This monastery dates back to 1301, and it was built by the citizens of Dubrovnik who were ordered to work on it by the local authorities. The attached museum contains an impressive selection of arts from sixteenth-century Dubrovnik including votive jewellery, relics, manuscripts, valuable documents and much more.
The best views of Dubrovnik and the surrounding area are, without doubt, experienced from the top of the Srd Hill. The Dubrovnik Cable Car was built back in 1969 and was eagerly used by millions of visitors who wanted to enjoy the most stunning panoramic views. On a clear day, you can see up to 60 km (37 miles). For this reason, the neighbouring Imperial Fortress was strategically built on this privileged spot, back in the early 19th century. It is also possible to get there by car or walking. No matter how you get there, a fantastic view is your reward!
Near Dubrovnik there is the archipelago of thirteen larger and smaller islands and islets known under the common name of the Elafiti. Among them three inhabited islands are of particular interest. Starting from Dubrovnik westwards these are Kolocep or Kalamota (as it is called by the locals), Lopud and Sipan. These islands, being a nature park, give pleasure to the eyes and soul of every traveller seeking peace and relaxation. On these islands without traffic, surrounded by turquoise blue sea, you can enjoy a walk through the forest paths, rest on sandy and stone beaches, taste fresh seafood in restaurants and taverns.
Just outside of town this beautiful Renaissance garden is perched on a hillside overlooking the sea. Palm trees, mandarins and grapefruits grow in this wonderful lush garden together with 400-year-old trees with some reaching heights of 50 metres. Particularly well-worth visiting on a sunny day in spring.
Dubrovnik’s baroque Assumption of the Virgin Mary Cathedral was built in the 18th century over the earlier Romanesque Cathedral dating to the 12th century, which was destroyed in the great earthquake of 1667. The Treasury inside the cathedral houses 132 relics of saints dating from the 11th to the 19th centuries. The priceless head, arms and leg relics of St. Blaise that were crafted by Dubrovnik goldsmiths date between the 11th and 12th centuries.
Step back into the 16th century and visit a museum the likes of which you have never yet seen. An interesting and modern audio-visual presentation will give visitors the opportunity of becoming familiar with the life and works of the greatest Croatian Renaissance comedian from Dubrovnik, Marin Držić.
The Ethnographic Museum is located in an old granary dating to the 16th century, where it is possible to see just how much attention the residents of Dubrovnik gave to the storage of grain. The Dubrovnik Republic kept all the state reserves of wheat, barley and millet in deep silos called «Rupe», carved out of stone and coated with a water-proof material that kept the grain at a temperature of 17ºC. The traditional rural economy and architecture of the Dubrovnik region is found on the First Floor. Folk costumes and textile handiwork can be seen on the 2nd Floor.
The museum with the inventory from the old «Male Braće» pharmacy dating to 1317 is located in the cloister of the Franciscan monastery. The well-preserved furniture in the pharmacy dates to the 16th century, and the vases are from Sienna and Florence, dating to the 15th and 16th centuries. It also contains various presses, mortars, and an instrument for distilling water dating to the 14th century, as well as prescription manuscripts for making medicine, precise measurement, etc.
The Museum is accessible from Celestina Medovića Street. It houses a collection of paintings from the 16th to the 19th century, liturgical items, a 14th century procession cross, two 18th century looms, lacework and embroidery. Most of the exhibits were either votive gifts or manufactured at the convent.
A decree made by the government of the Dubrovnik Republic in 1546 allowed Jews to settle within the city ramparts. This officially marks the establishment of the Jewish Ghetto on the street called «Žudioska ulica». In 1652, one of the houses was turned into a Synagogue, whose interior is in the baroque style. It has been preserved to this day, with minor changes, and is one of the oldest synagogues in Europe. The first floor houses a museum with a number of religious artefacts and archive, Rococo, baroque and Louis XVI furniture and paintings by Italian masters.
The Cultural History Museum is located in the Rector’s Palace. A court room, dungeon and a scribe’s office are located on the ground floor. A numismatic collection of Dubrovnik coins, seals, weights, and a collection of watches are on the mezzanine level. Beautiful examples of furniture, portraits, uniforms, and an inventory from the Domus Christi pharmacy, as well as various kinds of weapons can also be seen.
In only ten minutes a boat from the Old City Harbour will take you to the Island of Lokrum, a special forestry reserve under UNESCO protection. A favourite bathing and excursion place in close proximity to the City, Lokrum is also the exotic and mysterious venue of many legends and stories. A small lake on the island called Mrtvo More (Dead Sea) is suitable for children and non-swimmers. Walk to the highest point of Lokrum, the elevation with the star-shaped Fort Royal, built by the French in 1806. The place offers a magnificent view of the City, Cavtat and the islands.
Stunning buildings and a great atmosphere makes the Old Town fantastic to wander around in. The marble-clad streets are some of the most fascinating in the world. The main street, Stradun, begins with an old monastery and ends in a great square. Throughout the Old Town, you will find plenty of restaurants, cafés and souvenir shops.
The Maritime Museum is located on the First and Second Floors of Fort St. John’s.The exhibits on the First Floor give an overview of the development of Dubrovnik maritime trade and shipbuilding from its very start to the fall of the Dubrovnik Republic. The exhibits on the Second Floor show the resurgence of maritime trade in Dubrovnik and on the Pelješac Peninsula during the 19th century, as well as the strength of Dubrovnik steamships up until World War II and afterwards.
The whole of the Old Town in Dubrovnik is surrounded by the city walls which served as a defence against attack from the sea. The wall stretches nearly two kilometres and is as high as 25 meters in some places. A walk on the walls provides the ideal opportunity to enjoy the medieval and baroque splendours of the Old Town.
This tour will not only take you to amazing sets that are used in the popular HBO's Game of Thrones, but also give you a better insight about the history of Dubrovnik. The very professional and entertaining guides will share some great insights and stories about the filming and production of the show. With a small group of max nine people, this tour will give you a more in-depth and personal experience and it is not only highly appreciated tour among the Game of Thrones fans but also for those who have never seen the show.
Exquisite up-market restaurant with two floors of dining rooms and terrific service. Nautika Restaurant is considered one of the best seafood restaurant in town. Besides serving seafood dishes, they also prepare the finest meat and vegetarian dishes. A huge selection of wines does justice to the fare. Might be necessary to book in advance.
Fantastic restaurant where the meat dishes are just as well prepared as the seafood. There is a formal dining room inside and more casual outdoor terrace. Proto has been a restaurant since 1886 and carries plenty of history. The restaurant provides excellent service and great attention to detail. Good idea to book in advance.
A little bit outside the centre, you will find this less touristic restaurant. From the menu you can pick pizza that comes in big portion for a reasonable price. The fresh pizzas are prepared in the large wood-fired oven to get that perfect taste and it is all served by the attentive staff in a relaxed ambiance.
For a culinary experience, head over to this oyster and sushi bar where the chef prepares the food with top-quality ingredients and applies Japanese cooking techniques. Sit back and taste the impeccably prepared food served by the friendly and attentive staff in an intimate atmosphere.
A small family owned trattoria within Dubrovnik´s city walls. On the menu you will find traditional Italian cuisine prepared with quality ingredients by the skilful chefs. This little family business treats their guests with great hospitality and their love for food is evidently shown in the service.
Café with atmosphere and with unique location by the west entrance to the Old City centre it offers amazing views of the fortresses Lovrijenac, Bokar and Minčeta. The internet café in the back makes it a good place to have a coffee and a snack, and gives the visitor a chance to plug-in.
Cafe Bistro Orlando is the ideal spot for people-watching due to its perfect location in the very heart of the Stradun. Pop by for breakfast or for a light lunch when you are need of a break. The menu offers everything from sandwiches, salads, desserts to freshly-squeezed juices and top-quality domestic wines.
Located on the busy Stradun, Eat&Sweet is the perfect place to head for when craving for Italian ice cream. Besides serving ice cream, you will also find other desserts like macaroons and cakes including coffee, salads and sandwiches. The top quality ice cream is organic and 100% fruit. They also provide lactose and gluten free ice cream.
If you have a sweet tooth then Café Festival is a safe bet. The carefully prepared cakes and pastries are done according to old recipes but at the same time been improved by the years. With your cake, have a freshly brewed cup of joe and enjoy the historical ambience this café bar offers.
Just behind the Cathedral at Bunic Square, in the Old City of Dubrovnik, you will find this café bar with a friendly atmosphere. The attentive staff serves both warm beverages and some of the most famous cocktails in the town. This vibrant venue is a popular local hangout.
A trendy Saint Tropez-style beachfront club where friends meet and friends are made is the hottest beach in Dubrovnik that takes decadence to another level. Set at the beachfront overlooking the most spectacular view of the Old City of Dubrovnik it offers all the luxuries a visitor could ever dream of: private sandy beach, trendy bar and stylish restaurant lounging the afternoon or night club for partying night away.
Culture Club Revelin is situated in the fort of Revelin in the very city centre. Inside the fort there is a permanent collection of Archeological museum, as well as a virtual museum. In the evening hours the fort turns into the night life scene of the city of Dubrovnik. In addition to its impressive blend of antique and modern interior, Revelin has a beautiful terrace with a spectacular view of Dubrovnik, where many events are held. The vibrant atmosphere at this venue is created by world class DJ’s and dazzling party people from all over the world.
With a unique setting, right in the heart of a cave among stalactites and stalagmites, Cave Bar More offers a rare and cool experience. The outside seating area is also something special, here you can enjoy a cocktail or a soft drink while admiring the beautiful sunset overlooking the sea.
Situated in the Old Town, down a quite alleyway, just off the Stradun, Malvasija Wine Bar is the ideal spot to enjoy some wine in a relaxing and rustic surrounding. The owner is a local wine producer, so they are really knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their wines. The menu offers over 60 wines, most of them can be tasted by the glass.
Tucked away on a parallel street to Stradun, Buzz Bar is a local favourite where to sip a glass of wine, have a cold beer or just a cup of coffee. The bar is known for its reasonable prices and for the relaxing atmosphere. During high summer season (on the weekends) they provide live music and you can dance to pop, rock and Latino beats.
If you are strolling around in the heart of Dubrovnik Old Town then head over to this wine bar where they offer an impressive selection of fine domestic and imported wine. This is a place where to have an intimate conversation with friends and family or to celebrate a special occasion.
During summer season Coral Beach Club is a popular beach hangout, a place where to relax in a king size lounger while sipping a cocktail. This is somewhat luxurious and exclusive place but with a chilled-out atmosphere. The very attentive and friendly staff serves food too if the hunger kicks in. Dance under the bright sun or mingle with new friends at the beach bar, either way, you will have a great time.
Dubrovnik’s Old Town offers the best shopping and plenty of variety for its visitors. The Stradun houses the oldest pharmacy in the world, and from there shops fan out in all directions. There are all sorts of souvenir shops in the vicinity and other types of retail shops can be easily found in the streets around Stradun. In the alleyways you can find everything you need, such as shoe shops, jewellery, clothes, bookshops and plenty of old crafts shops. One of the most fascinating craft shops is “Ronchi,” a hat-making enterprise housed near the market square, which was established in 1858.
Stroll among numerous stalls full of seasonal fruits and vegetables at this open-air market in the Old Town. There are also stalls offering other local products such as dried lavender, lavender oil, marmalade and locally produced grappa and brandy. Open every morning so pop by and have an authentic local experience.
A small family business with several locations and one can be found in the Old Town Dubrovnik. This welcoming store offers original nautical jewellery from Croatia. The carefully handcrafted bracelets are done by the in-house designer and the inspiration source is the Adriatic Sea. A perfect gift to bring back home!
At this concept store, fashion is the focus and with a strategic location at the Ploče Gate it is easy to find. Established in summer 2007, this is one of the most exclusive multibrand stores in Croatia. Maria Boutique offers major international names like Gucci, Stella McCartney and Balenciaga.
Another green market is situated in Gruz, near Port of Gruz and it is on Obala Stjepana Radica. This is the main market in Dubrovnik for fruit, vegetables including meat and fish. A vibrant and busy open-air market where the locals comes to for fresh ingredients and this one is larger and cheaper than the one in the Old Town.
Clara Stones opened its doors in 2011 and since then Anja and Vittorio have produced beautifully hand-crafted jewellery made with red corals, pearls and diamonds in various designs. These one-of-a-kind pieces are carefully handmade in Croatia and Italy, making it a great souvenir to bring back home.
At this small indoor shopping centre, you will find about 20 shops which most of them have clothes and shoes. Stores such as Levis, Varteks, WGW, Mustang, Tamaris are all located here. Beside clothes and shoes, there are also accessories, jewelleries, perfumes, souvenirs and many other items on offer.
Located at the end of the Gruz bay, Minceta is a small shopping centre with several stores providing everything from clothes, jewelleries, perfumes to shoes, sport items and home accessories. Brands such as Bugatti, Stones, Penny Black, LiuJo, Mango, Gerry Weber and Benetton are stocked here.
Dubrovnik Airport is situated about 22 kilometres east of the city centre. The journey takes about 30 minutes by car. Airline buses meet all arrivals, including the late-night ones. The drop-off for the airport buses is at the entrance to the Old Town or at the bus station. You can buy your tickets when boarding the bus. Taxi stand is located next to the Terminal building B. It is also in the building B you will find taxi service counter where you can get more information regarding the taxi fares.
Most parts of Dubrovnik are best discovered on foot. If you feel the distance is a little too far, the town has an excellent system of buses. The orange city buses are run by the company Libertas. and they run frequently and generally on time. Tickets can be bought from the bus driver and from the newspaper kiosk and it is valid for one hour for an unlimited number of rides within the city.
Most pharmacies, called ‘ljekarna’ in Croatian has a green cross and open six days per week from 08.00 - 18.00 in low season and during high season from 08.00 to 20.00. There are also two pharmacies open 24-hours, they are alternatively every other week. They are on the main street in the Old Town and next to the port of Gruz. One pharmacy is located: