By Jessica Russo
Nicknamed "Pearl of the Adriatic," this ancient storybook city boasts eye-widening contrasts of orange roofs against sparkling blue seascapes. Here's a handy list of free things to do - so you can travel back in time on the cheap.
1. Climb Mount Srd
Okay, so there is a cable car that allows you to easily glide up Mount Srd, but where's the fun in that!? Strap on good hiking shoes, pack a bottle of water, and take a worthwhile climb up Mount Srd. You'll be rewarded with stunning views, and a little exercise is a great excuse for more fritule for dessert!
2. Soak up some sun on Banje Beach
We don't love this beach just because it's the closest beach to Dubrovnik's Old Town; it also happens to be absolutely breathtaking! With white sands and the bright blue Mediterranean at your feet and ancient Dubrovnik in the distance, postcard-worthy doesn't do Banje justice.
3. Stroll through the old town
This completely pedestrian-friendly street is lined with cute cafes, unique shops, and delicious restaurants. Feel your head bobbing around looking at everything and spend the afternoon window-shopping on the local main drag.
4. Sample and spectate at Gundulic Square
Immerse yourself in day-to-day Croatian culture! Locally called "Gunduliceva Poljana," this bustling square turns into a colorful market of local fruits, veggies, and handmade souvenirs. Whether you purchase anything or not, there's no doubt you'll feel like a local.
Tip: Be sure to get there early - vendors close up around 1 pm!
5. People-watch at Luza Square
There's nowhere better to relax with some ice cream than Luza Square. Surrounded by architectural gems like Rector's Palace and the Orlando Column, you'll breathe in history and culture just sitting there. Luza is considered the hub of Dubrovnik's old town, so it's the perfect place to reconvene during a day of sightseeing.
6. Picnic in Gradac Park
Stare at stunning views of Fort Lovrijenac and the bright blue sea from this little green park. Gradac makes the perfect sunset-watching spot, so grab a bottle of wine and set up shop during the late afternoon.
7. Go Game of Thrones Sightseeing
If you're a GoT fan, you've already noticed that Dubrovnik looks... familiar. Probably because Dubrovnik was used as the main set for King's Landing! Head to the set of the Red Keep (Fort Lovrijenac), Cersei's infamous "walk of shame" (Jesuit's Staircase), Blackwater Bay (Pile), and the House of the Undying (Minceta Tower). Let's be honest - you'll feel like you're in GoT wherever you walk in Dubrovnik.
8. Drink water from Large Onofrio's Fountain
This beautiful - and gigantic - fountain is much more than just a pretty face. Bring a reusable water bottle and fill it up with ice-cold drinkable water. If you want to keep with old times, cup your hands and slurp away!
9. Go church-gazing
Dubrovnik is dotted with churches - and they're all beautiful. Whether you are religious or a lover of art, Dubrovnik's churches are a feast for the eyes and soul. Check out the Church of St. Blaise, Saint Ignatius Church, St. Saviour Church, and many others.
10. Walk the city walls
These defensive walls were completed in the 16th century and run about 1.2 miles long! Take a historical walk around them (usually two hours) and experience the beauty of Dubrovnik from a truly unique perspective. During this walk, you'll climb the highest point of Dubrovnik's Old Town, the Minceta Fortress, and enjoy once-in-a-lifetime views. And don't worry, if you get tired of walking, there are exits along the way.