A Day in Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is a hugely popular tourist destination in Croatia. Known as one of the filming locations of the cult TV series ‘Game of Thrones’, the town has a lot to offer.
Even if you’re just planning on spending a day in this wonderful town, it’s possible to see all of the major attractions and sights. This is because they’re all close together, in the striking Old Town part of the city.
Here, you’ll discover how to have the best possible day in Dubrovnik.
Top things to see
In order to see all of the major attractions and sights in Dubrovnik, it’s best to start early, around 7am. Begin with a walk around the city walls. You’ll want to begin at the Polce Gate as this tends to be a little less crowded than the other gate.
You do need to pay to see the walls, but you can save money by ordering the Dubrovnik card online. It’s valid for a full day, and also gives you free access to two galleries and six museums as well as free use of public transport. It’ll take you around one or two hours to explore the walls.
After exploring the city walls, head to the Old Port and Luza Square. Some of the best attractions here include the Rector’s Palace, St Blaize Church, and a 15th century clock tower. You can then make your way towards Gundulic Square, stopping off at the stunning Dubrovnik Cathedral.
The Gundulic Square has great open-air markets which are a joy to explore. From there, head to the Old Port before exploring further, ending up at the pier of Porporela. Once there, you may want to cool down in the sea water. It’s known as one of the best swimming spots in Dubrovnik.
After cooling down, head back to Stradun, browsing in the unique stores along the way. Keep going until you reach the Franciscan monastery, which is definitely worth a visit. Make Onofrio’s Great Fountain your next stop. It’s decorated with beautiful carved masks.
Take a quick beach break near Lovrijenac. You’ll then be ready either to head back to your hotel, or stay and enjoy Dubrovnik’s laidback nightlife.
Where to eat
You’ll find a lot of great restaurants in Dubrovnik, but there are also some options which are overpriced and serve bland food. So, where should you head to for a bite to eat in the city?
Sesame is a great option, just a five minute walk from the Old Town. Situated within a 200 year old stone house, all of the food served here is locally sourced. It focuses on Mediterranean cuisine, though it’s more of a fine dining restaurant than a budget-friendly eatery.
If you want to try more authentic Croatian cuisine, the Tramuntana restaurant is ideal. It benefits from a more relaxed setting on the waterfront and it’s especially renowned for its tasty fish dishes. Some other delicacies to try out include veal medallions in a truffle sauce, and carob cake.
Where to stay
We have an excellent collection of Dubrovnik hotels and resorts. For a luxurious stay, base your holiday at the Valamar Lacroma. This modern hotel is located close to Dubrovnik and has its own state-of-the-art spa. It’s also not far from three beaches and the marina.
If you’re travelling with the kids, the Valamar Club Dubrovnik is a great choice. It’s got a sea-view pool, a great choice of activities and afternoon ice-cream parties for the kids. You’ll be just 15 minutes away from Dubrovnik and it’s just 150m to the beach.
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