City Walls Hostel Old Town is legalized and licensed hostel located in the heart of Dubrovnik - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Dubrovnik's best choices for budget accomodation in the Old Town Dubrovnik.
Recommended by Lonely Planet Croatia, Rick Steve’s Dubrovnik, Rough Guide Croatia, Time Out, In Your Pocket. Recently voted Third Best Seasonal Hostel worldwide by Hostelworld and a proud member of the Balkan Backpacker network.
The hostel is a tall house at the crossroads of several flights of steps. It has three floors of (mostly bunk-bed) dorms, with a shower/WC on each floor and one cozy double room with sea view on the top floor. Private doubles can also be arranged in one of the buildings nearby. The reception-cum-common room makes socialising easy, and you are invited to enjoy breakfast cerela and coffee/tea (included in the price) in the communal kitchenette.
Just seconds away from a famous cliff-side bar and a short hop to a secret swimming hole where you can enjoy sunbathing and cliff-jumping into the clear blue waters of the Adriatic Sea against a backdrop of the forested Island of Lokrum. All restaurants, shops, and bars are easily accessible. And you will enjoy free Internet and Wi-Fi access, book exchange, common area, travel information, and secure lockers. City Walls friendly staff will greet you with a warm welcome upon arrival and be happy to give you lot of tips of where to go and what to do to ensure that you enjoy your stay in beautiful Dubrovnik and it's surroundings.
To help you prepare for your trip, we've put together some information about Dubrovnik.
THINGS TO DO IN DUBROVNIK
If you can fit it into your schedule, give yourself at least a couple days to explore and enjoy one of the Mediterranean's's most magnificent walled cities. That way you'll get to see how the town really lives and breathes. The best time to visit is in spring or early fall when the weather is generally sunny and there are fewer tourists about. During peak season (June - September), the town gets more lively and you''ll have a lot more festivals including the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Film Festival, Music Festival to ensure you have a wonderful time.
City Walls Hostel's staff will be happy to give you insider tips and help answer any of your questions when you arrive, but here are a few key activities, we'd recommend:
WALK THE WALLS
This is a must. You just have to time it right. Plan on doing the walk early in the morning or early evening so that you avoid the cruise ship traffic. Otherwise, you may find yourself sweating and doing something that feels more like waiting in a line at Disneyland. Price is 120kn, but if you have student ID card, don't forget to bring it with you since the entrance is 30kn upon presentation of a valid ID card.
HIT THE WATER
A few meters from City Walls, there are two great cliffside bars where local youth also prove their mettle by quite literally climbing the walls. You can go cliff-jumping into the clear blue Adriatic and then chill out on the rocks afterwards. If you have the time, you can also hop-on a small ferry from the Old Town Port to Lokrum island where the cliffs are steeper and provide good photo opps to send to envious social media friends.
We arrange kayaking trips for all our guests. It's a great way to start the day and you'll get the chance to paddle around the Old Town and the nearby island of Lokrum where you'll find secret coves and some of the clearest water you'll ever see. If you want to go deeper, local dive shops offer excursions for both inexperienced, amateur, and professional divers.
WAR PHOTO LIMITED
There are few physical reminders of the the siege that occurred in the early 90s. Although it might not at first seem like something to do on holiday, you will gain a much greater appreciation of the city and the valiant resistance and suffering of its occupants. War Photo Limited is a well-run gallery and a valuable resource. There is a space dedicated to images of what occurred in the region but the rotating exhibitions of world-renowned photojournalists cover many different conflicts. During the hot summer days, it also offers a welcome air-conditioned respite from the heat and a good place to reflect. Definitely worth a visit.
GET IN SHAPE
For those looking to get in shape, you'll notice that Dubrovnik has a lot of stairs. However, if you really are into fitness, we've spent the winter sacrificing a few beer calories to find the best jogging routes. You can also climb the Srđ hill (prounounced Serdge) if you want to save money on 100kn cable car ticket. The museum of the Croatian War for Independence is located on the ground floor of the Imperial fort on Srđ mountain. It has around 500 showpieces from the period 1991 to 1995.
COSTS IN DUBROVNIK
You may find Dubrovnik to be more pricey than you planned on. Accommodation costs inside the Old Town can be quite expensive and there is no lack of ways to spend your money. However, like most places, with a little insider knowledge, you can stick to your budget if you avoid the tourist menus and one-off restaurants, hit up drink specials and happy hours, and prepare your own picnic lunches.
When you arrive, we'll give you a list of the places where we eat - good food, fair prices. We also have a basic kitchen at the hostel so you'll be able to visit the nearby supermarket and open-air fruit and veg market and prepare your own snacks. Beer in bars average about 25 KUNA (@ 3.5 EUR) so you may want to take advantage of our Happy Hour before heading out for the night.
Hope you get a chance to visit us! Looking forward to your stay!