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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    Dubrovnik is a great place to visit

    We loved our trip to Dubrovnik. The historical centre is beautiful with lots of cafés, bars and restaurants.

    Insider Tip:Take the cable car to the top of the hill- the views are great!

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    A perfect getaway

    Dubrovnik is absolutely a stunning city. The Croatian people also is generous and kind and warm-hearted people, in general. I love the food there. The Gelato ice cream along the Stradun Street, about 10 kuna, which is hard to find in anywhere in this world at this cheap price. I loveee the city walls. The walkway of the city walls is quite long actually, but when you see the sea, and the port, and all those old bricks, suddenly you become all energized again. The food is affordable too.

    Insider Tip:If you are a muslim, you should go to Medzjid in Dubrovnik Old Town. Eat seafood at one of the restaurants in Old Port at night. It is perfect for couple going on a honeymoon getaway Eat gelato ice cream. Bring umbrella from home, because Dubrovnik always in raining season during summer to autumn transition Go ride a cable car.

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    Charming getaway land

    Dubrovnik is absolutely charming! Walking around the narrow streets of the old town (with ice cream and some wine in your stomachs), lazying on the beaches, watching the sunset by the lighthouse in the port and taking day trips to "secluded" islands. Perfect getaway place for a weekend to enjoy yourself and the sun.

    Insider Tip:If you take day trips to the islands like Lokrum, make sure to bring enough water with you as there is only one place to buy it (overpriced) and no place to refill them on the island. Sunday noon you get to see guard march and changing around town.

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    Beautiful Place

    Dubrovnik was a briliant place to start our trip. Although the old town isnt a very big place, you can easily fill your time. It's tourist-y but not crowded and overall a cheap place to eat and drink provided you stay away from restaurants on the main street. The ice cream there is also incredible. There is so much to do in and around the city, you won't ever be bored.

    Insider Tip:Bottles of lager from the supermarkets are much cheaper than buying drinks from restaurants etc. Works out at 90p for 1L! If you're wanting a night out, try to drink at your hotel or hostel to avoid pricey drinks.

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    Dubrovnik - Easy and Fun

    This city is super fun to visit. About half the city is made up of tourists so it's practically a playground for vacationers. The city walls are amazing and the views are spectacular. You definitely need 2-3 days because you need that flex day to get outside the old town and the city walls, whether it be by kayak, bus or walking. The old town itself can be a bit pricey, but there are plenty of ways to make your stay affordable. I highly recommend going for a mix of culture and beach-time.

    Insider Tip:Eat plenty of seafood when you're there. Even if it's supposed to rain, it only rains for 10-30 minutes in a part of the old town, and the rest of the time it's sunny and beautiful A forecast of *rain* doesn't mean the same thing in Dubrovnik as it does everywhere else. Take the special bus from the airport to the old town for 60 kuna roundtrip, but make sure to pay attention to the bus schedule before you buy round trip tickets. Avoid overly tourist restaurants, and go to Buza Bar I.

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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