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One Day in Dubrovnik – top things to see and do

If one day in Dubrovnik is all that you may have time for you need to make the most of your time.

Whether you are arriving in Dubrovnik by a Croatian cruise or combining holidays to Croatia with another destination, most of your time will be taken up inside the Dubrovnik Old Town and the Walls of Dubrovnik.  They are spectacular and one that we highly recommend you visit and you must be prepared for the 2km walk along the walls with their stunning views.

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Of course, if you have time we would suggest spending at least 3 days in Dubrovnik, ideally a week, and include the surrounding areas as there is so much to see and do. For those who want to visit Croatia beaches, we can recommend that Dubrovnik beaches are some of the best to visit during your stay as well. One day in Dubrovnik Croatia will certainly whet your appetite for a further visit.

As Dubrovnik is a popular destination we recommend that you book your Dubrovnik hotels in advance. If your Croatia vacation is during summer we would recommend booking at least 3 – 4 months in advance. As Croatia Tours are popular we would also recommend booking these in advance as well.  Summer is their busiest season and there will be many tourists visiting.


We stayed at the luxury Sun Gardens Resort just outside Dubrovnik. Staying in the resort gave us the opportunity not to rush visiting Dubrovnik and choosing our time to visit the Old Town when the cruise ships were not in port. We also had the advantage of the outdoor swimming pool and beach to relax after a day of sightseeing.


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When you visit Dubrovnik old town make sure that you allow time to visit the:

  • Walls of Dubrovnik
  • the Rectors Palace
  • the Cathedral
  • the Franciscan Church and Monastery that has one of the oldest Pharmacies in Europe
  • the Dominican Monastery.

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All are located within an easy walking distance of one another inside the Dubrovnik Walls.

 Walls of Dubrovnik

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2km of Ancient City Dubrovnik Walls

There is a  level of excitement when you first set eyes on the huge walls in front of you when you arrive at Pile Gate, one of the three entrances to the Old City of Dubrovnik.

There are 2km of ancient walls to walk around, a photographers delight, our recommendation is to arrive there when the gates first open.  We entered through Pile Gate at 8.30 am one morning in September with a view of beating the thousands that arrive from the cruise ships.  At this time of the year, Dubrovnik is still hot so we recommend taking enough water for a 2-hour wander.

Dubrovnik City Walls
Ancient City Walls

For those Games of Thrones fans, you will recognise some of the locations, and for those of us who are not, you will marvel at the view across to St Lawrence’s Fort just outside the Dubrovnik city walls to the West of the City (Kings Landing to the Games of Thrones fans!) You need to walk in a counter-clockwise direction as in certain areas the path is quite narrow.  At times you are at a height of 25m with walls with great views over the city and the harbour and in some areas, there are walls measuring 6m thick.  There are 3 round, 12 rectangular and 2 corner fortresses with 15 bastions to enjoy.

Entrance Fee: Adults 200 Kuna

Opening Hours: Check as they differ throughout the year

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Dubrovnik Cafes in the old town

As you walk around you can rest and enjoy a cold drink or coffee at one of the several cafes.  We would recommend an early sunset drink at Buza Dubrovnik.  Buza Bar is a hole in the wall overlooking the ocean on the cliffs, it can be very busy just before sunset so we would recommend that you arrive early.


The Rectors Palace of Dubrovnik

Rectors Palace Dubrovnik
Inside the Rectors Palace

Originally constructed during the 12th century, the palace of the Rector and the Council Hall was destroyed by a gunpowder explosion in 1435. Construction on the new Palace started immediately only to have the Palace again destroyed by another gunpowder explosion in 1463. The Palace was rebuilt in the Renaissance style as well as Gothic style.

The Head of the Republic, the Rector, whose term only lasted one month could only leave the Palace on official holidays or religious holidays. He could stand for re-election after a 2 year period.  It was a clever way of handling any potential corruption.  Pity, it can’t be enforced today!

On the ground floor you will notice a bust of Miho Pracat – the only citizen of the Republic who has had a monument dedicated, he was a wealthy citizen who left his entire wealth to the Republic.

After an earthquake during the 17th century, parts of the Palace that were damaged were rebuilt in the Baroque style.

Today, it is a Cultural History Museum where you can visit the offices and the Quarters of the Rector.

Entrance Fee: Adults 120 kuna

Opening Hours: Check as they vary throughout the year

NB: Photographs are not allowed in the Offices and the Quarters of the Palace

Franciscan Church and Monastery Museum in Dubrovnik


Franciscan Monastery Dubrovnik
Courtyard with Orange Trees

The Franciscan Church and Monastery consists of a Pharmacy, the Church, the Monastery and the Library and is situated on the Stradun in the Old City.

The Museum is based around a courtyard of orange trees and contains pharmaceutical instruments and presses, dating from 1317 that was used by the Old Friars in their Pharmacy.   The Cloister is decorated with remnants of old frescos.  The Pharmacy is one of the oldest in Europe, with its Library as one of the most valuable.

Once inside be sure to check out a copy of a painting that depicts how Dubrovnik looked before it suffered damage during the earthquake of 1667.

You can also see a tablet with a Latin inscription that states in 1527, 20,000 Dubrovnik inhabitants died of the plague.

We felt a calm and serene atmosphere as we wandered around the corridors that looked out upon the sweet-smelling orange trees that were growing in the courtyard.

Entrance Fee: Adults 50 kunas

Opening Times: Check as they vary throughout the year


Dominican Monastery Museum in Dubrovnik

Dominican Monastery Dubrovnik
Courtyard with fountain

The Dominican Order was founded during the 13th Century in Dubrovnik.  The Church and the Monastery completed construction during the 14th Century. The Monastery is similar in style to the Franciscan Monastery, based around a courtyard where we experienced the same peace and quiet.

The Museum is located in the Cloister of the monastery.  There are works of art from the Dubrovnik painting schools from the 15th and 16th centuries.  It houses an important library and art collection even Titian’s effigy of St Magdalene and St Blasius and Veneziano’s ‘crucifixion.’

Entrance: Adults 30 kunas

Opening Times:  Check as they vary throughout the year

The Cathedral of Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik Cathedral
View of the Cathedral from the Rector’s Palace

The Cathedral was built between 1672 and 1713 on the site of an earlier 12th-century Romanesque cathedral that was destroyed in an earthquake of 1667.  Legend states that Richard the Lionheart built the 12th-century Cathedral for the city after he was rescued from a violent storm close by on the island of Lokrum.  Originally the money was intended for a Cathedral on the island but the clever heads of the Republic persuaded him to use the money for a cathedral in Dubrovnik instead.

After the earthquake of 1979, construction workers found evidence that a Byzantine Cathedral was originally built on the same spot in the 7th or 8th century.

Located above the main altar there is a painting by Titian of “The Assumption of our Lady”.

To visit the Treasury there is an entrance fee of 15 kunas per person.  It comprises gold and silver relics from the 12th to 19th century crafted by Dubrovnik goldsmiths.


Dubrovnik Hotels 

There are many hotels in Dubrovnik to choose from. These are some of the most popular:

Sun Gardens Dubrovnik – we can highly recommend from our personal experience staying here. The hotel is located just outside Dubrovnik and offers luxury accommodation in one of the most beautiful settings in Dubrovnik. You can laze your days away at the pool or on the beach. Enjoy scrumptious meals at one of their several restaurants.

Address: Na Moru 1 20235 Orasac


Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik

Address: UI Frana Supila 2000 – overlooks the Adriatic Sea and the Old Town. This 5-star hotel offers guests a spa, fitness centre and indoor pool.


Hotel Kompass Dubrovnik

Address: Kardinala Stepinca 21 – this 4-star hotel is located on the seafront and Lapad Beach 4 km from the Old Town. The hotel offers a spa and 2 pools.


Hotel Neptun Dubrovnik

Address: UI Kardinala Stepinca 31  is a four-star hotel has a beach, views, indoor and outdoor pool spa, restaurants and bars.


Hotel Lero Dubrovnik

Address: UI Iva Vojnovica is 15 minutes from the Old Town and 5 minutes from Miramare Beach and offers guests an outdoor pool, spa and a fitness centre.


Hotel Adria Dubrovnik

Address: Radnicka UI – this 4-star hotel offers views over Elafiti Islands and is located 2.5 km from the Old Town.


Hotel Lapad Dubrovnik

Address: Lapadska Obala 37 This 4 star hotel offers a pool and is 3 km from the Old Town and has views over Gruz Harbour.


Hotel Ariston Dubrovnik

Address: UI Kardinala Stepinca 31 is a 5-star hotel steps from the Adriatic Sea and has an adults-only rooftop pool.


If you wish to stay in an apartment we can recommend Apartment Nikol which is located outside the city walls overlooking the harbour with an amazing view.


For further information on where to stay in Dubrovnik and their top 10 hotels check out TripAdvisor’s Top Hotels.

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Dubrovnik Airport

The main Croatia Airport is Dubrovnik Airport located 15.5km from Dubrovnik.  There are many cheap flights to Croatia from all over Europe.  Taxis can be expensive, there is the Airport Bus which will drop you at Pile Gate and then you can catch a taxi from there to your accommodation.

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Our Thanks:

Our entrance fees to the City Walls, Rector Palace, Franciscan Monastery, Dominican Monastery and the Cathedral were provided by Sandra Milovcevic from the Dubrovnik Tourist Board.  Croatia Tourism is booming and visiting the Dubrovnik Tourist Board at the start of your time in Dubrovnik will help you plan your time wisely.

We thank Sandra and her team for their assistance during our stay in Dubrovnik.  As always our opinions, are our own.

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