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Dubrovnik Old TownDubrovnik

Stroll through Dubrovnik’s historic core, which is home to numerous Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings and monuments. 

Dubrovnik’s Old Town is a fascinating part of the city, with a collection of historical streets, structures and squares enclosed by medieval ramparts. Wander through the maze of narrow lanes and alleys and discover important churches, fortifications and monuments, as well as appealing cafés, restaurants and galleries.

During the Middle Ages, Dubrovnik was an important maritime power. Exquisite examples of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture are evidence of its former power and wealth. Despite a catastrophic earthquake in 1667 and extensive damage inflicted on the district during the Croatian War of Independence in the early 1990s, today the Old Town looks almost immaculate. Inspect the façades and walls closely and you may spot a few bullet marks.

Enter the Old Town through the main entrance, Pile Gate, to see two prominent forts: Minčeta Fort to the north and Bokar Fort to the south. Minčeta Fort protected the city from land invasions, while Bokar Fort was designed to guard against sea attacks.

Look for Onofrio’s Fountain, a circular 15th-century fountain with 16 carved faces spouting water through their mouths. This fountain is now a popular meeting point. While here, be sure to see the nearby Franciscan Monastery, home to notable late-Romanesque cloisters and a historic pharmacy that has been operating since 1317.

Stroll down the pedestrianized main street of Stradun and note the polished stone paving blocks shimmering under the sun. At the far end of Stradun, you’ll find even more famous landmarks including Sponza Palace, a glorious mix of Gothic and Renaissance architectural styles, and the Baroque-style Dubrovnik Cathedral, which was rebuilt following the devastating earthquake.

Venture down the cobble lanes that branch off from Stradun to arrive at hidden squares lined with charming cafés, art galleries and restaurants. Return later in the evening to enjoy a Croatian meal or meet new friends at a bar.

Dubrovnik’s Old Town occupies a small area and is best explored on foot. Use the round fortified towers as landmarks to help you navigate.


Popular places to visit in Dubrovnik Old Town

Pile Gate
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Pile Gate

4.5/5(478 reviews)

Start your tour of Dubrovnik’s old town by walking through this majestic entrance, once an important defensive structure.

Dubrovnik Cathedral
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Dubrovnik Cathedral

4.5/5(148 reviews)

Explore this 18th-century cathedral to see its impressive collection of art and religious relics, including remains of the city’s patron saint. 

Sponza Palace
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Sponza Palace

4/5(63 reviews)

Admire the architecture of this stunning 16th-century building and visit its poignant memorial of the Croatian War of Independence. 

Walls of Dubrovnik
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Walls of Dubrovnik

4.5/5(349 reviews)

Visit lookout towers, fortresses and an aquarium and enjoy sweeping city views while strolling around the fortifications of Dubrovnik’s medieval heart. 

Rector's Palace
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Rector's Palace

4.5/5(121 reviews)

The former power base of the old Dubrovnik Republic has survived a turbulent past to emerge as one of the city’s most beautiful buildings.

Dubrovnik City Hall
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Dubrovnik City Hall

4/5(31 reviews)

You can learn about the history of Dubrovnik with a stop at Dubrovnik City Hall. While you're in the area, stroll along the seaside.

Top things to do in Dubrovnik Old Town

Explore Dubrovnik by Cable car
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Explore Dubrovnik by Cable car

£43
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Game of Thrones Filming Locations Tour
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Game of Thrones Filming Locations Tour

£50
Per adult
Dubrovnik History & Scenery City Tour
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Dubrovnik History & Scenery City Tour

£46
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Game of Thrones Walking Tour in Dubrovnik by Vidokrug
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Game of Thrones Walking Tour in Dubrovnik by Vidokrug

£18
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
City Walls Walking Tour
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City Walls Walking Tour

£44
Per adult
Dubrovnik Combo: Cable Car Ride to Mount Srd and Old Town Tour
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Dubrovnik Combo: Cable Car Ride to Mount Srd and Old Town Tour

£45
Per adult

Top hotels in Dubrovnik Old Town

Hotel Villa Sigurata
Hotel Villa Sigurata
3 out of 5
Stulina, 4, Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik-Neretva
The price is £52 per night from 21 Oct to 22 Oct

Located in Dubrovnik Old Town, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Dubrovnik Cathedral, Old Town Harbor and House of Marin Drzic. Onofrio's Fountain ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (389 reviews)
Excellent stay

"A great place. Very clean and safe place to stay in the centre of old city. Romana was exceptionally welcoming and friendly. The room was also quiet even when thing are happening in the street and aircon and fridge were great."…"

Reviewed on 19 Jul 2020

Hotel Villa Sigurata
Scalini Palace
Scalini Palace
4 out of 5
3 Boškoviceva ul., Dubrovnik, Dubrovacko-neretvanska županija
The price is £57 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

Located in Dubrovnik Old Town, this apartment building is steps away from Dubrovnik Synagogue, Sponza Palace and Rector's Palace. Dubrovnik Cathedral and Pile ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (46 reviews)

"Really quaint place, lovely rooms with a location right in the heart of the old town. Make sure you take your own tea bags as only fruit teas provided and English tea is hard to find in the shops!!"…"

Reviewed on 18 Mar 2020

Scalini Palace
Villa Sigurata II
Villa Sigurata II
3 out of 5
Cubranoviceva 15, Dubrovnik
The price is £42 per night from 22 Oct to 23 Oct

Located in Dubrovnik Old Town, this guesthouse is steps away from House of Marin Drzic, Walls of Dubrovnik and Pile Gate. Sponza Palace and Rector's Palace are ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (184 reviews)

"Very nice room, great location! Would definetely recommend."…"

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2020

Villa Sigurata II
Rilati Old Town Palace
Rilati Old Town Palace
3 out of 5
Dinka Ranjine 7, Dubrovnik
The price is £48 per night from 24 Oct to 25 Oct

Located in Dubrovnik Old Town, this guesthouse is steps away from Orlando's Column, Rector's Palace and Church of St. Blaise. Sponza Palace and Bell Tower are ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (149 reviews)
Off season joy in a great location

"This is a nice studio in the middle of town. A grocery store is close by in addition to all the restaurants and coffee shops. Two chairs and a table make for a nice space to eat. The bed is great."…"

Reviewed on 1 Dec 2019

Rilati Old Town Palace
Soleil Luxury Rooms Old Town Dubrovnik
Soleil Luxury Rooms Old Town Dubrovnik
4 out of 5
PRIJEKO 15, Dubrovnik
The price is £53 per night from 21 Oct to 22 Oct

Located in Dubrovnik Old Town, this apartment building is steps away from Dubrovnik Synagogue, Sponza Palace and Rector's Palace. Dubrovnik Cathedral and Pile ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (54 reviews)

"The apartment is in a prime location - in the oldtown. Minutes to the restaurants. The place is clean and the host is responsive. Please travel light because of many steps to get to the apartment and when you get to the place, there are also lots of steps to get up to your apartment."…"

Reviewed on 8 Oct 2020

Soleil Luxury Rooms Old Town Dubrovnik
B&B Apartments & Studios Lanii
B&B Apartments & Studios Lanii
4 out of 5
Dropceva ulica 7, Dubrovnik
The price is £54 per night from 21 Oct to 22 Oct

Located in Dubrovnik Old Town, this apartment building is steps away from Dubrovnik Synagogue, Sponza Palace and Walls of Dubrovnik. Rector's Palace and Dubrovnik ...

4/5Very Good! (82 reviews)

"Quaint property built into the steps of Dubrovnik old town over 4 levels. Great location for sightseeing. Lots of steep stairs between floors so a certain level of fitness required :) Facilities/furnishings of sufficient quality. Host excellent and helpful. Would stay again."…"

Reviewed on 1 Aug 2020

B&B Apartments & Studios Lanii
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Other areas in Dubrovnik

Banje Beach showing a coastal town and a sandy beach

Ploce

4.5/5Wonderful!(14 area reviews)

Ploce is noteworthy for its historical sites, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Banje Beach and Lazareti.

Ploce
Copacabana Beach which includes a beach

Babin Kuk

4.5/5Wonderful!(197 area reviews)

Babin Kuk is known for its stunning beaches, and you can see some sights area like Lapad Beach and Copacabana Beach.

Babin Kuk


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