Nicole Russell is the owner of Discover Croatia Holidays, an exclusive wholesale travel company specialising in holidays to Croatia. Nicole has generously shared her 'insider secrets' to Dubrovnik to help you get the most out of your visit to this amazing city.
Must-see sights in Dubrovnik
- Stradun, Placa The main cobblestone paved street of the city, this is where all the action is.
- City Walls Dubrovnik is completely surrounded with walls and forts, don’t forget the Old Port.
- Mount Srd The highest point above Dubrovnik, with absolutely stunning views, take the cable car up to this point
- The Franciscan Monastery, Old Town Inside is the Pharmacy dating from the 14th century (the oldest in Europe)
- Visit the Dubrovnik 5D Theatrum at St Claire’s Convent. The show only lasts a little over half an hour but will give you an amazing insight into the city and its history.
Favourite place or area to stay in Dubrovnik
- I always try and stay in a private apartment in the old town owned by a local family as this gives you the real taste of this city.
- Hotel Excelsior, which is just outside the Old Town to the south, has views back towards the Old Town which are simply spectacular
Best place to eat in Dubrovnik
- For something very special the Sunset Lounge at the Hotel Dubrovnik Palace.
- Konoba Pupo only seats about 15-20 so you may have to wait for a table but the food is traditional home cooked recipes
- Dolce Vita in the Old Town has the best crepes
Best way to get around Dubrovnik
- Walking, as there is no traffic in the old city and the rest of Dubrovnik can be easily discovered with local buses
- Local fisherman’s boat, will take up to 3 persons. Take a trip to the close islands (Lokrum, Lopud, Kalamota) and go swimming, sunbathing, or fishing on the boat as well.
Local specialities to buy
- Specialist brandies
- Rozata, custard pudding similar to a crème caramel but with local liquor
- Dubrovnik is the home of the tie - even if you don’t wear them you just have to buy one from the old tie store in town.
Best way to spend a lazy Sunday in Dubrovnik
Sipping coffee and watching the world go by in the old town, perhaps a stroll along the beach, or a visit to Korcula or the local Elaphiti Islands.
My hidden secret of Dubrovnik
The perfume lady in the old town that makes perfumes to just for you from local oils