Dubrovnik

Arrivals

Follow the Gap Map itinerary found on the main Europe page and get a bus from Split to Dubrovnik. It’s always best to inquire at the bus station the day before hand. The bus station in Split is right in the town centre. You can get an idea of timetables here .

Highlights

Pile Gate is the entrance point into the old town of Dubrovnik. This entrance was constructed in 1537 and is still standing strong.

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Dubrovnik old town is surrounded by a large wall. Pay a fare to walk along the top of the wall for a birds-eye view of the town and coastline. Look down on the thousands of red tiled roofs and the ocean that stretches out around the whole city. The tickets cost around 90 Kuna or 12 Euro but it may be the highlight of your trip to Dubrovnik. You could spend days exploring the old town with all of its cobbled streets and laneways formed almost like a maze.

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Sveti Jakov Beach is just a twenty minute walk from the old town. Although it is a pebbled beach like most in Croatia, the water is clean and you get a nice view of the town from the beach.

Banjo Beach can be reached from the old town right outside the Ploče Gate. There are both paid and free sections of the beach depending on whether you want to rent chairs.

Copa Cabana Beach is also very rocky so try to bring a decent towel to lie on. Otherwise it is fairly cheap to rent a beach chair and the drinks at the bar here are well priced too. The water is so clear that you can see fish swimming below the surface. A perfect spot for swimming just a short walk from the old town.
Babin Kuk, Dubrovnik

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Like most European cities Dubrovnik boasts many museums and churches that can be visited whilst walking through the old town. Learn about the history, the war period and the Balkan architecture.

There is an open air cinema in two locations in Dubrovnik that only operates during July and August. Follow The Gap Map itinerary and you’ll have made it here in perfect timing! The official website is only in Croatian so inquire at the tourist information office about the most recent showings.

Take a walk around the Harbour area to see lovely views and have a coffee break.

Saint Johns Fortress is a sight worth seeing. Although you may have already had your fill of walled cities, castles and old fortresses, this one is quite unique. Surrounded by water and with amazing views from the top it’s worth a look. You can even make a visit when it’s lit up at night.

Stay

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Hotel City Central Old Town is the best hostel to stay in when visiting Dubrovnik. Although the dorm beds cost 15 Euro a night, there are all the facilities you need and the location cannot be beaten. You will be just a few steps from the Pile Gate entrance to the old town and walking distance from the beaches. Book here
U Pilama 7/a, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Eat

The Farmer’s market is a good option if you would like to save money and make your own meals at home. Find lots of fresh produce for low prices.
Gundelic Square

Fast Food Presa is your one stop shop for food on the go. Down a side street that runs off of the main road it is conveniently located and you won’t spend more than 2-5 Euros here. They bag up everything from sandwiches to salads for the perfect takeaway beach picnic or eat in for a relaxed lunch. The low prices here are going to keep you coming back daily!
Đorđićeva ul. 2, 20000, Dubrovnik

Pizzeria Scala is a cheap and cheerful place to share some pizzas between a group before heading out for the night. Line the stomach before washing it down with a few vino’s and the meal will only cost you between 25 Kuna or 3.50 Euro to 55 Kuna or 7.50 Euro.
Mata Vodopiaa, Dubrovnik.

Locanda is the best location you will find for cheap eats in Dubrovnik. Sitting outside on the terrace right in the old port, couldn’t be a better place to enjoy some fresh seafood. They bring steaming pots full of muscles and clams right to your table. Order a few things and share with a group.
Na ponti bb, 20000, Dubrovnik

Kamenice is another destination for affordable seafood and why not while staying in a seaside town? Big portions and fresh produce is the philosophy here. The low prices make it a Gap Map favourite.
Gunduliceva Poljana 8, Dubrovnik 20000

Nightlife

Buza is where to go for a drink with a view. If you can find it, this relaxed bar will have you sipping on a cocktail, listening to jazz by the ocean in no time. But you will have to do some investigating to get there. Weave your way in and out of the city walls to find your way here. Map is needed!
Near Ilije Sarake

Cave Bar More is one of Dubrovniks true miracles. Find yourself walking on water (or on a glass floor over the water) through a cave on your way to the bar. Cool off with your drink inside the cave or sit outside in the sun.
Underneath Hotel More on Kardinala Stepinca 33

Gaffe is the busiest bar in town despite its Irish theme because you’ll always be able to catch the latest game. Head here for a few beers and watch the football for a dose of European pride.
Miha Pracata bb

Sky Bar is located right in the old town and it’s one of the more affordable places to drink. If you want to kill 5 birds with one stone why not drink from a 5 shot bucket and save yourself from returning to the bar!
Marojice Kaboje, Dubrovnik

Departures…

Get a return bus from Dubrovnik, over the border to Mostar in Bosnia Herzegovina. Make sure you check the timetables and book your ticket at least the day before. You can spend a couple of nights in Mostar before returning to Dubrovnik to get the ferry on to Italy!

To reach Italy you will catch the overnight ferry from Dubrovnik, Croatia to Bari on Italys East coast. See here for ticket prices and timetables. It should cost around 45Euro for a ferry departing at 10PM on Wednesday 27 July if you follow The Gap Map itinerary. Of course you can also check the price comparison with flying from Dubrovnik to Napoli but often in peak season it will be cheaper to catch the ferry to Bari.