back from the time of the Dubrovnik Republic.Entry: 70 kn. edit
The Treasury of Cathedral, Kneza Damjana Jude 1, ☎ :+385 20 323 459. 9AM-6PM. The Treasury has 182 reliquaries which are carried around the city during the Feast of St Blaise.Entry: 15 kn. edit
Maritime Museum, In St. John Fortress, ☎ +385 20 323 904. 9AM-6PM. Considering how vital sailing and shipbuilding were to the growth of the Dubrovnik Republic, this is one of the city’s most important museums.Entry: 70 kn. edit
Home of Marin Drzic, Široka 7, ☎ +385 20 420 490. M-Sa 9AM-1PM and by appointment. Memorial house of Marin Drzic, one of Croatia's most famous writers.edit
The Etnographic Museum (Rupe Granary), Od Rupa 3, ☎ +385 20 323 013. 9AM-6PM. Built in 1590, this is a fascinating building in itself, and the exhibits showcase the economic, cultural and spiritual development of Dubrovnik. The folk costumes and textiles give the best flavour of the region where folk culture is still celebrated.Entry: 70 kn. edit
Lapad Beach. (Lapad Peninsula) A car free, sandy beach area on the Lapad Peninsula, approximately 3.5 km from the old town, where you can relax in the shade of the numerous trees. At the end of a long pedestrianized street full of cafe bars and restaurants you will see many popular pebble beaches known as Lapad beaches. These beaches are really beautiful and well used. Lapad is definitely one of the most beautiful parts of Dubrovnik and you really must visit it. If you take the headland path to the right hand side of Lapad beach, as you look at the Adriatic, you can walk along a charming little coast path with small concrete 'beaches' and ladders into the sea. These were put in during the Tito era and are ideal for one or two sunbathers. Walking further along is an excellent local fish restaurant - ideal for ending the day. The walk back is not particularly well lit, but perfectly safe.edit
Banje Beach, (Near the Old Town). A well located pebble beach. There's a part with an entrance fee, but also a public part which is always livelier and more relaxed. Great way to beat the heat in the middle of the town. Amazing view to city walls, Old Town Dubrovnik and the island of Lokrum. Beach volleyball, mini football or water polo. You can also enjoy lying on deck chair and having a drink.edit
Lokrum Island, (Take a ferry in Old Town port (ticket at the end of the deck)). If you want to escape from the beaches which can be crowded during summer, then take a ferry to Lokrum Island. Only 10 minutes by boat and it will cost you 60kn back and forth. Last ferry is at 8pm during summer. You can swim in some indicated spots where you'll find ladders to get into the sea. Or just choose a nice spot on the rocks where you'll be able to swim and enjoy the peacefulness.edit
Stradun, Take a walk and enjoy a drink at a cafe on the main thoroughfare of the old town.
Looking at the walled city of Dubrovnik, Croatia From Fort Lovrijenac
The Dubrovnik Cable Car as it leaves the Mount Srđ station.
Mount Srđ, For a great view of the town. There is a fortress on top which contains a small museum describing its history. There are several ways up:
Walk up the winding footpath to the fortress and large cross on the hilltop 400 m above Dubrovnik. Walking up from the old town takes about 90 min. There is lack of signature but ask the local (though most of them will still direct you to take the cable car). The path is quite rocky so use suitable footwear. This is the way you could enjoy the best bird eye's view of the sea, old town etc. When you get up to the panoramic terrace, the view is actually not as attractive as what you see along the way when you hike up.
Take the new renovated Cable car and you will be from Down station to Mountain Srđ in less then 4 min. Round trip ticket 100 kn.
Go by car via Bosanka village. Follow Jadranska cesta (D8) towards Mlini and drive past Dubrovnik. Turn left to Bosanka village and follow the road up the hill.
Visit the Fortress Lovrijenac. It was an essential fortification to the defense of the city from both ground and sea attacks. In order to prevent possible mutiny by the commander of the fortress, the walls facing the city are only 60 cm thick compared to those exposed to enemy fire which were 12 m thick. Above the entrance to the fortress is an inscription that says "Non bene pro toto libertas venditur auro" which translates to Freedom is not sold for all the gold in the world.
Cliff Jumping @ Cafe Buža. See listing for Cafe Buža in the Drinks section.edit
Lazareti, Frana Supila 8 (Ploce, just out side of the east entrance to the Old town), ☎ +385 20 324 633 (email@example.com), . Old quarantine hospital serves as a cultural centre for concerts, exhibitions, workshops, theater, film, night clubs and literature. The concert hall/bar is a very cozy place with a decent sound system. Gallery Galeriya Tutunplok is open daily 12PM-9PM. Films and theater showings range from 20-40 kn Concerts cost 40-100 kn. A nightclub is open here from 10PM-4AM and will cost you about 30 kn. Gathers a mostly alternative crowd.edit
Swim, Za Karmenom 1. for free. Swim in the Adriatic Sea below the old wall. In the harbour of the old town, go all around (right) along the wall, beyond the aquarium and there is a pier and some rocks where you can cool down on a hot summer day. Avoid stepping on sea urchins, which are commonly found on rocks in the sea water around Dubrovnik, especially if you are wearing no shoes. These are mostly found in clear water and are easy to spot. (42.639691,18.112641)edit
Dubrovnik is an excellent starting point for exploring southern Adriatic coast primarily Elaphite islands, Korcula, Pelješac and Mljet. There are many charter agencies where you can charter a sailing or motor yacht which are based in Dubrovnik. Majority of them operate from ACI marina Dubrovnik (42°40,3’ N 18°07,6’ E) which is based in Komolac.
When you charter a yacht through charter agency and arrive to designated marina there are a few things that need to be done. The most important thing is the yacht check in (usually Saturday around 4PM). Take your time doing yacht check in. Familiarize yourself with the chartered yacht and with the yacht equipment.
The rule of thumb is the more time you take for the yacht check in, the less time you will need for the yacht check out. After that you have to do the shopping for the charter vacation.
Don't neglect the grocery shopping because the sea is unpredictable and you don't want to get stuck on the boat without anything to eat or drink. You can do the shopping in a marina however the prices are usually much higher there, or you can order from yacht provisioning services who usually deliver the products to the marina at no extra fee.
In Jam Yacht Supply, . Online provisioning catalog where you can order from a large selection of groceries and other products months in advance and everything you order awaits for you in the marina. This is convenient because it takes the load of you and the things you must do when you arrive at the marina for your sailing holiday.
Lokrum, Take a ferry to the Island of Lokrum which houses a monastery, a fort with great views of Dubrovnik, botanical gardens and a naturist beach. Preserved as a nature park this small island is reachable in 10 min in boat-time from the old city port. It offers unparalleled serenity, beauty and peace.
Dubrovnik Summer Festival, . Music and theatre festival held since 1949 from 10th July to 25th August. Famous nationwide for its exquisite selection of drama, plays and concert of chamber music with more then 2,000 artists from 30 countries during 47 days of festival. Be sure to book in advance and don't miss a chance to see some of the open-air performances.
Libertas Film Festival, . Film festival held from August 25-30.
Dubrovnik Cable Car, Petra Krešimira 4. bb, 20000 Dubrovnik (The easiest way to come to the cable car is from the Old Town of Dubrovnik. On the northern side of the town there is Buža Street which leads you towards the exit from the city walls. From there you need to keep climbing towards the fireman station. Once you are at the fireman station, you need to cross the street on your right hand side and keep going straight. After few moments you will see cable car station on your right hand side.), . 9:00-24:00. The original cable car was bombed during the conflicts and closed in 1991. It reopened to the public for the first time on 10 July 2010. The view of the Old City will rival that found on any postcard. There is a small shop at the top and Restaurant Panorama with new outside terraces, restaurant with best view. Directions to the Cable Car are difficult to find in the Old City.94 kn round trip. edit
There are many local artisans who specialize in domestic crafts. Popular purchases include: handmade tablecloths, linens, and napkins. Many merchants claim that the necktie was invented in Croatia. Another local specialty is little dolls dressed in local garb.
The Pharmacy, at the Franciscan Monastery creates hand creams and other toiletries based on ancient recipes. The pharmacy is one of the oldest in this part of Europe. It has been operating from the time of its foundation to the present day.
While wandering around the Old Town, you will come across many shops that sell Croatian goods such as wine and textiles.
If you have transport there is a Lidl (German discount supermarket) 5 km east of the Old Town near the village of Čibača - this is where the locals shop to avoid steep Dubrovnik prices.
Magnolika, Ulica Getaldiceva 7 (3rd St. to the right in the Old Town), ☎ +385 98 195 4040, . Small gallery with unconventional art and cool jewellery design.edit
Clara Stones Jewellery Store, Naljeskoviceva 8 (5th street to the left of Stradun if you go from Pile Gate), ☎ +385 20 321706. Unique handmade Adriatic coral, pearls, gems and jewellery with certificate of authenticity.edit
Tonći Kera, meštar za bicikle, P. Zoranića 1 (ask at the garage), ☎ +385 20 436-776. This is not a regular bicycle repair shop, however the operator of this local garage offers a service.edit
There are a wide range of restaurants in the Old Town, mostly offering a very similar menu of local seafood and some meat dishes. The cuisine may not be very imaginative, but it is usually of good quality and very fresh.
Restaurants can be crudely separated into (slightly) cheaper tourist-trap places, and more expensive but first class gastronomic restaurants. There are a few pizzerias, mostly wood-fired and quite acceptable. The Kraš chocolate sold at stores is delicious. Remember that Dubrovnik, more so than the rest of Croatia, is well aware of its status as a tourist hot-spot. Rents for restaurant premises are high and consequently the prices on the menus reflect this.
Note that in the off peak season of November-March nearly all the top-end restaurants close, leaving only a handful of desperate tourist trap enterprises operating and still charging high prices. You can however still eat well and discounts can be negotiated.
Dubrovnik cuisine is characteristically not very spicy and is famous for traditionalism. Many popular meals are characteristic of Dubrovnik such as zelena menestra (it is the name for many sorts of cabbages and other vegetables with meat), pasticada and the famous delicacy dubrovacka rozata. Dubrovnik fish restaurants are popular.
Many Dubrovnik restaurants offer "hot starters" on the English version of the menu - but these are often large portions akin to "primi" in Italy.
Barba, Boškovićeva 5 (just off Stradun, on the road leading to the north gate). 1000-2400. Small fast-food seafood place, where you sit at communal high counters. Best known for its octopus hamburgers (44kn) and very cheap compared with other local eateries. edit
Konoba Pjatanca, Koločepska 2 (near the public beach Banje and hotel Excelsior, out of the tourist crowd, you pass the Ploče gate), ☎ +385 20 420 949 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 10:00-24:00. Traditional Dalmatian kitchen, nice atmosphere, fresh fish every day and only restaurant with local specialities, domestic Smoked ham and Cheese in oil and most wanted dish Baked lamb or veal under the bell "Peka" .edit
Konoba Tabak, Vukovarska 34 (somewhat hidden behind a larger building). 7:00-20:00. This is a locals place with really good seafood and house wine.edit
La Luna, Andrije Hebranga 60, ☎ +385 20 419 736, . 09:00-24:00. Large portions. Really good pizza with fresh ingredients. Best to have a medium pizza for 1 person or large if you are really hungry - a large can be split in half for not that hungry couples. Only pizza is served before 17:00, for pasta or other dishes you will have to wait until 17:00.45 kn/medium pizza. edit
Lokanda Peskarija, Na ponti bb, ☎ +385 20 324 750. Traditional Dalmatian appetizers and meals, you get your meal in a large black fisherman's style pot.edit
Marco Polo, Lucarica 6 (near St. Blaise church), ☎ +385 99 801 45 66, . 10-24. Good traditional food served in a small outdoor courtyard. Not really budget, but really nice restaurant with different types of food.edit
Mea Culpa, Široka Street. One of the best pizzerias on what is becoming a 'pizza street'. Go for pizza or a coffee and brandy and exchange banter with the staff.70 kn/pizza+bottle of water. edit
Nishta, Prijeko 30 (At the top of the first set of stairs on Palmotićeva, which is the 3rd street on the left when walking from Pile gate), ☎ +385 92 218 8612, . Dubrovnik's first and only vegetarian restaurant, with vegan and gluten free options available upon request.edit
Pekara Zlatno Zrno patisserie, Petra Kresimira (outside the city walls near the fire station), ☎ +385 20 412153. Nice patisserie / bakery that stays open late. Expensive, but cheaper than those within the city walls.edit
Poklisar, Ribarnica 1 (in the old harbour), ☎ +385 20 322176. Limited but good menu, including pizza and some very enjoyable live piano music.edit
Pizzeria Scala, Mata Vodopića 3 (near Tommy's supermarket), ☎ +385 091 412-5110, . 08:00-24:00. A very nice pizzeria between Lapad and Babik Kuk with good pizza and very good Mexican food/specialties.40 kn for a normal 30 cm pizza; 50-80 kn for delicious Mexican food/specialties. edit
Spaghetteria Toni, Nikole Bozidarevica 14, ☎ +385 20 323-134. A small Italian style restaurant in the old town with outdoor seating providing a wide variety of pasta.edit
Taj Mahal, Ulica Nikole Gučetića 2 (within the old city). Offers a variety of Bosnian/Eastern cuisine such as Cevapcici u lepinji, baklava, and tufahi. The wait can be quite long, and vegetarian options are often sold out.edit
Lady Pipi, (from Pile Gate second street on left right at the top of the steps). Worth the climb for magnificent views over the old town from the restaurants' terrace and presumably taking it's name from an ancient water feature just outside the restaurant (not for the prudish). Grilled fish with vegetables 110 kn, grilled chicken with fries about 70 kn, salads etc. Be prepared to wait for a table with a terrace view as is very popular with locals - alternatively arrive before 8 in the evening to avoid the busiest times. Beware of wasps!edit
Arka, Gundulićeva poljana (in the Old Town). Dalmatian cuisine in an excellent location. Has some good vegetarian options. The baked moussaka especially is worth a tryedit
Domino Steak House, Od Domina 6, ☎ +385 20 323 103. One of the best for a variety of ways of serving steak. Also serves traditional Dalmatian fare.edit
Dubravka 1836 (email@example.com), Brsalje 1 (Pile Gate, Brsalje Sq at entrance to the Old Town.), ☎ +385 20 426 319, . Variety of quality domestic and foreign wines, cocktails, homemade ice cream and desserts.edit
Konoba Atlantic, Kardinala Stepinca 42, ☎ +385 20 435 726. Tasty Italian food and inexpensive wine. Try the lobster and prawn ravioli.edit
Gils Cuisine & Pop Lounge, Sv. Dominika bb (Near the Ploce gate), ☎ +385 20 32 2222 (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com, fax: +358 20 32 2220), . A new and rather over the top venue located in the Old town of Dubrovnik with stunning views of the old harbour. The restaurant offers ultra modern French cuisine and a wine and digestive cellar. A lounge bar has fresh cocktails and funky DJ music.500 kn/person. edit
Nautika, Brsalje 3 (just outside the Pile gate to the Old City, on the waterfront), ☎ +385 20 44 25 26, . Great views of the sea and Old City. Pay attention to the menu prices which switch from Kuna to Euro throughout.Start at 200 kn. edit
Porat Restaurant & Terrace (Restaurant in Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik hotel), Marijana Blazica 2, ☎ +385 20 320-320, . Spacious terrace, just outside the Pile gate. Offers international and Croatian cuisine.edit
The most popular hard alcohol in Croatia is home made rakija. This is a very strong distilled drink made from a variety of fruits. Examples include sljivovica, made from plums, loza, made from grapes, and orahovica, made with walnuts. All are quite strong.
There are many excellent local wines from both the Peljesac Peninsula and Konavle and it is often less expensive than soft drinks like Coca Cola. However, be careful when purchasing wine from unlicensed dealers. Though the price is very attractive with some being as low as 10 kn or €1.5 per litre it can sometimes be of low quality.
There are numerous cafes throughout the Old Town and the entire city with prices varying according to the location (particularly, those located on the Stradun are by far the most expensive but you are paying for the ambiance and people-watching as well). Most cafes serve a wide variety of drinks all day.
La Bodega, Lučarica 1 (just off Stradun near Roland's Column). Pleasant cafe close to the city centre. Coffee 22kn, or half price before 1300. Continental breakfast with coffee and fresh orange juice, 50kn. Specialises in hams and cheeses.edit
Walk towards the sea from Stradun near the Ploce gate, and you'll hit a tiny square with outdoor seating by 4 or 5 different pubs, with live music playing, and large cocktail pitchers with very low alcohol content.
Oliver Twist Bar, Vetranićeva 6 Dubrovnik Croatia (On one of the streets to the left of Stradun walking from the Pile gate), . Cheap drinks in expensive Dubrovnik. This is an interesting,local bar with seating in and outside on the city stairs, good music, and FREE WIFI. edit
Cafe Buža, Iza Mura (Follow a sign that says ‘cold drinks’ and enter through a hole in the wall on the south side of the Old Town. Just wander up the stairs (on the right side of Stradun coming from Pile gate), until you hit the city walls, and then walk all the way down.), . The tables and chairs are set out on the side of the cliff and the beers are served in bottles and plastic cups. You can sunbathe on the rocks or do some cliff-diving but do watch for rocks below. This is lovely in the evening, when the sun is setting and you gaze over at island of Lokrum. Eclectic chilled out music plays unobtrusively in the background. There isn't much in the way of shelter apart from some palm leaves so Buža won’t open in bad weather.Higher price range. edit
Casablanca, (On one of the streets to the left of Stradun walking from the Pile gate). Look for flashing red and blue lights. This is an interesting, slightly bizarre bar with seating outside on the city stairs, techno music, and may have erotic dancing.edit
D'vino Wine Bar, Palmoticeva 4a (Coming from Pile Gate they are on the third street off of Stradun on the left.), ☎ +385 20 321 223, . D'Vino Wine Bar has a selection of over 100 fine domestic and imported wine available by the glass, bottle, and in tasting servings. Largest selection of wines by the glass in Dubrovnik with a very intimate, romantic atmosphere, which is a change of pace from other bars in the city.edit
Buzz Bar, Prijeko Street 21 is a newly opened bar, already popular among local people of Dubrovnik. It has great selection of local rakija, wine, beer but also has good coffee in the morning. It is especially nice in hot summer as the street is in shade. On weekends it organizes live music of local entertainers. http://thebuzzbar.wix.com/buzz
Nonenina, Pred Dvorom 4, ☎ +385 91 333 0601, . Chill music fills this lounge bar at night, making it a great place to unwind after a full day of sightseeing.edit
Nude Noir Dubrovnik- Cocktail Lounge Bohemia (Poljana Paska Milicevica 3), Opposite the Onofrio Fountain, . The palatial yet playful architecture of Onofrio, a stylish art and champagne bar and restaurant built into the fabric of a rare Baroque building situated in the centre of the Old Town, plays host to this season of Nude Noir cocktail lounge Bohemia and laid-back decadence between beginning of June and end of Septembre every day from 22.00 till 04.00. Seductive tunes will be layered through out the night by one of the London's most talented DJ's & Producers, KosmetiQ, to add to the overall sense of pure escape.For those wishing to take their summer sun with a splash of sophisticated decadence, pin Nude Noir Onofrio to your mapedit
Capitano, Pile. Various kinds of music from studio 54 to Croatian music. Low prices.edit
EastWest, Frana Supila bb (At the Banje beach at the Ploce gate), ☎ +385 20 412 220 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Beach club and night club. In the day you can have drinks in the lounge chairs, at night you can party in the nightclub. Amazing view, various kinds of music, popular DJ's and beautiful atmosphere.Free entrance until midnight.. edit
Factory, Put Republike (Gruz, 1 km from the centre. Bus station is situated just 20 m from the Club.). Various kinds of music, many popular singers and DJs..edit
Klub Orlando, Branitelja Dubrovnika 41 (5 min walk along Branitelja Dubrovnika from the old town's Pile Gate. At number 41, on the left, there is a dark car park, belonging to the old hospital . Walk into it, turn right, pass a small building, then ascend a lot of steps.), ☎ +385 20 312 674. Dingy club, predominantly metal but seems to cater for anything deemed alternative. Cheap drink prices with occassional international touring acts, definitely in the minority as a tourist here.edit
Latino Club Fuego, Brsalje b.b., Pile (just outside the Pile gate). From May till October opens every day from 11PM-6AM. During the rest of the year it is opened on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 11PM-6AM. Usual 18-25 touristy bunch, and the music is Commercial, R'n'B, House, Dance, Pop and Techno.Entry 40 kn per person with 1 drink included. edit
Lazareti, (on the eastern entrance of the Old Town, by the Ploce gate). house and techno music.edit
Hostel Marker Dubrovnik-Old Town, Svetog Djurdja 6 (in Old Town-Pile Beach, 25 m from sea), ☎ +385 91 739 75 45 (email@example.com), . checkin: 13.30-14.00; checkout: 10.00. Hostel Marker Old Town Dubrovnik- Pile Bay is not just a hostel. It's a place where you're gonna feel as if you were in your own home, but in Dubrovnik! Marko the owner is a friendly and obliging guy with a local philosophic attitude. He also offers dorm, private rooms and holiday-apartments with their own kitchen and private bathroom. Free Internet with WiFi€15-€40 per person. (42.6417566756,18.1058228016)edit
Hostel Rooms Ana Dubrovnik Old Town, Kovacka 4, ☎ +385 98 674 188 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . checkin: 13.00; checkout: 10.00. Hostel inside the Old Town of Dubrovnik,directly on the historical main street-Stradum. Hostel located in different houses with good location and very friendly owner.15-45. edit
Camping Solitudo, (Catch bus #7 from the main bus station (every hour) directly or take bus #1 to the Old Town Pile station and change to bus 6 (6 and 7, direction: 'Babin Kuk')), . 400 m walk to two beaches.2 people in a tent: 200 kn. edit
Hostel Villa Micika Dubrovnik, Mata Vodopica 10 (in Lapad, 200 m walk to the beach. Take Bus #6 from Pile or the bus station to Lapad post office), ☎ +385 20 437 332 (+385 98 243 717, email@example.com), . Funky, clean, character rooms, dorms, big shared terrace. Free Internet with WiFi. All rooms have TV with local and international channels , A/C, and bathrooms with shower cabin and WC.€15 low season-€38 high season. edit
Guest House Letizia, Radnicka St, Đura Basaričeka 30 (in Gruz above the main city port. Go to the Barcelys Hotel and then after hotel 20 m turn on uphill street on left. A few steps above you will find the guest house), ☎ +385 98 9841801. checkin: 13:00; checkout: 10:00. Free WiFi, a garden and a shared terrace looking out to Gruž Bay. Bright rooms with wooden floors, some have a private balcony. Stone barbecue on the terrace. Guests can also cook in a shared open-plan kitchen, a dining table for 6 is provided, no extra charge is levied for those services.€35-40/ room. (42.65978,18.089944)edit
Guesthouse Petrusic, Od Gaja 30 (take Bus 8 from Pile Gate. Ask the driver when to get down on Andrije Hebranga near Ulika Topolska (perpendicular to Od Gaja 30)), (firstname.lastname@example.org). checkout: 11:00. Clean, A/C, wireless, friendly host, very clean shared bathroom, close to key-places from Dubrovnik, fridge, coffee machine, dishes available. Rooms have thin walls. No room-service, but clean sheets or towels available or on request. Only 3 rooms available (2x double bed and 1x twin bed). One room has it's own separate external bathroom, the other two rooms share a larger external bathroom. Bring anti-mosquito things.€266/ room calculated for 7 nights in September. edit
Fresh Sheets Hostel - Dubrovnik Old Town, Svetog Simuna 15, ☎ +385 91 799 2086 (email@example.com), . one of three hostels inside the Old Town of Dubrovnik.edit
Dubrovnik Backpacker's Club, Mostarska 2d, ☎ +385 20 435 375 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Awarded as best hostel in Croatia. Home turned into a backpackers hot spot. Family run with location on Lapad, popular after its beaches and green parks but still just 10 min ride from old town and crowds. No booking fee for booking through their website.edit
Youth Hostel Dubrovnik, Vinka Sagrestana 3 (20 min walk from the Old Town), ☎ +385 20 423 241. checkin: 13:00; checkout: 10:00. 82 beds. The atmosphere leaves something to be desired, but it's usually filled with interesting people up for a chat on the balcony.Dorm bed: €16.70. edit
Apartments Festa, Hildina 2 (in the Old Town), ☎ +385 91 547 5950, . A small but compact apartment with kitchenette, complimentary goodies, free wi-fi and a complimentary shuttle to the harbour. There are a range of apartments. edit</sleep>
Dubrovnik Old Town Holidays (Dubrovnik Old Town), (Situated inside the medieval Old Town of Dubrovnik), (InformMe@i-reception.net), . Holiday accommodation inside the historical centre of Dubrovnik. The list includes different types of holiday apartments, b&bs and guest rooms.edit
Fresh* Sheets Kathedral Bed and Breakfast Dubrovnik, Buniceva Poljana 6 (Superbly located right in the heart of Dubrovnik. Right next to the Cathedral. Each room has amazing unobstructed views of famous landmarks.), ☎ +385 91 896 7509 (email@example.com), . checkin: 2PM; checkout: 10AM. Four star accommodation with air-con and free high speed fibre optic internet. Family suites, doubles, twin, and single rooms available.edit
Your Dubrovnik Sweet Home, apartments with terrace, Peline 4, Old Town (The best location, close by the Buza Gate), . edit
Hotel Adriatic Dubrovnik, Masarykov put 9 (at the foot of Petka Hill, by the Adriatic Sea), ☎ +385 20 433 609 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . checkin: 2PM; checkout: 11AM. Park and sea view rooms. The city centre is reachable by bus.edit
Hotel Komodor, Masarykov put 5, Lapad Bay, ☎ +385 20 433 673 (email@example.com), . checkin: 2PM; checkout: 11AM. Swimming pool, complimentary breakfast, free parking for hotel guests and free WIFI in public spaces.edit
Hotel Neptun Dubrovnik, Kardinala Stepinca 31, ☎ +385 20 440 100 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +385 20 440 200), . Renovated in 2008. 9-story tower with 79 rooms and 12 family suites, all have A/C, a balcony with sea-view and free WiFi.edit
Hotel Lero, Iva Vojnovica 14 (15 min walk from Old Town), ☎ +385 20 341 333 (email@example.com, fax: +385 20 332 123), . checkin: noon; checkout: noon. Recently renovated city hotel with 155 contemporary designed rooms. Sea views and equipped with regular three star amenities with A/C. Free parking, free WiFi.edit
Hotel Petka, Obala Stjepana Radica 38 (in the Port of Gruz), ☎ +385 20 410 500, . Convenient for island hopping. Clean A/C rooms, restaurant.edit
Hotel Splendid, Masarykov put 10, ☎ +385 20 433 633 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . checkin: 2PM; checkout: 11AM. Hotel Splendid is situated in a Mediterranean garden on a pebble beach in Dubrovnik’s Lapad Bay.It offers free parking for hotel guests, complimentary breakfast, free wi-fi in public spaces.edit
Hotel Vis, Masarykov put 4, ☎ +385 20 433 605 (email@example.com), . checkin: 2PM; checkout: 11AM. Hotel Vis is situated on a pebble beach in Dubrovnik’s Lapad Bay.It offers parking for hotel guests, complimentary breakfast,wi-fi in public spaces. edit
Pension Stankovich, Matije Gubca 15 (at the entrance of Old Town), ☎ +385 9 182 7338, . edit
Ariston Hotel, Kardinala Stepinca 31, ☎ +385 20 440 100 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +385 20 440 200), . 115 luxury sea and garden view rooms a few miles from the Old Town of Dubrovnik right along the Adriatic Sea.edit
Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik, Marijana Blažića 2, ☎ +385 20 320 320, . 5 star hotel near the entrance of the Old Town and overlooking the ancient city walls and fortresses. It was built in 1895 and has 139 rooms and 8 suites.edit
Hotel Bellevue, Pera Čingrije 7 (1 km from Old Town.), ☎ +385 20 330-300 (fax: +385 20 330-100), . 5 star hotel on a clifftop overlooking the Adriatic, 93 rooms on 5 levels. Rooms have a modern nautical themed decor with wooden flooring. Private beach, spa and sauna.edit
Hotel Dubrovnik Palace, Masarykov put 20 (4.5 km from Old Town), ☎ +385 20 430 777, . 5 star hotel on a Lapad peninsula, below the park of little Petka woods and with a view to the Elaphite islands.edit
Hotel Excelsior, F. Supila 12, ☎ +385 20 35 33 53, . 5 star hotel of 146 bedrooms and 18 suites. Built in 1913 and completely renovated in 1998 overlooking the Old City. Walking distance to the beaches and Old City2,000 kn. edit
Hotel Uvala, Masarykov put 6, Lapad Bay, ☎ +385 20 433 608 (email@example.com), . checkin: 2PM; checkout: 11AM. Conference and spa facilities, swimming pools, parking for hotel guests and WiFi in public spaces.edit
Pucic Palace, Ulica Od Puca 1 (in the middle of the Old Town across from Gundulic Square), ☎ +385 20 326 200 (fax: +385 20 326 223), . 19 room 5 star hotel.edit
When entering a port, it is international protocol to hoist a flag meaning; "Ready for inspection by Customs".
In Croatia you must always have your headlights on while operating a motor vehicle including all cars, motorbikes and scooters. Recent changes to the law made this compulsory only during winter daylight savings time. Headlights are no longer required during the day in the summer months although many motorists still leave them turned on.
In Dubrovnik internet cafes are plentiful. Rates are generally 25 kn/hr.
Dubrovnik Travel Corner, Obala Stjepana Radica 40, ☎ +385 20 492 313 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +385 20 492 314), . Summer 8AM-10PM, winter: 9AM-3PM. You can book tours, go online, leave your luggage or make international calls.edit
Most private accommodation do not offer laundry facilities. If you are staying awhile and are looking for somewhere to wash your clothes then you might require a self-service laundry
Sanja & Rosie's Launderette Dubrovnik, Put Od Bosanke 2 (Ploce Gate, just outside east entrance to the Old Town), ☎ +385 99 254 6959, . 9AM-10PM. Self-service laundromat. Washing and drying machines are available.50HRK. (42.642208,18.113152)edit
There are many destinations within Croatia that can be accessed from Dubrovnik with popular attractions including Split and the Plitvice Lakes National Park as well as the capital, Zagreb which is approximately a 10 hr drive away (six hours if you travel outside the tourist season and take the new highway). Check out the timetables at libertas Dubrovnik [].
A popular shopping destination for locals, Neum in Herzegovina (Bosnia and Herzegovina) offers many cheap goods for frugal travellers. Buses heading between Split and Dubrovnik will often stop for a short while here to collect various supplies.