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Welcome to Dubrovnik

Also known as the Croatian Athens, the UNESCO World Heritage–listed city of Dubrovnik certainly lives up to the accolade. The ancient city walls, with its myriad towers and turrets, date back to the 10th century and protect the many impressive monuments of the Old Town. Walking tours check off all the main sights including Onofrio's Fountain, the Franciscan Monastery and Museum, Dubrovnik Cathedral, Rector’s Palace, Renaissance-era Sponza Palace, the Church of St. Blaise, and of course, Dubrovnik’s Ancient City Walls. Beyond the Old Town, the city’s beaches and surrounding islands are popular with travelers and locals alike. Take a guided sea kayaking or snorkeling tour to discover caves and beaches along the Dalmatian coast. Or cruise by ferry, speedboat, replica 16th-century galleon, or even private yacht to the Elafiti Islands, Lokrum, Korcula Island (where Marco Polo was born), and more. For a true taste of Croatia, take a day trip to Konavle Valley region and spend the day hiking, biking, or wine tasting among the mountains, vineyards, villages, and olive groves. The Pelješac peninsula is also famed for its wine, and many excursions combine tastings in Pelješac with stops in the bayside town of Ston, known for its oysters and old salt factory. And for longer-haul trips, head to Bosnia and Herzegovina, where the town of Mostar dazzles all who gaze upon its iconic bridge, and Montenegro, the tiny country where medieval towns meet the natural beauty of fjords.

Top 10 attractions in Dubrovnik

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Elafiti Islands (Elaphites)

Elafiti Islands (Elaphites)

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A cluster of 14 islands along Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, the Elafiti Islands (Elaphites) are one of the country’s most popular destinations and a popular day trip from nearby Dubrovnik. The archipelago’s largest three islets—Kolocep, Lopud, and Sipan—are the focal point of island-hopping tours.More
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Dubrovnik Old Town

Dubrovnik Old Town

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Located at the southern tip of Croatia, perched above the rocky coastline of the Adriatic Sea, the enchanting city of Dubrovnik attracts visitors with its medieval architecture and labyrinth of limestone-paved streets. Its Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, remains surrounded by 14th-century fortified stone walls.More
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Dubrovnik Cable Car

Dubrovnik Cable Car

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Dubrovnik’s distinctive orange cable cars speed 2,500 feet (778 meters) in about three minutes, from the lower station just north of the city walls to the top of Mount Srđ. During the ride, you can enjoy peerless views of Dubrovnik’s terracotta rooftops, the coastline of Dalmatia, and archipelagos sprinkled across the Adriatic Sea.More
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Lokrum Island

Lokrum Island

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Just 600 meters (1 kilometer) from Dubrovnik, the car-free island of Lokrum makes a peaceful escape from the city. At its center is a medieval Benedictine monastery complex that’s surrounded by botanical gardens planted with exotic trees, flowers, and bushes. Picturesque swimming spots abound on the island’s rocky shoreline.More
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Dubrovnik Ancient City Walls

Dubrovnik Ancient City Walls

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With their imposing watchtowers looming over the medieval city and dramatic fortifications edging the sea cliffs, Dubrovnik’s ancient city walls are an impressive sight and deserving of their star-attraction status. Dating back to the 10th century, the remarkably preserved walls—among the finest in the world—mark out the perimeter of Dubrovnik’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and offer magnificent views over all corners of the city.More
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Elaphite Islands

Elaphite Islands

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Travelers looking to explore untouched Croatia while getting a true taste of the Adriatic Sea will find all they’re looking for at Elaphite Islands. This cluster of coastal escapes stretches from Dubrovnik to Peljesac and boasts thick foliage and unspoiled natural wonders that have become difficult to find on the mainland.Just three of these favorite getaways—Lopud, Sipan or Kolocep—are accessible to visitors, but their diversity means there’s still something for everyone in the Elaphite Islands. Kolocep, the smallest of the three, is surrounded by brilliant blue waters and proves a remarkable respite for tired travelers. Sunj beach has made Lopud the most visited of the three, but those in the know say despite its popularity, Lopud is still perfect for a quiet escape. Sipan, the largest of the three islands, offers travelers the most to do, including tours of some of the stately aristocratic manors of the Dubrovnik Republic.More
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St. Lawrence Fortress (Fort Lovrijenac)

St. Lawrence Fortress (Fort Lovrijenac)

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Overlooking the Adriatic Sea from a cliff-top perch, the St. Lawrence Fortress (Fort Lovrijenac) is a Dubrovnik icon. Thought to be around 1,000 years old, the 121-foot (37-meter) fortress was used to defend the city for centuries. Today, the fort is better-known for its theatrical shows, coastal views, and starring role in HBO’sGame of Thrones.More
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Pile Gate

Pile Gate

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Constructed in 1537, this sturdy gate on the west wall of Dubrovnik’s Old Town was once locked nightly—and the wooden drawbridge leading to it was raised—to prevent intruders from gaining access to the city. More recently, the gate served as a filming location for Game of Thrones, as the site where King Joffrey was unceremoniously pelted with cow dung.More
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Peljesac Peninsula

Peljesac Peninsula

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Revered for its endless beaches, idyllic coves, scenic valleys, fine wines, and seafood, Croatia’s Pelješac Peninsula juts out of the center of southern Dalmatia. Without the tourist-oriented resorts and the crowds of other coastal Dalmatian destinations, the Pelješac Peninsula is the perfect spot for a relaxing holiday.More
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Stradun (Placa)

Stradun (Placa)

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Stretching from Old Town’s western entrance at the Pile Gate to the harbor in the east, the Stradun (or Placa) was once a shallow sea channel that divided the small island on which Dubrovnik was built from the Republic of Ragusa on the mainland. In the 12th century, the Stradun was filled to create the main street in Dubrovnik’s Old Town.More

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How to Spend 2 Days in Dubrovnik

How to Spend 2 Days in Dubrovnik

Dalmatia Day Trips from Dubrovnik

Dalmatia Day Trips from Dubrovnik

Top activities in Dubrovnik

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Recent reviews from experiences in Dubrovnik

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Lovely islands, towns, beaches, and lunch!
Steve_W, Oct 2021
Dubrovnik Elafiti Islands Cruise with Lunch and Drinks
This tour was a beautiful way to see Dubrovnik from the water, experience the gorgeous islands, and enjoy a really amazing lunch on board.
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A must do tour
Lupe_M, Sep 2021
Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Dubrovnik Private Tour
In addition, she provided us with several recommendations for things to do and all of her recommendations were spot on.
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Great fun for any GOT lover!
Ellen_H, Sep 2021
Game of Thrones Tour
Wonderful way to see the GOT filming hot spots and glean some basic history about this beautiful city.
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Fun amusing and highly informative.
Andrew_S, Sep 2021
Dubrovnik Walks - Old Town 1.5 h Discovery Tour
A native of Old Town Dubrovnik, with excellent English and humour.
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Mand
Liselot_K, Sep 2021
Total Game of Thrones Experience
You get to see all of the filming locations of GOT and of lot of the highlights of Dubrovnik, all at once.
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Fantastic way to experience the views
Matthew_W, Sep 2021
Buggy Safari Tour in Dubrovnik
Great experience and way to see the best view points of Dubrovnik.
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Kayak
Laura_R, Sep 2021
Adventure Dubrovnik - Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour
Lovely way to see Dubrovnik Our tour guides Denis and Jacob were very good.
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An afternoon well spent!
Charlie_C, Aug 2021
Adventure Dalmatia - Dubrovnik Sea Kayaking Tour
Great way to see Dubrovnik from a different angle with a great tour guide.
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Great kayaking trip
Patrick_L, Aug 2021
Adventure Dubrovnik - Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour
A great way to see Dubrovnik and the surrounding waters!
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Great experience for fans!
Susan_Z, Jul 2021
Dubrovnik Walks - Game of Thrones 2 h Walking Tour + Iron Throne Photo
Be prepared for lots of stairs and heat in summer!
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Highly recommended!
Maja_McBride, Jul 2021
Dubrovnik Walks - Old Town 1.5 h Discovery Tour
Guide was knowledgeable, funny, articulate and very easy to follow in English.
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Excellent Tour
Paul_C, Jul 2021
Dubrovnik Food and Drink Walking Tour with a Local Guide
I highly recommend that you do this your first on your trip because of the orientation that you get of the city as well as excellent suggestions on what to do and where to eat
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Awesome trip with beautiful sights
KrystalH, Jul 2021
Montenegro Full-Day Trip from Dubrovnik
We had more then enough time to see dubrovnik in one day and take this day trip.
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Solo Trip x Kravice Waterfalls x Mostar
Thavy, Oct 2021
Mostar, Pocitelj and Kravice Waterfalls Private Tour from Dubrovnik
We got to visit Kravice waterfalls and Mostar for a good amount of time in each.
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Perfect 1 day trip from Dubrovnik to Kotor Bay Montenegro.
Shane_C, Oct 2021
Kotor Bay Day Trip from Dubrovnik with Boat Ride to Lady of the Rock
30 minutes at the border and we had a smooth ride to The Lady of the Rock and plenty of time to see the church as it was October and less crowded.
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Worthwhile going for the day as it’s so different
Nicole_A, Oct 2021
Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls Small-Group with Turkish House Included
The trip included going to Bosnia to see the waterfall, a lovely river-side town that has an impressively old bridge, lunch in that town (Mostar) with an opportunity to see the Turkish House Museum and enjoying about a 2.
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Amazing Ston Oyster Tasting Tour with winery visits in Dubrovnik
Mikko_H, Oct 2021
Ston Oyster Tasting Tour from Dubrovnik by Vidokrug
All and all it was life time memorable day and hopefully we will have the chance to visit new places with him in the future as well.
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Spectacular Sunset
Sonny_R, Oct 2021
Dubrovnik Sunset Tour with Wine by Vidokrug
Ivo handed us our wine -- I had a Babic red, which is OK, and my wife had a brandy, which she didn't particularly like -- and we sat down to see the sunset.
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Great historical tour of Dubrovnik walls with flexible and knowledgeable guide
Maria_C, Sep 2021
Dubrovnik Walks - Ancient City Walls & Wars 2h Walking Tour
It made me very happy to have booked the tour and wanting to visit the nearest bookstore and grab some books on Dubrovnik and Croatian history.
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Josip was a brilliant tour guide.
Joanna_S, Sep 2021
Game of Thrones Tour
Josip so gave us some good recommendations for other things to do and see around d Dubrovnik.

All about Dubrovnik

When to visit

With its program of open-air theater, film, and music, Dubrovnik Summer Festival offers a cultural alternative to the non-stop parties in coastal Croatia. After a summer spent beach- and island-hopping, the crowds depart and leave fall and winter—when the mild climate is ideal for sightseeing and Christmas markets offer festive fun—realtively quiet.

A local’s pocket guide to Dubrovnik

Sara Camarero

Sara fell in love with Croatia from the moment she stepped foot in the Mediterranean country. Find her having a cup of coffee with the locals and looking for the best spots to see the sunset in Dubrovnik.

The first thing you should do in Dubrovnik is...

take a stroll in the Old Town. Walk Stradun’s marble streets and get lost in the medieval passageways.

A perfect Saturday in Dubrovnik...

starts with a boat ride to the Elaphiti Islands of Kolocep, Sipan, and Lopud. For sunset, head to Cave Bar More and enjoy the scenery with a cocktail in hand.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

seeing Dubrovnik from the water. Admire the ancient city walls and the nearby island of Lokrum from a different perspective.

To discover the "real" Dubrovnik...

try the local cuisine in Gruž. The market is well-known for its fresh fish that you can savor in nearby restaurants at affordable prices.

For the best view of the city...

hike or take the cable car to the top of Mount Srd. If you’re still feeling energetic after the hike, visit Srd Fortress and join a fun-filled buggy safari tour of the hilltop.

One thing people get wrong...

is thinking that the Dubrovnik City Walls are too touristy. To escape the crowds and the sun, visit first thing in the morning or right before closing.

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