Old Town Dubrovnik

The best part about travel is that every new place that you go to has it’s very own uniqueness and charm. While Zagreb was calm and quiet and the perfect destination for a cool relaxed holiday, Dubrovnik is where the action is. And so is the crowd with the arrival of cruise ships everyday. Come let’s explore more of this magical city and what better place to head to today than Old Town.

The Big Onofrio's Fountain at the entrance of Old Town , Dubrovnik, Croatia
The Big Onofrio’s Fountain at Old Town

Sometimes the journey itself is the destination and so did we feel as we took a leisurely walk from our guest house passing these magical sights. Dubrovnik is awesomely beautiful.

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And before we realized, we had walked for almost fifteen minutes and reached the towering walled entrance to the Old Town.

Pile Gate, Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Pile Gate, Old Town

The Big Onofrio’s Fountain is located right at the entrance. Dubrovnik in the old days had big problems with water because the summers were long and dry. First they had boats that supplied the city with water because the wells were insufficient and then at the beginning of the 15th Century the Senate decided to bring water into the city from Ombla river nearly 12 kilometers away from the city walls. The project was entrusted to the renowned Italian architect “Onofrio della Cava” from Naples in 1438. When Onofrio brought water to Dubrovnik, he built two fountains – one large and one small. Locals used Onofrio’s fountains as a main source of water all the way up to the end of the 19th Century when a modern water supply was installed that supplied homes directly. However the water in the fountains still remains drinkable today and you can feel free to have a drink when wandering around Old Town.

The Big Onofrio’s Fountain is a sixteen-sided container with a cupola, and was one of the ending points of the aqueduct system. Each of the sixteen sides has a unique “maskeron” design (stone-carved masked face) with the faucet projecting out of the mouth of each design. However the fountain was partly damaged by the earthquake in 1667 and hence the current look is missing a dragon statue that had once been on top of the cupola. The Little Onofrio’s Fountain is located on the opposite side of the main street known as Stradun near the Bell Tower. In the Middle Ages it had a religious significance too. It was used only by Christians, while close by was a Jewish fountain which was used by Dubrovnik Jews but which does not exist today. Come let’s explore.

The Main Street Stradun, Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Stradun,the main street
The Bell Tower, Old City, Dubrovnik, Croatia
The Bell Tower & Franciscan Monastery

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Penned as ‘The Pearl of the Adriatic’ by Lord Byron, the majestic and stunning city of Dubrovnik Old Town is the best preserved walled city in the Mediterranean and the only preserved medieval European walled city. The city is the epitome of beauty with 1940 meters of uninterrupted white stone walls and a beautiful mountainous backdrop. The walls were constructed between the 14th and 15th centuries.

The Old Town Walls are probably one of the most prominent features of Dubrovnik. The walls surround the city and fortress that make up the modern Old Town. The Walls provide one of the best views of Old Town and entrances to walk around the walls are available near the two main gates, Ploce and Pile. The entire walk on the walls is around two kilometers with close to thousand steps that one needs to climb, but is a must do while you are in Old Town for the views it offers.

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Before the 13th century the entirety of Old Town was divided into two settlements by a sea channel. And the two settlements coexisted and traded until they were one. Stradun began as a bridge then became the main street. It is lined with cafes, stores and gift shops. It also connects the two main gates. The least talked about feature of Dubrovnikโ€™s Old Town are the narrow avenues and lanes that weave their way through the old city and the lovely steep stairs all around. Let’s venture down these side streets to experience.

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Shops selling local goods such as artisan cheese, oils, sweets coexist with fashion jewelry outlets, designer garments stores, memento and art galleries. Fast food shops and restaurants offering your favorite cuisine dot the Old Town but some of them can only be discovered if you take the time to enjoy the romantic charm of the narrow pathways and steep stairs.

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

It was past lunchtime and we were feeling really hungry now. We asked around a bit and found this one and only Indian restaurant in Dubrovnik, very close to the lane we were in.

Incredible India Restaurant, Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Incredible India Chicken Butter Masala, Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Incredible India Aloo Paratha, Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

The restaurant is packed most of the times and hence you might have to wait a little as we had to, but not for long. The options were many but we settled for some Chicken Butter Masala and Aloo Parathas ( Indian whole wheat dough stuffed with potatoes and shallow fried). The food was very tasty, the service good and we very happy getting our hands on some Indian food after a long time. It was time to move. And continue our journey.

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Franciscan Monastery, Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Franciscan Monastery

The Franciscan monastery and bell tower sit on the western end of Stradun making it easy to find, with a magnificent Gothic cloister built in the 15th-century and which also houses an impressive medley of Renaissance paintings. Europeโ€™s oldest pharmacy dating back to 1318 is found in the Monastery and is to this day still in existence.

St. Blasius Church, Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia
St. Blasius Church

St. Blasius (Blaise) Church is dedicated to the protector of Dubrovnik, St. Blaise. In 971, Venetian ships sat outside of Dubrovnik with the plan of scouting out its defenses for an imminent attack. A man named Stojko went into a church to find an old man and heavenly forces surrounding him. The old man warned Stojko of the Venetian plan which ultimately saved the city. It is said that St. Blaise has inspired more artists in Dubrovnik than anything else. This church was built in the 17th century in a Baroque manner and so beautiful and adorned that it is a sought after location for weddings.

Dubrovnik Cathedral, Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik Cathedral

The Assumption Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral and the seat of the Diocese of Dubrovnik. The cathedral was built on the site of several former cathedrals including 7th, 10th and 11th century buildings and their 12th century successor in the Romanesque style. This building was largely destroyed in the earthquake of 1667. A large number of Italian architects all working with local and imported stonemasons completed the Cathedral over the next three decades. The construction began in 1673 and the building was completed in 1713 by the Dubrovnik architect Ilija Katicic.

It’s time now for some ice cream and then for soaking in the beautiful architecture of buildings, the mountains, the old city beach and the blue all around. Blue boats, blue sky and the water of Adriatic Sea, in different shades of blue. Come let’s get going.

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Old Town Port, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Old Town Port. Boat tours to Lokrum island & Semi Submarine underwater tours start from here

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

๐Ÿ’™ Dubrovnik. It’s blue as well. ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿƒ As we discover even more of this awe inspiring Croatian city, keep walking with us for some more fun coming your way soon.

And then come over to Dubrovnik for a holiday. Celebrate happiness in this happening city ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ•บ

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89 Comments Add yours

  1. Lohas Canada says:

    You are able to transport the reader to that place and time. I felt like I was going to eat the food and see all those places! The little side streets are my favorite and of course the food looks heavenly.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you Lohas. Loved that you enjoyed ๐Ÿ˜Š

  2. i had never heard of Dubrovnik before. But the church, cobblestone walkways and gorgeous water are all so beautiful! i’m interested now!

    Joy at The Joyous Living

    1. travelwisesr says:

      It’s a beautiful city and you must take some time out and visit.

  3. Karen says:

    Beautiful pictures, we will definitely be adding this to our bucket list of places to visit. Once we’re empty nesters we plan to travel!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Karen. Dubrovnik is very beautiful ๐Ÿ˜Š

  4. This looks like a really beautiful place to visit!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes it is Brittany ๐Ÿ˜Š

  5. Ruth I says:

    Looks like a mellow and quite a peaceful place to visit. A type of holiday where you can just breath and relax. The food look amazing too!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Ruth beautiful and peaceful place.

  6. Michael David Oyco says:

    Classic buildings, blue waters, and windy areas? Looking forward to be there anytime soon. I think relacing there + the sunset view would be nice.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      You will fall in love for sure Michael.

  7. Gervin Khan says:

    This must be a great destination for my future trip.
    You are definitely bring me into this place while reading this article.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Gervin. You must visit sometime.

  8. Wow what a stunning city, so beautiful and so much history! Love your photos, looks like you had a wonderful time!

  9. Carrie says:

    Wow what an amazing city, so beautiful and full of history. Love your photos, looks like you had an amazing time!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      O yes Carrie. We had such a great time. You too must plan sometime.

  10. Carolyn says:

    I love to discover the charm that a new place has to offer! Old Town Dubrovnik looks and sounds simply amazing to me!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      It actually is an amazing place to holiday in Carolyn.

  11. emman damian says:

    Dubrovnik is one of the places I want to visit in Croatia! It gives me the Game of Thrones feels. Also, I love the structures!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Absolutely Emman. It dies give that GOT feel. Soon more on that.

  12. PaulaMS says:

    I can see why this destination is so busy. It is beautiful! I am a huge fan of architecture and love all the buildings. I would enjoy visiting Old Town one day.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes you would love the place Paulams for sure.

  13. ashleystephenson011 says:

    Wow, what a beautiful city! Love the views of the water!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes it is a very beautiful city ๐Ÿ˜Š

  14. Iโ€™ve been fascinated by the city ever since being glued to the news channels during the Siege of Dubrovnik (1991-1992). I hope to walk those same streets in your footsteps soon.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      I am sure you will one day soon and fall in love with the place.

  15. Ronnie E. says:

    My dad is from Dubrovnik but I’ve never been there myself! I would love to visit the city and learn more about it and our family history.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes you must Ronnie some day and am sure you would feel very proud of your history.

  16. I would love to visit this lovely city one day. It sounds really amazing.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      You must visit sometime for sure whenever possible. It’s a great place.

  17. Emily Fata says:

    Unfortunately, I’ve not yet been to Dubrovnik before, but I would love to go one day! These are such great tips for travelling the area, and make me want to go all the more.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      You must plan and visit sometime. It’s a wonderful place.

  18. fourcolu says:

    One thing i like about your detailed and vivid writing is the countless photographs you provide us it makes us feel like we are there. love it and keep up the good work

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you so much. Your words mean a lot truly ๐Ÿ˜Š

  19. Tiffany La Forge-Grau says:

    Wow, that is an absolutely gorgeous place! I would really love to have a trip out there if I could.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      You must Tiffany if you can. Wonderful destination.

  20. Trish says:

    What a fabulous place. I could spend days in that beautiful town

    1. travelwisesr says:

      And you won’t feel like leaving Trish ๐Ÿ˜Š

  21. Viano Dee says:

    Dubrovnik has a whole of history and how you’re able to write all these in a comprehensive and interesting way is so amazing. Can’t believe they once had a problem with water. That must have been very tough.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Interesting history Viano ๐Ÿ˜Š

  22. Suchi says:

    I love Dubrovnik.. itโ€™s such a beautiful town!!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes it is Suchi ๐Ÿ˜Š

  23. Suchi says:

    I love Dubrovnik! Itโ€™s such an amazing town!

  24. Rosey says:

    I like quiet and I like hustle and bustle destinations. I think Old Town Dubrovnik sounds great for the latter!

  25. The thing I love most about your post, besides the destinations you write about, is that you have a keen sense of making the reader feel like they’re at the destination you wrote about. I think going to Dubrovnik would be a great family experience. I want my kids to live as much history as they can.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you Brianne so much. When I launched my blog it was with this same purpose. To give an experiential feel to my reader friends. Your comment makes me so happy that I am succeeding in my endeavor.

  26. That is utterly gorgeous! I love that architecture, and those water views are spectacular. This is the kind of place that always draws me in and makes it hard for me to leave.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      It’s a lovely destination Colleen. I too feel sad having to leave such beautiful places after the vacation

  27. Snehal says:

    The view of the sea is breathtakingly beautiful! ๐Ÿ˜ And the food looks yum too! By the way lovely photo of you both! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Snehal. It’s an awesome city.

  28. couponmamacita says:

    Never heard of this destination, but indeed one that I am noq interested in visiting! I like how you got me interested!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      It’s definitely worth visiting for a holiday.

  29. Luna S says:

    This looks like a lovely place to visit, it looks like it is stuffed with history. I love all the old buildings.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      It certainly is a place worth visiting.

  30. You always get the best picture!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

  31. emman damian says:

    I want to see the The Big Onofrioโ€™s Fountain at Old Town. I hope to see it at Dubrovnik, Croatia soon. I’m so excited!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      I can feel your excitement Emman ๐Ÿ˜Š

  32. Alexandra says:

    I love the way you say, “Come, let’s explore!” or “Come, walk with us!” It really makes the reader feel involved in the tour with you guys. The pictures are also amazing! I love the ocean!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you Alexandra. I always wish to give an experiential feel to all my reader friends and so it comes out in my writing ๐Ÿ˜Š

  33. Tami says:

    Zagreb would be more so be my choice because I love “calm and quiet” but we do need some adventure. Hubby and I are looking forward to visiting Dubrovnik soon.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Both are strikingly different but you would love both.

  34. I was just here! It was BEAUTIFUL! Definitely one of my favorite places I’ve ever been. Thanks for sharing this – it took me right back!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      That’s great to hear. Lucky We ๐Ÿ˜Š

  35. musingsandadventureswriter says:

    So jealous! I wanna do Dubrovnik so bad but it is so crowded that locals kind of resent tourists. Still, I pray to visit soon.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes you must. You will love it. There are some good locals around too.

  36. Wren LaPorte says:

    Oh my goodness that looks so amazing. I love the pictures! The food looks delicious! Wish I could visit places like this.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Plan it out sometime Wren. You would have a great time.

  37. tcleland88 says:

    I love seeing photos of the port and the old town. The narrow alleys and old stone buildings are so interesting and full of history. Your details make me feel like I’m there.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Tc for traveling with us. Plan out and visit too sometime.

  38. This is so crazy beautiful! I love the feel of some of these towns that have simply been around forever.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Liz so true. These cities take you back to history, probably we did not know about.

  39. Sharvina.y says:

    Wow! Lovely places you visited, I see… I enjoy looking at the orange roofs, the church and the boats. This is an experience not to miss!!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Sharvina. Dubrovnik is just awesome. Try & visit sometime.

  40. What a neat city to visit. So scenic, and lots of great history. I am part Croatian and would love to visit some day.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Then you must take a vacation in Croatia. You would fall in love ๐Ÿ˜Š

  41. Megan Kerry says:

    I love visiting old cities like this! The architecture is fascinating! I just loved that picture you took of the stairway going up-just gorgeous!

  42. Lindsay Rae says:

    I love your first line of this post, becasue it is so true! Once again your photography is wonderful and this time gave me a real sense of what it is like to walk the streets of Dubrovnik! Very interest and it looks like such a beautiful place!

  43. Old Town Dubrovnik is an amazing place to visit. The first place to visit would be the Franciscan monastery and bell tower. It would be also be interesting to visit Europe’s oldest pharmacy.

  44. You captivated my attention with the first set of pictures, Subhashish! I have read other posts about Dubrovnik before, and this one didn’t disappoint either. It looks like such a beautiful place to visit. I’m glad you had such a wonderful time and are sharing it with your readers.

  45. Kaye says:

    The description of the Old Town’s shops sound so nostalgic yet timeless!! I would love to stroll along the narrow alleys to look for some sweets!!

  46. Iโ€™d lose track of time staring into that beautiful blue water. I love how your photos really emerse the reader with the feeling of walking through the streets of the old Town Dubrovnik

  47. oh I love your photos, it felt like your taking me to the places in those pictures. I love old and historical landmarks and I think this is one of them. thanks for sharing.

  48. Elizabeth O says:

    I was amazed with the beauty of this place. You cant leave your camera behind.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you Elizabeth ๐Ÿ˜Š

  49. What I find more attractive to this place is the view from the harbour. Seeing those boats and the sunset in the afternoon will be splendid.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Blair it’s just wonderful ๐Ÿ˜Š

  50. Kelly Martin says:

    Old town Dubrovnik looks beautiful. Itโ€™d be nice to do a walking tour there.

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