Dubrovnik Travel Guide

A gem of Croatia, Dubrovnik has been the most visited city in Croatia for a couple of years in a row now. It has everything, from amazing food to great hotels and even better attractions. Learn everything about Dubrovnik in this Dubrovnik Travel Guide! 

Located in the south part of Croatia, Dubrovnik is one of Croatian’s gems that is popular due to its amazing beaches, great attractions, and even better food.

Due to its popularity in recent years, some of the most popular TV shows and movies have been filmed on the Dubrovnik Walls, and in the Dubrovnik Old Town.

What to expect in Dubrovnik

Language spoken in Dubrovnik

Croatian is the main language of Croatia, but people mostly talk fluent English, German and even Italian, so you won’t have any issues with communication.

Currency used in Opatija

The main currency of Croatian is Kuna or Hrvatska kuna. You can easily change your money anywhere in the city. But from Jan 1, 2023, the official currency in Croatia will be Euro.

Credit cards and ATMs

The majority of restaurants, bars, and hotels accept credit cards, due to their popularity, but always keep cash due to small cafes still only taking cash.

When to visit Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is all year round a great destination to visit. It is warm all year round and there you can easily take a swim in early October if you wish to visit then. Keep in mind that Dubrovnik is the most crowded from Mid-June until Mid-September.

Getting around Dubrovnik

Public transport: Public transport is not necessary for Dubrovnik since the city is relativity small and you can easily access all the attractions and places on foot.

Walking or biking: I would recommend both as means of exploring, but I think that for Dubrovnik walking is a little better due to the number of attractions you can visit.

Boutique Hotel Stari Grad

This historic residence has recently been renovated to a high standard. You will love having breakfast on their terrace with the panoramic views of the Old Town and the Adriatic Sea. Free Wifi, Airport shuttle, paid parking. Check out the amazing Boutique Hotel Stari Grad.

Location: Ul. od Sigurate 4, 20000, Dubrovnik
Accommodation: Hotel
Price range: €300 +

Prijeko Palace

Rooms in this historic palace are individually designed and range from the modern to the Baroque style. The iconic view of Dubrovnik rooftops is available from every room. Check out Prijeko Palace.

Location: Prijeko ul. 24, 20000, Dubrovnik
Accommodation: Hostel
Price range: €95 +

Porta Guesthouse

Bright and airy, this guesthouse is just minutes away from the Old Town. Free Wifi, Family rooms, Airport shuttle, and some rooms feature a sea view. Check out Porta Guesthouse.

Location: Izmedu Vrta 5, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Accommodation: Hotel
Price range: €90 +

Villa Ragusa Vecchia

The 1830 villa decorated with wood and stone details is moments away from the City Walls. Free Wifi, fully equipped kitchen, and paid parking. Check out Villa Ragusa Vecchia.

Location: Hvarska ul. 8, 20000, Dubrovnik
Accommodation: Villa
Price range: €160 +

Villa Leoni

Located above the popular Banje beach, this traditional stone house offers modern amenities, including a kitchen. Some units have access to a sea-view balcony. Free Wi-Fi and parking. Check out, Villa Leoni.

Location: Ul. Kralja Petra Krešimira IV. 22, 20000, Dubrovnik
Accommodation: Villa
Price range: €200 +

This is the most affordable restaurant in Dubrovnik. Mezzanave includes a choice of pizzas, pasta, salads, risottos, soups, burgers, and other grilled meat, as well as desserts. Besides, the restaurant has a daily lunch offer that is even more affordable, like around 50 Kn (6.7 €) for a main and a side dish.

Just a five-minute walk from the old town, Sesame is a peaceful oasis away from the crowds. The restaurant has two terraces, a ground, and a first-floor terrace, both surrounded by greenery, and flowers. The menu is amazing, it includes dishes like pasta, cucumber gazpacho, duck breasts, and even a vegetarian choices like beetroot risotto, or crispy polenta with baba ganoush.

Location: Dante Alighieri 2, 20000, Dubrovnik
Price range: €

Bistro Tavulin is a family-run restaurant in the old town of Dubrovnik with excellent food and beautiful plating. The bistro Tavulin is close to the main street, with indoor and street-side seating. Food is fresh, tasty, and innovative. The menu items include Croatian staple dishes like mussels in white wine, octopus salad, gnocchi with braised veal, and others.

Location: Ul. Cvijete Zuzorić 1, 20000, Dubrovnik
Price range: €€

Pantarul cuisine is based on seasonal ingredients. The vegetables arrive from the fields around Dubrovnik, the fish is what the local fishermen have caught that day and the meat is prime quality. In a simple, modern, and yet cozy interior, you can opt for the creative five-course tasting menu of fish or meat, or choose from the concise à la carte selection.

Location: Ul. kralja Tomislava 1, 20000, Dubrovnik
Price range: €€

Dubrovnik’s city walls

The City Walls are open year round, and take about an hour and a half to complete the full circle.

I would recommend visiting in the morning or the late afternoon, but be aware that the walls will be packed in high season. You don’t necessarily need a guide to visit the city walls. However, if you’re interested in learning more about the history it may be a good idea.

Discover the Stari Grad (Dubrovnik Old Town)

Sure, doing a tour of the Old Town would help give some historical context to this city’s complex history. However, I do recommend you carve out time to simply just get lost in its’ vastness. Climb the cobblestone steps and discover the quieter areas of town. Just make sure you are respectful since yes, people actually live here.

Visit the top of Mount Srd

Seeing Dubrovnik from the top of Srd is a must. You can either hike there or go there via a cable car, it all depends on you. The top of Srd overlooks Dubrovnik and the Adriatic, and there is often horses and goats roaming around.

There’s also the Panorama restaurant on the very top, which is perfect for dinner or a drink. I do recommend visiting the war museum at the top if you are interested in the history of the Homeland war.

Visit the local beaches

There are too many beaches in Dubrovnik to count, and some are more touristy than others. Banje Beach is the most popular, but there are so many others that many don’t even know about. You don’t have to worry about any dangerous fish in the sea.

Also, make sure to be careful going cliff jumping. Many areas appear safe but tourists end up injuring themselves with rocks under the surface (especially near Buze Bar).

Kayak or Snorkel on the Adriatic

Kayaking is one of the best activities to do in Dubrovnik. I think it is one of the best ways to experience what the seaside landscape has to offer and uncover the hidden areas of Dubrovnik, alongside having some fun and experiences.

Take a boat ride over to Cavtat or Lokrum island

Cavtat is just as beautiful as Dubrovnik but is more quaint and serene. It is about a 30-minute bus ride from the Old Town. You can also take a boat from the Old Town, or many other ports in the Zupa region, like Srebeno, Mlini, and Plat.

Stroll through Uvala in Lapad

Lapad is actually one of my favorite areas in Dubrovnik and is often more of a mix between locals and tourists. Uvala Street is a popular place to walk, which has restaurants, shops, and beaches. It is about a 20-minute walk outside the Old Town.

Hello! I’m Sara, a Croatian native. I’ve traveled all over the world and have knocked out some amazing cities and countries off my bucket list.




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