The most popular holiday destination in Croatia is Dubrovnik, a city with an Old Town thats fully pedestrianised and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its also the location for scenes in many popular TV series and films, bringing the charms of the city to an even wider audience.
Where internet cafes and ancient relics meet - Dubrovnik, city of culture
Dubrovnik can offer something for thrill-seekers, families, and solo travellers looking for some relaxation. You can try paintballing at Prevlaka Park, go big game fishing in Cavtat, or take a stroll along the Lapad promenades by the sea.
The city is one of the best places to soak up authentic Croatian culture, as its where some of the countrys rulers and pioneers developed the language. Dubrovnik is the birthplace of many of Croatias finest poets, artists and playwrights.
Top 5 pieces of Dubrovnik history
Amongst the clubs, cafes and authentic Irish pubs, Dubrovnik has a lot of historic buildings and period architecture to admire. These landmarks are not to be missed:
- Climb the Baroque staircase to the Church of St. Ignatius
- Visit Rectors Palace, which is now a history museum
- Gaze up at the monument known as Rolands - or Orlandos - Column
- Check the local time at the 15th-century Bell Tower
- Sit and people watch at the citys famous fountain
Top 5 things to do in Dubrovnik Old Town
One of the best ways to experience the Old Town area of Dubrovnik is by strolling along the ancient city walls. Theyre impressively designed, give you full views of the city and are just over a mile long. Here are some things to do in the Old Town:
- Start at the Pile Gate, one of three entrances to the town
- Known as Placa or Stradun, the 300-metre main street is paved in limestone
- Head down to the Old Port for panoramic views of the mountains
- See the citys religious roots in both the Fransiscan and Dominican Monasteries
- Try beach volleyball - or a deckchair - on Banje Beach