Dubrovnik is one of the best places in the world to photograph. It’s no coincidence that this beautiful medieval walled town was selected as the perfect setting for the filming of Game of Thrones or as the backdrop for many other films and commercials. The Old Town is an incredible subject for a photographer, both for its stunning cityscapes as well as its maze of intimate, historic streets offering inspiring architectural details and street scenes. Add to this an incredible setting on the Adriatic coast, with wonderful sunsets, stormy clouds and winds and great photos are pretty much guaranteed! Because of its beauty it has become very popular (and often crowded) but luckily photographers tend to go out in the morning and evening, when bigger crowds leave the city. Apart from some museums, galleries and churches, tripods are allowed and in general photography is not limited (permits are required only for commercial use). Some landmarks have opening times not suitable for sunset/sunrise shootings (city walls or Lovrijenac fort) but luckily there are many other spots where you can capture morning and evening light. Dubrovnik can be visited throughout the year. The peak season is July and August when it can be very crowded and hot, but if you are travelling during these months, this should not hold you back from visiting. In winter, many restaurants and bars are closed, museums and landmarks have shorter opening times and the city is much quieter and you can use this to your advantage.
The city walls walk is a must! Allow 2-3 hours to walk the entire route. Do this in the morning just as it opens or late afternoon, when it is less hot and less busy. Use the same ticket and go to Lovrijenac Fort to catch the late afternoon light. Take a cable car (or taxi) to go to Srđ hill – sunsets and blue hour photos from this elevation are spectacular. Get up early at least one morning so you capture the blue light in the streets when there are no crowds – you might have the city for yourself for just a few precious moments!
The easiest way to get to Dubrovnik is to fly. In summer there are numerous flights from major European airports or you can fly in from Zagreb on one of regular daily flights by Croatia Airlines. A more scenic way to visit is to drive along the Adriatic coast, which you could combine with a visit to some of the islands along the way, or continue on to neighbouring Montenegro. Dubrovnik is a safe city but very touristy and pickpockets inevitably operate in some of the main streets. You can photograph everywhere in confidence, including at night, but apply usual common sense when out with your camera gear. Croatia uses standard European two-pin plugs at 220V. Recommended mobile network providers are HT (Hrvatski Telekom) or VIP. You can get a local SIM card and with it you have an affordable data transfer wherever you go. It pays to get an apartment within the city walls or at least very near. Even then, be prepared to walk MANY steps! Allow at least two nights to cover most of the photo spots. Three nights are recommended.
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