Hi there, and welcome (back) to the blog. This time, I’ll guide you through my favorite Dubrovnik photo spots – most of them are very iconic. If you are anything like me, you are already preparing for your trip and trying to find all the locations you want to visit. I gotcha!
After the description of the spots, you’ll find a map showing you all the areas I talked about. Enjoy creating!
The gear behind the pictures
We shot these pictures on a Sony a7III with the FE 28-70mm lens and a few of them were shot on an iPhone 11Pro. Most of the images were taken right after sunrise to avoid the crowds.
1 – Minčeta Tower
You can visit the tower during your stay on the city walls, and it offers some great views over the old town. Depending on when you visit the walls, you might plan some extra time waiting for this spot to be empty. On the left side (now covered by the wall), there are stairs where all the tourists will come up. The area you can see me standing in is one of the main viewpoints, and all of the visitors will gather here after either coming up the stairs or coming back down from the stairs on the right side.
Talking about the stairs on the right side: they will lead you up to the tower. That’s where the iconic viewpoint “through the window” will be. (see middle photo down below)
2 – City Walls
The city walls are a fantastic photography opportunity in general. Below you can find a selection of my favorite shots we took there.
I even wrote a detailed guide about visiting the city walls in Dubrovnik. You can also find the exact photo locations along the wall, so make sure to check this one out. The guide will also give you more information about the prices for visiting the city walls.
3 – Stradun
This is the main street in Dubrovnik’s old town. It will be very crowded during the day, especially when the cruise ship tourists arrive.
If you want to have it to yourself, you might want to come early. We usually took our pictures right after sunrise and found the spots completely empty. You will find cleaning vehicles and other cars on Stradun in the morning hours, though, because that’s when the shops and restaurants get their stuff delivered. The first two pictures are the view from the city wall, the third one was taken on Stradun in the morning hours.
4 – Fort Lovrijenac
This spot will offer a fantastic view of the old town and Lokrum Island. However, you will need to climb up many stairs, and the entry into the fort is 80kn.
5 – Ploče Gate
This Gate is one of the entries into the old town and offers a nice view of the harbor. The little bridge you have to cross to enter the city is a beautiful motive, too. You can get that view from Ulica Iza Grada. Turn right before entering the old town through the Gate and follow the street for a few meters. I think it would be extra epic to have your model/subject standing on the bridge while taking the picture from the road. The street going underneath it is closed, FYI. (picture 3)
Anyway, back to the Ploče Gate: Shortly after entering the city through Ploče gate, there is a lovely viewpoint, “Harbour viewpoint,” just on the right-hand side, which gives you that fantastic view of all the boats and ships.
6 – West Harbor
Most Game of Thrones fans will also know that spot as “Blackwater Bay.” Even though this spot is already beautiful, the GoT hype made it even more famous. So again, you need to arrive early to have this place to yourself. This spot is versatile because you can climb up the stairs on the right side of the harbor, use the green doors as a background canvas, or walk along the water.
Probably my favorite photo spot in Dubrovnik!
7 – Streets and Stairs
Dubrovnik’s old town itself is so picturesque, you can take some fantastic pictures in every single corner. I’d also suggest getting into the smaller, hidden alleys for more “authentic” views and less touristic vibes. That will require you to climb many stairs, though.
8 – Jesuit Stairs (and St Ignatius Church)
I guess this is the most famous Dubrovnik photo spot – again, especially since Game of Thrones happened. (The stairs are part of the famous walk of shame). This spot requires you to be extra early since nearly every guided tour includes the Jesuit Stairs. The stairs are also a great place to hang out at night, and people will sit there and enjoy some drinks. Once you walk up the stairs, you can enjoy a great view of the street and the promenade. Up there, you’ll also find St Ignatius Church, which is also an excellent subject.
Other spots that are worth a visit
You can’t only take a picture of yourself on the Iron Throne when on Lokrum! This Island offers so much more. Read my Lokrum Island Guide for more tips about your Lokrum trip and get inspired for more beautiful pictures!
The Area around Amerling Fountain
This little area is located just after leaving the old town through Pile Gate. Turn left behind the Dubravka Restaurant, and you will have a very lovely viewpoint of Bokar and Lovrijenac.
Located directly at Orlando’s Column, this is a central spot and makes an incredible picturesque scenery.
Again, this bar is very famous, so depending on the season and the time of day, you might not even get a seat. However, it’s definitely worth a visit and is the perfect place for sunset pictures and drinks!
Cable car and Srd Mountain view
We didn’t get a chance to take the ride up the mountain during our stay, but the pictures from above look stunning. That’s definitely one of the bucket list items for our next visit!
The list of possible and beautiful spots to take pictures in Dubrovnik goes on, and on, and on…
Same with other places: you can create something unique in every corner. Just keep your eyes and mind open and use the mood surrounding you as an inspiration. And remember: you don’t need an expensive camera to create something good. It’s about the message or feeling the shot will deliver!
These Dubrovnik photo spots are definitely a fantastic chance to create stunning images. I hope mine inspired you for your own content; let me know if they did – I’d love to see your creations!
As always, stay happy and healthy,