The City of Dubrovnik buzzes with life all year around. The astonishing beauty of the marble-clad Old Town is contained within the city walls; people flock to its squares, picturesque narrow alleyways, cafés and bars. The clean beaches and the crystal-clear blue water surrounding the city walls of Dubrovnik captivate the visitor with their charm.
On January 1st 2023, Euro replaced Croatian kuna as the country's official currency.
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Dubrovacki vjesnik (good for listings of events) — dubrovacki.slobodnadalmacija.hr/dubrovnik
Vecernji List (national newspaper) — www.vecernji.hr
Dubrovnik Times (in English) — www.thedubrovniktimes.com
Most shops are generally open between 9 am and 7/8 pm seven days a week. However it can be limited opening hours during the winter months.
Banks are usually open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 8 pm, Saturday 8 to noon.
41,562 (2021 census)
Tourist Information Dubrovnik Tourist Board
Brsalje 5, Dubrovnik
+385 20 323887
Few places in the world master the mix of young and modern with the medieval and baroque better than Dubrovnik.
The city naturally revolves around the Old Town which is inside the city walls. There, you'll find a blend of shops, cafes, bars, a fantastic atmosphere, and some very beautiful sights as you walk along down the Stradun. The squares in the Old Town are lined with bars or restaurants that have outdoor seating, giving the visitors, as well as the locals, a chance to relax with a drink in the sunshine.
Outside the city walls, modern Dubrovnik offers everything you would expect from a Mediterranean country. Figs, lemons, oranges and peaches are to be found dangling from the trees in many of the gardens.
The town’s architecture displays very little evidence from the ‘Siege of Dubrovnik’ in 1992, during which more than two thousand bombs were dropped on the town. The only hint of this is the presence of all the newly tiled roofs in town.
Dubrovnik is well worth a visit any time of the year, but, naturally, spring and summer brings out the best in the city.
“The pearl of the Adriatic”, Dubrovnik offers a great mix of history, sun and sea making it a popular tourist destination. Thanks to its location between the towering Dinaric Alps and the Adriatic Sea, the city has an incredible scenery that just needs to be seen with your own eyes. There are plenty of gems and spots to discover and the visitors are spoiled with choices all year round.
Start your day by exploring the town’s history and walk around the city walls and the Old Town, no visit to Dubrovnik would be complete without these two spectacular attractions. If you want to cool down, head over to one of the beaches with crystal clear sea and within easy reach. Alternatively, why not take a water taxi to one of the islands around Dubrovnik and enjoy gorgeous beaches, lush vegetation and the relaxed vibe. Either way, you will find endless things to do, so you better start planning.
Dubrovnik is full of good restaurants and the small streets in the Old Town are packed with them. The culinary standards are generally quite high and the choice of food is typically Croatian, as seafood dishes do have a very high priority. The Dalmatian ham is of course also one of the delights and an absolute ‘must taste’ starter dish. The restaurants are open until 11 pm or midnight unless otherwise stated.
The Old Town is full of comfortable and friendly cafes. Both indoor and outdoor cafés are nestled in the streets of Stradun, providing lovely surroundings in which to watch the daily life.
Dubrovnik’s nightlife takes place outdoors for much of the year. The area behind the Cathedral, Buniceva poljana, becomes one big outdoor bar in the spring and summer. The locals tend to hang out in the area between the Old Town and Gruž, where a strip of flashy bars have turned "bana Jelacica" into what the locals call "Bourbon Street".
The nightlife in Dubrovnik is mainly in the Old Town. The town does not have that many nightclubs and the Stradun is the place to be at night. All the shop canopies roll back and the chairs come out transforming the street into a processional of exuberance!
There are no large-scale shopping centres in Dubrovnik, so target your shopping passions in and around the Old Town. In the Old Town, on the main street Stradun, you will find a row of independent stores where local artisans, designers and producers sell their products. Think souvenir shops and more luxurious stores that sell jewellery, gems and clothes. Croatian speciality like olive oil, honey, herb-flavoured rakijas and wine are also easy to get in the area. For more interesting souvenirs to bring back home, head over to the picturesque side streets in the Old Town.
Dubrovnik also has some fine outdoor markets which are well worth a visit. You can buy fresh vegetables, fruit, olive oils, souvenirs and pretty much everything else you could possibly need.
Dubrovnik Airport (DBV)
Dubrovnik Airport is situated about 22 kilometres east of the city centre. The journey takes about 30 minutes by car. Airline buses meet all arrivals, including the late-night ones. The drop-off for the airport buses is at the entrance to the Old Town or at the bus station. You can buy your tickets when boarding the bus.
The taxi stand is located next to the Terminal building B.
Address: Zračna luka Dubrovnik
Phone: +385 20 773 377
More Information: Sometimes also called Čilipi Airport
Best Time to Visit
During peak season, July to August, the temperatures range from 22°C to 30°C. July is the sunniest time of the year making Croatian waters perfect for a swim, with water temperatures of 24°C.
However, during the summer, Dubrovnik is flocked by tourist and the hotel prices are increasing, due to this many prefer travel in May to June or September to October. These months are still offering sunny days, warm enough to swim and the restaurants and tourist attractions are open. In the low season, November to April, most facilities are closed, and the weather is more unsteady.
Most parts of Dubrovnik are best discovered on foot. If you feel the distance is a little too far, the town has an excellent system of buses. The orange city buses are run by the company Libertas, and they run frequently and generally on time. Tickets can be bought from the bus driver and from the newspaper kiosk and it is valid for one hour for an unlimited number of rides within the city.
There are several taxi stations around the city. Head over to the main bus station in Gruž or the main ferry terminal in Gruž. There are also taxi stands in the west and east entrance to the Old town (Pile Gate).
Post in Croatia is run by Hrvatska pošta. Their official website has detailed information about postage costs and delivery times. Postage stamps are sold at the numerous newspaper kiosks and newsagent shops. The postboxes are yellow and usually affixed to walls.
Address: Ulica Vukovarska 16, Dubrovnik
Phone: +385 20 36 20 68
Most pharmacies, called "ljekarna" in Croatian are marked with a green cross and are open six days per week from 8 am until 6 pm in low season and during high season from 8 am until 8 pm.
There are two pharmacies that stay open 24-hours and they alternate every week. Both "Kod Zvonika" and "Gruž" are on the main street in the Old Town and next to the port of Gruž.
Address: Dubrovnik General Hospital, Ulica dr. Roka Mišetića 2, Dubrovnik
Phone: +385 20 431 777
Country code: +385
Area code: 020
220V/50Hz, plug is a standard European 2 point (types C and F).