Dubrovnik is a fantastic place for photography. The city offers a variety of inspiring landscapes, beautiful historic buildings and structures, and bustling squares and markets to keep tourists and photographers busy for days. Even those travelling with nothing but their smartphone to take pictures with will find plenty of excellent spots for selfies because Dubrovnik offers endless vantage points, both for photos of the city and of the surrounding landscape. Moreover, the architecture in the Old Town is quite unique and it does not take very long to find an interesting spot to take a selfie. In fact, on a good sunny day, it may be more difficult to pass up an opportunity.
The old city walls offer plenty of opportunities for trademark Dubrovnik images, as many of these spots are found on postcards and have been featured in a number of film and television productions over the years. In addition to looking great despite their age – the walls date back to the 7th century, but the present system of fortifications was constructed between the 12th and 17th century – the city walls played a vital role in Dubrovnik’s history and probably have more stories to tell than any other single landmark in the region. With several fortresses, towers, bastions and fortifications, the 2-km walk on the walls offers fantastic views of the Adriatic, the Dubrovnik cityscape, and some of the city’s most significant historic locations.
What to see in Dubrovnik
Visitors looking to take selfies with some of the city’s best known landmarks in the background can start on Stradun. The long central street in the Old Town is the perfect setting for long panoramic shots with old buildings and structures at the far end. These landmarks include Orlando’s Column, Onofrio’s Fountains, the old Bell Tower, Rector’s Palace, the Cathedral, the Franciscan Monastery, the Sponza Palace and the Church of St. Blaise.
A short ferry ride from the old port, the island of Lokrum also offers spectacular photo opportunities, with locations such as the Botanical Garden, Fort Royal Castle, the old Benedictine monastery complex and a unique small lake known as the Dead Sea.
Those looking for great nature shots can also visit the Arboretum in Trsteno, which offers amazing views of the sea and the stunning garden architecture, including the beautiful old Neptune Fountain with ancient aqueducts.
Photos of Dubrovnik
Those looking for the best views of the Old Town and the harbour will find them on the nearby elevated hills, especially at sunrise and at night.
For breathtaking 360° panoramic views of the city, visitors can hop on the Dubrovnik Cable Car, which will take them to Mount Srđ, about 412 metres above sea level, in a matter of minutes. The view from the top includes a good portion of the local coastline with the Elaphite Islands, Lokrum, several smaller islands, and mountains across the border with Bosnia-Herzegovina. On a clear day, the view from Srđ stretches for up to 70 kilometres.
Places to stay near Dubrovnik
The Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel offers premium seafront accommodation only 5 minutes from Dubrovnik year-round. Situated in a secluded bay in Mlini, the hotel combines luxury accommodation in authentic surroundings with excellent service and finest Croatian and international cuisine. The deluxe rooms on the higher floors have large, completely furnished balconies that provide an ideal setting both for work and relaxation, while the spacious classic suites offer a refined living area and two balconies.
The hotel’s spacious rooms and suites offer all the contemporary comforts and breathtaking views of the surrounding area, while the hotel itself offers a range of services and activities to ensure that guests have a memorable stay. These include rent-a-car, boat or shuttle transfers, a wellness and spa centre, tennis courts, a children’s playground, and heated indoor and outdoor pools.
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