Real Cruisers Eight Must Do’s When Visiting Dubrovnik

September 25, 2014

Last week’s destination of the week was Rome and we asked our cruise community to come up with their best tips for the heart of Italy.

It proved so popular that we decided to do the same thing this week and so put it up to the vote.

The overwhelming winner was that jewel of the Dalmatian Coast, Dubrovnik.


Raer than trust the advice of generic travel guides however we’ve put together the top tips from our cruise community – real cruisers all, who were only too happy to share their advice about Dubrovnik……..


Walk the walls – This is the one piece of advice no one wants you to forget!

John H said – Walk the wall – It’s a must

To which Sue M added – Definitely walk the walls in the morning and reward yourselves with a slap up lunch of freshly cooked seafood in one of the restaurants …yum yum

Richard E did sound a slight note of caution however – take plenty of time to walk around the walls – It’s worth it if you’re fit enough

The final tips about Dubrovnik’s walls came from two people

Carol Anne T – Get there early as there is always a queue to walk the walls


Helen H – Walk the walls, but do it early before it gets too hot!



Dubrovnik’s cable car – Lots of cruisers recommended the cable car like –

Val T – take the cable car for great views over the city. At the top also good for birds.


Mary T – The cable car is a must – spectacular!

Offering a bit more specific advice about the cable car Jo Jeremy B added – Buy your cable car ticket at one of the shops on the way that advertise their sale because the queue at the cable car ticket office can be really long

Sheila M – If you take the cable car, they will only accept credit card or their own currency at the gate, but in the official shops in the town you can pay Euros as well.



Euro vs Kunas – Which leads us on nicely to the next tip given. This one actually caused a mini debate as to whether you could use Euros or not. Paul J insisted he – used euros ok

But everyone else had a different story to tell…

John H – You need Croatian kunas

Sheila T – Don’t assume you can use Euros – you need Croatian kunas.

Lesley P – Take local currency as most of the shops ‘n bars are not taking euros now

Our tip? It sounds like you should play it safe and take some Kunas just in case but don’t worry if you forget as Gill C said she’s off on Emerald Princess soon and – they have a dollar machine onboard that converts notes to Kunas


Leave the city – Whilst most of the advice given centred on the city itself, if Dubrovnik doesn’t appeal or you’ve been before then Joan C recommends leaving the city – We did a coach tour outside of the city into the countryside. Had a typical lunch in an old vineyard with a waterwheel.



Take your time – It may sound generic but lots of people recommended you get there as early as possible so as not to miss anything –

Brian C – You need at least two days there. One for exploring the city and the other for walking the walls. Unless you do both you will not do Dubrovnik justice.

Den B – Go early, stay late as possible

Be careful though, Jacline T added – Don’t leave it too late before you return to the ship. The taxi queues can be horrendous


Taxis – As always the ships tours were deemed unnecessary for Dubrovnik –

 Paul J – No need to go on an excursion as the walled city is easy to get to by taxi or shuttle

Sue N – Take a taxi tour. Much cheaper than ships tours



Plan ahead – For those of you who like forward planning a great tip is to see what other ships are in port on the same day as you

Brian W – The infrastructure cannot cater for more than one large ship at a time. Try to check the local shipping news for dates of your visit

As always our top tip is a doozy and comes from several different people!



Janette A – Just had a huge ice cream for 10 kuna

Jean S – They also sell some divine ice-cream in the Main Street

So that’s it folks – When in Dubrovnik walk the walls with a giant ice-cream from Main Street!



What do you think of these tips? Do you have any tips for visiting Dubrovnik? Let us know in the comments below!