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Dubrovnik is an old city on the Adriatic Sea coast in the extreme south of Croatia. It is one of the most prominent tourist resorts of the Mediterranean, a seaport and the center of the Dubrovnik-Neretva county. Its population was 43,770 in 2001. Dubrovnik is nicknamed "Pearl of the Adriatic" and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Dubrovnik


Understand

The city of Dubrovnik/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 centers 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 favored the city. The late Pope John Paul II was a fan of Dubrovnik and was even made an honorary citizen. Out of the 18 top luxury hotels in Croatia, 11 are located in Dubrovnik.

Dubrovnik is steeped in stunning architecture and sculptural detail, and boasts spectacular churches, monasteries, museums, fountain. A multitude of typical towns and excursions include: The Elafiti Islands, the attractive town of Cavtat, Mljet Island, Korčula Island and Peljesac Peninsula. The neighboring towns of Kotor in Montenegro or Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina also make for intriguing day trips.

Bokar Fortress

Get in

By plane

Dubrovnik airport (IATA: DBV) (ICAO: LDDU), [1] is located about 20 km to the south of the city. There are flights from Zagreb for approximately 60 EUR round trip including taxes.

  • Croatia Airlines [2] is the Croatian flag-carrier and Dubrovnik is one of its hub airports. Numerous flights operate both domestically (numerous times daily to Zagreb, seasonal to Osijek, Zadar and Pula) and internationally to the UK, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Italy.
  • Aer Lingus [3] flies from Dubrovnik to Dublin in the summer season.
  • Estonian Air [5] flies every Wednesday and Saturday from Dubrovnik to Tallinn.
  • British Airways [6] fly from Gatwick at competitive rate.
  • Thomsonfly [7] from Luton and Flybe [8] from Birmingham are good charter options.
  • Iberia [9] flies from Madrid, Barcelona, and other Iberian cities directly to Dubrovnik.
  • Ryanair [12] from Stansted to Zadar, from which an 8 hour bus ride will get you to Dubrovnik.
  • Vueling [13] flies the relation from Dubrovnik to Barcelona and back.

EasyJet and Ryanair also fly to Bari in Italy from where there is an overnight Jadrolinija ferry to Dubrovnik.

Flights are also often available to Paris Charles De Gaulle, Frankfurt, Vienna, Amsterdam and other major European cities.

From the airport, taxis are available but not inexpensive (about 200kn). Reliable bus service to the Old City is available through Atlas, and meet all scheduled flights, with the drop off location in the Old City at Pile Gate or the bus station in Gruž. While there are a great many pensions and the tourist office at the Pile Gate location, most hotels (with the exception of the Hilton) are not located there. Pile Gate does happen to be major city bus stop though, with buses quickly taking people to nearly any location in the city including the main swath of hotels on Babin Kuk. Tickets can be bought on the bus or more cheaply from the news stands at Pile. Vendors will understand 'bus ticket' (or 'autobusne karte' in Croatian) as they see a great many tourists through this location.

By train

There is no train to Dubrovnik, although you can take a train to Split and then travel by bus to Dubrovnik. The bus station in Split is located right next to the train station on the wharf.

Alternatively, one can take the train from Sarajevo or Mostar which heads to Ploče on the Croatian coast, and travel the last section (under 2 hours) by bus. The scenery is spectaclar, and the trains aren't normally crowded. Ploče is the closest railhead to Dubrovnik.

By car

The trip from Split is a beautiful journey along the coastal roads 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 six hours.

By bus

The new bus station is in Kantafig, northern part of the city, a distance from the old city (near the northern approach and the Tudjman bridge), with domestic and international departures, as well as services heading to the airport (check times with Croatia Airlines). To get there, use the local bus service (operating around every 15 minutes, e.g. bus Nro 7) to take you into the Pile Gate (entrance to old town). The bus station has an enclosed waiting room, ticket office, and tourist information - though be advised of people trying to offer a private room in their home as accommodation as soon as you get off the bus - often these can be a good deal, though check the location with these people on a map before walking with them or you may be some distance from the bus station, or the old city.

It is a fairly long journey, but it is possible to take a bus directly from Zagreb. These take up to 12 hours, and some run overnight, but the bad climate control on the buses and the cramped conditions make for an uncomfortable night. Alternatively, if you are already on the Dalmatian coast buses run directly and every hour from Split to Dubrovnik, a journey which takes 4 and a half hours and costs upwards of 100 kn, depending on the operator. Some busses follow the big high roads (eg. A1) while others use the low roads along the coast, which are more scenic but a bit slower.

Other international services operate to cities such as Trieste in Italy, and there are daily services to Mostar and Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herceg Novi and Kotor in Montenegro.

Costs As of Jan 2009, Kotor, Montenegro costs 100 kn, Mostar, Bosnia costs 78 kn. The Airport bus costs 35 kn. When traveling into Montenegro and the Airport sit on the right hand side (not behind driver) for best views, and vice-versa for the return. Traveling to Bosnia, sit on the left hand side (behind the driver) for best views.


A departure listing for the international bus station is available at the website of the city bus operator: [14]

On all intercity buses you pay a separate fee for luggage. This fee of 2 € per piece of luggage is paid to the driver upon boarding. Some drivers are rather picky about being paid in exact change in the correct currency (sometimes a local currency, at other instances requesting to be paid in euros) and sometimes also refuse to be paid in small coins. So keep some change ready.

By boat

  • Jadrolinija [15] runs ferries down the coast from Rijeka. Calling at Split, Stari Grad, Korčula and Sobra on the way. Journey time is up to twenty hours, so consider getting a cabin. The restaurant serves up some decent food at surprisingly reasonable prices, but bear in mind that the 22% tax is not included on the menu. While the journey is scenic, there is nothing in the way of entertainment so come prepared with a good book.
  • Jadrolinija [16] also offers nightly crossings to and from Bari, Italy but either the dull engine vibration or the swaying of the boat from high winds are likely to keep you awake.

Get around

Stradun

The old town is completely pedestrianised and easily small enough to get around on foot - some of the streets are a little steep though!

By bus

If you are not staying in the 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. Timetable available here [17]. It costs 8kn (just over €1) for tickets bought at any kiosk,or 10kn bought on the bus; ticket valid for 1hr. At selected kiosks (including the international bus station) you can purchase a day pass for 25hr. This pass is valid for 24 hours 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 air-conditioned) buses number 1, 1A and 1B, which circulate almost constantly.

Car rental

  • Car,Van,Motorbike-Motorcycle,Scooter, Oldtimer and Buggy Rental-Pile Gate Old Town +385 91 739 75 45

See

Dubrovnik was heavily bombed by the Montenegrin Navy during the Croatian War of Independence from 1991 to 1995. Almost all of the damage has been covered over but if you look closely around the old town you can still see the damage from mortars in the cobblestone streets and bullet marks in the stone houses.

  • Roland's Column [19], 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 LIBERTAS) on Orlando's staff.
  • Bell Tower [20], 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.
  • Sponza Palace [21], 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
  • Rector's Palace [22], Pred dvorom 1, +385 20 321 437. Formerly the palace of the Major Council, now houses a museum dedicated to the city's history.
  • War Photo Limited, Antuninska 6. An exhibition center of war and conflict photography. Exhibits change during the season. Stunning images by world renowned photo journalists. Open 9AM-9PM
Inside the Church of St. Ignatius
  • Pile Gate, at the beginning of the Placa Thoroughfare (Stradun) (Old town), [23]. The most convenient starting place for your stroll through the City is Pile. Before entering the Old City, Lovrjenac Fort is the first among many sites worth seeing in Dubrovnik.
  • Placa Stradun, (Old town), [24]. 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 peripendicular 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.
  • Big Onofrio´s Fountain, [25]. In the western (Pile) entrance of the old town, The fountain stairs are nowadays a favourite meeting place of the youth, where both the tourists and pigeons take rest and refresh themselves with cool water.
  • Old Port, (Old town).
  • Old City Walls. 8-19. Walk on the walls around the old town, great views! Warning - it's extremely recommended to visit the walls during the early morning hours or the late afternoon hours, as it can become hot during the day!
  • Fort Lovrijenac. The monumental fort rises above 37 meters 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.
  • Aquarium. 8 AM - 9 PM. 30 Kn.

Churches

  • 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.
  • Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Kneza Damjana Jude 1, +385 20 323 459, M-Sa 8AM-8 PM, Su 11AM-5:30 PM. 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.
  • Church of Saint Blaise (Crkva Svetog Vlaha). Baroque Church dedicated to the city's patron saint.
  • Church of St. Ignatius and the Jesuit College. Beautiful Baroque church located on a small hill within the old city.
  • Dominican Monastery, This is an exceptionally valuable historic complex, which, besides its religious purpose, also represents the important artistic treasury of ancient Dubrovnik. Open 9AM-6PM.
  • Church of St. Sebastian
  • Serbian Orhodox Church and Museum of Icons

Museums

Entrance fees for 2009 year:

  • Franciscan Monastery Museum Placa 2, 9AM-6PM. Check out artifacts from one of the world's oldest pharmacies. Entrance fee:30 Kn
  • Sigurata Convent Museum Od Sigurate 13,tel:+385 20 321 467, Opened upon request. Entrance fee:10 KN
  • Synagogue and Jewish Museum Zudioska 5,tel:+385 20 321-028 Open :10AM-8PM Entrance fee:15 KN
  • Dominican Monastery Museum Sv. Domina 4,tel:+385 20 321 423, 9AM-6PM. Paintings and artifacts from Dubrovnik's past. Entrance fee : 20 KN
  • The Sponza Palace Museum (Museum of the State Archives)Entrance fee :20 Kn
  • The Rector`s Palace Museum Pred dvorom 1,tel:+385 20 321 437, 9AM-6PM. Artifacts, paintings and furniture dating back from the time of the Dubrovnik Republic. Entrance fee :40 KN
  • The Treasury of Cathedral Kneza Damjana Jude 1,tel:+385 20 323 459, 9AM-6PM. The Treasury has 138 reliquaries which are carried around the city during the Feast of St Blaise. Entrance fee:15 KN
  • Maritime Museum St. John Fort ,tel:+385 20 323 904. Open:9AM-6PM Entrance fee:40 KN
  • The Home of Marin Drzic Široka 7,tel:+385 20 420 490, M-Sa 9AM-1PM and by appointment. Memorial house of Marin Drzic, one of Croatia's most famous writers.
  • The Museum of Icons (Serbian Ortodox Church) Open:9AM-2PM Entrance fee: 10 KN
  • The Etnographic Museum (Rupe Granary) Open:9AM-6PM Entrance fee :40 KN

Do

View of the City
beach
  • Dubrovnik Summer Festival, [26]. Music and theatre festival held since 1950 from 10th July to 25th August. Famous nationwide for its exquisite selection of drama, classical music and ballet. Be sure to book in advance and don't miss a chance to see some of the open-air performances, even if they're in Croatian!
  • Walk down the Stradun and enjoy a drink at a cafe on the main through fair of the old town.
  • Dubrovnik Film Festival, [27]. International film festival held since May 2003, hosts many world famous film stars such as John Malkovich, Kevin Spacey or Catherine Zeta Jones. Seems that the last time it was held was 2006 though.
  • Libertas Film Festival, [28]. Film festival held from August 25-30.
  • Walk Dubrovnik city walls.It`s a must do when you are in Dubrovnik.There are several entrances/exits but the main entrance to the city walls is located at the beginning the main street Stradun near Pile Gate. Open:8AM-7PM. Entrance fee: 50 KN adults, 20 KN children.
  • 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 minutes boat-time from the old city port. It offers unparalleled serenity, beauty and peace. A definite must see (and feel!)
  • Walk up the winding footpath to the fortress on Mount Srd, the hilltop 400 meters above Dubrovnik for a great view of the town and along the coast. The fortress contains a small museum describing its history. Walking up from the old town takes about 90 minutes.
  • Lazareti (arl@du.htnet.hr), Frana Supila 8 (Ploce, just out side of the east entrance to the Old town), 385 20 324 633, [29]. Old quarantine hospital serves as a cultural center 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 20-40KN Concerts cost 40-100 KN. A nightclub is open here from 10PM to 4AM and will cost you about 30 KN. Gathers a mostly alternative crowd.
  • Banje Beach. A well located pebble beach. There's a concessioned 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.
  • 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 12m 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".
  • Lapad Beach. A sandy beach where you can relax in the shade of the numerous trees.


Sailing

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 04:00 PM). 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 groceries 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 (although 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 [30] online provisioning catalog 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.

Some of charter agencies operating from Dubrovnik:

  • Adria Coral
  • Aurora Maris
  • Discover Dubrovnik
  • Ultra Sailing
  • Way point

Learn

Dubrovnik has a number of educational institutions.

  • The University of Dubrovnik, [31].
  • Nautical College
  • Tourist College
  • University Centre for Postgraduate Studies of the University of Zagreb, [32].
  • Institute of History of the Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Learn Croatian at the Centre for Foreign Languages, University of Zagreb (Zagreb & Dubrovnik classes) [33].
  • American College of Management and Technology, [34].


Buy

A lane with tourist shops in Dubrovnik

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 farmacy is one of the oldest in the world ( according to some it is the third oldest surpassed in age only by the ones in Bagdad and Padova). It is the oldest when continuity is taken into account because it has been working from the time of its foundation to this day.

While wandering around the Old Town, you will come across many shops that sell Croatian goods such as wine and textiles.

Eat

There is 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. 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, and prices reflect that knowledge. Finding true value in the Old Town of Dubrovnik is very difficult, and finding a meal outside of it can be nearly impossible.

Budget

  • Fresh* Vetraniceva 4, (8th street from Pile Gate) [35]. Serves inexpensive wraps and smoothies. (in Jul 09 this seemed to be closed)
  • Nishta, Prijeko 30, +385 92 218 8612, [36] Dubrovnik's first (and only) vegetarian restaurant, with vegan and gluten free options available upon request. Located at the top of the first set of stairs on Palmotićeva, which is the third street on the left when walking from Pile gate.
  • Taj Mahal, 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.
  • Lokanda PeskarijaNa ponti bb, Dubrovnik, +385 20 324-750, Traditional Dalmatian appetizers and meals, you get your meal in a large black pot, in fisherman's style.
  • Marco Polo, Lucarica 6, near St. Blaise church. Good traditional food served in a small outdoor courtyard.
  • Mea Culpa Široka Street, One of the best pizzerias on what is becoming a 'pizza street'.
  • Poklisar Ribarnica 1, (in the old harbour) +385 20 322-176. Limited but good menu, including pizza - and some very enjoyable live piano music.
  • Spaghetteria Toni Nikole Bozidarevica 14, +385 20 323-134. A small Italian style restaurant in the old town with outdoor seating. They serve a wide variety of pasta.

Mid-range

There is a variety of good, well priced restaurants around the city.

Street dining in Dubrovnik
  • Restaurant Dubravka Brsalje 1, +385 20 426 319. on Pile Gate. Has one of the best sea views in Dubrovnik. High quality service and food.
  • Arka, Gundulićeva poljana. In the heart of Old Town. Dalmatian cuisine in an excellent location. Has some good vegetarian options. The baked moussaka especially is worth a try.
  • 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.
  • Proto Siroko Ulica, Old Town, a bit up-market, but good sea-food.


  • Konoba Atlantic, Kardinala Stepinca 42, +385 20 435-726. Tasty Italian food and inexpensive wine. Try the lobster and prawn ravioli.

Splurge

  • Porat Restaurant & Terrace Marijana Blazica 2, +385 20 320-320. - Restaurant in Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik hotel with warm Mediterranean colors and spacious terrace, just outside the Pile gate. Offers international and Croatian cuisine
  • Nautika Brsalje 3, 385 (0)20 44 25 26 [37] Restaurant located just outside the Pile gate to the Old City, on the waterfront. Great views of the sea and Old City. In the evening the main courses start at 200 KN, and the starters are at a similar price. Pay attention to the menu-- prices switch from kuna to euro throughout.
  • Gils, Sv. Dominika bb, +358 20 32 2222, fax: +358 20 32 2220, info@gilsdubrovnik.com. Restaurant located near the Ploce gate. 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 & digestive cellar, while the lounge bar promises fresh cocktails and funky DJ music. Average meal per person $100.

Drink

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 and, like most hard liquors, have an unappealing taste to some people while others find them quite enjoyable.

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 10kn or €1.5 per liter) as 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.

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!)

  • Buža, Iza Mura. Found by following a sign that simply says ‘cold drinks’ you enter through a hole in the wall on the south side of the Old Town. 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 (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. There's Buza 1 and 2, to find either, 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.


  • Fresh*, [38]. Fresh* is 'the favored drinking and hookup spot for the backpacker set'- New York Times. Check out their 2 for 1 Happy Hour. Indulge in 3 liter beer and cocktail towers. Free internet and wi-fi access. A very friendly, happy-and-drunk atmosphere, and it's almost always filled with locals and tourists wanting to meet new people and have fun in the streets. A must, must, must visit! (Note: In July 2009 this seemed to have shut down)
  • 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 what seemed to be a stripper inside.
  • Latino Club Fuego, outside the Pile gate, is really the only dance club/lounge in Dubrovnik and it is located right outside of the Old Town, by the Pile gate. The crowd is the usual 18-25 touristy bunch, and the music is commercial rnb, house, dance, pop and techno.
  • Lazareti - if you are into house and techno music, you'll enjoy Lazareti on the eastern entrance of the Old Town, by the Ploce gate. Also, during the summer, there are lot of electronic music happenings there and on the open air around the city.
  • Nonenina, Pred Dvorom 4, +385 91 333 0601 [39]. Chill music fills this lounge bar at night, making it a great place to unwind by doing some "people-watching" after a full day of sightseeing.


  • EastWest, Frana Supila bb (At the Banje beach at the Ploce gate), +385 20 412 220 (), [40]. Beach club and night club. In the day you can have drinks in the lounge chairs, at night you can party in the nightclub. Free entrance until midnight..
  • D'vino Wine Bar, Palmoticeva 4a (Coming from Pile Gate they are on the third street off of Stradun on the left.), +385(0)20321223, [41]. D'Vino Wine Bar has an impressive selection of fine domestic and imported wine available by the glass, bottle, and in tasting servings. With over 100, D’Vino has the largest selection of wines by the glass in Dubrovnik. It has a very intimate, romantic atmosphere, which is a change of pace from other bars in the city.

Sleep

Visitors on a budget in Dubrovnik need to remember two important points at all times:

  • Prices are higher than they would be in most other places in Croatia, simply because you're staying in Dubrovnik. A glass of orange juice in a café which would cost you ~15 kuna in Zagreb, Split etc. is going to cost you up to 30 kuna in Dubrovnik.
  • Most private room options claim to be very close to the Old Town. One notorious guesthouse advertises itself as being 20 minutes' walk from the Pile Gate. In reality, the walk itself may be about 25-30 minutes, excluding a very steep hill climb. The total distance is thus closer to 45-50 minutes.


Budget

  • Hostel Marker Dubrovnik-Old Town [42], Od Tabakarije 19, Dubrovnik, tel: +385 (0) 91 739 75 45, apartmentslovrijenac@yahoo.com. Situated at one of the best places in Old Town-Pile Beach, prices range from €15 in the low season to €40 in the high season per person/day. Marko the owner is a friendly and obliging guy with a local philosophic attitude, they also offer fully equipped holiday-apartments with own kitchen, private bathroom. The locations is ideal, 25 meters from sea and 60 meters from the Historical street Placa(Stradun).
  • Youth Hostel Dubrovnik [43], Vinka Sagrestana 3, tel: +385 20 423 241. The hostel is located at a 20 min walk from the Old town and 25min from the bus station. The atmosphere leaves something to be desired, but it's usually filled with interesting people up for a chat on the balcony. Simple breakfast 7 kuna extra.
  • Auto Camp Solitudo [44], Located on the peninsula across from the main bus station and the harbor. Catch bus # 7 from the main bus station (every hour) directly or take bus # 1 to the old town (station: 'Pile') and change to bus # 6 (6 and 7, direction: 'Babin Kuk'). Big campsite located close to two beaches (400m walk). Price for 2 people in a tent is about 200 kn.

Mid range

Apartments are a popular option for people staying in Dubrovnik. Apartments start at 3,000 kn per week. There are also many three star hotels that offer affordable accommodation.

  • Hotel Petka, Obala Stjepana Radica 38,Tel: +385(0)20 410 500 [45] Located in the Port of Gruz, convenient for island hoping and accessible to public transportation to the Old Town of Dubrovnik. Clean and air conditioned rooms, good price and good food.
  • Your Dubrovnik Sweet Home, charming, with terrace, in the Old city, Tel. +385 91 8998790, [46]
  • Magnolia, Od Greba Žudioskih 9 (Walk out of the north entrance, past the fire station, then left and shortly right), ''+385'' 20 891-154, [47]. Two story house with 4 rooms. The view from the balcony on the second floor is amazing. 520 kn.
  • Apartments Dubrovnik Old Town-Pile Bay, od Tabakarije 19, +385 (0) 91 739 75 45 [48]
  • Hostel Villa Micika Dubrovnik , Mata Vodopica 12, phone +38520437332 or +38598243717, e-mail: info@vilamicika.hr , [49]. Located in Lapad, amongst palm trees and a more 200m walk to the beach. Villa Micika is One of Dubrovniks best choices for budget accommodation . Funky, clean, character rooms, dorms, big shared terrace Free Internet and wireless internet . Nearby are restaurants, bars, pubs, tennis courts, shopping center and promenade. All rooms have television (local and international channels) , air conditioned, and bathrooms with shower cabin and WC. Bus #6 from Pile or the bus station to Lapad post office.
  • Dubrovnik B&B, Frana Supila 1, phone +385 91 2015591, [50] [51]
  • Apartments Stankovich, Matije Gubca 15, +385 98 182 7338, [52]
  • Apartments Ana, Prijeko 7, +385 98 503 286, [53]
  • Apartment Lasic, Suncana 3, +385 20 411 123, [54]
  • Mario Bonacic, Stikovica 27 (Dubrovnik), +385915234248, [55]. Air conditioned apartment for four persons, with two double bed rooms, dining room, kitchen, terrace and parking place beside the house.
  • Marijo Butigan (Marijo Rooms), Od Nuncjate 27 (Dubrovnik 20000), tel: +385 20 417 425, [56]. "Rooms Marijo" - Is a very friendly Croatian family who will make you feel at home and provide you with all the nice rooms and apartments that you need. 45eur/room. (42.6624031,18.0882812)
  • Rooms Carpe Diem, Iva Dulcica 5, [57]
  • Hotel Kompas, Šetalište Kralja Zvonimira 56, 20 000 Dubrovnik - Croatia T +385 20 352 000 F +385 20 435 877, [58]

Situated in the Lapad bay and overlooking the crystal blue Adriatic Sea, Hotel Kompas is the perfect stay for those who wish to relax fully and enjoy their holiday in Dubrovnik, Croatia’s Jewel. [59]

  • Hotel Argosy, Iva Dulcica 41, T +385 52 465 400 F +385 52 451 440, [60]
  • Hotel Tirena, Iva Dulcica 22, T +385 52 465 400 F +385 52 451 440, [61]
  • Valamar Club Dubrovnik, Iva Dulcica 18, T +385 52 465 400 F +385 52 451 440, [62]

Four Star Hotels

As well, there are many four star hotels that offer a more affordable alternative to the opulence of the five-star hotels.

  • Hotel Neptun Dubrovnik, Kardinala Stepinca 31, +38520440100, fax: +38520440200,[63]. Renovated in 2008. Hotel Neptun Dubrovnik is a 9-story tower featuring 79 rooms and 12 family suites, of which, all have air-conditioning, a balcony with sea-view and free wireless internet access. [64]
  • The MirÓ Studio Apartments

The seven stylish studios are situated one minute walk from the old Town of Dubrovnik at Pile Gate. They have been completely renovated and modernized to achieve the quality and high standard necessary to make great studio apartments for our visitors to Dubrovnik. Still conveniently located not far from the Stradun, restaurants, bars, beach and main entertainments, they offer a quieter reprieve to the hustle and bustle of the Old Town. It is perfect for a couple or the single traveller and caters to their every need. The MirÓ studio is an absolute must for the visitor looking for quality lodging, modern decor and a quiet, convenient locatio http://www.butterflyservices.hr/en/holiday_rentals/rentals/view_apartment/26

Splurge

  • Ariston Hotel, Kardinala Stepinca 31, +385 20 440 100, fax: +385 20 440 200,[65]. Completely renovated in 2007 and located alongside the Adriatic Sea on the Lapad peninsula. Ariston Hotel features 115 guest rooms, of which, most have a balcony with sea-view. [66]
  • Hotel Bellevue, Pera Čingrije 7, +385 20 330-300, fax: +385 20 330-100, [67]. A five star hotel set on a clifftop overlooking the Adriatic, the Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik is a modern, five-storey property located within one kilometre of Dubrovnik's historic Old Town. The 93 rooms feature modern, nautical-themed decor with wooden flooring. The hotel also has its own private beach and spa and sauna facilities. [68]


  • Hotel Excelsior, F. Supila 12, +385 20 35 33 53 [69]. A five-star hotel built in 1913 and completely renovated in 1998 overlooking the Old City. It has 146 bedrooms and 18 suites. Rates run at about 2000 Kunas (250€) a day. Within walking distance of the beaches and Old City. [70]
  • Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik, Marijana Blažića 2, +385 20 320 320, [71]. A five-star hotel situated 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.
  • Hotel Dubrovnik Palace, Masarykov put 20, +385 20 430 777, [72]. A five-star hotel situated on a Lapad peninsula, below the park of little Petka woods, with a view to the Elaphite islands. The Old Town is 4,5 km away. [73]
  • Hotel Grand Villa Argentina, Frana Supila 14, +385 20 440 555, [74]. A five-star hotel refurbished in 2002.
  • Pucic Palace, Ulica Od Puca 1, +385 20 326 200, Fax: +385 20 326 223 [75]. A five star hotel with just 19 rooms located in the middle of the Old Town across from Gundulic Square
  • Valamar Dubrovnik President Hotel, [76], Babin Kuk, +385 52 465 000,
  • Valamar Lacroma Resort, [77], Babin Kuk, tel: +385 52 465 000,
  • Importanne Suites, Kardinala Stepinca 31, +385 20 440 100, fax: +385 20 440 200,[78]. Importanne Suites features 19 luxurious one-bedroom and 6 two-bedroom suites, of which, most have a balcony with magnificient views of the Adriatic Sea and nearby Elafiti islands. [79]

Stay safe

Dubrovnik is a very safe city, though the usual precautions should be taken to protect yourself from robbery.

Stay legal:

  • When entering a port, it is international protocol to hoist a flag meaning "Ready for inspection by customs." However, Croatia did not adopt this custom, so it may be advisable to inquire what is the equivalent signal before sailing to a Croatian port.
  • In Croatia you are always required to have your headlights on while operating a motor vehicle (car, scooter, etc.) 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).

If you are stranded, have car troubles, or need help contact HAK - Hrvatski Autoklub, (+385 1 987), [80].

The streets in the old town can be quite slippery as they've been smoothed down for centuries by people walking over them.

There have been some allegations of blond women being victims of attempted abduction by men identifying themselves as police officers. These complaints have been aggravated by the disappearance of Australian backpacker Britt Lapthorne. Women backpackers should use common sense while traveling and avoid walking alone late at night.

Contact

With the influx of tourists Internet cafes in Dubrovnik are becoming increasingly popular. A half hour rate is relatively inexpensive at approximately 10-20Kn (1.5-3 Euro)

Cope

Keep in mind that there are few ATM's outside the Old Town.

Unfortunately, you may come across bed bugs in Dubrovnik. You can't get hydro cortisone there, so bring your own.

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, accommodation etc) 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.

Get out

  • 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 hour drive away.
  • A popular shopping destination for locals, Neum in Bosnia offers many cheap goods for frugal travellers. Buses heading between Split and Dubrovnik will often stop for a short while here to collect supplies etc.
  • Montenegro Daily buses operates from Dubrovnik through to Kotor Budva or Herceg Novi. Busses departs around 8AM and the bus arrives back around 5-6PM, making it possible to do a day trip from Dubrovnik to see the spectacular scenery in Montenegro and the city of Kotor. There are also additional local buses which operate through to Herceg Novi, but check times.
  • Ston is known for oysters and old salt ponds still in use.
  • Trsteno 15. century summer residence with renaissance garden.
  • Mostar in Bosnia makes a good two day trip by bus from Dubrovnik. The ride will take about 3 hours.The city has a much stronger Turkish feel as opposed to Dubrovnik's Italian.
  • Sarajevo is worth visiting as it is considered by some as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.
  • A boat trip to the Elaphiti Islands (Kolocep, Sipan, Lopud) is well worth while, with plenty of places to swim, fish or relax
  • Medugorje Visit the Shrine of Medugorje for a religious experience.
  • Mljet island. Green island with lakes and monestries.
  • Go on a wine tasting tour to Peljesac penninsula



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