Dubrovnik Gay Travel
Is Dubrovnik a good LGBT destination? Find out in wolfyy’s Dubrovnik gay travel guide, plus Dubrovnik’s gay nightlife, restaurants, hotels and safety.
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.
Gay travel in Croatia usually starts or ends in Dubrovnik, which was home to the famous Game of Thrones set. The Croatian islands are between Dubrovnik and Split, perfect for day trips or a gay sailing expedition after you explore the city.
Book a Croatia Gay Sailing Trip
Sailing the Croatian Islands with a group of gay friends was one of the most memorable trips of my entire life! Are you interested in doing the same? I can help you organize your first trip for gay sailing in Croatia or gay sailing in Greece!
If you’re interested in seeing what the trip was like for me, head to my Instagram @laffaloui and check out the highlights section. There are a bunch of shots and videos from the my gay sailing trip!
Gay Dubrovnik: Hotels & Where to Stay
Quaint VRBO rentals in the Old Town are another super stylish option that can give you an even more authentic experience.
Most travelers first tend to seek accommodations in the Dubrovnik Old Town. Hotels in the Old Town are quite chic, though they tend to be more expensive than those outside the Dubrovnik walls.
For travelers looking for a bargain, note that you can stay in a vacation rental in Pile (the neighborhood 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. Here are some options of affordable hotels outside the Old Town walls.
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.
Be sure to check out Hotels in Lapad Bay and Babin Kuk, where you’ll find some gorgeous accommodations along the shore, northwest of the Old City. For those who prefer standard beachside hotels, this area is also a great bet. The water is lovely.
Going sailing? You may find convenience and value in booking a VRBO rental 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 Travel Experiences
Go to Lokrum Island (Otok Lokrum) to see some beautiful clear water while visiting Dubrovnik. It’s perfect for a day trip. You can catch a ferry at the Old Port and spend either a few hours or a whole day there. The beach is fantastic.
You might be near ACI Marina Dubrovnik if you plan to catch a sailboat. Luckily, there is a swimming pool free of charge located right in the marina compound.
It’s spacious and was not too crowded when I visited. Even if you aren’t going sailing, you can still enter and use the pool.
King’s Landing is fantastic at sunset. Walking through this area and the rest of the Old Town is a must. Many travelers experience this iconic part of the city via popular kayak tours. You’ll definitely see the signature red and yellow kayaks while walking along the water.
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.
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Dubrovnik Gay Friendly Clubs & Nightlife
There were several gay travelers at Culture Club Revelin in the Old Town. Culture Club Revelin is an enormous Dubrovnik club 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.
Homosexual public displays of affection are not always tolerated well, as mentioned earlier. Many locals support homosexuality, but then again many do not. Use your judgment, especially while out in situations where people are drinking alcohol.
Is Dubrovnik Gay Travel Safe?
In general, Dubrovnik travel is perfectly safe. It’s just as safe as visiting most large European cities. Dubrovnik Gay travelers specifically should exercise some caution and social awareness for a few 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.
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.
Traveling to Croatia with all the ever-changing COVID-19 circumstances might be easier and less stressful if you insure your trip.
A provider like Travelex Insurance can offer protection in case of medical issues abroad, theft and even delays or cancellation of your trip! They have multiple plan tiers starting at $20.
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.
Uber & Buses in Dubrovnik
Here is where you can save money while visiting Dubrovnik. The public buses in Dubrovnik are cheap and fast! They arrive frequently, so they are quite convenient. The main bus center is Pile Gate, near the entrance to the Old Town.
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.
Bus from Dubrovnik to Split: Do You Need Your Passport?
Buses that travel from Dubrovnik to Split (and vice versa) must cross through Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bosnia and Herzegovina occupies a small stretch of coastline, and so there will be two border checkpoints during the journey.