10 Best Things to do in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is a coastal city famous for its breathtaking seafront. Adventure seekers who love spending time in or on the water will never run out of things to see and do on their trip.

Dubrovnik gets plenty of attention for its preserved city walls, endless natural beauty, and of course for its place as King’s Landing in Game of Thrones. It doesn’t matter if your ideal vacation is relaxing on the beach or going from one big adventure to the next, Dubrovnik will meet your needs.

If you’re not sure where to start when planning your vacation, you’re not alone. That’s why we’ve compiled the 10 best things to do in Dubrovnik.

Game of Thrones experience

Woman holding up picture of scene from Game of Thrones. A Game of Thrones tour is one of the best things to do in Dubrovnik.

The hit HBO series Game of Thrones was filmed in exotic locations all over Europe. One of the most memorable sets, King’s Landing, was filmed in Dubrovnik.

If you’re a fan of the show (and really, who isn’t?), then a Game of Thrones tour in Dubrovnik can’t be missed. Your enthusiastic guide will take you to various locations used in the series. You’ll follow the steps of your favourite characters while learning all about their relevance in the show. There will be plenty of opportunities to take pictures, including of the Iron Throne! After the tour, your guide will take you up to mountain Srdj for a stunning view of old Dubrovnik.

Day trip to ancient Mostar

The ancient city of Mostar at night.

If you want to check off another country or two, you’ve got some day trip options from Dubrovnik. One of the potential adventures is the ancient city of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Mostar is a stunning city rich with history and beautiful architecture. The enchanting 15th-century destination is surrounded by mountains with the deep valley of the Neretva River running through it. A day trip to Mostar is the perfect addition to your Dubrovnik getaway.

Dinner cruise on a sailing ship

Tall ship sailing cruise in Dubrovnik.

The coastline surrounding Dubrovnik is breathtaking with its rock formations and fascinating ancient architecture. Spending time on the water is a wonderful way to see the city while stepping back in history.

Head out on a traditional sailing ship, the Karaka, for a sunset and dinner cruise. In the air-conditioned on-board restaurant you’ll be served a gourmet meal such as smoked ham, grilled fish, or risotto. Champagne is included while you relax and enjoy the sunset.

Hiking on Kolocep Island

Man hiking on an Island coast in Croatia.

The island of Koločep is a 2.44 square kilometre island that makes up one of the 3 Elaphiti Islands. The small paradise, 20 minutes by boat from Dubrovnik, has only a handful of inhabitants. The tranquil island is covered in dense forest and surrounded by crystal clear waters.

The island is the perfect stop for adventure seekers. Spend a full day swimming and hiking on Kolocep to explore all the beauty it has to offer in detail. You’ll enjoy an 8km hike, cliff diving, and have a chance to visit the village.

See Konavle Valley by bike

A tour group exploring Konavle valley in Croatia by bike.

Whether you’re an avid cyclist or occasional rider, exploring somewhere new by bike can be a thrill. It gives you a chance to really take in your surroundings in a way travel by car doesn’t allow. A bike tour is a great way to add in some fun exercise on your trip while providing you with an adventurous experience.

This 4-hour bike tour of Konavle Valley takes you through olive groves, vineyards, villages, and a monastery. It’s a chance to learn about life outside of Dubrovnik for Croatians both past and present.

Explore the coast on horseback

Two tourists exploring the coast near Dubrovnik by horseback.

Whether you’re a beginner rider or experienced rider, you can explore the coast on horseback. This 2 or 2 1/2-hour ride led by a professional guide will take you through forests and along the rocky coast of the Konavle region.

The tour includes pick-up/drop-off from Dubrovnik and food to help you recover from the active adventure. Including wine!

Snorkel in the Blue Cave

Underwater image of the blue cave near Dubrovnik, Croatia.

One of the many features of Dubrovnik that draw adventure-seekers to the area is the crystal-clear waters of the sea. Explore 4 caves in the area, including the famous Blue Cave, on a 4-hour snorkelling excursion.

Experienced local guides will take you to a number of hidden locations so you can explore Croatia’s fascinating underwater world away from all the other tourists. Your snorkelling cave tour will end with a visit to a white sand beach that can only be accessed on foot.

Panoramic sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik

A cable car above Dubrovnik, Croatia.

See Dubrovnik from above on a 1.5-hour tour with a local guide. A panoramic tour of Dubrovnik is the perfect way to take in how truly magnificent the city and its coast is.

You’ll start the guided tour by heading to the top of Mount Srd, where most people take the cable car. You’ll then head to two other viewpoints that are a bit further from the tourist trail for a more authentic experience.

Traditional Croatian cooking class

Thinly cut meat on skewers during a Croatian cooking class.

Can’t get enough of eating your way around Dubrovnik on your trip? The perfect solution is a gourmet Croatian cooking class. You’ll get to bring the skills home with you to cook all your local favourites.

This 5-hour Croatian gourmet cooking class is taught by a local chef. You’ll learn how to prepare many traditional dishes including homemade bread, peka, and desserts. Your hard work during the class will be rewarded with the 4-course meal you helped prepare and glasses of local wine.

Sea kayaking adventure

Aerial shot of a person sea kayaking over crystal clear waters.

You’ll head out on the blue Adriatic sea during this guided 3-hour sea kayaking tour that combines adventure with a history lesson of the area.

During the tour, the local guide will take the small tour group to various areas along the coast. You will learn all about the natural heritage and history of the city walls, old town, coastline, and more. You’ll have a chance to go snorkelling, and a snack is included to keep you fueled on the high-energy adventure.

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