Dubrovnik is one of the most frequented tourist spots in the Mediterranean basin, and it is easy to see why. An incredibly beautiful walled old city awaits you on the eastern Mediterranean, with marvelous high walls over the cliffs and dashing waves below, and white stone streets that are so polished from foot traffic that they are blinding in the Adriatic sun.
I was Lucky enough to be able to spend four days there before driving north to Split, and Dubrovnik left a great impression on me. The people of Dubrovnik are exceedingly kind and tolerant in the face of the thousands of tourists who visit their city every year, and customer service is unfailingly good.
The main attractions in my opinion are: The old city walls, the islands off of the coast of the city, the old port, and the War Photography museum. All of these things can be done in 48 hours, and frankly, I think I would go a little nuts spending more than a long weekend in Dubrovnik.
Start in the early morning with a walk around the city walls; take a guide-book with you to get educated on the history of the city and its medieval significance. Bring water with you to the city calls, it gets very hot and the tourist cafés are very expensive. Next, work your way down the main avenue to the old port where you can have a snack before getting on the ferry to go to one of the islands that are close by. Enjoy the coastline and the sea air before disembarking at one of the small fishing towns. Spend the afternoon at the beach before hopping back on the ferry to head back to the old city and getting dinner at the old port. If you enjoy nightlife there are several posh clubs that look out over Dubrovnik’s harbor, but be wary of the prices.
For day two, I recommend exploring the side streets of the old city and, if you are up to it, taking a few hours to explore the War Photography Museum; it is disturbing, but a powerful place to reflect on Humanity. Finish up your day by looking at some of the handcrafted jewelry that is popular in Croatia!
The Cuisine of the region is fish. Fish, fish, and more fish. It is actually one of the reasons that I couldn’t handle spending more than a weekend there. It is all well-cooked and fresh daily, but there are not many cooking styles employed and the prices are high.
All in all I found Dubrovnik to be a very nice destination to visit. It is very touristy, very beautiful, but very satisfying. I hope you enjoy your time there!