No trip to Dubrovnik would be complete without a trip to the old town. It oozes with undeniable charm and a wander through it is like nowhere you’ve ever been, I’ve dedicated another post to the old town itself but this guide is dedicated to the all fun you can have elsewhere in this amaizng city!
1. Climb the city walls
Somewhat of a cheat for my first point but the walls were technically built surrounding the city so a trip up makes it into this list 😉 For me climbing the walls is an absolute must when visiting Dubrovnik, the views are utterly breathtaking and vary in beauty as you walk around the 1,900 metres of 25 metre high walls. No matter the time of day the walk round will have you stepping back onto the town’s cobbled streets in complete awe! The height gives you a chance to marvel across the sea to the neighbouring islands and plan out your stay, it’s a perfect ‘first day activity’.
2. Buza Bar
Tucked into the cliff’s edge of the famous walls is a lively open air bar that boasts some of the best views in town. The atmosphere here is always buzzing especially at sunset where the colours of the dawning day light up the sea. Drinks here are super affordable given the dreamy location and you are bound to socialise with fellow travellers whilst ‘taking it all in’.
3. Take the cable car up
The town is so stunning to wander around on foot but the spectacle of seeing it from above is an opportunity not to miss! Take the cable car up and above the town of Dubrovnik and you won’t be disappointed with the views! The station is a few minutes walking distance from the town and the round-trip ride up costs 150.00KN which is roughly £18.00. You can also take the cable car one way for a reduced price and hike up or down, a pretty amazing way to start the day if you ask me!
4. Get a coffee at Panorama
Whilst you are already up above it all you might be easily swayed to stick around for a bit to enjoy the view, just a few steps out of the cable car exit there’s a stylish open air restaurant where you can have a light snack or lunch. Coffee lovers will find Panorama restaurant especially great, the brew tastes amazing and the ice coffees are finished with a dolop of vanilla gelato!
5. Visit Blackwater Bay at Sunset
Dubrovnik’s west harbour is most recognisable to Game of Thrones fans as Blackwater Bay, though, even if you aren’t a fan of the hit show this spot is the perfect place to look on at the old town and the dramatic Adriatic Sea that beautifully wraps it’s way around the towering walls and castles. There’s a couple of bars and restaurants in this very spot making it another fantastic place to watch the sunset.
6. Beach with a Buzz
The water in Croatia is crystal clear and that colour blue that wanderlust dreams are made of! There’s the main town beach which boasts a stretch of pebbles and rentable sun-chairs or beds from the beach bar that also offers a food and drinks menu. This stretch of beach is pretty unique with the backdrop of the old town in bathers sights, the atmosphere here is lively and fun for those wanting more of a ‘buzzy’ beach.
7. Bathe in Babin Kuk
The costal area of Babin Kuk is a more laid back and chilled beach location for those wanting a quieter and more relaxing day at the beach away from the hustle and bustle of the old town. The views here are absolutely stunning and it’s beautifully clear water to swim in. The best way to enjoy the beaches here is by staying in one of the many luxury hotels that line the coast. The Valalmar President Dubrovnik offers a particularly special stretch of blue, read more about the hotel here.
8. Bowa Beach Club
Probably one of the best beaches and best restaurants in Dubrovnik. It’s only accessible by boat and that sets the tone for the entire time you spend at the club. The food is divine, the decor swish and the scenery utterly breathtaking! Spending just a few hours here you feel as though you are a million miles away from it all, it’s so serene and trendy at the same time, you’ll never want to step back on the boat to return to the main city!
8. Take a boat to the Elafiti islands
To get away from the inevitable crowds in the main city of Dubrovnik head out to the neighbouring islands by boat. The small isles are pedestrianised and stunning to wander round, they boasts day-trip-worthy beaches and a taste of the true seasonal Dalmatian lifestyle. The boat trip itself is a great way to revel in the beauty of the city’s coastline but stepping off on a few of the islands is a really lovely touch when it comes to exploring the culture of Croatia.
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