Why Visit Dubrovnik?
Dubrovnik is a real pearl of the Adriatic sea. Not only is the city’s Old Town one of the most picturesque places on the whole Earth, but it’s also home to some amazing beaches, crystal clear waters and tons of great restaurants and bars. Seems like everyone’s talking about Dubrovnik these days, and there really is a lot to talk about. Although it’s recommended to spend at least 3 days in Dubrovnik and the area around it, one day in Dubrovnik is still enough time to explore the most exciting sights. There’s no way you won’t fall in love with it!
What’s The Best Time To Visit Dubrovnik?
Dubrovnik used to be a mostly summer destination. Nowadays, it has much to offer even when the days get a bit colder. Summer, on the other hand, can get super packed with tourists. During the peak season (July-August), it gets challenging just to enter the Old Town. If you want to get the best experience, pick May or September when the crowd is reduced and the weather still allows you to enjoy both the sun and the sea.
Dubrovnik In One Day Itinerary
07:00 – Explore The Old Town
Once the sun is up, go for a walk toward the Old Town. Along the way, stop to enjoy the rocky shoreline in constant view. As you arrive in the Old Town, stop to admire the Lovrijenac, a 16th Century fortress overlooking the Adriatic and thick walls of the city. Once inside the walls of the Old Town, be sure to stop and see the statue of Orlando outside the Church of Saint Blaze. You’ll find many interesting statues and churches within Old Town – a surprising number for such a small city. Wander to the Church of Saint Ignatius and the Jesuit Steps. As with many parts of the city, the steps were featured in Game of Thrones. Walk at the Pile Gate West Gate and wander around the cobblestone, picturesque streets. Walk the most famous street in the Old Town – Stradun and drink your morning coffee with a amazing view.
10:00 – Explore The Walls
Since you only have one day in Dubrovnik, you definitely want to maximize the efficiency of how you spend your time. Walking the City Walls is a great way to watch the city from the most beautiful angles, explore its iconic fortresses and get the best selfie photos. As part of its UNESCO World Heritage Site status, the walls are the primary site and sight people come to see in Dubrovnik.
12:00 – Time For Lunch
After a morning of climbing stairs and walking the walls of Dubrovnik, it’s time for lunch. After all that sightseeing, you must be getting hungry. Fortunately, Dubrovnik is widely known for its excellent restaurants. After lunch, it’t time to eat the finest crepes in Dubrovnik in Dolce Vita. They really have a great selection of pancakes, including those with ice cream, which makes it kind of hard to choose from. They also serve the creamiest and the most delicious ice cream in the whole town.
14:00 – Take A Cable Car Ride To The Srđ Hill
If you still haven’t fallen in love with the beauty of Dubrovnik, the aerial view of the city and the Adriatic sea, as seen from the cable car, will definitely change that fact. During the high season you should expect a long queue, but it’s worth waiting every minute of it. Don’t forget to take your camera with you, the view is just breathtaking and you won’t resist taking so many great shots.
16:00 – Spend The Afternoon At Lapad
The coastal area Lapad is a great choice for those who want to soak up the sun and enjoy a perfect time on the beach. Lapad is a less busy area and a great escape for locals and those who can’t stand the city crowd. There you can enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the beach and have brunch in one of the many restaurants along the promenade. Unlike the Old Town, Lapad offers some affordable eats.
20:00 – Watch Sunset At Buža Cafe
After a lazy afternoon at Lapad– it’s time to go back to the Old Town. Sunset is the right time to enjoy some drinks and the most spectacular sunset on the Mediterranean. Buža cafe may not be the most fancy cafe bar, but it’s the one with the fanciest view. Don’t miss it for the world!
21:00 Go For A Late Dinner
For a late dinner, treat yourself to a delicious local meal, such as at Magellan Restaurant & Caffe bar. The restaurant is located outside the Old Town but is worth the journey. The dishes are upscale traditional Croatian and Balkan, but the price is really reasonable for the quality, like so much of what makes Dubrovnik and Croatia great to visit.
23:00 – Experience Dubrovnik Nightlife
For a great taste of Dubrovnik nightlife, head to Culture Club Revelin, one of the best nightclubs not just in the city but in Croatia. This party venue is nothing short of spectacular because the club is located in a 16th-century fortress in the north-east part of the Old Town. Lazareti is also a place where you can enjoy some incredible performances, but if you like to party out in the open, head to Banje Beach and feast your eyes on the spectacular view of the city walls at night.
Hope you will enjoy your short stay in Dubrovnik!