I experienced Dubrovnik as part of a Mediterranean cruise (the cruise ship port is just a short shuttle bus ride away) but many tourists will seek out Dubrovnik as a stand-alone city trip, as part of a road trip or maybe just as a day trip from one of the beach resorts along the Croatian coast. Either way, a visit to Dubrovnik is well worth the effort.
The old town of Dubrovnik is surrounded by medieval city walls, and most visitors will enter the city through the main gate, the Pile Gate. Right behind the gate you will see the first of many attractions in the old town, the Large Onofrio’s Fountain. Straight ahead is the Placa, also known as Stradun, the main thoroughfare of the city. At the end of this street you will find the most prominent buildings such as the Church of St. Blaise, the Rector’s Palace, and the Sponza Palace.
Other tourist attractions include the oldest still operating pharmacy of the world in the Franciscan Monastery, the beautiful old port and the Dubrovnik Cathedral.
Game of Thrones locations can be found all around the city, most notably Fort Lovrijenac, the Minčeta tower and the steps leading up the Cathedral. There are many companies offering Game of Thrones walking tours but if you are more of the happy-go-lucky type you will be surprised how many places seem to look very familiar.
If you feel like hopping into the blue Mediterranean Sea, you may be a bit disappointed that there are no sandy beaches in close vicinity to the old town. However, there are a number of hotels in Dubrovnik that are located close to the beach, so you may want to take a closer look at Banje Beach to the east, Lapad Bay to the west, and curiously named Copacabana Beach to the north of the old town.
Just like with any other Mediterranean destination Dubrovnik awakes from a long siesta after sunset, and there are a number of bars, restaurants and cafés that will cater for late-night diners and patrons. Try for example Malvasija Wine Bar in Dropceva 4, D’Vino Wine Bar in Palmoticeva 4a, and Cave Bar More (a little bit outside in Hotel More) in K. Stepinca 33. If you are looking for something different, try the Ice Bar near the Onofrio Fountain.
Recommended day trips from Dubrovnik include a trip to the enchanting city of Mostar with its fabled bridge, boat tours to some of the secluded beaches along the coast or to some of the islands, a trip to the rocky Peljesac Peninsula, and a tour to one of the other Balkans states such as Bosnia, Montenegro or Herzegovina.