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What to see in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik Attractions

George Bernard Shaw once said that if one wants to see heaven on earth, they should go to Dubrovnik. This Croatian city, with its quaint cobblestone streets and red-tiled roofs, makes an amazing holiday destination for visitors from all walks of life. Its sublime location on the Adriatic Coast makes it a popular European destination.

Tourists can stroll along the city walls made famous by the HBO TV series Game of Thrones. Behind these walls lies the UNESCO-listed Old Town, a medieval city featuring ancient baroque churches, monasteries, and palaces. Enter through Pile gate and admire the imposing Fort Lovrijenac or visit the Rector's Palace, housing the cultural history museum. One can also delve into more recent historic events with the powerful exhibitions of War Photo Limited.

A short cable car ride up the hill lies Mt Srd, presenting stunning views of Old Town and the Elafiti Islands. Dominating the bay is the forested island of Lokrum, just a 10-minute ferry ride from Old Harbour. Take in the Benedictine monastery, pose on a replica of the Iron Throne, and wander through lush botanical gardens.

Dubrovnik boasts a superb bus service, with key tourist routes running long past midnight in peak season. Discounted fares can be bought at a news agent (tisak) and journeys to Old Town from Gruz or Lapad take just 15 to 20 minutes.

Those willing to brave the crowds during the peak season of July to August can explore the annual Dubrovnik Summer Festival of music, theatre, dance, and film. For most people, the best time to visit is May to June or September to October. The sun is out, the sea is warm, and the crowds are noticeably fewer.

Cathedral Treasury

Dubrovnik has had at least three cathedrals on the same site during its long history (some argue there have been as many as five since the 6th century). The first was a Byzantine building…

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Dubrovnik City Walls

The impressive walls enclosing the ancient city of Dubrovnik were laid out in the 13th century and became an ongoing project for almost two centuries. They are among the finest in the world and are…

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Dubrovnik Port

Lined with palm trees, Dubrovnik's Old Port is a major focal point of the city thanks to its unforgettable scenery. Located right next to the picturesque UNESCO World Heritage Site of the…

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Franciscan Monastery

The original Franciscan monastery in Dubrovnik was built in the 13th century in the Pile area. But when war broke out in the 14th century, the monks were forced to relocate to gain the protection of…

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Marin Drzic's House

Marin Drzic is Croatia's best-known literary genius, immortalised in his Dubrovnik home which serves as a museum dedicated to the famous playwright and author. It gives visitors a great…

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Sponza Palace

Built between 1516 and 1522, the Sponza Palace was the centre of medieval Dubrovnik. Apart from featuring the customs office, the palace once also housed a number of the Dubrovnik Republic's state…

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The biggest, longest, and widest street in Dubrovnik, the Stradun dates back to the 13th century, while the uniform houses that line it were mostly built in the 17th century. The street is 958 feet…

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War Photo Limited

Located in the historical centre of Dubrovnik, the War Photos exhibition space features temporary, changing exhibitions of photographic works relating to war and conflict. The photos aim…

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