Dubrovnik

The history of Dubrovnik, spanning over one thousand years, is present in every part of the town. It is a living museum and stage, a perfect mixture of history and modernity. Fortified with medieval walls 1940m in length, preserved in their original form and open to visitors, they are the town's biggest attraction. The town has been listed as a UNESCO protected site since 1979. Dubrovnik is primarily a cultural destination which along with its architectural inheritance offers visitors a variety of cultural events and festivals. Dubrovnik is also a destination for a relaxing holiday and is exceptionally well served by airlines from all the major centres of Europe. Dubrovnik is a charming city one cannot but fall in love with and return to time and time again to enjoy some remarkable experiences. 

 

Country
The Republic of Croatia                                                

Language

Croatian

Currency
kuna, for exchange rate click here

Time zone
UTC+1

 Sights, culture, science and the arts

  • city walls and forts, Lovrijenac fort, The Stradun (the large and small Onofrio's Fountain, Orlando's Column, Bell Tower with two famous figures called Zelenci, Rector's Palace, Sponza Palace), squares (Gundulić, Bunić and Bošković squares), city port, Kaše, Porporela, Lazarettos, Aquarium…
  • churches: Saint Blaise (Sv. Vlaho), Franciscan Monastery of the Friars Minor, Cathedral, Saint Saviour (Sv. Spas), Dominican Monastery …
  • Mount Srđ – panorama and museum
  • Novi most ("New Bridge")
  • museums and galleries: Dubrovnik museums, Cultural and Historical Museum in the Rector's Palace, The Rupe Ethnographic Museum, Maritime Museum, The Home of Marin Držić, Franciscan Monastery Museum of the Friars Minor, The Cathedral Treasury, Dominican Monastery Museum, Dubrovnik Natural Science Museum, Museum of Icons of the Serbian Orthodox Church Community, The Synagogue Jewish Museum, Sigurata Convent Museum, Memorial Room of Dubrovnik Defenders in the Sponza Palace, Croatian War of Independence Museum – Dubrovnik, Ronald Brown Memorial House, Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik

Gastronomy

  • Dishes made from natural and organic food: zucchini, tomatoes, cabbage etc, prepared in a simple way with seasoning and olive oil
  • traditional dishes: prosciutto, cheese in oil, octopus salad, green "menestra", "šporke makarule" (beef stew with macaroni), whitebait friend in oil, grilled sardines
  • traditional sweets and drinks still prepared using the traditional recipes of "old grannies": "arancini" (made from untreated home-grown oranges), "kontonjata" (made from golden-yellow quinces), "mantala", dried figs, liqueurs (cherries are soaked in alcohol and sugar and put out into the sun, green walnuts, loquats, rose petals…)
  • wines: different red and white wines from Dubrovnik and the surrounding region:
    red: Plavac, Dingač and Postup,
    white: Pošip from the island of Korčula…
"Plavac mali", the best-known sort from the vineyards of the Pelješac Peninsula
Dubrovačka Malvasija (ancient wine of Dubrovnik nobles)
  • brandy
  • olive oil
  • taverns: traditional, popular cuisine
  • restaurants: fresh fish from the Adriatic, mussels, seafood delicacies
  • international cuisine: sushi, French cuisine, steaks, fast food, pizzerias

Shopping

  • small shops in the historical town centre
  • shopping centres: Mercante, DOC
  • high fashion and designer shops: Max Mara, Maria, La Boutique, Borza grupa, Đardin within the city walls and in the Mercante and DOC shopping centres.
Typical souvenirs
  • jewellery: gold, silver filigree or jewellery made from coral (e.g. "rečine" or "puce")
  • souvenirs from the workshops of traditional craftsmen: cobblers, tanners, stone-masons...
  • Dubrovnik delicacies – traditional sweets and drinks: kontonjata, mantala, arancine, sugared almonds, dry figs, home-made liqueurs made from fruits and flowers, brandy with herbs, red and white wines.
  • olive oil and spices (rosemary, bay leafs), lavender
  • cosmetics (essential and massage oils and shampoos) made from natural ingredients: fragrant and medicinal herbs, citrus fruits, lavender, bay leafs, rosemary, honey, lemon, olive oil, palm oil, almond oil, goat's milk, essential oils and ground almonds…
  • cosmetic preparations from the Franciscan chemists - products: Aqua Rosae, Aqua Rosmarini, Aqua Lavandulae, Gold cream (wax and oil from almonds), rose cream with rose oil, rosemary cream, hydrant cream with almond water, Antirid (cocoa butter and bergamot oil, lip gloss (wax and vanilla)
  • Konavle embroidery (the main decorative part of Dubrovnik women's costumes) – hand embroidered bookmarks, tablecloths, cushions...
  • stoneware: little cubes, the Maskeron (stone sculpture to be found on several older Dubrovnik buildings), Croatian wattle, crucifixes, fortresses, archaic pots for oil (today they are decorative pots for flowers), small stone crosses
  • artistic objects: pictures, sculptures, glass objects, artistic ceramics (also available in galleries)
  • chocolate - Bajadere, Griotte, chocolate with different flavours, dark sophisticated chocolate etc. (available from Kraš shop on The Stradun)
  • cravats – traditional garment worn by Croats in the 17th century, available in the "Croata" shop near the Rector's Palace but also in other shops in the historical town centre.

Entertainment and night life

  • cinemas: Sloboda, Jadran, Lapad
  • evenings: street singers, Dalmatian musical groups, chamber music groups, troubadours, serenade singers can all be found outside and in front of the Sponza Palace arcade
  • Rector's Palace – frequent concerts (with appearances by major world musicians)
  • during the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, the town's squares and open spaces become stages for theatre shows
  • entertainment programmes Zvijezde pod zvijezdama ("Stars under the Stars") on the terraces and beaches of Dubrovnik's hotels
  • nightclubs and discos: EastWest Beach Club (Banje beach), Exodus (Babin kuk), Factory Club, Gil's, Latino Club Fuego (Pile), Night club & cocktail bar Revelin (Fort Revelin),
    X- Treme Club (Hotel Rixos Libertas), Orlandinjo (Hotel Dubrovnik Palace), Ginja (Radisson Blue Resort & Spa, Dubrovnik Riviera)
  • clubs: Troubadour Hard Jazz Cafe, Bard Bar, (Mala Buža), Cold Drinks (Velika Buža), Orašac, Pizzeria Hawaii, Lapad Beach Dubrovnik, Club Lazareti, Udruga mladih Orlando / Orlando Youth Association
  • casino: Golden Sun Casino, Hotel Libertas Rixos

Sports and leisure

  • Sports hall
  • sports: clubs and centres for the following sports: tennis, diving, kayaking, fishing, sailing, swimming, water polo, rowing, horse-riding, bridge, chess, bowling
  • beaches: bathing, paddling boats, jet-skiing, kayaking, banana riding, water-skiing, surfing, diving, deep diving to protected underwater archaeological sites (as part of special programmes and centres for diving and water sports located on several of Dubrovnik's beaches and bathing areas)
  • For many years now, the South Dalmatian Sailing Boat Regatta has been traditionally held on the Dubrovnik-Mljet-Orebić stretch of water
  • walks: walking along the Lapad seaside paths, up Mount Srđ or Gorica Svetoga Vlaha (Saint Vlaho Hill)
  • walk to Sveti Jakov (St. Jacob)
  • high category hotels located in the Ploče district: morning jogging, wellness centres, massages, indoor swimming, beauty treatments …
Excursions
  • Konavle – riding small ATV buggies, recreational horse-riding, walking along the blue path through olive groves, forests and the steep Konavle coast
  • island of Lokrum (reserve of forest vegetation protected by UNESCO, botanical garden, fortress, remnants of a basilica, monastery, villa of Maximilian of Habsburg, beaches, small lake – "Dead Sea" suitable for children and non-swimmers, cave Beta)
  • Arboretum Trsteno (Gučetić – Gozze Renaissance villa (15th century) and garden with aqueduct, mill, baroque fountain with Neptune and nymphs as well as pavilion – belvedere looking out to the sea and islands)
  • Rijeka Dubrovačka: several villages around the source of the Omble river, Renaissance villas from the 15th and 16th centuries such as the Sorkočević family villa, ACI marina Dubrovnik, various types of birds
  • island of Mljet
    The Mljet National Park, Veliko Jezero and Malo Jezero (the Big and Small lakes), the islet of St Mary (Sv. Marije) with its Benedictine monastery of St Mary (Sv. Marije) from the 12th century, wooded paths along the shore of the lake, pine forests, the port of Pomena.
  • Elaphiti: the group of Elaphiti or Deer Islands, reefs, rocks and small rocky islands, of which the following are inhabited: Koločep (dense pine forests, rich variety of fish and crustaceans, ancient monuments and the remnants of sarcophaguses, stone sculptures, chapels and churches, the locals have been diving for coral since time immemorial), Lopud (sandy beaches, nature, forts, small chapels, villas and monasteries, Your Black Horizon art pavilion) and Šipan (olive groves, vineyards, countless monuments, churches, monasteries, Gothic-Renaissance villas).
  • Park Prevlaka – the most southerly part of the Croatian coast, the biggest centre for free climbing in Croatia where you can also try out paint-balling, cycling, adventure walks along Prevlaka paths as well as visiting the labyrinth of tunnels which were once built for military purposes.
  • option: Jeep safari to Konavle, adventure walks, harvesting salt at the Ston salt fields, Big Game Fishing, day- and night-time fishing leaving from Cavtat, sailing on rented sailboats, cycling through the Mljet National Park
  • Cabrio or panorama bus (tourist attraction) gives you a panorama view over Dubrovnik (Dubrovnik City Tour). The bus is painted in the style of an old Dubrovnik tram which in times gone by would ride through the streets of Dubrovnik. The ticket for the Cabrio panorama bus also entitles you to travel on all local buses on that day.

Transport

Public transport –bus (Libertas, publicly owned company):
Frequent and regular bus services connect all parts of the town. Timetables can be found at every bus stop, the Dubrovnik Tourist Board information offices as well as from hotel receptions.
Tickets:
  • ticket purchased from the bus driver = 10 HRK (you should have the exact amount ready as the driver does not give change)
  • 'S' card = 8 HRK, available from kiosks, from the Libertas shop in Pile, the bus station and in Mokošica, from hotel receptions and tourist agencies.
This card is valid for one hour after the first stamp and for an unlimited number of journeys around the town.
  • 'P' card = 120 HRK for 20 journeys at a price of just 6 HRK. Each time you stamp this card, it will scan the number of remaining journeys. The payment system for the magnetic card is as follows: turn the side of the card with the magnetic strip towards yourself and insert it in the machine, then take the card out of the machine. If you have a "contactless card", simply place it on the sensor.
  • The ticket for the Cabrio panorama bus also entitles you to travel on all local buses on that day.
Taxis
The busiest parts of Dubrovnik in terms of traffic all have taxi stands which clearly show the prices for taxi services.
When the customer enters the taxi, the taximeter should be switched on and set to the initial amount (start) of 25 HRK. If the taximeter isn't switched on, the customer isn't obliged to pay for the journey. Each additional kilometre costs 8 HRK. A maximum of 4 people may travel in the taxi. It costs 80 HRK for each hour of waiting and 2 HRK for each piece of luggage.
In the event of a complaint about payment for taxi services, it is useful if you can obtain a receipt from the driver with a valid stamp and indication of the service supplied and registration code of the vehicle.
A taxi from the port Gruž (where cruise ships dock and which is 4 km from the ancient centre of the town) to Pile, the western gates to the historic centre of the town, will cost 70 HRK by taxi whilst travelling from Pile to one of the hotels in the other parts of town will cost between 55 – 70 HRK depending on the distance.
You may also take a taxi to get a panorama view of the town and the surrounding area
(one hour costs 330 HRK). This journey normally includes a trip to "Novi most" (the New Bridge) from where you can get a view on the port of Gruž, Lapad, Rijeka Dubrovačka and the islands, then via the Adriatic Highway to get a view of the entire town as well as a visit to Mount Srđ (412 m) with its view on Dubrovnik and the surrounding area.
It is also possible to agree a whole-day or half-day price with a taxi driver for trips to the area surrounding Dubrovnik.
Radio taxi 00385 20 970, 24h
Taxi (freephone) 0800 1441

Boats
  • boat to the island of Lokrum: leaves from the port (historic centre of the town) every thirty minutes during the season and arrives at Portoč Bay on the island of Lokrum. Journey takes ten minutes. Tickets bought from in front of the boat. Boat does not run in bad weather.
    Boat for the Elaphiti islands of Koločep, Lopud and Šipan (Jadrolinija): leaves from the port of Gruž, timetables can be obtained from the offices of Jadrolinija in Gruž, situated directly next to the docks, or from Dubrovnik Tourist Board offices, tickets can be bought at the offices of Jadrolinija.
  • boat to Mljet:
    ferry (Jadrolinija) – leaves from the port of Gruž, arrives at Sobra port on Mljet, timetable and tickets can be obtained from the offices of Jadrolinija in Gruž .
    hydrofoil 'Nona Ana (G&V Line agency) – during the season it runs to Sobra port on Mljet and Polače port near the Mljet National Park
To other towns in Croatia:
  • ferries from Dubrovnik to Korčula, Stari grad (island of Hvar), Split, Rijeka. Information, timetable, tickets available from the offices of Jadrolinija in Gruž.
  • to Bari (Italy): 'Azzurra' ferry (Azzurra Line), tickets, timetable and information available from the offices of the Elite Travel agency at the port of Gruž.
Airport – City connections

Dubrovnik airport is around 20km from the town itself.

Bus
  • bus journey from the airport to the town: buses leave from the stop in front of the arrivals hall after each incoming flight
  • bus journey from the town to the airport: for Croatia Airlines and Austrian Airlines, buses leave from the bus station 1,5 hours before the aeroplane is due to leave and 2 hours for all other scheduled flights.
Taxi
The price of a taxi from the airport to Dubrovnik is 200 – 235 HRK depending where your hotel is located.
Radio taxi Dubrovnik +385 20 970
Taxi (freephone) 0800 1441

Events in Dubrovnik and its surroundings


  • The Moonlight fell on the Neretva Folklore Festival - 16 – 19 May , Metković
Metković is the gathering place of folklore bands from all over Croatia and abroad who come to pay homage to the moon over the beloved river with their songs and dances.

  • Knight’s tournaments tradition - June - October, Korčula
In the city and on the island of Korčula you can attend moreška, a traditional dance with swords which symbolizes the battle between good and evil.


Learn more at www.tzdubrovnik.hr

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