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.
Historical Buildings, Sea and UNESCO Sites
Admire the architecture of this stunning 16th-century building and visit its poignant memorial of the Croatian War of Independence.
This beautiful palace has endured earthquakes, fires and explosions, and is now one of Dubrovnik's most popular attractions.
Step inside this early 18th-century church devoted to Dubrovnik’s patron saint to see one of the city’s most worshipped religious icons.
Stop for a refreshing drink at this much-loved Dubrovnik attraction, an important hub of city life for centuries.
Admire the architectural beauty of part of Dubrovnik’s medieval fortifications, a 15th-century stronghold that dominates the southwest corner of the old town.
Start your tour of Dubrovnik’s old town by walking through this majestic entrance, once an important defensive structure.
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.
“ 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.
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.
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.
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.
History, Scenery & Best views All in 3 hrs time! If you are visiting Dubrovnik for the first time, Planning to take the famous Cable Car ride to see Dubrovnik’s beauty from the top of the hill, we don't blame you but Reconsider that.