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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.

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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.

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It is important to know however, that Croatia as a whole is not so comfortable with homosexuality when compared with the rest of Europe. Loads of gay tourists nonetheless continue to visit Dubrovnik every year.
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dubrovnik gay travel
gay sailing dubrovnik

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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Gay travel in Croatia usually starts or ends in Dubrovnik, which is home to the famous Game of Thrones set (more on that later!). The Croatian islands are between Dubrovnik and Split, perfect for day trips or a gay sailing expedition after you explore the city.
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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!

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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!

Dubrovnik Gay Travel Experiences

If you want to see some beautiful clear water while visiting Dubrovnik, go to Lokrum Island (Otok Lokrum). 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.
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island trips Dubrovnik
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You may be passing through ACI Marina Dubrovnik if you plan to catch a sailboat. Luckily for all, there is a swimming pool free of charge located right in the marina compound. It is spacious and was not too crowded when I visited. Even if you aren’t going sailing, you can still enter to use the pool!
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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.

Dubrovnik Restaurants

Dubrovnik is no longer an “off the beaten path” gay travel destination. Tourists are everywhere, so you should be judicious with where you eat! Prices can be very high, especially in the Old Town.
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local Croatian Food
gay friendly restaurants Dubrovnik

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.

Our waitress loved my gay friends so much, she tried to introduce us via Instagram to a gay friend of hers. It was very cute and I loved how she was genuinely interested in knowing us!

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.

local Croatian Food
Most high-end restaurants will have a “catch of the day.” The menu will include a price per kilogram of a specific type of fish, or scallops for example.

Gay Dubrovnik: Where to Stay

Most travelers first tend to seek hotels or Airbnb’s in the Dubrovnik Old Town. Hotels in the Old Town will be far more expensive than those outside the Dubrovnik walls. If you have a high budget, an Airbnb in the Old town will be adorable!
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If you seek more value, you should know that you can stay just outside the Old Town walls and pay far less. Sometimes staying within the Dubrovnik Old Town walls can be more expensive than what it is worth. Tourists also flood the plazas within the Dubrovnik Old Town, so escaping to a quieter area is something else to consider.
Old Town Dubrovnik
There are many gorgeous hotels along the shore to the north of the Babin Kuk neighborhood. For those who prefer standard beachside hotels, this area is a great bet. The water is lovely!
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Old Town Dubrovnik
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If you seek value, the best option is an Airbnb in the Babin Kuk or Lapad neighborhoods. These areas are residential and peaceful. Babin Kuk or Lapad are prefect if you are only staying one or two nights, or if you will split your time between the Old Town and the beaches to the north.
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You may also find value in booking an Airbnb to the east of ACI Marina. Many travelers leaving Dubrovnik by sailboat stay here 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.
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dubrovnik gay clubs
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Keep in mind that there are no official gay bars in Dubrovnik. However, given that the city is an international gay travel destination, you are likely to find some other gay guys out and about.
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As mentioned earlier, homosexual public displays of affection are not always tolerated well. Many locals support homosexuality, but then again many do not. Use your judgement, especially while out in situations where people are drinking alcohol.
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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.

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I encountered a few homophobic scenarios a couple of times while on a trip with a group of gay friends. After showing some affection in a couple of restaurants and bars, there were some uncomfortable situations for our group.
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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.

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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.

Homophobic comments can be made in any country, but gay travelers in Croatia should still make sure they are in a safe environment before displaying any affection.

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.

Are you stopping in Split? Read wolfyy’s Gay Travel Guide to Split.

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.

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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

Here is where you can save money while visiting Dubrovnik. The public busses 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.
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Croatia LGBT safety
Croatia LGBT safety

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?

Busses 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.
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kings landing dubrovnik
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At the border, you likely will not need to exit the bus. An officer will board the bus and visually check your passport. They probably will not stamp it since they know the bus is bound for another Croatian city. My passport wasn’t stamped.

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.

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Croatia by law defends all citizens against discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. The country allows gays, lesbians and bisexual individuals to serve in the military. Changing legal gender is also legal.
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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.

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Gay rights gained more of a foothold in 2014, when Croatia passed the Life Partnership Act. The Life Partnership Act allows gay couples to receive the same legal benefits as heterosexual couples for just about everything except adoption rights.
On a positive note, a 2016 ILGA poll found that 75% of Croatians would have no issue with a LGBT neighbor. 10% of people responded they would be very uncomfortable with a LGBT neighbor.
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