A guide to things to do in Dubrovnik
If outstanding natural beauty, ancient history, mouth-watering food and the thrill of experiencing a new and diverse culture are at the top of your list when it comes to holidaying, you needn’t look any further than Croatia and its stunning surrounding islands.
In terms of popularity among travellers, there is little wonder why holidays to Croatia and Dubrovnik in particular are among the fastest-growing destinations among British travellers.
There are many things to do in Dubrovnik, from taking steps back in time within the ancient walls of the charming Old Town and admiring the well-preserved baroque architecture to taking in the spectacular views of the ever-glistening waters of the Adriatic Sea or jumping in for a swim or enjoying some water sports!
With its postcard perfect location, the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ is home to some of the world’s most dazzling beaches, contributing to the small but mighty city earning its rightful spot on the list of Unesco World Heritage Sites.
Get lost in The Charm of Dubrovnik's Old Town
One of the top things to do in Dubrovnik is to visit the Old Town. When on your coastal walk or circling the perfectly preserved medieval city walls by chartered yacht or kayak, it is hard to believe this picturesque city was shattered not once, but twice, by two devastating earthquakes.
With its 11th-century port, Porporela, extending into the Adriatic Sea and backdrop of cascading limestone mountains that tower over terracotta roofs and plush surrounding islands, the Old Town is the perfect spot for the history seekers among you. No wonder why the Game of Thrones production team continuously choose to shoot in this majestic setting!
The Old Town is a traffic-free zone, meaning that all attractions, including the traditional markets, bars and restaurants that line the narrow streets and squares, are only accessible by foot. After a day well-spent visiting the numerous churches, forts, monasteries, museums, and palaces, be sure to sample the fusion flavours of the tasty local cuisine.
Visiting in July or August? If so, look no further than The Dubrovnik Summer Festival’s host of live cultural, musical and theatrical events that are sure to have something you’ll love.
Lokrum Island – a nature-lover's piece of paradise
If you’re a self-proclaimed nature junkie, visiting Lokrum Island Nature Reserve, one of Croatia’s many islands, is one of the best things to do in Dubrovnik. Located just 600 metres from the Old Town, Lokrum Islet is accessible by a 15-minute taxi-boat ride that leaves the harbour in the Old Port every half-hour.
These days in the modern world, it’s rare to find a moment of silence, but the wonderfully primitive atmosphere on Lokram Island, which has no full-time inhabitants, aside from the exotic animal and plant species, visitors are invited to revel in the remarkable tranquillity the island encompasses.
Lokram’s clear and calm Mrtvo More (Dead Sea Lake) is another must, and if you’re interested in visiting one of Croatia’s many Free Body Culture (nudist) beaches, now would be the perfect time! Quick tip: sponge mats are available for purchase for the rocky cliff beach shores in case you forget to bring your own.
The historians among you are also invited to step back in time to the 12th-century Monastery Complex, where further Game of Thrones scenes have been shot at the former Benedictine monastery and beautiful botanical gardens.
Looking for unrivalled views of the Croatian coastline? Climb the steep to Fort Royal Castle and thank us later!
Ride a cable car in medieval Dubrovnik
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Dubrovnik’s cable car! If there was ever a way to fuse the ancient with the modern, this is it. Although the city’s summit is accessible via the signposted hiking trail, taking the three-minute orange cable car ride to the peak of Mount Srd is one of many highly recommended things to do in Dubrovnik.
Prepare to be amazed by the absolutely stunning panoramic views of the Old Town, luscious dotted islands and shimmering crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic Sea. On a characteristically clear day, you can see up to 50km away!
While the bird’s-eye view of the Old City presents enough reason to reach the peak, the Croatia Homeland War Museum and bar and restaurant also sit atop the mountain. There is also a souvenir shop to remind you of what is sure to be an unforgettable visit for both adults and children alike.
Although the island is small, there are many things to do in Dubrovnik, Croatia. From its undeniable natural beauty and captivating ancient architecture, to its historic monumental gems, delectable restaurants and water activities on offer, experiencing the city is strongly encouraged.
If you’d like to bask in between 12-13 hours of sunshine from May to August, enjoy satisfying average temperatures of 19°C in October, and delight in one Europe’s most well-preserved and well-balanced ancient and modern fusion cities, Dubrovnik should be the top of your list.