Planning a trip to Dubrovnik can be overwhelming. What are the best things to do in Dubrovnik? Where should I stay in Dubrovnik? Is it better to stay in the walled city or outside the city while visiting Dubrovnik? Luckily, I have a perfect guide for you below to visit Dubrovnik and rest assured that you know what to do and what you are getting into.
- Located in the southern tip of Croatia between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro
- First established around 7th century
- The famed Old Town is a UNESCO heritage site
When to go to Dubrovnik
- Shoulder Season: April, May, September, October
- High Season: June, July, August
- Off Season: November - March
Because Dubrovnik is a huge cruise ship destination, unless you can tolerate intense crowds I suggest visiting during the shoulder season.
How to get to Dubrovnik
By Plane: There are only direct flights to Dubrovnik from Europe. If you are coming in from a different country find a cheap flight to Amsterdam/London/Paris/Frankfurt and then book a connecting flight.
By Bus: If you are visiting other places in Europe (Like Bosnia and Herzegovina - which you shouldn't miss!!!) I suggest taking a bus into the city. In fact, I have a full write up on how to take a bus to Dubrovnik here.
By Ferry: There are ferries available to Dubrovnik from other cities and islands in Croatia. There is even a ferry from Italy!
By Car: Renting a car is extremely popular in Croatia and is great for getting from city to city and doing day trips to the surrounding countries and sights. I rented a car to get from Dubrovnik to Split and stopping along the road that runs down the coastline was one of the best days!
How to get around in Dubrovnik
If you are staying inside the walled city (which I suggest you do) it is easy to walk the city since it is so small. There are also many taxis to take you anywhere outside the city for reasonable prices.
Like I stated above, it is also very popular to rent a car while in Croatia. You can't use the car to get around the small city of Dubrovnik (no cars are allowed inside the walled city) but you can use it for day trips.
Top things to do in Dubrovnik
Where to stay in Dubrovnik
Like I stated above, I suggest staying in the walled city while visiting Dubrovnik. There is so much to do while you are there you want to be close to the action. The best hotel in Dubrovnik (in my opinion of course) is St. Joseph's Boutique Hotel. You can read my full review of the hotel here, but let me stress that staying in a rental apartment or boutique apartment hotel is the best way to contribute to the economy.
I also stayed in Hotel More outside of Dubrovnik and had a HORRIBLE time. While I personally don't suggest this hotel AT ALL, (seriously read my review here to find out why) I can see why you may want to stay outside the walled city. Quieter and larger luxury hotels reside around a beautiful bay just a short 10 minute cab ride away from the walled city. You can also find better restaurants out here.
Where to eat in Dubrovnik
There are a ton of great places to eat in Dubrovnik but also a TON of places that are overpriced and awful. I have a full list of the best places I ate at while visiting Dubrovnik here. LINK
Best day trips from Dubrovnik
If you can't visit Bosnia and Herzegovina for a couple of days (which I seriously suggest you do) at least think about planning a day trip from Dubrovnik to Mostar. The famous Stari Most (old bridge) is absolutely beautiful and a wonderful side trip while in Dubrovnik. Another great day trip into Bosnia is visiting Kravica Waterfall which is very close to the Croatian border.
You can also plan trips to wine country and oyster country. Or you can hike the Great Wall of Europe in the Peljesac Peninsula.