Dubrovnik Travel Guide

Dubrovnik Travel Guide

Dubrovnik Travel Guide

This is a three days’ guide to Dubrovnik, with a perfect 72 hours’ plan that will guide you on the best way to enjoy this amazing city. All tips, maps, costs, information is included so that you feel like you have your best friend with you showing you around Dubrovnik.

This guide has been developed by local experts and travel bloggers who live or frequently visit Dubrovnik so that you get only the best option on where to stay, where to eat, what monuments to see, how to move around Dubrovnik and how to enjoy this vibrant city at its best.

The maps provided can be accessible in their online format, at Google maps, which will enable you to navigate easily towards them while you are in Dubrovnik.

This guide is best enjoyed by solo travelers and couples or groups of friends traveling together to Dubrovnik. Families traveling with kids to Dubrovnik may also find a lot of useful details for planning their trip.

Where to Stay in Dubrovnik

Our recommended hotel to stay in Dubrovnik is the “Adriatic Luxury Hotels, Villa Glavić.“

Hotel Name: “Adriatic Luxury Hotels, Villa Glavić.“ Address: Frana Supila 14, Ploce, 20 000 Dubrovnik, Tel:  00-800-97-33-42-26

Website: Click To Read Reviews on Booking and Book the Hotel Online

Price / night: 80E/person [604 KN] for double room, TripAdvisor: LinkBooking.com: Click To Read Reviews on Booking and Book the Hotel Online

Recommended: Yes.  Beautiful, spotless rooms with a wonderful view of the old city walls.

Where to Stay in Dubrovnik - Villa Glavic

Day 1 in Dubrovnik: Arrival, Walk & Monuments

11:00 Arrival at the Dubrovnik Airport  which is 15 km southeast of the city center.

Dubrrovnik Airport

This airport opened in 1962 and handles around 2 million passengers per year after the new section added in 2010. The airport code id DBV (Dubrovnik Airport). It is around 15 km away from the city center of Dubrovnik.

The airport is tiny, and there will be no chance of someone getting lost – hopefully. This is a small but very efficient airport. It offers 15 minutes of free wi-fi if you need to use it once you arrive. The telephone of the airport is +385 20 773 100.

Tips: During the high season of Dubrovnik (summer), the airport gets very crowded and almost chaotic. There are long lines and a lot of waiting time wasted on the lines. You will not find great restaurant food in this airport too.

11:10 Take the luggage and pass through the passport control.

It usually does not take more than 10 minutes to exit the passport control.

11:15 Get from the airport to the Hotel

Take a bus to the Main bus station in the city. From there, take a city bus Libertas number 8 (Gruž – Viktoria) or a taxi to the hotel. The bus station is right in front Villa Glavić.

View ZoomTip 1.1 and ZoomTip 1.2

Cost: Bus Ticket One way ticket: 35 kn. You can purchase the tickets on the bus.

Dubrovnik - Bus from Airport to the City Center

1 The Bus Libertas Number 8

If you prefer a private transfer with a pre-booked taxi (Mercedes-Benz), the cost is around 50 Euros for a group of up to 3 people, and you can book it here. More expensive, but for sure a classy way to get to your hotels from the airport and back.

12:00 Accommodate in the hotel and then visit the top monuments on foot.

Dubrovnik Hotel

Help yourself in the hotel and then start your day visiting the famous monuments of the city, all by walking. Dominican monastery,  enter through Ploce Gate, Church of Saint Blaise, Rector’s Palace and Dubrovnik cathedral, are all very near and easy to reach on foot. Have on the mind, the city of Dubrovnik is a living monument.

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Cost: You can watch all the monuments from outside without paying the entry fees.

Dominican monastery: 20 kn, Rector’s Palace: 20 kn

16:00 Lunch at: “Konoba Jezuit Restaurant

Dubrovnik - Konoba Jezuite Restaurant

Address: Poljana Ruđera Boškovića 5, 20 000 Dubrovnik, Website: http://www.dubrovnikrestaurant.com/

Tip: Taste as much as possible of the local dishes. Perfect place for tasting fish specialties. It has excellent service and English-speaking waiters. (Tripadvisor link)

Cost: Around 20 to 25€ per person. Dubrovnik is not a cheap place to visit in general, and this is reflected in the restaurant prices as well. However, the value for money is excellent.

17:30 Stroll Around the City of Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik - Walking Guide

Above you can find a google map with some landmark places, you can visit on foot in Dubrovnik. You can click on the photo to get this on Google Maps for an easier navigation.

From the restaurant, proceed to the Fort Saint John, Aquarium and the City Walls, which are all very near and easy to reach on foot. Visit the ramparts and tele-transport to several hundred years ago, when Dubrovnik soldiers were watching over this area for hostile ships. Keep the ticket you have bought – you will need it for tomorrow.

Extra Tip: Enjoy a beautiful sunset from the city walls and get some great photo shoots here.

While you are at Dubrovnik, you will have a fantastic view towards the sea and the surrounding islands from many different places. Your foot will get you almost anywhere in the Old City.

Costs: Aquarium: 40 kn per person for only one purchase.  20 kn/person in a group ticket purchase, City wall ramparts: 70 kn/person

20:00 Dinner or a drink at one of the local places around the City Walls.

See tips & advice.

Konoba Ribar Restaurant in the City Walls

2 Konoba Ribar Restaurant in the City Walls

We suggest visiting Konoba Ribar, located just by the Aquarium (Tripadvisor link).

Cost: 20€ per person for a light dinner. Cash only, no credit cards accepted.

Tips: It has great seafood, try the stuffed calamari (squid), some Dalmatian cheese and ham as entrees. Each dish is around 90 KN.

22:00 Return to the hotel and rest.

Enjoy the beautiful view of the Adriatic sea and Dubrovnik city. We recommend a Porto wine [e.g. a „Croft“ Porto] and a cigar – if you are a fan of smoking of course.

Day 1 in Dubrovnik: Map

Below you can see the Map with the suggested activities for your first day in Dubrovnik. This map is accessible online in a Google Maps format, which will help you to navigate easily on foot, by bus, tram, and car, when you are in the city.

You can get it at https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zZ998ki6eExA.kRG_Sr2oU7JQ

Dubrovnik - Day 1 Map

ZoomTip 1.1: Transportation and ATM

There are various ways to get to the hotel and the city center from the airport of Dubrovnik.

The options to get from Dubrovnik Airport to the city are:

  • “Atlas” travel agency buses upon arrival of every regular flight. The price is 35 kn (5 euros) per person, and it takes approximately 30 minutes to arrive at the Dubrovnik City Bus station from the Airport. The bus station is located in Gruz port area where there are taxi ranks and local bus service operators.
  • Public bus transportation company LIBERTAS” offers a public transport service to and from the airport to Dubrovnik old town, Cavtat and towards other areas in the local region.

  Schedule and Costs:

 City bus timings, City bus map, City map. The price of a one-way ticket is 13-16 kn (2 euros) per person.

  • Taxi service. Taxis are available outside the terminal although we recommend pre-booking your taxi with Dubrovnik transfertaxi company. By taxi, it takes approximately 10   minutes to get to either Dubrovnik old town or Lapad Bay area from Gruz. Transfer with taxi from the airport to the city will cost you around 200-250 kn.

  Where can I find Currency Exchanges and Cash Machines (ATMs)?

In the Arrivals hall outside the secure Customs area. Exchange office and the bank are also available in the area. We suggest that you exchange a small amount of money at the airport since the only accepted currency in most of the places is the CROATIAN KUNA – HRK – KN.

ZoomTip 1.2: How to Get to the Hotel from the Airport

As soon as you exit the airport, you will see the bus terminal; you cannot miss it since the airport, and its infrastructure is quite small. The price of the one-way ticket is 35 kn, and it takes only about 30-40 minutes to take you from the Airport to the Main bus station; Atlas Agency provides the regular Dubrovnik Airport Shuttle Bus service in Dubrovnik. Upon arrival, buses meet all scheduled flights at the Dubrovnik Airport for a transfer to Dubrovnik Main Bus Station.

Timeables example:

Monday, 12.05.2014

04:55 | 05:40 | 09:00 | 09:40 | 10:30 | 11:05 | 11:50 | 12:55 | 14:50

Tuesday, 13.05.2014

04:55 | 05:55 | 06:55 | 08:55 | 09:50 | 10:45 | 11:10 | 12:55 | 13:55 | 14:50 | 16:45 | 19:00 | 19:40

Departures from Dubrovnik to the airport start from the Main Bus Station in Gruž Port, usually 90 minutes before regular domestic flights, and 2 hours before regular international flights. Please note that charter flights usually have their own airport transfer arranged.

Beware of pickpockets. Take any valuables out of your pockets and put them under your clothes (a neck pouch is best). Having a seat is also a good way to reduce the danger from pickpockets who are most active on the crowded trams. Croatia is a very safe country, but precaution is always desirable.

Please see the complete Dubrovnik Airport Guide: Click Here

ZoomTip 1.3: Information on the Monuments

The Dominican Monastery

Entrance Fee: 20 kn

The Dominican Monastery acquired its present-day form in the 14th century perfectly fitting into the city walls as a part of the defense complex. St Dominic’s Church is one of the most representative Gothic buildings on the East Adriatic. This extraordinary architectural and artistic complex – the whole beauty of which can be seen from the city walls – also includes a rich library of more than 220 highly valued incunabula and finely ornamented manuscripts and documents.

The Church of Saint Blaise

 

Entrance Fee: Free of charge

One of the most beautiful sacral buildings in Dubrovnik, the present-day Church of St Blaise was constructed in 1715 in the colorful Venetian Baroque style. It was built by the Venetian master Marino Gropelli in 1706, on the commission of the Dubrovnik Senate which requested a new church on the site of the old 14th-century Romanesque church. Celebrated on 3 February, St Blaise’s Day is also the City of Dubrovnik Day.

Dubrovnik Cathedral

Entrance Fee: Free of charge

When mentioning the Dubrovnik Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary – alternatively, just the Cathedral, as the people of Dubrovnik call it – two associations offer themselves to the connoisseurs. One is connected to the legend of the vow of the English king Richard the Lionheart, and the other with the richness of the Cathedral Treasury testifying to the outstanding reputation of the Dubrovnik goldsmith trade from the 11th – 18th centuries. Find out more from the locals on the spot

Dubrovnik City Walls Ramparts

Entrance Fee: 100 kn

The city ramparts are one of the most grandiose fortification monuments in Europe, and they are an example of how Fort architecture developed. The first fortifications were built already in the 8th century, but the most strong construction took place from the mid-15th to the end of the 16th century. 

Day 2 in Dubrovnik: Stradun, Fort Lovrjenac, Restaurant

09:00 Shopping and City Discovery.

3 Stradun Street by the night

Have your breakfast at the hotel.

Now it is time to relax. Go for shopping and discover the other areas of the city. After you have left the hotel, go straight to the core of the city – Stradun. You will enter through the main, „Pile“ gates, a little bit further than the Ploce. From there you will get to the main street called Stradun. This is the best place to do your shopping.

Stradun (pronounced [strǎduːn]) or Placa (Stradone or Corso) is the main street of Dubrovnik, Croatia. The limestone-paved pedestrian street runs some 300 meters through the Old Town, the historic part of the city surrounded by the Walls of Dubrovnik.

The site of the present-day street used to be a marshy channel which separated Ragusa from the forest settlement of Dubrava before it was reclaimed in the 13th century. Stradun stretches through the walled town in the east-west direction, connecting the western entrance called the “Pile Gate” (Vrata od Pila) to the “Ploče Gate” (Vrata od Ploča) on the eastern end. Both ends are also marked with 15th-century fountains (the so-called Large Onofrio’s Fountain in the western section and the Small Onofrio’s Fountain on the east end) and bell towers (the Dubrovnik Bell Tower to the east end and the bell tower attached to the Franciscan monastery to the west).[4]

Stradun became the city’s main thoroughfare in the 13th century, and its current appearance was, for the most part, created following the devastating 1667 earthquake in which most of the buildings in Ragusa (as Dubrovnik was then called) were destroyed. Before the quake, the houses which line the street were not so uniformly designed as they appear today, with many of them featuring arcades and elaborate decorations. Following the 1667 earthquake and a massive fire which broke out immediately afterward, the Republic of Ragusa passed a law which specified the layout of all future residential buildings constructed in the city.

Because of this all of the 17th-century houses lining the Stradun share the same pattern – the ground level always housed a shop with a street entrance featuring a door and a window in a single frame under a semicircular arch (during the day the door would be kept closed, and goods would be handed to customers over the sill, thereby serving as a counter),and a storage room in the back with a separate alley entrance. The first floor was reserved for the living area and the second floor had various rooms, while the kitchen was invariably located in the loft on the second floor, to prevent the spread of potential fires.

In recent times, the Stradun and some of the surrounding houses were damaged in mortar shelling during the Siege of Dubrovnik in 1991–92, but most of the damage has since been repaired.

Many of the historic buildings and monuments in Dubrovnik are situated along the Stradun, because of which it serves as an attractive esplanade for tourists. A procession for the Feast of Saint Blaise, the patron saint of Dubrovnik, passes through Stradun every year on 3 February. Occasional concerts are also held at Stradun, and it is regularly used as the site of New Year’s Eve celebrations.

On 8 July 2010 Stradun was also the site of a fund-raising exhibition tennis match played by Goran Ivanišević and John McEnroe in front of an audience of 600 and televised live in 10 countries. (Reference: Wikipedia). You can watch a related youtube video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZTi4Pgri3Q

We have left 3 hours for this activity as you will see that you need much time for shopping and walking around this fascinating area.

12:00 Visit the Famous Fort Lovrjenac (used in Game of Thrones TV Show)

4 The famous Lovrjenac Fort

Now, visit the Lovrjenac Fort which is situated to the west of the Old City on a 37 meter-high rock, the symbol of Dubrovnik’s survival and freedom. A pleasant surprise is that you do not need to pay any admission fee since the ticket from your visit to the Ramparts is still valid and can cover you for the Fort Lovrjenac visit.

Fort Lovrijenac or St. Lawrence Fortress, often called “Dubrovnik’s Gibraltar,” is a fortress and theater outside the western wall of the city of Dubrovnik in Croatia, 37 meters (121 ft) above sea level.[1] Famous for its plays and importance in resisting Venetian rule, it overshadows the two entrances to the city, from the sea, and by land. Early in the 11th century, the Venetians attempted to build a fort on the same spot where Fort Lovrijenac currently stands. If they had succeeded, they would have kept Dubrovnik under their power, but the people of the city beat them to it. The “Chronicles of Ragusa” reveal how the fort was built within just three months time and from then on continuously reconstructed. When the Venetian ships arrived, full of materials for the construction of the fort, they were told to return to Venice. The Croatian leg of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series takes place in Lovrijenac.

Lovrijenac has a triangular shape with three terraces. The thickness of the walls facing the outside reach 12 meters (39 ft) whereas the section of the walls facing the inside, the actual city, are only 60 centimeters (24 in) thick.[2] Two drawbridges lead to the fort, and above the gate, there is an inscription Non-Bene Pro Toto Libertas Venditur Auro (Freedom is not to be sold for all the treasures in the world).[2] Lovrijenac’s use as a stage was a recent addition to the history of the fort, and the performance of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” has become the symbol of Dubrovnik Summer Festival.

Tip: The castle offers amazing views but is pretty bare inside – nothing spectacular to see. So, you should either get a tour guide or read some info before going there, so as to enjoy its history.

15:00 Lunch at the Restaurant Nautika

Address: Brsalje Ulica 3, Dubrovnik, Hrvatska, Website: www.nautikarestaurant.comTel: 020 442 526

Enjoy the amazing Croatian food and meet the friendly locals. The food is great, the prices are high, and you will not get „a lot“ of food, as the quantity of the plates is not significant. So, don’t go there on an entirely empty stomach. In winter it is open from 6 pm to 12 AM, so have that in mind if you are not visiting in the high season.

16:30 Visit the Fort Minceta and Take the Cable Car

After the lunch, visit the Fort Minceta, which is on the way to heaven. It is time to get high! Use the cable car and be amazed by the breathtaking views of the Old City of Dubrovnik, the crystal clear Adriatic Sea, and the numerous islands.

City walls of Dubrovnik form an irregular quadrilateral ending at each corner with strong forts. Tower Minčeta is the giant fort located in the North wall ending, facing toward the land. The name derives from the name of the Menčetić family, who owned the ground the tower was built upon. Minčeta, the highest point in the Dubrovnik defense system, is a large round fort with a massive base in the form of a huge covered outer wall. The fort is topped with a magnificent Gothic crown that spreads over the side of the fort instilling the sense of power. The medieval crown is of negligible strategic importance and is more decorative in nature.

The fort was originally built in 1319 as a high reaching quadrilateral fort according to the designs of local architect Ničifor Ranjina. For over 100 years this design proudly served its purpose.

However, after the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Empire (Turks) in 1453, there was much debate on reinforcing this important fort. To help with the remake of the City walls the Dubrovnik Republic called for assistance the famous architect Michelozzo di Bartolomeo of Florence.

Around the earlier quadrilateral fort, Michelozzo built a new round tower adapted to the new technique of warfare and joined it to the new system of low scarp walls. The walls of the new tower were full 6 meters thick and had a series of protected gun ports. The building started in 1461.

After the fall of Bosnia to the Turks in 1463, the works on the City walls hastened. The abrupt ending in the cooperation between Dubrovnik government and Michelozzo happened in 1464 when Michelozzo left Dubrovnik offended as his plans for the reconstruction of the Rector’s palace were not approved.

Following Michelozzo’s departure, the work on the City walls continued under Juraj of Dalmatia (Juraj Dalmatinac) from Zadar, who also constructed the Cathedral in Sibenik. On Tower Minčeta, Dalmatinac built the bottom of the fortress and gave it the recognizable overhead part, the crown. During his time in Dubrovnik, Juraj mostly worked on fortifications. He would have most probably left a more noticeable impact on the look of Dubrovnik if he had not run from the City in front of the plague.

In its active service, Minčeta was armed with 9 guns among which was also one powerful bronze cannon, a masterpiece of Ivan Rabljanin who also made the Bell for the City Bell Tower.

Today, as it was true in the past, Minčeta stands high above rest of Dubrovnik as a symbol of the unconquerable City Dubrovnik and tells the Dubrovnik story of love for the most precious sweet liberty. The fort provides a magnificent view of Dubrovnik, and it is rightfully said that one has not been in Dubrovnik unless he/she witnessed the view from atop of Minčeta.

The cost of Cable Car: Adult round trip – 100 kn. Adult one way – 60 kn. The Minceta Tower is open from 10 am until 7 PM.

20:00 Dinner at Buffet Kamenice

 

5 Some Dishes You Can Try at Kamenice

Have a dinner at cozy Buffet Kamenica and try Dubrovnik’s variant of creme brulee, the great ROZATA.

Address: Gundulićeva poljana 8, Dubrovnik, Phone: +385 (0) 20 421 499

Tip: There are usually long lines to get in, during the high season. Be prepared to wait 20 minutes in the queue if you select this restaurant. The prices are fair, and the portions are big for Dubrovnik’s standards.

22:30 Return to the Hotel

Take a comfortable walk from the restaurant to the hotel, while enjoying the fresh sea breeze and the starry sky.

Day 2 in Dubrovnik: Map

Below you can see the Map with the suggested activities for your second day in Dubrovnik. This map is accessible online in a Google Maps format, which will help you to navigate easily on foot, by bus, tram, and car, when you are in the city. You can get it at:

https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zZ998ki6eExA.k7VYepyua3Yc

ZoomTip 2.1 Eat the Famous „Rozata.”

Try the „Creme Brulee“ of Dubrovnik: Rozata

Do not miss the chance to try the amazing Dubrovnik’s version of creme brulee. The best place to taste always fresh and delicious food, especially the amazing Dubrovnik’s ROZATA, is the cozy Buffet Kamenica, located next to the marketplace.

„Buffet Kamenica“, Address: Gundulićeva poljana 8, Dubrovnik, Phone: +385 (0) 20 421 499

Day 3 in Dubrovnik: Visit the Lokrum Island

10:00 Visit the island Lokrum

After breakfast, depart to an amazing island of Lokrum. Take the ferry from the Old Harbor. The ride will only take around 10 minutes with a small ferry boat.

The first mention of Lokrum in writing came in 1023, in connection with founding the Benedictine Abbey and monastery. According to legend Richard, the Lion-Heart has cast ashore here after being shipwrecked in 1192 while returning from the Crusades. The vow he made to build a church on the spot where he came ashore should he be saved was kept at least in part. Although he came on shore in Lokrum, at the request of Dubrovnik citizens, he contributed to the building of the Cathedral in the City. 

Lokrum (pronounced [lɔ̌krum], Italian: Lacroma) is an island in the Adriatic Sea 600 metres (1,969 feet) from the city of Dubrovnik, Croatia. It stretches from northwest to southeast and receives regular ferry service from the city.

Austrian archduke (and short-lived Emperor of Mexico) Maximilian once had a holiday home on the island. A monastery and a botanical garden survive from his era. On the island’s highest point at 96 meters (315 feet) above sea level stands Fort Royal Castle, which was built by the French, though it was later named “Maximilian’s Tower” by the Austrians.

History of the Island Lokrum

The first written mention of Lokrum was in 1023 when the Benedictine abbey and monastery were founded. The name Lokrum comes from the Latin, ‘acrumen,’ meaning sour fruit. This derives from the tradition of cultivating exotic plants on the island, a tradition started at the time of the Benedictines. The last Benedictines left the island in 1808. Local legend says that on their final night, the monks put a curse on the island and anyone who tried to seek it on their own in the future.

According to legend, Richard the Lionheart was shipwrecked in 1192 after returning home from the crusades and was cast safely ashore on Lokrum. He pledged to build a church on the island but, at the plea of Dubrovnik citizens, the church was built on the nearby mainland instead.

Archduke Maximilian Ferdinand of Habsburg had a mansion built on the island in 1859 with a magnificent garden laid out, crisscrossed with pathways, full of unusual plants and botanical wonders. The island was originally purchased by Maximilian’s wife Archduchess Charlotte of Austria, with part of her marriage dowry, and she retained ownership of the island even after she and her husband became Emperor and Empress of Mexico. After the Emperor Maximilian’s execution, the island was surrendered to the Habsburg Family in a deal struck between Franz Joseph I of Austria and Leopold II of Belgium. Charlotte had become insane, and Leopold had renounced in the name of his sister all claims to her and her husband’s property in Austria. Leopold was more concerned with acquiring his sister’s great fortune than with her rights to property in Austria. The island was given to Archduchess Elisabeth Marie of Austria as part of her marriage dowry; Yugoslavia claimed it under the Treaty of Saint-Germain. Princess Elizabeth stated that she was no longer a Habsburg, having renounced her rights on the occasion of her marriage; therefore Yugoslavia had no right to sequester the property. The case was settled by a payment of $575,000 to the Princess.

In 1959 a Botanical Garden was founded on Lokrum which contains native and imported, tropical and subtropical plants, and other vegetation originating from Australia and South America. The island is also inhabited by families of peacocks brought over by Maximilian from the Canary Islands.

The island is now a popular destination for visitors to Dubrovnik. A restaurant is located in the former monastery, and walking routes around the island are marked out. There is also a nudist beach at the south-eastern end of the isle.

Botanical Garden of Lokrum Island

On the eastern side of the island, protected from the open sea, there is a small natural harbor. The island covers an area of 0.8 square kilometers (0.31 sq mi) and is covered in abundant Mediterranean flora and woods: laurel, oak, pines, cypress, and black pines. There are also olives, agaves, cacti, magnolia, and palms. On the southern part of the island, there is a small Salt Lake, 10 m deep, known as “the Dead Sea” (Mrtvo More). Nearby there is a deserted Benedictine monastery, founded in 1023. The triple-naved basilica and a 14th-century part of the monastery were severely damaged in the 1667 earthquake. The monastery was deserted in 1798. Today Lokrum is a Nature Reserve and a Special Forest Vegetation Reserve.

Note: make sure you take your swimming suit and a snack.

Cost:  40 kn for a return ticket. The price includes the island admission ticket fee.

10:30 Swim in the Dead Sea and explore the island

Explore the beautiful nature of the island and take a chance to swim in the Dead Sea, or a miniature version of it at least. Lokrum is home to an idyllic little salt-filled lake linked to the open sea. Like its namesake, the island’s Dead Sea (Mrtvo more) is popular for how easy it is to swim in. The lake is 10 meters deep and is located in the southern part of the island.

The roads and walking paths of Lokrum will take you through the botanical garden with an attractive collection of eucalyptuses, cactuses and succulent plants to the remains of the 12th/13th century basilica, the 15th/16th century monastery with an atrium garden, and the summer residence of Maximilian von Habsburg from the 19th century with gardens and a park. You will be enchanted by the woods of holm-oak, flowering ash, Aleppo pine, the old olive grove from the time when the Benedictines ran the island, gardens, and parks. On the highest peak, there is a fortress called Fort Royal built in the shape of a star by French Army in 1806 it gives fabulous view to Dubrovnik, Cavtat, and the islands. 

16:00 Return to the coast, lunch at Lokadna Peskarija

Lokanda Peskarija, Na ponti bb, Dubrovnik, Croatia, www.mea-culpa.hr, Tel: 020 324 750

Prices: Beer is 40KN, Glass of Wine is 24 KN.

Tips: Try the octopus salad, cuttlefish risotto, seafood risotto, squid fries and rose wine. Be active in getting the attention of the waiters as they are kind of busy and won’t pay full attention to you. Here are some photos of the dishes:

 

17:30 Refresh and get some rest at your hotel

Return to the hotel to refresh and put your best clothes on, since we have got some partying to do.

19:00 Visit the Culture Club Brevelin, Svetog Dominika 3, 20000 Dubrovnik

Culture Club Revelin is situated in the fort of Revelin in the very city center and is a unique place where the past and the present meet. The lower part of the fort was built in 1463, in shape of the City model held by St. Blaise on the triptych painted by Nikola Božidarević around 1500. The fort protected both the eastern part of the City from the mainland and the entrance to the City Harbor.

Inside the fort, there is a permanent collection of the Archeological Museum, as well as a virtual museum. In the evening hours, the fort turns into the nightlife scene of the city of Dubrovnik.
In addition to its impressive interior space that has the ability of separation, Revelin has a beautiful terrace with a spectacular view of Dubrovnik, where many events are held during the Dubrovnik Summer Festival and many other events.

Hang out with the locals and make life-long friendships with friendly Croatians.

Tips: Smoking is allowed inside the club, which is not pleasant for non-smokers.

01:00 Return to the hotel

Enjoy a good night sleep and let the memories settle, you will never forget the experience- until you return.

Day 3 in Dubrovnik: Map

Below you can see the Map with the suggested activities for your third day in Dubrovnik. This map is accessible online in a Google Maps format, which will help you to navigate easily on foot, by bus, tram, and car, when you are in the city. You can get it at:

https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zg5djDmJ6KII.kNt5L36gPP6Y

ZoomTip 3.1: Taxi Fares in Dubrovnik

Taxi Fares in Dubrovnik

Taxi rates in Dubrovnik differ, depending on the particular taxi company.  However, the average price of a start would cost you around 25 kn, plus 9 kn for every next kilometer.

For instance, a transfer from the airport to the hotel in the city will cost you around 250-270 kn.

Note: When you enter the taxi, the driver will activate the meter. Moreover, there is no day and night rate. If you would like to know how much will it cost to get from point A to point B with a taxi: CLICK HERE. Since the city is quite small, it is suggested to use public transportation, which is significantly less costly. For informational purposes, taxi companies in Dubrovnik are:

Croatia Taxi, Taxi Zeljko

Also, many companies in Dubrovnik provide car/scooter rental service. Such are: Ragusa Auto, Gulliver, Kompas rent, Intercon

Tips on Dubrovnik

– When the cruise ships arrive at Dubrovnik, the old town becomes quite busy. Walking down the streets with the tour groups of the cruise ships is not that pleasant.

– Dubrovnik does not have any real beaches. You just go on the rocks and jump into the beautiful and crystal clear water.

– There are some great places close to Dubrovnik that you may also want to explore. Mostar is one of them, and it has a beautiful Ottoman old town and a fascinating bridge. Montenegro is also gorgeous. If you want to go there, please expect to spend an hour on the borders while waiting for your passport to get checked.

– Other day trips suggestions are going to the Mljet National Park or a boat trip to the Elaphite islands.

– If you have kids, take them to the Copacabana beach, as it is the most family friendly spot. http://www.arenaturist.com/croatia_resorts/park_plaza_verudela

– Some authentic local dishes to try in Dubrovnik are also Brudet, a Dalmatian fish stew, and Crni rižut which is Black Rice.

– Nightlife in Dubrovnik does not exist. It is quiet in the evening. If you are looking for nightlife action, go to Split or Zrce.

If you want to rent a sailing boat, yacht or another sea vehicle, visit https://www.incrediblue.com/en/yacht-search/Croatia. Another local operator you may want to check out is http://gulliver.hr/

– A Facebook group to help you with traveling to Croatia is https://www.facebook.com/pages/Holiday-in-Croatia/402396879838265?ref=hl

 

Best Day Tours from Dubrovnik

1.Montenegro Day Tour from Dubrovnik

The duration of the tour is usually 12 hours, and it starts at 07:00 or 08:00 in the morning.

What You’ll Do

  • Experience the real beauty of Montenegro’s vast natural landscapes
  • Drive around Kotor Bay and spot its numerous small, medieval settlements
  • Wander around the ancient town of Budva, now a lively tourist resort
  • Overview
  • Discover one of the world’s last untouched secrets and visit Montenegro. Spend a day experiencing spectacular landscapes and soaking up the Mediterranean lifestyle. Enjoy the vast natural landscapes and authentic beauty during your trip to Montenegro.

 What to Expect

  • Exotic landscapes are not always distant and unapproachable. Located less than an hour’s drive from Dubrovnik, Montenegro offers a truly unforgettable experience. With a winning combination of exceptional natural beauty and rich history and culture, and it’s a wonder how Montenegro is still one of the Mediterranean’s best-kept
  • Enjoy a drive around Kotor Bay and spot its numerous small settlements. Explore medieval Kotor, then stroll around the ancient town of Budva, which today is a lively tourist resort.
  • Soak up the laid-back Mediterranean lifestyle and try to make sense of the surrounding mountains, which appear to descend into the sea, during your trip to beautiful Montenegro.

What’s Included: Transportation, Guide, Entrance fees,

What’s Not Included: Lunch

Know Before You Go: Important: Passport is required

Price: 55 Euros per person

Booking: You can book it here.

2. Medjugorje Full-Day Tour from Dubrovnik

What You’ll Do

  • Explore the shrine of Medjugorje
  • Visit the place where it has been reported that the Virgin Mary has appeared
  • Attend Mass in the local church in Medjugorje
  • Experience the unique phenomenon of the modern world

 Overview

Discover the town of Medjugorje, a place of pilgrimage in Bosnia and Herzegovina, on this full-day tour from Dubrovnik. Attend mass in the local church and visit the hill of the Virgin Mary, where her appearance has been reported.

What to Expect

Medjugorje is a unique phenomenon in the modern world, a sacred place which gathers a multitude of pilgrims from all over the world coming to face a God with great faith and to find peace in their souls and hearts. Today it is one of the biggest prayer centers in the world. Legend of the Medjugorje is one of the most amazing supernatural events of our time. Since 1981, in a small village named Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Blessed Virgin Mary has been appearing and giving messages to the world. Innumerable witnesses say that they have found faith and peace at this place.

The Shrine of Medjugorje has 3 spiritual zones: the Church, the hill of Virgin Mary, and the hill Krizevac. These sacred places are accessible to the millions of faithful willing to satisfy their spiritual and religious needs. On this tour, you have the opportunity to visit these 3 religious zones and attend Mass in the local church.

What’s Included:

  • Vehicle determined by the number of people in your group
  • Fuel per itinerary
  • Passenger insurance
  • Professional English-speaking driver

 What’s Not Included: Meals and drinks

Price: 250 Euros for a group of up to 3 people

Booking: You can book it here.

3. Pelješac Peninsula Oysters and Wine Tour from Dubrovnik

What You’ll Do

  • Sample the high-quality wines of South Dalmatia
  • Meet the wines producers of the Pelješac Peninsula
  • Sail over to the oyster farms from Little Ston
  • Enjoy a seafood lunch on the seafront in Little Ston Bay
  • Explore the historic town and saltworks of Ston

Overview

Sample the foods and wines of South Dalmatia and the Pelješac Peninsula on a 9-hour gourmet lovers tour from Dubrovnik. Meet friendly wine producers at local wineries and cruise to the oyster farms of the picturesque Little Ston Bay.

What to Expect

Learn about the South Dalmatian wines of the Pelješac Peninsula, one of the most famous of Croatia’s wine lands, on this full-day tour from Dubrovnik, and meet wine producers to visit their vineyards and cellars.

Upon arrival, you will have some free time to explore the ancient town of Ston, famous for its stone walls and saltworks. Continue to the Vukas winery for an introduction to its wines, brandies, and liqueurs. After tasting a selection of the produce, the winery owner will take you to the vineyards and explain the story of wine production in the Pelješac region.

The next stop will be the winery of Mr. Miloš, a famous vintner who has been awarded several times as one of the best producers of Croatian reds for his use of mali plavac grapes (similar to Zinfandel) and production of a spectrum of wines.

Continue to the Matushco winery in the Dingach region to discover the largest and most famous winery on the Pelješac Peninsula. The Matusko family has been producing wines for centuries, building a new cellar in 1998 that was modeled on the chateaux of France. Taste premium wines made from Mali plavac grapes, and learn about the family’s ventures into Dalmatian champagne and extra virgin olive oil.

Then, drive to the oyster farms of picturesque Little Ston Bay. Cruise to the oyster farms by boat, tasting fresh oysters and mussels, as well as more local wines, or prosciutto ham and cheese, en route. Disembark the boat back in Little Ston to enjoy lunch at one of the seafront restaurants, and sample the seafood specialties of the region.

What’s Included

  • Transportation by private vehicle (determined by the number of people in your group)
  • Passenger insurance
  • English speaking driver

What’s Not Included

  • Entrance fees for wineries
  • Boat tour to Oyster farms

Know Before You Go

  • For the best experience the tour can include a visit to 3 wineries (depending on season and weather conditions) with a wine tasting at each one; a boat excursion to the oyster farms, with fresh oysters, mussels, and wine tasting on board; and lunch at a seafood restaurant (to be paid in the restaurant according to individual selection of food and drinks)
  • Additional options and supplements: service of a professional guide during the program (including tour of Ston and the saltworks)
  • Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes, and bring your camera and sunglasses and hat or cap (in summer)

Price: 260 Euros for a group of up to 3 persons

Booking: You can Book This Tour Here.

4. Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina) Day-Trip from Dubrovnik

What You’ll Do

  • Discover the historic structures at Pocitelj
  • Visit Medjugorje, a popular pilgrim destination
  • Make a Mostar sightseeing tour

Overview

Visit the charming and picturesque small towns outside of Dubrovnik on this trip to Pocitelj, Medjugorje, and Mostar. On this full-day tour, visit a variety of cultural, historical, and religious sites including the magnificent Mosque of Mostar.

What to Expect

After departure from Dubrovnik, you will take a short break on the Dubrovnik bridge for some scenic photography of the town. Continue along the Adriatic coast while learning about the various sites that you encounter along your route. When the tour reaches the city of Neum, you can take a break for shopping and morning coffee. The tour then proceeds through a picturesque delta of the River Neretva to the small city of Pocitelj.

In Pocitelj you will have an opportunity for sightseeing and free time. Pocitelj is a beautiful cultural and historical site featuring structures from the 15th century.

Continuing to Medjugorje, you will have more time for sightseeing and discovery. Medjugorje is a spiritual and religious site and is one of the most famous pilgrim destinations in the Catholic world. Since the apparition of Our Lady of Peace in 1981, this place has been visited by pilgrims and tourists from all over the world.

The tour will then proceed to Mostar. Through the centuries Mostar became the meeting point of various cultures and religions. During your sightseeing, you will witness the imprint left by this varied history. Besides the Old Bridge, the symbol of the town, you have the chance to visit the Mosque of Mostar, a Turkish house, and many other monuments in the city.

In the afternoon, following sightseeing and free time, you will return to Dubrovnik.

What’s Included

  • Transportation
  • Tour leader
  • Local guide
  • Entrance fees

What’s Not Included: Lunch

Know Before You Go: Passport is required

Price: 55 Euros per person

Booking: You can book this tour here.

5. Elafiti Islands Sailing Tours from Dubrovnik

What You’ll Do

  • Cruise to the scenic Elafiti Islands of the Dubrovnik archipelago
  • Climb aboard a private boat and try your hand at sailing the seas
  • Swim to beautiful beaches and bays
  • Stop for lunch on picturesque Sipan or Kolocep
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the walled city of Dubrovnik

Overview

Climb aboard a private boat and sail to the most beautiful islands in the Dubrovnik archipelago on a 4-hour or 7-hour tour of the Elafiti Islands. Enjoy panoramic views of the walled city, swim from sandy beaches, enjoy lunch at a local bar, and more.

What to Expect

Explore the scenic beauty of the Elafiti Islands on a full-day or half-day sailing tour of Kolocep, Lopud, and Sipan. Swim in beautiful bays and from sandy beaches, and discover historic monuments and little votive churches from the comfort of your own private sailing boat.

Ideal for those that want to escape from the rat race, the relaxing tour comes with your own personal skipper, and plenty of time on land to enjoy the recreational activities on the islands.

The full-day tour can explore all 3 of the Elafiti Islands, hopping from Kolocep to Lopud and Sipan. Sail with the wind, stopping to swim from sandy beaches, and enjoy lunch on land. The half-day tour can visit 1 or 2 of the islands of your choice, as well as Lokrum Island and some of the picturesque bays.

Sit back and relax as the attentive crew caters to your every need. Or, if you are feeling more hands-on, they will be happy to show you the ropes and let you try your hand at steering the boat! An onboard sound system provides the day’s entertainment, while the boat’s refrigeration will keep your food and drink supplies fresh and cold.

What’s Included

Boat, Skipper, gasoline, docking/mooring, snorkeling equipment

What’s Not Included

Lunch, Alcoholic drinks

Price:330 Euros for a group of up to 4 persons

Booking: You can book this sailing tour here.

Published by Guidora Team

Guidora team is a bunch of experienced travellers who have been in the most amazing places on Earth..Practically everywhere, except for the North Pole and Antarctica (yet)! They always travel solo, with their friends and without organized groups, so the travel itineraries they design are full of useful tips on where to stay, what to do, how much it costs and how to make the most of your experience in a new place. The guides they design have only a single, perfect-made itinerary that will show you exactly what to do each hour of the day, so that you don't get lost in looking for information on the web for hours. It's like having your best friend with you, guiding you to the best things in every place and showing you around!

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