Located at the southern tip of Croatia, Dubrovnik is the country’s most famous destination.
It was heavily bombed in the civil war of the early ‘90s, but with substantial international aid has rebuilt and regained its splendor. During medieval times Dubrovnik held off Venetian aggression. The testament to this strength is in its powerful city walls. Spend a day exploring the old town or hop the ferry to Lokrum Island to relax in more natural surroundings. For true day trips, look into the Elaphite Islands, Mljet National Park and Cavtat.
Getting There & Around
Flying from Zagreb to Dubrovnik is a good alternative to the bus, which takes 11 hours. From the airport there is an Atlas bus (35 KN) that will take you to the old town or bus station. Ferry is another possibility and, although slow and a bit pricier, any leg of the journey from Split is well worth it for the amazing coastal scenery. The main company is Jadrolinija (www.jadrolinija.hr). There is also a ferry to/from Bari in Italy.
Buses to the old town operate regularly and are especially helpful if you are staying in the popular Lapad area. The bus ticket is 8 KN from a kiosk and 10 KN from the driver. The old town is a half hour walk from Lapad.
Things to See & Do
The main tourist info office is just before the Pile Gate entrance to the old town. There is also cheap Internet access on site.
The Old City Walls
Walk the entire circuit around the old city from the 25m high city walls. They were built and fortified between the 13th and 16th centuries. The protection offered by this structure is astounding. Bring your camera as the different views around each bend all make for excellent photo opportunities. (30KN/10KN, adult/student).
The 412 metre summit used to be reachable by cable car. Now the only access is a hike up the switchback trail. It’s a moderate walk. Allow an hour from the old town. At the top is a fort built by Napoleon’s army in 1808 and which housed discos in the 1980s. It was also the site where the defenders of Dubrovnik made their last stand in the recent war. It is now bullet riddled, decimated and derelict. The panoramic view is absolutely magnificent and above the old town you get a strong sense of the military strength of medieval Dubrovnik.