Dubrovnik Gay Travel
Is Dubrovnik a good spot for the gays? Don’t book a trip without the advice of this Dubrovnik gay travel guide! Dubrovnik is one of the newest staple gay destinations, but be meticulous with your travel plans.
The Gay Travel Experience: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik is a wonderful city known to be one of the most gay-friendly places in Croatia. The charming walls of Dubrovnik and the maze-like old town pathways gave me chills.
A high density of international tourists dissipates any anti-gay sentiment that you may encounter. Many nightclubs and sightseeing locations are mostly tourists, so you should be very comfortable. Make sure to read the Croatia gay safety section below for some more advice.
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Kings Landing is fantastic at sunset. Walking through this area and the rest of the Old Town is a must. You can see many of the filming locations for the Game of Thrones series. Check out to see where to pass by and grab some awesome photos.
The Dubrovnik Old Town is great for dinner one night. I recommend Restaurant Café Royal. The service at Café Royal was the friendliest I experienced while in Dubrovnik.
What is Croatian Food Like?
Local food in Croatia is primarily fish and other seafood. The Croatian culture also borrows significantly from the Italians. Pizzerias are the second most common type of restaurant you will find in Croatia.
Gay Dubrovnik: Where to Stay
If you’re on a tighter budget, note that you can stay in an Airbnb just outside the Old Town walls and pay far less. Sometimes staying within the walls can cost more than what it’s worth. Tourists also flood the plazas within the Dubrovnik Old Town, so escaping to a quieter area is something else to consider.
The best budget-friendly option is definitely an Airbnb in the Babin Kuk or Lapad neighborhoods. I stayed a two nights in Babin Kuk and loved the residential vibe. Babin Kuk and Lapad are also great options if you will plan to divide your time between the Old Town and the beaches to the south/west.
There are many gorgeous accommodations along the shore to the northwest of the Old City. Be sure to check out Hotels in Lapad Bay and Babin Kuk. For those who prefer standard beachside hotels, this area is a great bet. The water is lovely!
Going sailing? You may find convenience and value in booking an Airbnb near the ACI Marina. Many travelers leaving Dubrovnik by sailboat stay in this area so they have easy access to the Marina the morning of their trip.
Dubrovnik Gay Friendly Clubs & Parties
There were several gay travelers at Culture Club Revelin in the Old Town. Culture Club Revelin is an enormous Dubrovnik nightclub built inside of a Medieval fortress! The arches inside are spectacular. The DJ played international dance hits and remixes all night. Note that this place is on the expensive side, so plan accordingly.
Is Dubrovnik Gay Travel Safe?
Gay travelers in Dubrovnik should exercise some caution for a number of reasons. Although Croatia is part of the European Union and is a popular gay travel destination, there is still a formidable anti-gay sentiment among some locals.
In short, one restaurant told our friends that two men could not kiss each other while sitting and having dinner. One other instance involved a group of young local men throwing a lighter at a group of us while in a local bar. We handled both situations, but it was very disheartening to experience.
In my opinion, this information should not deter you from visiting Croatia. Firstly, isolated incidents like these could have happened anywhere. Many locals do support homosexuality and equal rights for LGBT individuals.
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Dubrovnik Gay Travel Tips
If you are going to take a sailing trip, buy your groceries or snacks at a supermarket outside of the ACI Marina. There are no robust stores directly near next to port. Konzum is the best place nearby for groceries.
If you’re renting a car in Dubrovnik, Auto Europe has some of the Best Car Rental Rates In Europe. You can also pick up your car in Dubrovnik and leave it in Split if you’re traveling between cities.
Is Dubrovnik Expensive?
Croatia in general is no longer cheap! Dubrovnik, Split and the Croatian islands are all so popular with international tourists, that prices are have inflated tremendously.
Prices at most Dubrovnik Old Town restaurants rival those of New York City or Paris. Inexpensive food is hard to come by. For the cheapest food, street-side pizza shops are best.
Public Transport in Dubrovnik
Uber does exist in Dubrovnik. However, taking Uber or other private cars will be quite expensive. Remember, Dubrovnik isn’t so cheap anymore! I only took Uber when a bus route was inconvenient for my destination.
You can buy a bus ticket at the small convenience shops on the street. Make sure to bookmark this easy to use Official Dubrovnik Bus Map.
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Gay Life in Croatia
Croatia for gay locals is not exactly easy. Most local Croatians keep their sexuality hidden from the public eye out of fear of discrimination. They do not usually express their identity openly. Hate speech has been on the rise against LGBT individuals and Serbs prior to 2017, according to reports compiled that year on the issue.
A major downfall is that the Croatian constitution bans same-sex marriage. The country revised the constitution to define marriage as union solely between a man and woman. A 2017 Pew Research Study found that more than 60% of Croatians oppose same-sex marriage.