Dubrovnik: The Pearl of the Adriatic
Set against the spectacular backdrop of the sparkling Mediterranean, visitors can’t help but be enchanted by Dubrovnik. Read more.
Dubrovnik: The Pearl of the Adriatic
Set against the spectacular backdrop of the sparkling Mediterranean, visitors can’t help but be enchanted by Dubrovnik. Aptly nicknamed the Pearl of the Adriatic, the UNESCO World Heritage city is breathtakingly beautiful, with one of the most intact medieval old towns in the world.
Walk the city walls
Built between the 13th and 16th centuries, the historic city walls of Dubrovnik are the city’s most recognisable feature and a favourite attraction. Give yourself an hour to take the two kilometre walk around the walls; you’ll get a full appreciation for the long and rich history of the city on one side and stunning views across the sparkling Adriatic sea on the other. Keep an eye out for the hole-in-the wall tunnels that burrow through and emerge at cliff-clinging bars like the ever-popular Buza 1 and Buza 2, and cliff-jumping spots for adventurous swimmers.
Enclosed in the walls, Dubrovnik’s old town is a picturesque labyrinth of streets lined with red roofed buildings. Step back in time when you enter The Rector’s Palace which dates back to the 1400s. The Palace has been modified over the centuries and its various architectural styles interweave harmoniously to create an elegant space. The Palace is now a museum detailing the history of Croatia and Dubrovnik and also a venue for concerts, especially during the city’s 5-week long summer festival in July and August. For a glimpse at Dubrovnik’s more recent history, visit the state of the art War Photo Limited gallery, displaying war and conflict photography by world renowned photojournalists.
Entertainment and the ocean
As you wander through town, stop off at Gundulic Square market where you can find locally produced specialties. Stroll down Stradun, the main pedestrian street that is paved in white limestone. Stradun leads to Luza Square around which the historic Sponza Palace, St Blaise Church, and city Bell Tower stand.For an unparallelled view over the old town, take the cable car up Mt Srd (or hike if you’re feeling energetic!). From a height of 400 metres you’ll get a unique perspective of the terracotta tiled rooftops down below. At night, enjoy a fresh seafood meal, or seek out specialty restaurants offering local dishes. The old town has a busy bar and nightclub scene for those wanting to stay up late.
One can only stare at the endless azure blue of the Adriatic for so long before needing to jump right in and fortunately you don’t need to go far. For a beach break next to the old town, spread out your towel on Banje Beach, or take a short bus or car trip to any number of beaches nearby. Jump in a kayak and explore the secret coves along the coast, or take a day trip to Lokrum Island, just a 10 minute ferry ride away from the city, it’s a UNESCO protected national park with a botanical garden, monastery, and lovely beaches.
Where to stay and getting around
Dubrovnik has its own international airport, just 20 kilometres from the city centre. You can also drive the beautiful winding coastal road from Split. Once you arrive, cars aren’t allowed inside the city walls, so get your walking shoes on. If you stay in the old town you’ll be within easy walking distance of all the main attractions, while other popular areas to stay include Ploce, above the old town, and Lapad, which has a great swimming beach.
Landmarks in Dubrovnik
- Church of St. Blasius (Dubrovnik) (809)
- Tudjman Bridge (86)
- Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary (Dubrovnik) (784)
- Palace of the prince (Dubrovnik) (821)
- Fort Lovrijenac (764)
- Orlando statue (Dubrovnik) (817)
- Dubrovnik's main street (818)
- Berg Srd (256)
- Gate of Ponte (789)
- Walls of Dubrovnik (715)