7 Best Things to do in Dubrovnik, Croatia

I was on a 6 month trip to every country in Europe, I made a quick exit out of Albania, quicker than I had hoped actually because one of my best friends was on holiday in Croatia and he was in Dubrovnik for his last night, so I made a beeline there to see him. Getting to Dubrovnik by land is easier now you can book online which is great. I was keen to find out all the things to do in Dubrovnik, I had heard so much about it, and finally I was here. So after spending 4 days in Dubrovnik, I had a grasp on all the Dubrovnik Activities. With that in mind, I can now help you out and show you the best things to do in Dubrovnik, so you can make the most out of your time here. 

Things to do Dubrovnik
Things to do Dubrovnik

Walk the City Walls of Dubrovnik and Fort

Over 500 years old, the walls make up the picture that everyone envisages when people think about Dubrovnik and to be fair it’s pretty cool. You can wander around the walls for an hour or so, but bring some water it gets pretty hot. 

The walls stretch around the old town for 2km. There are 3 entrances to the City Walls: on Stradun by the Pile gate, by fort Saint John’s and at the Custom’s House gate, they’re all open from 8am to 7 pm, and it costs about $30 (wow!).

TOP-TIP: For just $10 more, skip the tourists on the walls, and kayak around the Old City Walls AND include a tour to Lokrum island!

things to see in dubrovnik
things to see in Dubrovnik

Ferry to Lokrum Island

Take a 10-minute ferry to Lokrum Island. It’s home to a monastery, a naturist beach (yup!), and a fort with spectacular views of Dubrovnik Old Town. To get here, take the half-hourly boats from Porporela, about $6 each.

TOP-TIP: For just $10 more, skip the tourists on the walls, and kayak around the Old City Walls AND include a tour to Lokrum island!

Lokrum Island Dubrovnik
Lokrum Island Dubrovnik

Ride the Cable Car:

This is a trip made for photographers. The cable car runs 400m up Mount Srd to give you a ‘proper’ view of Dubrovnik, and its old town, perched just on the Adriatic coast. Stunning.

Just 10-minute walk from the Pile or Polce Gates. Tickets are about $25 each.

Dubrovnik Cable Car Restaurant
Dubrovnik Cable Car Restaurant

Get Lost in the Old Town & Retrace GAME OF THRONES!

The main draw for all tourists to Dubrovnik, and even more since the rise of Game of Thrones (King’s Landing and the Iron Throne are here!!) The best way to explore is of course by foot, stopping to shop here, or a glass of wine there. The main sights, and there are plenty, are:

  • Placa Stradun
  • Roland’s Column
  • Bell Tower
  • Sponza Palace
  • Pile Gate
  • Big Onofrio’s Fountain
  • Old Port
  • Fort Lovrijenac

TOP-TIP: It’s just $20 to take a Game of Thrones Walking tour, including Cersei’s walk of shame!.

Dubrovnik Old Town
Dubrovnik Old Town

Check out the Churches and Monasteries

Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, the Franciscan Monastery, the Dominican Monastery should be enough to satisfy your culture cravings and your Insta shots. 

Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin
Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin

Hit the Beach

Beach culture is a big part of Dubrovnik life, for tourists and locals alike. If you stick to either Lapad Beach or Banje Beach, you’ll be set. And if you’re making your way from the beach to the bars, then Banje, the second one, is the best choice!

Things to do in Dubrovnik
Things to do in Dubrovnik

PARTY! (& Cliff Jumping At Cafe Buža)

Almost every spot along the Adriatic coast is wedged full of Aussies, Brits and Americans ‘doing Europe’ so if you can’t beat em’ and all that. I partied until 5am, got lost then spent the last 3 hours trying to find my way home This place goes off at night. The Old Town is full of great like cafes, but Cafe Buza in Banje Beach is a hotspot. EastWest is another great spot

Cafe Buza
Cafe Buza


All in all, Dubrovnik is probably worth 2 nights. The nightlife is wall-to-wall Aussies, especially in high season. And you will have never felt more ‘on the beaten track’ than here, but the area is gorgeous and the sea is inviting. And sometimes that’s more than enough. Happy travels. Taxis in Zagreb, Dubrovnik and Split are easy to come by to help you get around on your nights out.

7 Best Things to do in Dubrovnik, Croatia
7 Best Things to do in Dubrovnik, Croatia

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