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    The Port of Dubrovnik

    The Port of Dubrovnik

    This guide is tailored for cruise passenger visiting Dubronik.

    Most people say that a short stay is not enough. The city is small and very pretty. Amazing views from the surrounding hill of Dubrovnik and the harbor provide excellent spot for photography. 

    Most people arrive by ship go and visit the old town and walk along the city wall. It is a nice walk with many points of historic interest. Dubrovnik can be quite busy during the summer season when many tourists come and visit. It can be quite a challenge to find a peaceful place. This however should not stop you as this magical medieval town will impress you from the very first minute.

    Ports
    1. Dubrovnik has 2 ports. The first one is the Old Port just in front of the Old Town and the second one is Port Gruž, situated on the west side of Dubrovnik. 

    2. The distance between the ports and the Old Town (City Center) is:
    from the Old Port to the Old Town, 10 minutes with a tender;
    from the Port Gruž to the Old Town, 10-15 minutes with a shuttle bus, local bus or a taxi.

    3. There are more possibilities on how to get to the Old Town and it depends on the travel arrangement. Shuttle busses are usually included in the main price, if not, you can use a local bus or a taxi. Both of the stops are just in front of the Port.

    Facts & Figures

    City: Dubrovnik
    Continent: Europe
    Country: Croatia
    Province: Dubrovnik-Neretva (on the Adriatic coast)
    Area: 23 sq. km (8 sq miles)
    Population:  45.000 (2012)
    Currency: Kuna (HRK) and Euro (EUR)
    Language: Croatian
    Average temperature: 13C (56F) in the winters to 29C (85F) in summer. Most of the rain falls in Oct thru Dec. July is the driest month. 
    Country code: +
    Country URL extension: .hr
    Electricity: 220V (standard European connectors)
    Timezone: Central European Time (CET) - UTC +1

    Food & Drinks
    1. Dubrovnik is known for having many caffe bars located in the main street, Stradun and in surrounding streets. Be aware that the prices are much different in the caffes on the main street from the ones in surrounding streets.
    2. For lunch you can choose between plenty of restaurants. In street Prijeko (parallel with Stradun) you can find at least 10 restaurants.
    The ones that are usually recommended are: Dubravka, Kamenice, Proto.

    3. As for the traditional food, restaurant Kamenice is known for it’s traditional seafood specialties, especially oysters.
    Konavle region, approximately 30minutes from Dubrovnik, is well known for ? under the bell ? specialties. The most common food prepared under the bell is lamb (or some other meat), octopus, all types of vegetables, especially potatoes, and bread. Food prepared this way has a really special flavor and cannot be compared to anything else.

    4. There are 2 wine bars located in the Old Town: D’ivino Wine Bar and Onofrio Art Champagne Bar Restaurant.

    As where to go to have a good beer, each of the caffe bars serve beer but you can also find 3 pubs: Katie O’Connor’s, Gaffe Irish Pub and Karaka Irish Pub.

    Transportation
    The price for a local bus is ±15KN (1€) and that is for 1 person, one-way. The tickets can be bought in the bus or at the newspaper stands next to the bus stations. Taxi prices can go from 50KN (7€) up to 100KN (14€) depending on the traffic and that is for 4 people, one-way.
    Shopping
    Since Dubrovnik is a small town with 40000 habitants you will not find a big shopping mall but small shopping centers. 2 of those are located 10 to 15 minutes from the Port of Gruž.
    As for the souvenirs, in the Old Town you have plenty souvenir shops. I highly recommend souvenir shop ?Uje? that offers a wide range of Croatia olive oils, jams, pickled capers, marinated seafood and all manner of Mediterranean goodies, as well as all the souvenir shops within museums.

    Beaches
    Near the Old Port is a beach called East West Beach Club, locally known as Banje. The beach is located 10 minutes of walking distance from the Old Port and it has a spectacular view of the Old Town and Island Lokrum where you can also go swimming.

    Regarding Lokrum, local boats are going from the Old Port to Lokrum every 15minutes and the ticket is around 50KN (7€).  Unfortunately, there aren't any beaches near the Port Gruž so it is better to go to the Old Town for a day of relaxing and swimming.

    Beware of:
    1. Like everywhere else you need to take your passports or identification card, credit cards or money with you wherever you go.
    Pick-pocketers are not that common in Dubrovnik but there have been situation when that situations occured. You should definitely pay extra attention in places that are too crowded, like in local buses, entrances to museums, nightclubs, etc.
    2. Food poisoning is usually not a threat in any of the restaurants located in the Old Town and it is safe to taste fruit or vegetables at the local green markets.
    3. Summers in Dubrovnik are very hot and you should always have a bottle of water with you as well as sun cream, especially if you are going to the City Walls.
    4. There aren’t any dangerous routes per say, but it doesn’t hurt to be wary in the late hours when there aren’t as many people on the streets as during the day.

    Tipping is not included in the bill but is very common, especially if the service was up to the standards. Normal tipping percentage is around 10 to 15 percent of your total bill.

    Transportation

    The local bus system is modern and busses run frequently to all neighborhoods of Dubrovnik. Tickets are inexpensive and are even about 25% cheaper when bought upfront at a kiosk rather than in the bus itself.

    Taking a cab is quite cheap as well. Rides are usually short but it will save you the walk.

    Dubrovnik is NOT accessible by railway.

    To and from the Port

    The distance between the ports and the Old Town (City Center) is:
    from the Old Port to the Old Town, 10 minutes with a tender;
    from the Port Gruž to the Old Town, 10-15 minutes with a shuttle bus, local bus or a taxi.


    As said, there are more possibilities on how to get to the Old Town and it depends on the travel arrangement. Shuttle busses are usually included in the main price, if not, you can use a local bus or a taxi. Both of the stops are just in front of the Port.

    The price for a local bus is 15KN (1€) and that is for 1 person, one-way. The tickets can be bought in the bus or at the newspaper stands next to the bus stations. Taxi prices can go from 50KN (7€) up to 80KN (11€) depending on the traffic and that is for 4 people, one-way.

    Welcome to the port of Dubrovnik

    This AI-generated guide, courtesy of ChatGPT, is tailored for cruise passengers arriving in Dubrovnik for the first time.

    General Port Information

    Dubrovnik, known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic," welcomes cruise passengers with its medieval charm and stunning coastal views. The port offers easy access to the city's historic sites and cultural treasures.

    Touristic Information

    Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its well-preserved medieval architecture, ancient city walls, and picturesque Old Town. Cruise passengers can explore historic landmarks, charming streets, and enjoy breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea.

    Transportation Options

    Train Services

    Dubrovnik does not have a train station. However, buses and taxis are readily available for convenient transportation within the city.

    Bus Services

    To Old Town: Approx. 2 km, 10 minutes. Buses connect the port to the Old Town, offering a scenic journey along the coast.

    Other Means of Transportation

    Taxis and shuttle services are available for a quick and comfortable transfer to popular destinations. Walking is a great option for exploring the Old Town's narrow streets and alleys.

    Top 5 Attractions

    1. City Walls: Walk along the well-preserved city walls for panoramic views of Dubrovnik. (Entrance fee applies)
    2. Old Town: Explore the historic Old Town with its limestone streets and iconic landmarks.
    3. Rector's Palace: Visit this Gothic-Renaissance palace, showcasing Dubrovnik's history. (Entrance fee required)
    4. Stradun: Stroll along the main street, lined with shops, cafes, and historic buildings.
    5. Lokrum Island: Take a boat trip to this nearby island with botanical gardens and historic ruins. (Boat tour prices vary)

    Nice to Know Facts

    1. Dubrovnik's Old Town served as a filming location for the popular TV series Game of Thrones.
    2. The city is renowned for its annual Summer Festival, featuring a variety of cultural events.
    3. Locals often greet each other with a friendly "Pomalo," encouraging a relaxed and unhurried pace of life.

    Fun for Families

    Up to 6 years old: Enjoy a family-friendly stroll through the Old Town's charming streets.

    7-12 years old: Explore the City Walls for an interactive history lesson with stunning views.

    13-18 years old: Take a boat trip to Lokrum Island for a mix of nature and history.

    Popular things to do

    1. Walk the City Walls for breathtaking views of the Adriatic. 2. Explore the Old Town's historic streets and landmarks. 3. Visit the Rector's Palace to delve into Dubrovnik's rich history.

    Local Food and Drinks

    Indulge in authentic Croatian cuisine: - Try local seafood dishes like black risotto or grilled octopus. - Savor traditional pasticada, slow-cooked beef in red wine sauce. - Enjoy a glass of Dingac, a robust red wine from the region.

    Shopping

    Explore Stradun and surrounding streets for local shops offering souvenirs, traditional crafts, and unique gifts.

    Historical and Cultural Tours

    Discover Dubrovnik's rich history with visits to the Rector's Palace, City Walls, and Old Town landmarks.

    Local Customs

    Respect the local custom of greeting with a friendly "Pomalo" and embrace the relaxed pace of Dubrovnik life. When dining, it's customary to leave a tip of around 10%.

    Google maps

    Dubrovnik City Center on Google Maps

    Cruise Ship Terminal on Google Maps


    Notice: Content and travel advice presented is created by a port moderator and/or AI, courtesy of ChatGPT. It is specifically designed for cruise passengers visiting this port of call. A port moderator could be a local individual, destination expert, port authority, or a tourism agency. While every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, we recommend that you verify critical information like visas, health and safety, customs, and transportation with official sources before departure.