Dangers & Annoyances
Dubrovnik is generally a safe city. If you're tackling the city walls on a hot summer's day, take plenty of water with you and wear a hat – there's very little shade. The biggest annoyance is the sheer quantity of tourists in the old town. Try to visit early in the morning or later in the evening to avoid the cruise-ship crowds.
If you want to get through all the essential sights of Dubrovnik in one day, it's well worth buying the Dubrovnik Card (190KN). If you were already planning on walking the city walls (admission 150KN) and buying a museum pass (120KN), the Dubrovnik Card makes a lot of sense. It also scores you free rides on buses and discounts at various restaurants and shops. It's available for three days (250KN) or seven days (350KN). The card can be purchased online at a discounted rate (www.dubrovnikcard.com), or at tourist offices, travel agencies, hotels and museums.
Emergency & Important Numbers
To dial a phone number from outside Croatia, dial your international access code, Croatia’s country code (385) then the number (dropping the initial '0').
|International access code||00|
|General emergency incl medical||112|
Gay & Lesbian Travellers
Homosexuality in Croatia is generally tolerated if not widely accepted and public signs of same-sex affection may be met with hostility. Dubrovnik doesn't have any gay or lesbian venues but there is a popular gay beach on Lokrum island.
Most accommodation providers, restaurants cafes and bars offer free wi-fi.
Dubrovnik is a tourist city, so shops and businesses stay open for long hours in the busy season. Some, however, still close for a traditional mid-afternoon nap in summer.
Banks 9am–8pm Monday to Friday, 7am–1pm Saturday
Cafes and Bars 8am–1am
Clubs 11pm–6am Friday and Saturday, daily in summer
Shops 8.30am–10pm Monday to Friday in high season, reduced at other times and on weekends. Some take a break from 2pm to 5pm and then re-open
Travel Corner This handy one-stop shop has a left-luggage service and internet terminals, dispenses tourist information, books excursions and sells Kapetan Luka ferry tickets.
Travel with Children
The traffic-free streets of Dubrovnik's old town allow plenty of opportunity for the kids to be let off the leash. You'll struggle with a pushchair on the stepped lanes, however. There aren't any specifically child-orientated sights but there are plenty of safe swimming beaches. There's usually someone dressed up in historical garb in the old town, often with a parrot on their shoulder.
Travellers with Disabilities
Mobility-impaired travellers will find the old town's many stepped streets challenging. Most sights aren't well set up for wheelchair users, and specific resources for sight-impaired and hearing-impaired travellers are rare.