A nickname like “The Pearl of the Adriatic” sets expectations high, and Dubrovnik does not disappoint. One of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Mediterranean, this Croatian city has enthralled visitors for centuries, with its marble streets and baroque buildings glimmering in the Mediterranean sun. For those looking to enjoy everything this city has to offer, here’s how to spend a day there for less than $25.
Walk through the old town
Walking is one of the best ways to get a feel of a new city. You’re up close and personal with all the sights and sounds, something you can’t do on a car or a bus. There’s no better way to get a taste of the history of Dubrovnik than by taking a walk through the city’s old town. The medieval walled city is extraordinarily well preserved, with Baroque and Renaissance architecture highlighting the way. You’ll feel as if you stepped back in time, with the gated forts and stone walls. As you walk through, you’re bound to come across Stradun, the most famous Dubrovnik city street. Here you can make your way through souvenir shops, galleries, bars, and countless street performances, before the street ends in a lovely square.
Walk around the city
After the close up view of Dubrovnik’s Old Town, it’s time to get a view from the top. Walking around the 2km of walls around the heart of the city is a big reason why so many people take Dubrovnik city breaks. Stretching up to 25m high, the walls are filled with towers and bastions, and you can’t help but marvel at their size and how they’ve stood the test of time. The views of this wonderful country at the top are breath-taking, with the Adriatic Sea on one side, and the terracotta tiles of buildings on the other. The walk will take around an hour, and entry costs $15.
If you plan on walking around the walls, your best bet is to get a citypass card. For around $19, you get entry into the city walls, along with free entry to the Maritime museum, Rector’s Palace, and many more attractions – more for your money!
Where to eat
Dubrovnik caters to boatloads of cruise tourists every day, and as such is not cheap like the rest of Croatia. In order to eat your fill and keep costs down, stay away from the main tourist areas, and go down side streets for hole-in-the-wall restaurants or street food vendors. One of the best places to go is Bistro Riva, in a courtyard by the Gruz harbour. This local favorite has pizza for $3-4, pasta from $5-7, and many more delicious dishes at cheap prices.
Forget the fancy hotels and choose couchsurfing. The idea is to be hosted by a local person who can show you around the city. Buy him/ her a small gift and feel like a member of the house for a day or two.
Dubrovnik is a city that is begging to be explored. So many sights and history inside its walls, and the best part is, you can do it all for under $25 a day.
Do you feel like Dubrovnik is your city to explore this summer?
31 thoughts on “Discover Dubrovnik In A Day For Under $25”
There is only one problem – one day is simply not enough! I visited Dubrovnik last summer and I wish I had spent more time there. A simply charming place!
Thanks for sharing it! :D I can just imagine that 24 hours is kind of short!
Dubrovnik is fantastic! It’s full of beautiful contrasts. In fact, Croatia is a country of contrasts. Lovely post!
Dubrovnik is fab! I’d love to stroll through those narrow lanes of the Old City center and explore the fort! Planning to make there this autumn :)
Totally agree :D!!
Would love love love to go to Dubrovnik! Thanks for this, I hadn’t looked that much into it and I kind of had this idea it was just a cruise port!
Hope you can make it soon!!
Beautiful pictures. It looks like a great place to visit!
I have always wanted to visit Dubrovnik and Croatia in general for that matter – the views look just beautiful and I really like the sound of trying out the authentic hole in the wall, street vendor style of food!
I’m probably going there this summer <3!!
I’d love to stroll through Dubrovnik – it seems so pretty!
Me too! On my bucket list :):*
Ever since a friend of mine told me about her trip to Dubrovnik I’ve been meaning to make a trip there! Lovely :)
How funny, I was just planning a trip to Croatia earlier today and needed info on Dubrovnik. Thanks for the great timing :)
Great to hear that, Miriam! I hope you found what you were looking for!
I hope to explore Dubrovnik (and the rest of Croatia) this autumn, and I cannot wait! It looks absolutely stunning!
Really? That’s a fantastic plan, Heather!
Dubrovnik looks like a promising travel destination. I like your photos of course, which make them even more interesting.
It does, indeed!
YES, YES, YES. I want in on a visit to this city. Looks amazing. :)
It’s so beautiful and a place high on my bucket list when I am coming back to Europe one day!
I’m so glad to hear that!!!
Lately this place is creeping up on my bucket list.
Awesome! I’m excited to go there..
New experience again, HAHA
i love to travel
I’m blisfully happy to hear that!
Dubrovnik is magical! Especially when we see him from the City Walls.
Here are some of my pictures taken on from the CW: http://crolove.pl/spacer-murami-obronnymi-dubrownika/
Cheap and good food I would recommend a Bosnian restaurant Taj Mahal in the Old City.
Greetings from Poland
Hey Wojtek! Thanks for stopping by and sharing. I totally agree!