Your travel guide to Dubrovnik
Nicknamed the Pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik is coastal Croatian city with an incredible history. Visitors typically come for the beaches like Lapad and Banje, but they also love the historical landmarks and cultural attractions. Don't miss the Dubrovnik Natural History Museum, the stunning baroque Church of St. Ignatius or the famed city walls that encircle the heart of Dubrovnik.
The old town is the epicenter of history in Dubrovnik, and it is where you will find the Pile Gate, Big Onofrio's Fountain, Fort Lovrijenac, the Bell Tower and the 17th century Sponza Palace. Many tourists will choose beach hotels in Dubrovnik, especially on the Lapad Peninsula, which is just two miles from the city walls and is home to the largest and most popular beach in the area. For views of Dubrovnik from above, ride the cable car up to Mount Srđ in less than five minutes.
Outside of midday in the summer, getting around within the city walls is easily done by foot. However, a lack of signs means that bringing along a recent map is vital. Buses run frequently in and out of the city center from the surrounding suburbs and tourism destinations, and the journey is incredibly affordable. Car hire is readily available for any who wants to explore the region, and the best rates are found through local companies rather than international booking services.
Few beach destinations offer the beauty of Dubrovnik as well as enough cultural and historical significance to earn the distinction of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy the sunshine and the waters of the Adriatic Sea, but don't forget about the incredible local culture. Tour the 17th century churches, dine at local seafood restaurants overlooking the water, try a shot of rakija with the locals at a cafe and climb to the top of St. John’s Fort for a picturesque view over Dubrovnik.