The Best Things To Do In Dubrovnik

Written By: Derek Ainsworth

Set along the coastline of the breathtaking Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik is located in southern Croatia. Visitors to this gorgeous city will marvel at the number of old world buildings that still stand throughout, dating back to the 16th century. At every turn, a preserved building complements the new and thriving city, giving travelers a glimpse into the past. In addition to the lovely baroque and Renaissance architecture, views of the sea are found from numerous spots within the city – there’s really not a place in Dubrovnik that doesn’t lend to the beauty of its surroundings.

With a minimal population compared to most surrounding cities, Dubrovnik is one of the most popular tourist destinations throughout the Mediterranean and is a World Heritage Site. With crystal blue waters, beautiful Renaissance architecture and plenty to see and do, it’s no wonder that this Croatian city sees a constant flow of visitors throughout the year – it’s even a location for numerous popular shows and movies, including Game of Thrones and Star Wars: The Last Jedi!

As you explore the city, you’ll find that there are many unique activities to enjoy. Simply walking around, soaking in the surroundings and exploring the ancient remnants of the city is one of the top things to do – even heading up to Mount Srd in a cable car is one experience you won’t want to miss while you’re there. Throughout peak travel times, it’s always a great idea to do the more touristy things as early in the day as possible – not only to beat the crowds, but to also enjoy the attractions in cooler weather. Early morning sunrises and sunsets that dip below the crystal blue waters are some of the most astounding sights you’ll see!  Wineries are located in and around the city, which create a relaxing ambiance and serve some of the best foods and wine in the region. If you’re in Dubrovnik for any length of time, a boat ride or kayak experience on the Sea is definitely recommended.


Walls of Dubrovnik

Back in the tenth-century, the citizens of Dubrovnik took their defence seriously, with the construction of walls up to six-metres thick and two and a half metres high! Today, the walls of Dubrovnik are the perfect way to get your bearings in the city. Stroll the two-kilometre stretch of walls, and while you explore the towers and forts incorporated into the defence, you will enjoy great views of the city and landmarks.


Dubrovnik Old Town

A visit to Dubrovnik just has to include a tour of the Old Town. Stroll the cobblestone laneways of the medieval heart of the city, surrounded by the massive walls built originally for defence. Take your time to enjoy the boutique shops, and the amazing restaurants and cafes, as you will never be far from the city’s landmarks and museums. Then sit for a while and people-watch as the locals go about their day.


Rector’s Palace

Escape the busy streets of Dubrovnik Old City and spend some time exploring the magnificent Rector’s Palace. Playing a key role in the government of the country – from the fourteenth to eighteenth-century – the eclectic mix of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture will intrigue, while the interior’s paintings, furniture and relics provide a fascinating tour through the history of the city.


Pile Gate

As you walk across the stone bridge to the outer entrance of the Pile Gate, cast your mind back to the sixteenth-century, when travellers would express their relief at reaching the safety of the city. The green garden you see below the bridge was back then a moat, and each night the gate would be locked. Admire the statue and the grandeur of the gate as you enter the beautiful Old City of Dubrovnik!


Sponza Palace

Sponza Palace was built in the sixteenth-century as government building, and has played many roles over time, including as the mint, and today as the State archive. As you stand in the front courtyard, explore the impressive façade, with Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Once you move inside, investigate the fascinating history of the city with permanent and visiting displays on show.


Trsteno Arboretum

The entrance to the Trstend Arboretum is created by stunning five-hundred-year-old trees, and the garden is the fruit of seeds and plants, collected from around the world since the fifteenth-century. Explore the gardens and the massive fountain of Neptune, in what was once the summer residence of a powerful local family.


Dubrovnik Cable Car

A great way to get your bearings in Dubrovnik is to take the cable car to the summit of Mt Srd. The speedy trip of almost 800-metres, will provide you with amazing views of the Old Town, the picturesque coastline, and the beautiful islands which surround the city. Try to time your visit with a spectacular sunset, and stay for a nice meal at the restaurant!


Plitvice Lakes National Park

A five-hour trip from Dubrovnik takes you to the spectacular Plitvice Lakes National Park in central Croatia, which is spread over nearly 300-square-kilometres. Stroll along the boardwalks and enjoy stunning blue-green lakes and cascading waterfalls, interspersed with crystal- clear streams. Take the ferry along the biggest lake, and take in the spectacular views that surround you. This is a day that live in your memory forever!


Makarska Riviera

Set on the coast of Croatia, the Makarska Riviera is an extremely popular holiday destination, with pebble beaches, beautiful coves and crystal-clear water. The town of Makarska is considered to be the most popular with travellers, with hiking on Mount Biokovo and a lively nightlife on offer. Brela is quieter and more popular with families, offering great holidays for relaxing. When visiting the area, stroll the streets of the towns and soak up the fascinating history, and be sure to visit the monasteries and churches too!

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