Dubrovnik Travel Guide

Dubrovnik

Top Attractions

This small city on the Dalmatian coast has got it all: travelers from all over the world flock here to experience the rich history preserved in the monuments and buildings, to taste the fantastic local cuisine, to take a few fun daytrips, and to bask in the warm waters spilling onto pebble beaches. Be among them and see what the fuss is all about. Here are some of Dubrovnik’s most compelling attractions.

1) Visia Dubrovnik’s 5D Theatrum

Explore Dubrovniks history and most interesting facts in just 40 minutes; and better yet, do so in three dimensions. The presentation is available in several languages and uses top-technology to recreate reality, holograms and 5D. This presentation is also very affordable since you pay $13 dollars for a ticket. Go and travel back in time to Dubrovnik’s past!

Address: St. Claire’s Convent, Poljana Paska Milicevica 4

 2) Museum of Arts and Crafts

The Museum of Arts and Crafts is home to a majestic collection of applied art, mainly made of regular items that are reinvented and used to create masterpieces. There are several temporary exhibitions throughout the year, making sure there is always something fresh to see, no matter when or how many times you visit Dubrovnik.

Address: Trg maršala Tita 10

3) The Franciscan Monastery and Old Pharmacy Museum

This monumental church is one of the most impressive buildings in Dubrovnik and has history hiding in every wall, figure, and corner. A pharmacy was built in the monastery in 1317, and despite being one of the first of the time, it is still open now a days. The building also counts on an impressive collection of books and art pieces that are exhibited through the building.

Address: Placa 2

4) The City Walls

The City Walls

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The City Walls have acquired the title of Dubrovnik’s most famous feature and is an imperative stop in every visitor’s itinerary. The walls encircle most of the city and are adorned by imposing towers. The City Walls were originally built for protection. However, actually they are a lot more than that; they are symbolic of the Dubrovnik’s and Croatia’s lavish history and culture and represent the essence of the city itself. The tower in the walls is now host of many events including the world- famous summer festival.

5) Mljet

Although located off the coast of Dubrovnik, Mljet is a far cry from desolate. Dubbed as the greenest island in Croatia, it is a long island comprised of villages, bays, and beautiful beaches: Blace and Saplunara. On the northern part of it lies a well-maintained national park. The island is also known for its salt-water lakes, an islet with a monastery, and ultimately, the remnants of Roman Palace and ancient villages where you can learn about local folklore. You can get there by taking a ferry or catamaran.

Address: Ulica Svetog Križa 3  20000

Where to Eat

On your trip to Dubrovnik, don’t just play safe and try the fares that you can try out back home. Instead, sample on those that are unique to the region. Your Dubrovnik vacation is a great opportunity to flee from global chain restaurants and nibble on something different. The menus in the following restaurants comprise authentic Croatian cuisine you can’t dare to miss out on.

1) 360 Restaurant and Lounge Dubrovnik

Find three words to describe 360? They are luxury, style and taste! The restaurant is decorated intricately with a subtle summer theme. The restaurant includes the ideal lounge serving drinks before or after your drink. 360 is open from seven to 11:00 p.m. while the lounge remains open up until 1:00 a.m. They serve to-die-for Croatian fish specialties accompanied by an array of vegetarian sides. Their foie gras and scampi dish is sure to tickle your palate!

If you find yourself truthfully enamored by the exquisite dishes, take their cooking class. However, note that classes are only available a few times a year, so make sure to ask when you visit.

Address: Svetog Dominika BB

2) Restaurant Konavoka Dubrovnik

Restaurant Konavoka offers an exquisite array of Dalmatia and Croatian specialties and an unrivaled selection of wines and spirits unique to the region. Check out their grilled lobster, fish, and other seafood specialties for a truly scrumptious dining experience. Their seafoods are brought it overnight and prepared with unmatched standards in quality, valuing the original taste of the dalmatian cuisine.

Address: Setaliste Kralja Zvonimira 38

3) Café Buza

Enjoy a view unlike all others in this café and bar standing at the rocks overlooking the sea. Let the breeze lead your mind as you enjoy a cold drink in the warm air as the sun sets over the horizon or have a cup of coffee in the cooler nights. Guests and locals have fallen in love with Café Buza and no negative reviews are yet to be heard. Visitors find shelter in their staple white umbrellas and just enjoy the view while relaxing in this privileged location by the city walls. On some occasions, the café entertains its guests with live music, usually folk.

Address: Brsalje 3, Plle Gate, Pile

Where to Stay

Experience sheer comfort and luxury all the way in the Pearl of Adriatic, whether you’re by yourself, with your family, or with your spouse. Here are the best accommodation choices in Dubrovnik. It is advisable to book well in advance to be able to grab the best deals.

1) Hotel Dubrovnik Palace

Hotel Dubrovnik Palace is famous among Dubrovnik’s tourists and has gained a well-deserved reputation among the city’s best hotels. The facilities include a luxury spa and a restaurant, an indoor swimming pool and three outdoor ones, a tennis courts, a diving and snorkeling center and a gorgeous private beach. Each room overlooks the sea, allowing guests to access an amazing view by taking just a few steps into the room’s private balcony. The hotel itself stands by a cliff, which plays a major role on the scenic views that guests experience. Enjoy a succulent dish by the water at their beach restaurant Ponta or go for a drink at their comfortable tavern. Elafiti their major restaurant offers breakfast and dinner and specializes in Mediterranean cuisine. Room rates start at USD 250 a night.

Address: Masarykov put 20, Lapad

2) Villa Dubrovnik

Villa Dubrovnik is situated close enough to the city to absorb its delightful culture and history, but far enough as to ensure the most pleasant stay to the guest. Villa Dubrovnik commits to providing utmost privacy and luxury, and of course an atmosphere fitting of its byline “romance forever.” Their 5-star hotel has a restaurant famous for serving the most delicious Mediterranean dishes. The hotel stands on the rocks overlooking St. Jacobs beach and all of its majesty. The amenities include a stylish wine bar and a spa. Rates start at USD 208 a night.

Address: Vlaha Bukovca 6, Ploče

3) Hotel Kazbek

This luxurious castle boutique hotel is right on the coast, yet still comfortably close to Dubrovnik’s old city. Kazbek takes privacy to another level by offering only 12 rooms and a single suite. The original building dates to the 1500s yet has been fully renovated to provide each guest with sheer elegance and comfort. Facilities include an outdoor heated pool and Jacuzzi, a sauna, a restaurant and terrace, and even a library to spend some time reading. Their restaurant offers the very best of Croatian cuisine and allows you to experience part of the country’s culture and tradition without even leaving the hotel. Ingredients are always fresh and local, making each dish a part of Dubrovnik. Room rates start at USD 250 a night.

Address: Lapadska Obala 25, 20000

Dubrovnik is truly a fascinating treasure trove of cultural, historical, and artistic possessions. Its colorful saga has been inscribed in stone – the everlasting symbol of strength and preservation. From above, you’ll catch a magnificent view of symmetrical red tile roofs yearning to unite with the waters of the beautiful Adriatic. Once you’re in its heart, expect to be welcomed with tourist-friendly programs and appreciative of its high ecological standards. Enjoy fresh air and the sun’s kisses on one side, and the sight of historical monuments, churches, and fountains on the other. Nowhere in the world can you realize such a fantasy like this than in Dubrovnik. Be there yourself, so you’ll know.

 


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