Dubrovnik Old Town

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Dubrovnik Old Town
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Dubrovnik Old Town - despite its touristy character - remains one of the world's most picturesque destinations.

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Dubrovnik Old Town
must dos and sees

Absorb the Medieval townscape

View the facades on the Stratun (description below) and in the maze of narrow back alleys. Nearly all the buildings were erected over 500 years ago and are designed in the Roman, Gothic and Baroque architectural styles.

Walk the wall

Stroll along the top of the 24 meter (80 foot) high fortified wall that encircles the burg. It takes about an hour and offers perspective views of the city and Adriatic Sea.

Promenade down the Stradun

It's the main street and hub of activity - and is flanked by picturesque buildings and outdoor people-watching cafes.

Visit the photogenic Old Port

It's a snug, charming harbor with small moored boats (see photo above).

Take the cable car ride

Enjoy an eagle's eye view of Dubrovnik Old Town and its environs from a mountain belvedere.

Other leading attractions

They include (alphabetically): Aquarium and Maritime Museum  Bell Tower Church of St Blaise  Church of the Assumption  Dominican Monastery  Franciscan Monastery  Minceta Fort  Onofrio's Fountain Rector's Palace   Sponza Palace

Dubrovnik Old Town
tips and insights


Dubrovnik Old Town is no longer the local community it once was. Only a small percentage of its previous native population remains. Today, it's vaguely like a touristy theme park. Visitors - not locals - dominate the scene. And most of the workers you see don't actually live within the walls.

Avoiding the crowds

The destination is a popular cruise ship port-of-call during the peak summer season. Nearly a million cruise passengers per year go on organized or self-guided shore excursions. To avoid congesting conditions of large-cruise-ship days, do your major-venue sightseeing early in the day before cruisers disembark - or in the late afternoon after most cruisers return to their boats.

Best time of
the year to come

May through mid-June (before summer temperatures and visitor counts soar) is your best bet. September is a good alternative (though daytime sightseeing hours become shorter).

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