Dubrovnik is a Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea, in the region of Dalmatia. It is one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Mediterranean Sea, a seaport and the centre of Dubrovnik-Neretva County. Its total population is 42,615 (census 2011). In 1979, the city of Dubrovnik joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
The prosperity of the city was historically based on maritime trade; as the capital of the maritime Republic of Ragusa, it achieved a high level of development, particularly during the 15th and 16th centuries, as it became notable for its wealth and skilled diplomacy.
A feature of Dubrovnik is its walls (992,000 visitors in 2015) that run almost 2 kilometres (1.2 miles) around the city. The walls run from 4 to 6 metres (13–20 feet) thick on the landward side but are much thinner on the seaward side. The system of turrets and towers were intended to protect the vulnerable city. The walls of Dubrovnik have also been a popular filming site for the fictional city of King's Landing in the HBO television series, Game of Thrones.
Regardless of whether you are visiting Dubrovnik for the first time or the hundredth, the sense of awe never fails to descend when you set eyes on the beauty of the old town. Indeed it’s hard to imagine anyone becoming jaded by the city’s marble streets, baroque buildings and the endless shimmer of the Adriatic, or failing to be inspired by a walk along the ancient city walls that protected a civilised, sophisticated republic for centuries.
Although the shelling of Dubrovnik in 1991 horrified the world, the city has bounced back with vigour to enchant visitors again. Marvel at the interplay of light on the old stone buildings; trace the peaks and troughs of Dubrovnik's past in museums replete with art and artefacts; take the cable car up to Mt Srd; exhaust yourself climbing up and down narrow lanes – then plunge into the azure sea.
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From the Dubrovnik Tourist Office website. The tourist Office is at Svetog Dominika 7, 20000 Dubrovnik, tel: +385 (0)20 312 011, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scrollable, searchable map of the city
A truly fascinating history, including its time as the Republic of Ragusa
- Getting to Dubrovnik
Flying to the city – and other means of transport!
- To and from Dubrovnik Airport
Details and how to travel from and to the airport and the Old Town and the rest of the city
Read up on the top sights here, including must-sees!
- Guided Tours
Some of the guided tours of the city that you can enjoy
Some of the best restaurants to try when you’re there
- Bars & Clubs
Enjoy a tipple or two in the best bars and clubs