Dubrovnik, also known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the main tourist destination in Croatia. The towers and turrets of its medieval walls give the city a beautiful silhouette at sunset. Its most recent claim to fame has been starring in HBO’s crazily successful Game of Thrones but there is much more to do in Dubrovnik than spotting the shooting locations. Here are the top 5 things to do in Dubrovnik, according to RentTheSun!
Best views in Dubrovnik
Taking the cable car to the top of Mount Srd is a must-do whilst you’re in Dubrovnik! The views from 415 metres above sea level, are unbelievable. On a clear day you can see Lokrum, the Elafiti Islands and a large sweep of the Dubrovnik coastline. You can speed your way to the top in less than 4 minutes and each cable car holds approximately 30 people. The cable car is not necessary however as you can walk to the top – albeit the path is very exposed to the sun and so this is not recommended on a hot, sunny day!
city walls and forts
The monumental walls and fortifications surrounding Dubrovnik are undoubtedly the most famous feature of the city and an unmissable attraction. You will climb to the highest point of Dubrovnik’s Old Town (the rounded Minceta Fortress) and from there you can enjoy amazing views over the city’s well-known red roofs. The Dubrovnik City walls run uninterrupted for 1940 meters and the walk generally takes between one and two hours. To avoid sharing the walls with throngs of cruise tourists, be sure to look up the cruise schedule when planning the timing of your walk!
Placa or Stradun street is the main open urban area of Dubrovnik and the favourite promenade and gathering place for both locals and tourists. It is the venue of every public feast and procession, but also the main business street of the core of the city. There are many of the main monuments of the city located on this street. For example, Orlando’s Column lies Between Sponza Palace and St. Blaise and is the oldest preserved public sculpture in Dubrovnik. There is also the Onofrio Fountain which was built as a symbol for the completion of the city’s water supply, nowadays it is a popular meeting point for locals.
Lokrum is a Nature Reserve island about 15 minutes from Dubrovnik by the taxi-boat. Nobody lives on Lokrum or even spends the night and there are also no cars allowed here, making it an extremely peaceful place to visit. It is the perfect location to take in a leisurely stroll along one of the shady paths, enjoy a picnic on the stone beaches or explore the small salt-filled lake which is 10m deep and linked to the open sea. There is a botanical garden, home to 500 different kinds of trees, flowers, plants and bushes and the island is also inhabited by families of peacocks brought over from the Canary Islands over 150 years ago.
Beaches in Dubrovnik are not known for being large and sandy but you are guaranteed to find sparkling water and stretches of rocks and pebbles. The sea around Dubrovnik is not only warm (averaging 25.5°C in August) but is also very clean as it has been rated “excellent” by European environmental regulators. Banje Beach is the closest beach to the Old Town making it the most convenient beach with the best view of Dubrovnik’s famous walls. Whilst Sv Jakov beach is a little further away but preferred by locals as it is often less crowded.
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