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Ready to rock Dubrovnik in 2019? Be sure you think of several matters before going!

Going by car is a bad idea!

If you think you can drive in Dubrovnik, think twice! The old town center is a no vehicle area, but parking nearby is also very difficult and expensive! An hour of parking in the ideal center costs HRK 75 or EUR 10 in 2019.

Not to mention, you can park for the limited time of two to three hours, which is not nearly enough to enjoy the city center.

Most accommodation options in the city center don’t have parking sites and the best way to explore the city is on foot.

If you can go off-season, go off-season!

Being the gorgeous city that it is, Dubrovnik is on everyone’s bucket list. Especially during the summer!

Mid-July to mid-August is the highest season. The city center tends to get overcrowded. There are tourists everywhere and sometimes you’ll need to walk slow because of the crowds.

Going to Dubrovnik in June or September is much better. The weather is still fine and warm enough for having fun at the beach and you’ll skip all the summer crowd madness.

Dubrovnik Croatia old town

Dubrovnik is gorgeous from any angle

 

Dubrovnik is hot!

Literally and metaphorically speaking, Dubrovnik is hot!

Another reason not to visit this gorgeous city during the high season is that the temperatures get really high. The regular ones are 38/40 °C or around 100 °F and the sun is hot, hot, hot.

Make sure you always have your hat, sunglasses and lots of sun lotion!

Dubrovnik is not the best city to visit with little children

Even though Dubrovnik is a top destination, it is not the most children-friendly city in the world.

There is a lot of walking to be done. There is some climbing as well. Even if you go with little children, it is not a good idea to take them on the city walls because there are a lot of stairs and… walking again!

The best way to visit with kids is to stay at a bigger hotel resort nearby where the kids can have fun at the water or swimming pool and visit the old town occasionally.

Dubrovnik from the city walls

Dubrovnik as seen from the city walls

 

Dubrovnik is the most expensive city around

The Mediterranean pearl is the most expensive city in Croatia and the region. No worries, this does not necessarily mean you’ll be financially broke when leaving Dubrovnik!

The city is actually pretty expensive for the locals and the Eastern Europeans, while visitors from Western Europe and the USA will find it affordable.

If you are on a budget, be sure to eat just outside the city center. The farer from the old town you get, the cheaper the prices are.

Stradun, the main street in Dubrovnik

Stradun, the main street in Dubrovnik

 

Read more extensive tips on Dubrovnik in 2019 in my free survival guide!