The historic and impossibly romantic walled city of Dubrovnik is a jewel in the crown on the sparkling Croatian coast and makes the perfect destination for a magical city break.
The UNESCO world heritage listed city of Dubrovnik must have one of the most beautiful settings in the whole of the med. This ancient orange-roofed walled old city with its impressive walls stands perched above the Adriatic and offers stunning views over the azure seas over to islands in the background. Even famous author George Bernard Shaw once said, “If you want to see heaven on Earth, come to Dubrovnik.”
In recent years this gorgeous city has become one of the most popular destinations in the Mediterranean region especially since the popular TV series ‘Game of Thrones’ was filmed here. One of the biggest attractions of Dubrovnik is the plethora of historic and cultural treasures to see here. Dubrovnik’s old city is a real gem that remains largely unchanged since it’s heyday in the medieval times and is surrounded by impressive fortifications and a massive city wall. The old city is still blissfully traffic-free and wandering through the streets is a highlight.
Many people visit this city as part of a Mediterranean cruise but there’s so much to see and do here that it’s perfect for a longer stay or a short break in its own right.
Here are 5 Unmissable Things to do on Dubrovnik
Explore the Old City
One of the most things you can’t miss doing when on a Dubrovnik break is simply wandering and exploring the picturesque old city and the good news is that there are many free things to do here.
The old town is surrounded by medieval city walls and most visitors enter through Pile Gate which is the main gate where the Onofrio’s Fountain is located nearby. Straight ahead is the Placa, also known as Stradun, which dates back to 1468 and is the main thoroughfare of the city with its many shops, cafés and restaurants.
At the end of this street you will find the most prominent buildings near Luza Square, don’t miss the Church of St. Blaise, Sponza Palace, the city Bell Tower and the Rector’s Palace. Luza Square is also where processions and events are held including the fabulous Dubrovnik Summer Festival. Also check out the beautiful old port, Dubrovnik Cathedral and the oldest still operating pharmacy of the world in the Franciscan Monastery.
See where Game of Thrones was filmed
Fans of the hit TV series, Game of Thrones, will probably recognise many of Dubrovnik’s city scapes quite easily as Dubrovnik is where the Kings Landing scenes were filmed like Fort Lovrijenac, the Minčeta tower and the steps leading up the Cathedral. Game of Thrones walking tours of the film sets are now one of the most popular things to do.
Walk the City Walls
Another essential thing to do on a Dubrovnik is walking the famous city walls. The top of these huge, imposing old walls offer the very best views of the old city with breath taking views over the sparking sea and islands in one direction and the romantic orange coloured rooftops of the old city to the other side. You simply can’t skip walking the city walls when visiting Dubrovnik but if your visiting in mid Summer it’s not recommended to do this in the mid day heat as there’s not much shade but there are several cafes along the route where you can refresh yourself.
Spend the day lazing on the beach
A Dubrovnik trip is ideal because it has something for everyone. The old town has mesmerising culture and history but if you prefer to laze on a beach then Banje Beach is conveniently located beside the Old Town and is the perfect place to bask in the warm rays or take a dip in the azure waters. There are cafés and restaurants and also the chic Banje Beach Club.
Take the cable car up Mount Srd for panoramic views over Dubrovnik
For the best views of Dubrovnik take the cable car (or walk if you’re feeling active!) over 400 meters up to Mount Srd for breath taking views over the historical city and the gorgeous sparking Croatian coast. It’s the perfect photo stop, a refreshing escape from the crowds during the day and especially spectacular at sunset.
If you have longer to spend here you can even take a boat trip to secluded beaches along the gorgeous coastline or to some of the nearby islands. Even quick trips to some of the other Balkan states such as Bosnia with the enchanting city of Mostar with its fabled bridge or the underrated country of Montenegro are easily accessible from Dubrovnik.
With stunning landscapes, fascinating history and so much more to offer it’s not surprising that Dubrovnik has become one of the most popular city breaks in Europe in recent years.
For more ideas about what to do for the perfect Dubrovnik City Break check out this guide to 36 hours in Dubrovnik or check out some more of my favourite weekend break destinations in Europe.
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