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What to see in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik Attractions

With its quaint cobblestone streets and red-tiled roofs, Dubrovnik makes an amazing holiday destination for visitors from all walks of life. Its sublime location on the Adriatic Coast means it's a popular European travel spot, featuring Baroque churches, monasteries and palaces built behind iconic city walls in the UNESCO-listed Old Town.

Visitors can enter through Pile Gate and admire the imposing Fort Lovrijenac or journey to 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 the Old Town and the Elafiti Islands. Dominating the bay is the forested island of Lokrum, just a 10-minute ferry ride from Old Harbour. Visitors should take in the Benedictine monastery, pose on a replica of the Iron Throne from Game of Thrones 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 newsagent (tisak), and journeys to Old Town from Gruz or Lapad take just 15 to 20 minutes.

Those willing to brave the masses of July and August can explore the annual Dubrovnik Summer Festival of music, theatre, dance and film. But for most people, the best time to visit is May to June, or September to October, when the sun is out, the sea is warm and the crowds are noticeably thinner.

Cathedral Treasury

Dubrovnik has had at least three cathedrals on the same site during its long history. The first was a Byzantine building dating from the 7th century; the second a Romanesque Cathedral…

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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 hundred years. The fortified walls are up to 10 feet (3m)…

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Dubrovnik Port

Found next to the picturesque UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Old Town and lined with palm trees, Dubrovnik's Old Port is unforgettable. Known as the 'Jewel of the Adriatic',…

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Franciscan Monastery

Around 700 years old, the Franciscan church and monastery is enclosed in the walls of medieval Dubrovnik. While enduring many rebuilds and repairs, it still boasts one of the most…

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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…

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Sponza Palace

Built between 1516 and 1522, the Sponza Palace was the centre of medieval Dubrovnik. A mixture of Gothic and Renaissance architectural styles, it's one of the most beautiful and…

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The biggest, longest and widest street in Dubrovnik, the grandiose Stradun dates back to the 13th century, while its uniform houses were mostly built more than 300 years ago. The…

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War Photo Limited

War Photo Limited features changing photographic exhibitions relating to war and conflict, aiming to expose the horror and brutality experienced by innocents and combatants alike.…

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