The 5 Best Neighbourhoods in Dubrovnik for Tourists
In this section we will look at the different areas and why it is a good idea to stay in different districts.
This is the heart and soul of Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, its historic centre enclosed within its high white stone walls. Staying in the city centre offers the best way to experience the unique character of this walled city with its famous landmarks and many attractions. Here you can go for a walk on the famous Dubrovnik city walls, walking while enjoying the stunning views of the Adriatic Sea, the mountains and the islands and the famous landmarks in the Old Town district.
Old Town only makes provision for pedestrians which makes sightseeing very easy when you visit the many different historic buildings and sites. Stroll down Stradun the long street which runs from Pile Gate, the historic western entrance down to Ploce Gate, the eastern entrance. It is lined with a variety of restaurants, shops, cafes and different services.
When staying inside Old Town the nightlife can be enjoyed without any concern about transport back to your hotel. If your mobility is not so good it or you travel by car it is better to stay outside Old Town as there is no parking available.
The choice within the city walls for hotel accommodation is limited with only three hotels and one apartment hotel inside but there are lots of the best apartments and rooms available for rent. There are several grocery shops available for self-catering options. Just outside Old Town, there is excellent hotel accommodation available. The district can become very busy during peak tourist season with cruise ships visiting. Old Town is the best area to stay in when it is your first visit to this beautiful part of Croatia. It’s the best location to stay in Dubrovnik if you want to stay in the middle of the action.
Pile is one of the historic gate sites which lead into Dubrovnik’s Old Town and can be very busy with people moving in and out. Many people prefer to stay in Pile because of not having the same large crowds as inside Old City.
Pile is also the location of one of the most iconic sights in Dubrovnik, the Lovrijenac Fortress. The fortress dates from the 11th century and is perched on a 37m high rock from where it overlooks the Adriatic Sea. The fortress is regularly used as a stage and backdrop for plays during the Dubrovnik Summer Festival.
Many Dubrovnik buses end their route in Pile which makes travelling to other neighbourhoods and districts easy. There are many restaurants and cafes in the area which are less expensive than those inside the Old Town. Dance Beach one of the oldest beaches preferred by local people is also close by. There are some of the best hotels, apartments and guest houses in the area and with its proximity to Old Town makes it one of the best areas to stay in. In this location you can find several cheap places to stay in Dubrovnik.
Lapad is a leafy peninsula that houses most of Dubrovnik’s hotels and a large number of private accommodation this in turns ensures that a large majority of visitors stay on here.
Lapad is a residential neighbourhood about 3km away from Old Town. It offers lush greenery, beautiful sea vistas and several excellent restaurants. There are a great number of hotels, apartments and guesthouses in Lapad. There are several bars, restaurants and shops where residents and visitors get the opportunity to meet as both use the same facilities. Everything is within walking distance and regular busses to Old Town.
Babin Kuk is a peninsula which provides more of a resort experience than that of a bustling urban one. Ideal for families with lots of amenities for children and large beaches. The three-star hotels are child- friendly, while couples can enjoy being pampered in a five-star hotel, relax on the beach or taking long walks. Opportunities to mingle with locals are limited with not a lot of residences, restaurants or cafes.
The hotel guests must use hotel facilities or take a trip to Old Town. There are three main beaches, with the Copacabana the longest beach in Dubrovnik. This pebble beach offer visitors drink, snacks, meals and a variety of water sports. For a more upscale experience visitors can visit the Coral Beach Club, widely recognised as one of the best beach clubs in Croatia. Then there is also Solitudo beach to visit. Apart from going to the beach, there is not much else to do in Babin Kuk.
Ploce is the neighbourhood just outside the Old Town’s Ploce Gate and is viewed as one of the best neighbourhoods in Dubrovnik. Her you will find some of the trendiest boutiques, classiest hotels and most stylish restaurants in Dubrovnik, this district is within walking distance of the best attractions and its location makes it easy to explore Dubrovnik and its surrounding areas.
This area house the city’s main public beach, Banje and its waterfront area houses several luxury and upscale hotels. The area with its steep rise limits the number of properties available for hotels. The majority of five–star hotels can be found here. Ploce is also the hotel neighbourhood which is the closest to the Old Town and all its attractions. There are not a lot of private accommodation available and is also the neighbourhood closest to Dubrovnik airport.
The area is famous for its breathtaking views of the city and offers sightseeing and swimming. Being located in a small area ensures that all major attractions are within easy reach and other Dubrovnovik neighbourhoods can easily be reached by bus. The Srd Cable Car offers excellent views and a great restaurant on the mountain top. There are many other attractions in the area like visiting Lokrum island or Porporela seafront walkway for a nice stroll.
The three towns offer great leisure opportunities when you want to stay outside Dubrovnik. The towns are still close enough to enjoy a day visit to explore the city. Let’s look at what you can expect from them:
Cavtat is located on the peninsula Rat about 19 km southeast from Dubrovnik close to the airport. It is an easy bus ride into Dubrovnik. There is plenty of opportunities to spend a relaxing holiday in a hotel, villa, apartment or even a private house savouring the natural beauty of the beaches around the bay. The area is focussed on tourism and provides a vast range of accommodation to choose from. The area offers restaurants, bars, shops and a port where pleasure boats and yachts can be found. The Cavtat area offers cycling routes, walking trails, mountain climbing and diving to the energetic.
Mlini was named after the mills which were found in the area and is an area rich in monuments and legends from its history. Today the Mlini area is surrounded by Mediterranean gardens with olives, lavender, sage and bay leaf growing surrounded by pine and cypress trees. This offer the opportunity to leisurely walk through the area with its beauty augmented by the wonderful beaches and clear blue sea. The neighbourhood offers great vacations for families with children and accommodation can be found in hotels, villas, private houses, rooms or apartments. Ideally situated halfway between Cravat and Dubrovnik, only 11km away from each on the connecting route between them.
Slano is a settlement with beautiful sand and gravel beaches located 40 km from Dubrovnik and 55km from the airport. The area is sparsely populated with fruit and olive production and viticulture the main activity. The location is perfect and the natural beauty of the area lend itself to providing tourism and hospitality opportunities. Accommodation is provided in two hotels and private accommodation in houses, apartments and rooms. Visitors can enjoy the beaches or can visit the nearby Ston with the largest mussels farm in Croatia, the different vineyards are also worth a visit.