Dubrovnik Tourist Attractions and Sightseeing

(Dubrovnik, Southern Dalmatia, Croatia)

Travellers to Dubrovnik need never wonder whether there will be enough to see and do in this Croatian city. From magnificent churches, monasteries and the cathedral, to the city's medieval attractions, remaining Renaissance heritage and its many museums, there is enough to fascinate even the most particular history buff.

For tourists who prefer a beach holiday, there are a number of Dubrovnik beaches available, which are great places to swim and sunbathe. If pebbly beaches aren't your thing, a brief boat trip to a nearby island will provide a sandy alternative. For a day roaming the shops, the Stradun and its tiny lanes are the perfect destination, with the Old Town's markets a fun option. Further tourist attractions include seasonal sailing and boat trips, cable car rides over the Old Town, and a recently opened audio-visual presentation within the Convent of St. Clare, entitled the Dubrovnik 5D Theatrum.

Old Town Walking Tours

Tel: +385 095 806 4526
Guided walking tours provide a great way to get your bearings in this city and there are two main routes available. The first takes in the top sights and attractions within the Old Town area, while a second tour explores the city walls and their fortifications. Both walks feature entertaining English commentary, last around 90 minutes and meet up directly outside of the Latino Club Fuego on the Pile Brsalje. It is not necessary to book up in advance and so you can just turn up if you fancy.
Open hours: daily, tours at 09:30, 10:00, 15:30 and 17:00
Admission: charge, discounted combination tickets for both tours are available

Placa (Stradun)

Address: Placa, Dubrovnik, Croatia, HR
The Placa is the pedestrianised Old Town's main street and forms the very heart of the city, with its tiny marble-paved streets and alleyways opening up either side. Developed after a disastrous 17th-century earthquake destroyed the Gothic and Renaissance palaces in the area, the Placa is today both a meeting place and a shopping destination for locals and visitors alike.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free

St. Ignatius Church and Jesuit College (Crkva Svetog Ignacija i Isusovacki Koledz)

Address: Uz Jezuite, Dubrovnik, Croatia, HR
Tel: +385 020 323 500
This spectacular Jesuit church is modelled on the order's mother church in Rome, the Gesu. Approached by a Baroque staircase, the building is as glorious inside as it is outside, with massive marble columns, beautiful painted panels and multi-coloured marble floors. St. Ignatius Church was completed in 1725 and is set in a raised square on the southern border of the Old Town. During the summer months, regular masses are held in the church on a daily basis at midday, as well as the usual evening masses. Located alongside the church is the Jesuit College, which stands at the top of the staircase leading to the busy Gunduliceva Poljana market.
Open hours: daily - 06:30 to 22:00
Admission: free

Dubrovnik Cathedral / Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin (Katedrala Velike Gospe / Stolna Crkva Velike Gospe)

Address: Polijana M Drzica, Dubrovnik, Croatia, HR
Tel: +385 020 323 459
The present Cathedral of the Assumption was built in the 17th century (following the earthquake of 1667) and completed in 1713, being the third on this site, with the oldest dating from the 7th century. Its Baroque style incorporates remnants of the two earlier churches and its treasury holds many gold and silver reliquaries, including the gold-plated skull, arm and leg of St. Blaise. The highlight, however, is Titian's 'Assumption of the Virgin' relief carving (triptych) in the apse. Daily masses are held each morning and in the middle of the afternoon.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 09:00 to 17:30, Sunday - 11:00 to 17:30
Admission: free

Sponza Palace (Palaca Sponza)

Address: Zlatarska, Near Luza Square, Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia, HR
Tel: +385 020 321 032
This lovely 16th-century mansion, with its fine arched frontage, has a courtyard used for art exhibits and concerts, while inside are historical artefacts connected with the development of the city over the centuries. Its Memorial Room of the Defenders is dedicated to the Croatian patriots who lost their lives during the seven-month siege of the city in 1991 / 1992. The Sponza Palace has led a particularly interesting history, being a customs house, as well as a minting house, a treasury for the state and even a bank. Visitors will find the huge collection of manuscripts especially impressive, along with the grand Gothic and Renaissance-style architecture.
Open hours: daily - 09:00 - 15:00
Admission: free

Jewish Synagogue (Sinagoga)

Address: Zudioska Ulica 5, Dubrovnik, Croatia, HR
Tel: +385 020 321 028
Just outside the city walls, up a steep street and staircase, is the second-oldest synagogue in Europe, located on the first and second floors of an ancient town house. Large numbers of Jews arrived here after fleeing Spanish persecution in the 15th century, and Italian Jews came here in the 16th century. The Jewish Synagogue is believed to have been established in the mid-14th century by a small local Jewish community, although was officially founded in 1408. Amongst the main attractions is a precious 15th-century Torah, various religious artefacts, WWII memorabilia and innumerable ornate incense burners.
Open hours: daily, June to September - 10:00 to 20:00; October to May, Monday to Friday - 10:00 to 13:00
Admission: charge

St. Saviour Church (Crkva Svetog Spasa)

Address: Placa, Croatia, HR
Built in the 1520s, St. Saviour Church is one of the few historic attractions in Dubrovnik to remain untouched by the devastating 1667 earthquake. Although fairly modest in its appearance, the church may be of interest to sightseers, since it sporadically stages a number of exhibitions and concerts. If you are not able to enter when you visit, the front facade is still very pleasing to see, with its unusual three-leaf top and Renaissance features.
Open hours: hours vary
Admission: free

St. Blaise's Church (Cvkva Svetog Vlahe)

Address: Luza Square, Dubrovnik, Croatia, HR
An attractive building fronting Luza Square, St. Blaise's Church is certainly one of the city's grandest and most photographed attractions. The church itself was built in 1715, when it replaced an existing earthquake-damaged church. With elaborate Baroque-style architecture and a central dome, the church is certainly hard to miss, making the surrounding buildings look rather plain and forlorn. Step inside and you will discover a silver-gilt statue of St. Blaise (the city's patron saint), which is known to date from the 15th century. The statue is depicted holding a scale model of Dubrovnik, shown before the arrival of that famous 17th-century earthquake.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - morning and late-afternoon masses
Admission: free