With a picture-perfect old town and stunning natural surroundings, Dubrovnik is an ideal destination for a fantastic holiday. Walk the walls that have stood for centuries and take in medieval churches and fortifications, or take a hiking or sea-kayaking excursion to discover the area’s rugged mountains and unspoiled islands.
Many know Dubrovnik as one of the settings used in the filming of the series Game of Thrones, where its high walls and medieval fortresses played a significant role. Whether you are familiar with the backdrop or not, there is no doubt that the historic city centre, the rugged coastline, and the mountains jutting upwards from the sea have created an inspiring scene for any visitors to the Pearl of the Adriatic.
In the old town, you will be treated to sights including St Saviour Square, featuring the Great Fountain, Church of St Saviour and the Franciscan Monastery. Continuing through the city centre, you will see beautiful buildings at every turn, which can be seen from above on a tour of the city’s walls. On breaks from sightseeing, the bars and eateries of the Stradun are excellent places to observe the passing groups of tourists and enjoy local delicacies.
Dubrovnik is also ideal for outdoor activities, with sea kayaking and mountain hikes among the local pastimes. Whether enjoying the great outdoors or touring the historic sights, there is something for everyone in this Adriatic getaway.
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What is the best way to get around Dubrovnik?
With its combination of a good public transit system and a pedestrianized city centre, you would be well-advised to park your car (if you rent one at all) and explore Dubrovnik on foot and by bus. Most of the city is covered by bus routes, and the convenient Dubrovnik Card allows you not only travel on the city’s buses, but also admission to a wide variety of attractions.
What is the best time of year to visit Dubrovnik?
While sun-soaked Dubrovnik is at its most beautiful during the summer months, that season also sees the largest influx of tourists, especially from cruise ships – pushing up prices at the same time. A spring or autumn visit will allow you to do most of the same things and avoid the crowds to boot – beach-worthy temperatures last well into October, making autumn travel especially attractive.
What is the currency in Croatia?
Croatia uses the kuna, abbreviated kn or HRK - one kuna is divided into 100 lipa. Banks and exchange bureaus are able to exchange currency, so changing pounds, US dollars, euros or Swiss francs is generally not a problem. In most major towns, ATMs are also available to withdraw local currency and credit cards are also widely accepted.
Do I need a visa to visit Croatia?
Citizens of the EU or Schengen area do not need a visa to enter Croatia, even though it is not part of the Schengen area itself. Citizens of these countries can enter Croatia with a valid passport or national ID card. Meanwhile, Croatia offers a visa on arrival for citizens of the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Walk the city walls in Dubrovnik
One of Croatia’s most beautiful walled cities - visitors will want to begin their sojourn in Dubrovnik by wandering the city walls. Certain vistas and gates will immediately jump out to those who have seen the hit television series Game of Thrones, as much of it was shot in Dubrovnik. Particular highlights are Pile Gate, at the western end of the city, and St John’s Fort which, with St Luke’s Bastion, guard the Old Harbour at the city’s eastern end.
Discover the beauty of the Dalmatian coast
The rugged Dalmatian coast is a paradise for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, both of whom will find activities to delight in Dubrovnik. The calm waters surrounding the city make sea kayaking a local favourite, and one that is amenable to all skill levels. Or climb up Mount Srđ, a 412-m colossus that juts up from the sea. There is also a cable car that will take you to the peak for stunning views of the city and coast. Meanwhile, the beaches of the Dalmatian coast are at your fingertips, from the city’s Banje beach to the tranquil pebble beaches of the Elaphite Archipelago, just a short ferry ride away.
Visit in Summer
To experience Dubrovnik’s culture up close and in person, plan to visit during the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, which features plays by Shakespeare and Croatian playwright Marin Držić alongside opera and open-air concerts. In February, the festival of St Blaise is marked with plenty of celebration and feasting.
Explore Dubrovnik’s history
Dubrovnik’s city centre is full of historic sites that will leave no doubt as to why it’s Croatia’s most popular tourist destination. These include:
- Onofrio’s Large Fountain
- Dubrovnik Cathedral
- Dominican Monastery
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Dubrovnik’s bounty of the sea
The restaurant scene in Dubrovnik excels at attractive outdoor seating and excellent seafood, good pizza and pasta restaurants are also common. The fisheries of the Elaphite Islands and Mljet provide a bounty of marine specialities - lobster, shellfish and oysters are particular favourites. Local specialities include zelena minestra, a stew of cabbage, kale and ham, and šporki makaruli, a pasta dish made with a goulash sauce.
Savour Konavle vintages
The southern tip of Croatia is home to the Konavle wine growing region, which offers locally grown Merlots and Cabernets. Croatia is also the birthplace of the lesser-known Plavac and Kadarun varieties, the former a flavourful red wine and the latter mostly used in rosés.
See and be seen on Dubrovnik’s terraces
Dubrovnik’s mellow climate makes it the perfect place for a tipple on its many open-air patios and terraces. Watch the crowds along the Stradun, Dubrovnik’s main thoroughfare, or take in the open-air experience of Bunićeva poljana, just behind the cathedral. While the summer festival offers the best ambiance, there are open-air jazz concerts throughout the warmer months to energize the happy crowds.
Bring back a Dubrovnik specially
A stroll down the Stradun will bring you into contact with the many wares on offer in Dubrovnik, from olive oil and local chocolates to jewellery, sea salt and maritime-style clothing. One favourite local souvenir is a kind of jewellery called Konavoske puce, filigree-style pendants sold as earrings, pendants and rings. Take some time to explore the streets of the old town, the best bargains are often off the beaten path.
Zurich - DubrovnikFlight duration: 01:45 hrs total, Frequency: Mon,Wed
Departure ZurichTerminal: 1 / 3Counter opening time: 24 h prior to departure
Airbus A320-214Height: 11.80 mLength: 37.60 mSeats: 136-168
Crew:Pilots: 2Cabin crew: 4
Arrival DubrovnikDistance to city centre: 24 km