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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 15 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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Elaphite Islands

Elaphite Islands

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Go island hopping during a trip to Dubrovnik with an excursion along the Dalmatian Coast to the Elaphite Islands (also known as the Elafiti Islands. The archipelago consists of 14 islands–including the three most popular destinations of Kolocep, Lopud, and Sipan–and is a popular destination for swimming and sunbathing.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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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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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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Dominican Monastery

Dominican Monastery

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Built into the eastern flank of Dubrovnik’s fortified walls adjacent to Fort Revelin, the 14th-century Dominican Monastery is designed in a combination of Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance architecture that is seen in several of the city’s palaces and churches.The monastery’s church was rebuilt several times over the centuries and was used as an army depot during Napoleon’s occupation of Dubrovnik in the late 18th century; today its single nave features a massive painted Gothic cross by Paolo Veneziano, dating from around 1384,St Dominic by 19th century painter Vlaho Bukovac — widely regarded as Croatia’s finest artist — and sparkling contemporary stained glass in the apse.The elaborate 15th-century Gothic cloister of the monastery surrounds a shady garden that was used as stabling for French army horses and their troughs can still be seen between the cloister’s pillars. The well in the garden provided water for Dubrovnik’s residents when the city was under siege in 1991. An important collection of religious art hangs in the museum, including Titian’s sublime Mary Magdalene; other paintings of note are Nikola Božidarević’s altarpieces and triptych plus Lovro Dobričević’s bloodthirsty St Peter the Martyr, which portrays the saint with a hatchet in his head. The monastery can be visited when touring Dubrovnik’s defence walls and is included on several museum tours of the city.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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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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Rector's Palace (Knezev Dvor)

Rector's Palace (Knezev Dvor)

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Dubrovnik’s 15-century, Gothic-Renaissance–style Rector's Palace (Knezev Dvor) contains the rector’s office and private chambers as well as public halls, courtrooms, and a former dungeon. Interestingly, the rector’s term was for only one month, during which time he was confined to the palace and allowed to leave only on official republic business.More
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Dubrovnik Bell Tower

Dubrovnik Bell Tower

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Discover one of the main attractions of Dubrovnik’s Old Town with a visit to the Bell Tower. Overlooking Luza Square, the stone tower is 102 feet (31 meters tall and dates back to the 15th century. It is near some of the city’s top architectural landmarks including Sponza Palace, Orlando’s Column, and St. Blaise Church. The bell is struck every hour, on the hour.More
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Mljet Island

Mljet Island

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Mljet Island is Croatia’s most lush, forested island in the Adriatic Sea. The western cape contains Mljet National Park, where pine forests and spectacular saltwater lakes offer incredible natural scenery. On the nearby tiny island of St. Mary, not far from the southern shore of Veliko Jezero, there is a Benedictine monastery and St. Mary’s church.More
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Trsteno Arboretum

Trsteno Arboretum

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Built by nobles in the late 15th century, this verdant arboretum is one of Dubrovnik’s top tourist attractions. In addition to plants sourced from the four corners of the globe, the garden also has a 50-foot-long (15 meter) aqueduct used for irrigation purposes, a baroque Neptune fountain, and a pavilion overlooking the Adriatic.More

Trip ideas

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

Montenegro Full-Day Trip from Dubrovnik
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Adventure Dubrovnik - Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour
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Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls Tour from Dubrovnik(small group)
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Game of Thrones Tour

Game of Thrones Tour

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E-Tuk Tuk Tour in Dubrovnik
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E-Tuk Tuk Tour in Dubrovnik

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Elaphiti Islands Private Boat Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Dubrovnik

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Great tuk tuk experience
Kathryn_J, Jul 2022
E-Tuk Tuk Tour in Dubrovnik
It was great to see the town and surrounding area from a tuk tuk and our trip to the top of the mountain was spectacular.
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Fantastic panoramic views of Dubrovnik with the E-Tuk Tuk tour!
Patricia_S, Jul 2022
E-Tuk Tuk Tour in Dubrovnik
He drove us to the bridge then to the top of the hill to see beautiful panoramic views of Dubrovnik & surroundings to take pictures, and finally all the way up to the cable car stop.
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Absolutely amazing
Roxana_B, Jul 2022
Caves, beaches and bays of Elaphiti Islands
Congratulations and hope to see you again.
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Beautiful place
Natasha_M, Jun 2022
Shared Arrival Transfer: Dubrovnik Airport to Dubrovnik, Cavtat, Orebic and Korcula Town Hotels
Beautiful ice cream, scenery, clear ocean and wonderful small islands to visit around Dubrovnik.
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Better than expected
Paul_C, Jun 2022
Dubrovnik Panoramic Sightseeing Tour - Cable Car View
Got to visit spots we otherwise would never come across.
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A must do in Old Town!
Lisa_D, Jun 2022
Ancient City Walls & Wars Walking Tour
Find a cool time of day for this tour as the wall becomes hot by late morning in the summer.
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Absolutely must do!
Rebecca_L, Jun 2022
Total Game of Thrones Experience
The sites were unforgettable and a must see for any game of thrones fan / anyone wanting to see a full range of Dubrovnik!
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Great day!
Luke_C, Jun 2022
Buggy Safari Tour in Dubrovnik
It was great to see parts of Dubrovnik that we normally would not have seen.
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Kayaking.
Patrick_S, Jun 2022
Sea Kayaking & Snorkeling with fruit snack & water
Great way to see Dubrovnik and get a little exercise as well.
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Fabulous Jewish Heritage Walk
Lesley_S, Jun 2022
Dubrovnik Jewish Heritage Private Walking Tour
Her English was excellent and she happily answered our many questions!
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Wonderful day trip!
Eva_V, Jun 2022
Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls Tour from Dubrovnik(small group)
The waterfalls are gorgeous and Mostar absolutely beautiful.
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Excellent way to spend a day in Dubrovnik
Deborah_W, Jun 2022
Full-Day Dubrovnik Elaphite Islands Cruise with Lunch
Excellent way to spend a day in Dubrovnik, the cruise is the way to see all the Islands, we had a lovely time, staff are helpful and knowledgable.
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Amazing Kayaking Adventure!
Andrew_H, Jun 2022
Dubrovnik and Lokrum island sea kayak tour
Was interesting to see Dubrovnik from out at sea, and getting to go round the whole of Lokrum island was cool as well.
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Great Tour
Babak_D, Jun 2022
Game of Thrones Tour
If you’re a fan of the show it’s a great way to see some of the sites of Dubrovnik and also see in person where some of the most memorable scenes were filmed in the area.
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Highlight of my trip
Eibhlis_G, May 2022
Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls Small-Group with Turkish House Included
Kravice Waterfalls are beautiful and, of course, Mostar is amazing.
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Wonderful Day Trip!
Sayjal_W, May 2022
Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls Tour from Dubrovnik(small group)
Going in a small group Made seeing the waterfall and Mostar easier.
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Judith_H, May 2022
Game of Thrones Lokrum Special in Dubrovnik
It’s great for all the GoT spots and is also a great way to see the city itself.
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Best tour guide and nice sunset
Franzi_B, May 2022
Adventure Dubrovnik - Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour
I would definitely recommend this tour who wants to see Dubrovnik from the coast side and is interested in the history!
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Amazing day trip, highly recommend
Maryam_F, May 2022
Kravice Waterfalls, Mostar and Pocitelj Day Tour from Dubrovnik
Fantastic day tour to Bosnia and seeing the best sights.
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In the Game of Thrones you Win or you Die
Christine_W, May 2022
Game of Thrones Tour
Dubrovnik is such a beautiful and historic city on its own but it was lovely to see this other side of it too.
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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.

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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.

People Also Ask

Why is Dubrovnik so popular?

Dubrovnik has always been popular for its coastal location, balmy climate, and architecture. The interest in filming locations for HBO's Game of Thrones has boosted its popularity. High season is intense. Beat the crowds by visiting outside of summer, or seeing main attractions in the early morning or evening.

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What should you not miss in Dubrovnik?

A stroll around Dubrovnik's city walls is a must. Access the walkway via the Ploče Gate and enjoy views of Old Town, Adriatic Sea, forts, lookouts, and Game of Thrones filming locations. For something uniquely Dubrovnikian, take a boat to the islands or cable car to the Mt. Srd peak.

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How many days do you need in Dubrovnik?

Two days is enough time in Dubrovnik. Start early for a walking tour of Dubrovnik's city walls and Old Town. Then, take a sea excursion or unwind on a sunset cruise. The next day, take a cable car up Mt. Srd or a day tour of Mljet, Lokrum, or Elafiti Islands.

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Do they speak English in Dubrovnik?

Yes. English is widely spoken in Dubrovnik, as it is a popular tourist destination. Locals may not be fluent, but most tourist-serving staff speak English. The official language of Croatia is Croatian, and locals appreciate it if you know a few key phrases.

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Is Dubrovnik worth visiting?

Yes. Dubrovnik is worth visiting thanks to its unique history, local cuisine, and striking coastline—though these days it's best to avoid the high season and cruise arrival rush hours. If you do get stuck in the tourist traffic, there's still a great deal to enjoy—it'll just be crowded.

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Is Dubrovnik expensive?

Yes. Popular Dubrovnik is a little more expensive than other destinations on the Adriatic Coast. There are ways to save while sightseeing, though. Choose tours that include meals or entrance fees, and take advantage of inclusive deals such as the Dubrovnik Card, which bundles unlimited travel with attraction access.

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