From its illustrious days as an influential port under the Roman name of Ragusa, to its near devastation by an earthquake in 1667, Dubrovnik is a town steeped in history. Reclaimed by UNESCO following the catastrophic assault by Serbian and Montenegrin forces in the 1990s, Dubrovnik is now fully restored to its medieval glory. Surrounded on all sides by gleaming white city walls and jutting out into the turquoise waters of the Adriatic, the Old Town of Dubrovnik is an astonishing sight. With winding cobbles, stunning architecture and breathtaking views out to sea, it is easy to see why it is often referred to as 'the jewel of the Adriatic'.


The walk around the 2kms of city walls that surround the Old Town is a must for any visitor to Dubrovnik. With breath-taking views of the Adriatic and the terracotta rooftops of the houses below, the walk along the walls captures the full beauty of the city.

On ground level, explore the Stronza Palace and the Rector's Palace for a taste of life before the great earthquake of 1667. Marvel at the Romanesque-Gothic architecture inside the Franciscan Monastery. Also of interest are the Dominican Monastery, the Church of St. Blaise, and the impressive Onoforio Fountain, just inside the Pile gate.

Situated on the Dalmatian Coast, the sand and shingle beaches surrounding Dubrovnik are magnificent and are located only ten minutes away from the Old Town. To experience the best of the region’s coastline, however, take the 40-minute ferry ride over to Lopud Island. The island is a car-free, unspoiled haven, with endless swimming and snorkelling opportunities.


The Old Town’s main street, the Stradun, is lined with tourist shops selling souvenirs and gifts. Wander down the side streets to discover specialist boutiques offering hand-made items. The daily market on Gunduliæeva Poljana mainly sells fresh food items but can be a real treasure for handmade jewellery and traditional Croatian crafts. For modern shopping centres, head to GružHarbour.

Nightlife and Eating Out

In the fresh open air, dining out is a relaxing, traditional experience in Dubrovnik. Try the Old Town for traditional Croatian dishes such as rizot (seafood risotto) and buzara (scampi in tomato sauce). The small fish restaurants around the old harbour are great places to sample the local delicacies. On the side streets leading off the Stradun there are many Italian and Mediterranean-influenced restaurants, as well as bars and tavernas.

Tourist Information

The Dubrovnik tourist office can be found at:Cvijete Zuzorić 1/2, Dubrovnik,Croatia.Tel. +385 20 323 887 Fax. +385 20 323 725tzgd@du.tel.hrwww.tzdubrovbnik.com


Dubrovnik Airport now runs flights to most international British airports. The airport, located 13kms away from the centre of Dubrovnik, is served by a local bus which runs from outside the city walls of the Old Town.