Travel Guide: Dubrovnik, Croatia

You might recognize Dubrovnik from its star role in Game of Thrones and Star Wars. But this historic city is much more than a pretty face. Dubrovnik is filled with medieval walls and Gothic buildings and the Adriatic Sea as its backdrop. It doesn’t get much better than that.

What To Do

Dubrovnik, Croatia
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The walled city of Dubrovnik has enough historic architecture to keep you busy for days. Take a walk through this pedestrian-only city and you will quickly realize why it is a filmmaking destination. Hop on a cable car and head to the top of Mount Srd, where you will find the most spectacular views of Southern Dalmatia.

With more than 1,000 islands off the coast of Croatia, don’t leave without visiting at least one. Lokrum is the closest island and a 15-minute boat ride from the city’s old port. Filled with botanical gardens, a medieval monastery and the remains of an old fort, Lokrum has plenty to explore. You can also rent a kayak and cruise around the Adriatic Sea or island hop by boat!

Where to Stay

Hotel Excelsior, Dubrovnik
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Right outside the city walls is the newly renovated Hotel Excelsior, which overlooks the Adriatic Sea and Old Town. This stunning hotel is housed inside a 1913 royal villa and features rooms with balconies, an indoor pool and spa, a waterfront restaurant and best of all, direct access to the sea from the hotel’s beach.

Where to Eat & Drink

Konoba Dubrava, Croatia
Photo Courtesy of Konoba Dubrava

Dubrovnik’s architecture might be medieval, but the food is not. New restaurants, hipster coffee shops and serious cocktail bars are opening throughout the city, creating a much-needed updated vibe. For killer cocktails head over to Bar by Azur, the first real cocktail bar to open within the city walls. Dubrovnik is known for its oven baked meats and potatoes and the best place to sample this fare is at Konoba Dubrava, in the village of Bosanka, located in the hills above the city.