There are a lot of things to do in Dubrovnik. Start by tackling its history; walk around the City Walls and, from there, you’ll get the first feeling for this beautiful city and its position between the mountain and the sea.
Even though Dubrovnik has become one of the World’s most luxurious IN places, there are still plenty of cheap (or even free) things to do in Dubrovnik. You don’t need to own a yacht or spend a fortune to have a good time in Dubrovnik. Thanks to the fantastic weather, a clean blue sea, our rich culture and historical heritage we have so much to offer even if you’re on a strict budget.
This city is a one-town tourist industry on its own, with endless things to do all year round. As stunning as the clear blue sea around it, the former center of the independent Republic of Ragusa invites superlatives and attracts the lion’s share of Croatia’s visitors. Read on for our insider’s guide to the best things to do in Dubrovnik.
Ask anyone what should be the first of the things to do in Dubrovnik, and they will probably recommend Walls of Dubrovnik. Yep, it can get pretty crowded, but it’s famous for a good reason. You will need at least an hour to walk almost 2 KM loop. Charge your cameras because the view is breathtaking. Some local’s advice? Go early to avoid the crowds and hot temperatures. Also, don’t forget your water bottles! Admission for individuals is 200 HRK.
To truly understand Dubrovnik’s fascinating story and its appeal to everybody, take a tour and see the Old Town from below and above, explore the little side streets and listen about the legends and curiosities hidden in every stone. It is also your perfect opportunity to visit locations in Dubrovnik that you’d certainly miss out on if you were strolling around by yourself. You will unveil a different face of Dubrovnik by visiting the most memorable scenes from HBO’s most popular TV show ever! We suggest these tours as one of the best things to do in Dubrovnik.
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3. Explore the local beaches and enjoy in Jet Ski Safari Tours.
Banje beach should probably be high on the Dubrovnik things to-do list. This perfect beach is not more than an eye wink of the Old City, and it’s offering a heavenly view. Take a plunge in Dubrovnik’s warm crystal clear sea and relax your body & soul. Jet ski rental and safari tours are probably one of the best ways to explore the islands around Dubrovnik. It’s a fast and fun adventure! Visit hidden beaches nearby Dubrovnik, spend a day at sea. Professional guides/instructors will be at your disposal all the time and show you all the beautiful places that only locals know.
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4. Get a bargain ice-cream!
In Rome, you would pay a fortune for it, but here shops on the main street, Stradun, provide up to 50 flavors for around 2 euros! As an ice-cream addict, I can guarantee; Dubrovnik’s ice-cream is probably the best one you’ll ever have. Believe us; ice-cream should be high on your things to do in Dubrovnik list 🙂
5. Visit the open-air market in the Old Town.
The open-air market is a great way to start your day in Dubrovnik. Here, you can pick up the fresh stuff and then settle in the corner of the square in a small coffee shop for your morning coffee and newspapers. Gundulić Square offers organic seasonal fruit and vegetables mostly grown in the fields just outside the town, mainly the Konavle region. Besides that, you can find locally produced goods like dried lavender, aromatic oils, home-made brandies, beautiful embroidery, and much other authentic stuff. You should get up pretty early because the market opens every morning and it closes in the afternoon. You should definitely add this to your things to do in Dubrovnik list.
A day trip to one of the islands in this archipelago northwest of Dubrovnik makes a perfect getaway from the summer crowds. The most popular islands are Koločep, Lopud, and Šipan. The island’s name originates from the Greek word elafos, meaning deer – in ancient times, you could find a lot of deer at the islands. The islands were significant due to their location close to Dubrovnik. Some of the most skillful mariners come from this region.
7. Sit in a caffé.
When in Dubrovnik do like Dubrovnik’s people do. And this one is an absolute classic thing to do while in Dubrovnik. Croatia’s favorite activity is having a coffee and watching people pass by (we mean- gossiping). We can do this for hours. The little caffés on the main street are perfect for this. But if you’re looking for a cheaper solution, check out the smaller streets – you will get equally excellent service for much less money.
It takes only 10 minutes to get there from the port of Old Town. This beautiful island is rich with seaside cliffs, fantastic nature (botanical garden & exotic animal species) hidden rocky beaches, and many other attractions like The dead sea, old monastery, etc. So there are many ways to spend a couple of hours on this beautiful island just opposite of Dubrovnik.
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9. The Srđ Hill
Experiencing beautiful Dubrovnik by strolling the streets is one thing. Seeing it in all of its glory from high above is another thing. We suggest you take the short Dubrovnik cable car ride up to The Srđ Hill to see Dubrovnik from the above. The views from up there are breathtaking. An adult round-trip ticket will cost you 170 kunas. If you want to experience the views from the top of an Srdj Hill and walk back down, a one-way ticket costs 90 kunas.
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Another fascinating yet adventurous way to explore Dubrovnik’s coast is kayaking. You will circle the Island of Lokrum, explore the small caves, and make a quick stop into a private cave beach called Betina špilja.
Things to do in Dubrovnik Old Town
Here are a few suggestions for what to in Dubrovnik Old Town to discover some of the particular attractions in the historic center. There are so many things to do in the Old Town that is all within easy walking distance. In November or December, the town will seem relatively empty – one of the significant advantages of visiting now when you can see the real beauty of Dubrovnik without the teeming crowds. You will be able to adopt some of the local habits: stop for a leisurely coffee more than just once in a day, or wander very slowly through the Old Town.
Dubrovnik City Walls
To get the best view of the Old Town and the clear blue Adriatic sea, take a stroll around the City Walls. Most of your time, you will be within the 15th-century ring of fortifications, in the small square half-mile of gleaming medieval space bisected by the 300-meter-long Stradun. You may drift between the two main gates of Pile and Ploče, guided perhaps by the list of places on the maroon flags. Each venue is with its logoed white lamp, accosted sometimes by barkers on every side-street corner calling you up to the bland tourist restaurants on Prijeko.
Cats scatter in from the old harbor, a cacophony of tour guides give their spiels. The Old Town is free of traffic until you reach the bus-choked hub outside the Pile Gate. Beyond, over the drawbridge, stand the Lovrijenac Fortress, used for productions of Shakespeare classics during the Summer Festival and the permanently busy main road to the ferry port at Gruž, and Lapad.
Exiting the Old Town via the Ploče Gate takes you past the attractive old harbor, where taxi boats set off for the nearby island of Lokrum. Beyond the gate stretches Banje beach, then a string of luxury hotels.
Back inside the City Walls is the main square and crossing point of Luža, where you’ll find the landmark astronomical clock tower (sadly, a modern rebuild of the original). Orlando’s Column is where all state declarations were read out to the citizens. Here, you can also find the smaller of Onofrio’s fountains, and a prosaic statue of Shakespeare-era playwright Marin Držić, installed in 2008.
Surrounding Luža are the main historical attractions of the Rector’s Palace, the Cathedral and Treasury, the Sponza Palace and the Dominican monastery.
The other sights are within easy reach. On the south side of the harbor, around the corner from the Rector’s Palace, are St John’s Fortress and the Aquarium. The former houses an attractive collection of ship models, paintings, and photographs detailing Dubrovnik’s maritime history, while the latter consists of a gloomy collection of tanks containing examples of Adriatic sea life.
Walking away from the old harbor, along the rocks fringing the sea-lapped city walls, are spots used by bathers and divers. The most popular is by one of the Buža bars, its jagged stones concreted flat for sunbathers. Metal steps cut into the rock to help you clamber back up.
In front of the clock tower is the baroqueChurch of St Blaise, named after the protector of Dubrovnik through the centuries of trade, torment and, tourism. It was rebuilt after the 1667 earthquake. Inside, the altar, with a statue of the saint, is the main draw. The stained-glass windows are a modern addition.
Church of St Blaise
On the other side of St Blaise, the adjoining squares of Gundulićeva Poljana and Bunićevapoljana are busy day and night. Market stalls of local produce cover the pavement in the morning, entertainment for diners and coffee drinkers at nearby terraces and bars take over after dark.
At the other end of Stradun, by the Pile Gate, there is the main draw-bridged entrance to the Old Town. There stands Onofrio’s Great Fountain, less ornate than it was before the 1667 earthquake. Behind the Franciscan church nearby, the Franciscan monastery, embellished with beautiful cloisters, houses what is claimed to be the world’s oldest pharmacy and a museum of religious artifacts.
The best contemporary gallery is War Photo Limited, with changing exhibitions of conflict photography from around the world, with one room devoted to the 1991-95 war in Croatia.
We hope you enjoyed finding out the best things to do in Dubrovnik! If you have any questions, we’ll be happy to help you out! Welcome to Dubrovnik!
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