Dubrovnik

Photo: Ivo Biočina

George Bernard Shaw christened it the Pearl of the Adriatic, Game of Thrones fans know it as Kings Landing, and historians refer to it as the Republic of Ragusa. But there are few things we can agree on – Dubrovnik  is unique, stunning, and eager to welcome digital nomads. 

Host to the first-ever digital nomad conference in Croatia in October, 2020, Dubrovnik  also held the world’s first digital nomad-in-residence program in April 2021. Once the poster child of overtourism and high prices, Dubrovnik is embracing the future of work and showcasing its lifestyle pedigree, while showing the world of the riches to be found beyond the famous city walls. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, the old town is obviously the star attraction, but the real lifestyle magic takes place with coworking on Lokrum, going back in time on the Elaphite islands, wine-tasting on Peljesac and Korcula, hiking on Mljet, and visiting other nearby UNESCO sites in Kotor, Montenegro and Mostar, Bosnia and Hercegovina. Some things to know about Dubrovnik:

  • The Republic of Dubrovnik abolished slavery in 1416, long before the USA was conceived.
  • It was among the first states to recognised the USA.
  • Dubrovnik had fresh, running water from beautiful fountains while London had open sewers (fill up your empty bottle the same way today)
  • Dubrovnik has its own Shakespeare, Marin Drzic, and James Bond, Dusko Popov. 
  • Quarantine was invented by Dubrovnik in 1377, and you can cowork in the Lazareti compound today.
  • The oldest working pharmacy in Europe is in Dubrovnik. 
  • Cats own the streets of the old town.

Dubrovnik has always been a little detached from the rest of Croatia, but the opening of the Peljesac Bridge in 2022 will connect the south to the rest of Croatia for the first time. A raft of new direct flight announcements from North America are connecting the important US market, and the city is open for tourism business after the horrors of 2020. Overtourism is out, and sustainable lifestyle tourism is in.

The old city needs no introduction, but Dubrovnik offers so much more. Take a sunset bus tour away from the city for your perfect introduction to life outside the city walls (and some great photo ops!), check out the Lapad peninsula to live life like the locals. Or head to the high seas. A short 10-minute boat to the nature reserve of the island of Lokrum is a must. Home to a shipwrecked King Richard the Lionheart and home to an actual GoT Iron Throne that you can sit on, Lokrum is one of the jewels of Croatia. Or take the ferry to the idyllic Dalmatian escapes of Kolocep, Lopud and Sipan, just 30 minutes – but an entire world – away. And for the very best views, don’t miss the cable car to Srdj.

Popular activities include sailing, kayaking, and wine tasting, while the list of museums and galleries is endless. A great addition in recent years is the Red History Museum, which brilliantly depicts the good, the bad and the ugly of the Tito era. 

Festivals worth checking out:

  • Feast of St. Blaise (February 3) – the beloved patron saint of Dubrovnik. Simply the best time to visit.
  • Dubrovnik Summer Festival (July to September) – a world-class international celebration of the arts.
  • The folklore ensemble Lindjo hold regular concerts from May.
  • Dubrovnik Good Food Festival (October).
  • Dubrovnik Winter Festival.

Coworking spaces in Dubrovnik 

The bus service works very well, and you can be in the old town in 10 minutes from anywhere. The ferry also works well to the local islands, and there is a fast catamaran to Split via various islands in the season. Uber is present in Dubrovnik. 

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