“Must Sees” in Dubrovnik


There is much to see and do in and around Dubrovnik and visitors should buy a good guidebook to help them get the most out of their stay.  It is difficult to suggest itineraries as each visitor has their own interests and they travel at their own pace.  However, the following is a short list of what we consider to be “must sees” while in Dubrovnik:


Old Town:  It may be stating the obvious, but no list of “must sees” would be complete without some time in the Old Town.  This includes walking the city walls and seeing such historic sights as Rector’s Palace, Sponza Palace, and the old pharmacy.  Also be sure to take some time to wander the city’s side streets and soak up the atmosphere.  An evening drink on the Stradun is an unforgettable experience.


Srdj Hill:  Whether you take the cable car, a taxi, or climb it on foot, Srdj Hill should not be missed.  This is the hill that sits directly above Dubrovnik, looking down on the Old Town.  It offers spectacular Old Town and sea views and has a fascinating war museum housed in a building that played a major role in the battle for Dubrovnik during the 1990’s war.


Lokrum Island:  Located just off of Dubrovnik’s Old Town, this island is the closest and easiest island to reach from the mainland.  It is uninhabited and offers walking trails for exploring the island and several nice places for swimming off of the rocks.  Ferries to the island leave throughout the day from the old port in the Old Town and the journey only takes a few minutes.


Cavtat:  This tranquil, sleepy village is located just 30 minutes south of Dubrovnik by car, public bus, or ferry boat.  It is built on a natural harbor that makes for stunning views from just about anywhere in town.  There is a small pedestrian-only seaside promenade with many restaurants, cafes, and shops.  Cavtat is popular with the yacht crowd and in the summer months large yachts line the promenade.  Luckily, the harbor is small enough that the village escapes visits from cruise ships.  Cavtat offers a peaceful escape from Dubrovnik during the crowded summer months.


Sunset:  Any visitor to Dubrovnik should be sure to catch at least one sunset while in town.  The best places to watch the sunset while enjoying a drink are Buza bar in the Old Town or at the Abakus Piano Bar at the Hotel Excelsior.  At Buza bar think cans of beer or wine in plastic cups, while the Abakus Piano Bar is a much more upscale experience with champagne by the glass and am impressive cocktail list.  Either place offers stunning views and an unforgettable experience.