How to Get From Kotor to Dubrovnik (And Back) In 2022

Lots of people wonder about the different ways to get from Dubrovnik to Kotor. In short, it’s really simple by bus but there are other ways.

The great thing about visiting any specific country within the Balkans is that you can easily pop in and visit a neighboring country! Border crossings are relatively easy, and even if you are waiting a short while, due to traffic, the experience is more than worth it.

One of the most routes traveled in the South of Croatia is between Dubrovnik and Kotor. Popular both as one-way transfers and for a day trip from either city travel between Dubrovnik and Kotor is a road regularly traveled by the modern-day tourist.

The ease of the journey and the proximity of Kotor to Dubrovnik gives you the opportunity to see two UNESCO-listed cities for a low cost. That said, both Kotor and Dubrovnik have plenty to see and do. In Dubrovnik you have the beautiful Old City walls, you have the architecture, culture, beaches, and loads of history. Likewise in Kotor, you have Venetian fortifications, fjords, soaring mountains, and simply stunning natural sites.

Dubrovnik to Kotor by Bus

If you are budget conscious then public transport will be more suited to you. The bus route from Kotor to Dubrovnik is certainly very scenic too. Both towns are coastal, so that means that the route hugs the coastline. The bus takes a little over 2 hours, depending on border crossing times, and the overall distance is around 90 km.

There are several different bus companies that run this route, and the number of buses increases during the peak months of July and August. You can save money on your route by combining bus company tickets, so simply shop around online. You can expect to pay around 15 Euro for a one-way adult ticket, with discounts possible for children and the elderly; a child’s ticket is around 3 to 9 Euros.

As you’re crossing a border, remember to have your passport with you at all times and be aware during summer the can be huge delays at the border due to people forgetting or leaving passports in luggage.

Dubrovnik to Kotor by Car

Driving to Kotor from Dubrovnik is without a doubt the easiest and most scenic way to get there. If you are not driving your own car you can hire a car with ease from both Kotor and Dubrovnik.

If you’re traveling from Dubrovnik, it is probably best to hire your car from Dubrovnik Airport and from there it is around 20 minutes’ drive to the Montenegro border. Once at the border have your passports and vehicle green card ready for the officials. Once you cross the border, the drive to Kotor is around 1 hour and 40 mins, but that doesn’t include the time you will need to spend waiting to cross the border itself. From there you will wind your way along the bay of Kotor along this fabulous stretch of Montenegrin coastline.

Dubrovnik to Kotor Private Transfer

Oooor… you can simplify your journey from Dubrovnik to Kotor with a private transfer in a comfortable air-conditioned car. Why not enjoy a stress-free departure from your accommodation in Dubrovnik?

Your professional English-speaking driver will meet you in front of your hotel or private accommodation in Dubrovnik at the pre-arranged pick-up time. From there you can sit back and relax as you are transported in a comfortable air-conditioned car to Kotor.

Guided One-Day Trip From Dubrovnik

Kotor is a popular day trip from Dubrovnik, so it is possible to see it on a guided tour instead of going by yourself. This allows you to see and experience so much more. If you decide to Du the Tour with us, you’ll be able to see all the beauties of Boka Kotorska (Kotor Bay) in one day!

This tour is ideal for you if you’re looking for a day of diverse environments in Dubrovnik’s very proximity, and amazing landscape photography opportunities. We guarantee a day of exploration and learning, in a relaxed pace.

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The Best of Croatian Food: 8 Must-Try Dishes

Rich and varied, Croatian food is one of the must-try cuisines for those who are planning a trip to the Balkans and during your trip, you’ll find yourself filling your itinerary with famed eateries where you’ll be able to sample the most delicious flavors of the country. But, before your trip, learn about the best Croatian dishes you must try.

1. Peka

Peka is an example of traditional Croatian cuisine you’ll find on most menus, but you do normally need to order it ahead if you know it’s something you’d like to try, as it takes a while to make.

Despite often being considered the best Croatian food, it’s a rather simple dish. Peka is made by cooking meat, vegetables, or seafood with potatoes, spices, salt, and oil beneath a terracotta dome-shaped lid. This is then covered in embers in a fireplace and left for a couple of hours to slowly bake.

The end result is a dish that is incredibly tender and flavorful.

2. Pašticada

Pašticada is the holy grail of Dalmatian Croatian cooking.

In Dalmatia, this stewed beef dish is prepared with an awesome sauce. You may know it as Dalmatinska pašticada, Dalmatian pot roast, or even just as a beef stew. Whatever you know, it as it requires long and meticulous preparation. It consists of slow-cooked meat, which is previously stuffed with garlic, cloves, carrot, and some bacon for extra flavor.

The meat is salted and marinated in vinegar overnight, and it’s then roasted and cooked in a rich red sauce for 4 to 6 hours. The traditional Dalmatian pašticada is served with gnocchi or homemade pasta. An excellent Croatian wine to go with this is plavac mali.

3. Brudet

No self-respecting guide on traditional Croatian food can ever be complete without brudet, the classic fish stew that’s considered by many to be a Croatian national dish.

Brudet refers to a traditional Croatian fish stew popular in the regions of Dalmatia, Istria, and Kvarner. Similar to the Italian brodetto or Greek bourdeto, it can be made with a variety of seafood and is considered a classic dish in Croatian cuisine.

Recipes for brudet vary but it’s typically made with at least three different types of fish that are cut into large chunks and left on the bone. Commonly used fish include forkbeard, conger, and monkfish in the traditional original brudet, though any type of white fish can be used.

4. Black Risotto

This might look like a creation from outer space, but believe it or not, black risotto is a really popular Croatian food – and it’s absolutely delicious. Its local name is “crni rizot”, and it’s a regular feature on menus in restaurants along Croatia’s vast coastline.

Listed on nearly every Dalmatian menu, ‘black risotto’ is far more tasty than it sounds – or looks. Squid ink provides the distinctive colouring and satisfying flavour, squid and other seafood the meaty ingredients.

Beware though – this Croatian dish makes your tongue and teeth stain slightly black! Maybe not one to try on a first date.

5. Soparnik

If you’re like most people and love pizza, then you’ll surely enjoy soparnik, a traditional pie-like Croatian dish hailing from the Pojica area in southern Dalmatia. People in the region believe that soparnik was brought to Italy by the Romans and served as the inspiration for pizza.

Soparnik is made with a filling of Swiss chard, spring onions, parsley, salt, and olive oil sandwiched between two sheets of thinly rolled dough. The upper layer is pricked several times with a fork to release steam before the pie is baked on an open hearth called a komin.

In 2016, the European Commission listed soparnik as a non-material, national heritage dish of Croatia and gave it geographical protection status (GPI). What that means is that only versions made with ingredients from the Poljica area and following a specific recipe can be called soparnik.

6. Maneštra

This thick and hearty stew from Istria is the Croatian take on Italian minestrone. It exists in many variations though it’s typically made with dried meat, beans, and corn seasoned with bay leaves, black pepper, parsley, and olive oil.

When made with just vegetables like carrots, onions, celery, and tomatoes, maneštra is typically served as a starter. But when it contains more substantial ingredients like meat, it can be enjoyed as a main course with a side of crusty Croatian bread.

7. Fuži

The Croatian region of Istria is known for its pasta. Pljukanci, ravioli, lazanje, and pasutice are among the most common though the best known is fuži.

Fuži refers to a type of traditional Istrian pasta shaped like a tube. It’s made with thin, diamond-shaped sheets of pasta dough that are folded and pinched together to resemble small flutes or spindles. The name fuži is derived from fusus, which is Latin for “spindle”.

Fuži are served with many Croatian dishes. It’s often paired with a mild red veal sauce or chicken goulash though it can be served with any type of sauce or Croatian stew. Both are delicacies of the Istrian region.

8. Zagorski Štrukli

No self-respecting Croatian food guide can ever be complete without mentioning Zagorski štrukli, a traditional pastry dish that people widely consume in the Zagreb and Hrvatsko Zagorje regions of northern Croatia. It’s a simple dish that can be salty or sweet and enjoyed as an appetizer, snack, main dish, or dessert.

Zagorski štrukli (or Zagorje štrukli) is made with a dough that’s rolled out thinly and filled with cottage cheese, butter, eggs, and sour cream. When made as a dessert, sugar is added. The stuffed dough is then rolled and cut into rectangles before being baked or boiled in salted water. When baked, štrukli is typically poured over with cream while boiled versions are often sprinkled with breadcrumbs and served in Croatian soups.

If you’re planning your trip to Dubrovnik, do not miss our culinary tour! Book it now and experiencing the regional flavors with all your senses.

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Where to go in Croatia: 6 Best Places to Visit

Croatia is a diverse country, full of charming historical towns, karst mountains, dramatic landscapes, blue Adriatic Sea, amazing waterfalls, wonderful national parks, and enticing history. It’s exceptionally hard trying to construct a list of the best destinations in Croatia as there’s so many wonderful destinations for a holiday. The following list isn’t really in any order, although we would probably always consider Dubrovnik at number one.

#1 Dubrovnik

Croatia’s most popular attraction, the extraordinary walled city of Dubrovnik, is a Unesco World Heritage Site for good reason. Despite being relentlessly shelled in the 1990s during Croatia’s Homeland War, its mighty walls, sturdy towers, medieval monasteries, baroque churches, graceful squares and fascinating residential quarters all look magnificent again.

For an unrivaled perspective of this Adriatic pearl, take the cable car up Srđ. However, don’t limit yourself to a few obvious sights. Dubrovnik also has gorgeous beaches and lovely restaurants. It is a great base to explore the nearby islands, wine-growing Pelješac region, or make a day trip to nearby Montenegro.

#2 Hvar

A playground for the rich and famous, the town of Hvar is located on the south side of the island, in a small bay. Hvar Town is winding cobbled streets, yachts-lined seafront, beaches,restaurants, and partying until the wee hours.

Hvar is also very well-known for its wonderful weather, with the highest annual average hours of sun in the whole of Croatia. The island is also famous for its lavender growing in amongst its beautiful landscape, so you can imagine a pretty heady combination of great weather and beautiful and aromatic surroundings as you relax on the island.

#3 The Makarska Riviera

The Makarska Riviera is often a top tip for families looking for a peaceful and relaxing holiday. There’s a number of resorts on the Riviera, varying in size, and its combination of well-priced hotels, good local amenities and lovely pebble beaches means you’ll often find the parent-and-kid brigade here.

There’s not a whole lot of sightseeing to be done, so if you’re after a sea and sun holiday with the little ones, the Riviera is a good choice. The largest resort is Makarska itself, others include the more serene and smaller Brela and the very popular Baska Voda.

#4 Zagreb

The capital and largest city of Croatia, Zagreb is a vibrant metropolis packed with both historic and modern tourist attractions. Located in northwestern Croatia, the city dates back to the 2nd century AD when a diocese was first established by Hungarian King Ladislaus. Today, Zargreb is a sprawling cosmopolitan city and the heart of Croatian culture, academics and government.

The city is divided into an Upper and Lower Town, with Upper Town being the historic core where tourists can walk down cobblestone streets and visit old, medieval churches, towers and palaces. A town center is car-free and full of locals lounging at the pavement cafes.

#5 Istria

Istria is rolling hills, charming hilltop towns, colorful coastal towns, rocky coast, vineyards, and olive groves. La dolce vita reigns supreme in Istria, Croatia’s top foodie destination. The seafood, truffles, wild asparagus and boškarin (an indigenous species of ox) all stand out, as do myriad regional specialties and award-winning olive oils and wines by small local producers.

Sample the best the region has to offer in upmarket restaurants by the sea, in traditional family-run taverns in medieval hilltop villages and in farmhouses all over the peninsula’s verdant interior. If you’re not consuming at least one truffle dish a day, you’re not doing it right.

#6 Plitvice National Park

One of the most beautiful natural wonders in Croatia and all of Europe, the Plitvice National Park consists of several breathtaking lakes, waterfalls and lush forest. The park’s most notable features are the 16 interconnecting lakes that are divided into upper and lower clusters.

Formed by natural travertine dams, the lakes range in distinct colors from turquoise to blue, green and gray. Visitors can explore the lakes and surrounding area by walking along the assortment of wooden walkways as well as by boat. To escape the crowds by the water, follow hiking trails through the beech, spruce, fir and pine forests.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Mostar Bosnia

Mostar is one of the most frequented attractions in Bosnia, thanks to its outstanding natural beauty and architecture. It is full of quintessential Ottoman architecture, with plenty of traditional restaurants, market stalls, mosques and other historic buildings. It is also surrounded by stunning landscape waiting to be explored. Find out why you shouldn’t miss Mostar on your next trip to Europe:

1. Old Bridge (‘Stari most’)

One of Mostar’s and also Bosnia’s most famous sites is the Stari Most, or ‘Old Bridge’. The bridge was built by the Ottomans in the 16th century. It is exemplary of typical Islamic architecture and fine engineering. It crosses over the beautiful turquoise Neretva river, and is at the heart of Mostar’s historic Old Town.

During the civil war, however, the bridge was destroyed by Croat forces but it has since been rebuilt to its exact original specifications. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, having received this status in 2005 soon after it was rebuilt, and it attracts thousands of tourists to Mostar every year.

2. Čaršija

In the heart of Mostar’s picturesque Old Town is its market, or čaršija. There is a market on each side of the river near to the Stari Most, due to the split between the Bosniak and Croat ethnic groups that inhabit the city, although the difference between the two is not noticeable to visiting tourists.

The market has a distinctly eastern feel, thanks to the historic Ottoman influences, with stalls selling rugs, painted plates, copper items, and souvenirs. The market is busy with locals as well as tourists, and gives visitors a good glimpse at a traditional Bosnian way of life.

3. Historical Past

You might have heard of Mostar in the 1990s when it made headlines during the war in Bosnia & Herzegovina. The city was heavily bombed and suffered significant damage, so most of the city had to be rebuilt (even the historic Old Bridge).

The Bosnian war left its mark on the city and you can still find bullet-ridden and abandoned buildings around, but today’s Mostar is a vibrant and welcoming city where we felt safe. Drop into some of the local museums to learn more about Mostar’s past.

Museum Of War And Genocide Victims

4. The Food Scene

Bosnian food is really delicious and you can try it in Mostar. Most of the restaurants are located in the Old Town and even if they are in the tourist area the prices are still fair. You will enjoy the food in Tima Irma, because this restaurant grills the most delicious Bosnian specialties.

If you are in Mostar, you should definitely try grilled meat, cevapi and pljeskavica (minced meat). Furthermore, a lot of good cafes are in town. Here you should absolutely taste Bosnian coffee or Čaj, the typical Turkish tea.

5. Two-Hour Ride From Dubrovnik

At the end, Mostar is only 2-hour ride from Dubrovnik so it would be silly not to go on a one-day trip if you you’ll be staying in Dubrovnik for a few days. Mostar is so close to Dubrovnik, but yet, it is almost a completely different world, in terms of architecture and cuisine.

If you choose to Du the Tour with us, you’ll be able to visit both Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls in one day! This waterfall of Kravice is one of many Bosnia’s gems, the water is pristinely clear and cool, which makes this visit a great detour from congested and overcrowded urban areas.

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8 Tips For First-Time Travel To Croatia

In this post, we share our tips for first-time travel to Croatia. We address some of the most common concerns, misconceptions, and general tips. Even if you’ve been to Croatia before, we hope you’ll find some useful tips for your next vacation in Croatia.

1. Book in advance

When planning a trip to Croatia, booking your travel, activities, and accommodations in advance is the way to go. Many services in Croatia book up entirely in the summer and come close to it in the shoulder seasons, so you don’t want to be left stranded once you arrive.

Booking ahead is made easy as so many services are online. I was able to book accommodations, ferries, cars, and attractions with ease.

2. Be aware of cruise ship routes

While Croatia attracts a lot of independent travelers, it also sees huge booms of cruise ship passengers from May through October. Dubrovnik, which is right on the cruise ship route, sees thousands of visitors each day.

Our advice to you is to plan accordingly. Therefore, try to avoid the throngs by visiting Croatia’s cruise ship port cities either early in the morning, later in the afternoon, or on off days.

3. Learn some Croatian

Don’t speak Croatian? Well, then you’ll be happy to know that many Croatians are fluent in English, especially in the major hubs. That said, out of respect for the locals, it’s always a good idea to learn some words in the native language when you travel.

For Croatia, some key phrases will do the trick such as “Hello (bok)”, “Goodbye (dovidenja)”, and “Thank you (hvala)”. Oh, and because you’re going to see it everywhere, “Hrvatska” is synonymous with “Croatia”.

4. Take day trips

If you have a week or less in Croatia, then we’d recommend picking a central location from which you can take day trips. This will cut down on logistics planning immensely.

Dubrovnik is great for this, as you’ll be able to take day trips to Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls, Kotor Montenegro and nearby islands.

5. Walk on the wild side

While Croatia is justly celebrated as a sea and sun destination, getting active is the best way to discover its wilder corners, not least if you’re into outdoor adventuring. In fact, Croatia featured in our round-up of the world’s best adventure holidays.

Paklenica National Park offers superb hiking and climbing, as does Plitvice Lakes National Park — a bona fide paradise of majestic mountains, lakes and waterfalls. With twelve trails to explore, Plitvice Lakes also happens to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

6. Drink up

While Croatia’s wines are world-class, small production and high domestic demand means you’ll be hard pushed to find it on the shelves of your supermarket back home, so enjoy it while you can.

When in Dalmatia, fans of full-bodied reds should try the mighty Dingac, and lovers of dry whites will fall for Pošip. Meanwhile, Istria is renowned for Malvasija — another dry white, great with seafood. When it comes to dessert wines, Malvasia from the Dubrovnik region range comes highly recommended.

7. Embrace island life

From decadent destinations for 24-hour party people, to car-less oases of calm, Croatia has an island for everyone. More correctly, Croatia has islands for everyone.If you have time, why limit yourself to just one island? With plenty of reliable, affordable ferry services, you could easily visit a few during a decent length trip.

Alternatively, the Adriatic Sea is the perfect setting for sailing holidays — it’s why Croatia is one of Europe’s most popular sailing destinations.

8. “Du” the tours

The best way to truly feel the soul of the city and bring home some interesting stories is by booking a walking tour. If you’re coming to Dubrovnik, don’t miss one of our tours! We have something for everybody whether you want to hear about the history or visit the Game of Thrones filming locations.

Maybe you want to have an unforgettable tasting experience and indulge your sense at some of Dubrovnik’s best restaurants? Check some of our Tasting Tours.

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7 Awesome Beaches In Croatia

The beaches in Croatia are a highlight of the country and an absolute magnet for visitors from all over the world. You will find countless of them on the 2,000-kilometer coast of the Croatian Adriatic Sea and more than a thousand islands. Here are our top 7!

1. Banje Beach, Dubrovnik

Banje Beach is the popular city beach of the famous southern Dalmatian city of Dubrovnik and is one of the most spectacular beaches in Croatia. Plaza Banje is a fine light pebble beach with beautiful turquoise sea colors and wonderful views of the historic old town.

There is a cool beach club on the beach and the atmosphere is always exuberant. If you like, you can borrow a kayak right on the dream beach and admire the city of Dubrovnik from the sea.

2. Punta Rata, Brela

Punta Rata is a bigger beach in the area, known for soft sand and clear water. You can expect plenty of tourists, locals, and families. Take your pick of bicycling the unpaved trails or running the coast by foot.

Because of the location, you’ll have views of the Biokovo mountain range from Punta Rata, and if you walk long enough, you’ll come across the Brela Stone. This is what everyone takes a photo in front of, so get your phone ready to pose with a giant boulder that somehow grows pine trees.

3. Zlatni Rat Beach, Brac

The Golden Horn on Brac Island, also known as Zlatni Rat Beach, is probably one of the most famous beaches in Croatia. The Zlatni Rat, which is often thought of as a sandy beach, is actually a pebble beach, which stretches like a giant golden horn 500 meters into the azure blue sea.

Due to the unique shape of a sickle, it is world famous and has become a very popular destination for a beach holiday in Croatia. The next village to the dream beach is Bol, a lovely place for holidays with plenty of accommodations.

4. Pasjaca, Popovici, Konavle

Backed by plunging cliffs (a nesting spot for pallid swift birds), this wild and isolated rock-and-pebble beach is approached down a steep, narrow, winding path and through a small tunnel carved into the rocks. Looking out across the inky blue Adriatic, this beach is a back-to-nature experience – nothing is provided, so bring water, a towel and a roll-up beach mat.

To get here, drive 40 minutes south of Dubrovnik to the village of Popovici, passing through rural region Konavle, its vineyards and olive groves surrounded by rugged slopes that are dotted with old stone farmhouses and cypresses.

5. Sunj, Lopud

One of Croatia’s loveliest sandy beaches is a dreamy day trip from Dubrovnik by boat to this chilled-out island in the Elaphiti archipelago. Once you set foot on Lopud, you’ll understand why Renaissance nobles from Dubrovnik built their summer palaces on this beautiful island.

Walk from the main port through the pine woods to the wide sandy beach at Šunj, where you can set yourself up for the day on the soft sands or on a shaded sunbed. There’s a simple restaurant too, and if you can’t face the 25-minute walk from the harbor, hire one of the golf cart taxis to take you there.

6. Stara Baska, Krk

Situated on the southwest coast of the Island of Krk, Stara Baska is a small Croatian village situated at the end of the island’s main road. Once known for its locally grown and milled wheat, today, Baska’s major draw is the pebbly beach located around one mile from town.

The beach lies in the sheltered cove of Oprna Bay. By foot, the beach is accessed by hiking down a steep path. While there are facilities at the Skrila campsite located above the beach, there’s nothing more than a small bar on the beach itself, so visitors must trek in their own supplies. The beach can also be reached by boat from Stara Baska.

7. Sveti Ivan, Lubenice, Cres

Remote and largely undeveloped, the island of Cres is known for sheep farming and griffon vultures. On the west coast, the hilltop city of Lubenice is a huddle of medieval stone cottages and chapels. From here, a steep winding footpath leads down to a secluded bay – it’s a 40-minute walk, so good walking shoes are recommended.

The reward is a blissful white-pebble beach that looks out across the sparkling Adriatic, and the Blue Cave, which you can swim into, in the nearby Žanje Bay. There are no provisions here, so bring water and a towel. Rather than hiking, you can also get here by boat.

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Did You Know These 25 Fun Facts About Croatia?

There are lots of interesting little fun facts you probably didn’t know about Croatia. You know it has incredible food, dreamy landscapes, and some of the friendliest people. But there is still so much to learn before packing your bags and heading off to our beautiful country.

1. In Croatian, the country name is Hrvatska, and the language is called Hrvatski.

2. The dog breed Dalmatian can be traced back to Croatia and the Dalmatia region.

3. Rice chocolate was invented in Croatia in 1963 at the Zvečevo factory in the western Slavonian city of Požega.

4. Croatia has the highest number of UNESCO Intangible Goods of any European country together with Spain (lace-making, gingerbread baking, wooden toy carvings, etc.)

5. The hit HBO series Game of Thrones was filmed on the Dalmatian coast in Split and Dubrovnik.

Game of Thrones Tour

6. Zadar has the world’s first pipe organ played by the sea and is also known for its sunset which Alfred Hitchcock said was the most beautiful in the world.

7. The Walls of Ston are the longest preserved fortification system in the world after the Great Wall of China.

8. The Roman amphitheater in Pula is the 6th largest amphitheatre in the world and the only one with all 3 rows preserved.

9. Nikola Tesla was born in Smiljan, Croatia.

10. Inhabited for over 8,000 years, the eastern Croatian city of Vinkovci is the oldest continuously inhabited city in Europe.

11. Croatia’s drinking water has one of the highest quality standards in Europe.

12. Picigin is a traditional ball game from Croatia that is played on the beach. An amateur sport played in shallow water consists of players keeping a small ball from touching the water.

13. Croatia is the home of the necktie.

14. Croatia won the biggest haul of gold medals in Europe (per capita) at the Olympic Games in 2016 in Rio.

15. The fortified walls of Dubrovnik are one of the most preserved and most visited fortification systems in Europe.

16. Two winners of the Nobel Prize in chemistry came from Croatia – Lavoslav Ruzicka (1939) and Vladimir Prelog (1975)

17. The richest collection in the world of remains of Neanderthals was discovered in Krapina in central Croatia.

18. On the island of Susak, the women hold the title for having the only national costume that sits above the knee in Europe.

19. Croatia has over 1,200 islands, isles, and inlets.

20. The island of Hvar off the Dalmatian coast is the island with the most hours of sunshine in Europe – more than 2,800 hours a year.

21. 10% of Croatia is protected via 11 Nature Parks, 8 National Parks, and 2 Nature Reserves.

22. Croatian Slavoljub Penkala was the inventor of the mechanical pencil. His company TOZ – Penkala, is still in operation today in Zagreb, Croatia’s capital. 

23. The Sphinx in Split was brought over from Egypt for Diocletian and is over 4,000 years old.

24. Krk Island in the north part of Adriatic sea is the largest island in Croatia covering an area of 409 sq km (38 km length – up to 20 km width). It is also the most populated.

25. Red Lake near the city of Imotski, Croatia, is the deepest sinkhole in Europe, 3rd the largest in the world.

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What-To-Do Guide for Solo Travelers in Dubrovnik – Part 1

Dubrovnik is home to some of the best-preserved Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches, as well as a vibrant summer nightlife scene and stunning beaches. It is a great place for solo travelers looking for a mix of sightseeing, sea, and sun because you can always count on nice weather during peak season and beyond.

Wondering what to do and see in this beautiful city? Here are some activities you can do as a solo traveler in Dubrovnik!

Take a Walking Tour

The best way to experience the city is by taking a walking guided tour of the Old Town. A local guide will reveal to you the history of the city as a hub for trade between the Silk Road and Venice. Besides that, you’ll see the medieval monasteries and the popular Game of Thrones filming locations.

You can choose to join a group tour where you can meet other travelers or customize your own private tour. Whether you’re interested in history or Game of Thrones (or both) – Du the Tour has something for everybody!

Relax at the Beach

You’ll find many beautiful beaches in Dubrovnik where you can spend the afternoon swimming, sunbathing, and enjoying drinks. Coral Beach Club is perfect for you if you want to relax and take a break from the busy streets of Dubrovniks’ Old Town.

Drinking your favorite cocktail under a palm tree while listening to some great tunes spun by the DJ – sounds like an ideal thing to-do after sightseeing.

Reach the Top of Mount Srđ

If you want to enjoy the most impressive city views don’t miss the top of Srđ Mount which towers over the Old City. You can get there on foot, but it will take some effort. Consider cable car if you’re not much of a hiking person or if you just want to save some time.

We recommend going later in the afternoon or just before sunset. That’s when the light is golden and you’ll be able to take the best photos!


Visit Elafiti Islands

Another great way to escape the crowds and enjoy Dubrovnik is by exploring beautiful Elafiti Islands. You can choose among many agencies that offer excursions to these islands. You can book a private boat speedboat tour or go on a group day trip.

If you have time, do not miss this and enjoy a day surrounded by white stone beaches, crystal clear waters and gorgeous green pine trees.

Have a Drink at Cliff Bar

Under the walls of Dubrovnik’s Old Town are two cliff bars called Buža and Buža II. Buža is the ideal place to unwind with a cold drink in the afternoon or a sundowner while taking in the breathtaking views. These cliff bar are an undiscovered gem because they offer cool drinks, spectacular sea views and cliff jumping.

However, please be cautious and keep in mind to swim before you drink. Also, bring some cash since Buža is a cash-only bar.

Visit Green Market

On the farmer markets in Dubrovnik, you can feel the energy of the city and watch the locals go about their daily lives. There are two outdoor green markets in Dubrovnik: one is in the Gruž neighborhood, and the other is in the Old Town at Gundulić Square which is located behind Stradun, its main street.

The markets are open every day and we advise you to go early in the morning. Besides seasonal and fresh fruits and vegetables, you can also buy some other local products such as dried lavander and locally produced brandies.

Go Dubrovnik

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5 Things Most People Forget to Do Before They Travel

Preparing for your next big vacation and wondering if you have everything ready to go? Whether you’ll be gone for a week or a month, these tips will help you to feel more at ease while you’re gone. Here are FIVE things that travelers tend to forget to do before they travel. We consider these to be pre-vacation tips.

1. Clean Out The Fridge and Take Out The Trash

Be sure to eat any perishables in your refrigerator and empty your garbage. You definitely don’t want to return home to a smelly refrigerator so remember to take care of these things before you leave. 

If you can, don’t throw and give some food away to ensure that your fridge is free of goods that will stink up your house! Also, keep in mind that you should also throw the trash in the bathrooms and do a tour of the house before returning to avoid any surprises.

2. Pay Your Bills 

In the excitement of getting ready to travel, it’s easy to forget to pay the bills that will come due while you’re gone. If you’re going to be gone for 2 weeks and you haven’t paid your bills for two weeks before that because you’re getting ready for your trip and you’re packing all excited about it, you might end up with late fees.

Always pay the bills that will come due while you’re away so you don’t have to stress about it when you come back. Also, you can consider scheduling bill payments. Just set up a bill pay system with your banking institution one billing cycle ahead of time to ensure that it works and that payments are received.

3. Check Your Bank Card Isn’t Due to Expire

Imagine you’re having your dinner and it’s time to pay and your card is rejected because guess what.. it’s expired. So make sure to check the dates! Also, bring at least two valid, permanent cards with you on your vacation in case one is lost or stolen.

While traveling, consider using tools that help secure your card transactions from fraud. When your phone’s location services are enabled on, for example, it may be possible to authenticate card transactions when you make a purchase in an unusual location.

4. Make Copies of Important Documents 

If you lose a pair of shoes while you’re on vacation it may be an inconvenience, but certainly not a big deal. But if you lose your vaccination certificate or passport when you’re travelling abroad, it could ruin your entire trip.

So make sure to copy your passport or any other important document. Print it and email a copy to yourself! We would also advise to laminate your passport copy and keep it in your wallet. It’s always good to have a copy of your passport – not only physically. Why? If you lose your wallet, you’ll also have it in your email. In case you lose your passport, the embassy can provide you with a new passport and a lot quicker if you already have a copy.

5. Check Your Health Coverage

If you need medical attention while traveling, be sure you understand what your health insurance will and will not cover. When you have a medical problem, you should plan ahead of time and be aware of local in-network providers.

If you’re traveling internationally, it’s possible that your insurance won’t cover you while you’re gone. In this case, consider private insurance providers that specialize in short-term insurance coverage for international travel.

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Split to Dubrovnik to Split 2022

Wondering how to go from one Croatian gem to the other? Here we bring a complete overview for all sorts of travelers and budgets.

By car, the distance between Split and Dubrovnik is roughly 229 kilometers. The journey will take about 4 hours, depending on traffic and border delays, which are most common during summer months.

Before we list all the options, note that there is no train between Split and Dubrovnik. So, if you were thinking of traveling by train, it is not going to be possible.

Here is how you CAN:

By car – taking the A1 motorway

This is the most direct and, therefore, the shortest route from Split to Dubrovnik. If there is no traffic and no border queues, it will be a 3.5 hours drive. From the city of Split, travel to Dugopolje and join the A1 Motorway, which you will follow for almost 100 kilometers till it ends at Ploče.

The route then continues along the coastal highway, passing via a border crossing. This summer, you’ll be able to avoid going through Bosnia when the Pelješac bridge opens. This means Croatia will finally be connected!

By car – the coastal route

The other option is the coastal route which will take at least 4.5 hours (probably more than 5 hours in high season). It is, nevertheless, a terrific alternative for individuals who are not in a rush and want to see some spectacular vistas along the way. You’ll drive through a number of villages and towns, as well as the stunning Makarska Riviera.

Car rental

You don’t have a car and don’t want to use the bus?

Croatia has a plethora of automobile rental providers, offering prices that are becoming increasingly competitive. When it comes to budgets and comfort, it may be the best alternative for you, especially if you’re traveling in a group.

By taxi

Yes, you can take a taxi between the two cities. However, from a strictly financial standpoint, we would not recommend it. There are private transfer options that are significantly less expensive.

There are plenty of taxis in Dubrovnik and Split, so you won’t have any trouble finding one. However, we told you, this is not the best option unless you want to pay lots of money!

By private transfer

A private transfer is ideal for anyone who wants to travel stress-free. Forget about sweltering buses and crowds of people waiting for ferries.

A private transfer ensures that your transportation is arranged in advance, at a fixed price and at an agreed time. When you book a private transport, you’re sure there are no hidden fees or charges. Moreover, you choose the pick-up time and any stops you want to make on your way. Most importantly, you’ll enjoy the comfort of vehicles that are brand new. Book your trip with us and relax!

By bus

Traveling from Split to Dubrovnik by bus is the cheapest way to travel. You’ll find Split bus station close to the train station and ferry port. Dubrovnik bus station is where the port of Gruž is located. Usually, it takes about 4.5 hours, including pauses, to arrive from one destination to another. However, as we stated in the intro, summer traffic may cause some delays in travel. 

Fortunately, Pelješac bridge opens this summer so buses will be able to cross it to go to Dubrovnik. This means you’ll save time since you won’t have to wait at the borders. 

When it comes to price, you can expect the cost of a one-way trip ticket to be approximately 20 euros. Since there are many bus firms competing, traveling from Dubrovnik to Split is inexpensive. Considering this, there are many buses available during the day so you’ll easily find a time that suits you. However, we do recommend booking your ticket in advance so you’re sure you will catch the bus you want.

By catamaran

Two firms now operate ferries between Split and Dubrovnik (and the other way around): Jadrolinija and Kapetan Luka. Depending on the route, travel time ranges from 4 hours 30 minutes to 6 hours. Moreover, these do not operate during the winter months and solely transport passengers.

Krilo operates two catamaran routes from Split to Dubrovnik. Split – Brač – Hvar – Korčula – Mljet – Dubrovnik is the first, followed by Split – Brač – Makarska – Korčula – Mljet – Dubrovnik. From April until the end of October, Krilo ferry services are available for 280 kunas (one-way trip). You will pay the same price if you book with Jadrolinija. 

Jadrolinija operates a catamaran service from Dubrovnik to Split with three stops along the route. It’s important to mention that many ferry services sell out rapidly, so be sure to book your tickets in advance. They may be purchased online, which is the most secure method of purchasing a catamaran ticket.

Avoiding Bosnia – car & ferry

Until Pelješac bridge opens, there is a way to drive between Split and Dubrovnik, while avoiding crossing through BiH. It’s a longer route, but it’s also more picturesque.

You will arrive at Ploče whether you choose the seaside or the motorway route from Split. You’ll then take a Jadrolinija ferry to Trpanj on the Pelješac peninsula. This way you’ll be able to travel to Dubrovnik without stopping at any borders from there. After you pass Ston, you will join the main road. When travelling from Dubrovnik to Split, be sure you don’t miss the Pelješac Peninsula.

You can find the Ploče – Trpanj ferry timetable on Jadrolinija’s official website. 

We’ve put all of the options in one place to help you choose the best one for your Dubrovnik to Split (or vice versa) transportation. Please keep in mind that timetables are subject to change. So, be sure to check the website of the transportation operator for the most up-to-date information.

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Korčula – 5th Most Beautiful Island in the World

Yes, you read that correctly: Big 7 Travel ranked Korčula as the 5th most beautiful island in the world! Korčula is Croatia’s sixth-largest island, stretching about 47km in length. Rich in vineyards, olive trees and little villages, the island of Korčula is a true pearl of southern Dalmatia. It represents a unique fusion of breathtaking nature, thousands of years of heritage and history, and modern tourism.

Here we bring what makes Korčula so special!

Captivating Nature

Korčula’s coastline is heavily indented with a large number of coves and bays. The contours of Korčula are almost black due to its dense oak, holm-oak and pine woods. The ancient Greeks inhabited the island and named it Black Korčula (Korkyra Melaina; lat. Korkyra Nigra). According to legend, the Greek hero Antenor discovered the island while escaping from the City of Troy. 

Lovely Beaches

Korčula has an incredible variety of wonderful swimming spots: from gorgeous sandy beaches to lovely pebble bays. This island has even the most isolated beaches. Pupnatska Luka is one of the ultimate dream beaches. However, the sandy beach Vela Pržina Beach and the stunning Žitna Bay are also must-sees.

Badija Island near Korčula

Badija is an island partially covered with a dense pine forest that grows all the way down to the sea. It is the largest of the 19 islands that sit in front of Korcula’s ancient town. You’ll even find a Franciscan monastery there. Moreover, many visitors, especially children, are excited to see the fallow deer that live in the park in front of the monastery. You can even feel free to feed these little creatures that are always searching for food.

Korčula’s Old Town

The old town of Korčula is one of the best-perserved medieval island city in the Mediterranenan. Enacted in 1214, the Statue of the Town governed Korčula’s population. Today, its old town is small and easy to explore on foot. It has a magnificent promenade along the sea, lined with great restaurants and cafés. 

People of Korčula believe that Marco Polo (1254 – 1324) was born on the island and you can even visit the birth house as a museum.

Top-Quality Wine

Korčula is well-known for its winemaking in addition to its heritage and natural beauty. While you can find the local wine on every Croatian island, Korčula’s wines stand out. The indigenous grape pošip, which grows in the island’s center area, produces what is arguably the greatest of all Croatian whites. The grk grape, which grows around Lumbarda, also produces high-quality dry white wine.

Korčula Island’s Local Culture

If you visit Korčula, you must attend the sword dance Moreška, a traditional drama/dance that is one of the island’s official symbols. The participants (males from Korčula town households) wield two sabres during the dance. This ‘fighting’ dance depicts the conflict between the Red and Black armies. After seven fights, the Red King’s wife, who has been stolen by the Black King, is saved. It is traditionally played on St. Theodore’s Day (July 29), although it is also performed weekly throughout the summer.

Food, wine, and secret beaches. It’s no surprise that Korčula is voted world’s 5th best island to visit!

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Top 10 Things to Do in Dubrovnik on a Rainy Day

You are excited about coming to Dubrovnik, but the forecast shows it’s going to rain? Well, there is no need to worry! There are plenty of fun things to do inside to avoid the rain and still make the most of your time in beautiful Dubrovnik! Even if it’s not raining, everything we mention here is well worth visiting!

Here are some of the best things to do when it rains in Dubrovnik:

1. Explore the Local Cuisine

A little rain is the ideal excuse to spend extra time at Dubrovnik’s cute cafes and restaurants. The city has plenty of excellent locations to sit and enjoy some quality time…and food! We recommend booking this trip and allowing us to show you to some of the greatest restaurants in Dubrovnik.

The chefs carefully pick the menu so that you may sample as many different options as possible. Dive into a world of rich history and extraordinary ingredients. This culinary trip will provide you the best gastronomical experience in Dubrovnik.

2. Rector’s Palace

This Gothic-Renaissance palace, built in the late 15th century for the elected rector who administered Dubrovnik, features the rector’s office and public halls, private rooms, administrative offices, and a prison. During his one-month term, the rector was not allowed to leave the premises without the senate’s approval.

The palace is now the Cultural History Museum, with masterfully renovated halls, coats of arms, paintings and coins recalling Ragusa’s magnificent history.

3. Red History Museum

The Red History Museum is a one-of-a-kind interactive experience of ordinary life in communist Yugoslavia. It is a local history study project that depicts Croatia’s socialist history from 1945 to 1990. The Museum’s study subject, objects, and historical discoveries are shown in many large rooms displaying various artefacts from the time.

Visitors may explore and experience what life was like under the Yugoslav regime using old and new technology. You’ll be able to learn about art, design, politics, secret agencies, and the way of Non-Aligned. It is located in the Gruž area so it’s a great option if you want to escape the Old Town crowds.

4. Wine Tasting

Dubrovnik produces a number of fine wines, having vineyards all around the county, particularly on the Pelješac Peninsula. We recommend going on a wine tasting trip and sampling the greatest wines Dubrovnik has to offer. You may plan a day excursion to the wine cellars on the Pelješac peninsula, which is approximately 60 kilometers north of Dubrovnik.

On this tour, we will visit two very distinct wineries in order to sample all of the tastes that our area has to offer. In addition to wine tastings, you will indulge in prosciutto and cheese platters. Moreover, you will visit a small town called Ston which hides wonderful sights

5. Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik

Art work by Đuro Pulitika

The Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik was established in 1945 and is situated within the magnificent palace constructed by Dubrovnik shipowner Božo Banac in 1939. Lavoslav Horvat and Harold Bilini, two notable Croatian architects, designed it. The Museum of Contemporary Art Dubrovnik has amassed a rich collection of 3,000 modern art pieces representing South East Europe.

The collection spans visual creation such as sculptures, paintings and graphics, photos, films, and art installations from the late 1800s to the present day, and its importance extends beyond regional and national boundaries.

6. Franciscan Monastery

The Franciscan Monastery, located near the west gate, which is the main entry to Old Town Dubrovnik, is a must-see on both sunny and rainy days. A beautiful mid-14th-century cloister, a medieval pharmacy, and a modest museum are housed within the sturdy stone walls of this monastery. There is a collection of relics and liturgical materials, including as chalices, paintings, and gold jewelry, as well as pharmaceutical things such as laboratory equipment and medicinal texts.

Moreover, the historic pharmacy is the third-oldest operating pharmacy in Europe, having been in function since 1317. It might have been Europe’s first open-to-the-public pharmacy.

7. Go On An Adventure Outside Of The City

The region around Dubrovnik city has a lot to offer, and you should definitely explore it. If you wish to see more while on vacation in Dubrovnik, we recommend visiting one of the neighboring cities, such as Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina or Kotor in Montenegro.

Moreover, you can make the best of your day and see as much as possible by choosing this tour. Drive along the Dubrovnik Riviera and visit the most charming place called Cavtat (20km south from Dubrovnik).  After that, take a stroll around the streets of Dubrovnik’s Old Town with a professional guide, exploring the most interesting places and hearing the greatest stories.

8. Gornji Ugao Tower (The Foundry Museum)

An excavation near the ‘Gornji Ugao’ tower in the north-west corner of Croatia’s walled city of Dubrovnik unearthed evidence for a foundry founded in the second half of the 15th century and mostly produced weaponry. It is a unique example of this sort of industrial complex due to its location within the city walls.

Excavation has revealed information on the site’s technical subdivision and spatial logic. After the Great Earthquake of 1667, which wrecked the whole city, activity at the foundry ended, however a portion of the site continued to be used as a foundry on a smaller and more makeshift scale.

9. Dubrovnik Beer Company

In Dubrovnik’s premier brewery you’ll be able to observe firsthand how craft beer magic is created and drink some amazing beer straight from the source. There you can do a brewery tour and gain an inside look at what it takes to create this one-of-a kind  beer. During the one-hour tour, the guide will explain the production process and what it takes to create one of the most popular beverages in contemporary history.

Of course, there is some tasting at the end, along with a delicious variety of their burgers and onion rings or chips. If you’re a beer lover, there is no doubt you will enjoy sampling some good quality beers on a rainy day.

10. Take Yourself Out For A Spa Day

A rain could be a sign you should rest from the touristic activities and allow yourself a good spa day. There are many beauty salons and spa centres in Dubrovnik, some of which are Rixos Libertas, Hilton Imperial and Dubrovnik Sun Gardens. These Dubrovnik hotels offer a wide range of spa treatments so you’ll find something for yourself for sure. Note that it doesn’t matter if you’re not a hotel guest, you’ll still be able to book a treatment you want. 

Another suggestion is to go to an independent beauty salon and book an appointment there. Also, if you want to pamper yourself with a Thai massage, you should book one at Touch of Thai Massage and Spa. 

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7 Best Things to Do in Dubrovnik With Kids

Are you planning a trip to Dubrovnik and wondering whether visiting the city with kids is a good idea?

Let us tell you: Dubrovnik is a must-see destination for families! Even though it is, understandably, popular and busy, there are many ways to enjoy the city if you decide to travel with your little ones.

From fortresses and the historic City Walls to beautiful beaches, day trips and more, you will find plenty of fun things to do in Dubrovnik with kids.

We decided to help you and provide some suggestions on how you can have a wonderful family-friendly holiday in our city! The following are the top 7 activities to do in Dubrovnik with kids.

#1 Explore Lokrum Island

Lokrum Island is a natural preserve with trails that go along the shore and through the island’s wooded interior. It’s the ideal day excursion from Dubrovnik for families with children. Some of the attractions you’ll see there are a small salt lake (the “Dead Sea”), botanical garden, a fort atop a hill, remnants of a 12th century monastery, and the Iron Throne. Yes, the real one from the Game of Thrones show! It was sold by Game of Thrones creators to the city of Dubrovnik and it is now located on Lokrum.

Your children will love searching for and admiring the island’s wild peacocks. You will find them almost everywhere on the island. Moreover, Lokrum is a wonderful place for a picnic or a swim – either in the ocean or in the “Dead Sea”.

#2 Visit Dubrovnik Sea Aquarium


If you’re visiting Dubrovnik with children, you should include Dubrovnik Aquarium in your agenda. This isn’t your average aquarium, though. It is located in the historic St. John’s fortification close to Dubrovnik’s harbor. It will undoubtedly captivate your children from the moment they enter, since there are several exhibits of flora and wildlife, as well as some underwater mysteries. Eels, starfish, scorpion fish, seahorses, and other sea creatures are among those found.

Furthermore, visiting this aquarium is a pleasant break from the heat and throng, especially if you have children with you. The admission fee is 60 kuna per adult, and tourists often spend 1-1.5 hours there.

#3 Take a Boat Tour or Ferry to Lopud Island

Hrvoje Adamovic

If you will be travelling to Dubrovnik with kids, another activity we recommend is the Elaphiti Island boat tour including Koločep, Lopud and Šipan. Your family will definitely enjoy Lopud island and its broad beaches. One of the most popular and especially great for the families is sandy Šunj Beach. The sea is so shallow which makes it perfect for younger kids.

There you can have lunch at the “Rajski Kutak Bindo” restaurant, which is located on a tiny hilltop concealed in the shadow of trees. You will meet the most courteous personnel in its peaceful ambience, and your senses will be lured by a range of foods. After you’ve finished your meal, take your drink to a hammock and relax for a while in this calm haven.

#4 Relax at the Beaches in Lapad Area

Lapad is easily accessible by bus and is only a 10-minute ride from the Old Town. Sunset beach is located in the heart of Lapad and because of it’s sheltered location in the bay, the shallow blue water is safe for children to paddle in, plus there are umbrellas and sun loungers for parents to relax on. It is surrounded by a plethora of restaurants, ice cream parlours and children friendly bars. Plus, there are many children’s play areas nearby too.

Furthermore, we recommend that you visit Mandrač beach, which is also conveniently accessible by foot and public transportation from everywhere in Dubrovnik. The beach is made of fine gravel and sand, as well as the seabed. The entrance to the sea is convenient to people of all ages. Deck chairs, parasols, public bathrooms, change cabins, and other entertainment amenities are nearby. There are several cafés and beach bars close for refreshments.

#5 Walk the City Walls

A walk around Dubrovnik’s iconic city walls is a one-of-a-kind experience that is a must-do when visiting the city! However, they are also hot and popular in summer, so if you are visiting the city at this time, you should be aware of a few things.

First, avoid the midday heat and go in the morning as soon as they open or 2 hours before they close. Second, enter the Walls at the Ul. Svetog Dominika entrance gate (near Restaurant 360), rather than the main entrance, Pile Gate, which is the busiest.

Plus, you’ll find it easier to climb all of the difficult stairwells straight away (as will your children!). Another thing we advise is to protect your family with lots of sunscreen and bring plenty of water with you. And don’t forget to treat your kids and yourself to some delicious gelato at the end!

If you want to do the Walls with a professional guide, we suggest you book this tour.

#6 Take the Cable Car

If your kids are still little and you find it difficult to hike up Mount Srđ with them, you will want to take the cable car. What’s more, it has floor-to-ceiling windows so your little ones can enjoy the breathtaking views without you having to pick them up. It will, undoubtedly, be an amazing experience for them, as much as for you, especially if this will be their first cable car ride.

The only downside is that it’s a short, only 4-minute ride, which may be expensive for some considering that an adult round-trip ticket costs 200 kuna. However, children up to 4 years of age can travel for free. If you decide to take the cable car, we suggest you go around sunset time so you can take stunning golden hour photos from the top! Besides breathtaking views from every angle, at the top you will find amazing restaurants, historic monuments and a war museum.

#7 Dubrovnik Riviera Panoramic City Tour

Alternatively, you can book a tailored private tour to get a full overview of Dubrovnik from the inside out, especially if you do not have more than one or two days to spend in Dubrovnik. On this tour, you will not only get to the top of Mount Srđ, but you’ll also visit a little charming town called Cavtat and explore the Old Town of Dubrovnik, all while being accompanied by a professional tour guide and driver.

This might be a better choice for a family with kids since you’ll be able to see a couple of amazing places and attractions while hearing interesting stories and facts. Kids will be entertained all the time since you’ll be going to different places – at the pace you choose. The best part is that you can completely customize your family day trip with Du the Tour. Where to go, what to see and do – it can all be planned around your preferences.

If you need any help with itinerary planning, get in touch with us at info@dubrovnikprivate.tours. We’ll be more than happy to lend a hand!

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4 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Ston

Ston and Mali Ston offer an authentic experience with years and years of history and tradition. The two towns are connected by the world-famous Ston Wall, which dates from the 14th century. Because of their location, towns quickly developed a substantial production of salt and seafood.

The beautiful medieval town of Ston is only 54 kilometers from Dubrovnik. It is well worth a visit if you want to witness Croatia’s idyllic countryside. During your visit, you can expect some amazing attractions and things to do.

We picked 4 reasons that will convince you to visit Ston.

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1. World-Famous Oysters

An oyster tasting is almost a must when visiting Ston. Since Roman times, oysters have been farmed at the bay of Mali Ston. They are famed for their distinct and clean taste. Mali Ston Bay has a unique mix of freshwater and saltwater. This is an important component that distinguishes our oysters across the world. There are 3 essential characteristics of Ston oysters: they’re decadent, luxurious, and an acquired taste. They are often regarded as the best natural aphrodisiac.

They react to any type of water contamination and that is why they are proof that the sea is exceptionally clean. Oysters are best served fresh from the sea, with a splash of lemon and eaten by hand. This unique oyster tasting paired with the local wine will revitalize your mind and soul.

FUN FACT: The Romans adored Mali Ston oysters, and Franz Josef, the former Austrian Emperor, was known to have boxes carried across to Austria from Mali Ston because he very much enjoyed them.

TIP: For the best experience in this region, hop on a boat and sail out to the beds, where one of the farmers will harvest, prepare and serve oysters as fresh as they can be. If you are a foodie, this is, for sure, going to be one of the experiences you’ll remember for life.

Peljesac and Ston Wine & Oyster Tasting

2. The Wall

The huge wall is probably Ston’s most significant attraction. It is one of Croatia’s most important structures, measuring around 5,500 meters in length. The construction of Ston’s great wall started in 1333, when the Republic of Dubrovnik purchased Ston and began constructing a system of defences that would protect the salt pans which contributed to the wealth of Dubrovnik. However, the fortification was not finished until 400 years later. This fortress had 3 forts, 7 bastions, and 41 towers, some of which are still well-preserved, in addition to the foundation walls.

You may now visit the reconstructed fortification wall and stroll along a large section of it. There is a breathtaking trail that takes you from Ston to Mali Ston (or vice versa). You will enjoy a spectacular view of the ancient old towns, the turquoise sea and the salt lakes.

FUN FACT: The walls are substantially longer than those of their better known neighbour, Dubrovnik. In fact, they are 2nd in lenght to the Great Wall of China. This makes them Europe’s longest defensive structure: they are called the “European Walls of China”.

TIP: On our tour you will have a chance to climb the Walls if you want to since there will be plenty of free time for you to explore this charming town.

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3. The Salt Pans

Ston saltworks are among the oldest and finest maintained in the Mediterranean. It is, without doubt, another must-see attraction. The tradition of producing salt stretches back to the Middle Ages. As a result, for the last 4000 years, Ston has played a key role in salt distribution across Europe.

Salt was crucial to the Republic of Dubrovnik, accounting for 1/3 of its revenue in the 14th century. It was as valuable as gold at the time, and 1kg salt equaled 1kg gold.

The basic process of production hasn’t changed much since the Middle Ages: the pans fill with saltwater, which evaporates in the summer heat, leaving a salt residue that is shovelled by hands into barrows.

FUN FACT: The salt was stored in the back of the ponds, with two keys to access the doors. Because the salt was so expensive, it was guarded 24 hours a day. Those who would try to steal it were punished by losing their hand.

TIP: There is a small museum “Solana Ston” where you can discover how sea salt is still produced using ancient salt production methods. Also, you can buy high quality sea salt right at the entrance of Solana Ston!

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4. Some of the Best Croatian Wines

Vineyards cover vast areas of the Pelješac peninsula, beginning at Ston and extending northwest to the outskirts of Orebić. The Pelješac peninsula location and its favorable Mediterranean climate have influenced the long tradition of winemaking and olive production. The Pelješac Peninsula produces some of the finest wine, and there are several wineries giving tours, tastings and breathtaking views of the valleys.

Mato Violić-Matuško is a well-known Croatian winemaker. His vineyards in Dingač produce Plavac mali grapes resulting in hearty red wines that are admired all over the world. This winemaker’s rock and roll image adds to the appeal of a visit to his enormous rustic style cellars or his hillside restaurant with stunning views of the Adriatic.

TIP: Visit wineries that are totally different from each other to taste all the flavors the region has to offer. On our Pelješac and Ston Wine & Oyster Tasting tour we visit Matuško and Edivo wineries where you’ll be able to taste some of the finest wines of this area. Plus, you’ll get to try the local delicacies such as olive oil and domestic cheese.

Peljesac and Ston Wine & Oyster Tasting

Ston area offers a diversified offer that may fulfill the demands of even the most demanding guests, whether for its natural beauty, cultural legacy, a crystal blue sea, or great wine and gastronomy. All of these attractions provide an amazing experience of a rich historical and cultural heritage as well as a welcoming local population.

Discover Ston and Pelješac with us!

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6 Things You Should Know About Easter Tradition in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, besides being one of the top summer destinations in the world, is an exceptional place to visit any time of the year. So, if you have some free time around Easter, you should come to Dubrovnik and discover our traditions and customs. In the days leading up to Easter Sunday, the city comes alive with tradition, making it the perfect time to truly understand the local culture and religion.

In this blog post, we reveal 6 things you probably didn’t know about our unique Easter tradition. Here is what you should expect when you come to Dubrovnik during the Easter holiday:

1. Palm Sunday Tradition

A week before Easter, on Palm Sunday, local traditions in Dubrovnik start. That day is known as “Cvjetnica” or “Cvjetna Nedjelja” in Croatia. “Flower Sunday” would be the literal translation.

On this day, Catholics gather at the church to bless nicely crafted palm branches and olive tree native branches. The lovely practice of knitting palm branches has been preserved, not only for the present, but also for future generations as it is passed down. The blessed branches, according to belief, brought good agricultural produce, happiness, health and well-being.

Also, on Palm Sunday, girls used to wash their faces in water infused with flower petals which they picked from blossoming trees and field flowers. It was believed that by doing so, both the appearance and the mind would remain fresh.

Rudinapress/K. Ježina

2. Procession Under the Cross

Good Friday is observed as a day of abstinence and silence. The chiming of church bells stops from the evening of Maundy Thursday and continues until Easter Sunday.

On this day, a large procession runs through the streets of the Old Town. The tradition, known as the Procession Under the Cross, involves dozens or perhaps hundreds of religious men carrying wooden crosses on their banks for several kilometers through the city.

Moreover, on Good Friday, it is a tradition not to consume anything derived from animals, except fish. So, many people will enjoy a traditional meal of fish, with dried cod, known locally as “bakalar”. The fish is soaked in water for 24 hours or longer before being cooked with potatoes and garlic that gives a particular flavor. On Good Friday, many restaurants prepare this meal, so if you come you have to try it!


3. Blessing of Easter Basket Foods

It is a custom to bring a food basket to church for blessing on Easter morning. Traditionally, the basket contains young cheese, green onions, eggs, salt, and “pinca”, an Easter bread that is very rich and sweet. Typically, families enjoy the blessed foods before the Easter lunch. It is a very well preserved family custom in which the whole family takes part.

After fasting, you may finally eat “properly”. Typically, families will enjoy lamb dishes. However, that is not as rooted in the tradition as cooking cod is. So, during Easter, people will essentially cook some kind of meat dish. 

If you come to Dubrovnik during this period, you’ll find “pinca” bread in most bakeries and markets. They cannot be compared to the homemade ones, but are still quite delicious and worth trying!

Sašina kuhinja

4. Egg Painting and Gifting Tradition

One of the most famous Easter traditions in Dubrovnik is the coloring of eggs. This old technique of drawing patterns in molten beeswax and dipping the eggs in water coloured with natural dyes such as red onion skins is known locally as “penganje”.

This is still something that people do. Not just in Dubrovnik, but also throughout the surrounding area. Happy Easter, or “Sretan Uskrs“ in Croatian is the most common phrase written on painted eggs.

It was once a custom to give eggs as a gift to relatives first. It was a must. Previously, considerably more eggs were chosen and donated, ranging from 12 to 48 for each immediate family member. Today, eggs are given as gifts, in smaller amounts, to family members, friends, neighbours, and respected members of the community.


5. Traditional Game

On Easter Sunday, uneaten eggs are used in a traditional game where two players choose the eggs and hold them vertically while one person slightly taps the end of the other egg with their end. Anyone whose egg cracks must select another and then tap the other person’s egg, and they continue until all the eggs have been used and cracked but the last one. 

The one who has the strongest, unbroken egg at the end, is the winner.

Slavica Štefić/Glas Hrvatske

6. Working Hours of the Shops

Easter is an important national holiday in Croatia since it is a mostly Catholic country. So, the shops and markets won’t be open on that day. The situation is pretty much the same the next day. If a store was closed on Sunday, it will probably be closed on Monday as well. Alternatively, in the best-case scenario, it will shorten its working hours that day.


We are sure you will be delighted with the old customs that are still being practiced today if you decide to visit Dubrovnik at Easter. Warm spring days, joy in the air, special offers at restaurants, and a less crowded city – it is simply a magical time to come to Dubrovnik!

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Croatia Abolishes Almost All Measures: No Certificates Needed from EU Citizens

As of Saturday, third country nationals can enter the Republic of Croatia with a COVID certificate, while EU citizens will no longer need it.

What’s more, catering facilities may now operate longer hours. In other words, you will be able to gather without any restrictions and party until dawn!


The epidemiological situation in Croatia is substantially better than it was at the beginning of the year

The consequences of COVID no longer have a significant impact on public health and the population. What’s more important, the health care system is not as burdened as it was few months ago.

From tomorrow, masks will no longer be mandatory. The exceptions apply to health and social care institutions that house the elderly and people with disabilities.

“Recommendations remain for all those situations where we have more people, whether it is public transport or some larger gatherings”, said Minister of the Interior Davor Božinović. Wearing a mask will depend on the individual, and there will be no sanctions for those who do not wear it.


The decision to temporarily restrict border crossings remains in force, but it also has significantly relaxed criteria.

The Minister of Health, Vili Beroš, stated that the lifting of the measures was “very well thought out”. He added that the current parameters of the pandemic movement were considered when making that decision.

“By entering the third year, we are witnessing that the pandemic is subsiding. If that means that the virus has lost its potential infectious capacity, I believe it has”, said Beroš.

The director of the CNIPH, Krunoslav Capak, pointed out that the easing of measures is based on the improvement of the epidemiological situation, with more than 70 percent of the adult population vaccinated with at least one dose and about 600,000 people who have acquired immunity since the beginning of the year.

No requirements to enter from EU

There is no longer a ban on entering Croatia, regardless of the country and the reason for travelling. “Third-country nationals will be able to cross the border without proving the reason for their arrival – it is enough to have a COVID certificate,” Božinović explained.

People coming from EU member states will no longer need a COVID certificate to enter the Republic of Croatia, Božinović said. He added that the obligation to present a COVID certificate will not apply to displaced persons from Ukraine.

So, those who are arriving from non-EU countries will either have to have a COVID certificate or:

1. A negative PCR (taken 72 hours before arrival at the border) or Antigen test (taken 24 hours before arrival at the border).

2. A vaccination certificate showing the final dose taken more than 14 days ago.

3. Booster dose certificate. 

4. Proof of recovery from Covid more than 11 days and less than 180 days ago. 

5. Proof of recovery from Covid and the first dose of vaccine more than 11 days and less than 270 days ago. 

6. Pay for a test on arrival and remain in self-isolation until a negative result. 

All children under 12 years of age are exempt from providing test results if their parent or guardian fulfills all requirements.

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Travel to Dubrovnik: No Border Crossings This Summer?

The first vehicles will cross the Pelješac bridge in a few months. The concept of “uniting Croatia” was proposed in 2009, and it will finally be realized this year. Both locals and tourists that will be coming to Dubrovnik are looking forward to the opening of this bridge since they won’t have to cross the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina to travel to the rest of Croatia.

The majority of travelers cross the Bosnia-Croatia border on their route from Split to Dubrovnik. Even though both of these cities are in Croatia, they haven’t been connected by land for a long time. Since the borders between the former republics of Yugoslavia were formed, they haven’t been altered. The border between these two countries remained unchanged when they became independent states.

As a result, individuals traveling from Dubrovnik to the rest of Croatia must now pass through two border checks.


The decades-long dream of connecting Croatia was an old promise of past Croatian governments

The issue of the Neum Corridor and its border crossing should no longer exist in a few months. The Pelješac Bridge project will be realized after many years of political promises, debates, and failed attempts. The strategic project will connect the mainland to the Pelješac Peninsula.

From there, there will be a road down the peninsula and then on to Dubrovnik. Croatia will be completely connected for the first time in its modern history. Despite the apparent concerns for everyone in 2020 and 2021, a Chinese company won the tender and built the bridge.

It is worth noting that they have completed the project in a very short amount of time. This meant working even at night and at dawn, given the high winds and storms that hit the area.

Martin Burić

Once realized, this project should significantly cut traffic and waiting times

The Pelješac Bridge, designed by Slovenian engineer Marjan Pipenbaher, spans the sea channel between Komarna on the northern mainland and the Pelješac peninsula. It passes entirely through Croatian territory and allows travelers to avoid the border crossings with Bosnia and Herzegovina at Neum.

According to the present administration, the European Commission ordered a preliminary feasibility assessment in 2013 that concluded that the Pelješac Bridge was the best decision for connecting Croatia’s south with the rest of the country.

The bridge cost 418 million euros, in which the EU participated with 85 percent of the money and Croatia with 15 percent.

The bridge design includes a four-lane carriageway, with one traffic lane and one emergency lane on each side. Pedestrians and cyclists will not be able to cross it.


Prime Minister Plenković revealed that the Pelješac Bridge and access roads will be completed by July 2022

“The Pelješac Bridge is a fascinating strategic achievement of the Croatian people and the government that will serve generations to come,” Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said at the event when the final segment of the 2.4 km (1.5 miles) long Pelješac Bridge was installed.

Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Franković reflected on the project’s significance for the city of Dubrovnik. ”After 303 years, the extreme south of Croatia will be connected to the mother country, and we, the inhabitants of this part of Croatia, will cease to be second-class citizens waiting in a column at the border crossing for transit from one part to another.”, he wrote in his Facebook post.

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Most Important Tip if You Are Coming to Dubrovnik!

You’re coming to Dubrovnik but have no idea what to do and what to see?

Among other things, the Dubrovnik Card provides a handy guide brochure tailored just for you. The booklet includes a map of Dubrovnik and the surrounding region, a brief history of Dubrovnik, and images and descriptions of the most important cultural and historical attractions in Old Town Dubrovnik.

Believe us: the Dubrovnik Card is your perfect travel companion if you’re visiting our beautiful city! It’s a must-buy item that will, in the end, save you a lot of money.

That said, Dubrovnik does have a reputation of being an expensive city, but purchasing this Card is one of the options to cut the expense of your trip.

The Dubrovnik Card is a combined ticket that covers the not-so-cheap access to the City Walls as well as many other sites and museums.

Why should I buy the Dubrovnik Card?

So, here is the catch: The price of the ticket for the City Walls is the same as the price of the 1-Day Dubrovnik Card!

In other words, for the same price, you get not just the City Walls pass but also public transport, entries to museums, historical sites, and discounts on excursions and restaurants.

The City of Dubrovnik designed this unique card so its guests and visitors can save both time and money.

Additionally, this card unlocks a plethora of savings options and ensures that you have access to numerous discounts and surprises.

You may purchase one of three types of cards in Dubrovnik, depending on the length of your stay. Therefore, you have a 1-Day, 3-Day, or 7-Day Card.

The 1-Day Dubrovnik Card is a special pass that grants access to 9 cultural-historical landmarks, which are among Dubrovnik’s most popular attractions. The 3-Day and 7-Day Card grant access to 10 cultural-historical landmarks, 9 main Dubrovnik attractions, and 1 museum in Cavtat.

Moreover, when you buy a Dubrovnik Card, you will receive a bus card that is valid for use of public transportation across the whole city of Dubrovnik. The local bus tickets are very helpful, especially if you are staying at one of the hotels in Lapad, Babin Kuk, or Gruž. If you buy a 3 – Day or 7 – Day Card you’ll get coupons for suburban trips too. This simply allows you quicker and faster movement within the city. While you’re in Dubrovnik, you’ll want to save time so you can enjoy other things.

You can check full inclusions and prices here.

Where can I buy it?

– Tourist board office PILE Brsalje 5, Dubrovnik
– Tourist board office GRUŽ Obala Ivana Pavla II 1, Dubrovnik
– ŽUPA DUBROVAČKA Tourist Information office Šetalište dr. Franje Tuđmana 7, Mlini
– KONAVLE Tourist Information office Zidine 6, Cavtat
– Libertas Pile, Brsalje 5
– Cultural – historical Museum, Pred Dvorom 3
– Ethnographic Museum Rupe, Od Rupa 3
– Maritime Museum, Tvrđava Sv. Ivana
– Marin Držić House, Široka 7
– Dulčić, Masle, pulitika Gallery, Držićeva poljana 1
– Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik, Put Frana Supila 23
– TIC Dubrovnik d.o.o., Placa 21
– Globtur d.o.o., Placa 17
– Perla Adriatica, Frana Supila 2
– Nautika d.o.o, (souvenir shop Dubravka ), Brsalje 1

You can also buy it in the hotels listed below:

– Lero, Put Iva Vojnovića 14
– Berkley, Sv Križa 10b
– Kompas, Kardinala Stepinca 21
– Rixos Premium Dubrovnik, Liechtensteinov put 3
– Adria, Radnička ulica 46
– Dubrovnik Palace , Masarykov put 20
– Grand Hotel Park, Šetalište K.Zvonimira 39

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‘Milk’ – the First Gay Bar in Dubrovnik?

Following the example of other major tourist destinations where they have long recognized that homosexual tourists are excellent consumers who like to visit places where they feel welcome, Dubrovnik is increasingly becoming a gay-friendly place. And yes, Dubrovnik might get its first gay bar this summer!

Locals have been talking about this recently, and whether it is true will be revealed soon. The owners plan to open it for the summer season, states Dubrovniknet.

Although no one has confirmed it officially, the LGTBIQ+ population will likely have its gathering place in the Old Town.

Tonči Plazibat/Cropix


The first gay bar in Dubrovnik will probably be located in Marojice Kaboge Street. It will be named after Harvey Bernard Milk, the first American gay politician and an icon of the LTGB movement.
After books, films, and the ship, Milk will be honored in Dubrovnik too, writes Dubrovniknet.


Gay Travel in Croatia

Croatia is a largely Roman Catholic country. As a result, it is more conservative than many Western European countries. As an extremely popular tourist destination, Dubrovnik is very much exposed to travelers of different sexual orientations.

So, the touristy nature of the area makes it more tolerant and inviting than other, a bit conservative, Croatian places. Dubrovnik is, for sure, a gay-friendly city, which is going to be confirmed once again with the opening of the ‘Milk’ – the first gay bar in the city.

Some of the local people commented that they can’t believe something like this hasn’t opened sooner.

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The Nudist Beach on Lokrum Island

Many locals do support homosexuality and equal rights for LGTBIQ+ people. In fact, many of them are homosexuals. There already are many popular gay-friendly places where they gather, like the nudist beach on the eastern side of the Lokrum island – also called the gay oasis. Although it is not entirely homosexual, you will undoubtedly encounter other gay visitors in this popular hangout. Gay or not, Lokrum is a must-visit place. It is located a mere 15-minute boat cruise from the Old Town.


Croatia LGTBIQ+ Cruises

For centuries, travelers have been fascinated by the Adriatic Coast. It is not surprising that many travel agencies in Croatia organize cruise tours that take gay travelers (only) on the amazing journies throughout the stunning landscapes of our beautiful coast. For those who seek meeting and socializing with the other LGTBIQ+ travelers and participating in a variety of fun excursions, this is a perfect opportunity for them. What’s more, all of these journeys either start or stop in Dubrovnik, so do not miss a chance to discover the best parts of Dubrovnik.

Katarina Line

To sum up, in Dubrovnik, anywhere you go you can meet some very interesting people. It can be in the bar, on the beach, on the tour… And there are many places where people of all sexual orientations are welcome. After all, we, as locals, are happy that we’ll show once again how friendly and welcoming Dubrovnik is to everybody.

Update: It has been opened!

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Dubrovnik’s Famous Citizens and Game of Thrones Departure from Dubrovnik

Exemplary Dubrovnik and GoT’s final goodbye

Thanks to the clairvoyance of our ancesters, Dubrovnik has an old town which reminds us of our famous past. Inside of the walls still people live, just like they did centuries ago. Some of our more recognizable forefathers lived there too. Our most favorite story is the one of Marojica Kaboga – he truly transformed from everybody’s beloved citizen, to the most hated one and back. One would think such transitions are possible only in films, but they do exist in real life. Ivana reflected on his story and included it in another text of hers: https://www.total-croatia-news.com/game-of-thrones/2690-game-of-thrones-dubrovnik-ragusa-republic-an-example-to-learn-from

That One Scene In Season 6

Reading these articles made us realize how time does fly rapidly! In the following, and final article, Ivana remembered how she witnessed a Game of Thrones filming on a Game of Thrones tour! It was just a regular Thursday, she had a small group, her guests were thrilled and so was she. We were happy to see the filming back in Dubrovnik because HBO specifically said they were not shooting anything in Croatia anymore. This unexpected HBO’s return to filming in Dubrovnik is the reason why it’s a great idea to hire a guide or take a tour while there. Imagine you’re a GoT fan and all you ever wanted was to see the set and the filming in real life, outside of GoT’s headquarters (Belfast). You come to Dubrovnik in October, wanting to wander around the locations previously used for filming, on your own. The entire shooting could have easily gone by without you ever knowing and you would have only figured it out by the time you were back home. Namely, the news about filming on October 8 in 2015 was not announced anywhere but in several local online news outlets and they also wrote about it vaguely, probably not wanting to get in trouble with HBO. Unnecessary to say, those local news outlets write their news only in Croatian, so even if you somehow stumbled upon the news, there’s not much you could have made out of it because you wouldn’t understand what was written. After GoT, Dubrovnik was used for a Star Wars filming in 2016, Robin Hood in 2017 and it was pretty dormant ever since when it comes to filming in Dubrovnik.

Here’s the original article:


Today, some people try to make a case for Dubrovnik – how the real history is always a better choice, while the other ones say how King’s Landing portrayed the real deal in a very graphic way. It’s a lost battle if you ask us, Game of Thrones reached all corners of the globe and it promoted Dubrovnik and Croatia in a way no advertising campaign ever will. When you decide to visit Dubrovnik, we indeed encourage you to take the steps of Jon Snow or Cersei, but we also insist you hear about Republic of Ragusa, try our local delicacies and get inspired by our famous landmarks.

In the second text Ivana wrote for Total Croatia, she focused on most significant differences and also some similarities between actual Dubrovnik and fictional King’s Landing. In the meantime, we came up with a tour that combines the best of both worlds, the guide explains the history and immerses the GoT story into it – you can see the tour here

You can check out the article on this link: https://www.total-croatia-news.com/game-of-thrones/2589-game-of-thrones-croatia-how-does-historical-dubrovnik-compare-to-kings-landing.

Old City Dubrovnik Surrounded by City Walls

Historical Republic of Ragusa vs. King’s Landing

We experienced GoT to be a great attractor of younger guests to Dubrovnik. A fresh addition to our historical town offering a different perspective – it turned out Game of Thrones’ fake history was more appealing to some visitors than the real, authentic, exciting Republic of Ragusa’s past. We understand history can be annoying, especially if it’s told dully, with the focus on cold hard facts, dates, years. This is also a reason why a lot of people leave elementary and high school education traumatized by their teachers who insisted on pupils correctly repeating what was written in history books, memorizing them by heart. We personally dread those kinds of teachers and guides as well. We hand-picked and selected our team of guides who know how to deliver information to guests without boring them to death, keeping them on the edge during the entire tour and also interesting them in the subject they will later investigate on their own. Our history tours, both group and private show you a fun side of history and add human substance to a city that was once ruled by different regime rather than today.

Today, some people try to make a case for Dubrovnik – how the real history is always a better choice, while the other ones say how King’s Landing portrayed the real deal in a very graphic way. It’s a lost battle if you ask us, Game of Thrones reached all corners of the globe and it promoted Dubrovnik and Croatia in a way no advertising campaign ever will. When you decide to visit Dubrovnik, we indeed encourage you to take the steps of Jon Snow or Cersei, but we also insist you hear about Republic of Ragusa, try our local delicacies and get inspired by our famous landmarks.

In the second text Ivana wrote for Total Croatia, she focused on most significant differences and also some similarities between actual Dubrovnik and fictional King’s Landing. In the meantime, we came up with a tour that combines the best of both worlds, the guide explains the history and immerses the GoT story into it – you can see the tour here

You can check out the article on this link: https://www.total-croatia-news.com/game-of-thrones/2589-game-of-thrones-croatia-how-does-historical-dubrovnik-compare-to-kings-landing.

Red Keep Interior in King's Landing - Dubrovnik (original location: Lovrijenac castle)

Game of Thrones – Beginning, Culmination, The Legacy

Hello world, how are you doing during this new-normal?  We were surprised to learn a lot of people turned to watching and re-watching Game of Thrones during the lockdown, which was, at the time when it aired, the most popular TV show in the world. Dubrovnik had the honor to host some of the most memorable scenes from GoT. Our company offers specifically designed Game of Thrones tours that take you to filming locations and are guided by fun, enthusiastic and passionate guides whose sole mission is to keep you amused and relaxed during the entire tour. You can check out here what we have in store for you, once you come and visit Dubrovnik, aka King’s Landing, as many of you call it.

Ivana Sepak, one of our company’s co-owners, years ago wrote a series of texts for Total Croatia News. She offered her perspective on filming in Dubrovnik and did some comparisons between the TV show and real life. During our process of making a new, fresh, modern website that we finally launched (and we are immensely proud of it), we remembered those texts and asked for Paul Bradbury’s permission to include them here, at our blog section. Paul and his hardworking team are running a website www.total-croatia-news.com and also some sub-brands that focus on Croatian news translated to English, but also they did wonders for Croatia’s presentation outside of our borders.

The first text Ivana wrote was some sort of a compass to future guests who are thinking about coming to Dubrovnik. The texts is Ivana’s personal perspective about some past events. Reading these texts with fresh eyes, years after they were written was like sitting into a time machine and remembering what a huge hype GoT caused worldwide. Now, it is June 2020, there are no more Game of Thrones shootings, but the legacy did remain.

On this link https://www.total-croatia-news.com/game-of-thrones/2462-taking-a-closer-look-at-dubrovnik-s-game-of-thrones, you will find an introduction to several following articles that Ivana wrote after this one. Here was covered the beginning of filming in Dubrovnik, HBO’s abandonment of Dubrovnik and doubts about future filming. This text, like the others, were written in 2016. Let us know on our Facebook page how you liked them, and we assure you, there are more to come.