50 Best Things to Do in Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik city is known as the Pearl of the Adriatic.. It definitely catches the eyes of many visitors from all around the world, with the sparkling blue waters of the Adriatic Sea, the terracotta rooftops, medieval walls, the historic city known as Old Town of Dubrovnik, Fort Lovrijenac, side streets, steep hills, the mixed architecture going from medieval to baroque, and many historical attractions.
After years of exploring Dubrovnik, we’ve decided to assemble 50 of the most fun activities to do in the city (Believe us, there are plenty of other things to do).
Here’s our Dubrovnik sightseeing itinerary! We gathered our favorite activities, from the best landmarks to see, to the best things to do as you get there. We hope this guide helps you make the most of your stay in Dubrovnik.
1. Watch the Sunset from Mount Srd
Choose any way of your liking to get to Mount Srdj and witness the best views of the city and the sea. The incredible 360-degree view is totally worth it! You can see Dubrovnik with its terracotta rooftops, famous walls, Old Town, Cavtat, and Elaphite Islands. Even Lokrum island is visible from the top.
There are four convenient ways to get there: you can take the cable car, which is one of the best things to try in the city. You can hike all the way to the top, take a bus, or join an organized tour.
NOTE: Zip Line ride from top of the Srdj, just meters away from the cable car. Check their offer here…
2. Walk the old Medieval Walls
Jetsetting to Dubrovnik means you have to walk the old City Walls. Walking along the walls is Dubrovnik’s most popular activity. It is part of city life.
You can get an entry ticket at one of the three entrances: The main entrance to the Walls is the Pile Gate, and
Take a stroll on top of the Walls and walk along with the city, witness lovely panoramic views of Old Town and its cobbled streets, terracotta rooftops, and the blue sea reaching the horizon.
The Walls formerly served as an effective defense mechanism of the city, protecting it from potential intruders like pirates, and during wars.
A UNESCO world heritage site, Dubrovnik’s City Walls are a must-see! It’s the top attraction of Dubrovnik. We recommend you go first thing in the morning on the opening hour because things can get crazy throughout the day as the Walls get more and more crowded and the sun gets hotter.
Walking along the walls isn’t something you want to miss! So, take your time to do it and take as many pictures as you can.
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3. Explore Lokrum Island
The island is sea-accessible, and to reach it, you have two ways: Either you take a taxi-boat or join a guided sea kayaking tour. Either way, the island is really close to Dubrovnik. It takes only 10 or 15 minutes to get there!
Lokrum ferries operate daily in summer, and they leave every 30 minutes.
Lokrum Island serves as a resort, you can swim there, the beaches are elderly and kids friendly. You can see the beautiful botanical gardens, containing rich flora and lovely peacocks flying around.
For some historical facts, the island has a central Benedictine monastery, dating from the medieval age. It’s the main sight of the island.
Don’t be afraid of hearing rumors about Lokrum because an ancient legend states that the island is cursed, and it curses whoever possesses it.
And, for “Game of Thrones” fans, Lokrum Island served as the filming location of Qarth! A replica of the iron throne awaits you there!
There is also the Dead Sea on Lokrum Island… how cool is that?
4. Join a Game of Thrones Walking Tour
All King’s Landing scenes, the capital of the seven kingdoms, were filmed in Dubrovnik. So, if you’re a die-hard fan of the show, then the Game of Thrones tour is one of the best things to do in Dubrovnik!
Visit the Old Town; it has many hidden gems and beautiful filming locations of the series, like Cersei’s Walk of Shame, which was filmed in the Jesuit Stairs by St. Ignatius Church!
5. Have a drink at a Cliff Bar
Buža and Buža II Bars, which literally translate as ‘hole’ and ‘hole II,’ are two hidden cliff bars, where you can enjoy having a drink while watching the sea stretching to the horizon. These two bars are perfect for those who enjoy watching sunsets. We guarantee you; the view of the sunset is jaw-dropping!
The bars can be reached from holes through City Walls. Don’t be fooled with big plain holes you find through the Walls, because what lies behind them are beautiful spots to rest and enjoy a drink. No wonder these two bars are considered hidden gems in Dubrovnik!
If you want a unique thing to do, you can jump from the cliff into the sea. The bars are popular for cliff jumping from the Walls.
6. Swim from the City Walls
The city can get really hot in summer, especially in the afternoons, and the sparkling sea from afar becomes irresistible for so many. Fortunately, you can find many swimming spots around the walls. These specific spots feature iron ladders, which will take you to the sea.
7. Take a Day Trip to Mostar
Mostar is a beautiful city to explore in Bosnia and Herzegovina. You may wonder why do you need to plan a trip there while you’re in Dubrovnik? The city is actually a top trip choice among visitors.
So, don’t let the border crossing process and the time needed to get there come between you and the beauty that lies ahead.
Mostar city is known for the fascinating bridge of Stari Most, a UNESCO world heritage site, which is a reconstructed arched bridge dating from medieval times.
There are also many shops and stalls to check out around the city. So, visit the Old Town of Mostar and explore it at your own pace. Of course, Stari Most (Most meaning Bridge) is a very beautiful spot, to begin with. You can take pictures there, or if you’re lucky enough, you might catch someone diving from the bridge.
You can visit the Old Bazaar of Mostar City, try some local delights, from traditional food to the fresh fish caught from the Neretva River. You can learn about the city’s devastating history by visiting the museums dotted around Mostar city.
8. Stay Overnight in the Old Town
And, that’s completely normal since many visitors are on a tight schedule, especially the ones coming on a cruise trip.
However, you can experience the true magic of Old Town in the evening, when all visitors leave the ancient city, and the number of people slowly decreases to the only citizens of the city, and the guests staying overnight.
Old Town is definitely charming at night, and you will pay attention to many details that aren’t possible to notice through the day, with the constant footfall.
9. Go Green at Trsteno Arboretum
For all nature lovers who can’t make their trip to Dubrovnik worthwhile without experiencing the charm of nature, you need to take a stroll in the green botanical garden: Trsteno Arboretum.
This exotic garden was born thanks to the Gozze noble family, who requested many ship crews to bring back seeds and exotic plants from their long sea travels. At the time, the botanical garden served as their summer residence. They are situated in a humble fishing village, very near to the sea, and they date back to the 1400s, at early Renaissance times.
The gardens are filled with shade, and they are a nice relief from the Dubrovnik heat.
Take a Dubrovnik local bus because this serene garden takes a 30-minute drive to get there. It is located 18 kilometers north of the city.
NOTE: Book a taxi to get you to Trsteno Arboretum – Fixed Price!
You can get your ticket at the Bus Station, which is in Gruz, a couple of kilometers away from the Ancient city. Depending on which way the bus is going to take, ticket prices cost between 20 and 30 Croatian Kunas, which is a small fee, by the way, considering the destination.
The botanical garden of Trsteno Arboretum’s fame escalated very quickly as the garden featured in ‘Game of Thrones.’ In fact, it’s possible to see the garden in seasons 3 and 4, as King’s Landing gardens, where Cersei used to take her daily walks, and plan her tactical strategies to rule the seven kingdoms.
10. Dine Al Fresco in Dubrovnik Old Town
Dubrovnik breath-taking sunsets and dining al fresco are certainly a perfect combo!
The Old Town is dotted with fantastic diners at Stradun, the main Dubrovnik street, and throughout the narrow streets of Old Town. So, finding a perfect spot for you to dine isn’t a hard thing.
Chatters and laughs usually fill the air, and you will experience a lovely service!
11. Take the famous Dubrovnik Cable car to Srđ
Like we mentioned before, it’s possible to hike Mount Srd, go on a tour, or take the cable car. It’s that orange cabin you see scaling up to Mount Srd.
It’s a really fun activity to do! Some may find it a bit pricy, but it will save you both the time and effort to get there really fast! It’s particularly perfect for visitors on a tight schedule.
Experience a fantastic panoramic view of Old Town, and then, as it slowly vanishes, the majestic blue sea.
The Dubrovnik cable car isn’t just a tourist attraction; it’s part of Mount Srd’s history too. The mount was once a natural defense mechanism, as it separated Dubrovnik from Turks, and during the 1991 war of independence.
At the station, there is a nice restaurant called Panorama (and a Zip Line with the same name next to it). As you can tell from its name, the restaurant offers a 360-degree view of the city. So, you can enjoy the views as you sip a glass of fine wine and try many seafood specialties.
It is just a short walk from the Old Town.
12. Feast on an Ice Cream
A hot summer and a cool ice cream are a perfect match in Dubrovnik. That’s why we recommend Dolce Vita, a nice ice cream parlor to enjoy authentic ice cream flavors, pastries, crepes, etc.
The ice-cream parlor is located on a side pathway of Dubrovnik’s Stradun street, and it’s easy to locate.
Get a nice ice-cream cone and have a seat at one of the shop’s street tables!
13. Visit the Rector’s Palace
Rector’s palace is a very popular attraction in Old Town. Between the 14th and 18th centuries, it served as the seat of the Rector of the Ragusa Republic. An old dungeon prison and 15th-century style gothic arches bound an inner courtyard, which served as a location of “Game of Thrones” in the second season.
For all visitors enjoying medieval designs, this is the perfect place to witness a mixed architecture of both Venetian gothic style and Renaissance additions. It’s possible to go upstairs and see the beautiful embellishments of the rooms from portraits to carved bookcases!
Rector’s palace features a museum of the medieval Church, so get a ticket and explore many archeological gems.
14. Take a stroll around the Old Town
Indulge in the Old Town’s depths to explore many hidden gems. Architecture fans will love the Baroque-style churches, the cloisters, the medieval aspects of the city, the cobbled streets, etc. Terracotta rooftops dominate the view of Old Town, as the houses have lovely blood orange roofs.
The awe-inspiring Old Town offers many fun activities to do, from walking through the narrow alleys, buying souvenirs from local vendors, tasting traditional food, and so much more!
15. Take a Day trip to Montenegro
The small country features beautiful medieval villages, a coastline, many rugged mountains, and many beaches.
If you’re going on a Dubrovnik tour, many tours include a day trip to Montenegro, and we recommend you check it out!
16. Walk the Stradun
Running 300 meters through Old Town, the limestone paved street connects the Pile Gate and Polce Gate. Across the Stradun, you will notice the result of strict construction laws following the 1667 earthquake. It’s how the street is lined with buildings sharing the same pattern, from restaurants to art galleries.
Thousands of visitors pass through the Stradun daily, curious to see the similarities between shops and many restaurants.
17. Check out the Abandoned Hotel Belvedere
This hotel served as the filming set for the epic fight scene in the final episode of season 4 of ‘Game of Thrones.’ The bloody scene of the fight between ‘The Mountain’ and prince Oberyn isn’t something easy to forget. And, you can recognize the amphitheater straight away, although it is now painted by soccer fans.
18. Sea Kayak Tour
Take pictures of the scenic views of Old Town from the Adriatic, especially at sunset.
You can rent a kayak, book a half day or sunset guided tour, and they are everywhere! You can even rent a kayak and visit Lokrum island! Definitely one of the top things to do in Dubrovnik.
19. Visit the Open-Air Market in Dubrovnik Old Town
The statue is meant to survey products, from fruits to fish, etc. The market does sell fresh local fish.
So, if you want to get some local goods, get here early because the market operates in the mornings.
It’s possible to find many Mediterranean delights like olive oil, dried figs, herbs, and nuts. The open-air market of Dubrovnik also has liquor stalls, beach contents, gifts stalls, and much more!
And, to boost your energy for your trip, we recommend you try some traditional sweets like sugar-coated almonds!
Since the market only operates in the mornings and as the last working hour approaches, you can witness a cute and beautiful view there: Usually, an officer feeds corn to birds and pigeons, with nearby cats watching attentively.
The birds, rushing to pick up corn, fill the sky in a heartwarming view. That signal indicates the last working hour of the market so that locals can leave the market and head to other places.
20. Dubrovnik Cathedral
It is said that Dubrovnik Cathedral was funded by Richard the Lion-Heart. After the last crusade, a shipwrecked Richard was cast on Lokrum island. And, to thank local citizens for their hospitality, he funded Dubrovnik’s Cathedral around 1192.
The three-nave Romanesque Church has an interesting treasury. It’s one of the richest treasuries in Europe. Some old relics date back to the 11th century. You may wonder why it is interesting because it holds the remaining body parts of the patron saint of the city: the skull, arm, and leg of St. Blaise! It is even said that the Church has remnants from the clothes of Jesus Christ.
21. Sunset Cruise
To make most of your stay, go on a sunset cruise! It’s so much fun to do!
22. Franciscan Monastery
The Franciscan Monastery is part of the Old Town complex, including a pharmacy, a Baroque church, the garden with its majestic cloisters, and a library.
The pharmacy is located next to the Baroque Church. The pharmacy museum displays many tools like grinders that were once used to create pharmaceutical remedies from the times of old Ragusa.
It’s possible to buy skin products made with traditional recipes.
23. Church of St Blaise
The patron church is named after St. Blaise, the patron saint of Dubrovnik. Its 15th-century main altar showcases a glorious gothic statue of St. Blaise.
The attractive St. Blaise church is a must-see! And, if you’re lucky enough, you can join an organized event in the Luža square.
24. Enjoy the view from Lovrijenac Fortress
You can go up the fortress and experience beautiful views of Old Town and the Bay. The fortress is sea accessible. Therefore, you can rent a kayak to go there, and you can reach it through Pile Bay.
For your information, you don’t need to get an entry ticket, because the ticket of City Walls includes an access ticket to Fort Lovrijenac.
25. Take a Day Trip to Ston
They are the second longest Walls after the Great Wall of China. Some even consider these defensive Ston Walls as the ‘Great Wall of Europe.’
The well-preserved fortifications used to protect the city of Ston in the southern Croatian part, with 7-kilometer massive stone defenses!
27. Explore the Quirky West Harbour
Many scenes were filmed in the West Pier dock. So, if you want to brag about the location, explore the west harbor and take the most amazing pictures there. Remember, Ser Davos used to smuggle stuff there!
Another iconic scene was when the golden Cloaks were ordered to kill all of King Baratheon’s children!
28. Enjoy the views from Minčeta Fortress
The strong Minčeta fortress was built in the 14th century. And it’s possible to climb it if you take a walk along City Walls.
29. Step Back in Time at Fort Bokar
You can see Fort Bokar if you take a walk along the City Walls, or if you climb Lovrijenac fort.
30. Imagine What Once Was at the Old Town Pile Gate
The gate is a well-fortified defensive system, composed of a stone bridge connecting two arched doors.
Right at the gate entrance, you will notice a statue of the patron saint of the city, St. Blaise.
It’s definitely a favorite spot for every “Game of Thrones” fan, and also for every visitor!
31. Nab the Best Table at Nautika
And, it’s not only about the view that makes the restaurant special, but it’s also about Nautika’s head chef Mario Bunda, who created a fantastic menu, containing a nice selection of the very best dishes, made of fresh local ingredients.
You might need to reserve a panoramic-view table before going.
32. Catch outdoor Jazz at the Troubadour
You can enjoy live Jazz music while you drink a cool beverage and feel cozy at the same time. It’s the perfect place to spend hot summer nights.
The café was managed by a member of the Dubrovački Trubadori group Marko, and it’s actually a dear place for all artists in Dubrovnik.
However, due to its popularity among tourists and locals, finding a seat can be pretty tough. Don’t worry, though; you can dance or sit on the Cathedral’s stairs or the cobbled floor.
33. Appreciate Recent History
This Gallery is Managed by a New Zealander photographer Wade Goddard, who came to live in Dubrovnik, in the 90s. He opened the Gallery in 2003, to display works by some worldwide leaders and not only his personal experience in Croatia.
The Gallery has jaw-dropping photographs of what was actually happening during the wartime, and many visitors get really emotional after seeing the damage made by wars.
There’s also a visitors’ book, where you can write down whatever comes to your mind.
The works can be sold as limited-edition copies.
34. Take a Speedboat to a Hidden Restaurant
Of course, like many Dubrovnik restaurants, the main theme of this restaurant is all about freshly caught fish. Sea bass is one of the most popular ordered dishes there, accompanied by a fine selection of Croatian white wine.
The scenic view of the sea and the picturesque natural beauty of the island create a wonderful combination, making it a nice location for weddings or to throw small events.
35. Watch a Film Below the Stars
This open-air cinema operates during summer. It is located in the center of Old Town, in Dubrovnik. And, you guessed it correctly, it’s one of the venues for the Dubrovnik Summer Festival!
All movies are in English with Croatian subs. The cinema has a capacity of 300 seats, and you get a cushion as you take your seat!
Other performances are performed there, like the Lindo folklore ensemble that presents traditional Croatian dances two times a week.
36. Shop for Croatian Design Classics
This friendly store located near Old Town is owned by a Croatian couple.
The one-of-a-kind gift shop has a variety of products with different price ranges to suit everyone’s desires.
Some of the various products sold in “Life According to Kawa” are locally made cosmetic products by combining different plants and herbs, different types of teas and coffee beans, hand creams, soaps, designer sunglasses, accessories made by local artisans, clothes, leather, and cornstalks backpacks, etc.
37. Eat Breakfast on the Terrace of a Palace
If you take a stroll along the main Dubrovnik street, it’s possible to see many old summer mansions with beautiful terracotta rooftops.
You can recreate this beautiful experience just like the former wealthy inhabitants, by having breakfast on one of these palaces’ terraces.
Kazbek Hotel, overlooking Lapad beaches (which by the way are some of the nicest beaches in the city), and a five-star boutique hotel was formerly a 16th-century summer mansion owned by the Zamanje family. Now, the restaurant there offers Adriatic specialties from breakfast to dinner made with freshly farmed ingredients and fresh fish. Imagine having breakfast on a fancy terrace, by the pool. Who wouldn’t love that?
38. Ogle Fish on a Glass-Bottomed Boat
The trip is perfect for experiencing another side of the city, without actually making a day for it. On average it takes about 45 minutes to an hour.
You can make your traveling experience even more fantastic by snorkeling during the boat trip, and you will see a vivid image of the marine life in Dubrovnik.
39. Sample Adriatic Sushi
The Bar has mainly an Asian cuisine, preparing dishes with fresh local shellfish.
Shellfish are either served in sushi, tempura-style or fresh.
Some creative dishes are both Adriatic and Asian, combining two different cuisine styles. One of the tastiest things to do in Dubrovnik.
40. Eat Fish Straight Off the Boat
The central theme of the restaurant is based on the local daily catch of fishing boats, making it a perfect place to eat for all seafood fans.
If you enjoy grilled fish, then this is definitely the place you want to go to!
However, the restaurant has meat and a vegetarian menu to please all tastes, going from gourmet burgers, salads, etc.
The interior is both stylish and innovative, and it’s very welcoming. Whether you want to dine there, enjoy a casual lunch, or you want a take-out, dishes are creatively presented or delivered.
41. Browse the archives
This palace has mixed architecture of gothic and Renaissance touches, making it a must-see landmark! It was, formerly, a customs house and mint built in the 16th century. Now, the building contains all state archives and documents.
Sponza Palace features many rooms flanked by arches and an elegant inner courtyard. What you don’t know is, some of these rooms serve as exhibit rooms to display many historical documents. A certain room can be found near the ticket office, displaying monochrome photographs of Dubrovnik’s defenders.
That’s the memorial room of city’s defenders. With 300 photographs of brave people who passed away during the 1991 war of independence, you will be flooded with emotions, as soon as you see all the portraits.
You can see remnants of the Croatian flag in the memorial room that was once raised on top of Srd hill.
You can also write down whatever you want in the visitors’ book.
42. Snag a Sassy Souvenir
Instead, at the end of the Stradun, turn to the left, away from the Old Port. Then, head towards the rising Dominican Monastery. You’ll find a small shop, on your way, called Dubrovačka kuća or Dubrovnik house gift shop.
This place is a venue for high-quality souvenirs at affordable prices.
The gift shop sells different kinds of ceramics and crafts, thanks to a collaboration with the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Zagreb. It’s also possible to taste some local liquors, buy local products like bath salts, olive oil, etc.
Can’t find the perfect souvenir for you? No problem! Just ask the nice lady managing the gift shop. And don’t worry, she speaks English very well. She will definitely help you find a suitable souvenir for you at a very affordable price!
43. Hit the waves on a boat trip
You can explore the coastline of Dubrovnik by taking taxi boats or joining guided kayak tours.
44. Appreciate the modern art Dubrovnik
A hundred years ago, artworks were displayed in simple galleries limited in Paris.
As time goes on, marvelous art galleries are found everywhere in Europe!
And, for all art lovers out there, Dubrovnik city offers some of the best art galleries in Europe! Appreciate modern and exciting art by visiting Dubrovnik Contemporary Gallery. You will be amazed.
The Gallery overlooks the sea and can be easily reached from Dubrovnik. It’s just a 15-minute walk from the center of Dubrovnik.
45. Catch a top DJ at Club Culture Revelin
Located at the eastern end of Old Town, Club Culture Revelin offers some of the best nightlife experiences in Dubrovnik.
The bare stone walls, the arches, and the medieval architecture all combine together with DJ music to give you an unusual summer party experience.
Converging both past and the present, and offering picturesque views of the city, Fort Revelin is certainly a must-see place to experience nightlife in Dubrovnik. One of the top things to do in Dubrovnik for party-goers.
46. Gawp at Sacred Human Remnants
The Assumption Cathedral or The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary is a must-see location in Dubrovnik because it holds remains of the skull, the leg, and the arm of the patron saint of Dubrovnik: St. Blaise.
Yes, you heard it right!
For a small historical glimpse, it is said that the Cathedral was founded by Richard the Lion Heart. Around 1190, and after returning from the last crusade, shipwrecked Richard was cast off Lokrum Island. He funded all construction works of the Cathedral in recognition of citizens’ hospitality.
After the famous earthquake of 1667, the Church was completely destroyed. And in its place was built a magnificent Baroque church.
With one of the richest treasures of all Europe, the Cathedral holds an interesting collection of holy relics.
The most intriguing reliquary is the one keeping the body remains of St. Blaise. It is encrusted with gemstones, and it shows the significant effort done by jewelers and their attention to detail to create such incredible casings.
Another reliquary is said to keep some of Jesus Christ’s pieces of clothes, and even wood from the Holy Cross is said to be integrated into a 16th-century crucifix.
47. Discover Your Own Cave Beach
The Betina cave is situated near the Grand Villa Argentina Hotel. However, hotel guests never visit it. And, this is the perfect opportunity for you to check it out!
Betina cave is a sea-access cave, and it is out of sight.
The empty beach is located in a cool cave, and it is perfect for picnics and swimming. It is a rocky beach, like most of Croatia’s beaches, with a white pebbly shore and crystal-clear water opening on the Adriatic Sea.
48. Experience Dubrovnik Summer Festival
Every summer, the city becomes a venue for this massive cultural event, which lasts 47 days. Can you believe that?!
For more than 60 years, the city of Dubrovnik held opera performances, plays, classical music shows, dance performances, etc.
And, for our highbrow visitors, attending Hamlet in Fort Lovrijenac, at night, is something you don’t want to miss!
49. Sample Craft Beer in a Dubrovnik Brewery
The city became a destination when it comes to craft beers! This success is based on the local effort done by local beer brewers to transform the traditional beer-making of Dubrovnik. Now, the best bars of the Old Town offers drinkers the best beer thanks to Dubrovnik Beer Company, persuading visitors from all over the world to try it.
50. Visit a Medieval Pharmacy
Don’t miss out on the opportunity of visiting probably the oldest pharmacy in Europe ever! It’s definitely a hidden gem in the city of Dubrovnik, as well as the Franciscan Monastery.
The old pharmacy, now featuring a museum, is located at the Placa, which is the main street of the city. You can find the Old Pharmacy Museum inside the complex of the Franciscan Monastery, next to the St. Saviour Church.
It won’t be hard to find because the beautiful cloisters inside the Monastery will lead you to the entrance! You can also enjoy the scent of orange trees planted in the inner courtyard of the Monastery.
The pharmacy is more like a working shop, and it still operates! You will be able to see many grinders and tools used to create pharmaceutical remedies dating from the times of old Ragusa. It’s also possible to buy some skin products made by traditional methods and old recipes.
We recommend you go at the end of the day because the pharmacy can get crowded easily.
The pearl of the Dalmatian coast and Adriatic coast is full of things to do… We didn’t even touch Banje Beach or any of the main beaches, maritime museum… The clock tower, how could we not mention Clock Tower…
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