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Cruises to Dubrovnik

The ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ port of the Dalmatian coast

 

Cruise lines visiting Dubrovnik include P&O, Celebrity, SagaMarella CruisesFred Olsen,  NCL, Princess CruisesRoyal Caribbean and Disney.

Cruises to Dubrovnik allow you to explore a delightful, clean and relatively easy, inexpensive and stress-free city to visit on your own rather than on an excursion.

Cruise ships dock either at the Port about 4km to the north of the Old Town (see photo) or anchor near the Old Harbour and transport passengers in by tender.

If you dock at the port your ship may provide a bus but if not, you can take a bus (1, 1a, 1b, and 3) or taxi (relatively inexpensive) to the main Pile Gate entrance of the Old Town.

 

Dubrovnik Map

Dubrovnik Map

If you have not been to Dubrovnik before and if you are physically fit and able, then a walk around the walls of Dubrovnik Old Town is an absolute must.

There is a charge and several steep climbs, but once you are up there, the views out to sea and across the red rooftops of the town, are quite stunning.

You can access the walls at 3 places, one being just through the Pile Gate entrance.

 

Dubrovnik Walls

Dubrovnik Walls

From the walls you can get a good idea of the size of the Old Town and the locations of the main attractions, including several cafes with sea views and bathing opportunities.

 

Dubrovnik Roofs

Dubrovnik Red Roofs

The walls are a popular attraction, so a good plan is to get there as early as possible before it gets too crowded or too hot.

A cruise excursion may include walking part of the walls, but doing it on your own will allow you to walk the full length and take your time, enjoying the views and savouring the full experience.

 

Dubrovnik Cafe

Dubrovnik Cafe

 

Dubrovnik Cliffs as seen from the city walls

Dubrovnik Cliffs as seen from the city walls

Once you have walked the walls you can wander round the attractions of the Old Town and Harbour.

 

Dubrovnik harbour

Dubrovnik harbour

There is a lot of history, much of it recent, attached to Dubrovnik so do consider taking a guided walk to learn more.

 

Dubrovnik Cathedral

Dubrovnik Cathedral

You can also pack your swimsuits and take a boat from the harbour to one of the nearby islands such as Lokrum.

Information on boat trips can be found on the Dubrovnik Tourist Board website.

 

Dubrovnik boat trips

Dubrovnik boat trips

If you like views, like the one below, you can take a trip on the Dubrovnik cable car for an enjoyable ride and breathtaking views of Dubrovnik Old Town and surrounding coast. These run about every half an hour and the terminal can be reached on foot from the town (check the website for instructions).

 

Dubrovnik from cable car

Dubrovnik from cable car

At the end of the day or when afternoon tea or a pre-dinner snooze on a sunbed beckons, you can join the queue just outside the Pile Gate for the taxis or buses back to the port.

Or, if you have enough energy left, you can walk back up the hill towards the port to be rewarded by fabulous views and a fairly straightforward, pleasant and mostly downhill or flat walk back to the port. Allow about one hour for the walk back to the port.

 

Pile Gate Dubrovnik

Pile Gate Dubrovnik

Cruises to Dubrovnik give you the opportunity to visit one of the finest cities in the world. You can find out more about what to do and see on your visit to Dubrovnik at the Dubrovnik Tourist Board website.

 

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Walk the walls early to get your bearings and avoid the midday sun and crowds.

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