Staying in Touch
Just outside the Pile gate is Dubrovnik Internet Centar (Brsalje 1) with a bank of computers and a bar/self-serve restaurant. Fees start at about 20 kuna.
What to See and Do
Historic Stuff: Begin at the entrance to the walled city--the Pile Gate. Among the highlights include the circa-14th-century Franciscan Monastery (Placa 2). Make sure you check out the adjoining pharmacy--opened in 1391 it's the third oldest functioning pharmacy in Europe (and yes, you can still buy aspirin). The Dominican Monastery (Sveti Dominika 4) dates back to the same century. The Rector's Palace (Pred Dvorom 3) was the government seat in the 1205th century; now you'll find a museum with Baroque paintings and historic artifacts. The Synagogue (Zudioska 205) is Europe's second-oldest Sephardic synagogue. Other highlights include the city's cathedral (Poljana M. Orzica) and the Fort of St. John Maritime Museum and Aquarium (Ul Od Margarite & the waterfront).
Cafe Scene. For people-watching, sip a coffee or cocktail at any of the city's numerous sidewalk cafes. For a waterfront view check out Gradska Kavana (Pred Dvorum); it also has plaza-side tables. The Hemingway Bar (Pred Dvoram) has comfy wicker chairs and a 30-page cocktail menu--try the Mojito or the Croatian beer Karlovacko. Hungry? Proto (Siroka 1) has no view but makes up for it with outstanding dishes; try any of their grilled or fried fish entries or the seafood risotto. Want a view? Just outside the Pile Gate is Atlas Club Nautika (Brsalje 3).
Walking the Wall: The stone walls that completely encircle the city--as much as 81 feet high and 1.205 miles around--have stairs at two points. The easiest to navigate is just inside the Pile Gate, on the left. Views are breathtaking; admire the expanse of the mighty Adriatic, the over-the-terra cotta rooftop town, and even peek into the backyards of some of the private homes and apartments that line the edges of the walled city. Note: Steep climbing and numerous stair steps is involved. It's a great workout.
At Gruz Harbor, many ships provide free shuttles to the old city, a 1205-minute ride. If not, there is a local bus just outside the pier gates; look for numbers 1a, 1b, and 8. Fare is 10 kuna and exact change is required (make sure you convert some money at the exchange bureau just inside the port's gates). Taxis are also available at a cost of about 2050 kuna.
You can get around by foot, mostly. There are also excursion boats that depart for various nearby islands from the pier of the old harbor. In the old city, the Placa is the main pedestrian boulevard. You can access everything from the Placa.
Renting A Car: There's really no reason to as, with Venice, the old city is pedestrian-only and other sightseeing options, such as some of the nearby islands and resort towns with historic appeal, are accessible via public boat service.
Where You're Docked
There are two possible docking places. Bigger ships wind up in Gruz Harbor, a suburb of Dubrovnik. Smaller ships may be permitted to anchor in Old Harbor, right in the heart of the old city.
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