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What to do in Dubrovnik

13/01/2014

This walled city on the sparkling Adriatic Sea has sights galore. Janetta Willis finds out what should be on your must-see list

An illustrated map of Dubrovnik

 

Get your bearings: cable car to Mount Srdj

This cable car ride offers a breathtaking vista of the Old Town and the Adriatic Sea, while the aptly named hilltop restaurant, Panorama, allows you to bask in the view for longer.

Shore excursion: Cable Car and Cavtat >

 

Medieval meandering: the city walls and forts

Enter the city walls via Pile Gate and wander along the steep stone staircases and walkways of these ancient fortifications with sheer drops to the ocean on one side and views of the Old Town on the other.

Shore excursion: Walk the City Walls >

 

Picturesque promenade: Porporela

One of the city’s main sea-gazing spots, Porporela is known as a meeting place for lovers and is a perfect spot to stare out over the ocean criss-crossed by ships.

 

Theatre of history: Lovrijenac Fortress

Proudly guarding the entrance to the city, this fortress has become a key theatre venue in the annual Dubrovnik Summer Festival.

 

The main drag: Stradun

This long, limestone-paved avenue running through the middle of the Old Town has been at the heart of city life since the 13th century. The street was comprehensively rebuilt after a devastating earthquake in 1667, and its picturesque 17th-century buildings are harmonious in design.

 

A sense of history: Sponza Palace

A former customs house and mint dating from the 16th century, Sponza Palace today is an archive and museum.

Shore excursion: Best of Dubrovnik >

 

An enchanted hour: Franciscan Monastery and Old Pharmacy Museum

The pretty walled courtyards and cloisters of the monastery are a delight to explore, while the Old Pharmacy Museum houses the world’s oldest apothecary (still patronised by locals).

Shore excursion: Best of Dubrovnik

 

Hottest restaurant booking: Nautika

At this classy city restaurant at Pile Gate, beautifully fresh shellfish tends to be the highlight of a carefully composed and locally sourced menu, while the coveted terrace commands awesome views across the cityscape.

 

Modern history lesson: War Photo Limited

A contrast with the ancient charms of the Old Town, this photographic exhibition shines a light both on the Balkan region’s recent tragic history and conflicts around the globe.

 

Buzziest beachside bars: Buža I and II

Nestled into the cliffs, these picturesque bars with thatched roofs have terraces on rocky outcrops overlooking the Adriatic.

 

Best for live music: Troubadour

Enjoy a spot of jazz on the terrace of this famous Dubrovnik nightspot.

 

Baroque bargaining: Open Market (Gunduliceva Poljana)

Piles of colourful produce stack the stalls of this market in the middle of the Old Town, with an array of fruit, vegetables, olive oils, honey and fiery local spirits on offer.

 

Foodie gifts: Franja Coffee and Teahouse

A gorgeous delicatessen filled with a hand-picked selection of teas and coffees, as well as the best in Croatian produce.

 

Island jaunt: boat to Lokrum Island

This mysterious island off the coast of Dubrovnik was the site of a Benedictine monastery for the best part of a century. Today, daily visitors make the short trip by water taxi to walk around its botanical gardens, nature reserve and a nudist beach.

Shore excursion: Kayak around the City Walls >

 

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