Traveling to Dubrovnik and don’t have much time or kuna to spare? Here’s a list of the 5 best things to do that are actually worth your money!
Given the city’s small size, a short visit is really all you need when trying to tackle all of Dubrovnik’s must-see sights! You could probably even tick off all 5 items on this list in just one day, but be prepared! The mystifying charm of this medieval seaside city will make you never want to leave 😍
As for prices though, expect to spend some extra travel dollars during your visit 😕 As Dubrovnik’s popularity has grown over the years, so has its expenses. But don’t fret- the items on this list are guaranteed to be worth your money! As long as you have about 50 USD/330 kuna to spare, you can accomplish them all!
Whether you enjoy sightseeing, relaxing on the beach, or partying til dawn, Dubrovnik has something to offer any and all travelers. But, if your time and budget is limited, this guide will help you narrow down all the best activities and attractions so you can experience Dubrovnik to the fullest!
Keep scrolling to discover the 5 best things to do in Dubrovnik, listed in order of importance…
1. Walk Dubrovnik’s City Walls
If you only have time for one activity in Dubrovnik, this should be your go-to! The gigantic city walls that enclose the Old Town of Dubrovnik have protected this seaside town for centuries. Not only are they to thank for the town’s pristine condition (in addition to Dubrovnik’s UNESCO label 😊), but they are also responsible for providing the best view of Dubrovnik’s famous rooftops.
From 8AM-7PM (during high season, check here for specific monthly dates), tourists are free to roam the city walls for a hefty price at about 18 USD/120 kuna. It’s definitely worth the money though, since one hasn’t truly seen the magic that is Dubrovnik until you’ve walked the city walls!! It takes about 35 minutes to walk the circumference, but give yourself an hour for photo stops and coffee (or ice cream 😋) breaks along the way!
Tip: To avoid the heat and the crowds, go around 8-10 AM or 6-7 PM! I went during the golden hour as sun was setting, and it provided the perfect lighting for photos!
2. Take The Cable Car Up Srd Hill
As the second most important thing to do in Dubrovnik, you’ll notice the theme in this city is VIEWS!! Rightly so, as they’re some of the best in the world! When it comes to vastness and a birds-eye perspective, the cable car views can’t be beat. Plus, you’ll also see a lookout of the Adriatic Sea, as far as the eye can see, as well as the many small islands that dot along Croatia’s coast.
If you’re up for a challenge and have the time, you can hike to the top instead. If not though, you can buy a roundtrip cable car ticket for about 18 USD/12o kuna.
Tip: Make more use of your time on top of Srd Hill and visit Panorama Restaurant for coffee or lunch! The prices are steep, but the food is great and the views are even better!!
3. Explore The Alleys of Old Town
Don’t be afraid to get lost! In fact, the farther you stray from the main road of Dubrovnik’s Old Town, the more charming and authentic the details you’ll discover. Wander through the narrow alleys and you’ll find lush vines growing up stone houses, colorful laundry drying on lines that string overhead, and a charming glimpse into the lives of the locals that call Dubrovnik their home.
The town is so small that you can explore all of its hidden nooks and crannies in an hour or so. The main road of Dubrovnik is usually so busy with crowds that this wandering will offer a peaceful and worthwhile escape!
Tip: My favorite area to explore was to the left of the main road, if facing the Old Town’s main port. It was there that I got to see the most authentic view of life in Dubrovnik, as well its most picturesque medieval details.
4. Relax at the Beach
The Old Town of Dubrovnik is surrounded by small beaches where you can sunbathe or take part in water activities! The activities include swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and parasailing, plus boat or submarine rides.
Tip: If you have a free half day, take the ferry to Dubrovnik’s surrounding islands. Lokrum is the quickest to reach and is rumored to have spectacular beaches with great snorkeling!
5. Fill Up on Croatian Wine and Seafood
When it comes to Dubrovnik’s culinary scene, wine and seafood are the two things you must sample! With its dry climate and prime location on the Adriatic, it should come as no surprise that these are two of Croatia’s specialities. That being said, savor the opportunity and dig in!!
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