Top 11 places to visit in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is a costal resort in Croatia and has lot of things to see and do. We have tried to list the best places to see and do.
Relaxing
Plaža Sveti Jakov
Plaža Sveti Jakov
Must Visit
Walls of Dubrovnik
Something Different
Lokrum
Lokrum
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The Top 11 places to visit in Dubrovnik​

While we have got a top twelve, these are not in any particular order. 

In fact, we tried but struggled, and there we’re quite a few which missed the cut.

We could have easily done a top 20 with so much to see and do in the city.

Relaxing

Plaža Sveti Jakov

Plaža Sveti Jakov

Beach / Relaxing

Why it was chosen:

If like me, you love to really explore and see a city then you might need a rest day and this is the place to do it.

The beach is a little “rocky” but manageable and great for walking along, lying or just jumping into the sea for a little swim.

It is up there with one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever visited.

There is a bar and restaurant on nearby and if needed you can hire them it was about £6-7. Same with a umbrella if needed (which isn’t a bad idea as the temperature does rise).

I am not really a beach person or like to sit around all day so only stayed for the morning, but if beach relaxing is your thing then do head here.

Must Visit

Walls of Dubrovnik

Tourist Attraction

Why was it chosen:

Wow – just wow.

Let me start off with the price – some claim it’s expensive, I am indifferent – but what I can say its value for money. The entry ticket is 27€.

It’s a long walk around the whole wall – it took me about 1 and half hour walking, but I stopped half way round for a beverage. There are a couple of bars and a shop which sells drinks.

The key point of this is the amazing views you will get of the city. As you walk around the walls you get to see the city like no other vantage point.

In a bar afterwards, some were trying to argue I basically paid 27€ to go on a walk, they couldn’t appreciate the beauty and the views.

One tip – get there super early, I did. As I was leaving it was starting to get very busy and I could image during peak hours, you would be dogging people trying to take the perfect Instagram image and trying to fight your way through the crowds.

If you are on a budget and wondering which things to prioritise then this is it.

Something Different

Lokrum

Lokrum

Island

Why was it chosen:

I tried the sunset kayaking. I have done kayaking for a number of years and love it, but this was just incredible. Whether you are a kayaking expert or never sat in a kayak before it doesn’t really matter – the kayaking is fun and you can really see thee island, but I will be honest it’s the side part, the main attraction is the sunset view. It’s incredible.

You might want to head over earlier in the day as the island has got some much to offer. There are some great trials and I saw quite a few families taking a gentle stroll, whereas I wanted to cover quite a distance.

You will see rabbits and peacocks roaming all across this island, while you can spend all day sun bathing on the beach, but I wouldn’t recommend this.

It’s worth checking out the old ruins – it was a fortress back in the day. These are ruins are not maintained like you might see in the UK, they are literally ruins.

To get here you need to take the ferry from the old town docks (this is where I paid too), they are pretty regular, every 30minutes. Please note the last ferry is 8pm.

If you are a fan of Game of Thrones (think I might be the only person in the world not to have watched it), then head to the Island – some of the scene’s are shot on the here.

My only small downside and I kind of expected it – the food and drink can be a bit pricey compared to the mainland, but you would get this anywhere in the world. If you are on a budget, plan a head and take food and drink with you.

Four

Dubrovnik Cable Car

Dubrovnik Cable Car

Sight Seeing

Why was it chosen:

This is a great experience, the ride itself is pretty short, around 5 minutes and the views are amazing, trying to get a photo either up or down is very difficult. If when I found a space to get a photo – its just glared back off the glass, so put your phone down and enjoy the view.

The views from the top are worth the wait and you can get just as good photos from the top.

There is a restaurant and shop at the top, I didn’t visit either so can’t comment, I just walked around the top taking in the views.

When I arrived, there was a decent size queue and I was a little worried about the wait – but the line moved very quickly and I was soon in the cart. The cars can hold 25 people (I think) which helps get more people up and down quickly but also goes to my point above about not always being able to get a decent photo opportunity.

Five

Lapad_ beach

Lapad

Beach

Why was it chosen:

This little hidden gem is well worth a visit. Some people claim this is an island, but technically it’s a peninsula, but whatever it’s called it’s a stunning beach.

A great way to relax – there were plenty of families and couple just enjoying the beach, playing and relaxing in the sun.

I can’t really say much more than it’s a very clean beach that’s kind of not well known about and is worth visiting.

I got here via the local bus which took about 15 minutes.

The beech is obviously free, which is good if you’re on a budget – you just need to make your own way there.

Six

Buggy Safari

Buggy Safari

Sight seeing

Why was it chosen:

Now if you want a fun day out with a huge smile on your face and something a bit different this is it.

My tour guide was amazing and when requested went faster.

Lucky for us it had rained a few days before we arrived so was a little bit muddier than normal, Victor (our tour guide) explained that because of this we would get muddier than normal, this wasn’t an issue for me.

Not the cheapest of experiences but if you have the budget would highly recommend you try it.

Seven

Dubrovnik Running Tours

Dubrovnik Running Tours

Running

Why was it chosen:

I am a very keen runner (or am when I am training for something), and love to run round a new city I find it a great way to see it and really explore it.

When someone told me about this, I had to give it ago.

It was only a small group of us, three in total plus the leader.

The pace was good, we went with the slowest runner which wasn’t an issue. It was more of a social run than a race.

Our route was just over 4 miles so was nice. Not too far.

One thing to note – it does start early but that means you run in the cooler temperatures which is nice.

I wouldn’t have liked to have ran later in the day or in the evenings, I was too busy exploring different restaurants.

Eight

Gruž Market

Gruž Market

Shopping

Why was it chosen:

Nice little farmers market, selling a wide range of fruit and veg.

All the stalls are local businesses, and all speak decent English.

Just be careful of pricing. They set prices higher and expect you to haggle.

A great choice of nice restaurants are located around the market, so after walking around the market, you won’t be struggling to find something to eat.

Nine

Dubrovnik Old Town

Dubrovnik Old Town

Tourist Atrraction

Why was it chosen:

Take a step back in time as you walk down narrow cobbled streets, make sure you have your walking shoes on as you dart down little side streets, into shops and restaurants you won’t realise how many miles you actually walk.

Some of the streets are pretty steep – not so bad when you’re walking down them, but up is hard.

Not much more to say, it’s just incredible and a must visit.

Ten

Franciscan Church and Monastery

Franciscan Church and Monastery

Historical Building

Why was it chosen:

This is a lovely little church away the hustle and bustle of Dubrovnik.

It’s free to get in which is good if you’re on a tight budget but if you do want to visit the museum (which is worth it) you have to pay. I’ve never been to a pharmacy museum before so wasn’t sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised.

The building itself is a great piece of Architecture, but inside you will find some fascinating artefacts on display and several historical paintings on the walls.

Eleven

Rector's Palace, Dubrovnik

Rector's Palace

Historical Building

Why was it chosen:

I only visited this to watch the Orchestra play, I had heard rumours before I went that the sound was incredible. I’m not an acoustic expert so can’t say why it sounded so great, maybe the old building, maybe the design – what I do know is that the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra Sounded amazing.

Well worth a visit just to listen to them perform, apart from that there isn’t much more to see and do here.

Great City

As you can see there is plenty to see and do in the city. All you need to decide is when you are going and how will you get there.

If you have been before, let us know in the comments below where was your favourite spot.

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