Most people who come to Dubrovnik for the first time are very surprised that this city is not a bigger tourist magnet than it is, because Dubrovnik has most of it.
Dubrovnik has a wonderfully beautiful and car-free old town with surrounding city walls, marble streets with low stone houses in matching colors and grand palaces. There is a short distance to beaches and plenty of excursions to some of the most beautiful islands in the Adriatic.
The old town itself is not big, and most of the city’s 43,000 inhabitants live outside the city walls. Dubrovnik was much in the news in 1991, when the world was stunned and watched as Serbian forces bombed the priceless old town of Dubrovnik, and together. But Dubrovnik has been painstakingly rebuilt stone by stone in the traditional way with similar material used previously. The restoration has done wonders.
George Bernhard Shaw should have said something like “if you want to see heaven on earth, come to Dubrovnik”. The choice is yours!
Get to know Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is located in the south of Croatia on the Adriatic coast, two miles from the border with Montenegro in the southeast and a few kilometers from Bosnia Herzegovina in the north.
The temperature can creep down to the freezing point in the winter months, in strong contract to the period June to September where it can approach 30 degrees Celsius. Otherwise during the year there is comfortable outside temperature. It rains most in the last three months of the year.
Dubrovnik has a fascinating history dating back to ca. 700 BC Dubrovnik has been under Roman, Austrian, Byzantine, Venetian, French and Hungarian rule, as well as being an independent republic in fierce competition with Venice for control of trade and shipping in the area.
Although most residents live outside the city walls of Dubrovnik, it is the old town that captivates the tourists. During the high season, daily large cruise ships anchor up outside Dubrovnik, and in the morning thousands of passengers flock into the Old Town in a row behind a tour guide. These disappear again in the afternoon. For that reason, Dubrovnik is a much quieter city in the evening than in the daytime.
- Abbreviation: DBV
- Country: Croatia
Gruz – northwest of Dubrovnik
If you arrive in Dubrovnik by bus or ferry, you will reach the northwestern Gruz district, where you will find the bus and ferry terminal. To the ferry terminal, the ferries arrive from elsewhere in Croatia. Walking distance to the ferry terminal from the city is approx. half hour. The bus ride only takes a few minutes and does not cost many kroner. There is no train station.
In the Gruz area you will also find a couple of hotels, a very helpful tourist information and a morning market with fish, fruits and vegetables.
Lapad and Babin Kuk
Just below Gruz lies the peninsula of Lapad, which consists of the districts of Lapad and Babin Kuk. Here are most hotels, a nice boardwalk and a few usable beaches. In addition, there are many bars and restaurants, which allow you to stay here rather than in the old town, without feeling on the outskirts.
If you are reasonably broke, you can walk from Lapad to the Old Town in just over 30 minutes along a road with occasionally magnificent views of the coastline of Boninovo Bay.
Arrows and Ploce in Dubrovnik
The last stop before the old town is the Pile district, which is mainly a residential area with some large hotels, including the Hilton. Here are also the taxi rank and Brsalja Square with nice views of Dubrovnik’s oldest port and St Lawrence fortress.
North and east of the old town we have Ploce, which extends east along the coast. Here are the nearest beaches, the harbor, some beach hotels and the Revelin fortress, which was also used as a hiding place for Dubrovnik’s inhabitants when the Serbian grenades rained down over the city in 1991.
Old Town – Stari Grad
The obvious “center” of Dubrovnik is Stari Grad or the Old Town. The old town is surrounded by a two kilometer long city wall with several towers.
From the old town there is a fantastic view over both Dubrovnik and the Adriatic Sea. The main street is the beautiful Placa, or Stradun as it is also called. It extends 300 meters from the western city gate to Luzatorget, which can be called the heart of the city.
On the upper side, 14 side streets climb up to two parallel streets; restaurant street Prijeko and residential street Peline. And on the down side, towards the sea, you will find most of the cathedrals, palaces, market places and churches.
The old town is so small and structured that you get a quick overview. It is impossible to get lost, as you are never far from a city wall, and you can almost always spot the bell tower at Sponza Palace.
Facts about Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik – Croatia. Capital of the Southern Dalmatia region.
|Population||About. 43,000 inhabitants|
|Religion||Roman Catholic (About 88%)|
|Currency||Croatian kuna, which is worth a little more than a Norwegian krone. Most credit cards (Visa, Master, Diners, AmEx) are accepted in most places. ATMs can be found all over the city.|
|Tips||Some places may have service included in the bill. If you are satisfied you can round up the amount. Also give tips in taxis, at the bar and to local guides.|
|Embassy||The Norwegian Embassy is located in Petrinjska 9, in the capital Zagreb. Tel: +385 0149 22831.|
|Tourist||On the main street of Placa, just inside the western city gate|
|Electricity||220/230 volts as in Norway|
|Holidays and Holidays||January 6, May 1, June 10, June 22, June 25, August 5, August 15, October 8 (National Day), November 1|
|Visa||Not required for Norwegian citizens|
|Vaccinations||No vaccines are required|
|Water||Can be drunk from the tap, but is very calcareous and does not taste good. Fine toothbrush|
|Nearest major cities||Split, Mostar, Podgorica|
|Safety||Some violent crime, but be aware of pickpockets|
List of Dubrovnik Acronyms
The most commonly used abbreviations about Dubrovnik is DBV which stands for Dubrovnik. In the following table, you can see all acronyms related to Dubrovnik, including abbreviations for airport, city, school, port, government, and etc.
|LUD||Lucke Uprave Dubrovnik|