Your Complete Guide to Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik is one of the most visited destinations for any cruise in Croatia, and for good reason. The ancient city is home to some of the best beaches, hiking trails, dining experiences and nightlife in the country. Here’s your complete guide to Dubrovnik:


Founded in the 7th century, Dubrovnik quickly rose to become one of the most important cities in the region. It was a centre of trade and culture and played a significant role in developing the Croatian language.

The city reached its peak in the 15th and 16th centuries when it was under the rule of the Venetian Republic. Dubrovnik was the only free port in the Adriatic at the time and played an important role in international trade. It also became a centre of culture, thanks to its rich literary tradition.

The city’s golden age ended with the fall of Venice, after which Dubrovnik was overtaken by many forces. The biggest threat was the Austrian Empire, which occupied the city for over a century.

Dubrovnik was again independent after WWI and became part of Yugoslavia in 1918. The country had a major influence on Dubrovnik’s culture and architecture during this time: many city areas were restored to their former glory based on paintings and drawings from the period.

A particularly important part of Dubrovnik’s history took place in 1991 when it withstood a nearly 4-month siege during the Croatian War of Independence. The city remained almost untouched by the war, and tourism quickly returned afterwards.

Today, there are over 1 million visitors to Dubrovnik every year. The city remains a popular destination and continues to attract people from all over the world.

Things to Do in Dubrovnik: Architecture and Landscape

Dubrovnik’s Old City (Stari Grad) is the top attraction in Dubrovnik. The old town is made up of 2 parts: the Island of Stronsay and the peninsula of Lapad. The entire complex is surrounded by a wall built between the 12th and 17th centuries as a defence from invading forces.

The city’s top landmarks can be found along the old town’s main street: Stradun. This pedestrian-only road is lined with shops, restaurants and cafes. It leads to 3 of Dubrovnik’s most famous landmarks: Onofrio’s Fountain, the Sponza Palace and St. Savior Church (Kosicice).

The best way to explore the city is on foot. The entire old town is easily walked in under an hour. However, if you want to see some of the outlying attractions, it may be better to book a tour with your hotel or look into transportation options offered by various local companies. They also offer tours that include wine-tasting and boat rides around the nearby islands.

There are several museums in Dubrovnik worth visiting: the War Photo Limited gallery at Fort Lovrijenac showcases war photography from various conflicts around the world, while the Maritime Museum houses exhibits about Dubrovnik’s maritime history.

Dubrovnik is also an excellent place for nature lovers. There are several hiking trails in and around the city, as well as beautiful beaches to relax on. The best beaches in Dubrovnik are located on the Lapad Peninsula and can be accessed by bus or taxi.

If you want to experience some of Croatia’s famous nightlife, Dubrovnik is the place to be. There are plenty of bars and clubs to choose from, most of which are located in the old town.


The beaches in Dubrovnik are some of the best in Croatia. They are located on the Lapad Peninsula and can be reached by bus or taxi.

The most popular beach in Dubrovnik is Banje Beach. It is a wide, sandy beach that offers great views of the old town. However, it can get crowded during the summer months, so it may be best to visit one of the other beaches if you’re looking for some peace and quiet.

Bacvice Beach is another excellent option. It is smaller than Banje Beach, but it’s known for its crystal clear waters and lively atmosphere.

If you’re looking for a more secluded beach, try Porporela or Sveti Jakov beach. They are both smaller beaches and are accessed by following the steep steps at the end of Bacvice beach.

Hiking and Climbing

The best way to explore Dubrovnik’s surroundings is on foot. There are several hiking trails in and around the city, each one different from the next. One of these is Osojnik Hill, located 5km (3 miles) west of Dubrovnik’s old town. The hike takes about an hour and a half, but you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view when you reach the top. Nearest bus stop: Gruz Stop or Minceta Tower.

For the more energetic visitors, Mt. Srd is another option. Located around 25km (16 miles) from Dubrovnik old town, you can hike it in under 5 hours if you’re fit enough, but there are plenty of resting points along the way if you need to take a break. Note that access to this trail is only allowed with special permission; call +385 20 323 325 for information. Nearest bus stop: Blato Stop or Gornje Sitno Stop.

Yachting and Boating

If you want to explore Dubrovnik from a different perspective, try renting a yacht for a cruise on the Adriatic Sea. Zantium Travel offers cruise options for couples, families and larger groups.


If you want to experience some of Croatia’s famous wines, why not do it while in Dubrovnik? There are several wine cellars located in and around the city, each with its own unique selection of wines to choose from. You can find more information at the Dubrovnik Tourist Office.


Croatian kuna (HRK)

Languages Spoke

Croatian, Serbian and Bosnian. Italian is widely understood in tourist areas. English is not widely spoken but is understood by younger citizens.


Dubrovnik has a mild Mediterranean climate with hot summers and relatively cold winters. The average temperature in the summer months is around 28°C (82°F), while in winter it drops to 17°C (63°F). The best time to visit Dubrovnik is during the spring or autumn when the weather is still warm but not too hot to handle. Rainfall occurs mainly during the winter months; July and August are generally dry.

Average air/sea temperature is 16-29°C (61-84°F).

Sightseeing Tips

Don’t miss the Rector’s Palace, which has an impressive collection of paintings.

Best Time To Visit

Spring or autumn are good times to visit Dubrovnik; winter can get very cold, and summer can often be too hot.


+385 20 324 100 (Tourist Office)

Zantium Travel

+385 1 2231 000

Nearest major airport:

Dubrovnik International Airport (DBV) The nearest large city is Split, located around 2.5 hours away by bus or car. Alternatively, Zantium Travel is renowned for its charted cruises around the Adriatic and between the two ancient cities. Get in touch today to find out more!


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