Things to do in Dubrovnik
Things to do in Dubrovnik
Tiny Dubrovnik Croatia is full of a lot of things to do. Start by tackling its history, patrol the elevated stone walkways, and take in the gorgeous city views by the sea. Pick your next stop from above. Should it be a religious site like the Dubrovnik Cathedral? Or should it be a political site Rector’s Palace? Don’t forget why you came to the Dalmatian Coast in the first place: the gorgeous beaches and warm crystal waters. You can hop on a water taxi to the shores of Lokrum Island or enjoy a local beach like Banje. While you are here, why not taking a tour of the Game of Thrones franchise?
The first thing you will see as you approach Dubrovnik from the air or sea is its city walls. These ancient fortifications were built and rebuilt in the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries as the threat of Turkish invaders grew. They enclose the entire Old Town, protected by strategically placed forts and towers. Since the imminent threat of invaders has dissipated, the walls have become a tourist favorite. High on top of the city walls, you can enjoy some of the best views of Dubrovnik and the blue sea.
Dubrovnik Cable Cars
The original cable cars shut down in 1991 after the town sustained heavy bombing. But by the summer of 2010, the cable car returned during the Summer Festival, the city’s largest event. This is a must-do activity in the city. Take the cable car up the mountain and extend your enjoyment of the fabulous views of the southern Dalmatian coast by walking the trail back down the mountain at your leisure. This 20-minute walk down Srd hill drops you right outside the Old Town city walls.
Dubrovnik Cathedral, or the Church of the Assumption, is actually the third church built on the site. The first, a Byzantine-style building was constructed in the 6th and 7th centuries, before a Romanesque church replaced it in the 12th century. An earthquake in 1667 wrecked the structure. The final church assumed the Baroque fashion soon after. Aside from the architecture, the artwork is worth seeing as well.
Less than a half-mile offshore, this forested island calls to the onlookers from the Dubrovnik city walls. Aside from the beaches there, Lokrum has a historic attraction of its own, the 19th century Fort Royale. In 1023, a Benedictine monastery was built on the island until Napoleon’s forces destroyed the compound. From this fort, you can catch stunning views of Old Town.
When it comes to things to do in Dubrovnik, the possibilities are endless. This small town is filled with so much history and culture that you won’t run out of things to do. If you are a fan of the Game of Thrones franchise, we also urge you to tour the city with knowledgeable guides and fans of the show. Not only will you see some of the scene-stealing locations from the show but you will also explore the city’s history along with it.