Dubrovnik (Gruz) Port of Call
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The UNESCO World Heritage Site city of Dubrovnik is a very popular destination for cruise passengers. With its historic old city and picturesque coastline, this 'Jewel of the Adriatic' is a common stop on Mediterranean cruises. Relaxed, historic and picturesque, Dubrovnik is a great city to explore by foot and sees over 600,000 cruise passengers each year.
This medieval walled city boasts some exciting and ancient attractions, such as the Stradrun, a marble-paved pedestrian stretch of the old city, the Franciscan Monastery, Onofrio's Fountain, Sponza Palace and the Dominican Monastery.
Cruise ships dock at Gruz Harbour in a suburb of Dubrovnik, while smaller ships are usually permitted to dock in the Old Harbour, which is located in the heart of the old city.
Dubrovnik Tourist Office,Svetog Dominika 7
Tel: +38 5203 12011
The city is located very close to the port and getting around by foot is a feasible option in the old city, which is closed to cars. Many cruise ships provide free shuttles to the city from Gruz Harbour, and local buses can be found just outside the pier gates. Numbers 1a, 1b and 8 go into town and the fare is HRK10. Exact change is usually required. Taxis are available from the pier at a cost of around HRK 50.
Dubrovnik has a beautiful old town with marble streets and plenty of monuments, ancient buildings and fountains to see. Visitors should visit the 14th-century Franciscan Monastery, the Dominican Monastery, the Rector's Palace, the Fort of St. John Maritime Museum and Aquarium. Walk the great wall for exquisite views and photo opportunities of the city below.
Pizzeria Castro - popular eatery serving pasta and pizza dishes
Lokanda Peskarija - seafood eatery with outside tables
Porat - located in the Hilton Imperial Hotel and serving local Dalmation cuisine
Shopping around the pedestrian-friendly old town is easy and many great bargains can be found along the marble-paved streets of the Stradun. Local artists sell their watercolour and oil paintings in most local markets where interesting souvenirs can be bought such as embroidered tablecloths and linen, Dalmation wine and delicious preserves and dried fruit, all beautifully packaged. Head to the Lapad Shopping Center in Lapad where all the usual international chain stores can be found.
Crocheted doilies, embroidered tablecloths
Kayak round the Adriatic
Take a boat to Cavtat
Sunbathe on Banja Beach
Walk the wall that encircles the city
Visit Lokrum island
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