With its dazzling beauty and charming streets, Dubrovnik’s name as the “Pearl of the Adriatic” could not be more fitting. The city of Dubrovnik is tucked inside its city walls, but its location on the Croatian coastline makes it just as welcoming if you’re arriving by land, or sea.


Dubrovnik has seen a major growth in tourism in the last five years-partly thanks to fans of the TV series Game of Thrones who know Dubrovnik as the real life King’s Landing. Now in addition to Game of Thrones, Dubrovnik has also served as filming sets for Robin Hood: Origins and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, drawing more attention to the city.

If you’re planning your visit to Dubrovnik, you could find it challenging to escape the crowds and tourist traps. To help you find your way around Dubrovnik, I found the best sights to sees, tours, and restaurants so you can enjoy all Dubrovnik has to offer and avoid the crowds.

With so much to see and do, here are the essential experiences in Dubrovnik that you will not want to miss!

Walking on the City Walls in Dubrovnik with a fort in the background



Don’t leave Dubrovnik without this once in a lifetime experience- to walk on the ancient city walls. From the top of the walls, the view overlooking the city is spectacular. It’s a perfect way to see the city from above and get sweeping panoramic views of the old town with the Adriatic sea in the distance.

Budget around 2-3 hours to walk the entire 2km length of the walls. There are three entrances to the walls near the Pile Gate, the Ploče Gate and the Maritime Museum. The Pile Gate entrance has  the most traffic, so entering from the Ploče side has the added advantage of getting the steepest climbs accomplished first!

Looking Over the City Walls of Dubrovnik

View overlooking Dubrovnik City Walls

The best time to walks the walls are within the first two hours immediately after the walls open in the morning. By walking the walls in the morning, you avoid the intense heat, and the crowds. Along the walls they have a handful of shops with air conditioners that sell juices, gelato, and more importantly a place to cool off!



History buff, or not any traveler can appreciate a walking tour of Dubrovnik to learn the story of the city.

In less than two hours you’ll learn the story of the economic, social, and cultural achievements of Dubrovnik over the centuries. It’s also important to understand the story of the major landmarks you’ll pass by including Franciscan Monastery, D’Onofrio’s Fountain, and Rector’s Palace, rather than just take a picture of them and keep going!

If you’re looking for a walking tour company checkout Dubrovnik Walks for their variety of walking tours, and friendly local tour guides! We enjoyed our “Discover the Old Town” Tour.

Pickup Local Treats at Gundulic Square

Gundulic Square is an open-air market in the Old Town that’s your perfect place to pickup a unique gift to bring back home. At this morning market you’ll find local vendors selling the best local handmade Croatian fabrics, honey, lavender oil, or dried fruit and nuts. The market is only open in the mornings and closes in the afternoon.

Take a Game of Thrones Tour

If you’re a fan of HBO’s Game of Thrones it’s no doubt you’ve heard that Dubrovnik is one of its main filming locations for the series.

You’ll find so many different tour companies that offer a Game of Thrones tour, and it can be daunting to choose the best one. If you’re a true fan, you need to book with Game of Thrones Dubrovnik Tours. Game of Thrones Dubrovnik is also the only tour company that provides interactive props for you to capture photos with along the way. 

Steps where “The Walk of Shame” was filmed from Season 5

The guides from Game of Thrones Dubrovnik couldn’t be more passionate about the series. All of the tour guides from Game of the Thrones Dubrovnik have either been extras on the set, or who have worked on the set. All the guides have great stories about their time spent with the cast!

Sea Kayak Around Dubrovnik’s City Walls

Kayaking is a fun way to get a unique perspective of the city walls from down below. You can book an organized tour that will take you around the city walls, the island of Lokrum with stops at a private cave beach for snorkeling.

Popover Tip: The organized kayaking tours can be rather pricy, and take up a lot of time in your day. If you’re an experienced kayaker, it’s much easier and cost effective to rent a kayak around the city walls on your own time without the pressure of a tour group.

Wander Through the Side Streets Old Town Dubrovnik

Sitting on the Side Streets of Dubrovnik

One of the most charming areas of Dubrovnik is the streets on the hills of the Old Town. Here you’ll find some of the better and quieter restaurants on the side streets as opposed to the busy Stradun.

Seaside Drinks at Buza 1 and Buza 2

Sitting on the rocks at Buza 1
Buza 1 Bar at Sunrise

Buža I and II are cliff bars located near the south side of the Old Town.

The entrance to Buža I is literally a hole in the wallthe city wall to be exact. When you walk through the doorway, you’ll find yourself on the edge of a cliff looking at the Adriatic Sea.

Drink at Buza Bar
Enjoying a Croatian Beer with a View of Lokrum from Buza Bar

During the summertime, you’ll see people swimming and sunbathing on the rocks below the cliff bars. If you want a table, make sure to get there before the crowds. If they run out of tables, you can grab a drink and perch up on the rocks like we did!

Popover Tip: Both bars are cash only, and do not serve food. Keep in mind the beers are charged at a premium (42HRK / $6.50USD for one beer). At the end of the day, you’re paying for the sights and sounds of the Adriatic sea beneath your feet. The experience visiting was worth it, and I would highly recommend it.

Take a Ferry to the Charming Island of Lokrum

A quick 10-minute ferry ride away and you’re transported to the peaceful island of Lokrum. I was shocked to find out the Lokrum is a popular spot for locals just as much as it is for tourists. Lokrum has a beautiful botanical garden. 

Exploring Lokrum

In the center of the island you can explore the Benedictine Monastery that dates back to around the 15th century. Near the Monastery you can also visit the small Game of Thrones Museum that HBO donated to Dubrovnik. Now is your opportunity to sit on a replica of the Iron Throne from the series!

Iron Throne Lokrum
Replica of the Iron Throne on Lokrum Island from Game of Thrones

You won’t have to search far to spot the several hundred rabbits and peacocks that happily frolic around the island. Lokrum offers several spots to relax by the water. For an adventure, you can hike up to Fort Royal to visit the highest point of the island. The hike isn’t easy, but once you’re at the top you’re greeted with beautiful views of the old town of Dubrovnik. 

Popover Tip: Lokrum is the perfect place to enjoy lunch, or a picnic. We had a delicious lunch at Lacroma Restaurant right outside the Monastery. Keep in mind the ferry tickets to Lokrum are cash only! You can purchase tickets at the harbor near the Ploče Gate where the ferry departs.

Essential Landmarks to See in Dubrovnik

Large Onofrio Fountain

Large Onofrio fountain
Large Onofrio Fountain

You can’t miss the Large Onofrio Fountain once you pass through the City Walls through the Pile Gate entrance. The Large Onofrio Fountain is one of Dubrovnik’s most famous and beautiful landmarks that was built in 1438. It still serves as a functioning fountain where you can fill up your water bottle!

Tap water is perfectly safe to drink in Duborvnik, and you won’t need to worry about spending your money on bottled water if you refill your bottle at the Large Onofrio Fountain. 

The Franciscan Monastery

Franciscan Monastery

The Franciscan Monastery is one of the few buildings in Dubrovnik that survived the devastating earthquake in 1667.

This monastery museum is just inside the Pile Gate, off Stradun. You enter through the door at the end of the gap between the small church almost up against the city walls and the big monastery. It’s a small entrance fee, but well worth it to explore these beautiful grounds.

Part of the mission of the Franciscans was to contribute to the health of the citizens, which was why they created the pharmacy within the Monastery

In addition to getting your prescriptions filled, you can purchase a selection of homemade creams made from local products according to traditional recipes from the monks.

Popover Shopping Tip: The homemade creams that are sold in the pharmacy come in a variety of different scents and styles for your hands, or face. These creams are centuries old from when the monks first created them! Talk about such a unique gift! My favorite was the lavender cream. They have travel sized jars that you can purchase so you don’t have to worry about flying back with it!

The real pleasure of visiting the Monastery is wandering around the beautiful cloisters. It’s a perfect escape from the crowds, and offers a peaceful location to relax and enjoy on a hot day.

St. Lawrence’s Fortress

You can’t miss St. Lawrence’s Fortress perched on a cliff across the sea looking toward the City Walls. The fortress is estimated to be around 1,000 years old, and was built as an extra precaution to defend the city against invaders.


With the limited shade at the Fortress, it can get rather hot quickly! Avoid going during the heat of the day, and instead opt for sunset for cooler weather. If you’re a photographer, this will be a great spot during sunset to capture shots of the Old City at golden hour.

Popover Tip: A ticket to St. Lawrence’s Fortress is included if you buy a ticket to walk on the city walls for that same day. If you take a Game of Thrones tour you often also stop at the Fortress to see the filming sites.  

Five Essential Places to Eat and Drink in Dubrovnik

Dolce Vita

Wander up one of the side streets off the Stradun for gelato at Dolce Vita. They’re known for their bitter orange gelato that pairs well with chocolate. Dolce Vita is cash only!

Gelato from Dolce Vita
Gelato from Dolce Vita

Peppino’s Ice Cream

Peppino’s was our favorite gelato shop in Dubrovnik.  It’s located right behind the Stradun. They have so many creamy flavors (Ferrero Rocher was incredible!). Just like many other small shops in Dubrovnik, Peppino’s is cash only.

D’vino Wine Bar

A cozy evening hangout for drinks before or after dinner. D’vino wine bar has a wide selection of Croatian wines for you to try. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable about all the different selections of wine too!

Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is a tiny restaurant that is one of the Adriatic’s most genuine representations of Bosnian cuisine. Order the džingis kan meat plate (dried beef, sausage, peppers and spring onions with curdled milk) and get a taste of everything Bosnian, or enjoy my favorite Cevapi (small grilled meat sausages).

Lady PiPi

Lady PiPi has some of the best grilled meat and fish dishes you’ll find in Dubrovnik. It’s hidden at the top entrance to the City Walls with stunning views looking over the City Walls if you’re lucky to grab a table at the top.

The two dishes Lady PiPi is known for are their tuna steak, and the seafood platter for two. I had the tuna steak, and it was incredible. Lady PiPi is also known for their homemade french fries. These french fries were worth the hype and made for a fun side dish for our table.

As far as the background of why the restaurant is called “Lady PiPi”, you’ll just have to visit and look for the statue to find out why!

Popover Tip: Lady PiPi does take credit cards, but they don’t take reservations. It’s a smaller restaurant that’s only open during April-October, and lines are known to start outside the restaurant before it opens for lunch or dinner. To avoid long waiting times arrive shortly after it opens (or before it opens if you want a table upstairs overlooking the city). 

Final Thoughts on Dubrovnik 

Dubrovnik is everything you’ve dreamed of when you think of Croatia and so much more! Enjoy every opportunity you can to wander the streets without a map during sunset and explore this charming city. 

Let me know in the comments if you’ve been to Dubrovnik, or if you’re planning to go.


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  1. Game of Thrones is not the reason why I would visit Dubrovnik in a flash, I don’t watch the show. I went to school with a girl whose family was from there, and it was heartbreaking when the town was bombed during the war. It seems to have survived well, which is fantastic. Thank you for a great post.

    1. The damage from the war was so sad to see, and it wasn’t that long ago at all. It’s definitely puts the city into a humbling perspective when you take a moment to learn its history.

  2. I am glad you bring up the crowds! Just yesterday I spoke to a couple of Croatians who mentioned that Dubrovnik is amazing and they wish more people would spend time to explore the history and not just movie set part! It has a lot to offer 🙂

    1. Thanks for saying that! The city has so much history it’s so important you take time to appreciate it!

  3. Great article and loved the photos! Visited Dubrovnik last summer and it’s one of those places I could easily go back to! Absolutely amazing place.

  4. I’m just starting to plan a trip to Croatia. I’m not even sure which places to go yet, but this is definitely helpful as Dubrovnik will most likely be a stop. I have pinned the guide for future use. Thanks!

  5. I love Dubrovnik and your post made me no it even more! Gorgeous photos and such informative content!! I’ll definitely be using your guide if I ever make it back there!

    1. Actually not really! It makes it more special if you’re a fan of the series, but either way it’s so interesting to see how they film it.

    1. I’m so glad! You’ll love it! Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions when you start planning your trip!

  6. Ah, I always wanted to visit Dubrovnik being a die-hard GOT fan. I think I’ll also do a walking tour as you suggested along with the GOT tour when I visit. You pictures are gorgeous.

    1. Thanks, Richa! I hope you get the chance to go! The GOT Walking Tour that we did was a blast!

  7. A beautiful post. I was in Dubrovnik a couple of years ago and loved the old town. I was not aware of the Game of Thrones Tour though. Will do that next time

  8. Awesome post! I’ve been wanting to visit Croatia for a while! I’m saving this for when I plan my trip!

  9. Looks so beautiful! Hoping to get there next spring. Definitely going to look up some of those places to eat when I’m there. Thanks for the recommendations!

  10. Oh wow your photos are STUNNING!! I still need to watch the end of Game of Thrones, this place looks absolutely beautiful though – would love to visit!

    1. I’m so glad to hear that Krystianna! If you’re a GOT Dubrovnik is definitely the place for you! You’ll love it! I loved the tour I booked through too!

    1. I hope you can! Dubrovnik was such a special place! Let me know if you have any questions when you start planning!

  11. Oh my, Croatia looks so amazing and your photos are beautiful! I was actually planning to go this Spring…I am hoping I can still go in the Fall or maybe next year.

    1. Thank you! I can see why it’s your favorite city! There’s so much to do, and it’s so unique!

  12. Dubrovnik looks absolutely beautiful! I was supposed to go for my birthday this summer. I’m still hoping I could do later in the summer. If worse comes to worse, I may just do it next summer. Your photos are so beautiful and I’m definitely keeping this post handy. 🙂

  13. Dubrovnik looks so beautiful in your photos! We actually visited Dubrovnik, but only for one day and we missed a lot of things! Saving your great guide for our next visit 🙂

  14. Your photos are so gorgeous!! I was supposed to go here in June, but the world had other plans, lol. In any case, so glad I came across your post to reference for the future!

    1. Thank you! I know so many cruises just stop a day, and there’s so much to see you could spend at least three days!

  15. I’d love to visit Croatia! I actually studied abroad in Dublin last spring and went up to Northern Ireland to do a game of thrones tour there. It’d be awesome to go to Croatia and do more GoT sightseeing!

  16. Man, I have to get to Croatia. We had a trip planned last summer, but COVID changed that. LOL. The Franciscan Monastery looks awesome. I have to add it to my list!

  17. I’ve hear a lot about Dubrovnik but never got a chance to visit. I’m glad I came across this guide, I’ll definitely save it for next time I get to visit here.

  18. Covid derailed my trip to Dubrovnik and many of your suggestions were on my list. I LOVE the photo from the Buza Bar. That’s one I’ll try to replicated post pandemic.

  19. Dubrovnik has been on my list for a while, ever since visiting Zagreb during my first year of uni. I would love to walk around its historic streets and go on a GoT tour!

  20. Amazing guide! thank you for all the info! I will used it in May!!! any other suggestions on tips? Best upscale restaurant with a view?

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