Perched on Croatia’s south-west coast, Dubrovnik is known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. Home to churches, synagogues and monasteries that date back centuries, Dubrovnik is also known for the Old Pharmacy; opened in 1317, it’s the oldest operating pharmacy in Europe.
Visitors are allowed to climb the medieval Old Town’s 80-metre-high walls and walk the 2-kilometre perimeter, which offers magnificent views of the city. The Old Town is accessible to pedestrians only, and its narrow cobbled laneways are lined with charming stores and cafés, and dotted with Renaissance churches and fountains.
A major stop on the Mediterranean cruise circuit, Dubrovnik welcomes around 1 million passengers annually. The Port of Dubrovnik can simultaneously accommodate several of the world’s largest ships. It also operates as a ferry terminal for local travel.
Located just 2 kilometres north of the centre, the port offers cruise passengers easy access to the city’s main attractions, shopping, hotels and restaurants.
The main dock for cruise ships, the terminal at Gruz Harbour is about 30 minutes’ walk (2 kilometres) from the town centre.
- a tourist information office and news stand
- car parking and shuttle bus service
- cafés offering light refreshments
- a supermarket located just outside the terminal
- bus station located just a few steps from the terminal.
How to Get Around
Public buses run from the port into town every 10 to 20 minutes. Tickets cost 12 kunas (A$2.30) and are valid for 1 hour. It’s best to purchase tickets at newspaper stands, bus terminals or hotels prior to travel. Tickets are available on the buses themselves but they are more expensive and only exact change is accepted. Day passes cost 30 kunas (A$5.70) and are valid for 24 hours.
Many ships offer free shuttle buses from the port to the Old Town. Travel time is around 15 minutes and the drop off point is Pile Gate, the main entrance.
There is a taxi rank close to the terminal and fares to the Old City are around 70 kunas (A$13.30). Luggage is charged at an additional 2 kunas (A$0.38) per piece.
Once you reach the Old Town the only way to get around is on foot; this is a vehicle-free precinct.
- Currency - the currency in Dubrovnik is the Croatian Kuna. Coins come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 lipa, and 1, 2, 5 and 25 kuna denominations. Notes come in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 kuna denominations.
- Time Zone - Dubrovnik uses Central European Time (CET), which is 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Central European Summer Time (CEST) is 2 hours ahead.
- Weather - Dubrovnik has a typical Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Temperatures range from an average 29° Celsius in July and August to 5° Celsius in January and February. The driest month is July, with an average rainfall of 26 millimetres.
- Old Town - this pedestrian-only ancient city has a similar feel to Venice, with marble laneways in place of canals. All of the main monuments are in Old Town, along with a range of restaurants, bars and cafes. Lined with historic buildings, Placa Street is a lovely place to stroll.
- Walk the Wall - the stone walls that completely encircle the Old Town offer breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea, the terracotta rooftops of Dubrovnik and the historic buildings of the city. Stairs to the top are steep and there is an entry fee, payable in local currency only.
- Rector’s Palace - known for its Gothic and Renaissance architecture, this impressive palace is finished with Baroque elements. Dating back to 1272, these days it is home to an historic museum.
- Sponza Palace - designed by master architect Paskoje Milicevic and built in Gothic and Renaissance style, this grand palace dates back to the 16th century. Revered for its beauty, these days it is home to the National Archives.
- Dubrovnik Cathedral - the ancient Dubrovnik Cathedral is an excellent example of Romanesque architecture. Dating back to the 12th century, this grand basilica is known for its 3 separate alters.