Dubrovnik is one of the world’s most magnificent walled cities with its sublime location, fronting the calm blue waters of the Adriatic Sea. It is the highlight of any Croatian holiday with festivals, beaches, galleries and islands, Dubrovnik is the Mediterranean’s most unmissable sight at any time of year. Now a Unesco world heritage site, the Old Town and its many sights (including the well-preserved city walls along which you can walk) is one of the top attractions here. Here is a list of the Top 9 Things To Do In Dubrovnik.
Banje, the most famous Dubrovnik beach seems like providence. This divine pebble and sandy beach is pretty crowded but has nice views of the mountains, the Old Town walls and the beautiful unsettled island of Lokrum.
The first thing you’ll see as you approach Dubrovnik from the sky or the sea is the city walls. Walking the city walls affords the best views of the Old Port, the sparkling Adriatic and the tide of terracotta roof tiles that sweeps across the Old Town. The walls completely circle the town, traversing for approximately 2000 meters.
Cable Car to Mount Srdj
A slick modern cable car zips you up mighty Mount Srdj. Srdj is a mountain that is located just behind the Stone Walls. It is 412 meters to the top and the views are spectacular. You can scope out all of the walled city, Lokrum Island, and the luscious Adriatic Sea. In the far distance, you can also see the peaks of the mountains in Bosnia and Montenegro.
Even if you’re visiting Dubrovnik for just a few days, you should set aside some time to visit one of the many islands dotting the coast. Lokrum is an island in front of Dubrovnik and because it takes only 15 minutes by ferry to get there from the Old Town it is a popular destination for both tourists and locals. People call it a treasure island because of its rich pine-wood, subtropical vegetation, natural swimming places and exotic historical heritage. Source: dubrovnik-secrets
Old Town & Stradun
Dubrovnik Old Town is known as one of the world’s finest and most perfectly preserved medieval cities in the world. For centuries, Dubrovnik rivaled Venice as a trading port, with its huge sturdy stone walls, built between the 11th and 17th centuries, affording protection to this former city-state. Today, these walls still enclose Dubrovnik’s historic center and it is possible to walk along them to enjoy the best views of the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ and the surrounding lush green islands. Dubrovnik’s Baroque churches, monasteries and palaces; its Renaissance fountains and facades, are all intertwined with gleaming wide marble-paved squares, steep cobbled streets and houses, all of which have also remained unchanged for centuries. Take a wander along the old town’s main thoroughfare and the most famous street in Dubrovnik called Stradun or Placa street. Stradun is the widest street in the old town. Source: dubrovnik-travel
Rector’s Palace is one of the most significant monuments of profane architecture on the Croatian coast, It used to serve as the seat of the Rector of the Republic of Ragusa between the 14th century and 1808. It was also the seat of the Minor Council and the state administration. Furthermore, it housed an armory, the powder magazine, the watch house and a prison.
Watch the sunset in one of the most beautiful bars in Dubrovnik which is hanged on the cliffs right above the sea, with an amazing incomparable panorama of the open Adriatic.
Dubrovnik’s Cathedral is a beautiful baroque cathedral built-in 1713. It is the seat of Dubrovnik’s catholic bishops and archbishops and nowadays a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In a beautiful architectural envelope, it holds numerous works of arts and famous relics. Beneath the cathedral, there are archaeological remains of early medieval and Romanesque cathedral showing millennial continuity in being a focal point of spiritual life in Dubrovnik.
Elaphiti is a group of islands located west of Dubrovnik. Out of 14 islands, only three are inhabited: Lopud, Koločep and Šipan. It’s like a paradise with picturesque towns of white stone, surrounded by luscious green pine trees and the foam of the pristine Adriatic Sea. It is truly worth experiencing and discovering this magical corner of the Southern Adriatic. The Elaphite Islands can be reached from Dubrovnik by a daily ferry service by Jadrolinija.
Just So You Know…
- Take a sea kayak tour around Lokrum Island. It’s an 8 km (5 miles) loop and passes one of the city’s nudist beaches.
- Listen to live Jazz Music in a Jazz café called Troubador, located right in Old Town, next to the Cathedral.
- Experience the Dubrovnik Summer Festival (every July 10th to August 25th). It has over 70 open-air venues that host classical music, theatre, opera and dance performances.
- head to Korčula for some wine tasting.
Get Some Culture:
- War Photo Museum – The first in the world dedicated exclusively to war photography.
Grab A Bite:
- Oyster & Sushi Bar Bota Šare – Delicious Sushi with a view of the cathedral.
- Villa Ruža – A romantic restaurant in Koločep island.
- Restaurant Dubrovnik amongst Dubrovnik’s top-class restaurants, serving consistently good quality food with a distinctly modern Dalmatian twist on a rooftop terrace.
Great post! I also went to Dubrovnik this past July and can’t wait to return already! It was lovely having your blog to reminisce over and compare to my experiences. If you have a moment I’d love to get your opinion on my Croatia posts on my blog at thisisyugen.blogspot.com.
Keep up the good work,
Hi Elie, Thank you for your comment. You have a great blog though !!