Historic and bustling, Dubrovnik is the ideal spot for a long weekend of cultural pursuits, al fresco dining and bathing in the warmth of the Mediterranean climate. From sampling tasty cuisine in charming cobbled alleyways to escaping the crowds of Stradun, this list covers what to see in Old Town Dubrovnik and beyond. So, without further ado, here are the top 10 things to do in Dubrovnik…
What to do in Dubrovnik
1. Walk the city walls
Combining breathtaking views and a hit of culture, the Old Town walls deserve first place on every Dubrovnik itinerary. Breathtaking views? Check. Plenty of camera roll potential? Check. Opt for the Dubrovnik Card to extend your sightseeing opportunities and don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes. Out of all the things to do in Dubrovnik, this is one not to miss.
Walls of Dubrovnik, Placa ul. 32, 20000, Dubrovnik
2. Drink rosé in a cobbled alley bar
Is there anything more romantic than sipping a glass of blush rosé in a narrow side street? Luckily, Dubrovnik has plenty of spots to while away an evening by candlelight. Personal favourites include Stara Loza with its pretty table settings on Prijeko ul. and Wine Bar Skaramuča Dubrovnik around the corner.
3. Go for a dip at Šulić Beach
A favourite amongst locals, this cosy beach is tucked away a short stroll from the city walls. It’s an idyllic spot to throw down your towel for the afternoon and escape the heat of the cobbled maze that is Old Town. Bathe in the down-to-earth atmosphere and cool off with an iced tea in the bar above. This hidden corner is the epitome of a European summer.
Šulić Beach, Ul. od Tabakarije 37, 20000, Dubrovnik
4. Catch the sunset with a cocktail in hand
Come evening time, there’s no place more delightful to take in the beauty of the shifting sky colours than at Beach Bar Dodo. Situated above Šulić Beach, it takes after its picturesque location with a laidback ambience and a fun, youthful energy. The swings at the bar are a particular highlight of this eclectic gem, as are the tasty Piña Coladas.
Beach Bar Dodo, Šulić Beach, Ul. od Tabakarije 37, 20000, Dubrovnik
5. Take a boat trip from the port in Old Town
While Old Town offers plenty to explore, one of the activities in Dubrovnik that should not be missed is a visit to Lokrum. The island is a short ferry hop away and greets visitors with a landscape of olive trees, greenery and wildlife. Take in the quiet surroundings and wander around the ruins of the medieval Benedictine monastery for a slower pace to your Dubrovnik holiday.
Porat, Ribarnica ul. 1, 20000, Dubrovnik
6. Spend the day on a sunlounger in Babin Kuk
Hop on the number 6 bus from Pile (Old Town) and look forward to a few hours of frolicking in the sun. Bring your holiday read and a relaxed mindset for a break from the bustle of the cobbled streets. The beaches here are more upmarket, with parasols for hire and waiter service at Copacabana Beach and Coral Beach Club.
7. Feast on sushi at Bota Sare
Tucked away in a cobbled alley, this upmarket sushi and oyster bar was made for balmy summer evenings. Think delicious plates of sashimi, wine fresh from the cellar, and an elegant yet laid-back feel. We dined here on our first evening and fell in love with the outdoor seating arrangement. Top tip: order the mango roll and never see sushi the same way again.
Bota Sare, Ul. od Pustijerne, 20000, Dubrovnik
8. Admire the artwork at MoMAD
Art lovers will rejoice at this haven of modern art situated in Ploce, a pleasant stroll outside of the city walls. Four stories of paintings, sculpture and installations await to be discovered. If you need to know what to do in Dubrovnik when it rains, this is your answer. Alternatively, visit in the evening and watch the sunset at Banje Beach as you make your way back to Old Town.
MoMAD, Ul. Frana Supila 23, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
9. Enjoy a romantic meal at Prora Restaurant
Refined, intimate and oozing with Mediterranean charm, dining at this spot on the water’s edge is guaranteed to be a highlight of every stay. Silk and linen are encouraged, while glasses of delicate champagne finish off the sophisticated ambience. Out of all the Dubrovnik experiences to savour, the memory of this one will remain for time to come.
Prora Restaurant, Ul. Frana Supila 12, 20000, Dubrovnik
10. Climb up to Fortress Lovrijenac
For Dubrovnik sightseeing above ground level, look no further than this impressive construction, originally built to deter Venetians in the 11th century. Today, during the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, it transforms into a beautiful stage for plays such as Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Add it to your list of what to do in Dubrovnik for a slice of history and prepare for a climb.
Fortress Lovrijenac, Ul. od Tabakarije 29, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia