I didn’t know much about Dubrovnik when I decided I wanted to visit, I had spoken to a couple of friends who had been before and that was about all! The first thing I noticed about Dubrovnik was how clean it was, it took us about 30 minutes to get from the Airport to Old Town and I don’t think I saw one piece of litter the whole time. I would recommend purchasing a shuttle bus ticket when you get to the airport to get you to Old Town, rather than getting a taxi, because the shuttle bus was about a third of the price!
Dubrovnik’s Old Town is unlike anywhere I have ever been before, it almost feels as though you have gone back in time. The town has so much history and each landmark has so many stories behind it! We were there in August and the weather was perfect.
Things to do in Dubrovnik:
- City Walls
You can purchase a pass to walk along the city walls, the walls surround most of Old Town and gives you an uninterrupted view of the city. To give you a better idea, I got some details from Wikipedia: “The walls run an uninterrupted course of approximately 1,940 metres (6,360 ft) in length, encircling most of the old city, and reach a maximum height of about 25 metres (82 ft).”
2. Explore the Beaches
The closest sand beach to Old Town is Banje Beach, which is a very lively beach. There is a restaurant and bar on the beach, music on all day and it is packed with people swimming and sunbathing. It is a nice beach and is great if you’re wanting a bit of atmosphere or in the mood to party. You can also organise water sports from this beach which we did, my boyfriend somehow managed to convince me (who is a bit of a wimp when it comes to heights) to go parasailing! It was actually amazing and I’m so glad that we ended up doing it.
My favourite beach was a bit of a walk, it took maybe 25 minutes for us to get there, but you could always get a taxi! It was called the Sveti Jakov beach, which is actually a pebble beach, it’s slightly smaller than Banje Beach, a lot quieter, a bit more private and it gives you an amazing view of the Old Town. It also has a small cafe/restaurant and a little beach shack bar for drinks and snacks. Unfortunately we don’t have any pictures of the beach as we didn’t want to have to worry about our camera at the time!
There are also loads of cliff side beaches and beach caves to explore so you’re definitely not short of options for swimming or sunbathing in Dubrovnik!
3. Take a Day Trip to another Island
We went on a Kayaking tour to Lokrum Island, I’m not going to lie, Kayaking is a lot harder than it looks but you can get a boat if you prefer! Visting Lokrum Island on a tour was ideal for us as we didn’t know much about this island so this way we had a tour guide that explained the history of the island and told us stories as we went along. We did quite a lot on the Island considering we only had limited time, we looked around the botanical gardens, swam in the dead sea, visited the Game of Thrones museum, climbed to the top of the Fortress “Fort Royal” which is on the highest peak of the island and gives you an amazing view and then last but not least, on the way back to Old Town, we went over to one of the beach caves opposite Lokrum Island and did some snorkelling and cliff jumping (another thing my boyfriend managed to talk me into haha).
Overall I thought Dubrovnik was a great place to visit and I would definitely go back, perhaps with a Sail Croatia tour because I would love to explore more of Croatia!
City Walls – Find More Info Here
Lokrum Island – Find More Info Here
Banje Beach – Find More Info Here
Watersports – Find More Info Here
Sveti Jakov Beach – Find More Info Here