This Ultimate Dubrovnik Guide will help you make the most of your time in Dubrovnik whether it be one day or one week. Whether you simply roam around gawking at the gorgeous 16th century buildings and sparkling sapphire water or eat at one of the many fantastic restaurants, there is plenty to do to here in this gem of a city.
Start your visit just wandering around the old town and get a sense of where you are. It isn’t big and won’t take long to orient yourself. The Stradun is the largest street and is a good place to start. During the height of the day when the cruise ships unload thousands of people, you may want to avoid the more touristy areas.
One of my favorite things to do is walk around the walls that surround the city.
Everytime I feel like I notice something new. I advise doing this first thing in the morning or before sunset. The weather is cooler, there are less people, and the lighting is beautiful. They are open from 8 AM to 7 PM. You must buy a ticket to do this and the two points of entry are the Ploce gate or the Pile gate. I think the Ploce gate is less crowded. It takes anywhere from 45 min to two hours if you take your time.
This is 600 meters away and there is regular ferry service. The island has places to swim and full of peacocks and other small creatures. Also GOT was filmed here.
Take this to the top of the hill for a panoramic view of Dubrovnik. There is a restaurant at the top aptly named Panorama.
There is no shortage of beaches in Dubrovnik. One of the most popular is Banje Beach that is adjacent the old city with views of the same. Copacabana Beach and Sea Cave Beach are also worth checking out! Many of the hotels have their own beaches.
My personal favorite and I happen to have a post on it!
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Consider visiting Montenegro, Bosnia even Albania in a very long day trip. You can also see other parts of Croatia such as the Peljisac Peninsula home of one of the world’s great wines, Dingac. Korcula island is close as well. Here are links to two companies you can check out.
Villa Dubrovnik This boutique luxury hotel has fantastic views of the Old Town perhaps best seen from the rooftop bar. You can enjoy complimentary shuttle service to the Old Town by boat or by car.
Excelsior Hotel Great views and luxury with average pricing for the area. Less than 10 minutes walk to Banje Beach and Old Town. The rooms are a bit dated but supposedly undergoing renovation soon. Request a sea view!
Pucic Palace A 17th century Baroque building turned 5 star hotel in Gundulic Square. The Old Town location can’t be beat and is just a short walk to Banje beach.
Airbnb I recommend Villa Raguz Apartment or La Boheme apartments from personal experience but there are many great choices in and out of the Old Town.
Lady Pi Pi This is probably one of the most popular restaurants in the city and for good reason…the food is incredible. I dined here three times and am sorry that I didn’t have everything on the menu. The attractive waiters were not the reason I ate here three times, I swear! The mixed grill is definitely the thing to get and you can see it being prepared on the outdoor grill. It is a small restaurant with a lovely lower level garden and upper level terrace with views. Get here before it opens or there will be a line!
Pizzeria Oliva This is authentic and fantastic pizza. I consider myself a connoissuer after spending time in Naples and New York and because I consider pizza to be a food group. Tucked away on a small street behind the cathedral a few blocks south of the Stradun.
Kamenice You cannot visit the Adriatic Sea without indulging in the abundant fresh seafood. Kamenice has reasonable prices and a central location in beautiful Gundulićeva square. Try the mussels in local Buzzara sauce and yes, you will eat them all. The oysters are fantastic and go very well with the local beer.
Panaroma You can have mediterranean cuisine on top of the Hill Srd gazing down at all of Dubrovnik. Located at the upper cable car station, you simply have to hop on the cable care to get here.
Revelin This restaurant is ideally positioned between Revelin Fortress for which it’s named and Dubrovnik’s Old Town Port. The menu features fresh organic items and the ambience is incredible. There is also a popular club here that looked pretty fun!
Buza Bars 1 and 2
The first Buza is more about the azure water. This has a beach clubby vibe during the day with a DJ and great music. They serve some chips and snacks but mostly just a bar. Finding it can be complicated. If you start at the Stradun on the side closest to the Ploce gate and head directly south toward to wall you will get to it. However, it is not a straight shot. There are hills, steps, twists and turns, but just keep your general direction and you will get there. It isn’t well-marked or signed. You will see a nondescript doorway and maybe hear the music. This is all part of the fun folks!
Buza Bar 2 is more like a cafe. There is no water access. It is a great place to watch a sunset and have an Ozujsko. Finding this is a bit easier. It is a few minutes walk along the walls west from Buza 1 and located behind restaurant Konobo Ekvinocijo
La Bodega Located in heart of city on the Stradun right next to the Blaise Church pictured below, this wine bar is a huge party at night with outdoor table and three stories inside. They serve tapas and brunch as well.
I’m only scratching the surface of the many ways to enjoy one of Europe’s most celebrated cities and one of my personal favorites. Although it seems tiny and easily discovered, there is more than meets the eye in this charming walled city.