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The historic charms within the old walled city of Dubrovnik, Croatia are captivating – and travelers can experience this enchanting destination on a Dubrovnik walking tour. Steep stairs and deep alleys lead to Old Town Dubrovnik sights along the famous Stradun.
We created a free Dubrovnik Walking Tour that highlights the top things to see from Pile Gate to the Bell Tower (and a few sights outside the walls, too) to help other travelers discover the best of Dubrovnik.
Free Walking Tour Dubrovnik, Croatia
Old Town Dubrovnik is one of the top destinations in Croatia. Our free walking tour of Dubrovnik, Croatia features 19 of the best places to see in the city. The Dubrovnik sights on our list are located inside (or just outside) of the Old Town walls.
We include a brief introduction to each sight, a link to the location and step-by-step walking directions. It could take as little as an hour to complete this Dubrovnik walk, but we recommend allowing at least 2 hours.
At the end of the article, we feature an Old Town Dubrovnik Map of sights so that visitors can easily make their way.
We think this is the best self-guided tour of Dubrovnik, and we’ve provided everything you need to tour Dubrovnik on your own!
Guided or Self-Guided Walking Tour Dubrovnik
What we love about completing DIY Dubrovnik walks is that you can discover at your own pace, and on your own schedule. Travelers who want to avoid the crush of Dubrovnik crowds can set off on a self guided early morning walk or wait until the cruise ship passengers have left and enjoy a DIY Dubrovnik evening walking tour.
That said, some travelers prefer a guide lead the way to the top sights of the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. We feature some of the top rated tours (including Dubrovnik free walking tours that are tip based) at the end of the article.
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Old Town Dubrovnik, Croatia History
Before you set off on your Dubrovnik city tour, it helps to understand a little bit about the history. Situated along the Dalmatian Coast, the city of Dubrovnik evolved from a maritime past, with different theories as to when the area was first inhabited.
It is certain, however, that it thrived in the 14th and 15th centuries due to its merchant trade and natural resources. In 1667, a massive earthquake – followed by fires – damaged much of Dubrovnik, but it was reconstructed in the architectural style we see today.
Protectors of Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik has long had two great protectors: The fortified Dubrovnik City Walls and it’s patron St. Blaise.
Walls of Dubrovnik Old City
The preserved walls were built between the 12th and 17th centuries. A total of 1.2 miles of continuous stone walls surround Dubrovnik, with some sections as high as 82 feet.
Although the surrounding walls confine the city, they are actually a symbol of freedom. Because of their protection, the Republic of Ragusa (Dubrovnik’s former name) operated as a free state from 1358 until 1808. The city’s motto was: Non bene pro toto libertas venditur auro, which roughly translates to Liberty is not sold for gold.
Today, the walls – and the area within them – are one of the best preserved Medieval cities in Europe and the entirety of Old Town Dubrovnik is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Dubrovnik Wall Walk – the city’s top attraction – allows visitors to walk on top of the walls, peering down into the lanes and out across the Adriatic Sea. Tickets are required to access the top of the walls and it is best to buy your ticket in advance!
Patron Saint Blaise (St. Vlaho)
St. Blaise is the other guardian of Dubrovnik. He has been said to protect the Old City of Dubrovnik since the year 971, when he appeared and warned a priest of an impending Venetian attack. The priest alerted the authorities, which resulted in securing – and thus, saving – Dubrovnik. Statues of St. Blaise, depicted with a long beard carrying a staff in one hand and the city of Dubrovnik in the other, can be spotted throughout town.
Dubrovnik was likely founded in the 7th century under the rule of the Byzantine Empire. In the year 1205, however, the Venetian Republic took control. In 1358, Ragusa gained independence and created alliances with foreign countries, allowing Ragusa many maritime liberties…and the small free state flourished.
However, the 1667 earthquake, coupled with the Age of Discovery (lessening the importance of Mediterranean ports) marked the beginning of the Republic’s decline. In 1806, Ragusa fell to French rule and the Ragusa Republic was formally abolished in 1808. Then, in 1814, control of Dubrovnik was handed to the Habsburgs which eventually became the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
After World War I, Dubrovnik became part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, and remained part of Yugoslavia after WW II. In 1991, the Republic of Croatia declared independence from Yugoslavia, which resulted in a terrible 4-year war. The Homeland War, as it’s referred to in Croatia, lasted from 1991 until 1995.
The Siege of Dubrovnik
During the Homeland War, Dubrovnik – already a UNESCO Heritage Site – came under attack. The Yugoslav People’s Army advanced on Dubrovnik, heavily bombing the Old Town. Croatian Forces, using the fort on Mount Srd, were able to defend the city.
The aggressive bombardment of the historic city gained attention worldwide and prompted international reaction. During the siege, 194 Croatian troops and 88 civilians were killed. More than half of the buildings in the Dubrovnik Old Town were destroyed or damaged.
After the war, Dubrovnik was quickly rebuilt. The only physical traces left from the war are the shrapnel marks on the buildings and the comparatively-new, bright-orange rooftops. The International Criminal Tribunal charged the aggressors with crimes against the people of Dubrovnik – as well as destruction and damage to a cultural World Heritage Site.
Large maps hang at both the gated entrances to Old Town Dubrovnik marking all of the buildings that were attacked.
Sightseeing Dubrovnik Walking Tour FREE
Despite the various rulers, numerous conflicts and the most recent siege of cruise ship passengers, the appealing charm of the historic city has been retained. It only takes stepping inside the gates of Dubrovnik to feel it.
Whether seeking out specific sights with our Dubrovnik free walking tour or just wandering the many narrow alleys, you will find beauty at every turn. (That said, you may want to check the Dubrovnik cruise ship schedule for the days of your visit to prepare for the crowds.)
Start your Dubrovnik Old Town Walking Tour at the western entrance Pile Gate (MAP)
#1 Pile Gate Dubrovnik
Pile Gate (which means Door in Greek) is the main entrance into the walled city – and the natural starting place for Dubrovnik sightseeing tours. The gate has two doors – and a statue of St. Blaise is prominently placed over both of them.
The stone bridge that spans the deep trench was once a drawbridge that would be raised each night to keep invaders out.
Enter the Old Town through the gates and step onto the town’s busiest (and Croatia’s most famous) street, the Stradun (MAP)
#2 Dubrovnik Stradun
Prior to the 13th century, the Stradun (sometimes called Placa) was marshland that divided Ragusa from the mainland. After it was filled in with white limestone, the street became the main thoroughfare in the Dubrovnik Old Town.
Almost a quarter mile long, the Dubrovnik main street runs from Pile Gate on the west side to the clock tower on the east. Most of the sights on our Dubrovnik Old Town tour are found along the Stradun.
The 1667 earthquake and subsequent fire destroyed nearly the entire city – and structures along the Stradun were rebuilt uniformly. Each dwelling was constructed to have a street-level shop with a door and arched window. The living area was one level up and the top-floor was reserved for the kitchen.
Although the upper floors have, no doubt, been re-purposed as individual apartments, the ground-level shops, with their matching arched windows and doors, remain.
Just inside the gate, look to your right to the Big Onofrio’s Fountain (MAP)
#3 Big Onofrio’s Fountain
Just inside the Pile Gate is one of the interesting Dubrovnik attractions: Big Onofrio’s Fountain. Named for the designer (Onofrio della Cava), the fountain was built in 1438 as a fresh water source to the Old Town, channeling water from the Dubrovnik River more than 7 miles away.
The large fountain has 16 spouts where water continuously flows from maskerons (like gargoyles, but just faces). The water is clean, so step up to top off your refillable water bottle!
On the north side of the Stradun, across from the fountain, is the Church of Saint Savior (MAP)
Maskerons are found throughout Dubrovnik on the sides of buildings. The faces were the original outlets for drain pipes. A legendary one can be found low to the ground across the way at the Franciscan Monastery. According to folklore, if you stand on it and keep your balance while taking off your shirt, you will find true love. You can find another one on the side of the Church of St. Blaise (look higher up), across from the Marin Drzic statue.
#4 Church of Saint Salvation Dubrovnik
The small chapel opposite the fountain is St. Salvation Church and it marks the next sight on this Free Tour Dubrovnik Walk. After an earthquake in 1520, the church was built in gratitude for sparing the town from severe damage (although 20 people did die in the quake).
Surprisingly, the Church of St. Salvation survived the devastating 1667 earthquake – and now the church remains as one of the few original structures of Renaissance architecture.
Just east of St. Salvation Church is the entrance to the Franciscan Monastery (MAP), one of the most interesting sights on our walking tour of Old Town Dubrovnik.
#5 Franciscan Monastery Dubrovnik
Built inside the city walls in the 14th century, the Franciscan Monastery complex includes two cloisters, a historic pharmacy and a library. The lower cloister, built in the Romanesque-Gothic style, has 120 columns and 12 pilasters.
Dating to 1317, the pharmacy is the 3rd-oldest, still-working pharmacy in the world. A collection of more than 20,000 books – including valuable manuscripts and other artifacts – is housed in the library.
Visitors enter the monastery via the narrow alleyway next to St. Savior Church. The monastery is open daily from 9:00am and stays open at least until 2:00pm (06:00pm in the summer). There is an entrance fee to the cloisters and library, but the pharmacy is open to the public.
Top Tip: Stop into the pharmacy for lotions made from local herbs according to old Franciscan formulas.
On the Stradun, just east of the monastery entrance is the Franciscan Church (MAP)
#6 Franciscan Church Dubrovnik
The original Franciscan Church was almost completely destroyed in the 1667 earthquake, with only the decorative Pieta on the side portal remaining (which was sculpted in 1498). When the church was rebuilt, they interior was adorned in the opulent Baroque style.
Make the leisurely stroll down the Stradun, perhaps with an ice cream cone in hand. Find Orlando’s Column (MAP) in Luza Square.
#7 Orlando’s Column
The next stop on our Walking Tour of Old Town Dubrovnik is Orlando’s Column. The statue of the armor-clad, sword-wielding Orlando on Luza Square has stood in Dubrovnik since 1418 – making it the oldest publicly displayed sculpture in the city.
According to legend (which has been disputed, but still makes for a nice story), Orlando was a Medieval knight who saved Dubrovnik by defeating pirates – and his statue symbolizes freedom.
Historically accurate, however, is that Orlando’s forearm measures 51.2cm, which was the official length of an ‘elbow,’ the standard measurement (used for fabric and other goods) at the time. The steps in front of Orlando were also used for proclamations and the punishments.
Just behind Orlando’s Column is the Church of St. Blaise (MAP)
#8 St. Blaise Church
The Baroque St. Blaise Church was built in 1715 (on the site of a previous church that was…you guessed, destroyed in the 1667 earthquake and, later, a fire). The church is modeled after St. Maurizio Church in Venice, Italy.
Dedicated to Dubrovnik’s patron saint, the steps to the church lead up from Luza Square, the main square in the Old Town. The church features stained glass windows and large statue of St. Blaise standing above the church entrance. Each year, February 3 marks St. Blaise Day, as well as City of Dubrovnik Day.
On the north side of the Stradun, just opposite St. Blaise Church, is Sponza Palace (MAP)
#9 Sponza Palace, Dubrovnik
Built in the 16th century, the Sponza Palace is a must-see on Dubrovnik Self Guided Walking Tours.
Sponza Palace was the cultural center of the city and one of the most beautiful buildings in Old Town Dubrovnik. The building housed government offices, including the Customs Office (which is why it is also referred to as the Divona building), the mint, armory, treasury and a warehouse.
It was the center of commercial trade and business in the city. An inscription in the courtyard loosely translates to: Our weights do not allow for cheating. When I measure the weight of goods, God measures me.
In the 17th century, the palace hall was used by intellectuals and poets, introducing literary culture to the city. Sponza Palace now houses Dubrovnik’s archives, including ancient documents that date to the year 1022.
The palace is one of the few buildings in Dubrovnik to withstand the 1667 earthquake – and it is thought that most of the Old Town was of the same design as the palace prior to the devastation.
Next to the Sponza Palace is the Bell Tower (MAP)
#10 Dubrovnik Bell Tower
The iconic City Bell Tower was built in the Dubrovnik Old Town in 1444 at the height of 100 feet. The 2-ton bell was cast in 1506 – and can be heard as far as the Port of Gruz.
Two ‘Green Men’ – bronze turned green from sea air, and named Maro and Baro by locals – strike the bell every half hour with hammers (with a special sequence at noon). The clock face not only tells the time, but also displays the phase of the moon – and below it is an old-school numerical clock.
Unfortunately, the only part of the bell tower that is original is the actual bell. Due to earthquakes causing the tower to lean, the entire clock tower had to be completely rebuilt in 1929. The Maro and Baro figures are also replicas; the originals reside in a museum.
Walk through the archway to the left of the Bell Tower and follow the passageway to the stairs of the Dominican Monastery (MAP)
#11 Dubrovnik Dominican Monastery
Built in the 14th and 15th centuries, the Dominican Monastery is one of the largest Gothic buildings in the region. The impressive staircase leads into the church, where visitors can see a golden Crucifix that dates to the 14th century.
In the cloister gardens there is a stone well, which still functions today and provided clean water to the city during the Siege of Dubrovnik.
Additionally, the Dominican Monastery complex has a library and museum, which houses a large collection of paintings, art and jewelry. There is a fee to enter the monastery complex.
From the Dominican Monastery staircase, continue walking to Ploce Gate (MAP)
#12 Ploce Gate Dubrovnik
In a design similar to the Pile Gate, the eastern Ploce Gate has two archways and a bridge (that was originally a wooden drawbridge).
At the far end of the bridge is the Revelin Fortress, which was built as a lookout point over the gate and harbor in the 16th century. Today, the Revelin Tower is used as a popular nightclub.
Top Tip: Pass through the first archway connected to the Revelin Tower and walk onto the elevated square shaded by large evergreen trees. Here, you will find beautiful views of the Old Dubrovnik Port.
Return to the Stradun and walk south, past the Clock Tower to the Rector’s Palace (MAP). As you walk along the side of St. Blaise Church, you will pass the Small Onofrio’s Fountain and the seated statue of Marin Drzic, a famous Croatian writer (people rub his nose or knees for good luck). Next to the statue is the Rector’s Palace, a must-see sight on our Dubrovnik walking tour.
#13 Dubrovnik Rector’s Palace
The Rector’s Palace is another must-see Dubrovnik sight on your Self Guided Walking Tour.
From the 14th century until the dissolution of the Republic of Ragusa in 1808, the Rector’s Palace served as the seat of the Rector of Ragusa. The state administration and council were also housed in the palace, as well as the armory and prison.
Since 1872, the Museum of Dubrovnik has resided inside the palace.
The Gothic palace was designed in the 15th century by Onofrio della Cava (who also built the city’s two fountains). However, due to earthquakes and a gunpowder explosion, the palace endured several renovations, which added Renaissance and Baroque elements into the design. The arches along the porch are especially beautiful at night.
Continue walking to the end of the Rector’s Palace, then turn left (east) and walk through the small arched passageway to the Old Port (MAP)
#14 Dubrovnik Old Port and Porporela Lighthouse
The Old Dubrovnik Port was once the Main Dubrovnik Port. Designed in the 15th century and further enhanced in the 16th century, the port provided safe harbor for ships and protection from enemies. The large building with the three arches (now a restaurant), was the Arsenal where ships were built.
Follow the walkway around Fort St. Ivana (which houses an aquarium and maritime museum) to the breakwater and Porporela Lighthouse. From the lighthouse, take in the sweeping vistas of the Adriatic Sea and Lokrum Island.
Continue walking along the outside of the walls, where you can dip your toes in the clear water at one of Dubrovnik’s Best Beaches.
Retrace your steps back to the Old Town through the arched passageway and veer slightly left to the Dubrovnik Cathedral (MAP)
#15 Dubrovnik Cathedral
Officially the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, several cathedrals have occupied the site since the 7th century.
The cathedral prior to the current church (that stood in the 12th to 17th centuries) is said to have been funded by English King Richard the Lionheart. When the king was saved from shipwreck on Lokrum Island in 1192, he promised to build a grand church to thank God and the citizens of Dubrovnik for his survival.
That cathedral, however, was demolished in the 1667 earthquake. It took 50 years – and many famous architects – to complete the new domed cathedral that stands today.
Although the interior is rather stark, it is worth stepping inside during your tour of Old Town Dubrovnik. There are numerous altars adorned with paintings and an unusual (and very modern) Stations of the Cross. The highlight of the church, however, is the treasury which houses an abundance of ornate holy relics (which requires a ticket).
From the church, walk west along the north side of the church into a small alley, which opens into a square filled with restaurant and café tables. Stick to the path, veering slightly to the right. Continue walking through the alley into a larger square, Gundulic Square, and walk to the center of it (MAP)
#16 Gundulic Square and Dubrovnik Green Market
The statue that stands at the center of Gundulic Square is of famous Croatia writer and Dubrovnik statesman, Ivan Gundulic.
In the mornings, the square hosts a local market where visitors can purchase souvenirs, buy Croatian lavender, taste honey and pick up some fresh fruit. At noon, when the Bell Tower rings out scarring all the pigeons, they flock to Gundulic Square (where a local is certain to spread out some crumbs for them to eat).
Walk to the north end of the Gundulic Square then turn left (west) on Ulica od Puca. Walk half a block (about 2 minutes) to the Church of the Holy Annunciation (MAP)
#17 Orthodox Church of the Holy Annunciation
There are few religious buildings other than Catholic Churches in the Dubrovnik Old Town. (In fact, in the 13th century, Muslims and people who were Orthodox were not permitted to sleep in the city.)
The Church of the Holy Annunciation – an Orthodox church – was not built until the late 1800s and is snugly fit into a small space. Visitors are invited to step inside the colorful church. There is also an on-sight museum that displays Orthodox icons and art pieces.
To continue your walking tour of Old Town Dubrovnik, retrace your steps back to the market and turn right (south) on Ulica uz Jezuite. Walk to the end of the street and go up the grandiose staircase – known to Game of Thrones fans as the Walk of Shame Staircase – to St. Ignatius Church (MAP). Be sure to pause at the top…to catch your breath and take a photo!
#18 St. Ignatius Church Dubrovnik
Baroque statues and colorful frescoes decorate St. Ignatius Church, which is – without a doubt – the most beautiful church in Old City Dubrovnik. The church was built in the early 1700s and completed in 1725.
Inside the St. Ignatius Church, there is a cave dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes and the church bell dates to 1355. Standing next to the church is the Jesuit College, subtly designed to emphasize the beauty of the church façade.
Exit the church and walk to the opposite end of the square (glancing back to see the full view of the church). Now look for the sign that says, “Cold Drinks with the Most Beautiful View” – and follow the arrows to the small passage to the Buza Bar (MAP)
#19 Old Town Dubrovnik Buza Bar
“Buza” translates to “Hole in the Wall” – and the Buza Bar is literally a bar through a hole in the Dubrovnik City Walls. The small entrance (watch your head!) leads to a makeshift outdoor bar that clings to the outside of the walls like a barnacle to a boat.
Although the drinks are over-priced, the tables are crammed together and there is no running water, the views over the Adriatic Sea are absolutely amazing! Walking around Dubrovnik can be tiring, so relax and order a refreshing drink – this is the last stop on our Free Dubrovnik Walking Tour!
Visiting Dubrovnik on a Budget? Check out our top tips for saving money in Croatia’s most expensive city!
Dubrovnik Walking Tour Map
Use this link to Google Maps for our Walking Tour Dubrovnik Sightseeing Map online.
We also highly recommend picking up a Dubrovnik tourist map from the Information Office or – better yet – buying a map of Dubrovnik in advance of your trip to better plot your route (like this one!)
Dubrovnik City Walk: What You Will Need
In addition to a map of Old Town Dubrovnik, there are a few more items you will want to have for your Walking Tour Dubrovnik Self Guided Trek.
Patience for Dubrovnik Summer Visits
If you are traveling to Dubrovnik in the peak summer season, it will be hot and crowded. Therefore, it is likely that you will need some patience walking in Dubrovnik. Your Self-Guided Walking Tour of Dubrovnik will be much more enjoyable if you simply go with the flow – and it always helps to have an ice cream cone in hand (there are plenty of ice creams shops on the Stradun!).
Alternatively, avoid the crowds on early morning or evening Self Guided Walking Tours Dubrovnik Old City. Or, if at all possible, go for a walk in the Old Town when there are no cruise ships docked in Dubrovnik!
Walking Shoes for Dubrovnik
I personally like walking in flip flops, but the slick stone streets and numerous steps can make wearing flip flops problematic. Instead, be sure to pack a pair of comfortable travel walking shoes, like these by Columbia (for women) and these by Merrell (for men).
Dubrovnik Travel Camera
Dubrovnik scenic viewpoints are amazing! Upgrade from your phone camera to a real camera for the highest quality photos. We use a Canon Rebel, which takes amazing pictures! However, our Canon Powershot (which is lighter and great budget camera) works great for city photos as well!
Water Bottle and Day Pack
Make sure to bring a refillable water bottle – remember, you can fill up at the fountains! Collapsible water bottles are ideal for travelers. You’ll also want a great day bag to organize all of your everyday travel essentials!
Sunscreen, Hat and Umbrella
Slather on the sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat on your city walking tour of Dubrovnik (also while visiting the Best Dubrovnik Beaches!). The Croatia sun is intense all year long, but especially so in the summer months. It’s a good idea to carry a travel umbrella, too – for downpours or to provide a little bit of shade!
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More Walking Tours in Dubrovnik, Croatia
Our Old Town Dubrovnik Self-Guided Walking Tour is a great introduction to the city. However, there are many Dubrovnik guided tours as well. We are highlighting just a few of the most popular tours that are led by a professional Dubrovnik tour guide.
Pro Tip: Find the best tours and read reviews on Viator! However, before you making your booking, be sure to check times and duration.
Dubrovnik Game of Thrones Locations Tour
Calling all GOT fans! Many of the iconic scenes from Game of Thrones show were filmed in Croatia. In fact, Dubrovnik is King’s Landing…and Fort Lovrijenac, which is just outside the Pile Gate is the Red Keep, home of the coveted Iron Throne.
Visitors can join a Game of Thrones tour that follows in the footsteps of the characters to King’s Landing in Dubrovnik and get the inside scoop and filming stories from your guide. Read the reviews on this highly rated GOT Dubrovnik tour!
Dubrovnik Private Tours
Want a guide to lead you on a private tour of the city? On this 2-hour city tour in Dubrovnik, a guide will share local info while showing you the top sights in the city. Get the Details!
Dubrovnik City Walls Tour
The historical Walls of Dubrovnik are a highlight of any visit to Croatia! Let a guide lead the way on an elevated tour over the city. Find out more!
Super Saver Combo Tour: City Walk, Walls, Cable Car
Visitors short on time can pack all of the top sights of Dubrovnik into one streamlined tour. The Super Saver tour includes taking the Cable Car to Mount Srd, walking the city walls and taking a guided tour of Dubrovnik. Book it here!
Walking Dubrovnik Food Tour – with Wine!
Follow a local guide to family-run restaurants for a taste of local food and wine! Sample traditional Croatian cuisine and wines produced in the area. The price is all-inclusive – and the reviews are fabulous! Find out what’s included!
Free Tours Dubrovnik
Visitors looking for free tours in Dubrovnik can join the Old City and Game of Thrones Free Tour. Booking in advance is still recommended. Also keep in mind that the tour guide will expect to be tipped.
If you want an absolutely free tour in Dubrovnik, use our outlined walking tour!
More Dubrovnik Tours
After acquainting yourself with Dubrovnik sights, consider joining one of the following popular Dubrovnik excursions.
Looking for more tours and day trips? Use our Guide to the Best Day Trips from Dubrovnik for more ideas and details.
Dubrovnik Kayak Tour
Set off on the Adriatic Sea in a kayak and get a superb vantage point then paddle to a secluded beach. This affordable tour gets rave reviews! Check the price!
Dubrovnik Bike Tour and Kayaking
Enjoy an active day trip from Dubrovnik that includes kayaking, swimming, snorkeling and kayaking in the Elaphite Islands. Get the specifics!
Dubrovnik Wine Tour: Ston and Peljesac
Visit the fishing village of Ston, where they once produced salt, then ride along the vine-covered coastline on the Peljesac Peninsula, stopping for tastings at Croatian wineries. Reserve You Spot!
Dubrovnik Bus Tour
The Old Town is a car-free zone, so a Dubrovnik City Tour Bus is not possible. Our outlined Self-Guided Walking Tour of Dubrovnik covers just a little over a mile, with many spots to take a break.
Top Travel Tips for Dubrovnik, Croatia
With our travel tips for Croatia, you can plan your absolute best vacation to Dubrovnik!
Planning a Trip to Dubrovnik
Planning a Dubrovnik trip is a big task – as there are a lot of details to consider.
Get started with our Top Tips for Planning a Croatia Vacation. In our guide, we share everything you need to know about traveling to Croatia.
You can also use our Croatia itinerary for ideas on how to plan for an extended trip in the country.
Staying organized during your trip planning is key! Don’t miss a single detail with our Printable Travel Planner. It’s ready to be downloaded, so you can get started right away.
What To See: Dubrovnik Sights, Shopping and Eating
Our walking tour outlines the top sights to see in Dubrovnik Old Town – but there is actually much more to do. In fact, two of the top Old Town Dubrovnik things to do are shopping and eating!
There are heaps of Old Town Dubrovnik shops – selling everything from trinkets to fashion. Our favorite shops in Dubrovnik Old Town are the ones that feature Croatian products. We already mentioned the daily Green Market for local souvenirs (like lavender), but it’s not the only place for local items. Croatia has unique items for sale – including neckties, which originated in Croatia. Uje is another fantastic shop on the Stradun that sells local food products (most notably, amazing olive oil).
There are also quite a few Old Town Dubrovnik restaurants tempting your appetite. Barba is one of the best (try the Octopus Burger!) – and we feature several others in our guide of the Best Things To Do in Dubrovnik. Use it to help plan your trip itinerary for when you visit Dubrovnik!
Where To Stay in Dubrovnik, Croatia
We think the best place to stay in Dubrovnik is in the heart of the Old Town – or just outside the gates. Visitors have a choice of places to stay in Dubrovnik – from Airbnb Apartments to Hotels and Hostels.
Hotels in Dubrovnik, Croatia
Most of the Dubrovnik hotels are just outside the city center. These are a few of the top-rated hotels (based on guest reviews) for your upcoming trip:
Looking for an inexpensive hostel? These Dubrovnik hostels are highly-rated by fellow travelers: Hostel Euroadria, Hostel 365 for U and Hostel Angelina Old Town.
More Tips for Traveling to Croatia
We have shared our best tips for Dubrovnik, but we have loads more tips for visiting Croatia!
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We love discovering destinations on foot – especially cities in Croatia!
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Start planning your trip to Croatia! Search for the lowest airfares, the best accommodations and fun things to do…then start packing! Want more travel planning tips? Head over to our Travel Planning page for more information and tips on traveling – and for country-specific information, take a look at our Travel Guides page!
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