Vibrant Gruž is just 3km from Dubrovnik’s Old Town and very typical of the area. It has a charming little port, where you can catch ferries to and from Italy and to the islands. Ferry company Jadrolinija has its office here.
Gruž has excellent transport connections with the Old Town. The main bus station is found here and local buses run every 10 minutes. The 1A or 1B to Pile Gate (one of the Old Town’s main entrances) takes less than 15 minutes, and the ticket costs 15 Kuna (1,80 Euro) per person. View the Dubrovnik bus timetable (PDF, 738KB).
There’s also a taxi rank, with the trip between Gruž and Dubrovnik Old Town costing about 8-10 Euro.
Insider’s tip: markets and Otto Taverna
The whole area is enjoying a revival – it will receive a complete facelift over the next few years, transforming it into a marina with luxury shops, fancy restaurants and more.
Gruž is certainly worth a visit, including the fruit and vegetable market where locals sell their produce. For early birds, there is also a fish market that’s open in the mornings only. If you can make it at 6am, you will have the best choice of fresh fish and other seasonal seafood.
Another reason to visit Gruz is to eat at Otto Taverna (Nikole Tesle 8, Dubrovnik). The restaurant has a cosy indoor dining area and a lovely garden terrace, with very friendly staff. The menu is simple and different from all other restaurants; we love it for its ribs and chicken breast with hummus purée and celery. The wine selection is also great.
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