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As you enter Dubrovnik, you will quickly understand why this UNESCO World Heritage site-listed city of Dubrovnik is regarded as one of the most beautiful in the world. Protected through the ages by massive 16th century stone walls, Dubrovnik is filled with evidence of its rich history and culture, striking architecture and old-world charm.
Enter the city and enjoy a world of Baroque, Renaissance, and Gothic themed buildings. Dubrovnik is as famous for its shiny marble streets as it is for breathtaking, panoramic views of the ocean. Dubrovnik has been the setting for a number of TV series and movies, including Game of Thrones and the recently released Robin Hood movie featuring Jamie Foxx as Little John.
A short, 4-minute cable car ride will take you to the top of Mount Srd, where you will be rewarded with an unforgettable view of Dubrovnik’s Old Town. The baked clay tiles that form the roofs of Dubrovnik buildings also are striking in appearance from the aerial view. Look along the coastline and you can see the Elaphiti Islands. This is the perfect vantage point to have your camera handy for photos!
There are so many fascinating things to do and see in Dubrovnik. Beyond the walls of the Old Town, you can examine Baroque architecture at Dubrovnik Cathedral, enjoy one of the luxurious beachside bars, or grab a bite to eat at the esteemed Nautika restaurant. How about a wine tasting tour? Dubrovnik is the home of the longest running and oldest European pharmacy. Located inside Dubrovnik’s Franciscan Monastery, it has been operating since 1317.
The Gothic-Renaissance Rector’s Palace is a must-see highlight of Dubrovnik. It served several functions throughout history, and multiple additions have been made to the structure of the palace, including some Baroque elements. In the atrium, you will notice a statue of Miho Pracat, built in honor of a generous citizen of Dubrovnik. In fact, Miho Pracat is the only citizen of Dubrovnik in 1,000 years who has a statue constructed to honor him.
Dubrovnik also has one of the oldest recorded sewage systems, constructed in 1296. It is still in use today.
Dubrovnik At A Glance
Average Flight Time from the UK to Dubrovnik 2hours 45mins>
Population of Dubrovnik 58,000
What to See in Dubrovnik Take a cable car and enjoy spectacular views, Discover the City Walls, Discover the magic of the Old Town, Game of Thrones tour, Sea Kayak Tour, Lokrum Island
Towns or islands to visit near Dubrovnik Daytrip to Montenegro or Bosnia Herzegovina, Mljet National Park, Korcula Island, Lopud Island, Sipan Island
Cruises from Dubrovnik
Superior7 Days2020-05-02 / 2020-10-10From $2,361.56 per person
Deluxe Balcony7 Days2020-05-01 / 2020-10-31From $2,805.74 per person
Deluxe7 Days2020-04-25 / 2020-10-10From $2,509.62 per person
Things to do in Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik’s Amazing City Walls
The mighty, durable defensive City Walls of Dubrovnik have endured wars, earthquakes, and the test of time. Throughout history, the Dubrovnik City Walls have never been breached. Constructed in the 12th century, the walls reach a thickness of 6 meters in places and wall heights of up to 25 meters. There are 4 gates, 17 towers, and at least 120 cannons. As you stroll around the perimeter of Dubrovnik, you will be amazed by the sheer size of the City Walls, and the beautiful views.
Dubrovnik’s Cable Car
For truly spectacular views, the Dubrovnik Cable Car ascends 778 meters during a 4-minute ride. At the destination plateau of Mount Srd, you are rewarded with breathtaking views of Dubrovnik’s Old Town and the Elaphiti Islands. You can dine in the restaurant while enjoying the views, or relax in the coffee bar.
Originally built in 1969, the cable car is your vehicle to panoramic views of the sparkling waters of the Adriatic Sea. On a clear day, you can see 40 miles all around. Truly a memorable destination and a photo opportunity you won’t want to miss.
Dubrovnik's Old Town Allure
Dubrovnik’s Old Town offers the chance to explore what an actual medieval town was like. Dubrovnik, nicknamed by the famous poet Lord Byron as the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Dubrovnik was at its most powerful during the 15th and 16th centuries, rivaling even Venice in prominence. A devastating earthquake in 1667 destroyed almost all the public buildings in Dubrovnik, but miraculously, the city walls remained intact, and Dubrovnik’s churches, monasteries, and palaces were preserved.
Hotels in Dubrovnik
Overlooking Lapad Bay from its cliffside perch, the luxurious Hotel More features 40 rooms and 7 suites with lavish touches like marble bathrooms and sumptuous linens. Many have private balconies with sea or garden views, and suites come equipped with outdoor hot tubs. Enjoy private access to the sparkling blue Adriatic from a terrace along the rocky shore, an indoor and outdoor pool with an open Jacuzzi on the 5 th -floor, and the unique ‘Cave Bar,’ a hidden natural stalactite-filled cave, often found among Top 10 lists for the world’s coolest bars. Look forward to upscale dining on traditional Mediterranean and international fare, served in an intimate space that extends onto a magnificent terrace.
Located on the beachfront overlooking the glistening blues of Lapad Bay, the traditional Hotel Kompas hosts 173 rooms that are just steps from the city’s famous palm-tree lined promenade and tranquil pebble beach. The minimalist all-white interiors feature bright, airy spaces with contemporary furnishings and floor-to-ceiling windows that welcome in the sunshine while providing endless sea views. Guests can also take advantage of a decadent spa and wellness center with a full menu of indulgent experiences, and an outdoor pool with a boutique poolside bar. The rooftop bar is ideal for sipping exotic cocktails with a backdrop of a colourful sunset, while Sphere restaurant serves delicious local and continental cuisine on its waterside terrace.
Grand Villa Argentina
The Grand Villa Argentina boasts enviable views from its cliffside perch, including the harbor, Adriatic and Old Town Dubrovnik. It’s a scenic 10-minute walk along the coast to the eastern entrance into the Old Town, but onsite you’ll find plenty to do, including quiet contemplation in the garden with lavender, rosemary, cypresses and lemon trees, where steps lead to a bathing area with lovely views of the sea and Lokrum islet, and a large outdoor pool with shaded sunbeds. There’s a spa with an indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, massage and more, two restaurants and a bar. Most of the 127 rooms and 4 suites have balconies and all have tranquil sea or garden views.
This historic five-star hotel boasts an idyllic location that provides stunning views of the city’s medieval walls rising from the Adriatic, just steps from its own private beach. It hosts 158 modern rooms with hand-selected contemporary décor, many featuring expansive balconies with sea or garden views. The 17 suites are all individually designed, with works of art from local artists, spacious living rooms and terraces showcasing spectacular views of Dubrovnik and the sea. There are three restaurants, including Prora’s romantic waterside tables and plenty of ways to relax, including an indoor pool with Jacuzzis, Turkish and Roman baths, a Finnish sauna and an extensive menu of luxury spa treatments.
This luxurious waterside hotel harmoniously blends into its spectacular natural surroundings, set among gorgeous grounds with pine and olive trees, rosemary and lavender, offering an ideal base for sightseeing and relaxing by the sea. As it faces the West, it enjoys glorious sunsets and has a private beach. Unwind in the indulgent rooftop spa with infinity pools, a Finnish sauna and a full-range of heavenly treatments, including Polynesian body massage. There are 271 upscale rooms and 37 suites, all boasting impressive views of the Dalmatian coastline, fabulous private balconies and high-end touches like bathrobes, slippers and exclusive toiletries. Guests can also take advantage of an excellent selection of restaurants and bars, and a PADI diving center.
Hotel Rixos Libertas
This upscale hotel with 254 well-appointed rooms and suites offers a tranquil setting at the edge of the Lapad Peninsula, just a short walk from Dubrovnik’s magnificent Old Town. It’s surrounded by enchanting views of idyllic beaches, forested paths and the sparkling Adriatic, and features a lavish spa. Indulge in the Finnish sauna or Turkish bath, enjoy refreshing swims in the pools, or take advantage of the beauty and fitness centers, along with other pampering services. When you’re looking for excitement, you can test your luck in the casino, and when it’s time to dine you’ll find four restaurants to choose from serving everything from Turkish cuisine to seafood, international fare and Dalmatian specialties.
Royal Princess Hotel
The most luxurious property among the Importanne Resort, the Royal Princess Hotel boasts a serene setting along the coast of Lapad Bay, surrounded by jaw-dropping natural beauty, including the turquoise Adriatic. Made for discerning travelers, there are 54 Deluxe Suites and 1 Presidential Suite all providing an extraordinary level of comfort, including kitchenettes, large marble bathrooms and private balconies that overlook the sea or the park. The resort has a choice of waterside restaurants, including the Restaurant La Castile with its elegant terrace and impressive wine selection and a bar for sipping refreshing cocktails or coffee in a stylish setting with a sea view. There’s also a full-service spa, indoor and outdoor pools.
Hotel Hilton Imperial
The Hotel Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik is the grande dame of the city’s hotels, an ideal base for exploring the captivating Old Town, located steps from the famous Pile Gate entrance just outside the ancient city walls. It features 147 large and luxurious rooms and suites with garden, city or sea views, and boasts a storied history. Opened in 1897, it’s hosted many VIPs over the decades, including Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson who stayed in 1936 while touring Europe. Look forward to relaxing in the spa with an indoor glass-ceilinged pool, steam room, sauna and massage treatments, and enjoying the atmospheric leafy restaurant/lounge bar terrace for dining on Mediterranean cuisine under the stars.
The luxury Hotel Neptun is tucked into a quiet corner on the Babin Kuk peninsula, featuring 91 light-filled rooms and suites, all with balconies showcasing views of the aquamarine Adriatic. Take advantage of a variety of excursions, including cruises to nearby islands, as well as a host of onsite amenities. The Wellness Zone and Spa center includes two pools and provides a long list of pampering massages, while foodies will especially appreciate the dining options with three restaurants serving everything from fresh-caught seafood to a weekly grill buffet for meat lovers. The ‘On the Rocks Cocktail Bar,’ is the place to go for sipping refreshing drinks on a sun-filled terrace that overlooks the beach.