Game of Thrones aside, more and more people have been making Dubrovnik, Croatia their destination of choice when thinking of a quick getaway. This lesser-known tourist destination has become increasingly popular in recent years and we 100% understand why.
Unique and bewitching, the city of Dubrovnik is armed with a beckoning Old Town, towering medieval walls, and a coastal backdrop that will make your jaw drop to the floor. That’s not even mentioning all the historical sites and the numerous entertainment and facilities that it provides. Its beauty alone has attracted many a traveler, but one of the great things about ancient Dubrovnik is that there is a lot to do there too.
Between the crystal sandy beaches, stunning architecture, and beautiful weather this place is an amazing European destination. You can travel to Dubrovnik at any time of the year and you will be blown away by it, no matter what kind of traveler you are. So if you’re planning on taking a trip there soon (warning: you will be after reading this), here are our favorite things to do there!
Things to Do in Dubrovnik, Croatia
Walk the Ancient Walls of the City
Try the Truffle Pasta at Konoba Veranda
Stand at the Bottom of Pile Gate
Admire Dubrovnik’s Cathedral
Explore the Old Town
Stare in awe at Rector’s Palace
Take a Boat Tour around the City
Visit the Church of St Ignatius of Loyola
Take in another side of Old Town by Kayak
Eat at BOWA
Ride a Cable Car
Take a Day Trip to Montenegro
Bike around the Beauty that Surrounds Dubrovnik
One of our favorite ways to explore a new place is by bike, so we can’t highly recommend this activity enough. While in Dubrovnik. consider taking a day to explore the surroundings outside of the city; you could spend a full day cycling past vineyards, aristocratic villas, colourful olive groves, old stone churches, and through charming fishing villages.
Eat at Taverna Otto in Near Lapad
Restaurant wise, the ones in the Old Town tend to be a bit overpriced which is why we opted to visit restaurants near the port and Lapad. If you’re looking for a simple yet delightful meal, head on over to Taverna Otto which serves fresh ceviche, burgers, and more. Their servers are lovely and have great wine recommendations.
Hang out at Stradun
Discover Korcula Island
Visit the Skar Winery Dubrovnik
See Spectacular Views from Mount Srd
You have two choices to get the reward: cable car or a long, challenging (and sometimes torturous) hike uphill. If you chose the latter, then you deserve nothing more than what you’ll see when you reach the top. With panoramic views of the whole city surrounded by sparkling turquoise waters, you can experience first hand why this mountain was and is the symbol of the Dubrovnik Resistance.
Sleep in a Treehouse Just Outside of Dubrovnik
Visit Fort Lovrijenac
Become a sloth at Banje Beach
Attempt to get out of a Dubrovnik Escape Room
Have a cliff-side drink at Buža Bar
Get Dirty on a Buggy Safari
An hour-long expedition of Dubrovnik explores the outskirts of the Dalmatian rocky ranch. Although quite an adrenaline filled activity, you will also get to see rarely-seen locations such as hilltop fortresses and a Croatian ranch as well as local wildlife that others won’t ever get to experience within the walls of the city.
Book a Romantic Retreat at Villa Orsula
Have a Picnic Overlooking the City Harbor
The Classics: Must-Not Miss Things to Do
The city of Dubrovnik is an incredible combination of modern luxury and rich history. Some of the simplest things to do here are the most fun! Take a stroll through the old town, or relax on one of the many gorgeous beaches. But if it’s your first time in Dubrovnik, you’ll want to hit up the most popular tourist spots first. They’re popular for a reason! Start your trip with these classic spots:
- Placa Thoroughfare
- Old Town
- Cable car ride over the Old Town
- Fort Lovrijenac
- The Island of Lokrum
- Church of Saint Blaise
Things to Do in Dubrovnik for History Lovers
Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is full of incredible historical spots. Dating back to the 7th century, strolling around this town you’ll see remnants of the past in present-day Dubrovnik. There are charming stone fortresses, like Saint John’s Fortress, and Fort Lovrijenac. This Dubrovnik tourist guide gives you info on all the tours available.
Pay a visit to some of the city’s beautiful ancient churches and you’ll see why this city is the perfect European getaway. Gorgeous facades and stunning interiors will take your breath away when you visit sites such as the Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola or the Rector’s Palace.
Things to do in Dubrovnik for Art Lovers
Dubrovnik has some beautiful galleries and museums, and there’s something so romantic about strolling through a gallery and looking and beautiful works of art with the one you love. While you’re visiting, be sure to check out some of these spots.
Art by Stjepko features colorful and vibrant paintings by this friendly local artist who will happily show you around his studio. Art Gallery Talir has a beautiful variety of paintings and sculptures and depicts 1,000 years of Croatian history too! Check out the Franciscan Monastery for a look at some architectural beauty, with a little museum hidden inside.
Things to do in Dubrovnik for the Adventurers
With the sparkling Aegean Sea surrounding the city, it’s a great spot to try out watersports. Check out the local sea life while diving or snorkeling, or see the scenery at a slower pace while kayaking to Lokrum Island. If hiking and mountains are your thing, check out this list of awesome hiking trails in Dubrovnik that are worth doing.
There are also guided rafting trips available if you want a rush of excitement on the river! If you want an adventure that doesn’t involve too much exercise, grab a bottle of wine and take a motorboat tour around the islands for a luxury adventure experience!
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Things to do in Dubrovnik for Those Who Love Shopping
Tours and historical sites are great, but sometimes you just want to shop! Take a break from your city tour to indulge in some good, old-fashioned retail therapy. Dubrovnik’s Old Town has an array of charming boutiques and high-end shops.
There are many stores specializing in local treasures, so be sure to check them out to pick up some souvenirs from your romantic getaway! Stop by OPG Sardi to pick up some gourmet salts and spices to remember the tastes of Croatia even back home.
Life According to Kawa sells authentic Croatian-made products, ranging from wine to make up. For locally made jewelry pieces that are as much works of art as they are accessories, check out Dubrovnik Treasures and pick up something special!
Where to Eat in Dubrovnik
In addition to its impressive list of sights and activities, Dubrovnik also boasts an amazing selection of dining options. With loads of cheap eats alongside of multiple Michelin Star restaurants and gourmet options available, you’ll fall as much in love with the food as the scenery during your stay. Check out some of our recommendations for charming and indulgent dining spots.
Best Cheap Eats in Dubrovnik
- Ala Mizerija
- Tutto Bene
Best Breakfast and Brunch Places in Dubrovnik
- Dubravka 1836 Restaurant
- Restaurant More Dubrovnik
- Above 5 Restaurant
- Cafe Festival
- Soul Caffe
Best Lunch/ Dinner Places in Dubrovnik
- Lacroma Restaurant
- Peppers Eatery
- Vita Bella
- Oyster and Sushi Bar Bota
- Konoba Dubrava
- Azur Dubrovnik (Michelin Starred)
Best Cocktails and Drinks in Dubrovnik
- Banje Beach Restaurant and Lounge
- Malvasija Wine Bar
- Cafe Buza
If you prefer a more casual environment, pop by a local market and pick up the ingredients for a seaside picnic! Enjoy the sunset on the beach with a bottle of wine and a gourmet spread. Can you think of anything dreamier? All in all, Dubrovnik is an incredible up and coming city with heaps of fun things to do.
Between its charming cobblestone streets, affordable accommodations, and warm friendly people, a trip here is a must for anyone planning to go to Croatia!