Tourists Could Face a $288 Fine in Dubrovnik

by Anthony Losanno

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Dubrovnik is Croatia’s “Pearl of the Adriatic.” It captivates visitors with its historic Old Town, stunning architecture, and breathtaking coastal views. Now, tourists might also find themselves on the receiving end of a hefty fine during their holiday.

Dubrovnik has recently banned the use of rolling suitcases in its Old Town. In a bid to curb the noise caused by wheels dragging along the cobblestone streets, the city’s Mayor, Mato Frankovic, has introduced fines to try to reduce the clatter. All wheeled suitcases will need to be carried and not rolled. Violators will be subject to $288 fines. This new restriction comes as part of the “Respect the City” program, introduced by the Dubrovnik Tourist Office.

Other measures include bans on sleeping in public areas, urinating in public spaces, climbing on monuments, and drinking alcohol near protected public spaces like schools. With Croatia becoming the newest member of the Schengen Zone, tourism has spiked even further.

Dubrovnik Walls

The hospitality industry raked in more than €290 million in May, which is 30% more than the €224 million recorded in May 2022. Dubrovnik is a beautiful city and will continue to attract the masses. Nonstop flights from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) as well as a host of European cities make visiting this Balkan nation even more accessible.

In November, the local government will debut a system to help tourists with their luggage. Bags will be deposited outside the city and they will then be brought to travelers’ accommodations.

Anthony’s Take: It’s not easy to carry a fully packed suitcase. This will be especially true for families, elderly people, and those with disabilities. It’s good to hear there is a system coming. I wonder how strictly this will be enforced this summer.

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1 comment

Christian June 29, 2023 - 2:38 pm

No effing way this can realistically work. I sympathize with the problem but truly don’t see a massive fine as the answer.


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