9 Must-Do’s in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Coined the Pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik has easily topped the list as one of our favourite cities. The walls in the Old City are in such pristine condition that it’s hard to believe this place is real. After a long week of driving down Croatia from Zagreb through BiH, we were ready for some down time in King’s Landing. If you’re thinking of stopping by Dubrovnik on a cruise, don’t. This beautiful city deserves more than just a few hours’ stop!

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1. get lost in the Old City

Explore each corner, each alley, and each gate within the stone walls. Stop by Onofrio’s Fountains to refill your water bottle when you get thirsty. It’s clean- you can drink it right from the tap! Did I mention it’s also leg day everyday in Dubrovnik? Seriously, it was like we were constantly using the StairMaster. (which was great, because we didn’t need to work out!)

2. stay outside the city walls

It may be tempting to to stay in the centre of the action, but you’re actually much better off finding accommodation outside the gates. Not only are there more options, but you’ll also wake up with a beautiful view of the Old City from your bedroom window. We stayed at an Airbnb just a 5min walk from the Ploce Gate, Konzum (supermarket), and Banje Beach.

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Waking up to this every morning was such a blessing; we didn’t want to leave!

3. go on a Game of Thrones tour

GoT has brought in millions of dollars to Croatia’s tourism revenue. If you’re a not a fan of this HBO series, this half day of nerdgasm may not be for you. But if you’re a fan like us, don’t miss out! Having been one of the extras in GoT, our guide was extremely knowledgeable and kept the whole tour upbeat and fun. It was awesome seeing where all the different scenes were filmed!

4. walk the City Walls

This is a must do. The entrance fee is 100kn, but you get a discount if you keep your ticket stub from Fort Lovrijenac (we were there on our GoT tour). The view of the orange rooftops against the deep blue sea will take your breath away! Try to go early in the morning or late in the afternoon, otherwise you’ll be roasted. Make sure you stay hydrated and load up on sunscreen because there’s no shade up there. Allow at least 1-2hrs to complete the whole circuit; wear comfortable shoes!

Beautiful sights, yes, but I thought I was going to pass out from the heat and humidity! Prepare yourself if you’re doing this in the summer.

5. wine tasting at D’vino Wine Bar

For a great night out, check out D’vino Wine Bar. It’s a cozy little bar right in the heart of the Old City. They offer an impressive selection of wines, both domestic and imported, at a surprisingly affordable price! The place is quite small and it can get really busy. It’d be wise to make reservations in advance. We each ordered a wine tasting flight – one red and one white with 3 wines each – and shared a cheese platter. The couple who sat next to our table ordered 4 flights each! I gotta say, their charcuterie board looked pretty damn amazing.

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6. take the cable car

For 120kn (70kn one way), you can go on a 5min ride that will take you to the top of Mount Srdj for an extraordinary view of the coast. You can also hike up and down the plateau if you’re up for the challenge! There’s a lovely restaurant and cafe at the top where you can enjoy a drink or two.

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7. sunset dinner at Restaurant Panorama

Don’t just ride the cable car for the view- stay for dinner! We chose to splurge a little on our last night in Dubrovnik. To ensure we’d be seated at the best table in the house, I made reservations weeks in advance. The open-air concept offers a magnificent sight as the sun sets over the Adriatic Sea as you enjoy your meal. The prices are quite fair, too- it’s actually not any more expensive than the restaurants within the walls. If you’re looking for a romantic night out in Dubrovnik, this is it!

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8. Island of Lokrum

To escape from the crowds and blistering sun, take a short 15min ferry ride over to the Island of Lokrum. We didn’t have enough time for this but our GoT guide said it’s worth your while. The paths are shaded with clear signs showing you the different points of interests. Bring a swimsuit to swim in the sea- you might even see some peacocks! This is also where the iron throne replica is if you’re a fan.

9. Fort Lovrijenac

Just a few minutes from Pile Gate on foot, this is the ‘Red Keep’ from Game of Thrones- tons of scenes were filmed here. Hike up the lush green landscape to get a good view of the Old City. There isn’t that too much to see within the fort, but the view from the top is phenomenal! Make sure you experience this both in the day and at night.

It’s truly amazing how well-preserved this Medieval Town is. Have you been? What do you like most about Dubrovnik?

 

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19 thoughts on “9 Must-Do’s in Dubrovnik, Croatia

  1. Hi Ivy,

    This little blog is great! I’m heading to Dubrovnik in 3 weeks, only staying for 3 days before moving on to Montenegro. What do you recommend we do in our few days there?
    Also, what time of year did you go? I’m just wondering what the weather will be like when i’m there early May.

    Thank you! Charlotte x

    • Thank you, Charlotte! 🙂

      We didn’t get a chance to stop by Montenegro, can’t help you there unfortunately 🙁 I would love to read about your experience when you get back though! Kotor looks so beautiful.

      We went in late August. It was extra humid and hot because 2015 saw record high temperatures. Early May would be an AWESOME time to go! Shoulder season so it won’t be as busy and not nearly as hot. I’m so jealous, I’m dying to go again! Have a wonderful trip!! 🙂

  2. Hi Ivy!

    You’re blog really helped my friend and I decide to just go to Croatia instead of splitting it with a week in Greece and we can’t wait! Would you be able to recommend a place to stay? We’ve been looking on various sites but we’re not sure whether we should stay in the Old Town or outside the city walls?

    Looking forward to hearing from you 🙂

    Carolyne

  3. Hi Ivy,

    What a beautiful place to visit! The scenery is amazing, the architecture enchanting and I totally love site from the city walls. Thank you for sharing your experience!

    Zaria

  4. I hope you’re not intending to visit any churches in those outfits. You have to respect the local sensibilities.

    • Of course! We always follow clothing guidelines (i.e. when we visited temples in Cambodia and Thailand) but we didn’t visit any churches or cathedrals in Dubrovnik and stayed outdoors.

  5. I love Croatia but have never visited Dubrovnik! The wine tasting and GOT tour sounds unreal… i need to explore more of Europe and I think this has just made it to the top of my list! Thanks for sharing babe X

    Katrina x

  6. Everyone in Croatia must visit at least three of the 1200 islands. Hvar on the island of Hvar, The island of Mali Losinj, Bol and Pucisca on the island of Brac , Komiza on the island of Vis and korcula on the island of Korcula. My hidden treasure in peak season as its not too busy and still has the tourist summer vibe is the island of Murter and the Kornati archipelago. The islands are the best in peak season as they don’t have cruise ship crowds so the water is warm and crowds bearable

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