The Croatian city of Dubrovnik has long drawn visitors from all over the globe to explore the area’s extensive history and enticing beauty, and is, in fact, amongst the most popular tourist destinations in the Mediterranean Sea! Regarded as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979, the baroque buildings, limestone streets and clear blue waters leave little more to be desired. Whether you’ve never visited before or are visiting for the hundredth time, there will always be something new to discover. Here’s my itinerary for a 7-day trip to this stunning location to make the most of your time staying in Dubrovnik.
Day 1: Explore Old Town
Old Town is one of the must-visit places in Dubrovnik, offering you a peek into the regions past. There are many guided tours available where you’ll be able to enjoy an in-depth tour and find some fascinating facts about the area. Alternatively, pick up a local map and start wandering; getting lost has never been more enjoyable than a day lost in Old Town. There’s no need to set food plans as you’ll discover some fantastic food stalls, quaint cafes and restaurant. The Gundulić Square Market is a fantastic open-air market that’s certainly worth a visit for some local delicacies, gifts and trinkets.
When the sun begins to sink, head to the nearby Banje Beach to catch the sunset and bask in the late-evening warmth. You can rent a sun lounger to enjoy at your own leisure, or simply pop down a towel and take a seat, and make the most of the watersports and swimming opportunities if you’re seeking a bit of a thrill!
Day 2: A Guided Kayaking Tour
A guided kayaking tour is a unique experience that will give you a fantastic sight of Dubrovnik from a completely different viewpoint. These tours can last from a few hours to a full day, depending on your preferences, and can include a visit to one of the nearby islands such as Lokrum.
If you aren’t quite up to the challenge of the kayaking tour, there are taxi-boats that can take you to the islands. On Lokrum you can then indulge your day by swimming in the saltwater pool, exploring the 15th-century monastery and strolling along the beautiful sights. The boats are frequent from Old Town between the hours of 9am and 7pm so you can spend the day as you please!
Day 3: Beach Day
We think that day three is the perfect time to head to the glorious local beaches and bask in the summer sun. Sveti Jakov is one of the most popular locations, along with Banje Beach, as previously mentioned. If you fancy exploring more of the city by foot, then the 20-minute walks along the coast path is the perfect option, then you can sit and rest once you hit the part-shingle, part-pebble beach. This beach often quiet, despite being popular with locals and visitors alike, and the sunsets here are quite astonishing. The beach even has it’s own bar and restaurant for your enjoyment, so you’ll have all you need to spend the day relaxing.
Day 4: History & Art
If you’ve decided to invest in a Dubrovnik card, then this will help you with transport and tourist attractions, allowing free entry to most of them. You can purchase them to last for one, three or seven days, and it includes travel too. The City Walls and Art Gallery Dubrovnik are some of the most interesting to visit, offering an insight into the ancient city’s history and creativity.
Next, we recommend taking a trip up the cable car for a spot of lunch with the phenomenal panoramic views over vibrant orange rooftops and into the glistening sea. At the top, you’ll find another fascinating museum of Homeland War and several other activities including hiking trails and a buggy safari!
Day 5: Visit the Elaphati Islands
We highly recommend embarking on a spectacular boat tour to the Elaphati islands to get away from the bustle of the busy city, swapping it for an unforgettably relaxing experience. The cluster of 13 landmasses spans a total of around 12sq miles in total, with a population of just 850. Only three of the islands, Koločep, Lopud and Šipan, are inhabited and you can tour all of them in one day. Many of the boat tours even include lunch and drinks, so are certainly worthwhile. Lopud is known for its stunning beaches, Koločep is incredibly tranquil and offers a more forest-like terrain, and Šipan is the perfect place for a gentle bike ride.
Day 6: Walking Tours
There are so many wonderful walking tours in and around Dubrovnik to suit every ability and interest. One of the most popular tours is the Game of Thrones filming locations, most of which are guided by people that were actually extras on the set, so can give you some inside info on the life on a GOT film set!
If GOT isn’t for you, you can pick a food tour, where you’ll travel around to taste the delicacies from the city, a wine tour, to sample the finest wines around, or a StarWars filming locations extravaganza!
Be sure to pack a pair of comfortable shoes, as the walking tours can last from an hour or so to a full day. Then you can spend the evening relaxing over a well-deserved meal as you watch the sun set into the rippling blue waters.
Day 7: Home Time
The final day of your trip should be reserved for any last-minute visits, whether you’re a beach lover, have an interest in exploring more of the culture and history, or simply with to lounge about in your hotel or villa. Take some time to rest and enjoy the last of the fine foods on offer and make the most of the quality time you’re getting to spend with your loved ones.
Are you heading to Dubrovnik this year? I’d love to hear about your plans in the comments or via my social media channels!
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