Nicknamed the Jewel of the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik has enchanted travelers for many decades now – and it’s not difficult to understand why! The postcard-perfect city blends its ancient whitewashed walls with a backdrop of dazzling blue waters and towering verdant cliffs, in a combination that is sure to leave any traveler in awe. If you’re daydreaming about experiencing this captivating city for yourself, our Dubrovnik City Guide has everything you need to know about what to see and do inside its ancient walls.
When to Visit Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is a great destination year-round, but the ideal time to visit is in the late Spring and early Fall months. During this time (May-June, September-October), temperatures are pleasant and warm without being too hot, and the sites aren’t too crowded. The peak season – in the summertime – features hot summer days that make the perfect excuse to soak up the sun at one of Dubrovnik’s many beaches.
What to See in Dubrovnik
Although there’s plenty to see, you’ll find that two days is enough time to explore everything on our Dubrovnik City Guide from top to bottom. The city’s pedestrian-only town center is where you’ll find most of the city’s attractions within easy walking distance of each other. Make the most of your explorations with a guided Dubrovnik Day Tour!
Museums and Cultural Sites
Begin your exploration with a walk along Dubrovnik’s ancient City Walls. Then head into one of the many museums for a closer look into the city’s history. Rector’s Palace is a relic of 15th century architecture – housing the city’s Cultural History Museum. The War Photo Limited features a striking and sobering look at the conflicts in the region and around the world through the art of photography. Dubrovnik is also home to a number of unique religious buildings such as the baroque-style Cathedral of the Assumption, the Franciscan Monastery and Museum, and St. Blaise’s Church. The city’s unique Jewish heritage that can be traced back to the 14th century is also beautifully captured in the Synagogue and Jewish Museum.
Croatia’s dreamy Dalmatian Coast is lined with white pebbled beaches and sandy shores, and Dubrovnik is no exception. Just around the city walls you’ll find plenty of spots to delight in the balmy waters of the Adriatic Sea. Bellevue Beach is the perfect pebbled cove backed by high verdant cliffs. Banje Beach is the go-to spot for locals and travelers alike to enjoy an iconic view of Dubrovnik and partake in a variety of water sports. Lapad Bay, just outside of Dubrovnik, is a tranquil escape with pebble beaches and coastal-view hotels. If you don’t have time to go to the beach, not to worry. Porporela “beach” is a local swimming spot just outside the city walls where locals head frequently to cool off in the summer months.
Game of Thrones Filming Locations
No Dubrovnik City Guide would be complete without mentioning Game of Thrones! Fanatics won’t want to miss the Dubrovnik City Walls, Fort Lawrence, Fort Minceta and Rector’s Palace – as these are the town’s most iconic landscapes featured in the popular HBO series! Avid fans can take part in a Game of Thrones Walking Tour to soak up the scenes in person.
What to Eat in Dubrovnik
With its stunning seaside location, you can naturally expect plenty of seafood treats to be the stars of Dubrovnik’s culinary scene. The catches of the day are served fresh throughout the city and you’ll find an abundance of mussels, tuna, and squid ink risotto on most menus around town. To pair with the fresh seafood, there is nothing better than a glass of wine – and Dubrovnik’s regional grapes serve up some delicious reds and whites. If you prefer your wine as the main course, head over to the popular wine bar D’vino for a glass (or two)!
Where to Stay in Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik’s unique magic is found within its ancient city walls, so this is where you’ll want to stay to truly experience the city. Your hotel options are quite limited though – so book in advance. The boutique Hotel Stari Grad, featuring a splendid rooftop terrace, houses only eight rooms and is one of the city’s most sought-after accommodations. For a true local experience, you can easily find apartments and other short-term rentals within the city walls. If you prefer a quieter escape, head a little outside the city. The Lapad Bay Suburb is an excellent alternative to Dubrovnik’s bustling old town – its here you’ll find the sleek Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik – a minimalist designer’s dream located right on the beach!