- Discover Dubrovnik
Dubrovinic has recovered well from 1991, when it was shelled by the Yugoslav national army. Go through the Gothic Arch of the Pile Gate and you will step back in time to the Renaissance. Ancient churches and palaces greet you.
The City Walls
Go atop the city walls to really get a great view. The highest tower Mincela has the best views and the tower itself is very impressive, dating from the 14th Century. Be sure to walk the complete circuit of the ramparts. In the summer do this in the morning or later on in the evening as it can get very hot. You can go for a swim here too, just look for the ladders along the water and take a dip.
The Great Onofrio Fountain is a very large fountain near the walls. There is also a Franciscan Monastary, a Jewish museum, and much more.
To get an incredible view of the city, take the cable car up to the top of Srd Hill. On a clear day you can see for 60km. Tickets cost around €15/$20.
Get out on the sea. You can take a boat tour around the islands, spot some fish on a glass bottomed boat or take a sea kayak trip and do some snorkelling. The sea is crystal clear and warm.
Dubrovnik airport is around 18km outside the city in Cilipi. Airlines such as Aer Lingus, Lufthansa and British airways fly into Dubrovnik.
Flight times to Dubrovnik
Dublin | 3 hours | London 2.5 hours | hong Kong 11 hours | New York 9 hours | San Diego 13 hours | Sydney 19 hours
Dubrovnik is connected with all the larger cities in Croatia as well as cities in Germany, Italy and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Cities include Sarajevo, Medugorje, Trieste, Skopje and Frankfurt.
From Zagreb it takes around 10 hours on a bus. From Split it’s around 5 hours. Medugorje is only 3 hours drive.
The main bus station is Kantafig, which is 2.5km from the Old Town.
Dubrovnik is connected by ferry with Split, Rijeka, the Island of Hvar, Korcula and Bari.
Getting from airport
“Atlas” buses run from the airport to the city on arrival of every flight. The trip costs around 35kn (€5/$6.50) and takes just over 30 minutes. Taxis cost around €45/$58.
The city centre or Old Town of Dubrovnik is completely pedestrianised and small enough to get around on foot, although it can sometimes be difficult to navigate the small streets.
Buses connect all parts of the city and run every 20-30 minutes. Taxis are readily available around the city and should cost no more than €15/$20 within the city limits.
If driving be aware that many streets are one way. Also during the winter months you must have your headlights on, even during the day.
Dubrovnik is a very safe city, but like anywhere in the world, take care, especially when you are on a night out. You are at your most vulnerable when you are intoxicated.
The streets in the Old Town become very slippery when wet so take extra care when it’s raining.
The streets can get very crowded in the summer, especially when the cruise ships arrive and offload their passengers. Find out when they are arriving and try to avoid the centre when they do. It may be best to avoid high season or at least the weekends of you want more space to move around.
Bring bug spray as the mosquitoes can be a nuisance.
The European Health Insurance Card is valid here for citizens of E.U. member states. This will cover you in the case of an emergency but remember that you should still have health insurance as the EHIC will not cover everything.
There is only one hospital, Dubrovnik General Hospital, but there are ambulance stations dotted around the city so waiting times are minimal.
The emergency number is 112.