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Dubrovnik is the crown jewel of Croatia’s beautiful coast. Once a powerful city-state with crafty merchants, today this is the tourist capital of the Balkan Peninsula. Perfectly preserved old town and magnificent city walls are just some of the reasons why you will fall in love with the place immediately. Many famous shows and movies where shot here too, and as soon as you get to the city’s core, you will realize why nobody can resist the temptations Dubrovnik throws at you. Prepare to be blown away!
It’s really hard to decide between the old town or the city walls as the number one thing to do in Dubrovnik. Both are exquisitely preserved and no matter which one you go with, you won’t be sorry. If at all possible, though, do make time to enjoy them both.
How to Get to Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik has its own airport if you are traveling in. It’s a bit more than 10 kilometers away from the city and very well connected, so you should really have no problems traveling between the two locations.
Dubrovnik has a pretty efficient network of buses which works just fine and fulfils pretty much all your needs. Sure, you can rent a car, but keep in mind that the crowds can be huge during summer. Because of that, finding a parking space can be a nightmare. Besides, you can always take a nice walk – this is not a very big place.
Where to Eat Dinner in Dubrovnik
360 // A Michelin star and the location on the ancient city walls overlooking the harbor. This and Nautika are the best fine-dining locations in Dubrovnik.
Nautika // Another fine restaurant on the city walls. This one has quite a history to go along with the exquisite dishes, and even the Pope himself came here for lunch back in 2003.
Proto // An amazing fish restaurant whose roots go back to the 19th century. Fresh seafood is delivered daily from the Croatian coast, and you will enjoy every bite, along with some fantastic wines, of course.
Bowa // Not in Dubrovnik per se, but secluded in a cove on the nearby island of Šipan. It is a spectacularly beautiful restaurant, something that looks like it popped out right from Hollywood movies.
Dalmatino // Reasonable prices, great traditional food and the authentic atmosphere of Dalmatia. Add to that local ingredients and a lovely old house and you’ve got yourself a lovely dinner venue.
Things to Do in Dubrovnik at Night
Stradun // The main street in Dubrovnik’s old town. While it is quite pricey compared to the rest of the city, you simply must take a stroll here at least once. And if you come here in the evening, the feeling is just magical. Don’t miss it for the world.
Tour the walls // It would be a real shame to come to Dubrovnik and not tour its magnificent walls. The views you get from up there will be spectacular, not to mention the fact that these doubled as King’s Land
Pile Gate // The main gate to the old city. Just stepping through them will make you feel like you’re in a whole other world. With the stone walls rising all around you, the visitor gets a great feeling of Dubrovnik’s incredible past.
Cable car // If you have the time, hop onto the cable car and climb up to the top of Srđ, the mountain overlooking the city. The view from up there is mesmerizing, and you can sit down for a drink, or even a meal, and enjoy it.
The Franciscan monastery // This monastery has been around since the 12th century and houses one of the most valuable libraries in Croatia. Not only that, but it also has a pharmacy that has been operating since 1317!
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