When you hear the word Dubrovnick, what crosses your mind?
Dubrovnik lies on the coast of Croatia, which itself is where the Balkans meet the Mediterranean. Nicknamed the “Pearl of the Adriatic” this city offers breathtaking views of both coast and ocean and accompanies them with the sounds of lively public squares and rushing waves. There’s a lot to discover in Dubrovnik, so a trip here warrants an extended stay. But just to get started, here are five of the most entertaining things to do after you arrive.
Here are our top five suggestions of things to do in Dubrovnick:
To start the day in true Dubrovnik fashion, make a beeline for Gundulic Square, where you’ll find an open-air market perfect to picking up fruits, vegetables and perhaps a craft or two to take home as a souvenir. The market is known as Gunduliceva Poljana, and it’s a great primer for the rest of your stay in the city.
The Morning Market ,is a great place to see the real people of Dubrovnik while they were in Gruž Market.
The Walls of Old Town
You can introduce yourself to Dubrovnik’s most popular attractions by taking a walking tour of Old Town via the city walls. They’re high enough to grant you stunning views of the Adriatic sea as well as the Old Port and the local homes. With a guide, you can cover the walls in about an hour and a half, and you’ll want to bring a camera along to snap photos of some of the views you won’t get anywhere else.
- 1 January – 28 February – 10.00 am – 3.00 pm
- 1 March – 31 March – 9.00 am – 3.00 pm
- 1 April – 31 May – 9.00 am – 6.30 pm
- 1 June – 31 July – 8.00 am – 7.30 pm
- 1 August – 15 September – 8.00 am – 7.00 pm
- 15 September – 31 October – 9.00 am – 6.00 pm
- 1 November – 31 December – 9.00 am – 3.00 pm
Once you get your bearings in Old Town, head to the south side to partake in one of Dubrovnik’s best-kept secrets to date. Marked from the outside only by a small sign promising refreshing drinks and a great view, this locale is one of the best places to get a cocktail and healthy dose of sea breeze.
- Wednesday Open 24 hours
- Thursday Open 24 hours
- Friday Open 24 hours
- Saturday Closed
- Sunday Closed
- Monday Open 24 hours
- Tuesday Open 24 hours
Braving the Adriatic by kayak
One of the most popular activities for tourists is to kayak the Adriatic Sea. This is a great way to tour parts of the city that you can’t see up close from the old walls, and if you’re on an extended vacation, consider it a well-deserved workout. Taking a guided tour will give you the chance to brave the open waters, even if you’re a beginner. But best of all, you could paddle to the nearby island of Lokrum, giving you yet another view of the city.
- Departure times: 9.30 AM, 12.30 PM. from PILE BAY – near the west entrance to Old Town of Dubrovnik
Seafood at Restaurant Levanat
No trip is complete without eating like the locals, and this restaurant may be the prime spot to try some Croatian cuisine. Since the country’s fare is dominated by fish and shellfish, heading to a restaurant near the coast is a great way to get it as fresh as possible. You can enjoy it with the best of comfort food, such as a side of fries, or you can keep it light and delicious with a crisp salad.
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- Monday – Sunday: 08:00am – 00:00pm
Today, visitors come here for leisure, not to trade. The main draw is the charming pedestrian-only old town, packed with aristocratic palazzi and elegant Baroque churches, contained within sturdy medieval fortifications.