The Ultimate Travel Guide for Dubrovnik, Croatia- Things to do in Dubrovnik

Updated: May 28, 2020

In Christmas break of 2018, We decided to visit one of the most beautiful cities of Croatia. Dubrovnik is located on the South, touching the coast of Adriatic Sea. The city is famous for its amazing and mind-blowing Old town.

Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik City Wall

The city got famous and one of the most visited after the shooting of the famous TV series “Game of Thrones”.

Bird Eye View of Dubrovnik, Old Town
Bird Eye View of Dubrovnik, Old Town

You can either use the bus, flight or rent your own car to travel from Zagreb to Dubrovnik. We came by a bus and the fare was quite nominal costing between 20-30. You have an option of Flixbus or Croatian bus.

The total journey is for 8 hours but in our case it was for 9 hours as we used Croatian bus; the bus services are quite shitty. They even charged extra 3-4 for each bag, we kept in luggage trunk.

Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik, Old Town

We had travelled along the coast and crossed the small patch of Bosnia where we faced border check. The official person came into the bus when we were exiting and entering the border and stamped our passports.

View of Dubrovnik Old town
View of Dubrovnik Old town

For our stay, we booked an airbnb. The host was super nice. He was waiting for us in the corner of the street as we got late due to the delay in our journey. The room was just okayish as the price was very fair.

If you want to spend minimal on your stay then I would definitely recommend this place as it’s just a 1 minute walk from the bus stop that takes to old town directly within 10 minutes. Don’t forget to change your currency because they only accept Croatian kuna in bus. The Uber is also quite cheap in the city as well.

Dubrovnik Old Town
Dubrovnik Old Town

Dubrovnik is known for its distinctive Old Town with massive stone walls completed in the 16th century. Its well-preserved buildings range from baroque St. Blaise Church to Renaissance Sponza Palace and Gothic Rector’s Palace and the Stradun is lined with shops and restaurants.


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Dubrovnik Old Town
Dubrovnik Old Town

What we heard from the locals that especially in summers the old town become so crowded that you can hardly breathe or walk. Sometimes, they even close the gate of the city to avoid the flood of people. Due to climatic changes, the city is becoming really hot in summers.

We were there on Christmas 2018 and the weather was around 14 degree Celsius and less crowded that’s ideal for exploring the city. If you want to visit the city in summer, we would highly suggest reaching to the old town early in the morning before it gets too crowded.


As we were coming from Zagreb, the general impression was Croatia is a cheaper country but Dubrovnik is highly overpriced.

Old town Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik Old Town

When we reached the old town, it was a Christmas eve. The city was decorated with chandeliers and small stalls. There were many Christmas parties and concerts were happening in the town and the people were properly dressed up to enjoy the glimpse of the eve.

Christmas Eve in Old town, Dubrovnik
Christmas Eve in Old town, Dubrovnik

From where to enter the Old Town:


We entered the city from its Iconic Pile gate that’s a main entrance from the west to the city. The old town was cheered up with Christmas songs. The gate is connected with the wooden and stone bridge.

The Bokar fortress is also located here for the protection of the city. Apart from this, you can also enter from other East side Gates to the city called Ploca Gate.

Pile Gate, Dubrovnik Old town
Pile Gate, Dubrovnik Old town

Apart from this, you can also enter from other East side Gates to the city called Ploca Gate. The cable car is also located just a few miles away from the Gate.

Main Entrance of Dubrovnik
Main Entrance of Dubrovnik

If you are taking an airport shuttle, the bus stop is just next to the cable car. You can also enjoy a cable car ride and reach to the top called Srd. It was being constructed in Napolean era. You can also enjoy Baggi Safari.

Due to the Christmas holiday, the cable car was not operating. So we didn’t get the chance to go there.

Cable Car ride, Dubrovnik
Cable Car ride, Dubrovnik

Onofrio's Fountain:


The large Onofrio’s fountain is on the entrance of the city. The Onofrio’s was the main source of water for the local until the 19th century.

 Onofrio’s fountain, Dubrovnik
Onofrio’s fountain, Dubrovnik

City Wall, Old Town:


The old city is surrounded with City wall. You have to climb up the city wall from the left side of the city entrance. The ticket cost 20 and it also includes the entrance to Lovrijenac Fort.

It’s highly recommended to come early in the morning to enjoy the view of the distinctive old city in less crowd and also get your pictures with beautiful view of the old town and Adriatic.

View of Old town from City Wall
View of Old Town from City Wall

It almost takes 2 hour to complete the round of the city wall and there are 3 exit points.

City Wall, Dubrovnik
City Wall, Dubrovnik

Check the city view from one of the tallest towers called Minceta tower in the city wall walk. Don’t forget to keep the entrance ticket with you because the security normally checks it on different points.

Minceta tower, Dubrovnik City wall
Minceta Tower, Dubrovnik City Wall

Exploring Dubrovnik, Old Town:


As we stepped into the old town, the most famous street of the Dubrovnik called Stradun came. It has local shops and delicious restaurants. Due the Christmas festivity, the street was lit up with lights, music and small traditional stalls. There are different crossing on the street and you can find narrow streets on both sides of the Stradun.


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Stradun, Dubrovnik
Stradun, Dubrovnik Old Town

The streets on the left have restaurants and narrow stairs which take into the upper part of the town. We were totally lost in the beauty of these narrow stairs which are well connected with other streets.

The street on the right side takes into the maze of other connected streets.

Upper Part, Dubrovnik Old Town
Upper Part, Dubrovnik Old Town

On the main street of Stradun, the two main historical church of St. saviours and Franciscan Monastery is located.

Franciscan Monastery in Dubrovnik, Croatia
Franciscan Monastery in Dubrovnik, Croatia