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Walls are clearly always built to protect treasures as well as life. In Dubrovnik this is particularly accurate, with 1,940 metres of stone surrounding one of the world’s grandest cities. The over a thousand year old history of Dubrovnik is visible in every part of the city, as “the Pearl of the Adriatic” has for centuries captivated and seduced kings and artists alike with its immaculate and inspiring medieval architecture. The city is a living museum and a live stage, and has an ideal connection between its splendid historical past and the exciting glory of modern days.

Why you should visit Dubrovnik

The Walls of Dubrovnik


Church of St. Blaise

Sponza Palace

Arboretum Trsteno

The Festivity of Saint Blaise

The Dubrovnik Summer Festival

Wild Water Polo League


Established by Exiled Greeks, Coveted by a Myriad of Kings

The history of Dubrovnik is remarkable and starts with a small settlement on an island called Laus, at that time separated from the mainland by a marsh. An invasion by Slavs in the 7th century destroyed Epidauros, a larger Greek settlement nearby (present-day Cavtat), causing inhabitants to flee to Laus and hence establish the city. As an independent merchant republic for 700 years (abolished by Napoleon in 1806), Dubrovnik successfully traded with Turkey and India in the East (with a consul in Goa, India) and had trade representatives in Africa, in the Cape Verde Islands. It even had diplomatic relations with the English court in the Middle Ages and its status was such that powerful and rich Venice was for a long time envious of its prime

Key Things To Check Out

Merchants of Dexterity for the City of Prosperity

The economic wealth of Dubrovnik was partially the result of the land it developed, but especially of seafaring trade. With the help of skilled diplomacy, Dubrovnik merchants travelled lands freely and on the sea the city had a huge fleet of merchant ships that travelled all over the world. From these travels they founded some settlements, from India to America, and brought parts of their culture and flora home with them. One of its keys to success was not conquering, but trading and sailing under a white flag with the word “Libertas” (freedom) prominently featured on it.

When to Visit

Spring or Fall to Avoid Waiting at All

Dubrovnik is an extremely popular tourist destination and a highly cultural city, where the key thing is not to experience the most attractive seasonal events, but to pick the time when you can actually experience them at all. There is no doubt that summer offers the most and winter the least in this exquisite medieval town and brilliant Adriatic sea resort, but visitors need to know exactly when they are coming here to avoid undesired jams and clamour. The grandeur of the city is therefore quite probably the most attainable in spring and autumn, when one can balance out between the less packed event schedule and the reduced excess of visitors.

Key Events

Key Events

Slice of Nostalgia

Remarkable Ragusa

The Republic of Ragusa was a great scientific and intellectual center of Europe and an early adopter of what are now regarded as modern laws and institutions: a medical service was introduced in 1301, with the first pharmacy, still operating to this day, being opened in 1317; an alms-house was opened in 1347; the first quarantine hospital (Lazarete) was established in 1377; slave trading was abolished in 1418; an orphanage opened in 1432; a 20 km water supply system, instead of a cistern, was constructed in 1438 by the Neapolitan architect and engineer Onofrio della Cava etc.

Along with England, Spain and Genoa, Ragusa was one of the Venice’s most damaging competitors in the 15th century on all seas, even in the Adriatic. Ragusa handled the Adriatic trade on behalf of the Ottomans, and its merchants received special tax exemptions and trading benefits. It also operated colonies that enjoyed extraterritorial rights in major Ottoman cities. Merchants from Ragusa could enter the Black Sea, which was otherwise closed to non-Ottoman shipping. They paid less in customs duties than other foreign merchants, and the city-state enjoyed diplomatic support from the Ottoman administration in trade disputes with the Venetians. For their part, Ottomans regarded Ragusa as a port of major importance, since most of the traffic between Florence and Bursa (an Ottoman port in north-western Anatolia) was carried out via Ragusa.

What to do

Activities in Dubrovnik

There is abundance of things to do in Dubrovnik and everyone will surely find something to their taste. You may enjoy bathing at some of the most beautiful beaches or stroll around lovely coves, while enjoying marvellous and delightful views of open sea. You may opt for something more active and go scuba diving, rowing, trekking or climbing. You may also excite your mind and fill your soul with rich culture and heritage of extraordinary history, or you may explore all the venues of many popular movies and series filmed in the area. Whatever you choose, keep one thing in mind at all times: Dubrovnik simply does not disappoint!

Local Flavours

Moderation in Seasoning, Intensity in Taste

  • Lamb

    Many restaurants of South Dalmatia pride themselves with excellent lamb. The favourite way of cooking meet is called “ispod peke” (under the bell), which preserves its juicy flavours by using burning wood embers and extreme heat created under a terracotta lid.

  • Seafood

    South Dalmatian cuisine relies heavily on the fresh fish and seafood caught offshore, often grilled with local olive oil, garlic and lemon. Look for sea bass, grouper, scorpion fish, pilchards, mackerel, squid, sea bream and oysters and you will not regret.

  • Rakija

    These light refreshing spirits have long been used for ailments, treating colds, flu and stomach pains. Some of the most renowned flavours include: mixture of herbs, grapevine, pomegranate, loquat, walnut, rose flower, bitter orange, cherry and carob.
Where to Stay?

Top Value for Money

Dubrovnik is one of Croatia’s best known tourist hotspots, offering exceptional hotel accommodation, as well as a wide selection of high quality private suits and rooms, luxury villas and houses for rent, together with several outstanding campsites. If you want to spice up your visit to Dubrovnik by staying in the heart of the charming old city, you can choose between accommodation in hostels and luxuriously redecorated old palaces. If you prefer modern hotels with their own beaches, you will definitely be thrilled with the contemporary design of the hotels by the sea, as well as modern equipped private apartments in all parts of the town. No matter what you choose, we are sure you will be satisfied and get value for your money!

Did you know?

Grandmasters Set

As a city of knowledge and culture, it is no wonder that Dubrovnik has its own variant of the chess set, used for the game connected with many great minds and various scientific disciplines. The Dubrovnik chess set has chess pieces of a particular type influenced by the Staunton chess set and is used to play the game of chess on special occasions, as these chessmen are considered to have significant historical importance and are considered a timeless design classic. Over the decades the Dubrovnik chessmen were redesigned several times, and since 2014 even the House of Staunton has offered a replica in wood of one of the 1970 Dubrovnik chess sets available at that time

How to Get There?

Flying above All, Driving Decent Overall

  • Plane
    Dubrovnik has an international airport with almost two million passengers yearly. It is located approximately 20 km southeast of Dubrovnik city centre, near Čilipi. Buses connect the airport with the Dubrovnik old main bus station in Gruž.
  • Car
    If you enjoy seeing new landscapes, Dubrovnik can be reached from Central and Western Europe in several ways. There are many different combinations using coastal roads and sections of the motorway. If taking the Adriatic Highway, one can enjoy the seaside scenery. The other option is taking the motorway, which passes through the continental part of the country, where the landscape is different, but no less picturesque.
  • Bus
    The bus terminal in Dubrovnik is located in Gruž near the port, where besides the information and sales office passengers can find a wardrobe, taxi stand, and sales kiosk. The bus terminal is well connected with other parts of the city by regular bus lines, and taxi services are always at your disposal. In addition, a network of modern, local buses connects all Dubrovnik neighbourhoods running frequently from dawn to midnight.
  • Ship
    Dubrovnik is connected to the ports of Split, Brač, Hvar, Korčula and Lastovo by seasonal boat routes. Dubrovnik also has regular boat transfers to nearby islands Lokrum, Koločep, Lopud, Šipan and Mljet. During the tourist season there is also a ferry route between Gruž Port and Bari in Italy.

Tips & Hints

Practical tips

Considering that the easiest way to reach Dubrovnik is by air, especially in summer months when access roads are jammed more often than not, one should definitely visit the official website of Dubrovnik International Airport to plan a journey with more ease.

The great source of information for all travellers coming to Dubrovnik is the Dubrovnik Times, the website that offers news and views from Dubrovnik and Croatia in English, including travel reports, culture, lifestyle and interviews.

In the last few years Dubrovnik and Game of Thrones series have become inseparable in collective minds and hearts of many tourist, especially younger ones. Therefore several websites on the subject have been launched to promote both the show and the city. One of the best is King’s Landing Dubrovnik.

For detailed information on a variety of subjects that enhance your overall experience, Dubrovnik Tourist Board offers comprehensive and practical tips on what and where to do when in Dubrovnik.

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