Dubrovnik Cruise Port

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What and Where

Dubrovnik is the most visited port in Croatia and one of the most popular cruising destinations in the Mediterranean cruise ship itineraries. It is located in the southern part of the country and it borders both Montenegro and Bosnia. Among its famous surroundings, Cavtat, Korcula, Lokrum, Mljet are highlights and destinations offered on shore excursions. All cruise lines include Dubrovnik on the Mediterranean itineraries.

Photo of Old Port in Dubrovnik Cruise Ship Port

The Old Port in Dubrovnik

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One of the most wonderful cruise ship ports in Croatia, Dubrovnik is known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic' due to its location in the sea formed by Italy and the coast of the Balkans. Although the city encompasses a large area, the Old Town, which is a UNESCO Heritage site that all associate Dubrovnik with, is a relatively small city with a rich history dating back to pre-historic times.

On the news after the breakup of Yugoslavia, when it was attacked by Serbian forces, Dubrovnik made a dramatic comeback after the war in 1991. The main attraction for all visitors is the Old Town with its charming marble streets, museums, religious sites, quaint squares, restaurants and shops filled with cruise ship passengers and other travellers admiring this historic and beautiful city. While visiting this city the cruise ship traveler can choose to walk the Fortified Walls that surrounds the city and admire from above streets, buildings and people below; explore marvelous attractions, museums, and landmarks or maybe some relaxing shopping in one of the markets.

Or maybe you just want to sit by the docks and people watch. But if you prefer just enjoy lunch al fresco in the shade in one of the many squares of the Old Town. In Dubrovnik, the cruise ship traveler will find a cuisine that has put smiles on many faces. The local people are friendly and ready to help you find your way or that special item to bring home with you. Dubrovnik has withstood a real test of time, with many invaders, conflicts and countries trying to take it over. Now that they are finally on their own, and Croatia is in the European Union, Dubrovnik is one of the most sought after destinations of the Croatia, the Adriatic Sea and cruise ships on itineraries both in the Eastern and Western Mediterranean.

Photo of Placa aka Stradum in Dubrovnik Cruise Ship Port

Placa aka Stradum

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Whatever you fancy and decide to do, walking along the Placa aka Stradum is a must. The most famous street in Dubrovnik ends at the Luža Square where the cruise ship traveler can admire the Clock Tower, the Church of St. Blaise, the Sponza Palace (Town Hall) and the Small Onofrio's Fountain. These are some of the many attractions of Dubrovnik and close by there are many other highlights such as the Franciscan Monastery, the Rector's Palace, the Dominican Monastery, the Cathedral, the Gundulić Square or the Baroque Stairs and narrow streets where Game of Thrones was filmed.

Game of Thrones Attractions

In fact, with the huge success of the Game of Thrones series, Dubrovnik has become a major attraction for those looking for the filming locations.

Photo of Baroque Stairs Dubrovnik Cruise Ship Port

Baroque Stairs - Game of Thrones

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If the cruise ship traveler is a fan of the Game of Thrones, there are a few locations not to be missed: namely, the famous steps and streets where Cersei Lannister is shamed and humiliated in the last episode of Season 5. But many other filming locations of the Game of Thrones season will be found in Dubrovnik and the cruise ship traveller will certainly recognize many whilst on a walk around the streets and squares of this spectacular city.

Dubrovnik's Shopping

Close to the Port of Gruž, the cruise ship traveller will only find a fresh market and a supermarket but in the historical center you will find the best shops and shopping streets. Here, the visitor will find an interesting mix of the typical tourist shops with everything from dalmatian souvenirs (along with lots of Game of Thrones merchandise) to local boutiques and handcrafts. But also famous labels and brands like Benetton, Max Mara, Fendi, Gant or Tag-Heuer. For a selection of the best Shops - Explore Dubrovnik Best Shopping.

Dubrovnik's Flavors and Restaurants

Dubrovnik's cuisine is truly Mediterranean relying on fresh produce seasoned with garlic, olive oil, and lemon, sometimes with a touch of rosemary or bay leaf. Fish and meat are usually grilled over charcoal or pan fried. Close to the Port of Gruž, Orsan (in Dubrovnik’s Yacht Club) is one of the best restaurants in Dubrovnik but is really in the Old Historical City that the cruise ship passenger will have the opportunity to savour local delicacies in an amazing array of restaurants for all purses and appetites. There are so many choices that sometimes it becomes complicated to pick one. For a selection of the Editor's Favorite Restaurants Explore Dubrovnik's Best Restaurants.

Dubrovnik's Outdoors

For the most outstanding view of the city, mountains, and islands, the Srd Hill is a must go site that can be reached by the Dubrovnik Cable Car, built back in 1969. For a day on the beach or just for a dip in the Adriatic Sea after exploring the highlights of the Old Town, Dubrovnik has pristine beaches, some of which are pure hidden secrets. Be aware that most beaches in Dubrovnik aren't sandy but with pebbles. To discover all outdoors and beaches - Explore Dubrovnik Beaches.

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Transportation at a Glance

Unless your cruise ship is tendering passengers to the Old Port, the ship will be docked at the Port of Gruž, which is is at a distance of 2 miles (3km) from the Old City.
Taxis are available right by the gangway as the cruise passenger exits the cruise ship, costing €13.00 (Euros) per car each way.
Buses are available just outside the exit gate of the port - a return transfer to the Old Town costs €4.00 (Euros) per person.

To find out more about public transportation in Dubrovnik - Explore Basics of Dubrovnik.

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Current Local Time

Time Zone

Croatia is on CET (Central European Time) and CEST (Central European Summer Time) which means that Daylight Saving Time (DST) is implement in the Summer.

Daylight Saving Time (DST) for 2016:
Sunday, Mar 27, 2:00 AM ( +1 hour )
Sunday, Oct 30, 3:00 AM ( -1 hour )

Dubrovnik Weather

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Tourist Office

Tourist Information Offices

Port of Gruž
Obala Pape Ivana Pavla II 1 - Phone: (+385- 20) 41 79 83
Opening Hours: 8.00am to 9.00pm

Old Town
Brsalje 5 - Phone (+385-20) 31 20 11
Opening Hours: 8.00am to 9.00pm

Be Aware: Tourist Information Offices are closed on 25 December

Website: www.tzdubrovnik.hr


How far is the Port of Gruž from the Old Town?
The Historical Center and UNESCO site is around 2 miles (3km) from the port.
Is it easy to walk from the Port of Gruž to the Old Town?
It is a relatively straightforward way but slightly uphill and not the most scenic.



Photo of Cavtat near Dubrovnik Cruise Ship Port

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Last Update: January 21, 2018

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