3 Perfect Days in Dubrovnik

Dreaming of the Dalmation Coast? I don’t blame you – it’s STUNNINGLY beautiful.  And fun! From amazing architecture, to cliff jumping, to delicious meals – Dubrovnik has everything you need for an unforgettable vacation. Read on for all you need to fill 3 Perfect Days in Dubrovnik. 

Dubrovnik City Walls 1
Old Town Dubrovnik

Where to Stay

Dubrovnik boasts a plethora of fabulous hotels; deciding which lovely place you’ll lay your head at night is definitely a first world problem.  For my money, there’s no better option than Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik.  If you love a luxury boutique hotel with impeccable design and service – Hotel Bellevue has your name written all over it. The hotel is carved into a cliffside overlooking the Adriatic Sea and was completely refurbished in 2019. The rooms are spacious, beautiful, and thoughtfully arranged.  The common areas of the hotel are simply gorgeous and the restaurants on site are top notch.  As if that weren’t reason enough to stay here, the location is divine, offering the best of both worlds: you can easily walk to Old Town Dubrovnik AND you can enjoy the beach at the base of the hotel – perfect for soaking up the Mediterranean sun. 

Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik
Hotel Bellevue

5 Can’t Miss Things to Do in Dubrovnik

1. Walk the City Walls

Dubrovnik’s old town is a medieval fantasy come to life. The city’s defining feature is the imposing wall that encircles its historic center. The juxtaposition of the sparkling sea against the pinkish stone of the walls is enchanting. From a perch on top of the walls, you can take in the maze of the city below, full of terracotta roofs and church steeples. Ticketed entrances are located at Pile Gate, Ploce Gate, and the Maritime Museum.  Pro tip: walk the walls earlier in the day – particularly if you’re visiting in the summer – to avoid the crowds and the heat. And after you walk the walls, be sure to stop for drink at Buza’s the best cliffside bar in old town and excellent if you need a quick swim to cool off or want to enjoy the sunset. 

Dubrovnik City Walls
Walking the City Walls

2. Take a Game of Thrones Tour

If you didn’t watch the show, you can skip this. However, assuming you did watch Game of Thrones, then you have to take one of the tours! Dubrovnik’s walls and forts featured prominently in the HBO series – both as King’s Landing and Qarth. A good tour will take you to various locations used in filming the show – including the Red Keep and Cersei’s walk of shame. And if you take a tour that also goes to Lokrum Island (more on that below) you can even sit on the Iron Throne! 

Game of Thrones Tour
Game of Thrones Tour

3. Visit Lokrum Island … and Maybe Jump Off a Cliff! 

Lokrum Island feels worlds away from the busy streets of Dubrovnik’s old town, but actually it’s only a 10 minute ferry ride.  Lokrum is a lush forested island famous for its peacocks. The island is a protected nature reserve popular for swimming (though, word to the wise, the beaches are rocky) and, for the brave, cliff jumping and diving. Luckily, ferries to Lokrum leave Dubrovnik’s Old Harbor pretty much hourly ( in July and August it can increase to every 30 minutes). Note, there are a handful of bars and restaurants on the island – so no need to pack a picnic unless you want to. 

Lokrum Island
Lokrum Island

4. Ride the Cable Car and Take in the Views from Srd

Srd is the 412m-high hill that towers over the old city. From its heights, Dubrovnik looks almost like a medieval illustration. The views take in all of Dubrovnik, Lokrum Island, and the Elaphiti Islands – the vantage point is truly extraordinary. The fastest (and most fun) way to get to the top of Srd is by cable carPanorama Restaurant & Bar awaits you at the top. Do yourself a favor and make a reservation to enjoy the sunset along with dinner while taking in this breathtaking view. 

Ride the Dubrovnik Cable Car
Ride the Cable & Enjoy the View

5. Cruise the Elaphiti Islands

The Elaphiti Islands are a small archipelago of 13 islands just northwest of Dubrovnik. Of the 13 only 3 are populated – Sipan, Lopud, and Kolocep. It’s absolutely worth booking a day trip to cruise from Dubrovnik to enjoy the beauty of the Elaphiti Islands.  With everything from resorts, to wineries, beaches, and historic ruins – there’s something for everyone to enjoy. 

Cruise the Elaphiti Islands
Elaphiti Islands

The above suggestions should make it easy to plan 3 perfect days in Dubrovnik. However, these are just the tip of the iceberg! You could easily spend a leisurely week in Dubrovnik, soaking in all the city and the surrounding islands have to offer. Dubrovnik is one of my favorite places on the planet – I hope you love it as much as I do!
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