With an abundance of direct flights to Dubrovnik from many major cities in Europe, getting there can be incredibly cheap if booked in advance. Many also opt to arrive either via cruise ship or bus from other big cities in Croatia and neighboring Montenegro. However you end up arriving, make your way directly to the old town either with public transportation or by private taxi to get your 24-hour adventure started.
Exploring the City
As the most visited city on the Croatian coast, it can get more than a little crowded with visiting cruise ship passengers and other tourists just stopping in for a quick look -- especially during peak season from May to August. With that said, it’s best to get your sightseeing of this Gothic/Romanesque gem of a town in as early in the day as possible or late in the afternoon when most other day trippers have departed.
A great place to start is with a walk around the old city walls to get a feel for one of Europe’s most precious fortified towns. Entrances can be found near Pile Gate, Ploče Gate, and the Maritime Museum. These walls date back to the 13th century, and from there you will catch some of the best views of the old town’s red-roofed interior, nearby Lokrum island, and the glimmering Adriatic Sea.
Delving into History
If you’d like to expand your historical knowledge about Dubrovnik and its rich history as a prosperous Mediterranean trading port, particularly in the 15th and 16th centuries, pay a visit to the Maritime Museum as well as the Rector’s Palace and Cultural History Museum. For a look at its more recent, turbulent history that left over half of the buildings in town destroyed during the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 90s, check out the poignant War Photo Limited gallery.
Taking in the Sights
You might be ready at this point for a bit of rest and relaxation, which can easily be found just outside the city walls to the south at Banje Beach or Buza, a rocky bathing spot just under the city walls. Regardless of the time of year, both are great places to snap photos or simply take in the view.
And speaking of views, for a grand finale take a trip up to Mount Srdj via cable car or fairly rigorous hike. The cable car, which was opened in 2010, is the highest vantage point over Dubrovnik and a stunning sunset spot. It’s pretty much a guarantee it will be more than worth the effort or cost.
About this City Explorer
Larissa Olenicoff is a travel addict and iPhone photographer with a passion for Europe in particular. Her travel blog is a colorful whirlwind of eye-candy, travel tips, and unexpected adventures that seeks to inspire world travel while simultaneously providing insight into the culture and landscape of destinations.