Introducing the city

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About Dubrovnik

Lovingly named the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ by wandering poet Lord Byron, once you set eyes on beautiful Dubrovnik you’ll find it impossible to argue.

Perched on a zig-zagging coast, dotted with reaching peninsulas and pock-marked with marine coves, the walled town of Dubrovnik is one of the most captivating in Europe. The glistening limestone walkways, which presumably drew the great wordsmith’s comparison, are a sight to behold, adding awe to simply meandering through this magnificent pocket of Croatia. Shining during the day, shimmering at night, breath-taking always.

Dubrovnik certainly is a pearl to treasure.

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When Should You Visit?

Generally speaking, the best months to visit are May to June or September to October – that’s pre and post peak-season respectively. July and August will see the city overrun with tourists as the Dubrovnik Summer Festival kicks-off. Avoid these two months and you’ve got the sunny days without stultifying heat, as well as the hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions without the crowds.

July is the hottest month in Dubrovnik with an average temperature of 22 degrees Celsius and the coldest is January at 4 degrees Celsius, with the most daily sunshine hours at 13 in August. The wettest month is November with an average of 198mm of rain. The best month to swim in the sea is in August when the average sea temperature is 25 degrees Celsius.

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Travioor top tips

Plan Routes
Hotel Beaches
Local Eats

Insider Info

  • Located on the side of Srd Mountain, the city climbs up it from the ocean. So with the exception of the main thoroughfares, many of the side streets are angled at what could be a testing incline for anyone with mobility issues. There are routes that circumvent this problem, but it’s something to bear in mind when planning your trip.

  • Given its prickly coastline, sandy beaches are in short supply in Dubrovnik. Yet, many of the 19th century luxury hotels have beautiful waterfront areas which are usually open for those members of the public brave enough to ask.

  • Although the public courtyards are chocked with bustling restaurants, venture through the side streets for the best culinary experiences.

  • Game of Thrones fans will likely be struck with a Stark sense of familiarity upon arrival, as this magnificent fortress city plays set to Kings Landing in the uber-popular TV series.

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Food and drink

Main Course £8.40 | 75.15 kn

3-Course Meal £33.59 | 300.61 kn

Cappuccino £1.48 | 13.21 kn

Beer £2.79 | 25.00 kn

The Scene

The seafood in Dubrovnik is second to none, with squid, lobster and oysters particularly plentiful. The city’s palate is also heavily accented by Italian cuisine, given the close proximity between the two. So, why not try an old classic like linguine with a seafood twist.

While it won’t be on every menu, an Adriatic Salad consisting of chilled shrimp, avocado, melon and wild rice in a lemony cream sauce is an excellent lunch choice – serving as the perfect balancing act for the strong midday heat.

The vineyards of the Konavle produce rich red wines of the Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Plavac varieties. But if it’s a local tipple you’re after, they also do a light and fruity rosé called Kadarun.

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History

Dubrovnik’s Story

Initially part of Byzantium, the city came under Venetian control in 1204. The Venetians stayed until 1358, when they were squeezed out of the southern Adriatic by Louis of Hungary. Dubrovnik officially became a vassal of the Hungaro-Croatian kingdom, although it was effectively an independent city-state.

As the great walls hint at, Dubrovnik was subjected to numerous attacks, offences and sieges since its inception. But arguably the most significant destruction was caused by the great earthquake of 1667, after which many of the city’s grand public buildings had to be re-built by Baroque planners.

Given its city-state classification, Dubrovnik has long served as a symbol of defiant freedom for the Croats. This status was compounded during the Croatian War of Independence in 1991-92, when it successfully resisted a nine-month Serbian-Montenegrin siege.

Today, the fact that the conflict took place here at all only subtly reveals itself; the colour of the newly quarried stone used patch up damaged parts of the infrastructure differs in shade to what managed to remain intact.

Language

Bok | Hello
Hvala | Thank you

Croatian

Standard Croatian is based on the most widespread dialect of Serbo-Croatian, Shtokavian, more specifically on Eastern Herzegovinian.

However, as Dubrovnik is a well-established tourist destination for the UK, America and Australia, most people working in the industry will have at least a smattering of English. And if not, the locals are generally happy to help. These phrases might come in handy:

  • Goodbye: Zbogom.
  • Please: Molim
  • Excuse me: Oprostite.
  • Do you speak English?: Govoriš li engleski.

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Need to know

+385 Dialling Code
112 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • A taxi in the main city of Dubrovnik shouldn’t cost any more than £25, but most short hops will be in the region of £10.
  • Dubrovnik has a superb bus service running through key tourist routes until after 2am in summer - so no need to rush home. The fare is 15 Kuna (£1.50) if you buy from the driver, and 12 Kuna (£1.20) if you buy a ticket at a tisak (news-stand).

 

VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for Croatia here.

 

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Travioor Recommends

1. City Walls

The old town is encased in towering City Walls which stretch around the city for almost two kilometres. Conquer them and bring your camera.

2. Stradun

Stradun translates as the ‘Street’, and runs through the old town. It’s lined with cafés, but it’s the polished limestone pavement that will steal your attention.

3. Cathedral

Originally erected in the 6th century and later renovated, the stately Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin is a must-see for any self-respecting aesthete.

4. Cable Car

Take the Dubrovnik Cable Car to the top of the Srd Mountain for an unrivalled view of the magnificent Old Town and the close-by Lopud Island.

5. Lopud

Speaking of Lopud, this sleepy island is just a 50-minute boat-ride away and provides the perfect sanctuary from the crowds plus the best beaches.


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