Insider's Guide:
Things to Do in Dubrovnik

BY Rest of Europe | Croatia

“Those who seek paradise on earth should come to Dubrovnik”

—George Bernard Shaw

Smart man, that Shaw. Rich in history and boasting remarkable views, the city’s reputation precedes it—and rightfully so. In the first of my three-part Insider’s Guide to Dubrovnik, I’ve rounded up a few of my favourite things to do in Dubrovnik.

Things to Do in Dubrovnik

Things to do in Dubrovnik
The Rector’s Palace at night.

The Rector’s Palace
A beautiful 15thC building combining three styles of architecture: gothic, Renaissance and baroque. Restored rooms and exhibits recreate the centuries of the Dubrovnik Republic.

Sponza Palace
Formerly the custom’s house of Ragusa, this 16thC palace now houses the State Archives.

Maritime Museum (Fort St. John)
From the Latin seafaring community of Ragusium to the maritime activity of the Republic of Dubrovnik, this museum traces a fascinating nautical history.

Museum of Modern Art
This museum holds a large collection of 19thC & 20thC artwork, including the works of Vlaho Bukovac, Ivo Dulcic and Duro Pulitika.

Things to do in Dubrovnik
The Dominican Monastery and Museum

The Dominican Monastery and Museum
The Dominicans (known as Blackfriars elsewhere, and White Monks in Dubrovnik) also arrived in the 13th century from Italy. The monastery was built through several centuries (from the 14th to 16th centuries), remarkably and harmoniously blending architectural styles. The monastery museum holds a rich art collection including works from the Dubrovnik School of Painting of the 15th and 16th centuries.

The Gallery Sebastijan
Once part of the Dominican Monastery, this is where contemporary artists exhibit their work.

An Island Odyssey Awaits

Our private yacht serves as your luxurious base camp for Dalmatian Coast Biking, a week of unforgettable island hopping through a largely undiscovered region.

Things to do in Dubrovnik
Museum of Croatian War of Independence

Museum of Croatian War of Independence Chronicling the Balkans conflict, this war museum is perched at the top of the hill above the city, offering both an excellent insight into a pivotal moment in Croatia’s history and a good hike with spectacular views of the city. The Franciscan Monastery and Cloister The Franciscans are thought to have arrived in Dubrovnik sometime during the 13th century. Little remains of the original medieval church, which suffered much damage from an earthquake in 1667. However, we recommend you take the time to visit the peaceful cloister and old pharmacy housed in the complex. The pharmacy, founded in 1317, is believed to be the oldest continuously functioning one in Europe!

THings to do in Dubrovnik

Ethnographic Museum
Housed in the 16thC granaries, the museum (pictured above) features and explains the traditional costumes, economy and agriculture of the Dubrovnik region.

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