On our Croatian road trip we spent two days exploring the beautiful, old city of Dubrovnik. There is such a wealth of things to do and see in Dubrovnik that you could easily spend a week here and still not see everything. However, if you’re tight for time then you can definitely pack all the must-do activities into a two day window and feel like you’ve had a great experience in the city.
Dubrovnik is famous for it’s old city walls, especially since the medieval fortress was used as the setting for King’s Landing in Game Of Thrones. In 1979 the city was declared a UNESCO world heritage site and is therefore extremely popular with tourists and cruise ships in the summer months. It’s also stunningly beautiful and ridiculously clean! I couldn’t believe how shiny all the cobbles were around the city. They literally sparkle and gleam in the sunlight.
Anyway, enough of that! Here’s what I got up to in two days in Dubrovnik and a suggested itinerary for you too.
When you arrive in Dubrovnik, head straight to one of the kiosks outside the city walls and grab a Dubrovnik Card. Available for 1, 3 or 7 days the card gets you into pretty much every tourist attraction and also allows you to travel on public transport for free. You will save a lot of money by getting one so it’s well worth it!
If you buy it in advance from the website you save 10% on the cost of the card too. http://www.dubrovnikcard.com
Touring the City Walls is a must do, so explore them early before the cruise ships disembark. It’s much quieter earlier in the morning and will keep you out of the blazing midday sun. There’s a lot of climbing up and down steep stairs, so take lots of water! You can take a walking tour which specifically visits all of the Game Of Throne filming sites by joining a group – or if you’re a massive fan, play ‘spot the set’ by meandering along the walls and finding them for yourself!
At lunch time, escape the crowds by heading to Dubravka 1836 – a little restaurant just outside the city with amazing views of the old town and sea.
If you just fancy something quick, grab a delicious slice of pizza or a sandwich from one of the many places in the old town and enjoy them in the main city square.
Then, it’s time to put your Dubrovnik card to use and visit the Cultural Historical museum and Art Gallery, which both give such an in-depth and wonderful perspective on this ancient city.
Before you know it, the afternoon will be shrinking into evening and it’s at this point you should head to Buza Bar on the outside of the city walls near the sea. It’s the perfect, rustic place to come for a cocktail and enjoy the sunset over the adriatic. It’s a little tricky to find but i’ve included a guide in this post.
For dinner, I highly recommend Lady Pi PI restaurant – so called because of its rather rude statue outside! You’ll have to go to see what i’m talking about.
The food here is so good, there’s often a queue but when you do sit down you’ll be treated to the most fantastic Croatian grilled seafood, meats and delicious wine.
After breakfast, I highly recommend you take a trip up the cable car to the panorama lookout. With the most stunning views of the city and the sea, the outlook here is spectacular and you actually feel on top of the world!
Don’t try coming here for breakfast though – they don’t serve it! Time your visit to have lunch here instead, as you’ll want to spend a long time soaking up that unbelievable view.
At the summit, there’s also an extremely insightful museum about the Yugoslavian war from the 1990’s. It’s hard to believe that only 20 or so years ago, the entire landscape was filled with shells and military. As I didn’t know much about the war, I found this a very interesting and enlightening experience.
In the afternoon, walk down to the beach to the east of city. There’s an awesome beach club called East West, or if you’re feeling energetic you can rent kayaks and take a trip to a tiny islet called Lokrum nearby.
After sunset, I highly recommend eating at Restaurant 360. Full review is here. Or if you’re in the mood for something different, the Bota Sare Sushi and Oyster bar is absolutely incredible.
Then sadly, that concludes your time in Dubrovnik – but I imagine you’ll now be heading up the coast to explore the other amazing places Croatia has to offer. Here’s my guide to the beautiful island of Hvar. If you’re heading to Hideout Festival, don’t miss my top 10 tips for first timers.
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