Dubrovnik, Croatia - Cruise Port Guide - Anchors Up
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Dubrovnik, Croatia - Cruise Port Guide

Dubrovnik, Croatia - Cruise Port Guide Anchors Up

Location

With recent port upgrades, most ships now dock instead of anchoring. Larger vessels typically dock at Gruz Harbor, situated 2.5 km from the old town, offering shuttle buses to Pile Square, just a few meters from the historic walls of Dubrovnik. However, a few smaller ships may still tender passengers to the Old Harbor in the town center.

Transportation Options:

Buses: If your ship doesn't provide a shuttle, local buses (1a, 1b, and 8) outside the pier gates offer a cost-effective option. Though occasionally busy, they have frequent departures and take approximately 10 minutes.

Taxis: Abundant taxis at the Dubrovnik Cruise Terminal offer a convenient alternative. For a fixed price, it's a hassle-free option, especially for groups of two or more, avoiding lines when shuttle buses return to port. Enjoy the ease of transportation as you explore the captivating sights of Dubrovnik.

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Sights

Dubrovnik Old Town

Dubrovnik's Old Town is a charming pedestrianized area, easily navigable on foot. While some side streets may pose a slight incline, the overall compact size invites leisurely strolls through its historic streets.

Take a captivating walk along the city walls for breathtaking views. It's recommended to visit during early morning or late afternoon to avoid midday heat. Entrances are available at Stradun (Pile gate), fort Saint John's, and Custom's House gate.

Museum of Modern Art: A Cultural Retreat

Situated near Banja's Beach, the Museum of Modern Art provides a reprieve from the sun. Immerse yourself in artworks by renowned Croatian artists, including Vlaho Bukovac.

Pile Square: Gateway to the Harbor

Enjoy a picturesque view of the harbor from Pile Square. Descend the ramps into the heart of the old city, where every corner holds a piece of history.

Tourist Office: Your Starting Point

Find the tourist office conveniently located where shuttle buses and taxis drop you off.

Tours, excursions and transportation:

Exploring Dubrovnik on Foot: A Pedestrian's Paradise

Dubrovnik's Old City is a delightful pedestrian-only zone, making walking the ideal mode of exploration. Renting a car isn't necessary, and comfortable shoes are advised, especially on the smooth marble streets, which can be slippery when wet.

Placa Stradun: The Heart of Old City

Placa Stradun, the main pedestrian boulevard, serves as the gateway to all the wonders of the Old City. Measuring just 600 meters in length, it provides access to various attractions, and the nearby old harbor is a mere 300 meters away.

Excursion Boats: Nautical Adventures

Embark on a maritime adventure with excursion boats departing from the old harbor's pier, found at the end of Placa Stradun. Offering excellent value, these boats explore nearby islands, some of which feature nudist beaches—a reflection of Croatian culture. A 50-minute trip typically costs around 12 Euro.

Cable Car: A Panoramic Journey

Experience stunning panoramic views by taking the cable car, renovated after the Balkan War. While the cable car may have steps leading to it, alternative transportation options such as taxis or buses (like Bus 8 from the cruise terminal) are available.

Panoramic Taxi Tours: Scenic Exploration

Opt for a panoramic taxi tour, costing around 60 euros per taxi for an hour. Starting from the cruise terminal, these tours offer a scenic route, concluding at the cable car's upper station. Most drivers are proficient in English, and you can choose to be dropped off either at the Old City or back at the cruise terminal.

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Nearby destinations

Banje Beach, located a short distance from Old Town, is a charming pebble beach that serves as a delightful escape in the heart of Dubrovnik. Divided into a concession area with an entrance fee and a public area, the beach offers a diverse experience. The public section is known for its lively and relaxed atmosphere, providing a more casual beach setting. Enjoy stunning views of the City walls, Old Town Dubrovnik, and the captivating island of Lokrum as you unwind on the beach. Engage in beach activities like volleyball, mini football, or water polo, or simply relax on a deck chair with a refreshing drink. Banje Beach combines recreational options with scenic beauty, making it a memorable seaside haven in Dubrovnik.

 

Shopping and food

Dubrovnik's main shopping hub, Placa Stradun, is a bustling street, but the real shopping gems are tucked away in the small and winding streets surrounding it. These hidden lanes boast some of the city's finest shops, offering unique products such as Konavle embroidery, silver and gold jewelry, and locally produced wines from Dubrovnik cellars. While souvenir stands in the port showcase local craftsmanship, the authentic and diverse shopping experience lies in the charming side streets. It's important to note that there are no duty-free stores within the port area.

 

Other information

Currency: Euro.

Emergency number: 112.

Language: Croatian.

 

Opening hours

Banks and post offices typically operate from 7 AM to 7 PM without breaks, while public offices are open Monday to Friday from 8 AM to 4 PM. During the tourist season, post offices may extend their hours until 9 PM, including Saturdays. Shops and department stores generally open from 8 AM to 8 PM without breaks, and in tourist destinations, many stores remain open seven days a week.