DUBROVNIK OLD TOWN

The “Pearl” of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik truly is an architectural masterpiece and you can’t help but be impressed and take a multitude of photos from every different angle. In mid-season the best time to visit is at sunset, when you will not only miss the cruise liner guests, midday heat but be treated to the most amazing sunsets as the sun sets behind the town, over the islands and mountains.

City wall

Cable car

Kayaking around Dubrovnik

THE TOWN

You can enter the town through the main Pile Gate or if you have used the cable car the Buža Gate. Both lead you through medieval charm along the marble street, Stradun that runs the length of the city and is lined with 17 century buildings. Either side of Stradun are steep lanes brimming with vibrant cafes, restaurants and smart boutiques.

On arriving in the city walls there are guides to take you through the city and bring it to life. There is also a tour for the fans of “game of Thrones”. Churches and museums for you to visit are on every corner, most have a small entrance fee.

CITY WALL

Or you could walk the city wall, 100 Kunas, it is a great way to cover the old city from every angle. Be aware though parts are rough under foot and there are a lot of steps. The walk if you make a full circle, can take up to 60 / 90 min, so take a bottle of water.

A suggestion is start at the entrance near the Pile Gate that is over the town, the more interesting side and then if you have had enough there are stairs to come down.

There are places to stop and have a sundowner or just a break. You will also find fantastic small bars precariously perched over the wall, with sheer drops to the Adriatic, accessed from the street running along outer wall. Just go through a “hole” in the wall and you will be pleasantly surprised as to what you will find.

CABLE CAR

For the ultimate way to see Dubrovnik take the cable car, 13 euros, to the summit of Mount Srdj. The view is spectacular and can be enjoyed in the café or Restaurant Panorama, prices are higher but equal to the location.

If you are not a lover of heights, or you are looking for something active, away from the crowds and free, you can hike up on a relatively steep trail to the top. The start of the trail starts before you reach the Pile Gate. It takes approximately 30-40 min, depending on fitness level. Good trainers, sunscreen, water and a camera are recommended. (The summit can also be reached by car please see directions to Restaurant Panorama).

KAYAKING TOURS

For those that like a little activity on holiday there is a wonderful Kayaking tour, there are 2 companies that start near the Pile gate, and take you around the Old Town, round the island of Lokrum and back. It is for all ages and sizes and fully guided with stops on the way whilst information on the area and history is given. They provide you with water and a stop in a cave for a sandwich. Price is 250kn (2014).
More information can be given under our Activities -> Sports -> Kayaking section.

RESTAURANTS

There are plenty of restaurants to suit all tastes, though the ones on the main street are tourist prices. We have found a couple of Italian restaurants towards the back wall quite reasonable with good food.
Have a look at restaurant recommendations under Activities -> Restaurants -> Dubrovnik.

GETTING TO THE OLD TOWN BY FERRY

Getting to the Old City can be by ferry boat from Milini or Srebreno, take an early evening boat ride and enjoy the sunset and take in the majestic city as you arrive. Or as mentioned above the cable car or if driving there is a large multi storey car park just a 5 min walk away from the Pile Gate (10+ min as uphill on the return).

It is 6km from the property. Cross the Croatian border to continue downhill. Turn left at the roundabout. At the next T-junction, turn right. Continue and follow the sign posts for Dubrovnik.
There are a few viewing points on the way but one of the first ones on your left offers a good pull-in area with a small café. Nice for a sundowner.
Take a right fork following town center signs. At the traffic lights go left and on your right is an underground multi storey car park. It is easy to use and safe, not cheap but relatively central.

On leaving the car park, you head right and down the hill on a pedestrian walk way that leads you to the city entrance.

RETURNING HOME:
Exiting the car park, turn left and then right at the traffic lights, following signs for the airport. At the top of the hill, filter right onto the main coast road that you came in on. When you can no longer see the sea, take the next turning left to Gornji Brgat. Head up the mountain, keeping right at the roundabout and back uphill to the Croatian border.

From us, go through the Croatian border and continue down to the old church and the new mini roundabout. Don’t continue down the hill but take the second exit sign posted Gorni / Bosanka. Continue along this narrow road, keeping right until you come to the top of the cable car station. Here you can park and enjoy the views, a drink or a meal (food average and the drinks quite expensive but then you pay for the view and then it’s worth it!)
You can park here and pay the 9€ down to the old city.
Don’t forget to make a note of the last ride back.

Another easy way is by ferry, picked up in Srebreno or Mlini. This is a beautiful way to approach the old town. Do check ferry times (you don’t need an excursion just a local ferry).

Directions:
Head down through the border and turning left at the roundabout until you come to the T – junction. Here turn left and after a mile, at traffic lights turn right to Srebreno. On your right is a supermarket and car park. There is a small charge and someone will appear to collect it.
Make the short walk to the water and the jetty to depart on the boat is obvious. The price but will be under €10.

If our managers are free they will gladly drop you and pick up as mentioned on the information sheet at the front of this manual. They will have a copy of charges if you ask – or they can arrange a taxi for you.