If you have been longing for some eccentrically beautiful location, that can be explored by distinct modes of transport, Dubrovnik is the place to be. Vistas of red-tiled, sloping-roofed houses with white walls, ascending and descending through the slopes of the dynamic terrains of this city, against a backdrop of the Adriatic Sea with several yachts and ships docked; Dubrovnik is a panoramic delight straight out of a picture frame.
Indeed, there are a lot of spontaneous things to do here, like climbing the castle walls of Lovrijenac or the Walls of Dubrovnik themselves, kayaking around the old city and literally diving in the sea from any part of the city. As if this thrill was not enough, the city does not cease to lure you with its tiny islets all over. The Lokrum is one such island. Several cruises across Europe have this island on their itinerary owing to its luscious gardens, free-roaming peacocks, a medieval monastery and a small salt lake. Once you get here, you will be determined to explore more such islands and that is when you should head to the Mljet, Korčula, and the Koločep.
Days and nights in Dubrovnik have you cross several squares and streets, with their peculiar European cobbling, making you familiar to the city within no time. The Stradun is one such street along with being the main street of Dubrovnik. The city’s streets are characteristically fringed by gothic churches that were built centuries ago. Church of Saint Blaise, St. Saviour Church, Sinagoga Muzej and Dubrovnik Cathedral are some that you must pay a visit to.
Nightlife in Dubrovnik
How the castle-like buildings accommodate one of the most happening yet underrated nightlife of Europe is a pleasant surprise. If you are pondering over the things to do in Dubrovnik at night, rest assured, you can never run out of options.
The nightlife owes quite a lot of credit to the number of bars here. D'vino Wine Bar Dubrovnik, Cave Bar More and the Buza Bar are our top picks. The access of most bars is through these tiny doors that leave inquisitive as you trace their entrances. A plethora of pubs await your visit once your spirits are up and high after an evening at one of the bars. Pubs such as Miha Pracata 4, and the Irish Pub Karaka, guarantee a good time where you can dance the night away. We promise, no one’s watching! The beach clubs are a fabulous place to spend the evenings too. With fun themes like all-white and the likes these clubs ensure you don’t want to leave the party! Our top picks- Banje Beach Night Club, Culture Club Revelin, and the Lazareti!
Bear in mind that despite their small size, the entertainment and quality of time you spend here is big in every way! And if you seek something more chilled and quiet like a nice dinner, there is no dearth of places to eat in Dubrovnik.
Things to see in Dubrovnik in one day
The feel of this city is best explored walking around the city, exploring its cobbled streets and the background of the world’s favorite television show of Game of Thrones! Places like walls of Dubrovnik and others can be covered by signing up for a walking tour in this city full of ascends and descends. While doing so you will cross the Stradun which is the Dubrovnik’s main street. Here you will get to observe what a regular day in this city looks like. If possible, do cover the Lovrijenac which is one of the most important attractions of Dubrovnik. A beautiful fortress adjoining the sea, the sight of this monuments is highly mesmeric. Don’t forget to click a lot of pictures here.
If you can afford to take a cruise trip to the island of Lokrum considering the amount of time you have, nothing can parallel this! If not, you can still sigh up for a kayak trip, around the old city. This could potentially be one of the most unique experiences of the city. A cable car ride to the Mount Srd will bestow you with a 360-degree view of the city. If you must, you can even indulge in some shopping in Dubrovnik!
Fun things to do in Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is a small place. Despite offering a cherishing experience the avenues to do something novel are somewhat restricted, yet not lesser than a lifetime of an experience. So, fun things to do in Dubrovnik may not vary much from the Things to see in Dubrovnik in one day or Nightlife in Dubrovnik. So, fun in Dubrovnik means undertaking those kayak tours on the glittering, pristine waters of the sea. This is also a great and eccentric way to see the old town. A Cable Car ride to the top of Mt. Srd, Restaurants can be a fun experience too. And then of course is the very energetic and lively nightlife of this city that spoils you for choice with its number of bars, restaurants and clubs!
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If you happen to be in Croatia around the festive time of Easter, a visit to the Korcula Island – Priscapac can be one of the most rewarding things. According to folklore it is believed that the Venetian merchant, Marco Polo was born here. Yes, much contrary to what one might assume of his birth place to be Venice. Apart from clean beaches, and scenic vistas to stroll at this island also has a small museum, just right to quench the thirst of those on the constant quest of enlightenment!
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Placa ulica 32, just inside Pile Gate, to the left., Dubrovnik 20000, Croatia
09:00 am - 06:00 pm
Medieval Dubrovnik took its defences super seriously. How seriously you ask? Well, imagine you were buying a new city defence online, and you wanted to pimp that armour up! This is what the Dubrovnik City Wall feature page would look like
2 km long
A maximum height of 25 metres
17 towers (including Minceta Tower, St. Luke’s Tower)
1 fortress (St. John’s Fortress)
2 sub-fortifications (including Fort Bokar)
A moat armed with 120 cannons
Never successfully invaded during the Medieval Ages
Land and sea gates
An ancient harbour (with the Kase Jetty)
5 gates: Two sea (Ponte and Fishmarket); and three land (Pila, Ploca and Bluza)
Bonus Feature: More accessible than the Great Wall Of China
Who wouldn’t buy this?! Keep your camera ready, because everything is spectacular, especially the view of Dubrovnik’s red roof’s and the Adriatic’s sparkling blue waters!
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Old Town, Dubrovnik.
This precious sice of history was brutally bombed in the Croatian War of Independence in the 90s, but almost all the damage has been rectified, restoring it to it’s full medieval glory. There are just so many things to see here:
Orlando’s Column – a flag staff dedicated to the hero.
The Belfries near the Ploce Entrance.
The Sponza palace and it’s small historical museum and archives.
The rector’s Palace dedicated to the city’s history.
Placa Stradun – the central street of the city, always lively whether day or night; the main business centre and the venue for most cultural events.
Onofrio’s Fountain – a popular young crowd hangout close by the Pile Gate.
The Old Town is altogether greater than the sum of its parts. There’s barely anything monumental to say about its individual attractions, but taken together they preserve and deliver a historical character picture of the town that shows a city that endured everything yet survived.
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Peljeska ulica 4, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia.
4 minutes, 778 metres long and 405 metres high – the Cable Car experience is un-freaking-beatable. This is the best way to begin your tour of Dubrovnik – with the city gleaming below you, the Adriatic sparkling like a jewel, and the islands looking like some sort of mythical turtle out of Sinbad the Sailor. It’s beautiful enough to make enough to make even vertigo-sufferers forget their pains for a while. Just keep you camera handy – this is beautiful any time of the day, any day of the year. Also, you might want keep to your stomachs light of r a meal at the brilliant restaurant at the end of your cable ride.
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Lokrum, Dubrovnik, Croatia.
12:01 am - 12:00 am
One of Dubrovnik’s more popular off coast attractions, this emerald in the ocean has a monastery and a botanic garden to complement it’s natural beauty. Richard the Lionheart was apparently once shipwrecked here, but it was Archduke Maximillan Ferdinanand who built the garden that was to become the foundation of the main attraction here today. The mosnastary itself was built by Bnedictine monks who in the 11th century. The garden is rich with Mediteraanean flora like laurel, oak, pines, cypress and black pines, and in the middle of the island there is highly salty but small lake call the Dead Sea. It’s a pretty all rounded package, and don’t forget the swimming.
As Dubrovnik requires a lot of walking, it is but natural to get exhausted and crave for something soothing. The Kolocep Island is your answer for all things soothing, rejuvenating and relaxing. Along with the very popular Elaphiti Islands, the Kolocep islands are one of the few inhabited islands of Croatia. It is locally referred to as Kalamota, bets connected with the peninsula of Lapad that lies to east of Dubrovnik. While Elaphiti is more popular, Kolocep is much closer to the city. Swimming and strolling are the best activities to indulge in here.
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Placa 2, Dubrovnik, Croatia.
09:00 am - 06:00 pm
The Franciscan Monks moved to Dubrovnik in the 13th century and quickly set up a monastery. However, when threatened by war, they demolished that one and built a better protected one next to the Pile Gate and St. Saviours Church. Though this new monastery was immediately functional, work on it’s construction continued for centuries to come. In 1317 though, when it was founded, they also founded a pharmacy that served the public, the poor and the monks themselves. This pharmacy became their main trade, and today it’s the third oldest pharmacy in the world. In the 17th century it was destroyed by an earthquake, after which it was reconstructed in baroque style. To see:
A monumental Gothic-Renaissance portal
A lovely late Romanesque cloister on the northern wall
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Ul. Iza Grada, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
10:00 am - 04:00 pm
The Gornji Ugao Tower is another city attraction that throws light upon the city’s glorious past. This site particularly is a marvel given the fact that it is a comparatively new discovery of once what was an industrial zone in the medieval period. Thus, throwing light on the city’s existence as an important production location along with being one of the world’s most important trading port. The entire site is well covered by a very enlightening tour guide, Divo. The attraction maybe a tad difficult to come across, given how it is located in one corner of the city. A very good preservation and excavation, makes this a great site to explore.
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Perched scenically amidst the harbors of Polace and Pomena, Mljet is a national park that draws several visitors in the months of summer. But it is only the northern part of this island that is the National Park and not the whole island. Owing to its vegetation, this island is considered to the Adriatic region’s most beautiful island along with being the “most wooded” one. The island offers several activities for visitors including leisurely strolls, swimming in its salt water lakes and even a hike, which is in fact quite a tough one stretching at some 9-odd kilometers, nevertheless bequeathing you with surreal views of the adjoining terrains!
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Stradun 4 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
If you are wondering what could be the perfect way to explore around Dubrovnik on a sunny day, the Place Thoroughfare (Stradun) is the street to head! Accommodating a huge part of the city’s café culture, this attraction is full interesting cafes and restaurants dotting its limestone walking paths. For seafood enthusiasts, this is one place where you will find delicious and super fresh variety. There are high-end shopping avenues too here, along with churches and tiny museums, great photo opportunities; in short, something for everyone!
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20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
10:00 am - 07:00 pm
If you are yearning for a bird’s eye view of this red-hooded city, there is no better place to visit other than the lovely Minceta Fortress. This attraction gives you a chance to bask in the glorious contrasting views of the city, where the red roofs of the city’s structures strike a luring contrast with the blues of the Adriatic. The main reason of this is its being as the tallest building in the city. Of course, it is a great photo opportunity attraction.
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Ul. od Tabakarije 29, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
08:00 am - 06:00 pm
One of the most important attractions of Croatia, the Fort Lovrijenac has got to be on every list of things to do in Dubrovnik. What’s more? If you are a fan of the hit TV series Game of Thrones, you will particularly be very impressed by this attraction, as this is where most of the show has been shot. There is not a lot of information with regards to the fort’s history, nevertheless this attraction offers some spectacular views of the city.
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Ul. Vrata od Pila, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
08:00 am - 07:30 pm
This attraction can easily be considered as the gateway to Dubrovnik or deep-rooted, rich history. This is where you are dropped off at, in case you travel to city by a bus. Other than this fact, there is not much to this attraction, besides some intricate art work and structuring. This is also where most of the city tours commence, especially the Dubrovnik Old Town Walk. It is busy almost all through the day, so it is very unlikely for you to be the only person here.
Whether or not you are a history buff, a visit to the Museum of Croatian War of Independence is a must while you are here. Throwing light upon the nation’s struggle for independence, this museum is eye-opening along with being heart-warming at the same time. Artifacts and posters are the source of information here, as well as one audio-visual screening. It can be quite stirring, so best suitable for adults. You may want to stay the kids out of this, if you happen to travel with some.
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Antuninska 6, Dubrovnik 20000, Croatia.
10:00 am - 04:00 pm
This has become a surprisingly popular exhibit over the past years – a visual commemoration of the conflicts that tore Croatia apart. The museum has one purpose: to make war visceral and real for it’s visitors and dispel the myth and romanticism that surround such conflict. The work displayed here is by world-famous photojournalists, who were in the thick of war when they took the pictures. The exhibits are disturbing and real; they sugar coat nothing. The lower floor is rather traditional in its display of still-frame images; the upper floor on the other hand is a multi-media extravaganza. Covering both past and current conflicts, the museum provides a rather unrelentingly disconcerting experience to its visitors. Most of the emphasis is on the Balkan conflicts.