Dubrovnik has been on our bucket list for a long time and we are super excited to share a guest post from Red White Adventures on the best things to do in Dubrovnik, Croatia! Dubrovnik is a city most of us have probably heard about by now. Well, if you’re lucky enough to go spend some time in this historic city right off the Adriatic then here is a guide for all the places to visit in Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik a city filled with history, wars, art, Game of Thrones, and absolute beauty. It’s a city Jo and I fell in love with instantly!
We’ll try our best to share all the places you must visit if you’re in Dubrovnik just for the weekend or doing a cross-Europe trip. So let’s get straight to it and we hope you enjoy your time in sunny Croatia as much as we did – It rained 5 out of the 7 days we were there!
7 Things to do in Dubrovnik
Sea Kayaking in Dubrovnik
Kayaking in Dubrovnik was probably our favorite activity we did there. Again, the weather wasn’t on our side and it was raining the whole excursion but it was just so much fun. If you want to explore a bit and see this beautiful city from the Adriatic sea then kayaking in Dubrovnik should definitely be added to your list!
If you want some information on a kayak trip to Lokrum Island or to blue cave beach then this blog post has you covered on all the details. We definitely recommend the Dubrovnik sunset kayak tour since you get to see a beautiful sunset in one direction and the fading light on Old Town Dubrovnik in the other.
Sunset at Mt Srb
If you’re looking for something fun to do right outside of Old Town and love hiking like us then a Mt Srb sunset has to be on your agenda. There is a trail that begins right from the center of town that takes you all the way to the top. This takes about an hour and a half each way. Otherwise, you can take a taxi up the steep hill and enjoy the stunning sunsets setting behind the Adriatic sea. (Can you tell we really like sunsets?)
We highly recommend some good runners to hike up to Mt Srb since the trail can be a little bumpy. A smartphone or a flashlight will also come in handy since the trail will be dark after sunset. So go prepared and enjoy one of Dubrovnik’s most amazing views!
Walk the Wall
If there’s one way to see the beautiful Old Town then it’s walking well above the city along the wall. It’s 100% worth spending the money and getting the Dubrovnik Card which will give you a decent discount for the Dubrovnik Wall.
Once you’re up on the wall make sure to take it all in because you can only enter once. So make the most of it! You’ll be above all the red roofs and towers overlooking the ocean and all the fascinating buildings Dubrovnik has to offer!
You’ll have great views of Mt Srb and there’s a good chance you’ll see a group or two of sea kayakers out at sea. The wall is a great way to get a feel for the old town and the surrounding views. And to feel like you’re in Game of Thrones!
A Day Trip to Kotor
We know you’re here to see Dubrovnik and everything it has to offer, but if you have an extra day, why not go visit Croatia’s beautiful neighbor?
Kotor is only a 2 hour drive south of Dubrovnik and is one of Montenegro’s most beautiful coastal cities. It has a smaller old town than Dubrovnik but it is well worth visiting and checking out as well.
We have a great list of things to do in Kotor and also all the information you need to know about driving there and planning your trip to the beautiful city of Kotor. If you love cats you will love Kotor!
Visit Lokrum Island
Lokrum Island is only a short ferry ride from Old Town Dubrovnik. It’s the island that you can see almost everywhere in Dubrovnik and is the perfect place to go on a sunny day! Especially since Old Town may be packed and crowded with tourists.
There is so much to do and explore on Lokrum Island that it should have its own blog post. There are wild animals, the Game of Thrones “throne”, the Dead Sea, forts, peacocks, and a whole lot more! All we can say is that you have to spend a day there while you’re in Dubrovnik.
The ferry itself leaves from Old town Port and costs 120 Kuna including admission to the island and takes just under 15 minutes. Once you’re on the boat you’ll get the same views as if you went sea kayaking and you’ll see the beautiful Old Town as you sail into the Adriatic.
Go Cliff Jumping
If you’re adventurous like me and want to get your adrenaline pumping then there is this awesome place to go cliff jumping right outside of Old Town. If you put Cold Drink Buza into Google Maps it will lead you to this little bar that is hidden away where you can go cliff jumping.
Be aware that Google Maps doesn’t work as great in the Old Town as it does anywhere else. So it may take you a few minutes to orient yourself and actually find the place. We got lost a few times!
If you’re with friends who don’t want to cliff jump then they can sit at the bar and order a drink while watching the sunset or go swimming in the sea.
Try the Ice Cream
Honestly, every ice cream parlor was delicious, so we can’t narrow it down to just one place you have to try. We tried about 3 or 4 different places and they were all delicious so we think you should try a few and let us know your favourite ice cream shop in Old Town.
Funny story: One night we missed the bus back to our Airbnb and were going to have to take an Uber home which was going to be 4x the money. So we decided to get an ice cream first and as we ordered the man working said “This one is on us.”
So as we were walking with our free ice cream back to the main road to catch an Uber we decided that we wanted to hitchhike. Within a minute a young couple picked us up and drove us back to our Airbnb!
So all we can say is EAT ICE CREAM in Dubrovnik! 🙂
No matter if you’re in Dubrovnik for one, three, or five days, you absolutely have to get the Dubrovnik Card. Especially if you’re planning on going up on the wall because then it will basically pay for itself along with getting a bunch of other sites for free. With the 7-day card, you will also get a few public transport passes and discounts to many restaurants and shops.
So if you’re planning on going and want to save a bunch of money then you can purchase your Dubrovnik card here and enjoy all the sweet deals.
We took full advantage of it. We used the public transport, toured the wall, and checked out lots of the other sights we probably wouldn’t have if we hadn’t got the pass.
There were a few things we didn’t really care for but still went inside to use the restrooms so we wouldn’t have to pay to use the public ones (#budgethack). All in all, the Dubrovnik Card was the best purchase for all things to do in Dubrovnik along with the 6 other things we mentioned above!
We hope you have the time of your life in Dubrovnik (we sure did) and we hope these 7 things to do are perfect for what you’re looking for.
Hopefully this list has inspired you to do a lot of fun things in Dubrovnik! If you plan on traveling through the rest of Croatia then make sure you stop at Krka National Park, the land of the waterfalls!
Safe travels and we hope you enjoy your trip!
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What to pack
- No matter where we travel, I always take these trusty hand sanitizers and a mini first aid kit.
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- I still struggle not to overpack so stick to using an expandable suitcase like these and always take my trusty luggage scales to avoid being charged at the airport.
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Saturday 4th of January 2020
I loved Dubrovnik when we visited a few years ago but we didn't give ourselves enough time to explore. I particularly like the sound of heading up Mount Srb and enjoying a day on Lokrum. Would you recommend the time of year that you visited?
Saturday 4th of January 2020
I've been to Dubrovnik 7 years ago before it got so famous and packed with tourists, and only on a day trip from Montenegro. I think it's a lovely destination and would love to spend more than one day there and get to do and see all these cool things and places you mentioned.
Saturday 4th of January 2020
Croatia is on my bucket list also, so have pinned this for when I start planning. It's happening in 2021! :)