I love this town. It is next to the sea, and the old town of Dubrovnik looks straight from an old movie. It has quaint streets and this beautiful sepia color to it everywhere you look.
Things to do
Walk through Old Town. There are shops, restaurants, live entertainment, and so much more throughout these beautiful streets.
Ul. Vrata od Pila, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Walk the Old Town walls. I didn’t want to do this because of the crowds I saw up there as we walked through the town, but my husband made me do it on our very last day there, and I am so happy that he made me do it. It was one of my favorite things that we did there. It was an amazing experience, and wasn’t as crowded with tourists as I thought it would be.
Go to beaches. We went to a few different beaches, unfortunately, none of them were exactly the soft sand we had been hoping for. We still had a great time at them though! And you really can’t beat the view of the beach. Here are a few different beaches to read about and decide which one is best for you!
Watch a game of Picigin. This is a really popular game that we saw people playing all over the beaches. They typically played in about 1-3 feet of water, so right on the shore. I can’t even explain to you what the purpose of the game is, other than it seems like they don’t want the small ball to hit the water. Needless to say, even though I don’t know the exact rules of it, it is so much fun to watch them play. You see them running and diving everywhere, just to keep the ball up. We were thoroughly entertained. If I were you, I would even ask to play a game. We definitely wanted to play, but never asked. I am now wishing that we did.
Ride the Dubrovnik Cable Car. It takes you to the most amazing view of Dubrovnik, hands down. Since we had a car, we mapped how to go to the hill, and drove right to the top without having to pay anything. So if you have a car, I would recommend doing that, just to save you so money. If you do not have a car however, I recommend you pay to see this view. It is so worth it. Prices are here.
iv 20000, Ul. kralja Petra Krešimira IV 10, 20000, Croatia
Places to stay
We actually extended our stay once we got to Dubrovnik, because we loved it so much. So we stayed in two different places that we found on AirBNB. There were a lot to choose from.
If you do not have a car, I would stay right in the city, that way, you can walk everywhere. It is more expensive right in the city, as it will be with any major city you go to. We had a car, so we decided to stay just outside of it, only by a few miles, and the prices of our places we stayed at dropped significantly.
I always recommend a car, but here, driving around the city of Dubrovnik is so crazy, it wasn’t even worth it. So if you are staying in the city, you can basically walk anywhere you want to. They also have a bus that can take you around as well. So, ditch the car if you can!
There are a few islands right off of Dubrovnik that are fun to explore: Vis is known for the seafood and fishing trips. Hvar is a great place for shopping, hiking, biking, and lavender fields. Brac is known for their water sports, and Zlatni Rat, on Brac’s south coast, is Croatia’s most photographed beach. Mljet is known for the gorgeous nature and scenic views. Murter is a great place to learn how to sail. And rumor has it that Pag has the best beach parties. Unfortunately we didn’t do any island hopping, but we did hear that Hvar was one of the best islands to visit.
You can also go to smaller nearby countries like Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as Montenegro to visit their beaches and towns there.