5 Top Things to do in Dubrovnik, Croatia
As a food and travel blogger, I’m most excited by cities that provide a depth of history, culture and of course fabulous local food. Dubrovnik is one of these cities which is brimming with things to do, explore and eat!
The winning combination of sun, sea and delicious local cuisine means Dubrovnik is one of those cities you can never spend enough time in. I loved my time in this beautiful city so here are my five essential top things to do in Dubrovnik.
1. Walk Along the Old City Walls
Dubrovnik is surrounded by an impressive two-kilometer defensive wall dating back to the thirteenth century. Consisting of five bastions, seventeen stunning towers, and two corner fortifications, these walls are one of the city’s main attractions.
Take a walk along these walls as one of the first top things to do in Dubrovnik on your trip. It helps get your bearings as you are essentially walking around the whole city from above. The entrance is easy to find, as you arrive in the Old Town through Pile Gate, the ticket office is on the right. The walk will usually take a few hours and visitors can set their own pace, stopping for an many Instagram worthy photo opportunities as you like.
There are the odd café and store dotted along the way but it’s worth taking refreshments with you, as the sun beats down on visitors the whole way round. Plan a visit early or late in the day to avoid the midday sun and crowds, a walk along the Old City walls is on many people’s top things to do in Dubrovnik list.
The views of the expanse of red tiled roofs within the walls on one side and the beautiful blue Adriatic sea on the other means these Old City walls are an essential Dubrovnik attraction and not to be missed.
2. Visit the Cursed Island of Lokrum
Lokrum is a small island located off the coast of Dubrovnik with a creepy and enticing history to it. This uninhabited island is awash with lush green vegetation, wildlife, and historic ruins and is also believed to be cursed. As a result, it is forbidden to stay overnight on the island so everyone leaves on the last ferry.
However, Lokrum is a crucial place to visit in Dubrovnik as the lack of human population has let nature run its course, resulting in beautiful pine forests, rocky beaches, and tons of deserted green space to relax in. Grab a spot by the sea and spend the day lapping up the sunshine and waves completely undisturbed. The beautiful clear sea means this is a popular swimming spot for locals and tourists away from the crowds of Dubrovnik.
Taxi boats leave every half an hour and take just twenty minutes. The ride itself could be an additional item in these top things to do in Dubrovnik because it’s incredibly scenic as it circles the island and offers views of the city and its walls from the sea.
3. Sample Local Cuisine
Seafood is at the center of any menu in Dubrovnik, as its proximity to the Adriatic sea mean that Dalmatian specialties such as squid, cuttlefish, and octopus are widely available. There is a range of restaurants which serve the local speciality from high-end restaurants to local market stalls.
The best high-end restaurants for seafood are easy to spot and include Nautika and Panorama. For mid-range freshly prepared local cuisine, climb the steepest incline you’ll find within the Old City Walls to sample the delights of Lady Pipi, where the meat you choose is barbecued in front of the diners, a real Dubrovnik highlight!
There are also little ‘hole-in-the-wall’ type restaurants nestled amongst the side streets; my favourite of which is Barba and their must try octopus salad!
I absolutely loved the variety of restaurants on offer in Dubrovnik and it gave me plenty of opportunities to try new things from my blog. My favourite was the local produce and the best place to stock up on local delights is the oldest market in Dubrovnik, the Old Town Market. It sells local fruit, vegetables and speciality dried fruit too. Join the locals on a Saturday and search for the best fresh produce on offer.
4. Relax in the Stunning Bars
Dubrovnik is blessed with stunning sea views and many gorgeous bars have popped up to make the most of the hidden vantage points. The most popular of which are Buža I and Buža II. Composed of different layers along the rock face, find a spot and settle in to admire the stunning sunsets across the sea. What’s more, you can even dive into the Adriatic sea from these bars – perfect for any thrill seeker.
5. Take the Cable-Car
Opened in 2010, the orange Cable-cars are a new addition to the city. They scale the 778-metre steep incline over the Old Town to Mount Srđ and provide jaw-dropping panoramic views of the Old Town and the Adriatic sea. The journey takes less than five minutes and although the queue to get into one is considerably longer, it is definitely worth the wait.
Once at the top of Mount Srđ, stroll the surrounding area and find a spot to relax and take in the views. There is also the famous Panorama restaurant with unrivalled views, seafood platters and cocktails to while away the time.
These breathtaking views from Mount Srđ of this glorious city complete any trip to Dubrovnik.
Highly Recommended Accommodation in Dubrovnik Old Town
Guesthouse Rustico – Set within the walls of Dubrovnik Old town and just a 9-minute walk from the beach, this beautiful guesthouse with bare brick-walled rooms should be charging more.
Nije Preša Apartments – 3 minutes walk from the beach and only a short walk from the popular Stradun Promenade, these beautiful apartments are set within a 16th-century house. Equipped with all mod-cons and fully fitted kitchens.
The Pucic Palace – 4 minutes walk from the beach with a romantic lantern-lit outdoor restaurant terrace, this stunning 18th-century Baroque Pucic Palace right in the heart of Dubrovnik’s Old Town combines classic architecture with 5-star amenities.
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Snita has been blogging on Her Favourite Food for over six years. Based in the foodie capital of London, her blog combines her passions for eating out and travel, resulting in a site full of restaurant recommendations, travel tips and more! Find out more about Her Favourite Food and follow on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.