In June I visited the city of Dubrovnik in southern Croatia which fronts the Adriatic Sea. I fell in love with the place and wrote my Travel Guide to Dubrovnik with what I got up to. This is a condensed list of what you can expect from visiting the city and what I consider the ‘must dos’.
Walk the Old Town walls
The views alone from the walk are breathtaking looking out in all directions to the mainland and sea. I walked at sunset to avoid the crowds and heat, and with the setting sun it made the town look even more magical. There are a couple of bars along the way to stop for a drink and take in the views. The cost of the wall was 150 kuna pp and it took us about 90 minutes to walk around the whole thing.
Travel in the cable cars up Mount Srd
Mount Srd looks down onto Dubrovnik and the views from the top are beautiful on a clear day. To get to the top you can hike, bike or catch the cable cars which is what I would recommend. Mount Srd is 412 metres high and the cable cars only take a couple of minutes to reach the top. There are plenty of photo opportunities at the top and a restaurant to stop for a meal with a view. The price of a return cable car trip was 130 kuna pp.
Sail to Lokrum
You have not visited Dubrovnik properly if you haven’t ventured out the island of Lokrum according to locals! Take a ferry boat to the island from the docks in the old town for 120 kuna pp (return ticket). You can easily spend a whole day here with plenty to do including visiting bars and restaurants, exploring the many walking trails, taking a look at the botanical garden, sitting on a replica of the Game of Thrones iron throne in the museum, floating in the Dead Sea salt water pool, amongst other activities.
Book a sea kayaking tour
This three hour tour started in the old town, made a loop around the island of Lokrum, stopped off at a hidden cove, and then back to where we started. This has to me the most memorable activity from my holiday as it was something so different! We took the tour with Adventure Dubrovnik who I would highly recommend booking through. They also do a number of other tours including walking, biking and segways.
Go snorkelling & swimming
The Adriatic sea is so enticing in Croatia and I spent everyday swimming and snorkelling which is something a little out of my comfort zone. However the sea is such a clear, turquoise colour you can’t help but want to jump straight in. Take a pair of goggles with you and you will get the chance to see some wonderful sea life – watch out for the sea urchins though!
Sample the fresh seafood
Dubrovnik are famous for their seafood – especially their oysters. We sampled a seafood platter whilst sitting on the seafront which included sea bass, mussels, king prawns, squid and octopus.
Browse the shops in the old town
The old town has a vibrant shopping ambience which continues into the evening with everything ranging from high-end fashion to fridge magnets. There is plenty of exploring to do! Their ice cream parlours are not to be missed either as they seem to have every flavour under the sun available.
Go beach hunting
The beauty of Dubrovnik being on the coast is that you never have a shortage of beaches to explore. Head over to the Babin Kuk area to find many beaches along the seafront as well as near the old town. Read my travel guide for my beach recommendations!
Do you have any must dos that I’ve missed out? Comment them below!