As many tourists and even locals say, it is enough to visit the Dubrovnik to see all of Croatia. Everything that this country is known for is concentrated here (maybe with the only exception for Plitvice Lakes). There are amazing landscapes, ancient architecture, clean beaches and restaurants with a large selection of both traditional and European cuisine.
Dubrovnik fascinates and makes you travel to the surroundings of the Middle Ages, feel the atmosphere of narrow streets and touch the walls of houses that are more than 500 years old. There is something to see for all tourists, regardless of age. The old part of the city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And fans of the Game of Thrones can see the familiar places as well.
Top 5 Places Every Young Tourist Must Visit
“Every corner of Dubrovnik is fascinating and worthy of the attention of every tourist. Do not be lazy and try to visit everything that is possible!”– recommend the young team from the Online Writers Rating review website.
But some places are 100% must-see. These places are especially attractive for fans of the famous TV series Game of Thrones.
This is the largest and most central tower located in the northern part of the city directly opposite the port. It was built in 1319. The tower is a symbol of the grandeur and resilience of the resort town. And is the highest point in the city.
As soon as you step on the perimeter of the tower, then you will feel like a soldier. Guns, a spyglass, and even a guillotine will contribute to this sensation. From a bird’s eye view, you can enjoy all the beauties of the city, bays and water transport.
This is the main pedestrian street in this amazing city. For hundreds of years, the appearance of the street has changed. Initially, there was a canal that shared the island with the mainland. But after the earthquake, the canal disappeared and after that, it became Stradun Street.
The street is 300 meters long and it plays the connecting role of the city’s entrances. There are fountains at the very beginning of the street and the end. In the western part of the street there is a bell tower and in the eastern Franciscan Monastery. In addition to the uniqueness of the street itself and other attractions, there are many cafes and shops. And also many old streets that are also worth your attention take their beginning from the main one.
There was a Benedictine monastery where monks cultivated rare and exotic plants. At the end of the 18th century, monks left this island, and today it is one of the most attractive places for tourists. The distance between the island and Dubrovnik is about 700 m. You can get to this island by water taxi or public transport. The road will take about 15-20 minutes.
What awaits tourists on the island?
- Amazing sandy beaches.
- A small dead lake.
- The botanical garden where peacocks and rabbits live (you can take bread with you to feed the peacocks).
- Fort of Napoleon.
- St. Lawrence Fortress
This fortress was built in the 11th century in order to provide protection from the western attack of the city. The fortification is located on a cliff 37 meters high, the slopes are almost completely overgrown with thorny shrubs. For many centuries, the fortress was reconstructed and changed. But the inscription has remained unchanged, which should be seen by everyone who visits Dubrovnik.
The walls of this fortress offer a picturesque view of the old part of the city. The main attraction for tourists is the fact that the scenes from the Game of Thrones series were shooted in this fort. Also, theatrical performances are held here in the evening, and the cost of a ticket for such an event is quite affordable.
The city is located at the foot of Mount Srd, the height is 413 meters. At the top of the mountain, there is an observation deck that overlooks the city, the sea, and all nearby surroundings. There is also a restaurant, but it is better to take food with you since the prices are far from affordable.
There are two ways to climb to the top of the mountain – on foot or funicular. If you climb on foot, the length of the route is 2 km. The funicular ride takes only 3-4 minutes. It is worth noting that this funicular is the only lifting mechanism in the entire Adriatic. This funicular has been operating since 1969.
It is also possible to rent a car, as there is a road to the top of the mountain.
Useful Tips for Millennials
- A trip in winter will be much cheaper than in summer. Daylight saving time is considered the season, so prices for almost everything are skyrocketing. By the way, it is very hot in the summer, the temperature can reach 35 degrees.
- Prices in Dubrovnik are quite high and all tourists should be prepared for this. To save money, you can buy a Dubrovnik tourist card. It provides the opportunity for free travel in public transport, free access to museums, discounts at some restaurants and shops. You can buy such a card with a validity period of a week, several days, or even one day.
- Most museums are open until 16.00. Therefore, it is worth planning a visit in the morning.
- For swimming, it is worth taking specialized shoes.
The Final Thoughts
Dubrovnik sights may include more than 100 places, so you better use your time to the maximum and see everything that is possible. Make a list of the route in advance and do not pass by the places from this Dubrovnik travel guide.
Even though Dubrovnik is not the cheapest destination, it opens up a completely different world. Beautiful nature, sea, and architecture allow each tourist to find something different. You can be sure that every further trip to this city will never be the same as the previous one.