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  • travelenjoyment
    47 contributions
    A unique and interesting city!
    Fascinating and attractive city which I covered comfortably in two days. The view from the top of the cable car is wonderful and the city walls well worth walking around (2 kilometres) although in one part did get a bit of vertigo! The city is not cheap though - cable car costs 200 kn (approx £22) and visiting the City Walls 250 kn (approx £28). Good choice of restaurants but those inside the city walls are expensive. Recommend to visit if possible when there are not many cruise ships in town as the city can get super super busy especially in the mornings with so many group tours.
    Written July 16, 2022
  • Stuart S
    Suffolk, United Kingdom149 contributions
    Busy & expensive historic old city
    Walking through the gated entrances into the old inner walled city you really feel like you've walked back hundreds of years. Outside it's busy and noisy with tourists and heavy traffic. Inside the main central street leads into a series of narrow side streets. Lots of cafes, bars, restaurants in these side streets avoiding the higher priced ones on main route. Easy to walk around find the main tourist sites and the old harbour. Even in late September it was very, very busy. The only shops we saw were tourist / souvenir shops in centre. We've never seen Game of Thrones so the large number of tourists shops and other tours linked to it does give a negative 'Disney' feel. Dubrovnik has more to offer surely?? We'd bought a 3 day Dubrovnik Pass to give us reduced entrance onto the city walls walk and The Rector's House. We also bought our ferry tickets from the official ticket office in the old harbour to go to the island of Lokrum - a 20% discount if you have the Dubrovnik Pass too. We found most restaurants expensive compared to other European cities and not a great food selection either - most menus offer very similar food.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 26, 2022
  • Helena L
    Malmesbury, United Kingdom863 contributions
    Worth a wander but can be crowded.
    Free to enter and a maze of small cobbled streets in which you can roam and imagine what life was like hundreds of tears ago. Be warned it is a very popular tourist destination so gets packed in the day. Add the summer weather and it can easily get stressful with young children and elderly parents. Recommend bringing g a hat, sun screen and lots of water. There are public fountains where you can fill up bottles but buying water in the city is eye watering expensive.
    Traveled with family
    Written August 8, 2022
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TravelWriter74
London, UK152 contributions
Aug 2022
gorgeous place, so full of character and history. Its VERY busy in Summer so you need to be patient about crowds etc ! we did a really fun little boat tour, only 45 minutes but around the outer walls and it was a good way to see the town from a slight distance. There are some gorgeous places to eat in the old town, if you are not budget restricted, then I suggest Nautika which is divine but v pricey. something fun to do is run up the steps that run down these little alleyways off the main square. We did and it was knackering.
We didnt do the 'wall tour' our teenagers felt that £30 to walk on a wall was daylight robbery so we watched others do it instead ! there were great little markets in the centre of the Old Town and so much to see.
One thing which was utter carnage was the bus stop to return to LAPAD. It was very hot and lots and lots of people pushing and shoving at the Bus Stop. The drivers were ruthless and god only knows how people do not get run over there. So much pushing meant that my daughter managed to squeeze on before me, only for the driver to slam the doors shut and drive off. I dont envy their job but this bus situation is not for the faint hearted. Anyone who has mobility issues or is disabled / elderly / pushchairs etc would strongly recommend a different mode of transport or going to Dubrovnik at another time of the year !
Written September 8, 2022
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JRMADA
United States3,255 contributions
Oct 2022
We stayed in Dubrovnik for 5 days and loved the Old City. The city is beautiful with all its attractions (museums, churches, harbors, forts, and walls). It can get a bit crowded with all the cruise ship tourists coming in for the day, but if you time your activities just right, you can enjoy your time here. The trick is to go to the attractions at opening time or last hour. Book tickets online, but avoid 3rd party ticket sellers as you will pay a high fee on top of the regular ticket price. You DON’T need a city guide. You can do all the research before your visit and go on your own. The restaurants in town are expensive and not very good. There are a few small restaurants outside Pile Gate serving better food at a reasonable price. Do not drive to Old Town as parking is very limited and very expensive. We came in October and the weather was perfect (low 20’s during the day and high teens during the evening - Celsius). There are no good Coffee Shops in old town, so that is also a big disappointment. Comfortable walking shoes are an absolute must here.
Written October 15, 2022
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Aimen Z
2 contributions
Aug 2022 • Friends
Dubrovnik is a beautiful city, the surrounding areas have great beaches and sights. It's too bad that this beautiful place is sullied by an awful tourism experience. Every single person here tries to trick you out of a dime. The airport exchange rates are ridiculously unfavorable, the bus station forces you to pay more for tickets although they are cheaper on the bus, the restaurants don't even serve water. Overall, people here are impolite and unpleasant (even when they're trying to trick you out of money). This place is beautiful and deserves better than this. I obviously won't come back here and would recommend it for anyone.
Written August 24, 2022
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Alanna
Kent, UK254 contributions
May 2022
If you're going to Dubrovnik, you'll need to see the Old Town. I would recommend getting a walking tour to learn more about the history and then explore on your own. There's so many alleys, shops, restaurants etc to explore!

Extremely clean and safe - felt very safe walking around at night solo.

Visited in May and the crowds were great, no waits at restaurants either. Everyone we spoke to said June/July/August the town is close to bursting with crowds.
Written May 12, 2022
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AlexSwallow
Sheffield, UK1,531 contributions
Oct 2022
This was the place I'd most wanted to visit on our trip. The city in general was just as dramatically beautiful as I had hoped- and actually the individual buildings were a lot more impressive. When we first arrived we entered the city via a spectacular gate and the feast for the eyes just kept adding up from there.

For fans, the Game of Thrones link is a nice bonus- we enjoyed spotting some of the locations but it didn't feel tacky anywhere.

Oh and the cats that hang around the old city are absolutely adorable.

The only thing I wasn't keen on was that I thought some of the prices were a rip off- but just wandering around is absolutely free and that is the best thing to do. We were lucky enough to stay in the old town itself which meant that in the evening and early morning everything was a lot less crowded.
Written October 25, 2022
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Lou576
West Midlands, UK50 contributions
Sep 2022 • Family
Lovely area with plenty to day. Strolling the streets you can easily spend a day there. Theres the port area from where you can take various excursions to the islands including Lockram
Island which is only a 15 minute board ride away.
A variety of cafes, restaurants up and down the main marble street and in the side passage ways. You can also do the city walls walk from here which is highly recommended snd is covered under the Dubrovnik pass if you choose to buy it. City walls takes about 2.5hrs so where suitable shoes and I recommend doing this in the morning to avoid the midday sun as there are limited places with shade. Although there are some little cafes up there.

There is also a small market which sells fruit, bags of nuts/ candied peel and various lavender gifts.

Definitely see this area by night too when its lit up, its beautiful.
Written September 17, 2022
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El_Maranza
Milan, Italy11 contributions
Jul 2022
The buildings are undoubtedly beautiful, unfortunately in my opinion they are ruined by being virtually all filled with cheap souvenir shops. Every single door on the main streets some kind of shop, and so the city looks more like a giant tourist trap than an actual place with its own identity and where people actually live. Add the fact that it's really overcrowded with tourists in summer, and to me it was actually an unpleasant experience. Too bad because it is (was) a wonderful city with a rich historical heritage
Written August 8, 2022
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JIM B
Northampton, UK85 contributions
May 2022
There are so many alleys to explore and the best, and less expensive, restaurants are in these. Be prepared for lots of walking and wear comfortable shoes if you are elderly or mobility limited. Access to the old town is so easy from one end to the other. It is absolutely fascinating and the people so friendly. Leave shopping till the end of your visit. Prices vary quite a lot so look but don't buy at your first stop. You're bound to find 'it' cheaper somewhere else, especially Game of Thrones items. Get a 3 or 7 day pass from any of the museums. It gives access to a whole range of 'attractions, including the city wall which costs about the same on its own. the 3 day pass is 600 Kuna and includes most museums, galleries, and a bus to Cavtat about 1/2 an hour up the coast.
Written May 24, 2022
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The Explorer
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, UK340 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
Nothing to write home about. Narrow streets and alleys, restaurants and bars but what a rip off. They want more than £30 to walk around the castle walls and people were paying it. Smuks! Plenty of much nicer and cheaper places to see in Croatia so my recommendation is avoid Dubrovnik.
Written April 17, 2022
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HBWillsy
California175 contributions
Jun 2021
Making our way through beautiful Old Town within the fortress walls was a fun experience despite the crowds, extremely high prices for food/drink, and crazy heat. It was over 100 degrees the day we were there and it is hard to find shade unless you are seated at one of the restaurants. Nevertheless, it was a unique and memorable adventure.

It's interesting to see this palatial space as a self contained city with markets, dry cleaners, restaurants, and other places of business taking up the various nooks and crannies. There are also numerous apartments where people actually live. Laundry was hanging out to dry, dogs were running around, locals were hanging out on balconies chatting on cell phones, tv's were blaring, kids were crying, the smell of various types of food permeated the air, etc. I kept thinking how strange it was to see so many modern amenities, dispositions and attitudes juxtoposed against such a setting. How strange and awesome to live in a literal castle/fortress.

Once we got used to the idea of being inside such a fairytale setting, the awe kind of wears thin when you start taking into account how commercialized and expensive it all is. The As mentioned, the food prices were crazy steep. There are stores hawking all kinds of souvenir options too, both inside and outside the walls and small things like water or ice cream are costly. We were told the money goes to fortress/city upkeep, so that does provide some consolation, but be prepared to spend quite a bit of money, particularly if this is a family affair. Lastly, the ground is SUPER SLIPPERY. The limestone and rounded rocks make for a slippery surface made worse by heat, and I can imagine rain/early dew or evening mist makes it even more so. Treaded shoes is advised!

Overall, I'm happy I/we did it. The setting is stunning and the excursion makes for a unique adventure.
Written August 31, 2021
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