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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

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    old town

    old town is so beautiful, just wandering for a day you can find so many treasures. heals and heaps of food shops so you wont be hungry!! really worth the visit.

    Insider Tip:find the cliff jumping, and do it!

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    Beautiful, amazing, fantastic!

    The title is more than enough. I thought this city has a lot of hype because of GoT, but not at all! On my top 10, for sure and I travel a lot!

    Insider Tip:Try to discover the beach near the fort! Amazing!

  • 80%

    themagickbullet

    Florence of the Balkans/King's Landing

    We (3 guys) were there for two days and had an amazing time! Dubrovnik is incredibly beautiful in summer - walking through the historic streets of the old town, climbing the walls to look out over the clear turquoise water of the adriatic. the best thing we did was go on a kayak tour at sunset out around Lokrum island and to a nearby beach inside a cave. Definitely also walk the walls and include the fort to the west, as if you are a game of thrones fan like me you willl be freaking out.

    Insider Tip:"La barba" seafood place - everyone says go for the octopus burger but get the calamari, it is super fresh and will blow your mind

  • 70%

    Anonymous

    Too touristic, but what a destination!

    The Old Town is fascinating, since it is still in such a good state. In July and August there will be too many tourists there. You can buy a Dubrovnik Pass, which saves you some money if you want to do the cultural stuff as well. Transport by bus is included.

    Insider Tip:When you want to go to the beach, I recommend Lapad Beaches. We also visited Lokrum Island by boat (from the old town). Takes only circa 20 minutes. You can spend the afternoon there. Costs are 10 euro’s.

  • 60%

    chelski_jt

    Dubrovnik - A few days is enough

    Dubrovnik is a beautiful place, and the old town is amazing. Walking the wall is a must. My opinion is that you can see emough of it in 2 days and dont recommend staying much longer than that. Most backpackers coming through are doing a Islands yachting tour so only stay a few days. If you are on a tight budget, the old town might not be for you, its not cheap relative to the rest of the country.

    Insider Tip:If you are sailing out of ACI marina, its about 20km away and an 18 Euro cab, its not at the old town.

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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