Gruž is Dubrovnik’s suburb / neighbourhood grown around the large bay that spreads on the west side of the town. In the way it is the main entrance to Dubrovnik – all ferries, cruise ships and buses arrive in Gruž as the main port/harbour, ferry terminal, cruise port and bus station are all located there. Also, large open air fruit and vegetable market as well as numerous shops and tourist offices are in Gruž too. All boats for day trips to Elafiti and Mljet Island leave from there.. In the old days Gruž was kind of summer retreat bay of wealthy inhabitants of Dubrovnik. If you take a walk along the main street, you can still see couple of former summer mansions – the remains of old times. From 19th century onward, Gruz became Dubrovnik’s industrial area. Nowadays it is mainly residential.
Above photo: Boats and schooners in Gruz bay.
Gruž is one of my favourite parts of Dubrovnik. I used to live there as a student (as rooms were the cheapest in the town) and loved the fact that I can get up in the morning, quickly pop out for freshly baked buns and take a walk along the bay to my Uni.
Even now, when in Dubrovnik, I often take a walk along the bay all the way from Kantafig to Orsan Yacht Club and further towards Solitudo and Copacabana beach, as I consider it one of the best Dubrovnik walks.
If case you decide to get your accommodation in Gruž, which can be convenient because of vicinity of all transport links, there is a good selection of accommodation available there – check Gruz accommodation listing with yellow search box.
Above photo: Views over Gruz bay
Above photo: Roundabout in Gruz
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