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Poljana Paska Miličevića, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik's city walls reached their full extent of 2.1 kilometers between the 11th and 13th centuries. Made entirely of stone, they are an immense system of forts, bastions and walkways intended to protect the city. That you can still safely walk...
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The Old Town’s main street, Stradun, can’t be missed—it’s the biggest, widest and busiest of all, and many of the city’s attractions are either on or just off it. Also known locally as Placa, it’s especially nice in the late afternoon when the...
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Ulica kralja Petra Krešimira IV, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
In a swift four-minute ride, the Dubrovnik cable car can deliver you to the top of Mount Srdj for a bird’s-eye perspective of the Old Town and surrounding areas. Sometimes, on really crisp days, Italy will appear far out on the horizon. Even...
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Ul. kneza Damjana Jude 1, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik Cathedral stands out among the almost 30 churches and chapels in the Old Town. The striking minimalism of its main altar accentuates the central painting, The Assumption of Mary, attributed to the Venetian Renaissance master Titian and...
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20000, Lokrum ul., 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Lokrum is just a 15-minute ride from the Old Town harbor, and boats depart every half-hour throughout the day. The island offers magnificent walks through a botanical garden and olive groves, leading up to sites such as the remains of the oldest...
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Ul. kneza Damjana Jude 2, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
In the St. John Fortress, and accessed through the same entrance as the Dubrovnik City Walls, the Maritime Museum gives a vivid account of the Ragusan Republic’s maritime affairs. The collection showcases a number of original objects, votive...
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Ul. Frana Supila 14, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
With the Old Town spread out below, this picture-perfect spot was once a place of worship dedicated to Saint Ursula, the patron saint of young girls. Today Orsula is a scenic outdoor amphitheater and a nice detour if you take a cab from the harbor...
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Gundulićeva poljana, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
This lovely open-air market in the Old Town is full of color and sells a bounty of fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables. It’s also the place to taste sugar-coated orange and lemon peels (arancini and lemoncini), sugar-coated almonds...
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Barba practically invented street food in the area, featuring items like octopus and shrimp burgers, anchovy sandwiches and fried calamari. Try to snag the prime spot by the window to observe the river of people flowing down the street from the...
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2, Ul. Cvijete Zuzorić, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Its name honors an avant-garde woman poet from Dubrovnik’s golden age, Cvijeta Zuzorić. Its menu, by star chef Jeffery Vella, honors one of the Cvijeta’s tenets: No compromising on the things you believe in. And what the staff believes...
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Sv. Dominika bb, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
This extraordinary restaurant holds a prime position in Dubrovnik: It's located on the city walls with wide-open views of the old town harbor. The expert staff puts a unique spin on Mediterranean cuisine and presents it in an almost artistic...
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In operation since 1317, the Franciscan Pharmacy was relocated in the 19th century to just outside the beautiful Romanesque-Gothic Franciscan cloister so that women could enter. Alongside Western and allopathic remedies, the pharmacy sells organic...
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Minutes outside the Ploce Gate, the eastern entrance to Old Town, Desa features traditional embroidery from the region on tablecloths, handbags, purses and shirts, as well as homemade bitter orange marmalade and lavender cushions. Desa women’s NGO...
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Saint Blaise became the town’s patron saint in the 10th century after a vision alerted him to an impending attack by Venice. His statue—the old man holding a model of Dubrovnik in his left hand—sits atop the church’s Baroque facade. Inside the...
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Stradun 2, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
At the eastern end of Stradun, Sponza Palace survived the great 1667 earthquake and is a rare example of the Gothic–Renaissance style in Dubrovnik. Formerly used as customs house and storage, as well as the Republic’s mint and armory, Sponza today...
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Dubrovnik’s star turn as King’s Landing in HBO’s Game of Thrones brought a new immediacy to the city’s historic sites. The infamous Season 5 “Walk of Shame” scene took place on the Jesuit Staircase that descends from Gundulic Square to St....
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One of Dubrovnik’s oldest fortresses stands atop a 100-foot rock, guarding the western land entrance to the Old Town, and vigilantly turned toward Venice, Dubrovnik’s traditional rival. As you enter the Old Town through the Pile Gate,...
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Choose a wooden or glass-bottom boat and embark from the Old Town harbor for a refreshing escape. Pass by Porporela pier, and beneath Dubrovnik’s magnificent and monumental city walls. Sail around the island of Lokrum and down Dubrovnik’s eastern...
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
The drive from Split to Dubrovnik along the Southern Dalmatian coast is breathtaking. It is not a long drive and is supposed to take only four hours to complete, but stunning views across the Adriatic seduced us into stopping our car every 10...
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Crijevićeva ul. 9, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Climb the grand baroque staircase and pass the Jesuit church, cross Gundulić Square, and follow the COLD DRINKS WITH THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VIEW signs. Then, yes, walk through the walls. Buža translates to “a hole-in-the-wall,” and a...
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Ulica Iza Grada bb, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
The side streets and alleys of Old Town Dubrovnik are picturesque in and of themselves, add a cute kitty or two and you have some down right classic images on your hands. Though these cats (and dogs) won't come sit in your lap, they can be found...