What to see in Dubrovnik in one day

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Martí Micolau

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You know the coastal city of Dubrovnik? It is a small town on the Dalmatian coast, it has been part of Croatia since 1991 and has only 50 inhabitants. Also famous as "the pearl of the Adriatic", it was for many years disputed and besieged by different populations - Normans, Venetians, French, Turks, Hungarians and Austrians - each of which left its mark, contributing to the creation of a very rich cultural variety.

Dubrovnik (Ragusa, in Italian) is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so it is worth a visit, even if you only have one day! George Bernard Shaw called it "a paradise on earth", are you ready to confirm this statement?


  1. Dubrovnik day itinerary: Morning
  2. One day itinerary in Dubrovnik: Afternoon
  3. Dubrovnik day itinerary: Evening
  4. User questions and comments

Dubrovnik day itinerary: Morning

1 - Pile Gate

The city of Dubrovnik is quite small and all the main attractions are in Old Town, therefore it is possible to visit it comfortably on foot. Before starting our itinerary, treat yourself to a good breakfast. A possible solution is the Dubravka 1836 Restaurant & Cafe (Brsalje ul. 1, in the center), it offers several alternatives for the first meal of the day and enjoys an enviable panoramic position (the only disadvantage is that it is a tourist place , so the prices are above average.
If you want to save, choose one of the many Bakeries scattered around the city. Particularly recommended is Rusica Bakary (Ul. Andrije Hebranga 54, unfortunately it is a little further away from the old town, about 20 minutes on foot).

After breakfast, you are ready to leave to discover the city, starting from the Pile Gate. It deals with of the ancient main entrance to the old city, known as Stari Grad. On the outside, the gate is built in the Renaissance style, on the inside it is in the Gothic style. Above the door you can see the statuette of the patron saint of Dubrovnik, St. Blaise, holding the model of the city.

2 - Walk on the Walls and Porto Vecchio (Old Town)

The door opens into a semicircular bastion, which can be reached via a stone bridge and a drawbridge. Your morning route will be filled with walk on the walls, one of the symbols of the city. Built, destroyed and subsequently rebuilt on several occasions, the historic walls offer those who walk through them a unique and breathtaking panorama, also from a historical and cultural point of view. The path along the walls measures almost two kilometers, which can be covered completely on foot, and surrounds the entire historic center. In some places, they reach the height of 25 meters! The walk ends at the Old Port, one of the oldest and most important places in the city.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 450 m / 5 min
  • Places visited: Porta Pile (free), City walls (€ 27,00)
  • Historical tour of the city walls Food & Wine tour
  • Where to have breakfast: Dubravka 1836 Restaurant & Cafe, Brsalje ul. 1

One day itinerary in Dubrovnik: Afternoon

1 - Fountain of Onofrio, Church of San Biagio, Rector's Palace, Cathedral

Near the Old Port you can enjoy a delicious lunch of Mediterranean specialties at Poklisar (Ribarnica ul. 1), enjoying a splendid view right over the harbor and the sea. Not far away is the Great Fountain of Onofrio. The fountain has a circular shape and is covered by a dome. It takes its name from its builder, the Campanian architect Onofrio della Cava, who managed to bring water to the city from a source 12 km away.
Not far from the fountain there are two beautiful buildings, the Church of San Biagio and the Palazzo del Rettore. Not far away is the city's Cathedral, dedicated to the Assumption of Mary, dating back to the th century. Destroyed by an earthquake in the th century, it was later rebuilt. Inside it is preserved a splendid treasure, consisting of 138 reliquaries in silver and gold, some further decorated with jewels, precious stones and reliefs. The cathedral also houses the relics of San Biagio, patron saint of the city, an alleged fragment of the Holy Cross and a painting by Titian.

2 - Walk along Stradun and the Church of San Francesco

Go back near the Poklistar restaurant, to start walking down a long paved avenue called Stradun, which runs through the entire historic center. Continue on the Stradun until you reach the Church of San Francesco, also known as Convent of the Franciscans, as it is part of a monastic complex dating back to 1317. The complex is a mix of architecture, from Romanesque to Gothic, and houses a rich portal and a delightful finely decorated cloister.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 700 m / 9 min
  • Places visited: historic center (free), Great Fountain of Onofrio (free), Church of San Biagio (free), Rector's Palace (free), Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary (free), Church of San Francesco (free)
  • Guided walking tour Tour in the places of the Throne of Swords
  • Where to have lunch: Poklisar, Ribarnica ul. 1

Dubrovnik day itinerary: Evening

1 - Dinner, Prijeco Ulica

The afternoon is almost over and, after visiting monuments and churches, it's time to devote yourself to leisure. For this we advise you to go to Prijeko Ulica, one of the most beautiful and busy streets in the city since full of shops, clubs and businesses Of every kind. For dinner, move slightly away from the center and go to Prijeko 1, at the Rozario restaurant, a place almost hidden in the streets of the city that will allow you to enjoy a dinner with Mediterranean flavors in an intimate and reserved atmosphere.

2 - Panorama of the city from above

After dinner an equally suggestive experience awaits you, that is admire the city from above of the surrounding hills, reachable by a cable car trip which, in the summer months, runs until midnight. The cabin, with a capacity of thirty people, will take you in just four minutes to an altitude of 24 meters on Mount Srđ. From here you can enjoy the unforgettable breathtaking panorama over Dubrovnik, a great way to

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 650 m / 10 min
  • Places visited: Prijeko and Ulica (free), Dubrovnik cable car (full return ticket approx. 18 Euro)
  • Dubrovnik Cable Car Ride Kayak excursion
  • Where to dine: Rozario, Prijeko 1

Before leaving: useful tips

  • From Italy, you can reach Dubrovnik comfortably by car. Alternatively, they are also available numerous ferries departing from Bari or Ancona.
  • The climate of the city is kind temperate Mediterranean, with mild winters and long, hot and humid summers. Whichever period you visit, don't overdo it with warm clothing.
  • If you decide to go to Dubrovnik by car, avoid parking near the historic center, you will risk wandering around for a long time looking for a place and, moreover, the hourly rate it's really very expensive.
  • If you decide to extend your holiday, take a look at our offers for accommodation in Dubrovnik

What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up

  1. Museums. Although there are some interesting museums in the city, there is no need to visit them having only one day to discover the whole city.
  2. Excursion to Lokrum Island. Although it is a very nice experience to do, it needs a whole afternoon dedicated to it.

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