How to spend a day in Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is hands down one of the most beautiful cities that we've visited. Lots of travelers are drawn to the city due to it's beauty, history and its recent feature as 'King's Landing' in the tv series Game of Thrones. Dubrovnik offers a lot of activities for visitors, and due to its popularity you'll find there are naturally some tourist traps when it comes to restaurants - which we want to help you avoid! We want to make sure that you get the most out of your visit to this lovely city so here's our take on how you should spend a day in Dubrovnik. This itinerary focuses on the area around Dubrovnik's Old Town, which we found to be the best part of Dubrovnik.
09.00 Have a morning coffee @ Dubravka 1836
This café/restaurant is situated just outside the city walls of Dubrovnik's Old Town and has a splendid view of the bay and the old city walls. They also have breakfast if you want to grab that. Great way to start the day.
10.00 Go on a walk on the walls of Dubrovnik
These walls are 1940 meters long and consists of a series of forts, towers, bastions, casemates and separated forts that comprise the city. The walls were built systematically, from 10th to 17th century, when there was a constant threat to the city and the Dubrovnik Republic. The walk will take you about an hour to an hour and a half. At any time on the walk you can leave the walls and go down to the city centre, as there are several exits along the way. Walking the walls isn't free, but we highly recommend it as it gives you a spectacular view of this ancient city and the sea.
11.30 - Stroll around in the small streets of Dubrovnik
Old Town is beautiful everywhere you go and the city has so many small narrow and winding alleyways that you should explore. We recommend just taking a walk for an hour and really explore the many markets and winding steps that make up this city.
12.30 - Have lunch @ Barba
Barba is a new restaurant that opened in 2014. This place is famous for its sea food / street food and is great for a quick lunch or a very casual dinner. The interior, unlike many other places in Dubrovnik is quite modern and has a very cool feel to it. The place only seats around 10 guests so make sure to call ahead or go early. They most popular dishes on the menu are octopus burger and the tempura prawns. The only minus is that if they run out of fresh ingredients they'll simply close.
14.00 - Have a cold afternoon drink @ Buza Bar
This has got to be one of the best placed bars in the world. Outside the city walls, on the cliffs, you'll find Buza bar. The bar has the most stunning view of the sea and you'll be able to see all of the old ships pass by while drinking your ice cold gin tonic, beer or mojito. It's no wonder that this place always has customers as it really has everything you need. This is a great place to bring a book or just sit and chill for hours. As a bonus you can walk down the cliffs and take a swim to cool off in between drinks. This is as good as it gets.
15.30 - Visit Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola
This magnificent baroque church is a great place to get away from the bustling city of Dubrovnik, which is full of tourists during the summer. Sit down in the church, take a deep breath, relax and absorb the beauty of this church from 1723. The stairs leading up to the church were featured in Game of Thrones and is a great place to get a photo.
17.00 - Have a glass of wine @ D'Vino Wine Bar
Go to D'vino to treat yourself to a good glass of wine. The place has a very cosy atmosphere and was one of our favourites in Dubrovnik. They have a great wine selection and it's a great place to go before dinner.
19.00 Go have dinner @ Pantarul
Situated outside of the old town, this place is a must-visit if you want to have a nice romantic dinner. The menu consists of traditional Croatian dishes with a modern twist. The quality of the food here is great and is reasonably priced. Great way to wrap up a perfect day in Dubrovnik.
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