Dubrovnik Old Town Visitors Face New Rules

Katarina Anđelković

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June 3, 2023 – After he decided to oppose the noise from cafes, the mayor of Dubrovnik continues maintaining order in the city centre. One of the new rules tackles the problem of wheels – no more luggage in Dubrovnik old town.

According to the mayor’s new decision, tourists staying in the old town will have to carry their suitcases, reports RTL Danas / Index.

Paco, a tourist from Mexico, thinks that the idea of the city authorities in Dubrovnik is exaggerated. “I wouldn’t mind if someone left my luggage at the hotel, but carrying it would be exhausting!” the Mexican told RTL Danas.

Silvio from France says that a similar problem with wheels on suitcases exists in his country. When asked how they solved it, he replied: “They didn’t!”

Dubrovnik old town
Restaurants in Dubrovnik old town, Copyright Romulic and Stojcic

Electric vehicle for delivery in dubrovnik old town

However, an electric vehicle has arrived. It will deliver food and drinks to cafes and restaurants on Stradun. This news pleases thousands of residents of the most famous Croatian walls. It is especially significant as it will reduce the noise coming from bars and restaurants.

“To date, six restaurant owners have been penalised with restrictions to their use public space for seven days. If they do it again, it will be 30 days, and the third time will be permanent. I believe that the measure will be effective. They will not allow themselves to remain without income for the season,” said Marijana Aksić-Vitković, spokeswoman for the City Administration.

Head of Dubrovnik Tourist Board: Destinations all over Europe struggle with the same problem

On the other hand, Miro Drašković, director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, comments: “This is a global trend that we noticed at expos and fairs. All major cities and destinations throughout Europe are struggling with the same problem.”

The question is whether these measures will be enough to stop excessive tourism while maintaining the attractiveness of Dubrovnik. Some of the measures will affect pet owners who will have to keep their pets on a leash at all times. Moreover, visitors will need to respect the rules for walking in the city center, including wearing T-shirts, RTL Danas reported.


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