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Dubrovnik is a Mediterranean city nestled on the coast of the sparkling Adriatic Sea in southern Croatia. This charming city captures your heart with its breathtaking old town filled with white limestone streets and ancient city walls. In addition to having plenty to do for every traveler, Dubrovnik is one of Europe’s must-see destinations. Read along to find out how we spent our day in Dubrovnik.

When to go

Although the city is undeniably beautiful all year long, it is best appreciated during the “shoulder season.” These months include May and June, as well as September and October. During these months, you can avoid the height of the tourist season (and the heat!)

How to get around

As you’ll be within the walls of the old town, where no cars are allowed, make sure you bring practical walking shoes. In the rest of the city, an extensive bus network connects all parts of the city. Buses run every 20-30 minutes, but the service does stop for 3-4 hours in the early morning. There is also a 24-hour taxi service available.

Where to eat

You’ll undoubtedly find fresh seafood in Dubrovnik no matter where you go! There are still plenty of places to find something delicious to rave about, even if you are not a fan of seafood. For the perfect end to your gastronomic experience, enjoy a glass of wine from a local vineyard.

dubrovnik beer
squid-Dubrovnik restaurant

What to see

Fort Lovrijenac

Fort Lovrijenac was our first stop of the day in Dubrovnik, built on a rock overlooking the sea. This fortress’s primary importance was defending the western part of Dubrovnik from attacks by land and sea. Be prepared to climb lots of steps to reach the top.

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fort lovrijenac
fort lovrijenac

The old town

A Dubrovnik day wouldn’t be complete without a tour through the old town! Within the walls, you will find a world of history and culture. The well-preserved city is full of places to pick up a few souvenirs, savor a cup of coffee, and examine the architecture. Here is where you will find the classic attractions such as the Franciscan Monastery, Rector’s Palace, and Dubrovnik Cathedral.

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entrance to old town Dubrovnik

City walls

One of Dubrovnik’s most famous features, the ancient walls, have protected the city for centuries. We walked the entire length enjoying the many viewpoints. Shakespeare plays, and other performances can be seen at select forts along the wall during the summer. Be sure to bring sun protection and something to drink, as there’s very little shade found atop the walls!

a day in Dubrovnik
walking the city walls Dubrovnik
view from the upper walls-Dubrovnik
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UNESCO city-Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik cable car

A ride in the cable car was an easy way to get some of the city’s best views. In the early 1990s, the original cable cars were shut down due to bombing. They were later reopened in 2010. The three-minute ride will whisk you up the mountainside, showcasing a panorama of the city and sea the whole way up Srd Hill. Once we reached the top, we snapped plenty of photos. There is a restaurant at the top to enjoy lunch and panoramic views. You can hike down or take a cable car which we did to return to the city.

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mountains view in Dubrovnik

Adventure activities

For the adventurers, when you take the cable car or hike up the hill you will also find ziplining and ATVs if you would like to explore more of Dubrovnik.

Ready to discover spending a day in Dubrovnik for yourself?  Let’s get you there!