Dubrovnik has always been popular with tourists, and that was way before it served as a filming location for some famous scenes in the hit TV show Game of Thrones. It is known for its well-preserved medieval architecture and stunning Adriatic Sea views; Dubrovnik is a treasure trove of experiences waiting to be discovered.
This article lists only 16 amazing things to do in Dubrovnik, but we could easily mention 50 because the city is just that interesting. Whether you're a history buff, a foodie, or someone who just loves stunning views, Dubrovnik has something for everyone. Let’s take a look at the best things to do in Dubrovnik.
1. Game of Thrones Tour
Dubrovnik has the perfect treat if you're a Game of Thrones fan. Multiple companies offer tours that take you to iconic filming locations. Expect a blend of show trivia and Dubrovnik history from the guides.
While most reviews praise knowledgeable guides and insider info, be prepared for some walking and heat. Some Game of Thrones tours even feature replica props for added fun. We would put this down on our list as a “must do in Dubrovnik” as it combines the show's magic with the beauty of Dubrovnik, making it a hit among couples and solo travelers alike.
2. Take the Cablecar To Srđ
For an unforgettable experience in Dubrovnik, don't miss the cable car ride to Srđ Hill. The Dubrovnik cable car trip offers panoramic views of the city and the sea, especially stunning at sunset. It runs every 10 minutes and costs around 27 euros for a round trip. At the top, you'll find amenities like a restaurant, toilets, and seating areas.
For a special treat, book a table at the Panoramic Restaurant to enjoy a meal with a view. Budget travelers can opt for the challenging but rewarding hike up and down the hill. Staff are friendly, and it's advised to buy tickets directly at the entrance to avoid extra service charges.
3. Rector's Palace
Step into a blend of history, art, and architecture at the Rector's Palace in Dubrovnik. This unique building features a mix of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque styles, thanks to its storied past of fires, explosions, and earthquakes.
The palace is a museum with various mini-exhibitions that dive into the history of Dubrovnik and the palace itself. The stunning central courtyard, grand staircases, and spacious walkways add to its allure. While it may be a popular Game of Thrones filming location, the palace offers much more, including an array of Italian art and artifacts. Entry is included in both the museum pass and the Dubrovnik Card, making it a must-visit attraction in Dubrovnik old town that will likely take you about 30 minutes to explore fully.
4. Walk the City Walls
Walking Dubrovnik's Old Town ancient walls is an experience that offers breathtaking views of the city. The wall will take about 1.5 to 2 hours to complete the 2km loop of the walls. This will all depend on how often you stop for photos or drinks.
There are a few cafes along the way to quench your thirst, which is great when it's a warm day. The fee is €35 per person, but the unforgettable views make it worth the cost. While the wall offers many photo opportunities, it's not recommended for those with mobility issues due to the amount of stairs but if your mobility is fine then its definitely one of the best things to do in Dubrovnik.
It's best to start early in the morning to avoid the heat and crowds, and don't forget to carry water.
5. Visit a Medieval Pharmacy
Visiting the medieval pharmacy in Dubrovnik is like stepping back in time. This serene spot uniquely blends history, architecture, and spirituality.
You'll find interesting artifacts free with the Dubrovnik Pass, including a still-operational ancient pharmacy filled with old medicine jars and tools. The area consists of the Cloister, the Museum, and the Church. The Cloister is a peaceful oasis with beautiful gardens and stone columns, starkly contrasting the bustling Old Town.
The museum houses various treasures like paintings and ceramics. Finally, the Baroque-style church is a work of art adorned with intricate carvings and marble work. Note that entry fees are cash-only, but it's well worth the visit for anyone interested in history or architecture.
6. Drink Some Craft Beer at Dubrovnik Beer Company
This local brewery is becoming popular in the European craft beer scene with its quality brews and laid-back vibe.
The friendly and knowledgeable staff make the tour highly informative as you learn about the brewing process and sample all four of their signature beers. Food pairings are a nice touch, enhancing the overall experience.
Even if you don't do the tour, the brewery has a welcoming atmosphere, offering indoor and outdoor seating. A wide selection of in-house beers, cider, and some wine makes it a must-visit for any beer enthusiast.
7. Hire a Kayak from X-Adventure Sea Kayaking
Want a fun way to see Dubrovnik? Consider renting a kayak from X-Adventure Sea Kayaking. It's best to go in the morning to avoid the crowds.
One hour is enough time to paddle to Lokrum Island and back, letting you see the city walls from a different angle. The team, including Darko, are excellent guides and provide all the gear you need, like dry bags for your stuff. Whether you're with family and want to snorkel in hidden caves or you're looking for unique photo opportunities, X-Adventure delivers.
This incredible experience gives you a new way to see the city—a must-try for those who love a bit of adventure, and that’s why it's on our list of things to do in Dubrovnik.
8. Take a Boat Trip
Boat trips in Dubrovnik offer a variety of experiences. You can take a full-day cruise to the Elaphite Islands with lunch to escape the city crowds.
For adventure seekers, there are small-group Blue Cave tours where you explore beautiful caves in a speedboat. You can even rent your boat for private island-hopping with friends. Lunch cruises and island-hopping tours with food and drinks are also available. If you want to explore independently, boat rentals without a skipper are an option, letting you find hidden caves and beaches.
Most tours offer free cancellation and are highly recommended by travelers. Prices vary, so there's something for every budget.
9. Dominican Monastery
The Dominican Monastery in Dubrovnik blends Gothic and Renaissance styles, originally built between 1301 and 1315. It was damaged in a 1667 earthquake but has since been rebuilt.
For an affordable entry fee of 3 euros, you can explore the serene cloisters and garden and view a range of religious artifacts. The monastery also houses a museum of sacred arts featuring ancient works, paintings, sculptures, and manuscripts, including a booklet of St. Thomas Aquinas.
It's a peaceful spot, especially if you visit during quieter hours. Both cash and credit cards are accepted for the entry fee.
10. Fort Lovrijenac
Fort Lovrijenac in Dubrovnik, often called “Dubrovnik's Gibraltar,” is a must-visit for its stunning Old Town and Adriatic Sea views.
It's also a Game of Thrones filming location. Built atop a 121-foot rock, the fort features thick walls and three terraces. Entry is included in the city wall ticket, priced around $30. While the climb is steep and not wheelchair-friendly, the view at the top is worth it. A Latin inscription above the gate reads, “Freedom is not sold for all the gold in the world,” capturing the fort's historical role in defending the city. It's a 7-minute walk from Pile's Gate and offers a great spot for sunset photos.
11. Pile Gate
Pile Gate serves as a grand entrance to Dubrovnik's Old Town. You cross a stone bridge and a drawbridge to enter, passing under the watchful eyes of Saint Blaise and cannons. Inside, you'll find a large plaza with tour guides and pigeons.
The gate leads directly to Dubrovnik's famous Stradun street. On one side is the entrance to the city wall walk and a small church dedicated to Saint Blaise, and on the other side is Big Onophrian’s Fountain. A plaque notes the damage from the 1992 civil war. Local lore warns of an indentation in the street that could bring bad luck in love.
The gate gets crowded, especially during the summer, due to its proximity to the Pile bus station and cruise harbor. Go early to avoid the crowds.
Stradun is the main drag in Dubrovnik's Old Town and is lively. It gets busy, especially when cruise ships are in town, so visiting early is a good idea to dodge the heat and crowds.
The street is car-free, making it easy to wander. You'll find a mix of shops selling souvenirs and some decent restaurants, although they can be expensive. The street itself is wide enough so it doesn't feel too packed.
Architecture fans will enjoy the old buildings that now house eateries and shops. There's also a big church at the south end.
13. Minceta Fortress
Minceta Fortress is a must-see if you're walking the Walls of Dubrovnik. It's the highest point on the walls, offering amazing city and sea views. Your wall ticket gets you up to the top, but if you want a deeper experience, grab a Foundry Museum ticket. This lets you explore parts of the wall you can't see otherwise.
The museum ticket is best bought at the entry point to avoid overpaying. Once at the top, you'll climb some stairs to reach the tower's peak, where you can capture great photos. The effort to climb is well worth it for the unique views you get, i
14. Onophrian Fountain
The Onophrian Fountain is right inside the Pile Gate and is hard to miss. Built-in 1440, it's more than just a pretty sight. It's the end point of an old aqueduct system that brought water from miles away.
You'll see 16 different stone faces on the sides, each with a faucet coming out of its mouth. The dragon that used to be on top got wrecked in an earthquake long ago. The same goes for the water dog statue, now a replica. It's a popular spot for tour groups and a handy place to fill your water bottle for free.
The water is clean and tastes good. Overall, it's an excellent, historic spot that's both useful and nice to look at.
15. Homeland War Musem Dubrovnik
The Homeland War Museum in Dubrovnik is inside Fort Imperial, a key spot for defense during the '90s war. You can get there by cable car, taxi, or a hike up Mount Srd. Admission is about £3.50, cash only, and you get a postcard.
The museum is packed with text, photos, and old weapons. Some translations lean toward Croatian views. There's also a video loop of British news reports about the war. The building is kept as it was since the war, adding to the vibe. If you want, you can buy books to dive deeper into the history.
It's a great place to visit for a real look at Dubrovnik's past, plus you get fantastic city views.
16. Botaro Winery
Botaro Winery, a 30-minute drive from busy Dubrovnik, offers a peaceful retreat in a beautiful valley. When visiting, you'll likely meet Matea, the winemaker's daughter, who is a knowledgeable and welcoming host.
Guests can relax in an outdoor pavilion surrounded by grape vines and mountain views. The winery lets you sample various wines and specialty liquors, and according to our research, guests have particularly enjoyed the Cabernet and Chardonnay. Freshly bottled olive oil is also available.
They offer a local meat and cheese plate if you're up for it. Be sure to meet George and Justin, the resident donkeys, before you leave. This winery is a must-visit for a relaxed, authentic experience near Dubrovnik.
People often ask is 2 days enough in Dubrovnik. We highly recommend spending more than just a day in Dubrovnik to soak in all there is to offer. From its historic Old Town and picturesque beaches to its delightful wineries and thought-provoking museums.
Our main tip for those who prefer a more peaceful experience is to get an early start to your day to beat the crowds, especially during the busy summer months. Trust us, Dubrovnik is worth taking the time to explore.
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