Inspiring awe and eliciting wonder from all those who visit, Dubrovnik is a vacation destination that you will likely never grow tired of. Whether you’re in this bewitching locale for the first time or coming back for your nth trip, there’s always something unique to experience at this glistening jewel in the Adriatic. Stroll along the city’s limestone streets, walk into one baroque building after another, or just feast your eyes on number of old town attractions that Dubrovnik, Croatia has to offer. If sight seeing isn’t quite your thing, Dubrovnik boasts of a number of attractions suitable for art lovers and foodies. Of course, there’s also the option of simply soaking in all that the sun and sea has to offer.
Sitting austerely atop a 37-meter-high sheer rock and keeping watch over the coast is the Lovrijenac Fortress. It is arguably one of the most impressive historical attractions in Dubrovnik, and also one of the most key locations in the defense of the city’s western coast. Lovrinejac is estimated to have been built sometime between 1018 and 1038 and has seen several upgrades and alterations throughout the 15th and 16th century. Explore the quadrilateral court with its mighty arches or stand on one of the three terraces to enjoy a scenic view of the sea. Better yet, get a first hand look at the canons and other marvels that made the fortress as dominant and daunting as it was.
UI od Tabakarije 29, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
2.Dubrovnik Cable Car
Dubrovnik is a colorful and beautifully designed city with its bright orange rooftops and white structures that stand in sharp contrast to the vibrant blue sea at lavish greenery. In fact, it’s hard to appreciate the city’s beauty from the ground. The only way to truly take in the magnificence of the is by getting a bird’s eye view of it from the Dubrovnik Cable Car. Built in 1969, the Cable Car is one of the most popular attractions in the city and has seen millions of enthusiastic visitors since its was first established. With ideal weather conditions, passengers can see as far as 60 kilometers around the cable car.
Petra Kresimira IV bb, 20000 Dubrovnik, Croatia, Phone: +385-20-41-43-55
A beloved and iconic monument located in the very heart of Dubrovnik’s Old Town, Orlando’s Column is a must-see for any traveler who finds his self or her self in the city. Erected in 1418, Orlando’s Column features the carved-out image of an armored knight by the name of Orlando. According to the folklore of Dubrovnik, Orlando helped the people of Ragusa (Old Dubrovnik) defeat invaders and retain their status as a free trade city-state. This resulted in the memorializing of the knight through a stone column carving. Today, Orlando’s Column is also the flag carrier of the Libertas Flag, which is flown during the down’s summer festival, and also the St. Blaise festival’s flag.
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Perhaps one of the most distinctive features of Dubrovnik are its city walls. 1,940 meters long and with 6 magnificent fortresses along its length, the Walls of Dubrovnik are a must-visit for first timers in the city. Walk along the walls while learning about the city’s history or participate in a City Walls Walking Tour or Dubrovnik Game of Thrones Tour of the Old Town. As visitors explore the walls, they can pay a visit to the Lovrijenac, Revelin, Miceta, Bokar, St. John or St. Lucas fortresses. Look out for the beautiful array of architecture styles that can be found nearby and around the fortress walls like the Renaissance designs of the Sponza Palace and the Gothic architecture of Rector’s Palace.
Poljana Paska Milicevica, 20000 Dubrovnik, Croatia
5.Church of Holy Annunciation
Built in 1877 within the Old Town’s Walls of Dubrovnik, the Church of Holy Annunciation is a historical icon and a popular landmark to explore. The church has withstood not only the test of time, but also a bombing in the 1900s during the Siege of Dubrovnik. It was only in 2009 that the church was restored by the Ministry of Culture, and has since then, enjoyed a boom in interest and patronage. The Church of Holy Annunciation is home to a beautiful collection of valuable icons, some dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries, and is home to important pieces of church history such as the Miroslav Gospels.
Od Pucha 8, 20000 Dubrovnik, Croatia, Phone: +38-50-20-32-38-87
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Overlooking the Old Harbor and guarding the eastern entry point of the Old Town is the Revelin Fortress. Magnificent in every sense of the word, the fortress is the largest of the old-town forts and is separate from the city walls. It is home to the Archaeological Museum, a haven for archaeology enthusiasts, and, unexpectedly, the Reveling Nightclub, one of the hottest night-time destinations in the city. Catch special performances at the fort, join in for spectacular parties, or simply sit and soak up the rich history within its walls. Whatever your cup of tea is, there’s no doubt that a visit to the Revelin Fortress will prove memorable.
Ul. Svetog Dominika 3, 20000 Dubrovnik, Croatia, Phone: +385-20-43-60-10
7.Memorial Room of the Dubrovnik Defenders
Located just a few steps into the entrance of the city’s Sponza Palace is a heartbreaking memento of Dubrovnik’s history – the Memorial Room of the Dubrovnik Defenders. In this memorial lies a collection of portraits of the young men who passed away during the Battle for Dubrovnik. This long drawn out battle raged from 1991 to 1995 during the Croatian War of Independence. Although it’s a heart wrenching monument, it’s also a beautiful legacy and story of the resilience of man to fight for freedom. Visitors can see the faces of the Dubrovnik Defenders who gave their lives for the cause of independence and read a few short lines of information about these valiant men as well.
Sponza Palace, Stradun 2, 20000 Dubrovnik, Croatia
8.Rupe Ethnographic Museum
Travelers eager to get a taste of Dubrovnik’s ethnic history ought to pay a visit to the Rupe Ethnographic Museum. Housed in a granary that was built in 1590, the museum is an incredible showcase of the city’s economic, cultural and spiritual development over the centuries. Guests can examine colorful folk costumes, take up close looks at various textiles, and even see recreations of what live would have looked like for a typical citizen in the past. The building of the museum itself is already a treat for history buffs and archeology fans as it was hewn out of living rock and was once used for the drying and storing the city’s imported grain.
Od Rupa 3, 20000 Dubrovnik, Croatia, Phone: +38-50-20-23-20-18
9.The Old Synagogue
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Welcome to the world’s oldest Sefardic synagogue that’s still in use today – the Old Synagogue. Established in 1352, the Old Synagogue is located in one of the Old Town’s small and unassuming streets and is frequented by local Jews and foreign visitors alike. Worthy of pilgrimage, the Old Synagogue stands out with a mixture of designs from various eras as the result of numerous refurbishments and renovations through out the centuries. Although the Old Synagogue is an interesting visit whether you’re on a tour or not, the best way to get the scoop on all of the secrets and insider knowledge of this Jewish heritage site is by taking a private tour. Not only do you get to learn all about the history of the synagogue, the tour guides have some pretty quirky anecdotes to go with them, too.
Zudioska ul. 5, 20000 Dubrovnik, Croatia, Phone: +38-50-20-32-10-28
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No trip to Dubrovnik is complete without a visit to the Sponza Palace, a monumental Gothic Renaissance structure and one of the most beautiful palaces of the city. Built during 1516 to 1522, the palace still retains its original architecture and is located at the end of Placa Street. As it was once the home of a number of state offices, explorers can get a taste of political and cultural history when visiting the palace. For guests who just want to appreciate the beauty of the palace, a trip to the large inner courtyard and a walk along the open porches is a must. Visitors can feast their eyes on spectacular sculptural ornaments added to the palace by master stone cutters in the 1500s.
Stradun 2, 20000 Dubrovnik, Croatia
11.Museum of Croatian War of Independence
Take a deep dive into Croatia’s history at the Museum of Croatian War of Independence. As its name suggests, the museum is home to a number of exhibits that center around the events of the Croatian war of Independence and other relevant topics. From the fall of the Dubrovnik Republic to the liberating actions of the Croatian Army, visitors can witness victorious and heartbreaking moments in time at the museum. Home to a number of galleries and exhibits with hundreds of artifacts, there’s a wealth of knowledge and treasures here to keep history buffs entertained for hours and hours on end.
Fort Imperial, Mount Srd, Dubrovnik, Croatia
12.Onofrio’s Great Fountain
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There’s no denying that Onofrio’s Great Fountain is an iconic landmark of Dubrovnik. Built by Onofrio della Cavain in 1438 and completed in 1440, this fountain was integral to the community as it was the ending point of the city’s aqueduct system and a key water reservoir in Dubrovnik. Onofrio’s Great Fountain features sixteen sixes, each with a striking and unique stone-carved masked face adorning its façade. From the masked faces’ mouths spouts a faucet, which projects the water. Not to be missed is its smaller but equally beautifully constructed brother, the Small Onofrio, which is located just under the Belfry by the City Guard.
Poljana Paska Milicevica 2000, 20000 Dubrovnik, Croatia
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Established in 1225, the Dominican Monastery is inarguably one of the most important architectural structures of Dubrovnik. The monastery is located on the eastern region of the city and is famous for being a major repository of Dubrovnik’s cultural and artistic heritage. After all, the Dominican Monastery is home to a popular museum, which boasts of fantastic paintings, glistening jewelry, outstanding artifacts and more storied objects from the city’s colorful past. When you’re done exploring the inner walls of the monastery, stroll through the lush and vibrant courtyards for some fresh air and a relaxing breeze. This is also the perfect opportunity to appreciate the simply but beautiful Gothic architecture of the monastery.
Ul Svetog Dominika 4, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia, Phone: +38-50-20-32-22-00
Take a trip to the vaulted chambers of the massive St. John’s Fortress, right on the Old Harbor, and sail right into the rich and abundant maritime history of the Dubrovnik Republic. Sailing and ship building were vital components to the growth of the republic as a whole. As such, it’s no surprise that Dubrovnik’s identity is deeply rooted in its maritime culture. One of the city’s most treasured and visited museum, the Maritime Museum showcases display after display of fine galleons that were once built in the city. The museum even showcases ship blue prints used to make said vessels at their archive. In addition to these items, the museum features artifacts used on vessels old and new, while also exhibiting small replicas of old ships, which are just enough to give you a taste of how magnificent the sea faring vehicles must have been.
St. John’s Fortress, Ul. Kneza Damjana Jude 12, 20000 Dubrovnik, Croatia
Peaceful, serene, and dazzling all in one, the Trsteno Arboretum is quickly becoming one of the hottest travel destinations in Dubrovnik. The arboretums sudden rise in popularity is largely attributed to its frequent appearances in the hit televisions series, Game of Thrones, as one of the gardens in King’s Landing. That’s not to say, however, that this former noble palatial summer residence didn’t enjoy frequent visitors prior to its television debut. Located 18 kilometers outside of Dubrovnik, the arboretum features glorious gardens that beautifully marry stone works with the lush greenery that grows within the grounds. Not only is the Trsteno Arboretum a must-see for nature lovers, but history buffs are also bound to enjoy a visit thanks to the gardens beginnings in the 1400s. With the backdrop of the Adriatic Sea and a forest of green to behold, a trip to the Trsteno Arboretum is like being transported to Eden itself.
20233, Tresteno, Croatia, Phone: +38-50-20-75-10-19
If there is one thing that Dubrovnik has in spades, its historically and architecturally significant landmarks. Rector’s Palace is one such landmark. Erected sometime in the late 15th century for the governing elected rector of Dubrovnik, Rectors Palace is home to the private chambers and office of the rector, public halls, administrative offices and even a dungeon. Today, the halls of the palace have been turned into the popular Cultural History Museum, where history lovers can come and experience the magnificent history of Ragusa. Guests can explore impeccably restored rooms, fantastic portraits, towering coats of arms, and even medieval currency.
Ul. Pred Dvorom 3, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia, Phone: +38-50-20-32-14-22
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Built in the 12th century, the Dubrovnik Cathedral is a treasury of religious artifacts, remains and more. The cathedral stands in the middle of the Poljana Marin, near the Rector’s Palace, and is frequented by devout Catholics and curious tourists alike. While the Dubrovnik Cathedral is a sight to behold thanks to its architecture alone, it is most notable for being a unique reliquary museum with over 200 ornate gold and silver reliquaries on display. Visitors can look into a treasury, which is protected by a wall of glass, and see beautiful gilded shelves that hold relics like bone fragments of saints, and reliquaries housing arm bones, leg bones, and even skull-caps.
Ul. Kneza Damjana Jude 1, 20000 Dubrovnik, Croatia, Phone: +385-02-03-23-04-59
18.War Photo Limited
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There’s something inexplicably special about War Photo Limited, a celebrated gallery located in the Croatian City of Dubrovnik. Excellent to visit at any time of the year, War Photo Limited hosts prints by some of the best war photographers in the world, and each image captures the stark reality of war. Gone is the gloss that Hollywood paints on such tragedies, and there is room of the euphemisms that leaders of the past have used to try and sanitise the realities of war. At this exhibit, visitors get all of it, every raw feeling associated with battles fought over the years in Croatia, whether it is painful, beautiful, powerful, courageous or even brutal.
Antuniska ul. 6, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia, Phone: +385-20-32-21-66
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Located at Placa, Dubrovnik’s main street, the Franciscan Monastery is a sizeable complex that is owned and maintained by the Order of Friars Minor. Along with the monastery, the compound is home to a library, a church, and a pharmacy, and is known for being one of the earliest monasteries built in the 13th century. Visitors to the Franciscan Monastery are welcome to stroll through the halls and the different structures to get a feel of what monastery life was like in the 13th and 14th century, and are also welcome to visit the small museum located within its walls. At the museum, guests can see a modest collection of liturgical relics such as paintings and chalices, and even old pharmaceutical items such as ancient medical books and laboratory gear.
Poljana Paska Milicevica 4, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
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20.Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
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Fondly referred to as the MOMAD for short, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art is housed in an eye catching modernist building situated in the eastern region of the Old Town. The museum has three spectacular floors of exhibit space, which showcases magnificent examples of modern and contemporary art by gifted Croatian artists. Some works to be enjoyed and gazed at in the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art include those by the renowned painter Vlaho Bukovac from Cavtat, and the sculptor Ivan Kozaric. Ready for an insider tip? Guests who want to enjoy a stunning view of the city can head up to the sculpture terrace to take in remarkable vistas.
Ul. Frana Supila 23, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia, Phone: +385-20-42-65-90
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Nestled in the very heart of Old Town Dubrovnik, Villa Ruza is a lovely bistro that finds its origins in 1930 when a wealthy local merchant had the building erected as a symbol of love for his wife. A historically rich and unique bistro, Villa Ruza is peaceful, serene and undoubtedly one of the most romantic locations to dine along the Adriatic Coast. Known for its modern Mediterranean cuisine, Villa Ruza is led by owner and chef Ruder Jelavic, who has developed tremendous skill and creativity through his working experience with several Michelin Star chefs. Dine on rustic dishes of fresh fish, and sumptuous appetizers and desserts worthy of applause.
Ul. Ilije Sarake 1, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia, Phone: +385-98-44-33-82
Eager foodies on the hunt for nutritious and delicious food will find exactly what they’re looking for at Nishta. It’s not hard to find Nishta either given its spectacular location smack dab in the center of Dubrovnik’s Old Town. Using only the best ingredients that Dubrovnik has to offer, Nishta dishes up vegan, raw, and gluten-free dishes that are nothing short of gourmet. Each dish that leaves the kitchen finds inspiration in world cuisine and is prepared fresh each time. Their is a daily menu at Nishta that rotates depending on the day of the week. Some dishes on offer include the Chili con Tempeh, Nori Rolls, the Curry Platter, and the Sweet Potato Spaghetti Alfredo.
Prijeko BB, 20000 Dubrovnik, Croatia, Phone: +385-30-32-20-88
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Enjoy exquisite meals with an equally exquisite view at the Restaurant Levanat. Known for providing their patrons with a memorable dining experience by the sea, Levanat offers a menu of Mediterranean cuisine while specializing in fish and meat dishes. Every single plate that leaves the kitchen is carefully and passionately prepared by a team of skilled and experienced chefs who use traditional local recipes and hand picked ingredients. Meanwhile, the ambience is luxurious thanks to the terrace and gorgeous beach just inches away from the dining tables. Some incredible dishes to sample include the Meat Carpaccio, the Adriatic Octopus Salad, the Seashell Buzara, Green Noodles with Frog Fish, and the Veal Filet in Sage Sauce.
Setaliste Nika i Meda Pucica 15, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia, Phone: +385-20-23-53-52
Specializing in all things fish, the Restaurant Orsan is a beloved fine dining establishment right by the sea and a gorgeous respite from the busy and crowded streets of Dubrovnik. From its location on the busy Gruz Harbour, this stunning open air restaurant offers eager and hungry epicureans a delectable array of home-made meals built on a bounty of fish straight from the docks. Given its access to the freshest seafood in Dubrovnik, Restaurant Orsan’s staff expertly prepares and garnishes each dish then matches it with a spectacular selection of wine. Perhaps the best part of dining at Restaurant Orsan is sitting under the lovely shade of a towering pine tree and enjoying the view, while feasting on the ocean’s bounty.
Ivana pl Zajca 2, Dubrovnik, Croatia, Phone: +385-20-43-68-22
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25.Oyster & Sushi Bar Bota
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Tuck into unique gastro fusion cuisine at Dubrovnik’s Oyster and Sushi Bar Bota. Located right across the Cathedral of Dubrovnik in Old Town, the Oyster and Sushi Bar Bota is known and loved for its stunning array of fresh seafood. In fact, its seafood is so fresh that their spectacular oysters are sourced from a nearby 40-kilometer bay. Each bite of the restaurant’s dishes feature unique textures, enticing fullness of the ocean’s flavors, and a variety of eye catching colors thanks to the creative Adriatic-Japanese combinations that exit the kitchen.
Dura Baglivija 1, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia, Phone: +385-20-32-40-34
25 Best Things to Do in Dubrovnik, Croatia
- Lovrijenac Fortress, Photo: stock.adobe.com
- Dubrovnik Cable Car, Photo: dreamer4787/stock.adobe.com
- Orlando’s Column, Photo: mnf74/stock.adobe.com
- City Walls, Photo: jkraft5/stock.adobe.com
- Church of Holy Annunciation, Photo: ollirg/stock.adobe.com
- Revelin Fort, Photo: Roman Babakin/stock.adobe.com
- Memorial Room of the Dubrovnik Defenders, Photo: MaciejBledowski/stock.adobe.com
- Rupe Ethnographic Museum, Photo: Roman/stock.adobe.com
- The Old Synagogue, Photo: Photos by L/stock.adobe.com
- Sponza Palace, Photo: ilijaa/stock.adobe.com
- Museum of Croatian War of Independence, Photo: zatletic/stock.adobe.com
- Onofrio’s Great Fountain, Photo: Roman Babakin/stock.adobe.com
- Dominican Monastery, Photo: Jan Schuler/stock.adobe.com
- Maritime Museum, Photo: clivewa/stock.adobe.com
- Trsteno Abroretum, Photo: muddymari/stock.adobe.com
- Rector’s Palace, Photo: donyanedomam/stock.adobe.com
- Dubrovnik Cathedral, Photo: dreamer4787/stock.adobe.com
- War Photo Limited, Photo: War Photo Limited
- Franciscan Monastery, Photo: arvernho/stock.adobe.com
- Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Photo: Africa Studio/stock.adobe.com
- Villa Ruza, Photo: Fenea Silviu/stock.adobe.com
- Nishta, Photo: Nishta
- Levanat, Photo: bodiaphoto/stock.adobe.com
- Orsan, Photo: Orsan
- Oyster & Sushi Bar Bota, Photo: Oyster & Sushi Bar Bota
- Cover Photo: Eiresnaps/stock.adobe.com