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Things to do while cruising in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is one of the world’s most stunning destinations, both in terms of its cultural heritage and as a holiday destination for yacht lovers. The city has often been referred to as the “Pearl of the Adriatic” and was inducted into the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Old Town of Dubrovnik is surrounded by 1970 meters of city walls that today are the city’s greatest attraction. Besides that, Dubrovnik airport is in close distance to the town and you can have private transfers from airport to your boat. The airport is around 23.5 km away (35 minutes ride with transfer) from the marina where the boat will be ready and waiting for you.

The best private marinas, ports or anchor points

You have 3 options on where & how you can start your cruise.

Adriatic Holiday Gulet

Private Marinas: 

is the most comfortable option. The driver takes you more or less in front of your gulet. You get on board in a nice and smooth fashion, no crowds and everything is calm and relaxed. However, in general, private marinas are more expensive then if you start your cruise in a port. (Your option in Dubrovnik: ACI marina Dubrovnik, ACI Marina Slano)

Ports: 

are usually crowded with lots of people and other ships, yachts & motor sailors. But the locations are best! You step out of the gulet and you are in the heart of the city. If this is what you like, it is perfect. (Your option in Dubrovnik:  Dubrovnik Gruz Harbour)

On Anchor: 

this means gulet is on anchor close to the main port and you are transferred from port to gulet with a dinghy/zodiac. Some people find this uncomfortable, and it can be unconvinient for seniors, but some love the adventure.

The good part is, that as soon as you step on a dinghy, you know you are on holidays, on a ship and away from everything. If you wish to GET AWAY from everything ASAP, it is a very popular way to start your cruise. It is also for certain the cheapest way to start also. (Your option in Dubrovnik:gulets can also do check in Zaton Bay.)

Most popular choices

 

ACI Marina Dubrovnik

For 15 years in a row, ACI Marina Dubrovnik has been awarded the Blue Flag for its perfectly clean sea and has been declared the best marina in the Adriatic in the “Flower of Tourism – Quality for Croatia” competition for three consecutive years (2010-2012).

Zaton

Zaton is a beautiful bay located 20 minutes from Dubrovnik. This is our usual port where our gulets stay. It is vast and comfortable with many bars, restaurants, and taverns to choose when you disembark. Plus, the views in this bay are spectacular!

Interesting facts about Dubrovnik:

  • Dubrovnik is part of the UNESCO heritage list
  • It was an independent country for many centuries
  • The city is surrounded by 2 km of stone walls
  • It was the first country to admit USA independence

Must see attractions

Dubrovnik fortres

Dubrovnik City Walls & Fortresses

The Old Town of Dubrovnik is surrounded by ancient 2 km long stunning city walls that today are the city’s greatest attraction. These walls are also popular because they were used for Game of Thrones filming set, so many lovers of that series visit those locations all over Dubrovnik.

We highly recommend visiting these defensive stone walls surrounding the city and definitely don’t forget to bring your camera because you will be amazed by the beauty of the landscape and gorgeous views.

Old Town – Streets of Stradun

The old town has beautiful architecture, palaces and lively streets. However, the most popular and most visited street is Stradun the main street of Dubrovnik. A whole pedestrian street is covered with the limestone and it runs 300 metres through the Old Town. Interesing fact is that many of the historic buildings and monuments of Dubrovnik are placed along this street so that is one more reason why this street is the busiest and most popular street in Dubrovnik.

The best restaurants to consider in Dubrovnik

Several restaurants, cafes, and markets where you can expect only the superb food and amazing dishes for a good price. Everything you need for a superb culinary experience.

Restaurant Nautika

Nautika Restaurant lies on the very edge of the sea, alongside the western entrance to Dubrovnik’s Old City. From its unique terraces, diners can enjoy a true one-of-a-kind view of the Adriatic and the fortresses of Lovrijenac and Bokar. The restaurant’s chef, Mario Bunda, leads a team whose varied offerings include lobster from the Dalmatian island of Vis and delicacies from the local waters of the Adriatic.

Restaurant Sesame

Restaurant Sesame follows the family tradition from 1880 and is located in a quaint green oasis just a couple of minutes away from the Old town, in the street leading towards Gradac park and Danče beach – favourite local spots. Every little detail inside Sesame tells the story of Dubrovnik, its rich history is simply a part of Sesame’s own identity.

Restaurant Porat

Restaurant Porat is located in vibrant Gruž Harbour, Porat is in the immediate vicinity of the farmers and fish market. For those who prefer to dine late at night, join the Chef at around 11 p.m. and be the first one to visit the large fishing boats as they dock in front of the restaurant. Very often the fresh catch goes directly to the kitchen and by midnight it’s cooked and served to the guests.

Taverna Otto

Taste the blend of traditional Mediterranean cuisine and a modern way of preparing meals with great wines in Travena Otto. Nothing goes better with simple yet so tasty food with fresh ingredients from Mediterranean cuisine – and don’t forget the local wines.

 

Fish Restaurant Proto

The fish restaurant Porto  menu depends exclusively on the daily availability of fresh ingredients. The friendly staff are always willing to explain every detail on the menu, filet the fish for guests less skilled in deboning, and often serve as promoters of national cuisine, in particular, the Mediterranean cuisine with which they are most familiar.

 

Above 5 Rooftop Restaurant

A charming restaurant Above 5 Rooftop situated on the only rooftop terrace in the heart of the city, surrounded by ancient city walls. Experience unforgettable views and history, while enjoying exceptional Mediterranean food inspired by seasonal produce and modern gastronomy.

Day trips and excursions

Plenty of exciting ideas and things to do in Dubrovnik

Lapad

Lapad

Lapad is a residential suburb of Dubrovnik that lies about 3 km northwest of the Old Town. The interior is mostly green and calm with plenty of attractive sea views and some excellent restaurants.

There’s a tremendous amount of accommodation in Lapad including hotels, apartments, and guesthouses, but because it’s so residential you don’t get the feeling that you’re in a tourist ghetto. There are bars, cafes, restaurants, and shops used by locals and visitors alike.

Konavle Cycling

The excursion starts at the village Gruda in Konavle. We take our bikes to the small village roads that run across the lively Konavle region. The trail takes us through orchards, cornfields, vineyards, and blueberry fields. We also cross the bridges of Ljuta and Konavočica rivers. The main route is easy to cycle on, flat with just a few short climbs. More experienced cyclists can arrange a challenging route with their tour guide.

City attractions

A few tourist attraction recommendations you can’t miss

Orlandos-Column

Orlando’s Column

Stands in the square formed by Sponza Palace, St. Blaise Church, and the Bell-Tower. It presents Roland, the 8th-century knight who became a legend owing to the medieval epic Chanson de Roland.

According to legend, Roland saved Dubrovnik from the Saracens and defeated them near the Island Lokrum. The white flag of the Dubrovnik Republic with the image of St. Blaise and his initials SB was put out on Orlando’s Column until the abolition of the Republic in 1808.

The Big Fountain of Onofrio and St. Saviour Church

Built between 1438 and 1444, Dubrovnik’s famous Big Fountain of Onofrio is probably the city’s most well-known historic monuments. An easy stroll from the Pile Gate, this landmark structure is somewhat smaller today than the original due to damage caused by the earthquake of 1667. An important part of the city’s original water supply system (also designed by Onofrio de la Cava) that carried water from the Dubrovacka River, the fountain stands immediately in front of the equally attractive St. Saviour Church. One of only a few buildings to survive the devastating earthquake of 1667 intact, this small place of worship is well worth visiting for its fine Gothic and Renaissance features.

Dubrovnik Town with Lokrum

Game of Thrones Tour

From the forsaken Castle Black through to the deep snow of Winterfell and everlasting winds of Iron Islands down to the warm shores of Dorne, all the roads lead to the Capital of Seven Kingdoms. Welcome to King’s Landing and become part of the epic HBO series Game of Thrones!

Church of St- Blasius

St. Blasius could be singled out as the most used motif in arts in Dubrovnik. A celebration in the honor of St. Blasius has been held in the City since 972. This tradition is still alive today as every 3rd February Dubrovnik welcomes thousands of visitors to participate in the celebration of the patron day in the Festival of St. Blasius.

Homeland Museum Independence

Homeland War Museum

The Croatian War of Independence Museum in the formative stage is located in one wing of Fort Imperial on Mount Srđ, which is the symbol of the defence of Dubrovnik. The first phase of the permanent museum project Dubrovnik in the Croatian War of Independence 1991 – 1995 has been completed.

An exhibition of the same name has been put on at Fort Imperial with around 500 exhibits. The main themes include Dubrovnik in the Croatian War of Independence 1991 – 1995 and the history of Fort Imperial.

Where to stay in Dubrovnik

These hotels & villas will make your stay magical

Kazbek Dubrovnik

The first and great example is boutique hotel Kazbek. It was constructed in 1573 by one of the Dubrovnik noble families Zamanja as their summer residence. Although designed as a place for peace and relaxation, history had other plans and the Dubrovnik Villa Hotel passed through various violent ages. Kazbek is now fully renovated to the highest standards and has regained its original beauty and function as a summer residence for guests, with high demands in privacy and culture combined with modern facilities.

 

Rixos Libertas

Rixos Libertas offers a different holiday experience on the Adriatic with the well-known quality of the Rixos brand. Offering superior comfort and convenience and catering to various tastes and needs with 254 rooms and suites, you are invited to step into a world of contemporary and aesthetic design. With a choice from half-board accommodation or bed and breakfast, Rixos Libertas promises you a memorable stay.

 

Luxe Dubrovnik

Nestled among pine, orange, and lemon trees and surrounded by gardens of bougainvillaea and oleander blissful tranquillity, Villa Dubrovnik overlooks the crystal blue-turquoise waters of the Adriatic and the Old City. Prominently positioned on the cliffs above the Dubrovnik’s prestigious St. Jacob precinct, newly renovated Villa Dubrovnik is minutes from the fortified beauty of the Old City cultural landmarks and just a few short steps to everything that Dubrovnik offers to its guests.

Tourist boards of Dubrovnik

Here you can find additional information about the interesting things in Dubrovnik such as the history of Dubrovnik, museums, culture, or any other events that are happening when you are here.

 

Tourist Board of Dubrovnik

For more information at city centre you can visit:

Tourist Information Center:

Adress: Brsalje 5
020 / 312-011
Working hours:
Mon-Sun: 08.00 – 22.00 h

Or:

Adress: Obala Ivana Pavla II, br. 1
Tel/Fax: +385 20 417983
Working hours:
Mon-Sun: 08.00 – 21.00 h

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