In southern Croatia, Dubrovnik is famous for its beautiful Old Town surrounded by stone walls, lovely restaurants and beaches in front of the Adriatic sea, and for being the wonderful setting for parts of the shooting of our beloved series Game of Thrones. But if you only have a few days in this gorgeous city, you might wonder where to go and what to do. Don't worry, we'll help you figure it out, and give you some advice on what to enjoy the most when visiting. So pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable trip!
Enjoy some delicious food
Of course, as in every tourist city, you will find many tourist traps in Dubrovnik, but if you do your research carefully, you will be able to enjoy some truly wonderful meals. As in many other Mediterranean countries such as Greece, taverns are very popular in Croatia - they are called konobas, and you should find the best one wherever you go. Because it is by the sea, Dubrovnik is great to enjoy seafood and fishes such as oysters or mussels (try for instance buzara, a mussel stew similar to moules marinières, or brudet, a seafood stew cooked in a tomato base), as well as simple grilled fish drizzled with olive oil and garnished with parsley, but there are also some great dishes with meat. Indeed, boskarin is a delicacy of meat carpaccio, and you should definitely try Istrian ham as well since it is very tasty and dry-salted with sea salt, but don't forget the delicious pasticada (braised beef). And if you're looking for great restaurants, you should try Lady Pi-Pi in the Old Town or Kopun by the Jesuit church.
Not only is Dubrovnik a beautiful place to get inspired because of its stunning architecture, it is also wonderful because of all its museums rich in culture and history. Indeed, you will find the Red History Museum, which is an interactive museum telling you about the history of communism in Yugoslavia, as well as the War Photo Limited, which exhibits photographs showing armed conflicts around the world. You will learn a lot, and get very admirative of owner Wade Goddard, whose photographs were featured in newspapers. But of course, just walking around and talking to people will already bring you a lot of culture and history.
Recharge in nature
Dubrovnik is a wonderful place if you enjoy walking and want to take in all the great nature surrounding the city, and here are some gorgeous places where you can go and recharge. For instance, south of the city there is Park Orsula which offers beautiful views. You can reach it either hiking up Mount Srd, or going into the hills above Ploce depending on what route you want to take. But the real magical place you definitely shouldn't miss is the island of Lokrum. Indeed, it offers incredible beaches and scenery, is home to a monastery and a botanical garden, and features the beautiful Fort Royal Castle at the highest point above sea level on the island at 96 metres. In Lokrum, you'll also be able to go for some wonderful kayakying, as well as watching beautiful peacocks.
Attend some great events
There are great places in Dubrovnik, particularly in the Gruz district, if you want to attend some cool events. In fact, they are usually organised by a group called Dvoriste TUP, which brings people together with things such as outdoor film screenings, second-hand sales and art shows. There are plenty of trendy and alternative places, such as Urban & Veggie, a vegetarian and vegan restaurant, the Dubrovnik Beer Company, which offers great burgers and beers, as well as Love Bar, which has a fun rooftop bar and a view all over the harbour. So pick whatever suits you best, and enjoy some of the most fun events in Croatia.
Dubrovnik might not be the most famous place around the world for bars and parties, but if you know the place well enough, it will be just as fun. Indeed, you can go to some lovely bars like Gusto Giusto, which has some lovely wines and charcuteries, particularly one of the best mortadella you will ever try. Besides, you will also find Mr Goodlife Gin Bar a little further, which is the perfect place if you like gin and live music since they have bands playing there pretty much every day of the summer, from rock to more local traditional music. Finally, if you end up on the port of Dubrovnik after a long day and need somewhere to unwind, you should head to Skar Winery Dubrovnik as it is great for local wines and food, and for wine tasting and tours.