© Dubrovnik Cablecar

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Opened for the summer of 2010, this popular attraction whisks passengers up in a bright orange box high over the Old Town up to the top of Mount Srđ. It’s a quick but thrilling journey, and well worth the steep fee. The cablecar offers the opportunity to see the Old Town nearly vanish as a…

Open June-Aug 9am-midnight daily. Sept 9am-10pm. Apr, May, Oct 9am-8pm daily. Feb, Mar, Nov 9am-5pm daily. Jan, Dec 9am-4pm daily
Petra Krešimira IV More info
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City Walls
Critics choice

The first thing any visitor should fork out for is entrance up to the City Walls. The main one is by the Pile Gate. Arrowed up towards the Adriatic side, you’re soon scaling staircases to allow you a sublime view of the blue, blue sea to one side and people’s red-tiled roofs, terraces and washing…

Summer 9am-7pm daily. Winter 9am-3pm daily
Old Town, Dubrovnik More info
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Dominican Monastery
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Between the Sponza Palace and the Ploče Gate, this monastery is best known for its late Gothic cloisters and late 15th-century paintings of the Dubrovnik School in the museum – in particular masterpieces by Nikola Božidarević, including his Our Lady with the Saints. On the walls of the monastery church are a beautiful wooden crucifix…

Winter 9am-5pm daily; summer 9am-6pm daily.
Sv Dominika 4 More info
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Dubrovnik Cathedral

The original church, allegedly funded by Richard the Lionheart in recognition of the local hospitality when shipwrecked on Lokrum in the 1190s, was lost to the 1667 earthquake. In its place was built a somewhat bland, baroque affair, free but unenticing to walk around. The main draw is the treasury at one end, a somewhat…

Winter 9am-noon, 3-5pm Mon-Sat; 11am-noon Sun. Summer 9am-5pm Mon-Sat, 11am-5pm Sun.
Poljana Marina Držića More info
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Franciscan Monastery/Old Pharmacy Museum
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One of the oldest pharmacies in Europe is, quite remarkably, still a working chemist’s for locals, and in the complex of the Franciscan Monastery where beautiful cloisters lead to the Old Pharmacy Museum by a pretty courtyard. There you’ll find disturbingly large grinders and implements used by the medical profession in the Ragusan era.

9am-5pm daily
Stradun 2 More info
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Rector’s Palace
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The most historic monument in Dubrovnik, the Rector’s Palace was rebuilt twice. The first, by Onofrio della Cava of fountain fame, was in Venetian-Gothic style, visible in the window design once you ascend the grand staircase to the Rector’s living quarters. Thereafter Florentine Michelozzo Michelozzi was responsible for the loggia façade. On the ground floor,…

Summer 9am-6pm daily. Winter 9am-4pm daily
Pred Dvorom 3 More info
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Sponza Palace

The attractive, 16th-century former customs house and Ragusa mint is used to house the extensive state archives. Several rooms off the arcaded groundfloor courtyard are used to display photocopies of the archives’ most treasured historical documents. A small room opposite the ticket office holds the Memorial Room of the Dubrovnik Defenders. Covering the 12 months…

Winter 10am-3pm daily. Summer 9am-9pm daily
Luža More info


Situated in the old Jewish ghetto, Europe’s second oldest synagogue is worth visiting for its fascinating two-room museum. There are ceremonial horns, prayer books and Torah pointers but the real treasure is the documentation. You can trace the arrival from Spain of the first registered Jewish citizen (in 1421), through full Jewish emancipation in 1808,…

May-Nov 10am-8pm Mon-Fri. Dec-Mar 10am-1pm Mon-Fri. Apr 10am-3pm Mon-Fri
Žudioska 5 More info

Visia Dubrovnik 5D Theatrum

This original attraction, opened in 2010, shows the history of Dubrovnik of what the venue terms as ‘time travel’, ie a combination of holograms, lasers and videos. The show lasts for 35 minutes and the commentary given in six languages. The owners should be praised for attempting to present something new to Stradun-weary tourists, although the…

Summer 9am-10pm daily
St Claire's Convent, Poljana Paska Miličevića More info
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