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Trip time! Discover the history, seaside and UNESCO site in Dubrovnik Old Town.

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.

Known for

Historical Buildings, Sea and UNESCO Site

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Other areas in Dubrovnik

Babin Kuk
Copacabana Beach which includes a beach

Babin Kuk

Known for Beaches, Romantic, Family-friendly

4.5/5(180 reviews)

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

Ploce
Banje Beach showing a coastal town and a sandy beach

Ploce

Known for Ports, Sea, Boating

4.5/5(11 reviews)

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

Top hotels in Dubrovnik Old Town

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Scalini Palace
Scalini Palace
4 out of 5
3 Boškoviceva ul., Dubrovnik, Dubrovacko-neretvanska županija
£48
per night
5 Nov-6 Nov

Located in Dubrovnik Old Town, this apartment building is steps away from Dubrovnik Synagogue, Sponza Palace and Orlando's Column. Church of St. Blaise and Rector's ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (17 reviews)

"It is very conveniently located right inside the Old City Walls. The breakfast included only included 1 cup of coffee. No refills. The blankets and bedding were very thin."…"

Reviewed on 28 Sep 2019

Scalini Palace
PRIJEKO PALACE
PRIJEKO PALACE
4 out of 5
Prijeko 22, Dubrovnik
£67
per night
2 Nov-3 Nov

Located in Dubrovnik Old Town, this bed & breakfast is steps away from War Photo Limited, Sponza Palace and Orlando's Column. Church of St. Blaise and Franciscan ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (132 reviews)

"Staff very helpful, clean and charming. Excellent location in old town, not too many steps up👍"…"

Reviewed on 9 Oct 2019

PRIJEKO PALACE
The Pucic Palace
The Pucic Palace
5 out of 5
Od Puca 1, Dubrovnik
£138
per night
2 Nov-3 Nov

Located in Dubrovnik Old Town, this luxury hotel is steps away from Gundulic Square, Church of St. Blaise and Orlando's Column. Sponza Palace and Rector's Palace ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (250 reviews)

"Great location, helpful staff, elaborate breakfast."…"

Reviewed on 20 Oct 2019

The Pucic Palace

Popular things to do in Dubrovnik Old Town

Sponza Palace
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Sponza Palace

4/5(57 reviews)

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

Rector's Palace
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Rector's Palace

4.5/5(108 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.

Church of St. Blaise
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Church of St. Blaise

4.5/5(145 reviews)

Step inside this early 18th-century church devoted to Dubrovnik’s patron saint to see one of the city’s most worshipped religious icons.

Onofrio's Fountain
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Onofrio's Fountain

4/5(111 reviews)

Stop for a refreshing drink at this much-loved Dubrovnik attraction, an important hub of city life for centuries. 

Franciscan Monastery
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Franciscan Monastery

4.5/5(93 reviews)

Admire the architectural beauty of part of Dubrovnik’s medieval fortifications, a 15th-century stronghold that dominates the southwest corner of the old town.

Pile Gate
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Pile Gate

4.5/5(423 reviews)

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

Top activities in Dubrovnik Old Town

Dubrovnik Sunset & Dinner Cruise
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Dubrovnik Sunset & Dinner Cruise

£56

This relaxing sunset dinner cruise offers an unforgettable dining experience aboard the Karaka, a beautiful, 16th-century wooden boat replica. Breathtaking views of Dubrovnik and Lokrum Island form your backdrop, and romantic sunset helps create a blissful ambiance.

City Walls Walking Tour
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City Walls Walking Tour

£43

“ Those who seek paradise on earth”, George Bernard Shaw once wrote, “should come to Dubrovnik ”. Today he might add that Dubrovnik is the place for all those who wish to renew themselves and their faith in human nature.

Dubrovnik Game of Thrones with Trsteno Gardens
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Dubrovnik Game of Thrones with Trsteno Gardens

£109

Enter the city of the Iron Throne, meet the streets where the Targaryens, Starks and Lannisters used to walk. Climb the fortresses and walls that where attacked by the Baratheons, take a walk on the shores of the Blackwater bay and experience the life in the capital of the 7 kingdoms.

Explore Dubrovnik by Cable car
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Explore Dubrovnik by Cable car

£37

Departing Pile square on foot toward the newly open Cable Car Station situated in vicinity of the Old Town of Dubrovnik. Upon arrival to the Cable Car Station you will proceed with a cable car to a panoramic view of Dubrovnik from the surrounding Srd hill.

Game of Thrones Filming Locations Tour
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Game of Thrones Filming Locations Tour

£49

Climb the remarkably intact city walls and wander through instantly recognizable filming locations from Game of Thrones on your tour of beautiful Dubrovnik. Listen as your guide explains the settings for the fictional kingdom of King’s Landing and uncovers secrets of the much-loved series.

Transfer Dubrovnik (Croatia) - Shkoder (Albania) or Shkoder - Dubrovnik
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Transfer Dubrovnik (Croatia) - Shkoder (Albania) or Shkoder - Dubrovnik

£222

Dubrovnik to Shkoder The car will pick you up at an arranged time at the port, airport or city and will take you at the centre of Shkoder, your hotel, or Florians guesthouse Please contact us with what time your boat or plane arrives and we will be waiting to transfer by car to your final destination in Shkoder Shkoder to Dubrovnik The Car will pick you up from the city centre, hotel or Florians Guesthouse.