Give the spending a break and enjoy 10 best free things to do in Dubrovnik
Climb Mount Srd
Mount Srd looms behind Dubrovnik - walk up its sinuous paths to escape the throb of the streets for a few hours's a 90-minute hard-burner of a walk, but its summit offers panoramic views to that are to die for! Once you have soaked in the views - you can stop by the mountain top cafe.
The Dubrovnik Summer Festival
This has been the city's summer centerpiece for 67 years. Performances crop up all over, including classical concerts by revered orchestras, plays by domestic and foreign theatre companies and award-winning films screened under the open, star-scattered sky. While some of the events do require paid tickets, many are free of charge!
Hit the beach
Dubrovnik beaches have a quiet kind of beauty - most attract a local crowd of sunbathers, who tend to stay loyal to their favourite spots. Some are defined by their lively arcades of cafes and bars, while others are hushed half-moon bays which you'll feel lucky to have discovered.
Admire the architecture
The best way to get the feel of Dubrovnik's old town is to wander around at your leisure. Placa Stradun, the central street, has a smattering of gems - enter through the imposing Pila Gate, and get lost in the tangle of alleys and backstreets. If you stroll by in the evening, look out for the ceremonious changing of the guards that happens at 9.30pm every day onStradun.
There are so many churches in Dubrovnik - while the Cathedral's baroque facade has visitors rightly so in awe of its splendor! The serious church enthusiasts will want to delve a little further - visit St Ignatius's church, the Serbian Orthodox church which is dripping with Byzantine icons and do visit the Franciscan Monastery’s cloister, one of Dubrovnik's most transcendent spots.
Window-shop at the market
A bustling fruit and veg market wakes up the Gundulić Square each morning. Stalls sell fresh food and flowers and traditional craftwork. Soak up the atmosphere and then admire the statue of the square's namesake, 17th century poet Ivan Gundulić.
Luza Square's impressive cast of highlights includes Sponza Palace, St Blaise and the city Bell Tower. If you're there at the right moment, you might catch a passing procession or public event at this lively focal point.
Dubrovnik Natural History Museum
A 19th-century collector bequeathed his wealth of taxidermy birds and mammals to a local museum, and after ten years of being stuffed away in storage, they are now on display. Once you're done perusing the taxidermy, you can play with multi-media displays devoted to local flora.
At 200 metres above the Old Town, Gradac Park is an elevated escape. It's lined with verdant pines, with a quiet water feature at its middle. From here, you can gaze over the ancient walls and ramshackle rooftops of Dubrovnik. Get there by going uphill on Dr. Ante Starčevića.
The Old Port
The Old Port in Dubrovnik is sometimes called the ‘gateway to the world’. It still sees
hundreds of ships dock and depart each day. Sit at the edge of the quay and let yourself be hypnotised by the rhythms of the bay - watch excited crowds dismount and disperse, as fisherman's boats sail in and away.