12 Hours in Dubrovnik
One of the Mediterranean’s most popular tourist destinations, the Croatian city of Dubrovnik, is an enchanting place awash with stunning architecture, well-preserved historic buildings, and breathtaking natural beauty. Here, the Cruiseabout team have put together a guide on how to spend 12 hours in this city by the sea.
7am – Explore the Old Town
Avoid the crowds and head straight to Dubrovnik’s Old Town, an area surrounded by almost two kilometres of stone walls. Wander along the well-worn streets and marvel at the stunning architecture in this historic hub. Stradun is the 300-metre long main thoroughfare which hosts several public processions and feasts, as well as thousands of tourists who flock to the Old Town each day during peak months.
8am –Walk along the ancient city walls*
Built to defend the city from hostile forces, the Old Town’s walls date back to the 7th century and are now a popular tourist attraction. After paying an entry fee, you can walk along the full length of the walls, taking in amazing views of the nearby Adriatic Sea and the Old Town’s stunning buildings, with their white façades and orange roofs. The admission fee also includes access to Fort Lovrijenac, an 11th-century fortress that offers incredible views.
*Be sure to check the opening times for the city walls to avoid disappointment.
10am – Visit Lokrum Island
Venture out from Dubrovnik by taking a ferry from the Old Town to the nearby island of Lokrum. Approximately 15 minutes away by ferry, this beautiful island is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. While here, you can stroll through the majestic Botanical Gardens, which were planted in the 19th century, and visit the ruins of the medieval Benedictine Monastery. In the summertime, Lokrum Island’s beaches are incredibly inviting, with their crystal clear, sparkling waters.
1pm – Enjoy a tasty lunch
After returning from Lokrum Island, explore the Old Town in search of a suitable place to rest, relax and refuel.
2pm – Explore the Gornji Ugao Tower
This small museum is dedicated to educating visitors about one of Dubrovnik’s more recent archaeological findings: a medieval foundry from the 15th century. Here you can see remains of the foundry, including a force, mould-casting section and a sand depository, and learn where gunpowder was prepared and where tools and weapons were produced.
3pm – Learn about history at War Photo Limited
Continue on your journey of learning at the War Photo Limited, an exhibition centre that features war and conflict photojournalism. The photographic exhibits cover past and current conflicts from the region and around the world. Of particular interest is the permanent exhibition on the end of Yugoslavia.
4pm –Take the cable car up Mount Srđ*
For unmatched views of Dubrovnik, make your way up Mount Srđin a cable car. At the top, you can snap a few photos of the surrounding scenery and the setting sun, and visit the Museum Dubrovnik in Homeland War, where you will learn about the conflicts in the region in the 1990s and its effects on Croatia. Other areas of interest include a pearl shop, coin blacksmithing shop and restaurant for an afternoon pick-me-up.
*Be sure to check the opening times for the cable car during your visit to avoid disappointment.
6pm – Enjoy drinks and a relaxing dinner in the Old Town
Cap off a wonderful day in port by heading to one of Old Town’s lively bars and indulging in a refreshing beverage. From there, make your way to any one of the nearby restaurants for some tasty Croatian cuisine.
8pm – Return to your cruise ship
Thoroughly content with your wonderful day in Dubrovnik, return to your cruise ship where you can rest and relax, put up those tired legs, and swap stories with fellow travellers.
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