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Restaurants & Must Sees in Dubrovnik

Hi, Will be in Dubrovnik on 21 September until 24 September before we board ship for a cruise. I'd appreciate suggestions/recommendations on what to do and what NOT to do within the city. Wondering about Cable Car and good valued (and tasty) restaurants What's the "411" on Panorama restaurant? Do we need reservation? Thanks in advance. Any insights would be appreciated.

BP

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The city walls, the old town itself, and the cable car are all great. With three days, you would have the time to either explore the nearby islands or take a day trip. As far as what NOT to do, I don't think that there is anything that specifically falls on this list. However, schedule your sight-seeing for the morning and late afternoon. During the day, the cruise ship crowds can sometimes be really thick. You can find cruise ship schedules online. If any day is particularly heavy, that would be the best to escape to somewhere else.

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Our favorite restaurant is Konoba Kamenice on the Market Square. Try the gavuni (little fish) it is a specialty along the coast. We have also taken the dinner cruise which is a lovely night with buffet, good food. A day on Lokrum is always pleasant, look for the peacocks and take a swim. They have a nice small outdoor cafe for lunch. Of course, walking the wall is a must. The cable car gives you a great view of the city. There is also a small museum about the civil war.
Otherwise, you will love Dubrovnik, they have museums and Churches scattered around the city and they are small but interesting.

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Thanks to Mike and Barbara! Appreciate your comments. Looking forward to a wonderful time in Croatia.

BP

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I was looking through my pictures and was reminded of a fabulous tour guide. Her name is CIci Tiberi. She and her son run a B&B and also give tours. She is mentioned in Rick's book. She grew up within the walls of the Old Town so knows its history inside and out, and has a great sense of humor. Her son was profiled on one of Rick's blogs. She is a gem.

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Hi Barbara, Thanks for Ceci's name. Will check her out once we're in Dubrovnik. Cheers, BP

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If you like to get out on the water, think about taking one of the many regularly scheduled water taxis across to Cavtat for a little walk around. Depending on the boat you get and the route it takes (...the number of stops it makes along the way) it can be between 30 and 45 minutes.

Not only will you get to see Cavtat and maybe a few other ports along the way, but you will also see a few office buildings and a hotel or two along the shoreline between Dubrovnik and Cavtat that were bombed and shelled during the war and just left standing there. Very shocking when you first see them and realize what you are looking at. But very intriguing too.

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Hi Peter,

Thanks for your response. Will be visiting Cavtat on an excursions that's included on our cruise. Cheers, Barbara

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Barbara is absolutely right about walking the wall being a must. Try to go as early as possible in the morning to avoid the crowds.

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We walked the walls in the late afternoon, about 2 hours before they closed and that was also a good time. We also did two tours out of the old town, both with Dubrovnik Adventures. One was a bike tour with wine tasting - easy biking until that last uphill where some of us had to walk for a bit followed by great bread, cheese, ham, olives and wine with opportunity to purchase, but no pressure to do so. The second was a kayak trip - away from town and just the two of us with the guide - we really enjoyed that. Other companies have kayaking right from the old town. Try to find and attend a concert in evening. We loved that. We just wandered and found a restaurant which was OK, and we had a drink at each of the two bars that you slip through the wall to get to.

Cable car, for us, a bit of a bust. We took some pics and headed back down. It's a nice view, sure, and there was an exhibit you could pay extra for at the fort, but otherwise, we didn't see what else to do. I'm not sorry I did it, but everything else we did was more fun.

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@Tigerfan,
Do you recall the name of the bike tour company you used? Would you recommend them?

Thanks,
Paul

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We did both the bike tour and the kayaking trip with Dubrovnik Adventures and we would recommend them. They picked up and dropped off at our hotel in a van. When we didn't have any good way to wire a deposit or payment, they kindly held our spots anyway.