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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 attractions in Dubrovnik for Spring

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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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Franciscan Church and Monastery

Franciscan Church and Monastery

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The Franciscan Church and Monastery is one of the few buildings in Dubrovnik that survived the devastating earthquake of 1667. Bordered by late-Romanesque arcades, the monastery’s inner courtyard provides a quiet reprieve from Dubrovnik’s bustling Old Town. The monastery houses a small religious museum as well as one of Europe’s oldest working pharmacies.More

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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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Exclusive: 'Game of Thrones' Walking Tour of Dubrovnik
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Adventure Dubrovnik - Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Day Trip Including Medjugorje and Mostar
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Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls Tour from Dubrovnik(small group)
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Dubrovnik Super Saver: Mt Srd Cable Car Ride plus Old Town and City Walls Walking Tour
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Elaphite Islands Cruise and Blue Cave Snorkeling Boat Tour from Dubrovnik
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E-Tuk Tuk Tour in Dubrovnik

E-Tuk Tuk Tour in Dubrovnik

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Game of Thrones Tour

Game of Thrones Tour

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Unique Sunset and Dinner Cruise in the Magnificent Traditional Karaka boat
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Dubrovnik Walks - Discover the old town Tour
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Montenegro Private Tour from Dubrovnik

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Recent reviews from experiences in Dubrovnik

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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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Do it! Best tour of my trip!
Marcia_c, May 2022
Dubrovnik sunset panorama
The spring that becomes the river in Dubrovnik was so special!
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Great Day Island Hopping
Laura_E, Apr 2022
Full-Day Dubrovnik Elaphite Islands Cruise with Lunch
Great day out to see the Elaphitr Islands.
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Great walking tour!
Kirsty_C, Apr 2022
Game of Thrones and Iron Throne tour in Dubrovnik
This was a brilliant way to see Dubrovnik and hear all about Game of Thrones being filmed here.
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Fantastic
Lisa_K, Apr 2022
Airport Private Transfer Dubrovnik
He didn’t speak much English but tried so hard.
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Excellent tour
John_S, Mar 2022
Dubrovnik Speed Boat Private Tour - (EXPLORE SECRETS OF ELAFITI ISLANDS)
Definitely a good way to see the area from another vantage point.
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Brilliant trip - worth booking!
Melissa_J, May 2022
Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls Tour from Dubrovnik(small group)
The waterfalls are very beautiful - would have been even better if we went when the weather was hot so that we could of swam but it wasn't warm enough when we visited.
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Fantastic and great guide
Wasif_K, May 2022
Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls Tour from Dubrovnik(small group)
The falls and Mostar are certainly worth a visit and Mostar a 'must do' when in Dubrovnik which is often too crowded.
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Fun trip, great guide
DavidErtel, May 2022
E-Tuk Tuk Tour in Dubrovnik
It was a lot of fun for us, and a great way to see Dubrovnik outside of the old city.
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Best experience ever, not one to miss while your visiting Dubrovnik
abigail_j, Apr 2022
Adventure Dubrovnik - Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour
Getting to see Dubrovnik from that perspective was one I won’t forget.
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What a wonderful tour !
JoseEduardo_M, Apr 2022
Dubrovnik Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Dubrovnik and Cavtat
The only reason I’m not giving the tour 5 stars is her English seemed to be a bit rusty.
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Lovely trip to Kravice and Mostar
Victoria_M, Apr 2022
Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls Small-Group with Turkish House Included
We had a lovely trip to Kravice waterfalls and Mostar.
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Nice day trip
Maria_G, Apr 2022
Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls Small-Group with Turkish House Included
The waterfalls were beautiful and Mostar is a small but nice town.
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Great day in Bosnia
Robin_N, Apr 2022
Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls by Luxury Minibus
Kravice falls we’re beautiful and we enjoyed walking around Mostar.
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Excelent trip with views you don't see by walking
Priscilla_J, Apr 2022
Dubrovnik Panoramic Sightseeing Tour - Cable Car View
Great trip in a van to see the surroundings of Dubrovnik from above.
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Ultimate Nerd Out!
Amy_A, Apr 2022
Total Game of Thrones Experience
One of the best parts of the tour is getting to see notable places in/near Dubrovnik that you don't need to tour separately.
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Great welcome tour!
Tong_W, Apr 2022
Welcome to Dubrovnik Walking Tour
She showed us many important monuments of the old town and also gave us great recommendations for other activities that a family can take later on in our trip.
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AMAZING Private boat tour of Croatia!
allipac, Mar 2022
Explore Magical Blue cave From Dubrovnik private tour
This was truly an amazing experience and we got to see so much of Dubrovnik and Croatia from the beautiful Adriatic Sea.

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.

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.

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