"Way too many tourists!" Old City Tip by DejaBlue

Old City, Dubrovnik: 90 reviews and 171 photos

Beautiful city and great walks around the wall for great views but it's a hit and miss as to whether you might be free to walk around freely or you if you're caught up in the zoo of herded tourists. You have to hope that no cruise ships pull up when you plan to be in the old city.We were there in the first half of October and the day we arrived, there were 6 cruise ships which unloaded a horrific 7,000 tourists into the old city. We were so put off that we cut our stay short and just couldn't wait to leave Dubrovnik. Accommodation in Dubrovnik was also the most expensive thoughout our entire stay around the western Balkans. It averaged 50 euros for an apartment or room but haggle in the off season but expect only a small discount!

A better and less touristy place to be is Zadar (further north) which does far better Italian food than the Italians themselves (a well-kept secret!) and go visit the Kornatti islands from there; or else try Hvar or Korcula islands. Split can be a bit touristy too but it was nothing like Dubrovnik. If you get to Split, the best food is served at a place called Fife. You MUST eat there. We ate there everyday! Great value for money!

Also, be careful in Dubrovnik when you get off the bus and are hounded by people offering apartments. Some a very nice and clean places while others are rip-offs. A mid age, burley looking crew cut guy got really aggressive and abusive with us when we turned him down; he claimed to have nice rooms just a few minutes away with great views over the water. We didn't see it. We stayed in an ensuite right by the square overlooking the water (run by a widow) which was nosy one night. Good value, very clean place but no wifi which was ok because we got free wifi up the road while doing our laundry. We later found out that the abusive guy had been arrested in the past and the Atlas tour booking agency said that everyone knows him because he's quite violent so be careful! Maybe just converse with the females for accommodation or else go through the booking agencies or on-line hostel bookings.

Address: Old city, wall and cable car.
Phone: 1-1-800-682-3333
Website: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/95

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 24, 2011
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