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Cruise Port of Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik Port is popular cruise port in Croatia and a beautiful destination to visit. The cruise port is situated at bay of Gruž also known as Gruz Harbour. If you are planing to visit the Cruise Port of Dubrovnik as part of your cruise holiday it is always good to know some facts about the port and destination. Here we discover what is in the Port of Dubrovnik and how to navigate your way around this beautiful City.

This is everything you must-know docking and exploring in the cruise port of Dubrovnik. In this Dubrovnik port guide we look at where ships docks, top things to do in the port as well as the Game of Thrones attractions there are to see. We will also explore where to eat, where to shop, the best beaches, and what not to miss in the Old town.

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Ultimate guide of things to do in the Cruise Port of Dubrovnik

Can you get into Dubrovnik town on foot from the port?

You will walk out of the terminal of Gruz port on foot where you can board your shuttle bus. There are also taxis outside should you choose to take a taxi.
If your ship is in the port of Gruz you will need a shuttle bus to get out of the port of Gruz and in to the Old Town. Some cruise ships are tendered and achored up near the old town harbour so you have a short boat trip in to the old town

The shuttle bus is from your cruise ship to the Old town and your cruise ship normally charge a small fee of around €10 although some cruiselines may not charge for this. The good thing is that the shuttle buses drop you right out side the walls of the of the city at Pile Gate so you can immediately explore.

Dubrovnik heart in the old town sold by a street seller
Dubrovnik heart in the old town sold by a street seller for €1

Where is the Tourist office in Dubrovnik?

The tourist office is outside of Pile Gate where the shuttle buses and taxis drop you in to the centre. Here you can get a map or find out where to book tours. If you have booked any private walking tours they will meet you here also.

What is the Currency in the Port of Dubrovnik?

The Currency in Dubrovnik is Croation Kona. There are plenty of ATMs that accept standard international credit and debit cards all over the town.

Old town along the main Placa Stradun In Dubrovnik
Old town along the main Placa Stradun

Where can I visit whilst in the port of Dubrovnik?

Dubrovnik is a historic town and mediaeval city it is also one of its most enchanting places to visit. There is even more to see around Dubrovnik such as churches and museums, beautiful coves and traditional restaurants. If you want to go further afield to the town of Cavat or over to Lokrum island you can do so easily or look for one of the tour booths outside the walled city.

Dubrovnik is also famous for its filming locations from the Game of thrones, Robin hood and The Last Jedi.

 Dubrovnik Old town scene And Film Location of Star Wars, The Last Jedi ( the Monte Carlo Casino scene )
Film Location of The Last Jedi ( the Monte Carlo Casino scene )

Where to eat in Dubrovnik

The main places to eat are in the Old town along the main Placa Stradun. There are also lots of restaurants all around the small back streets around the Stradun. You will be spoilt for choice with Croatian food you’ll find a mixture of Mediterranean (Italian) and Eastern European food. Plenty of fish and seafood, and traditional stews, soups, goulashes.

Where to shop in Dubrovnik

The main shopping street is In the Old town along the Placa Stradun. There are also lots of shops all around the small back streets around the Stradun. There are also plenty of Game of Thrones souvenir shops too including one with a huge Throne!

Souvenirs in Dubrovnik Old town
Souvenirs in Dubrovnik Old town

Explore the walls of Dubrovnik

The walls of Dubrovnik are one of the best kept medieval cities in the world. Take a walk up and down the walls, feel the history that lasts for centuries.
Another reason why you should walk up the walls is view it is simply stunning. You will see all of the streets and the towers along with roof tops and busting people.

Explore Dubrovnik Old town

The old town is a must to visit when you go to Dubrovnik. Its many corridors of streets are lined with shops and restaurants and are fascinating to explore. Filled with shops, restaurants, markets, churches and

Dubrovnik Old town Jesuit Stairs Known for the “Walk of Shame” in Game of Thrones
Dubrovnik Old town Jesuit Stairs Known for the “Walk of Shame” in Game of Thrones. This also looks down on to the market square.

Find the Owl Gargoyle and the Quest for true love

In the Oldl town of Dubrovnik gargoyles peek On the walls of the Franciscan Monastery on the main street of the Old Town the Stadun. The disfigured owl stone head – “Maskeron” (Italian Mascerone) is associated with the myth of a young man who found his true love after taking his shirt off while carefully balancing on the top of this stone gargoyle. And so the legend was born, to the amusement of Dubrovnik’s many visitors, who climb the deteriorating stone head in hope that they will also prove their acrobatic skills and find the love of their life. Try it yourself – it’s much harder than you think! Im just glad my husband chose to keep his shirt on!

Take a boat over to Lokrum island

Lokrum island is just 10 minutes away by ferry and they leave throughout the day on a schedule. It costs he fare is 100 kn per person which includes entry fees to the Nature Reserve on Lokrum Island.

Things to do on Lokrum Island;

  • Swim in the sea
  • Float in the sea ( the lake is a high saline which a bit like the red sea makes you float)
  • Visit the Benedictine Monastery Ruins
  • Visit the Game of Thrones film location on the island of Lokrum which was used as a stand-in for the city of Qarth near the Jade Sea, which was visited by Daenerys Targaryen in season two.

Walk up to Fort Lovrijenac

Walk up to Fort Lovrijenac for stunning views of the city walls and the sea. There are more film spots from Game of thrones here too such as the backgrounds for fortresses.

Fort Lovrijenac for stunning views of the city walls and the sea.
The view from Fort Lovrijenac stunning views of the city walls and the sea.

Take the Dubrovnik Cable car

Take the Dubrovnik Cable car up to Srd Hill for panoramic views of the city and the Adriatic coast! Visit the Cable car website here.

Do a Games of Thrones tour

Game of Thrones filming locations are all over the city including areas close by. Take a guided tour to visit these places and discover the stories behind them. I did a tour with Get your guide which was fantastic but if you do a bit of research you can easily find out where the locations are.

Game of Thrones walking tour and filming locations Dragon in my hands looking over to the Cruise Port of Dubrovnik
Game of Thrones walking tour and filming locations

The Love Stories Museum

Try something a little different with a little different with a visit to the Love Stories Museum. The Love museum is exactly what it says it is all about Love! You will find romantic film locations in Dubrovnik, famous love quotes and stories of love from people all over the world. You can even leave your own love message on the wall at the end.

The Love Stories Museum Post it notes on the wall in Dubrovnik
The Love Stories Museum Post it notes on the wall in Dubrovnik

A blue cave boat trip and kolocep island

Take a shore excursion to the Blue caves in Dubrovnik with snorkelling thrown in. Many tour operator offer both the Blue cave on Koločep island and the caves. Many of the boats are equipped with snorkeling gear so you can enjoy underwater beauty and enter inside of the caves. You can purchase before your visit or form a tour booth near the Old town at Pile gate.

Visit the town of Cavtat

The pretty town of Cavtat is close to Dubrovnik in Southern Dalmatia, Croatia. It is a beautiful town to visit and it is very easy to travel from Cavtat to Dubrovnik by bus or boat. There is plenty to do in Cavtat with Museums, galleries and even a monestry.

You will love Dubrovnik wherever you choose to go! I hope you enjoy visiting the Cruise Port of Dubrovnik.

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