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

  • 80%



    Till now, the most beautiful place I have ever been in Europe. Must to go. Words and pictures not enough, if you are not there physically. You need to be there to feel the beauty of this place. Old city, Lapada, Cavtat areas are wonderful, so much beauty by the nature at the same place.

  • 90%


    One of the few places I would return!

    Love to travel and do not visit the same place twice as I belive that there is too many great places and not too many free days but I would return to Dubrovnik, it has it all

    Insider Tip:Avoid the hottest Summer months, too pricy and too busy

  • 90%


    The one and only

    Dubrovnik is the most amazing city I have visited and I have been traveling intensively for the past 55 years. It takes about 4-5 days to just scratch the surface or if you wish to go deeper into culture and history than there is no limit.

    Insider Tip:Best to come out of the high season, the winters are mild and prices are seriously lower.

  • 70%



    Beautiful city and surrounding areas. It looks great in photographs but is significantly more impressive in reality. Worth a visit just to see it. If around for a few days there are plenty of things to see and do beyond the city walls.

    Insider Tip:kayak around the city walls and Lokrum Island

  • 80%


    Beautiful but full of tourists

    Dubrovnik is an absolutely beautiful city, but that does mean there will be lot's of other people there. During the daytime, loads of cruise ship travelers magically appear in the city, which is a little off-putting - that may be a good time to take a kayak tour or something. All in all, I'd say 2 full days, maybe 3 are what you need.

    Insider Tip:There's a good, free, exhibit on the war (the 1990s one) in the fort at the top of the cable car ride. You have to walk outside of the cable car building and around the fort a little to find it.

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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