In Dubrovnik, I feel like at home. I have been to Dubrovnik so many times before. We visit it at least three times a year, every year. But I have never visited Dubrovnik as a tourist. Until recently. I spent three full days in Dubrovnik this past spring, with a group of six. We had a driver, a guide, and a local guy taking us around. And let me tell you what an awesome time we had.
Dubrovnik is really beautiful and unique. Built on a rocky peninsula, surrounded by the water and centuries old stone walls, this fortified town is a real jewel. Visited by many, it can get crowded, but it wasn't the case this late April, although there was one cruise ship in the port. There were just enough people to feel the atmosphere. The weather was sunny and warm.
What to do in Dubrovnik for a day?
Visit mountain Srd
Scrub surfaced mountain Srd, stands 400 m above Dubrovnik. It can be reached by car (15 minutes), on foot (90 minutes walk), or by cable car (3 minutes). If you decide to visit the mountain, you'll be able to enjoy some of the best views over the city.
There is not much to do atop, beside the views. There is a nice cafe where you can relax while enjoying the views. There is also a homeland war museum. You can have a glimpse into destruction that city endured during the 90s war. Also, there is a photo display of the history of a cable car itself.
Stroll through the old city of Dubrovnik
Enter the town's walls through Ploce gate, pass Revelin fortress, visit church of st. Sebastian. Just down the street, you will meet Kate. Kate is always on the stairs leading to the Dominican Monestry. She is dressed in the traditional clothes from Konavle region. She is making souvenirs, beautiful pieces of traditional Konavle embroidery. Continue to the town's old port. The old port is my favorite part of the town.
Re-enter town walls near the Cathedral. Visit Rector's palace. Have a coffee at one of the many terraces (expensive!). Walk Dubrovnik main street from Saint Braise church, pass Orlando's column, all the way to Onofrio's fountain. Stop at the Franciscan Monastery and visit the third oldest pharmacy in Europe.
Have a lunch at one of many restaurant in the old town
There are numerous restaurants in Dubrovnik old town. Generally restaurants in the old town are expensive, just like everything else in Dubrovnik. For the cheaper option choose Lokanda (located in the old port, excellent atmosphere), Komarda (just outside town's walls, excellent view over the old port).
Vegetarians should head for Nishta, small, cozy restaurant with veggie and vegan dishes and a hippie vibe. Taj Mahal (regardless of its name) serves traditional Bosnian dishes. Bota restaurant, located at the very romantic corner of the old town, offers yummy oysters & sushi. Fine dining establishments in the old town are 360 degrees by Jefrey Vella, fish restaurant Proto, and Nautika.
Walk Dubrovnik city walls
If in Dubrovnik, you need to take leisurely walk around city walls. Enter the walls near Pile Gate. The promenade is one way only, so once at the top, you will head left. This is actually excellent as all the main spots you will pass in the first half round. If you ask me, there is no need to make a full circle around the town. Half will do just fine.
It is steep, but it is not extremely difficult climb. First steps up are the hardest to climb, later on it is mostly flat. Views over the town, red roofs, sea and walls themselves are stunning.
Have you visited Dubrovnik? What have you enjoyed the most? Let us know in the comments below.