They call it the Pearl of the Adriatic, and you will realize it as soon as you visit it. Dubrovnik is beautiful and, like a hidden jewel between medieval walls, bathed by a sapphire-colored sea and surrounded by mountains it is a relatively easy place to get to. From Venice, Italy there are ferries, buses, planes and you can even drive. In this article, we will tell you the best 16 things to see and do in Dubrovnik in one, two or three days.
Tour the Historic Centre
Dubrovnik’s Old Town has been a World Heritage Site since 1979 and is the main attraction. However, during the Balkan War in 1991, it was severely damaged. It is estimated that more than 2000 bombs fell. After extensive restoration work, the historic center of Dubrovnik looks its best, attracting visitors from all over the world. In the back of the cathedral, a small market with local products and some others with souvenirs and costume jewelry is organized daily.
Climb the City Walls
Dubrovnik has one of the best-walled enclosures in all of Europe, thanks to the magnificent reconstruction after the Balkan War. They were built in the 14th century, and at some points, it reaches a width of almost 6 meters. The walled perimeter measures approximately 2 kilometers and has 120 cannons. If you go in summer, visit the wall early or late to avoid the suffocating heat. There are also areas with steep slopes. From the top, you have fantastic views of the old town.
Delve into the Game of Thrones Universe
The latest tourist push for Dubrovnik has been the cinematographic recreation of “King’s Landing”, the capital of the “Game of Thrones” series. One of the most memorable scenes is when Cersei comes down the stairs naked. You can see them next to the church of San Ignacio.
Island of Lokrum
Just 600 meters away from the port of Dubrovnik is a small and beautiful island of Lokrum. It is a beautiful excursion, and you can take the opportunity to take a dip with fewer people than in Dubrovnik. Inside the island, there is a small lagoon ideal for bathing. Boats leave every half hour from the port of Dubrovnik.
Sunset from Fort Lovrijenac
Here you can enjoy tranquility even in the high season. Leaving through the Pile gate and wandering among old low fishermen’s houses, you reach this defensive fort. The best time to visit is during sunset to have an unparalleled view of Dubrovnik and its walls.
Excursion to Kotor
The jewel of Montenegro and its views from the castle is something you cannot miss. Ideally, you should spend a night and enjoy the city, its alleys and terraces at sunset, but you can also visit it on an express day trip.
Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls Tour
The Bucolic city of Mostar was probably the most bombed and fired upon town during the Balkan war. Fortunately, it has recovered and has recovered its essence and the iconic bridge. With this excursion, you can also visit the falls on the same day.
Excursion to the Elaphite Islands
If you still want to visit the idyllic islands of the Adriatic, an excellent option is to visit the Elaphite Islands by boat. A beautiful tour that combines nature and history, on a cruise on a beautiful vintage boat. The beautiful islands of Koločep, Šipan and Lopun are visited, with time to walk in each of them and enjoy a pleasant menu by the sea.
Kayaking and Snorkeling in the Adriatic
The most refreshing and fun way to visit the walls is by having a sunset kayak ride. You will tour the exteriors of the historic center of Dubrovnik and around the island of Lokrum. In addition, they also give you a snorkel to be able to observe the fish of the crystalline waters of the Adriatic.
Have a Drink at Café Bard or Buza Bar
Both bars are ideal for unwinding and relaxing in front of the Adriatic Sea. They have terraces on the rocks outside the wall, they are quiet, and if you feel like it, they also have an area where you can take a dip, especially recommended in the afternoon.
Bathing at Local Beaches
Dubrovnik has a few beaches within walking distance of the historic center, but if you go in July or August, you are likely to be disappointed. If you still want to take off your overalls or need to cool off, then you can go to Lapad beach. There are several small beaches about 2.5 km from Dubrovnik. The good thing is that they are sandy and a little less crowded.
Go up to the Viewpoint of Mount Srdj by Cable Car
If you want a complete view of the entire city of Dubrovnik, you can climb to the top of Mount Srdj. The walk uphill is difficult, and in the summer heat, it can become your last moment of life. Instead, take the cable car, at least to go up.
Walk to the Fortress of San Juan
Dubrovnik also has a monumental port in which the Fortress of San Juan stands out at the entrance to the mouth. There you can witness local artists, locals fishing or children taking a bath away from the masses.
This Franciscan and Benedictine monastery sits at the end of bustling Stratum Street. The complex was erected in the 14th century, although, due to various war conflicts and earthquakes, it has had to be reformed on several occasions. The entrance costs 40 kn, but the most interesting thing is the beautiful cloister, and you can see it without paying since it is next to where the tickets are paid.
It is the most significant building in Dubrovnik, as it was the seat of the city government. It currently houses the City History Museum. It was built in the 15th century and, like other buildings in Dubrovnik, was damaged in the 1667 earthquake and later restored. In summer important concerts are organized in front of the building.
It is another of the emblematic buildings of Dubrovnik. It dates from the 16th century and has a mixture of Gothic and Renaissance styles. It was originally the city customs office and today houses the Dubrovnik Archive. It costs 25 kn, but you can visit an area without paying.
Our Final Word
Beautiful beaches, historic monuments and incredible landscapes. This is our kind of holiday and Dubrovnik checks off all the boxes. One day is not enough, two days is ok, but stay three or more for a truly immersive experience. Dubrovnik is truly the Pearl of the Adriatic.