The Old Town of Dubrovnik is surrounded by sturdy, medieval walls and towers. Climb to the walls and stroll around with a bird’s-eye view to the town. Then explore the streets packed with tiny allies, picturesque bars and cozy restaurants. No wonder the Old Town is one of the top destinations in Europe.
What's more, the Old Town is only a part of Dubrovnik. The wide-spread town contains something for everyone. Whether you love beaches or prefer an active holiday, Dubrovnik has excellent choices to choose from.
Where to stay in Dubrovnik
Depending on your holiday plans, there are several types of areas to choose from:
- For many, the Old Town is the main reason to travel to Dubrovnik. Inside the walls, the options for accommodation consist mostly of holiday apartments. The 5-star hotels with swimming pools are located outside the walls.
- There’s a wide range of services behind the Lapad beach, 3-4 kilometers northwest from the Old Town. The area resembles a small Mediterranean beach destination. It is well suited for families with small children, or anyone who appreciates more space than in the Old Town but still prefers to accommodate near the services. The promenade behind the beach, Šetalište kralja Zvonimira, is marked with a red line on the map. It’s filled with restaurants and some hotels, and there’s also a small shopping center within a few hundred meters from the promenade. The renovation of the Lapad beach was completed in the summer of 2017.
- On both sides of the Lapad beach and around the Babin Kuk peninsula, there are several hotels with swimming pools in tranquil environment. You’ll be able to enjoy some peace and quiet there, with the Old Town only a few kilometers away. The most popular beach in Babin Kuk, Cobacabana, is marked on the map.
Things to do in Dubrovnik
The Old Town of Dubrovnik is one the most interesting places in Europe.
The inner area is flat with full of churches, palaces and museums. The outer area consists mainly of uphill and residential areas (also full of rental holiday apartments) with countless narrow streets, stairs, and small restaurants around every corner. It would be easy to get lost there, but fortunately there’s a simple way of navigating: go down and you'll end up in the center; go up and you'll eventually face the surrounding walls.
Fort Imperial at Srd Hill
Fort Imperial on the top the Srd Hill is visible from all over Dubrovnik (image). It was an important point of defense in the Croatian War of Independence in the early 1990’s.
Nowadays the fort houses a museum about that war. There is also a restaurant and a cafe by the cable car station; the terrace is visible in the picture number 3 in the gallery above.
It's easy to get to the top by a cable car, but it might be a good idea to walk down. Bear in mind that walking up in the heat of the summer could be tough. The first two pictures in the gallery were taken at the road, showing what it is like. Some of the rocks are quite large and sharp. You can see where the path begins and ends by zooming in on the map above and changing it to satellite mode.
Old Town Walls and Fort Lovrijenac
The entire Old Town of Dubrovnik is surrounded by walls. For an entrance fee, visitors can climb to the walls and walk around the town (within opening hours). Tickets are sold at booths next to the entrances, such as by the Pile Gate on the western side of the Old Town. More information about the tickets can be found here.
On the walls, there are a couple of places to buy drinks and take a rest.
With the same ticket you can also visit Fort Lovrijenac (image) by the Old Town. Or if you visit the fort first, the price will be deducted from the price of the ticket to the walls.
The island of Lokrum is located on the southeastern side of Dubrovnik, only a short ferry ride away from the Old Town Harbor. You can see both, the harbor and the island, in this image.
Lokrum is a popular place for a day trip: swimming, sunbathing and walking in the forests around the island or in the Botanical Garden. There are also ruins of Benedictine Monastery as well as a restaurant and snack bars.
More information: lokrum.hr
There are three beaches marked on the map:
Lapad beach is situated between the Lapad and Babin Kuk peninsulas, Cobacabana Beach at Babin Kuk, and Banje Beach on the eastern side of the Old Town.
Around the beaches in Lapad and Babin Kuk, there are also numerous small coves and tiny beaches. At some points along the road near the Lapad beach, there are stairs carved in the cliffs to make it easier to go swimming.
Banje Beach offers an easy option to lie on the beach for those accommodating in or near the Old Town.
All beaches in Dubrovnik are pebble or gravel beaches. Rocky beaches can be found also at Lokrum island.
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When to travel
Dubrovnik has become more and more popular in recent years, to a point of it being a problem. It doesn’t help that the Old Town is a favored day trip destination for loads of cruise passengers circling on the Mediterranean. Dubrovnik can be full of tourists in the high season, so if at all possible, it’s better to visit the town in springtime or fall. Moreover, you might get a hotel room for less than half price compared to July or August, and the weather is nicer than in the hottest months.
The restaurants usually open their summer terraces by Easter. For those looking for a beach holiday, fall is obviously a better choice.
How to get to Dubrovnik from the airport
Dubrovnik international airport is located 19 kilometers from Dubrovnik.
Arrive by shuttle bus:
Platanus Shuttle Bus is the official shuttle bus between Dubrovnik and the airport. There is no bus schedule from the airport to the city. Instead, the buses leave about 30 minutes after every flight (not at night-time).
Schedules from city to airport and more information: platanus.hr
By public bus: libertasdubrovnik.com
Weather in Dubrovnik
Winter: In the winter, there’s typical Mediterranean winter weather in Dubrovnik. Along with mild temperatures, there’s high humidity and frequent rain. The average daily high temperatures usually vary between 8-15 °C. At night, sub-zero temperatures are possible but unlikely. In the wintertime, weather can also be quite windy in Dubrovnik.
Spring: Spring is a great time to visit Dubrovnik, unless you’re a keen swimmer. The daily high temperatures surpass 20°C in April, but the evenings aren’t that warm yet. Therefore, it’s best to have a coat with you. May is already a very warm month with temperatures going constantly over 20°C and closing in on 30°C. It rains less in spring compared with winter and autumn months.
Summer: From June to August, the sunshine is pretty much guaranteed. It really gets hot in Dubrovnik, as the temperatures climb to 30 °C and above.
Autumn: September is still a warm month with frequent beach weather. The temperature in September stays well above 20 °C and at night around 20 °C, but the total rainfall is higher in comparison to August. In mid-October, the weather cools down to under 20 °C, and it rains more often. October, November and December are the rainiest months of the year.