Your grandma loves Dubrovnik. Your second cousin twice-removed won’t shut up about his trip here. Your ex-girlfriend’s uncle’s stepfather’s-in-laws are still posting photos on Facebook from their time in the city.
So, what’s the hype? Dubrovnik is drop dead gorgeous. Even if you’re just here for a day, you’ll start looking up Study Abroad options in Croatia and attempt to get a job here. There are beaches, bars, Baroque architecture, and those are the only b’s we need besides beautiful babes. Prices in the city are more expensive, but cheap supermarkets, ice cream shops, and bakeries make budget life bearable. Outside of the old town there are plenty of outdoor activities: climbing Mt. Srđ is a definite favorite. But, let’s be real, you came here for the coast—so pack your suntan lotion, it’s Croatian Riviera time.
Dubrovnik is located on a peninsula jutting into the Adriatic Sea. It’s surrounded by massive medieval walls, so the only entrances to the Old Town are through the city gates. The main ones are the Pile (west side) and Ploče (east side) gates. The bus station and port are located a 20-minute bus ride to the west of the city and the airport is 30 minutes to the south. The main street is the Stradun, but the rest of the city is dominated by narrow alleyways and stairs, punctuated with the occasional piazza. The city center is walkable, and public transit is only needed for daytrips or rides to the airport. The airport shuttle shop is next to the cable car station, and tickets are 30-40 kn.
Both international and domestic airlines land at Dubrovnik Airport. For budget prices, look at flights carriers such as Norwegian, Croatia Airlines, and Easyjet. You can also get to Dubrovnik by ferries from Bari, Italy or from neighboring Croatian islands.
Dubrovnik’s Old Town is small and easily navigable by foot. You will most likely not be staying in the Old Town, but 99% of what’s interesting in Dubrovnik is located there. Buses regularly connect the various parts of Dubrovnik to the Old Town; if you exit the Pile Gate, you’ll find a major hub for buses. Pro tip: if you’re staying outside the city, walk to the Old Town and take a bus home (otherwise, you’ll likely be walking uphill)
Tourist Offices: Turistička Zajedica Grada Dubrovnika (Brsalje ul. 5; 20 323 887).
Banks/ATMs/Currency Exchange: Addiko Bank-Poslovnica Dubrovnik (Vukovarska ul. 15; 1 603 000).
Post Offices: Hravatska pošta (Široka ul. 8; 20 362 842; open daily 24hr).
Internet: There are a lot of cafés, but few public spots, with Wi-Fi available in Dubrovnik.
BGLTQ+ Resources: A good resource for members of the BGLTQ+ community is http://www.gaywelcome.com/gay-dubrovnik.php.
Emergency Number: 112
Police: Dubrovnik Police Department (Ul. Dr. Ante Starčevića 13; 20 443 777).
US Embassy: The US Embassy in Croatia is located in Zagreb (Ul. Thomasa Jeffersona 2; 1 661 2200; open M-F 8:30am-4:30pm).
Hospitals: Opća bolnica Dubrovnik (Dr. Roka Mišetića 2; 20 431 777; open daily 24hr). Pharmacies: Ljekarn (Ul. Mata Vodopića 30).