Sitting on the southern Croatia coast, Dubrovnik blends history, culture, and architecture with a rugged Adriatic setting of traditional fishing villages, beaches, and green islands. Travelers usually head first to the heart of the city—a stone-built Old Town dating from the 10th century, perched on a headland and ringed by thick, medieval walls. Guided tours explore the area’s churches, fountains, and squares, or walk the battlement walls to admire the sea views and fairy tale towers. (It’s no wonder Dubrovnik’s was a main Game of Thrones filming location.) Beyond the city, popular day-trip destinations include nearby Elafiti Islands and the ancient town of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Dubrovnik Weather (When to Visit)
During the summer months of May thru August temperatures range in the 70s and 80s on average, there is very little precipitation and amazing events like the Summer Festival are not to be missed. Hotels can be expensive though, in Old Town, some hotels charge more than $500 a night. Summer is peak season for cruise ship traffic. Thursdays and Saturdays are the busiest days for cruise ship dockings.
In September thru October, average daytime temps are in the 60s and 70s, and the water temperature averages about the same. The crowds will have left, and you’ll have a little more peace during your vacation. Plus, the hotel rates dip from their summer peaks. In addition, you can enjoy the region’s grape and olive harvests.
Best Dubrovnik Beaches
A half-moon of pebbles and gravel set in Seka Bay, Copacabana is one of Dubrovnik’s best beaches. Studded with luxury white loungers and deckchairs, there’s heaps going on to keep you amused with watersports, paddle boarding and inflatables for the kids. The beachside restaurant provides further inducement to spend the day here with breakfast, lunch and dinner covered.
Sveti Jacov Beach
Although this is everyone’s favorite beach, it’s rarely crowded. The sun stays warm until late in the evening, bathing the Old Town in a golden light. It’s part shingle, part pebble, with showers, sun shades, and a bar and restaurant at beach level. It is accessed via a long stairway you’ll be reluctant to climb back up.
This place is ideal for in-the-know travelers that want to have a swim and a beer with locals. It is quite possibly one of the most authentic beaches in Dubrovnik, and it also happens to be the oldest. Though it’s not a sandy beach, it’s one of the best places to swim in the Dubrovnik area. There is even a small cave that you can swim into and a beach bar that runs during the day.
A cliff-side walk will take you along the Adriatic to this beach, surrounded by cliffs. The beach itself is not that big, however, the incredible scenery makes up for it. Most tourists don’t bother making the trek out here, it is completely worth it. You won’t find any beaches in Croatia quite like this one.
Banje beach is definitely the most popular in Dubrovnik among tourists. It’s the beach you see on all of the Dubrovnik post cards, and maybe what inspired you to visit in the first place! This beach does get crowded, but they do have some fun parties here in the summer.
Dubrovnik Recommended Experiences & Tours by Viator
Montenegro Full-Day Trip from Dubrovnik
Head south to diminutive coastal Montenegro on this day trip from Dubrovnik. Take a scenic drive on the southern Dalmatian Coast and experience small Adriatic villages and towns, including the UNESCO-listed Kotor, situated in Europe’s southernmost fjord. Finish with an optional ferry ride across the Bay of Kotor and then enjoy a final scenic drive on your way back to Dubrovnik. Learn more about the Montenegro Full-Day Trip.
Exclusive: ‘Game of Thrones’ Walking Tour of Dubrovnik
Discover ‘Game of Thrones’ film sites of Dubrovnik on this walking tour that takes in the real-life attractions used for some of the show’s locations. As you explore the city’s World Heritage-listed Old Town with your guide, enjoy views of the red-roofed skyline you know as King’s Landing. Follow in Joffrey’s footsteps at Lovrijenac Fortress, stand where Ayra Stark stood, and hear behind-the-scenes stories about filming in the city. When booking, you can choose to upgrade to include a tour to Trsteno Aboretum, which was used as the palace gardens. This Viator Exclusive is available nowhere else. Learn more about the Game of Thrones Walking Tour of Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik Sea Kayak Tour
See the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ from the water on a 2.5- to 3-hour kayak tour from Dubrovnik. Accompanied by a guide, paddle past the city’s medieval walls, leaving time for some snorkeling, swimming and snacks at a isolated beach cave along Dubrovnik’s coastline. For an extra perk, book the evening tour and enjoy the sunset with a chilled glass of wine. Learn more about the Dubrovnik Sea Kayak Tour.
Dubrovnik Ancient City Walls & Wars Walking Tour
You can stroll down the Stradun and walk the wall of Dubrovnik but it’s much more meaningful if you know what you’re looking at. Which is why this informative and fun walking tour is a must for any visitor to the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic.’ Learn what makes this UNESCO World Heritage site so amazing and special. Learn about the architecture — Gothic, Renaissance and baroque — and the history behind the palaces, fountains, monasteries and churches. Walk the high walls and get a different perspective of the city. Learn more about the Dubrovnik Ancient City Walls & Wars Tour.
Bosnia and Herzegovina Day Trip Including Medjugorje and Mostar
While in Dubrovnik, head to another country for the day to see the best of Bosnia and Herzegovina on a guided day trip. Stop in Neum, Bosnia’s only coastal town, and then continue on to UNESCO-protected Počitelj, which boasts beautiful historical sites. Later, head to Medjugorje, the place where, in 1981, six children saw an apparition of the Virgin Mary and has been one of the most popular spots for Catholic pilgrimage in the world. Finally, continue on to Mostar with its stunning bridge. Learn more about the Bosnia & Herzegonina Day Trip.
Best Dubrovnik Restaurants
Gusta Me $11 – 30
Gusta Me is the place to visit in order to try handmade Croatian wines, seasoned dishes with fresh ingredients and sensational views of the old harbor and the Revelin Fortress. The restaurant has a terrace for those wishing to enjoy the outdoors, and the menu includes a selection of sumptuous steaks, fanciful fish options and wonderful wok dishes. There are also various vegetarian options available. Telephone: 385 20 42 00 13 Web: Gusta Me
Lokanda Peskarija $11 – 30
The difference between Lokanda and other seafood restaurants in town is the local-to-visitor ratio, which often favors the local crowd. They know to book a table to ensure their lunch of black cuttlefish risotto with prawns. Don’t worry if you don’t have a reservation; lines move swiftly. Telephone: 385 20 32 47 50 Web: Lokanda Peskarija
Restaurant Dubrovnik $31 – 60
Located in Old Town, this restaurant offers diners a degree of privacy and seclusion. Elegance exudes from this restaurant and the menu blends old and new styles of Mediterranean cuisine. Regarded as one of the top class restaurants in the city, Restaurant Dubrovnik allows diners to step back in time and enjoy their meals in medieval surroundings, see the tiny streets below from the pleasant rooftop terrace. Telephone: 385 20 32 48 10 Web: Restaurant Debrovnik
Nautika $31 – 60
Nautika is a world-class restaurant which lives up to its fantastic reputation. Head Chef Mario Bunda’s dishes are carefully prepared with utmost attention. The seafood is so fresh it’s almost water-to-plate. Nautika is known for delivering high standards of service, VIP guests include Pope John II and members of the Japanese and Norwegian royal families. Diners can sample pureed fish ice cream cones on terraces at the edge of the Adriatic Sea. Telephone: 385 20 44 25 26 Web: Nautika
Restaurant 360° $31 – 60
Dubrovnik’s glitziest restaurant offers fine dining at its best, with flavorsome, beautifully presented, creative cuisine, an impressive wine list and slick, professional service. The setting is unrivaled – on top of the city walls with tables positioned so you can peer through the battlements over the harbor. Telephone: 385 20 322 2222 Web: Restaurant 360°
Best Dubrovnik Bars
Buža gets its name from its entrance – a small hole (buža) in the side of the city walls that leads you to a beach bar perched on the cliffs, where you’ll contemplate diving off the cliff into the warm waters below. It is nestled on the outside of the city walls, facing the sea, and offers beautiful views of the island of Lokrum. Telephone: 385 95 883 1750 Web: Buza Bar
D’Vino Wine Bar
D’Vino has a reputation for being one of the coolest little hangouts in Dubrovnik. Come in, take a seat and enjoy a spot of wine tasting and indulge in one of D’Vinos cheese and meat platters. D’Vino has always been a favorite with the locals due to its location in the main center of the Old Town, friendly staff and a great selection of local wines. Telephone: 385 20 32 11 30 Web: D’Vino Wine Bar
Buzz Bar is a popular local establishment to enjoy a coffee, local craft beer, local wine and delicious cocktails. If beer is your vice the local beer selection at Buzz Bar is a must-try with Grička vještica, Zmajsko pivo, San Servolo, Dva klasa the picks. The cafe is known for its great atmosphere and friendly staff. On a Friday night you’ll get to experience live music from 9 pm, and is truly the highlight of the week at Buzz Bar. Telephone: 385 20 32 10 25 Web: Buzz Bar
Banje Beach Club
The Banje Beach Club is located right outside the city walls on the city’s most popular pebble beach. With a combination of indoor and outdoor areas, luxury beach zone, VIP dining area, pop lounge and one of the hottest nightclubs in Dubrovnik, the Banje Beach club is the perfect place to relax or party to your heart’s content. The views of the Old Town and Lokrum are spectacular! Telephone: 385 99 314 6485 Web: Banje Beach Club