Dubrovnik is a city of many attractions, offering tourists a variety of things to see and do throughout the year. Even though the Old Town occupies a relatively small area, it nonetheless packs in many to-dos and must-sees. The three destinations to visit for spectacular views of the Old Town and the nearby islands are the city walls, Fort Lovrijenac, and Mount Srđ. The walls of Dubrovnik, one of the oldest and most unique attractions in the region, overlook the UNESCO-protected city core from all sides, offering countless vantage points and changing views of the city’s historic buildings and structures, the coastline, and Lokrum island. Minčeta Fortress, the highest point on the walk along the city’s fortifications, offers particularly rewarding panoramic views of the Old Town and is the best spot for taking photos.
Lovrijenac, an old fortress just outside the Old Town, sits on a cliff and offers an excellent view of the city walls. One of the oldest structures in Dubrovnik, the fortress dominates the entrances to the historic core, and its interior, while empty, is a well-known stage for productions of Shakespeare plays during the Dubrovnik Summer Festival.
For any trip to Dubrovnik to be complete, Mount Srđ offers a view of the entire surrounding region and is only a short cable car ride away. Travellers can also hike to the top, where they can take photos or visit the Museum of the Croatian War of Independence.
Things to do in Dubrovnik
Buža bar is the place to go for a drink served with the best view in the city. The cliff side café is situated just outside the ancient walls, facing the island of Lokrum, and offers a spectacular view of both the walls and the island. For hard-hitting insight into Dubrovnik’s more recent history, the War Photo Limited gallery houses an exhibition of images taken during the war in the 1990s. Managed by New Zealand photographer Wade Goddard, the gallery offers poignant images that capture the damage the war inflicted on the city and its people.
Lokrum, a small, uninhabited island just off the coast of Dubrovnik, can be reached by ferry from the old port in only 10 minutes. Its lush vegetation, old monastery, a small lake known as the Dead Sea, botanical gardens, and scenic views of the Old Town make the island a perfect destination for day trips. Visitors can spend hours hiking, exploring the historic structures and enjoying the sun before heading back to the Old Town. To add some extra excitement to the Dubrovnik experience, kayaking and snorkeling adventures along the city’s coastline are very popular among visitors, offering half a day of exploring the small caves, a private cave beach, and Lokrum island.
Stradun, known as the most beautiful street in the world, is home to several notable buildings and churches, and the place to go for an evening stroll. The bars and restaurants in the narrow residential streets north and south of Stradun are uniquely atmospheric and offer a glimpse into the everyday lives of those who call Dubrovnik home. Rector’s Palace, a 15th century Gothic-Renaissance palace that has been featured in numerous film and television productions over the years, houses the Cultural History Museum, which offers a rich insight into the history of Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik’s oldest market is located in a baroque square only a short stroll from Stradun and Rector’s Palace. With a statue of Croatian 17th century poet Ivan Gundulić as a centerpiece, the square is the place to go to find fresh fruit and vegetables, olive oil, and dried delights.
Dubrovnik Riviera accommodation
Travellers looking to explore the charms of the Dubrovnik region from the comfort of a luxury hotel can book their stay at the Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel. Opened in 2015, the hotel is a premium resort on the seafront of Srebreno, a village only 5 minutes from Dubrovnik. With a unique, modern design and premium accommodation in spacious rooms and suites, the hotel offers an extraordinary view of the Adriatic coastline and an authentic Mediterranean garden. All the rooms have balconies with a table and a set of chairs, luxury bathrooms, and exceptionally comfortable beds, offering a perfectly relaxing holiday to guests travelling either on business or leisure.