Dubrovnik, Croatia

Location:

Since the upgrading of the port most ships will now dock instead of being anchored.

Only a very few ships will tender you to the Old harbor, right in the center of town, most others, the bigger ships, will dock at the end of the waterfront marina: the Gruz harbor (2.5 km from the old town) and provide shuttle buses to the Pile Square, from there it is only a few meters to the wall and old Dubrovnik.

Buses: If your ship doesn’t offer a shuttle or you’d prefer to take transportation into your own hands, you’ll find a local bus stop just outside each of the two the pier gates; look for numbers 1a, 1b and 8. You can purchase tickets at the adjacent newsstand, but you’ll need exact change in Kune, so make sure you convert some money at the exchange bureau just inside the port’s gates or at the many ATM’s around. 1,50 Euro or 12 Kuna one way. These buses can get very busy at times with school children etc. However they have a better frequency than the cruise organized shuttles. The bus trip takes about 10 minutes.

Plenty taxis around at the Dubrovnik Cruise Terminal. 10 euro (set price and no need to change money) each way per taxi. If you travel with 2 or more people this often a good deal, as you avoid the busy lines when the shuttle buses return to port.

Sightseeing:

The old town is completely pedestrianized and easily small enough to get around on foot – some of the side streets are a little steep though!

Walk on the walls around the old town, great views! Warning – it’s recommended to visit the walls during the early morning hours or the late afternoon hours, as it can become hot during the day! There are 3 entrances to the City Walls: on Stradun by the Pile gate, by fort Saint John’s and at the Custom’s House gate. Open:8AM-7PM. Entrance fee:70 KN (10 Euro) adults.

The Museum of Modern Art: Located near Banja’s Beach, this museum welcomes you in from the sun to admire pieces by Vlaho Bukovac and other Croatian artists.

At the Pile Square you have a nice view of the harbor; from there you can stroll down the ramps into the old city.

The tourist office is at the point where the shuttle buses and taxis will drop you off.

Tours/Excursions/Transportation:

Walking: You can get around by foot, mostly. There’s really no reason to rent a car as the old city is pedestrian-only.

In the Old City, the Placa Stradun is the main pedestrian boulevard. You can access everything from the Placa. This is a walking destination, and the smooth marble streets of the old town can be slick, particularly if it rains. Wear comfortable shoes. Remember this town is very compact, before you know it you are on the other side of town. The Placa is only 600 meters long and the old harbor is only 300 meters away.

Excursion boats: These boats depart for various excursions from the pier of the old harbor (at the end of the Placa) and are a good value. 10 Euro for a 50 minute trip is the going rate. The nearby islands you will pass, have various nudist beaches, so don’t be in for a shock. It is part of the Croatian way of life.

Ride the cable car for stunning views. About 13 euro return trip. The cable car has been completely renovated after the damage from the Balkan war and is now also accessible for the mobility impaired. However to get to the cable car you will have to negotiate many steps, in this case use a taxi or a bus.

Nearby Places:

Banje Beach, (in the vicinity of the Old Town.). A well located pebble beach. There’s a concessioned part with an entrance fee, but also a public part which is always livelier and more relaxed. Great way to beat the heat in the middle of the town. Amazing view to City walls, Old Town Dubrovnik and the island of Lokrum. Beach volleyball, mini football or water polo. You can also enjoy lying on a deck chair and have a drink.

Shopping and Food:

The main shopping street is Placa Stradun, but some of the best shops you can find in the in the small and steep streets around the Stradun.

Typical Dubrovnik products are: Konavle embroidery, silver and gold jewelry, and wine from the Dubrovnik cellars.

The port itself is full of souvenir stands. There are no duty-free stores in port.

Currency:

1 Euro = 7.50 Kuna.

Bear in mind that the Croatian kuna is not exchangeable outside Croatia so you’ll either have to change it back into your home currency in Croatia or do some last minute shopping.

If you come to Croatia equipped with euros you can pay for most excursions and car rentals and nearly all shops in euros without getting ripped off on an exchange rate as most of these items are priced in euros anyway.

The exception to this is the walk around the walls but you can pay by credit card at the office near the Pile Gate. Credit cards are widely accepted even at souvenirs stands and food stores.

Communication:

Language: Croatian. English well spoken.

There are quite a few cafes which offer wifi, some charge extra even when you order a drink. Some do not, inquire first.

The charge for wifi in port (next to the defunct crew center) is 5 euro for 3 hours or 10 minutes for 1 euro if you want to use an internet station. No other tariffs are available.

Opening Hours and Holidays:

Banks and post offices are generally open from 7AM to 7PM without breaks, and public offices from Monday to Friday from 8AM to 4PM. During the tourist season, post offices are generally open until 9PM, including Saturdays.

Shops and department stores are open from 8AM to 8PM without breaks.

Since 2009 shopping hours are not regulated anymore, therefore most stores in tourist destinations are open 7 days a week.

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