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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 10 attractions in Dubrovnik

Elafiti Islands (Elaphites)

Elafiti Islands (Elaphites)

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
Dubrovnik Old Town

Dubrovnik Old Town

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
Dubrovnik Cable Car

Dubrovnik Cable Car

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
Lokrum Island

Lokrum Island

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
Dubrovnik Ancient City Walls

Dubrovnik Ancient City Walls

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
Elaphite Islands

Elaphite Islands

Travelers looking to explore untouched Croatia while getting a true taste of the Adriatic Sea will find all they’re looking for at Elaphite Islands. This cluster of coastal escapes stretches from Dubrovnik to Peljesac and boasts thick foliage and unspoiled natural wonders that have become difficult to find on the mainland.Just three of these favorite getaways—Lopud, Sipan or Kolocep—are accessible to visitors, but their diversity means there’s still something for everyone in the Elaphite Islands. Kolocep, the smallest of the three, is surrounded by brilliant blue waters and proves a remarkable respite for tired travelers. Sunj beach has made Lopud the most visited of the three, but those in the know say despite its popularity, Lopud is still perfect for a quiet escape. Sipan, the largest of the three islands, offers travelers the most to do, including tours of some of the stately aristocratic manors of the Dubrovnik Republic.More
St. Lawrence Fortress (Fort Lovrijenac)

St. Lawrence Fortress (Fort Lovrijenac)

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
Pile Gate

Pile Gate

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
Peljesac Peninsula

Peljesac Peninsula

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
Stradun (Placa)

Stradun (Placa)

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

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

Exclusive: 'Game of Thrones' Walking Tour of Dubrovnik
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Game of Thrones Extended Tour

Game of Thrones Extended Tour

Smiley Sarajevo Private tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Dubrovnik

Great experience for fans!
Susan_Z, Jul 2021
Dubrovnik Walks - Game of Thrones 2 h Walking Tour + Iron Throne Photo
Be prepared for lots of stairs and heat in summer!
Highly recommended!
Maja_McBride, Jul 2021
Dubrovnik Walks - Old Town 1.5 h Discovery Tour
Guide was knowledgeable, funny, articulate and very easy to follow in English.
Kayak experience
Donatienne_D, Jul 2021
Adventure Dubrovnik - Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour
A different way to see Dubrovnik Rather fresh to Do it in the evening We were really tired Nice group
Great and active experience
Cyril_M, Jul 2021
Adventure Dubrovnik - Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour
Great experience and fantastic way to visit and explore Dubrovnik, to be definitely recommended!
Excellent Tour
Paul_C, Jul 2021
Dubrovnik Food and Drink Walking Tour with a Local Guide
I highly recommend that you do this your first on your trip because of the orientation that you get of the city as well as excellent suggestions on what to do and where to eat
Awesome trip with beautiful sights
KrystalH, Jul 2021
Montenegro Full-Day Trip from Dubrovnik
We had more then enough time to see dubrovnik in one day and take this day trip.
A must in Dubrovnik
JONATHAN_B, Jul 2021
X-Adventure Sea Kayaking Half Day Tour in Dubrovnik
One of the best activities to do in Dubrovnik.
Amazing day trip! Don’t miss it :)
Roque_M, Jun 2021
Korcula Day Trip from Dubrovnik
Ston and Korcula are beautiful and this was the best way to see both at once.
Do it! Such a great experience
Lauren_P, May 2021
Shore Excursion: Exclusive 'Game of Thrones' Tour(with City Walls ticket)
It was great to see Fort Lovrijenac, and be able to walk the City walls on our own time.
A Perfect Day
Rajaa_H, Jul 2021
Private Tour: Montenegro Day Trip from Dubrovnik
He made sure we got the most of every stop and gave us pointers on what to do and see.
If you only have one splurge in Dubrovnik, this should be it!
Krina_H, Jul 2021
Elafiti Islands Private Tour with Fisher 20 Speedboat
There is not much to see on the islands, but it is a nice way to spend your day.
Greta private tour
Robert_F, Jul 2021
Mostar, Pocitelj and Kravice Waterfalls Private Tour from Dubrovnik
The waterfall place is okay - we had a nice little meal at the edge of the water but did not swim.
Nice Cruise, beautiful scenery
Joel_D, Jul 2021
The best Elaphite Islands hopping cruise with lunch by Regina Maris in Dubrovnik
Getting to see the different islands and a relaxed pace was very enjoyable.
Fun, educational and great sunset!
Shanna_V, Jul 2021
Adventure Dubrovnik - Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour
The sunset was beautiful and it was a great way to see the city from afar.
Pick up problematic, but trip worthy.
Francisco_A, Jul 2021
Kotor Bay Day Trip from Dubrovnik with Boat Ride to Lady of the Rock
I recommend this trip only of you have spent enough time in Dubrovnik, because is a lot of time invested in the day trip to see something different, but not as astonishing as Dubrovnik.
Bosnia the Beautiful!
Ann_U, Jul 2021
Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls Tour from Dubrovnik(small group)
We loved every part especially the waterfalls.
Perfect day on the sea
Melissa_H, Jul 2021
Elaphiti Islands Full Day 8-Hours Private Speedboat Tour
We were happy to beat the summer heat by taking this all-day boat tour cruising and swimming around the impossibly beautiful Elaphiti Islands.
My arms are sore but I’ve never been happier!
Katie_B, Apr 2021
Sunset Sea Kayaking and Wine Tasting Tour Dubrovnik
This is the best way to see Croatia and meet new people.
Highly recomended
Zivile_Z, Aug 2020
Dubrovnik Panoramic Sightseeing Tour - Cable Car View
we see nice small waterfall its was not for tourist place nice to see from other side .
Great sunset kayak experience !
Thomas, Aug 2020
Sunset Sea Kayaking and Wine Tasting Tour Dubrovnik
Helen, our guide was super nice, well worded in English and knowledgeable of the history of Dubrovnik.

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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