Dubrovnik, Croatia is a charming medieval town along the Dalmatian coast.
When you see Dubrovnik you’ll know why they call it the Pearl of the Adriatic. Back in the 14th to 19th centuries, Dubrovnik had been an independent state called the Republic of Ragusa.
The beautiful Dubrovnik beaches are definitely worth visiting if you want to chill and relax. Walking around the marble street and climbing the Dubrovnik city walls are also one of the favourite things to do by the thousands of visitors flocking thru the city each month.
The old city of Dubrovnik is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1970’s. There are ongoing renovation and preservation initiatives to protect the medieval old city.
Dubrovnik has been made popular over the last few years as one of the Game of Thrones shooting locations. The Dubrovnik Old Town has been used as the location for the King’s Landing and Qarth of the famous tv series Game of Thrones.
With Dubrovnik’s rich history and picturesque medieval Old Town, it is no wonder that it has been one of the most popular cruise hubs in the Mediterranean.
Here is a travel itinerary to Dubrovnik. One of Croatia’s gems and the Pearl of the Adriatic.
Lokrum Island is just 15-mins boat ride from Old town Dubrovnik! Enjoy the beautiful beaches of this Dalmatian island when you visit Dubrovnik. This is also one of the film locations of #GameOfThrones Not far from beach of Portoc is a nudist beach if that's your thing!🙈 There is always something for everyone here in Dubrovnik.😉 #ExperienceDubrovnik #Croatia
📷: Inside the Rector's Palace The palace used to be the political heart of Dubrovnik during 14th to 19th centuries when Dubrovnik was still part of the Republic of Ragusa. The maritime republic was governed by the Rector and its minor council. It is now one of the most visited museum in Dubrovnik and was used as a film location for #GameOfThrones --When Daenaerys asked the merchant of Qarth for ships. #ExperienceDubrovnik #Croatia
For British Passport holders: No visa required.
For Philippine Passport holders: If you have a valid Schengen visa you can visit Croatia without needing to secure a Croatian visa. However, there are few terms and conditions applicable in this situation that is worth noting.
Since Croatia is not part of the Schengen Zone but a part of the European Union, there is an exceptional rule that the Schengen visa holder will be allowed to enter Croatia if they are coming from a Schengen state member and they have a multiple entry Schengen visa. If Croatia is your first point of entry in Europe, the Schengen visa won’t be valid so you would need to secure a separate Croatian visa.
You can find all the details of the documents required on how to apply for Croatian visa (link provided).
If you are holding a Family EU/EEA residence permit, you won’t be required to apply for a Croatian visa.
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Dubrovnik is a beautiful town on the Dalmatian coast in Croatia. The main attraction here is the Old Town and the nearby best beaches in Dubrovnik.
Here are the various recommended things to do in Dubrovnik
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|Description ( Cost)||Total Amount Spent|
|TOTAL COSTS||£ 395 | PHP 26,000|
|Flights||BHX-DBV-BHX (2 pax =£268)||£134 | Php 8,800|
|Airport Transfers||70 Kunas/pax -return||£8 | PHP 560|
|Accommodation||2N @Hostel Sol - Private room (2pax B&B) | Sea view||£187 | PHP 12,200|
|Activities||Dubrovnik Card, Cable car & Lokrum island fee||£66 | PHP 4,300|
Dubrovnik Old Town
6 am – Catch the early flight from Birmingham, UK to Dubrovnik, Croatia
Travel tip: you can buy an airport transfer bus ticket at the airport. It is cheaper to get a return ticket than two single tickets. It costs around 70 Kunas.
On our arrival to Dubrovnik Main bus station, Hostel Sol is around 5-minutes’ walk. We dropped-off the bags and had our lunch.
After check-in, we catch up first on our sleep before we head out to walk around the marina in front of the hostel and collect our Dubrovnik card from the Tourism office.
Travel tip: Dubrovnik card is an all-in-one card that can give you access to various museums and attractions and discounts in Dubrovnik, plus it also includes a free bus transportation access around the Dubrovnik. The Dubrovnik card comes in different types depending on the number of days that you wish to have. It comes in 1 day, 3 day and 7 day passes. You can purchase the Dubrovnik card online and pick it up at your nearest Tourism office when you arrive in Dubrovnik.
We head over to the Mount SRD via cable car to watch the sunset and the check out the most beautiful panoramic view of Dubrovnik and the Old City. The cable car ride is one of the most popular things to do in Dubrovnik. On top of Mount SRD, if you are feeling adventurous you can also do the Buggy safari on top of Mount SRD.
On our descent back to the Old City we grabbed a quick snack and headed back to the hostel.
You can book your Dubrovnik Cable car tickets and Buggy Safari here!
We had the full day to explore the Old City of Dubrovnik.
We went to the Pile Gate to access the Old City. Our plan is to do the museums in the morning and walk around the city walls around late afternoon. We started our museum hopping in Dominican Monastery Museum, Rector’s Palace, the Cathedral Treasury and went to visit the famous staircase of the “Walk of Shame” scene in Game of Thrones in Uz Jesuite.
We had lunch by the Dubrovnik Old Port, it has the best view of the beautiful Dalmatian coast. Seafood is one of the specialties in Croatian cuisines.
After the glorious seafood lunch, we went back to the Pile gate to collect our tickets to access the Dubrovnik city walls.
The Dubrovnik city walls has a fantastic view of the Old Town. The wall encircles the city and is about 2 kilometres long. The wall is about height 25 metres and above on height. There are 4 main forts that surround the Old City, they are Tower Minceta (North), Fortress Revelin (East), Fortress of St. John (South) and Bokar Fortress (West) plus the detached fortress Fort Lovrijenac.
The orange tiled rooves of the medieval houses and buildings were like a painted canvas of what it was back in the Middle ages.
The dry summer heat really tired us out so after walking and braving the scorching heat, we decided to go back to our hostel and call it a day!
You can book your Old Town Walking tour & Game of Thrones here!
Our last day in Dubrovnik, after we had our breakfast and checked out in the hostel, we headed back to the Old Port of Dubrovnik inside the Old city to catch our boat to the nearby island of Lokrum.
The Lokrum Island is a perfect chill out and picnic place in Dubrovnik. Don’t forget to bring your swimming costume with you to enjoy the clear waters of the Dalmatian island. There are other things to do see and do in Lokrum island like the botanical gardens, Fort Royal, the Monastery complex (used as a film location in Game of Thrones as Qarth), the Dead sea (the little lake within the island), the cross of Triton, Chapel of Annunciation and the Two Barracks.
You can book your Lokrum Island Day Trip and activities here!
After looking around the island we made our way back to the hostel to collect our bags and headed towards the airport for our evening flight.
Home sweet home in the UK.
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Note: Special thanks to Dubrovnik Tourism Board for complimentary activities during our trip to Dubrovnik.
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