Dubrovnik Old Town is a charming medieval city in Croatia. Outside the city walls lies the more modern section of the city with newer buildings and businesses; however, the old town is marked by ancient city walls surrounding a myriad of cobblestone streets leading to various sets of stairs that have been smoothed into shiny surfaces after years of wear. Though I’m sure you can spend much longer here, I would recommend setting aside two full days for this glorious city; ideally your cruise will stop at Dubrovnik overnight. If you want to explore nearby islands or towns, add a day for each and use it as your base.
2 Days in Dubrovnik Old Town
Walking the city wall
If there’s anything that should be on your “must do” Dubrovnik list, it’s walking around the city wall. It takes about 2-3 hours depending on how quickly you walk. The entire route is filled with views of Dubrovnik Old Town, red tiled roofs mixed with church cupolas and beautiful mountainous backgrounds. The road winds above neighborhoods and homes. At one point, you can see hanging laundry and stray cats wandering the alleyways below. If you complete the entire section, you’ll come across several towers that served as the city’s lookout and vantage points. Climb the stairs for an even more elevated view.
Wander the streets
I never got bored of strolling through the cobblestone street and hidden alleyways. It was fun to see where each set of stairs led and what fun photo op was awaiting at the next corner. The square is super dramatic and has plenty of restaurants with outdoor seating surrounding it. The streets that branch off Gundulic Square also have the cutest restaurants so be sure to check those out as well. Once you walk away from the square, you’ll see that most streets end in stairs that wind up through residential homes and ultimately end in more streets at the top of the city.
If you venture into the harbor area and walk towards the water, you’ll come across people hanging out by the water, some swimming, others just sitting enjoying the views. If you keep walking the concrete road that wraps around, you’ll come up to a little beach of sorts. Basically it’s a rocky outcropping where people leave their towels and belongings to take a dip in the cool water.
Explore at night
Dubrovnik is super charming at night. The city comes alive; restaurants tables are filled, live music is playing in the streets and you’ll see people carrying delicious gelato cones everywhere. Since we can’t resist ice cream, we made it a goal to find the gelato shop (it’s right in the square). If you make your way past the craziness of the night, you’ll run into empty streets with lamps lit and tired tourists taking a break.
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