Dubrovnik, Croatia is the quintessential medieval city with both a European and Mediterranean feel. There are castles and cobbled streets, and beaches and sunshine. Dubrovnik has only recently started gaining popularity as a tourist destination and it’s fast becoming a hotspot for people from all over the world.
Dubrovnik Warnings and Dangers
Visitors to the city will generally find themselves in a safe, friendly city filled with locals and fellow travelers. With that said, it’s always a good idea to be aware of some of the problems and dangers that can happen when staying here. As always, common sense and respectful behavior goes a long way toward keeping you safe during your visit. The following are some things to watch out for and anticipate, as no place is perfect.
Basic Street Safety
Dubrovnik is an old city that has only recently become a hopping tourist destination. What this means is that much of the city is not really set up for throngs of tourists. The streets are often narrow and buildings may not be up to the standards that western tourists are used to back home. Pavement may be uneven, sidewalks may be slippery. Steps may be steep and narrow and crowded.
Your best bet is to wear comfortable, non-slip shoes with good support when you know you’ll be out walking the city. Always be alert and keep your safety in mind.
Beware The Heat
Summer can be quite hot in Dubrovnik. Be prepared for this by wearing sunscreen and sunglasses and drinking plenty of water. It’s amazing how fast you can get burned and dehydrated while you are out sightseeing. It can ruin your trip so take steps to protect yourself.
As a tourist, it’s important to read up on any possible hazards. The beaches here are lovely, as is the turquoise water. Expect sharp rocks and painful stings from sea urchins if you aren’t careful.
Keep An Eye Out For Scams
As with any tourist destination and big city, you have to play it safe. Watch for scam artists, pickpockets and other safety issues. Don’t walk around alone at night. Don’t be intoxicated in public — it makes you a target. Keep in mind that you are not at home, you don’t know all the ins and outs of a neighborhood. Stick close to areas that are populated and well-lit.
Food can be expensive here, just a fair warning.
If you keep these things in mind, your visit will be safe and enjoyable.
Editor’s Note: The above article was compiled from tips and reviews from travelers to Dubrovnik and surrounding areas.