Dubrovnik is without any doubt a stunning destination and whether you liked Game of Thrones (the show that put it on everyone’s radar) or not, the city is definitely a must-visit if you plan a trip to Croatia.
For this reason, I compiled a list of the best Dubrovnik Instagram spots, where you can take beautiful photos to treasure as memories forever.
At the end of the blog post, I also included a custom map where I marked the locations of these beautiful places in Dubrovnik.
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Most Instagrammable places in Dubrovnik
01. Dubrovnik city walls
Dubrovnik Old Town is surrounded by tall, thick defensive structures simply referred to as the Walls. You can buy your ticket from here or you can book a guided tour, during which you can learn more about the history of the city.
Walking on the Walls will allow you to view the entire old town from above, which looks quite picturesque because of the contrast that the terracotta rooftops of the buildings give against the blue sea.
You’ll also get lots of photo opportunities during your walk as the Walls is one of the most Instagrammable places in Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik card grants free access to all museums, as well as to the walls. It also includes free bus transportation inside the city.
My top tip is to start your visit early in the morning as there’s no shade up there. This is especially important if you visit during the summer.
However, if you get thirsty during your tour, you can find a shop and a bar on the seaside section of the walls.
02. Minceta Tower
Minceta Tower is one of the protective towers of Dubrovnik Old Town and an iconic landmark of the city.
You can climb atop the circular structure for a panoramic view over Dubrovnik and the Adriatic sea, since it’s the highest point of the city’s defensive system.
Minceta Tower can be visited during the Dubrovnik Walls tour and it was my favorite spot to take photos of the entire old town.
03. Fort Lovrijenac
Fort Lovrijenac sits right across Dubrovnik Old Town and offers some of the best views of the historic center and the fortified walls.
The fortress has an interesting history: early in the 11th century, the Venetians attempted to build a fort on the same spot where Lovrijenac currently stands. If they had succeeded, they would have kept Dubrovnik under their power.
However, the people of the city beat them to it and built Lovrijeneac within just three months’ time and from then on constantly reconstructed it. When the Venetian ships arrived, full of materials for the construction of the fort, they were told to return to Venice.
You don’t need to buy an extra ticket to visit Lovrijeneac, as the fort is included in the same entry fee as the Dubrovnik Walls. Just show your ticket to the staff and you’ll be let in.
04. Ploce Gate
There are 4 gates that grant access inside Dubrovnik Old Town. Ploce Gate is one of them and it’s located on the eastern side of the defensive walls.
It is pretty hard to get a picture here without having lots of people in-frame, so either go for an early photoshoot or simply be very patient and prepared to take advantage of any opportunity when the crowds disperse.
05. Staired alleys
The main street of the Old Town is lined on both sides by picturesque staired alleys. Not gonna lie, it’s a pain to climb those stairs, but they’re some of the most photogenic spots in Dubrovnik.
I’d recommend making a second visit at night, to take pictures of the narrow streets lit by their vintage street lamps.
TIP: To achieve a result similar to mine, use the Manual mode on your phone or camera (on Samsung phones it’s called PRO mode) and play with the shutter speed and/or exposure until you are satisfied with the result.
06. Old Town viewpoint near fort Lovrijenac
The viewpoint near fort Lovrijenac offers one of the best panoramas of Dubrovnik Olt Town and its defensive walls. So you will definitely want to take a few pictures here.
Here’s how to reach it: before climbing the steps to Fort Lovrijenac, turn left and walk towards the spotlights that illuminate it at night. That’s it, that’s the spot.
Take care not to step too close to the edge though, as there’s no railing. Always choose safety before photos!
07. Stradun – Old Town main street
Stradun is the main street of Dubrovnik Old Town. It connects the eastern entrance (Ploce Gate) with the western one (Pile Gate).
The biggest problem with taking a picture here is that it’s constantly full of people. So either come first thing in the morning to take pictures or just embrace the crowds.
I was lucky enough to visit Dubrovnik during a time when it wasn’t super busy, so with a bit of patience, I managed to get some decent photos of the beautiful street Stradun right in the middle of the day.
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08. Kula sv. Marije viewpoint
Kula sv. Marje viewpoint is a great spot from where you can take a picture of both Lovrijenac Fort and Dubrovnik West Harbour (which is also a GOT filming location). This location can be reached during your tour of the fortified walls.
09. Dubrovnik Old Port
Dubrovnik Old Port is located inside the Walls, near Ploce Gate. The waterfront is super pretty and very much worth a picture.
You can also take a boat trip from here to nearby Lokrum island, around the Old Town, or to some of the beaches close to Dubrovnik.
10. Clock Tower
The Clock Tower is located at the very end of Stradun, next to Sponza Palace in Luza Square, on the eastern side of Dubrovnik Old Town.
The two bronze figures that strike the bell are locally called Maro and Baro or the Zelenci (Green twins) – a nickname earned because of their green patina.
11. Banje Beach
Banje Beach is a white pebbly beach and while it might not be the best around, it’s definitely the one with the best view. The beach is located fairly close to the old city of Dubrovnik and offers a fantastic panorama of it.
12. Stradun viewpoint (from the Walls)
There’s a certain location on the walls from where you can see the entire main street, Stradun, up to the Clock Tower that sits at one of its ends. It is quite an Instagrammable spot to take a photo and can be reached during the Dubrovnik Walls tour.
13. Onofrijeva Fountain
Onofrijeva Fountain is a huge water fountain located at the western side of the Stradun (as opposed to the Clock Tower), close to Pile Gate.
Due to its ice-cold water, it attracts lots of people during the summer months which makes it a bit difficult to take a picture near it.
14. Jesuit Stairs
These stairs were made famous by the TV show Game of Thrones (as were other spots in Dubrovnik). I didn’t watch the series, but I do know it’s something to do with “Shame!” :).
They’re called the Jesuit Stairs and they grant access to St Ignatius Church.
As with other popular places in Dubrovnik, you need lots of patience to get a picture free of people here. Or simply come here early.
15. Ul. Skalini Dr. Marka Foteza
Ul. Skalini Dr. Marka Foteza is the path on which you climb up to Lovrijenac Fort. The stairs portion is a great spot to take pictures of both Old Town Dubrovnik and the West Harbour.
Extra Insta-worthy spots in Dubrovnik
16. Buza bar: it is one of the most popular bars in Dubrovnik and for good reason, as its location is quite unique. It sits perched on the outside of Dubrovnik’s southern wall with great sea views.
17. Pile Gate: it is the busiest gate of Dubrovnik Old Town and it’s situated on the western side of the old town.
18. Dubrovnik West Harbour: it is a popular spot because some scenes from Game of Thrones were filmed there.
19. Buza Gate: it is the northern gate and it’s perfectly aligned with the prettiest staired alley.
20. Viewpoint on Mount Srd: you can take the Dubrovnik cable car up to a plateau on Mount Srd. There you will find stunning views of the old town below.
Tip: Time your trip up the mountain in the afternoon and watch the sunset from there for the best experience.
Whether you’re looking for breathtaking views, charming alleyways, or beautiful churches, these Dubrovnik Instagrammable spots will have you covered.
Have you been to Dubrovnik? What was your favorite photo spot?