Not sure where to stay in Dubrovnik? Below we provide a brief description of each area in which we offer accommodations. We hope you find it useful when planning your itinerary!
IN & AROUND DUBROVNIK
Old Town This beautiful and traditional walled town is the historical center of Dubrovnik and the place most visitors head to first. It offers many sights including churches, a Franciscan monastery, civic palaces, and the Old Port. It is the main venue for the annual Dubrovnik Summer Festival and is the filming location of the popular cable series Game of Thrones. It also has a high concentration of restaurants, café bars, and shops. Daily ferry boats depart from the Old Port to Lokrum Island, Cavtat, and the Elaphites.
Positives: central location, no need for a car, pedestrian-only streets (great for families with children), easy walking distance to Banje Beach, several nightlife options, lots of sightseeing and festival options.
Potential drawbacks: no cars allowed within city walls and in the summer finding parking outside city walls is difficult; streets get very crowded in the summer and noise may be a problem at night; few apartments have balconies/terraces; no sea views.
Walking Distance to Old Town By this we mean anywhere between 3 and 25 minutes walking distance. The main reasons for staying outside of Old Town are views, more space, less noise, and in some cases, parking. Accommodations in Ploce are close to Banje and Sv Jacob beaches and many of them have spectacular views…but keep in mind that views often come at a price—namely long flights of stairs or steep uphill climbs when walking back from Old Town. Pile is the area just outside Old Town’s Pile Gate, while Ilina Glavica is a residential neighborhood about 15-20 minutes away. Gorica is a residential sea-side neighborhood which is home to the new 5-star Rixos hotel. It is well positioned midway between Lapad and the Old Town, about a 20 – 25 minute walk from either.
Positives: sea views, more space for your money, parking spaces (in some cases), quieter surroundings, proximity to beaches.
Potential drawbacks: some apartments require strenuous uphill or upstairs climbs, the walk to Old Town may be too far for those who wish to visit the center several times per day
Lapad The Lapad peninsula is approximately 10 minutes’ driving distance from Old Town Dubrovnik and is home to a greater concentration of local businesses and residences than the Old Town. However, its vacation appeal should not be overlooked. It has many swimming beaches, hotels, restaurants, café bars, and a lovely pedestrian-only promenade which should not be missed. Local bus service around Dubrovnik (including to & from Old Town) makes Lapad suitable for guests traveling without a car. Taxis are also plentiful.
Positives: nice beaches; does not get as crowded as the Old Town in the summer; prices on everything from food to accommodation are generally lower than in the Old Town; greater selection of “local” (not tourist) restaurants; relatively flat terrain makes walking less strenuous.
Potential drawbacks: heavy traffic in the summer months can lengthen the trip to the Old Town to a half hour or more; lacks the charm and beautiful architecture of the Old Town.
Lozica/Mokosica/Zaton These small towns are located on the other side of the bridge to the North-East of Dubrovnik. Zaton is a small fishing village that almost completely closes down during the winter months, except for its small population of year-round residents. During the summer, however, it provides guests with a true taste of the Mediterranean with lots of small coves for swimming and 2 of Dubrovnik’s best local seafood restaurants. Lozica has only 1 restaurant and no shops, but it does offer spectacular sea views and a great location just 10-minutes’ driving distance from Dubrovnik. Likewise, nearby Mokosica is located in Rijeka Dubrovacka, a small inlet 7 km from Dubrovnik known for its marina and vast hillside scenery.
Positives: tranquility, seclusion, views, beaches, and a true taste of Mediterranean life.
Potential drawbacks: a rental car is highly recommended (and sometimes required); may be too far from Dubrovnik for some; many businesses close down from October to May each year.
Župa Dubrovacka (Kupari, Mlini, Plat, Soline, Srebreno, among others) This region, located midway between Dubrovnik and Cavtat, is a still-relatively-undiscovered gem, which is often overlooked by first-time visitors to Dubrovnik. It is perfect for guests who seek a peaceful vacation and who have an appreciation for unspoiled beauty. Beaches in this area are among the cleanest and most spectacular on the Dubrovnik Riviera. Mlini offers a charming waterfront promenade lined with café bars and a lovely shaded park, while Plat boasts one of the most picturesque pebble beaches in the area. All of Zupa Dubrovacka (Zupa, for short) is within easy reach of Old Town Dubrovnik by local bus or ferry (from May to September), which makes stops in Plat and Mlini on its way from Cavtat to Dubrovnik.
Positives: more privacy & fewer crowds than Dubrovnik; lots of natural beauty & sea views; close proximity to several small swimming beaches; most accommodations have parking spaces; easy & frequent bus or ferry service to Old Town & Cavtat.
Potential drawbacks: though there are several local restaurants & cafes, they may not be enough to keep visitors entertained for an extended stay without trips to the Old Town or Cavtat.
Cavtat This small, historical town, located just 30-minutes’ from Dubrovnik by car, bus, or ferry boat, is an excellent alternative to staying in the Old Town during the busy summer months. It has an attractive waterfront promenade with lots of excellent restaurants, shops, and café bars. Cavtat is also home to a few large tourist resorts and a couple of lovely beaches. Luxury yachts dock here throughout the summer and visitors may catch ferries and tours to local islands right from the harbor. The Dubrovnik Airport is just 10-minutes’ by bus or taxi, making Cavtat a convenient location for those flying in and out of the area.
Positives: more privacy & fewer crowds than in Dubrovnik; beautiful waterfront promenade with many restaurants and café bars; nice beaches.
Potential drawbacks: beaches may be crowded in the summer due to the large tourist resorts; many accommodations are located outside the town center, thereby requiring a long walk (or short bus ride) home after a night out or a trip to the Old Town by ferry.
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Korcula Town This typical medieval Dalmatian town is the center of interest on the sleepy, peaceful island of Korcula. The town center has grown beyond the traditional walled town into a small business area with many restaurants, shops, and café bars just outside the town’s main entrance. Also within easy walking distance of the town center are several small beaches, a bus stop, and a harbor where ferries from the mainland arrive.
Positives: a lovely place to spend a few relaxing days with lots of restaurants and café bars; lots of local flair during the summer with daily traditional music concerts and many art galleries; a good jumping-off point to explore the rest of the island by car.
Potential drawbacks: as with most walled towns, parking is limited during the busy summer months; the island’s best beaches are located on other parts of the island; the walled town can be noisy during the summer season.
Lumbarda Lying on the eastern end of the island of Korcula, this stunning locale is known for its well-manicured vineyards, olive fields, and perfect red sand beaches. The Lumbarda area is home to the famous Grk wine and a few family-run restaurants serving only homemade culinary treats such as smoked ham and fresh fish from the sea. The quaint village center is just 7 km’s from Korcula town, making trips to the daily market or dinner in one of Korcula’s many restaurants easily managed by public bus or car.
Positives: stunning scenery; great beaches; water sports such as kayaking and snorkeling are readily available; most accommodations offer parking.
Potential drawbacks: guests must take the public bus or have a car to reach Korcula Town.
Split Center Home to the impressive 3rd Century Diocletian Palace, Split’s historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But unlike many heritage sites, Split’s historic district is also a living, working city center with great shopping and entertainment. The recently renovated “Riva” (waterfront) is a great place to stroll at any time of day and take in the magnificence of the ancient architecture that surrounds. Split is also home to many beaches that are only a short distance from the city center.
Positives: the convenience of staying in the city center within walking distance to many sites, shops, restaurants, and café bars.
Potential drawbacks: parking is becoming increasingly more difficult, especially during the busy summer months.
Trogir A small islet lying between the mainland and the Island of Ciovo, Trogir is a good alternative to staying in the center of Split. Its historic center is a maze of charming pedestrian-only streets filled with shops, restaurants, and café bars. Good beaches can be found on the nearby Island of Ciovo and the Split airport us just 5 kilometers away. The 30-kilometer trip to Split can be made by car, bus, or boat during the summer months.
Positives: fewer crowds than in the Split city center; the quaint narrow streets and beautiful waterfront area offer the unmistakable feel of an ancient Dalmatian city.
Potential drawbacks: cars are not allowed inside the town center but paid parking is available nearby; the 30-kilometer trip to Split can take much longer than expected during the busy summer months.
Island of Ciovo An island located just off the coast 30 kilometers north of Split and connected to the mainland by bridge and the islet of Trogir. The island is home to many beaches and breathtaking scenery, and is popular with foreign visitors from June through August. This is a great place to relax and enjoy the sun and local cuisine for a few days. It is an especially attractive locale for families. Accommodations here often offer swimming pools and/or small, family-run in-house restaurants with great Dalmatian cuisine.
Positives: good beaches; beautiful scenery; laid-back atmosphere; ferry service to Split center is available during the summer.
Potential drawbacks: traffic can be heavy during the summer moths making trips to nearby Trogir and Split difficult.
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