A day in Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Adriatic

Dubrovnik can be visited on a day trip from a number of places in Croatia or, can be used as the base from where to explore the many locations worth a visit in this part of the world.

Dubrovnik harbour and boats

A popular route is by getting a ferry from Ancona in Italy to Split giving the opportunity to visit another beautiful city in Croatia.The distance between Split and Dubrovnik can be covered in a number of ways: by ferry, by bus or by car. Driving along the coastal road is probably the slowest option but the more rewarding one, offering views of the deep blue Adriatic Sea and the small islands dotted along the coast. It takes about 4 hours, including crossing briefly into Bosnia-Herzegovina and back to Croatia to reach Dubrovnik.

View of the outer walls of Dubrovnik's St.John's Fortress

Once arrived in the city the biggest problem will be to find a parking space; most of the Old City is pedestrianized and parking lots fill up quickly due to the large number of visitors, especially in the summer months.

Trees by the city walls at the entrance of Dubrovnik

Encircled by thick walls, Dubrovnik was subjected to a seven months siege in 1991 during the war following the break up of Yugoslavia. It caused great damage to its historic buildings which have now been restored according to UNESCO rules and regulations in order for the city to keep its World Heritage status. Since the end of the war tourists have been back in droves to this historic city also known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic” and the city was chosen as the location for the filming of some of the scenes of the popular series Game of Thrones.

View of one of the gates at the entrance of Dubrovnik Old Town

The main access to the Old Town is through four main gates; one of them, the Gate of Pila, leads to the main road of the Old Town called Stradun. From here there is also access to the city walls walk which offers a birds-eye view of the city’s buildings, churches and the harbour in the distance.

View of Dubrovnik's Stradun
Lookout at the top of Dubrovnik city walls

Walking towards the harbour, past Onofrio Fountain, lots of important buildings can be seen like the Franciscan Monastery, St.Blaise Church, the Clock Tower and Sponza Palace where the Historical Archive is located.

View of Dubrovnik's Onofrio Fountain
View of Dubrovnik's Franciscan Monastery
View of Dubrovnik's St.Blaise Church
Looking up at Dubrovnik Clock Tower
View of Dubrovnik's Sponza Palace

The harbour is accessed through the Gate of Ploča and a walk around the area will give plenty of photo opportunities, especially on a sunny day.

View of the city of Dubrovnik from the harbour
Boats by St.John's Fortress in Dubrovnik

Classic postcard views of Dubrovnik can also be enjoyed by boarding the cable car to Srd hill or, after leaving the city, driving south and stopping by one of the viewpoints along the road before continuing the journey to one of the numerous beaches which can be found all along the coast of Croatia.

Panoramic view of the city of Dubrovnik
View of Dubrovnik and the Adriatic Sea

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