Dubrovnik is a city of many charms, offering guests a diverse range of things to see and do and many ways to lose themselves in the region’s history, culture and landscape. Most travellers coming to Dubrovnik for the first time will start with the city’s main attractions – the medieval city walls and the many historic buildings inside them – but these are only part of the city’s appeal. The Mediterranean culture and lifestyle, delicious traditional cuisine, untouched islands a short boat ride away, and countless events held throughout the year make for an unforgettable experience regardless of the length of the stay.
What to See in Dubrovnik?
The UNESCO-protected Old Town is Dubrovnik’s most recognizable landmark and the number one destination for the crowds of tourists visiting the city every year. The preserved city walls and other attractions in the Old Town are all within walking distance of each other and can be explored over a couple of days, even at a leisurely pace.
For an excellent view of the city walls, visitors can take a boat ride to Lokrum island and, for the best views of the city and the surrounding area, they can take the cable car to Mount Srđ and enjoy a spectacular panoramic vista that stretches across three countries: Bosnia, Croatia and Montenegro.
Dubrovnik Old Town Attractions
The walled old city is home to a number of old churches, historic buildings and museums that provide insights into Dubrovnik’s past. The best known among these are the monumental city gates Pile and Ploče, the Church of St. Blaise, the Dubrovnik Cathedral, the Franciscan Monastery, the Onofrio Fountains, Rector’s Palace, which houses the city’s Cultural History Museum, and the Sponza Palace, which provides the backdrop for the opening of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival every year.
The Fortress of St. John, one of the forts along the Walls of Dubrovnik, is home to the Maritime Museum and the Aquarium, while Fort Lovrijenac, which sits just outside the Old Town on the opposite side, is a venue for a number of cultural events every year and offers a fantastic vantage point to view the city walls.
Stradun, the main street in the Old Town, is the place to go for an evening walk or a drink. For the duration of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, it is also one of the main venues for the many world class theatre, opera, dance and musical performances taking place in the city.
Visitors coming to Dubrovnik for their summer vacation will no doubt spend a considerable amount of time on one of the city’s public beaches or discover some of the more secluded ones near Dubrovnik and on the Elaphiti islands. The most popular Dubrovnik beaches are Banje, Šulići, Sveti Jakov, Copacabana and Lapad beach.
The islands near Dubrovnik are a popular destination for day trips and boat rides for anyone looking to take a break from the city. The Elaphiti, Lokrum, Mljet and Korčula all offer plenty of historic and natural attractions to make the trips well worth taking.
To take a break after a long day of sightseeing, visitors can rest and try some of the local specialties at one of Dubrovnik’s many restaurants, pubs and taverns. There are many restaurants, both in the Old Town and outside the city walls, that serve quality meals and a selection of the finest local wines. The Old Town is the best place to look for culinary variety, while the rest of the city offers more budget-friendly prices.
Dubrovnik Riviera Accommodation
Travellers looking for comfortable accommodation near Dubrovnik with all the modern amenities can book their stay at the Hotel Astarea. Located in the village of Mlini only a few kilometers from the old city, the hotel is the ideal destination for anyone looking for a tranquil vacation away from the city crowds. Guests can reach Dubrovnik by car, taxi/shuttle, bus or boat. With spacious, comfortable rooms overlooking the Adriatic, indoor and outdoor pools, gym, sauna, restaurants and bars, the hotel can accommodate even the more discerning guests and makes an excellent base for exploring the most popular attractions in and near Dubrovnik.