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Best things to do in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Best things to do in Dubrovnik, Croatia

The southern city of Dubrovnik in Croatia is the most visited city in the country, and with good reason. As one of the last remaining walled towns in the world, a walk through town is a walk through time and along with the views and weather, Dubrovnik is truly an amazing travel destination.

The city has always been a popular destination for the sights of ancient history and medieval architecture, but even more so as it now features in the global hit series Game of Thrones. In addition to GOT, other well-known series were also filmed in Dubrovnik: Emerald City, James Bond, Star Wars The Last Jedi and Robin Hood.

Generally speaking, Dubrovnik can be visited year-round, but the warmer months in Croatia are around April/May through to October. These months offer warm temperatures, days of full sunshine and a vast choice of local tours, private excursions, boat tours, yacht or charter tours, daily sailing and Croatia cruises to choose from.

Whether you plan on being in Dubrovnik for a day or more, we bring you the best things to do in this beautiful city. To find out more about the best sightseeing opportunities in this amazing city, be sure to read through our list of the top attractions and things to do in Dubrovnik:

1) Walk the Dubrovnik old town walls

The old city walls of Dubrovnik are one of its best-known features, now more than ever thanks to being featured in the hit TV series, Game of Thrones.

Dubrovnik is one of the best-preserved medieval, walled cities in the world. Inside the city are delightful narrow streets, churches, synagogues, palace and squares. However, the best way to appreciate Dubrovnik is atop its walls. The citizens relied on its high city walls for defense by land and by sea. Walking the full 2km circuit you not only get a chance to view the city from all angles, but also the beautiful Adriatic Sea, the islands that run along the shore, and the neighboring towns.

This tour will take approximately two hours to walk the entire loop around the city. Highlights include climbing the Minčeta Tower and views over the Old Town. The views are really spectacular the entire way so be prepared to take tons of photos!

2) Wander the Old Town of Dubrovnik

After you tour on medieval walls, it’s time to wander the streets of Old Town. Immerse and lose yourself in the beautiful architecture of the area and wander the cobbled streets and steps (of which there are many). The area is full of small side streets with various cafes, restaurants and bars to sample the local food and wine.

3) Walk along the Stradun

One of the main tourist attractions of Dubrovnik is the Stradun (the main street in the Old Town) entirely made of white marble and with beautiful late-Renaissance houses on each side of the street. The best way to enjoy Stradun is to take a walk up and down the street. Once you get tired a bit, sit in front of one of the cafes, get your drink and enjoy watching the passing crowd.

4) Get a bird’s eye view of Dubrovnik

Another fun thing to do when visiting Dubrovnik is to head to the hills–via cable car. The Dubrovnik Cable Car whisks visitors high above the Old Town, up Srđ Hill, with the views only getting better and better as you climb. The journey lasts less than 10 minutes, and once deposited at the top, you’re free to explore the area. On clear days, you can even see Italy far out on the horizon.

We also recommend dining at the Panorama restaurant. The restaurant has a magnificent and breathtaking view of the entire City and the surrounding sea and islands. Taste famous Mediterranean cuisine and an exquisite wine list, hand-picked for you to savor the moment.

5) Visit Fort Lovrijenac

Dubbed “Dubrovnik’s Gibraltar” for its location on a rocky promontory just outside the city’s western wall, Fort Lovrijenac–also known as St. Lawrence Fortress–has long been one of Croatia’s most important fortresses. The fort is also used as a venue and backdrop for Dubrovnik’s famous Summer Festival and its many theatrical and musical performances. This was also a Game of Thrones filming site.

6) Discover all The Game of Thrones filming locations In Dubrovnik

Follow in the footsteps of your favorite “Game of Thrones” characters and discover the real King’s Landing! So, if you are passionate about Game of Thrones, a visit to Dubrovnik will give you the whole experience because of the way in which it is so good integrate into the setting of the series. You can also take a tour with an expert guide at your side and get to know the fictional city of King’s Landing while exploring Dubrovnik’s UNESCO-listed Old Town. Or you can go for a free walking tour.

7) Take a ferry to The island of Lokrum

Located just 600 meters from Dubrovnik, the island of Lokrum is pretty hard to miss. If you’ve got time in your Dubrovnik sightseeing itinerary, hop aboard the short ferry ride to this fascinating island. The island is also fun to access via sea kayak, which can easily be rented on the mainland. Crystal clear and calm sea is suitable for bathing and is a favourite resort for many visitors. Peakcoks and large rabbits roam the island. If you are a Game of Thrones fan, here is your chance to sit on the Iron Throne and visit another filming site at the Benedictine Monastery. Lokrum Island is also known as a luxury residence for luxury weddings and honeymoons in Croatia.

8) Go wine tasting or take a wine tour

Believe it or not, Croatia hosts over one hundred indigenous wine grape varieties. The tradition of winemaking lasts for centuries. Croatian wine is believed to be among the best ones in Europe so we advise you to check it out and taste some of the spectacular wines while staying in the south of Croatia. If you have a day to spare, take a wine tour, you will surely not regret it! Also, try the meat and cheese platters.

Where should I stay in Dubrovnik?

We would recommend staying in the Old Town to make the most of your time here without needing to spend too much time using public transport or a taxi. You can decide between 3 options:

Luxury apartments Gabriela and a superior room Gabriela are completely new and located in the most beautiful area of Dubrovnik in the Old Town. Apartments are built in a traditional Dalmatian architectural style in a peaceful and quiet environment close to the most popular beaches in Dubrovnik. The city center is just a few minutes of slow and pleasant walk. The Apartments are air-conditioned and well equipped with LCD TV, and high-speed wireless internet .