Once Croatia’s best-kept secret, Dubrovnik is rapidly rising in the ranks of European vacation destinations. Our checklist of 6 things to do in Dubrovnik is the perfect place to start planning your trip to this gem of the Dalmatian Coast.
Venture beyond Dubrovnik’s City Walls
Dubrovnik is so much more that what’s inside the Old City walls. Once you’ve thoroughly explored the Old Town, venture beyond the walls and take in the city’s bustling, palm-decked promenades, streets, restaurants and parks.
Catch a Performance at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival
Dubrovnik’s dynamic arts scene, striking vistas and storied venues all come together in the summer months for Dubrovnik’s Summer Festival. Choirs sing at the Franciscan Church, Croatian Folk Dancers perform on Revelin’s roof terrace, and actors perform Shakespearean masterpieces at Dubrovnik’s iconic Lovrijenac fortress. It’s a true showcase of what makes Dubrovnik an enchanting destination.
Sunbathe at Dubrovnik’s Lokrum Island Beaches
A quick ferry ride from the Old Harbour, Lokrum Island provides a welcome breather from the hustle and bustle of Dubrovnik. Like the coastline, the beaches here are rocky, but they get deep quickly and the water is crystal clear. If you’re a free spirit and like to avoid tan lines, the southeast side of the island features a “Free Body Movement” beach where swimsuits are optional.
Cruise the Adriatic
If you have the chance to hire a boat for an afternoon, take it! The vista inland from the sea provides yet another unforgettable perspective on Dubrovnik. As your boat glides past Franjo Tudman Bridge to the north, take in the Elaphiti Island chain: each island layered one in front of the other, before opening up to a breathtaking expanse of the Adriatic.
Take a Stroll Down Dubrovnik’s Placa Street
Stradun (also known as Placa Street) has been Dubrovnik’s main artery since the 13th century. Since it’s a pedestrian-only street, you’re able to roam as you please to experience Onofrio Fountain, charming souvenir shops, restaurants and Orlando’s Column. For an exceptional Stradun experience, schedule your stroll just as the sun dips below the horizon, when the streetlights come to life and and make the lustrous limestone pavement glow. It’s a walk to remember!
Take a Boat Trip to Sipan Island
Sipan, the largest island in the Elaphiti Island archipelago, is approximately one hour from Dubrovnik by boat. Make sure you visit the charming village of Sudurad, one of Sipan’s two ports, nestled among the island’s incredible array of palm, olive and citrus trees. The old shops and apartments hug the quaint harbor, giving way to the prominent old Skocibuha Family house in the center of town. Visit the Jadrolinija Ferry website for schedules to and from Sudurad.