Dubrovnik, Croatia

A Guide to Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, often called the Pearl of the Adriatic, is a beautiful city lying in the south of Croatia, right on the Adriatic shore. The Old City is a beautiful, picturesque town that has become increasingly popular with tourists. A city with a long history, the Old City today is a beautiful place preserved as it once was.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

A view of the Old City

The Old City, with its city walls, has been made a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dubrovnik offers its visitors great weather, marvelous bathing opportunities, many restaurants and night spots as well as lots of history. The old city and its walls carry a lot of history, and during the last Balkan war the walls once again had to serve its defensive purpose.

The harbour in Dubrovnik, Croatia

The harbour in the Old City

Dubrovnik can at times feel like a bit of a tourist trap, especially when the big cruise ships come in. Large groups of tourists invade the city every day, only to leave with the cruise ship in the evening. Stradun, the main street in the Old City, can get really crowded, but it is possible to find quieter places in the smaller side streets. For a quieter getaway, the the island of Lokrum just a few hundred meters from Dubrovnik is worth a trip. There are boats at the harbour ready to take you there.

Lokrum seen from Dubrovnik

The Island of Lokrum in the background

Dubrovnik is worth a visit. A beautiful city in a very interesting region, the Balkans. The Old City with its walls is a picturesque remnant from older times, now a bit run over by tourists, but with a little effort you can find places off the tourist track.


Stradun in the Old City of Dubrovnik at night

A complete list of my posts about Dubrovnik

The City of Dubrovnik

The Walls of Dubrovnik

The Siege of Dubrovnik

The Island of Lokrum in Croatia

For more information check out the city’s Tourist Board website.

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