Who, what, when, where and how! We have the answers to all your questions about Dubrovnik from one of the leading tour guides in the city – Ivan Vukovic.
If you have ever had a guided tour of Dubrovnik there is a good chance that you have bumped into Ivan Vukovic. For the past decade Ivan has been leading visitors around Dubrovnik, thousands and thousands of guests have been captivated by his local insight and wealth of knowledge. From Game of Thrones to walking tours and even Star Wars tours Vukovic is always thinking ahead of the game. You can find more information on Ivan Vukovic and his tours at his website - dubrovnik-tourist-guides.com
What are the main architectural styles in Dubrovnik? Dubrovnik is truly a goldmine for architect lovers; the stone façades of the historic Old City carry many different styles. Baroque, renaissance and gothic are the most common styles inside the historic walls. In 1667 the Old City had one of its blackest days, an earthquake that devastated the entire city. So as the city was rebuilt after this black day you will see lots of baroque architecture.
What museums are there in the Old City? You could argue that the whole of the Old City is a museum, but a living museum. My advice would be to buy a Dubrovnik City Card, with this card you will save not only money but also time. The card, which offers one – three – or weekly options, will allow entrance into the vast majority of museums in the city as well as the Old City walls. For an additional cost, as they aren’t included in the card, I would also suggest the Franciscan and Dominican museums, the cathedral treasury, the War Photo Limited and the Synagogue.
Is there free Wi-Fi in the city? Everywhere! All of the bars and restaurants have free Wi-Fi. All you need to do is to ask the waiter for password. Or, of course, you could just be social and talk to your friends.
What cuisines is Dubrovnik well known for? You are right by the clean Adriatic Sea so sea food and fish should be high up the list. In general the pleasure to be wined and dined in a healthy way, so try some black cuttlefish risotto, oysters and grilled fish. If you want some meat in your diet then a beef stew – called “pasticada” is a must. And for dessert rozata or bitter orange ice cream or jam.
Where are the best spots for swimming? There are a few iconic swimming spots in Dubrovnik; I wouldn’t necessarily call them all beaches more swimming spots. The Buza bar is one of those, located outside of the city walls on sheers cliffs that drop down to the Adriatic. It isn’t a beach more like rocks, but there are ladders that let you climb out easily. This isn’t a spot for families as you dive into very deep water. Then the iconic Banje Beach with fantastic views over the Old City and the island of Lokrum, this is a better bet for families as there are some shallower waters. But be careful there can be strong currents. And finally the new beach on the Dubrovnik swimming scene, the Coral Beach Club on Babin Kuk. This is a very fancy beach area with a nice bar and lots of sun beds and sun umbrellas.