During the last summer, Croatia was considered to be one of the safest travel destinations. But don’t worry, if you still haven’t visited, you will get your chance in 2022. And hey, why not start with one of the most beautiful cities on the Adriatic coast – Dubrovnik! That said, what is there to see in this quaint city by the sea?
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13 Best Things To See And Do While Visiting Dubrovnik In 2022
What rich history, beautiful nature and great food have in common? They can all be found in Dubrovnik! That’s why we created this list of top things to do in Dubrovnik, just for you! Follow our suggestions and make the most of your visit.
13) Eat A Traditional Meal
If you want to fully experience any city or a country, you have to try their food. Every region of the world is like a small gastro corner. The same applies to Dubrovnik. Maybe some of the food will be familiar to you, but the recipes won’t!
For example, you’ve eaten a rooster, sure. But have you eaten one that was baked for six hours? And not because someone forgot to pop it out of the oven! The best place to try any traditional meal in Dubrovnik is restaurant Kopun!
12) The Red History Museum
When you’re visiting a city, you just have to check its museums. And let me tell you, Dubrovnik has a special one. It’s called the Red History Museum so you can probably guess what it’s all about – the period of communist Yugoslavia.
As you may know, Croatia was one of the six republics that formed Yugoslavia. This museum tells the story of that historic period. It shows the good, and the many bad sides of everyday life in Croatia during communism.
11) Strolling Down Stradun
Stradun is the main street in the city. Before the street was built, there was a sea canal that separated Dubrovnik in two parts. It’s also often used for many ceremonies. One of them is a procession on the day of Saint Vlaho, the city patron.
But in everyday life, locals just love strolling down this street, especially during sunny days. Famous Croatian singer, late Oliver Dragojević, even met his wife while walking down Stradun. So who knows, if you come to Dubrovnik alone, it doesn’t mean you’ll leave alone.
10) Visit The Church Of Saint Vlaho
The legend says that in the 10th century, there was an apparition. A priest in Dubrovnik saw saint Vlaho. He told the priest about an attack that was about to happen on the city and thus saved it.
No wonder then that the people of Dubrovnik chose him as their “heavenly protector”. But they also made him a beautiful church! It is definitely one of the most beautiful sacral buildings that you will see. That’s why it deserved to be on our list of top things to do in Dubrovnik.
9) Drink From Onofrio’s Fountains
These fountains got their name from Onofrio della Cava, the man that designed them. There are two of them – The Big and The Small fountain. They are situated on the two ends of Stradun. So if you listened to our previous advice for taking a stroll down Stradun, you can’t miss them!
The best thing is that you can drink from them! And the legend says, if you do drink, you will come back one day. So if you don’t finish everything from our “Top Things To Do In Dubrovnik” list in one go, just take a sip from the fountain and come back again.
8) Plan A Trip To Vlaho Bukovac House
Vlaho Bukovac was one of the most influential Croatian painters ever. Just ask anybody in Croatia, they all heard of him. Even if they can’t tell you the exact names of his paintings. So it comes as no surprise that he has a museum of his own.
The Vlaho Bukovac House is both a museum and the actual house where he was born. It is not in Dubrovnik, but in Cavtat, a city only 30 minutes away. Therefore you can easily plan a trip there because this truly is one of the top things to do here.
7) Take A Cable Car To Mount Srd
Dubrovnik cable car takes you to one of the best views in the city. It goes more than 700 meters to the famous Mount Srd. But don’t worry, the ride lasts only a few minutes. Locals say that on a clear day, you can see up to 60 km (37 miles) from Srd.
Besides a great view, you can find a few more things on the mount top. There is a souvenir shop and a coin blacksmithing shop. And if the trip makes you hungry, just grab a bite at the Panorama Restaurant.
For those that really want to get to know all the ins and outs of Srd, we recommend one of our guided tours. “Dubrovnik in a Day Tour with Mt. Srd Cable Car, Old Town and City Walls” or “Dubrovnik 4X4 Adventure and Cable Car Ride“.
6) Visit The Museum Of Croatian War Of Independence
If you visited The Red History Museum then this is, in a way, a continuation of that story. This museum is actually an exhibition of Dubrovnik in the Croatian War of Independence 1991 – 1995. Here you will find documents and objects from that time. As well as photographs depicting the city during the war.
The Museum of Croatian War of Independence is located in a historic location. The exhibition is situated in the Fort Imperial. In a way, it combines Dubrovnik’s and Croatia’s older and newer history. But you’ll just have to come and see for yourself.
5) Go To Lokrum Island
There are a few reasons why Lokrum is on our top things to do in Dubrovnik list. It hides a star-shaped fort named Royal and a little lake called “Dead Sea”. It holds a legend of the visit of King Richard the Lionheart. And it is only ten minutes away from Dubrovnik!
There is also a beautiful botanical garden and a CURSE. Some locals might tell you that if you take anything from Lokrum with you, it will bring you bad luck. So just come, see the beauty and enjoy yourself.
4) Take A Swim And Play Picigin At Banje Beach
Banje is the most famous beach in Dubrovnik and from there you can even see Lokrum island. But the thing you have to try here is “picigin”. It’s a game played on the whole Croatian coast, usually with a small harder ball.
The point is to kick the ball with any part of your body and prevent it from getting into the water. It’s played in the shallow parts of the beaches. But remember, you have to hit it in an attractive way and help someone else to do the same. (number of players is optional)
3) Enjoy A Meal And The View At Nautika
Ok, so at some point, you will definitely get hungry. But what if you want to eat while sightseeing? Well, we’re here to tell you that you can do that. And you can even be sitting while you’re doing it!
Just go to Nautika and enjoy a great meal and a view of the Fortress Lovrijenac. Nautika is a fine dining place, but don’t worry, there are other restaurants too. Just hop to our “Best Restaurants in Dubrovnik” list and find something for yourself.
2) Explore Westeros
You may already know that Dubrovnik was King’s Landing in HBOs Game of Thrones, but there’s more. This city is rich with history so the producers of the show found a few more interesting locations to film.
If you want to explore the Red Keep and Blackwater bay, you can! Don’t be like Jon Snow and know nothing. Take our guided Game of Thrones tour and explore all the ins and outs of Westeros that can be found in Dubrovnik!
1) Walk On Walls Of Dubrovnik (With A Guide)
This is definitely the number one tourist attraction in Dubrovnik. These Walls were built to keep attacking warriors away, but now they are the main reason why tourists come. The first bits and parts of the Walls were built in either the 7th or 8th century. Over time, the building continued up to the 13th and 14th century when they got the signature look that we now know.
Since the Walls are so popular for tourists, it’s not a “free for all”. You will have to pay an admission fee. To fully enjoy this experience, you might want to get a tour guide. Or should we say, The Tour GUY. Yes, we do offer tours in Dubrovnik and one of them includes City Walls (admission included). So one of the top things to do in Dubrovnik, definitely is to walk on the City Walls with a proper guide.