Things to do in Dubrovnik, Croatia
Let’s have a look at some of the best things to do in Dubrovnik so that you can prepare an ideal Dubrovnik itinerary.
Walk the City Walls
If there’s just one thing you really have to do in Dubrovnik, then this is it. Walking the City Walls which surround the Old Town is simply a must. Apart from walking through the city’s history, these medieval walls offer amazing views of the Adriatic Sea. Entrance tickets are not free, but the experience is definitely worth the price.
Explore Dubrovnik Old Town
As is the case with most European cities, the Old Town of Dubrovnik should be on the top of your list. Enter the Old Town through Pile Gate and from there explore all the side streets and beautiful sights. Here you will see the impressive Onofrio Fountain, the Sponza Palace and the Dubrovnik Cathedral. Other highlights include the Dominican Monastery, Orlando’s Column, the Clock Tower and the Church of St Blaise (the city’s patron saint). Don’t forget to take a leisurely stroll along the main street of the Old Town, Stradun.
Take a break on the beach
With such a long coastline and many sandy beaches, Croatia is perfect for beach lovers. If you want to have a quick break from walking around the city, you can go to Banje Beach situated just a short walk from the Old Town. It can get pretty crowded in the high season, so if you’d like to spend a whole day on a slightly less crowded beach, then a better option could be Uvala Lapad Beach.
Climb up to the Fort Lovrijenac
Another tourist attraction on most visitors’ list of things to do in Dubrovnik is Fort Lovrijenac, also known as St Lawrence Fortress. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, then you’ll have no issue recognizing it, as this was also one of the show’s filming locations. Built on a cliff for defense, Lovrijenac Fort impresses with its dominating presence.
Take a quick day trip to Lokrum Island
Thanks to a short ferry ride from the city, you can visit Lokrum Island, one of the most popular day trips from Dubrovnik. Enthusiasts of nature, botanical gardens and hiking will certainly enjoy it thanks to the rich vegetation and walking trails. Other attractions on the island include The Monastery, as well as a salt lake which is referred to as The Dead Sea.
Don’t forget about visiting Dubrovnik museums
Housed in the Rector’s Palace, the Cultural History Museum is the best place in the city to get familiar with Dubrovnik’s rich history and culture. Suppose you’d like to have a closer look at Croatia’s more recent history, its past under Communism, and as a part of Yugoslavia. In that case, we recommend heading to the Red History Museum. Having such a long coastline, it’s no wonder that Dubrovnik has its own Maritime Museum where you can learn about its seafaring history. If you’re more into modern art, then there’s the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik (MOMAD). On the other hand, if you’re a fan of photography, then you can visit War Photo Limited which has an extensive collection of photos taken by acclaimed photojournalists. Finally, those who are looking for something different may find the Love Stories Museum an interesting place.
Enjoy a cable car ride and panoramic views from Mount Srđ
Although Dubrovnik City Walls offer some absolutely stunning views, there’s an even better place if you want to get a view of the Old Town and Lokrum Island. The top of Mount Srđ is an ideal spot if you want to take panoramic photos or enjoy the sunset. You can also stop by the Panorama restaurant for a nice dinner with amazing views. Don’t worry if you don’t fancy a hike to the top, you can get there in a few minutes via Dubrovnik cable car.
Join a walking tour
Dubrovnik is a very walkable city, so it’s best to explore it on foot. If you don’t want to walk around aimlessly, consider joining some organized walking tours. That way you won’t miss anything important and can learn a lot of background stories from the guide. If you’re traveling solo, this is a great way to make friends. Apart from guided tours that take you through the city’s historical attractions, there are also some interesting Game of Thrones tours.
Experience a boat trip or sea kayaking
You can hardly find a better place for sea adventures than Croatia. Apart from many boat tours, you can also try something different like sea kayaking. You will see Dubrovnik and its walls from a completely different perspective while staying active. From the sea, you can also see Betina Cave beach, a unique tiny beach situated in a hidden cave.