Some advice and expert travel tips for you as you navigate this incredible Adriatic town
Here is what we recommend:
Some additional tips and things to do on your visit:
Dubrovnik gets very crowded with cruise ship arrivals especially from May to October so on the days when the cruise ship is in town (here’s a link to the cruise ship schedule; it's in Croatian showing the 12 months of the year but the schedule itself is in English.), we recommend avoiding the city centre during the morning hours and its wandering hoards of tourists. Luckily, the cruising crowds tend to move on in the early afternoon and on even the busiest days, it's much quieter by 3pm.
Keep an eye out for the famous open-air theatre and performances that are an essential part of Dubrovnik's summer evenings.
Something I never fail to do in a holiday location: grab an icecream to accompany your stroll. You’ll see plenty of ‘slasticarnas’ (ice-cream shops) dotted around Dubrovnik and there’s an excellent one in particular in the square just next to the Poklisar restaurant.
Looking for something to bring back to friends and family or just to remind you of your trip to Dubrovnik? Head to the steeply inclined Svetog Dominika, heading towards the Ploce Gate and you’ll find the Dubrovacka kuca shop. Find actually local, handmade ceramics and glassware, or locally produced products such as wines, olive oils and sweets. I always leave room in our luggage for gifts to bring home or a useful memento to keep forever.
Carry cash when you can as while some bars and restaurants accept card, you can be sure to be stuck with the annoying odd one that doesn’t.
Near the Pile Gate at Stradun’s west end, lies the Franciscan monastery which is home to one of the oldestworking pharmacies in Europe - we’re talking 14th century beginnings here, 700 years running! (If you're looking for other similar establishments in Europe, head to Florence, Italy to visit the Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy, originating in the year 1221!)