City Guide Dubrovnik, Croatia

Visiting Dubrovnik

Strongly regarded by many as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, Dubrovnik is one of the Eastern Europe’s hidden gems and strongly contends for the title of the most beautiful city in the Mediterranean, and if not is definitely an heir. Since the dust has settled from the war which brought the city into turmoil for a full year over a decade ago, this medieval city is quickly regaining its popularity among travellers.

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Dubrovnik City Reviews

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    The old town is beautiful, but can be easily absorbed in a few hours. Which, if you came only to see the town, will leave you perhaps a little disappointed. There are, however, plenty of places to swim and relax. On the main part of Dubrovnik there are no sandy beaches, just the odd bit of pebble beach in between rocky cliffs. The islands, however, offer better places to relax. Ferries operate the islands regularly. Compared to Zagreb, Dubrovnik is expensive.

    Insider Tip:Don't concern yourself too much with being close to the old town. It's really not worth paying a large amount of money to be in there, especially when you'll probably see all it has to offer in a day. Also, it's quite expensive in the old town.

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    Incredibly beautiful

    I've never seen anything like Dubrovnik. It's not everyday that I get to walk a medieval city that is entirely intact. Most of the recommended activities are well documented in other reviews. Lokram island was a highlight and worth an afternoon. The city is incredibly touristy for obvious reasons and there is little connection between the actual local culture and the historical culture that is being presented to you. All in all though, worth the price and time. I want to see more of Croatia!

    Insider Tip:Try to do things earlier or later in the day as cruise ships stop off here and the crowds can be brutal. Sunday's are actually best as no cruise ships come through. Eat anchovies and sardines. Even if you think you don't like them. Best anchovies I've ever had...

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    Dubrovnik is expensive, especially for Croatia. But the islands around it are great for chilling and swimming on the island.

    Insider Tip:Go to buka bar and jump off the rocks there

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    Definitely Dubrovnik

    I'd choose this city from any other cities that I've gone to. Dubrovnik offers the best of both worlds: land adventure and sea escapade. You have to see it to believe it. I wasn't even able to see photos because I know my camera wouldn't just give justice to the city's impeccable beauty.

    Insider Tip:Go explore the walls of Dubrovnik in the morning when tourists are few. Don't forget to go island hopping too!

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    The main attraction is the old town, especially the city walls (only 30kn for students). The beaches are hugely disappointing - there are dangerous amounts of broken glass and rubbish all over Banje beach, the only beach within reasonable walking distance. The food is fairly similar throughout the town and definitely tries too hard to cater for tourists.

    Insider Tip:It's worth walking the city walls to get the best views.

Croatia: Itinerary

In the ten years since the war has ended in Croatia, this Eastern European state really has become an entirely new country. In Dubrovnik, the pearl of the Dalmatian Coast, some scars are still evident. These are mainly on the pedestrianised roads in the city’s fortressed old town where mini-potholes remind you when walking around of the troubles which occurred here between 1991 and 1992, and also the new tiles which adorn many of the roofs which were destroyed during the war. But any other evidence is scarce. Instead, when travelling around this nation you are greeted by locals who go out of their way to make you feel welcome, a host of cheap yet flavoursome restaurants but best of all, some of the most amazing scenery you will see anywhere in the world.

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