Top attractions in Dubrovnik
The 10 Best Things to Do in Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is a must-see city! Set against a backdrop of a cobalt blue sea, the old town walls have protected its architectural treasures in a pretty package for centuries. Once visiting this gem on the Adriatic coast, you'll promise to return again.
Paved in limestone that shimmers like water in the sunlight, the pedestrian street from the 11th century runs through the heart of the old town and is popular day and night.
2. Dubrovnik Cathedral
Dedicated to St. Blaise, today's 18th-century Baroque structure stands on the site of previous cathedrals. A gold-plated arm, leg and skull of the saint are in the treasury.
3. Dubrovnik Synagogue
Located on Ulica Žudioska (Jewish Street), it's the world's oldest Sephardic synagogue still in use and dates to 1408. It's also the second oldest in Europe, the one in Prague is the oldest.
4. City Walls of Dubrovnik
The construction of the wall to encircle the city started in the 9th century. It underwent further enhancements, including the addition of 15 forts, in the 15th century.
Built upon a rock 121 feet above the sea, the fort dates to the early 14th century. The inscription over the entrance reads: Freedom is not sold for all the gold in the world.
6. Mt. Srđ
For a stunning view of Dubrovnik's waves of terracotta rooftops punctuating an endless, azure blue sea, take the cable car up to this mountain top rising over 1300 feet.
7. Trsteno Arboetum
The lush botanical park in the town of Trsteno boasts a Renaissance residence, Neptune Fountain, and aqueduct. The two Oriental Plane trees at the entrance are 500 years old.
Also known as Kalamota Island, this tranquil spot is a quick trip from Dubrovnik. Enjoy a dip in the crystal clear waters or a paddle by kayak through the Blue Cave.
With boat service every 30 minutes from Dubrovnik, the island is a great getaway for the day. There are hiking trails, plenty of peacocks wandering around and places that serve lunch.
The island is famous for its white wines and some say the birthplace of Marco Polo. Blessed with great architecture and history - the town of Korčula will certainly enchant you.
Planning Your Visit
How many days to spend in Dubrovnik?
You can see the major attractions within the walled city in two full days, but consider Dubrovnik as a base to explore the surrounding area on some day-trips. This option also allows you to enjoy spending more time in the old town in the evening.
You'll only need your own two feet when visiting the attractions in the old town. At first it may seem like a complex maze to navigate, but it's fun to explore. You'll find one side of the Stradun is flat, while the other side is steep in parts. Buses 1A, 1B and 1C run regularly between the old town and the main bus station.
Where to stay in Dubrovnik
Staying within the old town is an ideal place to be, but suggested areas outside the city walls include Lapad and Ploce, the later being a bit hilly with nice views over historical Dubrovnik.
Good to know
- Croatian Kuna (kn)
- Time Zone
- UTC (+01:00)
- Country Code
- Best time to visit
- The cruise ships and 'Game of Thrones' fans flood the city from May to August. Its best to visit during the late Spring when you can wander the city freely and the weather warm but not yet at peak heat. Keep in mind the boats to the islands are infrequent during the off-season.
Other Sightseeing Options in Dubrovnik
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What people are saying about Dubrovnik
I went on this kayak trip on October 18th. It was a clear sky with very calm water. Kayaking beneath the walls of Dubrovnik was an amazing sight and one that you otherwise don't get unless you're out on the water. Kayaking along he cliffs and then around Lokrum island was a nice 3hour trip. I'm in my 30's and would consider myself somewhere between a beginner and an intermediate kayaker. I found this trip to be a comfortable workout, but depending on your experience and especially the weather, this may be different for others. My guide was from Adventure Dubrovnik and her name is Tonka. She was a SUPERB guide! Extremely knowledgeable. Out of the 3 hours on the trip, we spent at least 2.5 hours talking about the history, geography, wine, and culinary traditions of Croatia as we paddled. I love all of those subjects and Tonka was willing to indulge my curiosity. That was probably the best part - learning so much while kayaking in a beautiful place.
If you're looking for a different way to experience Dubrovnik and love a bit of activity rather than just reading a guide book, then this is the trip for you. My husband & I chose a very hot day to escape the city. The guides from the very beginning were helpful, especially as we were complete kayak novices. This trip had everything, a bit of activity, but not too much, wonderful views, interesting facts from our guides, cooling sea, rest stops with the ability to swim (but for my non swimmer husband, it wasn't required) - they even threw in a nice lunch! I think it was a really good duration too - long enough to feel like you'd got good value for money & actually achieved something, but not so much you were exhausted. Honestly I loved it so much I'd definitely go again. I didn't see anyone in our group who didn't enjoy themselves and it was all very well organised and easy for us.
Wonderful tour of the Dubrovnik coast, from the water. Clean boat, with friendly knowledgeable captain, and any amenities you might want (music, refreshments, blanket). Great tidbits and info about Dubrovnik and Croatia were provided by the captain, which I only heard here. Great communication leading up to the tour, as well. Highly recommend!
This was a great experience. The guide was spectacular, a true Game of Thrones fan. He was an extra in the filming of Game of Thrones, and was able to answer all of my questions. If you are a fan of GOT, this is the tour for you.
Wonderful tour with Ivana! She catered the tour to my questions and interests, and I learned about life growing up in the area, along with many tidbits about Dubrovnik.