The 10 essential things to do in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

Take a look at 15 essential experiences in Dubrovnik

Tour the city walls

Walking the city walls gives you the best views of the Old Port, the sparkling Adriatic and the beautiful Old Town. You can go on a local tour, with guide which costs 160kuna (£18 – including city walls admission fee of £8).

Dominican Monastery

This beautiful monastery provides a welcome break from the bustle of the crowds in Luza Square. St Sebastian’s Church has colourful modern stained glass windows. The museum houses three rooms with many treasures, decorative vestments and carvings.

Meal at Hotel Excelsior
This hotel sits on Dubrovnik’s southern edge, with fantastic views over the old city. It has hosted everyone including the Queen. Why not enjoy a meal overlooking the Adriatic Sea, or just pop inside for a look at the beautiful surroundings.

War Photo Museum

This is a fantastic gallery of wartime photojournalism, including the permanent ‘Ex-Jugoslavia 1991-1999’ exhibition. The gallery spans two floors and the images capture the damage that the Croatian War of inflicted on the country.

Sunset at the Cliff bars

Watch the sun set while enjoying a drink in Café Buža I (Ilije Sarake) or Buža II (Crijevićeva 9). Go through gateways in the Old Town’s walls onto hidden terraces high on the cliff-face, which offer incredible panoramas over the cooling Adriatic.

Kayak trips on the open seas

Adriatic Kayak Tours runs kayaking trips for all levels from the heart of the city, across the gleaming Adriatic, to the green isle of Lokrum – a short 30-minute paddle away.

Sample wines at Pelješac Peninsula

The peninsula is home to dozens of wineries, where visitors can sample a variety of rich red wines, as well as white wines, made from Korčula Island grapes. You could hire a car for the day and take a forty-minute drive to Ston, gateway to Croatia’s best Plavac Mali wines. Reach lofty heights

Imperial Fort, Mount Srd

Climb Mount Srd by foot or take the cable car (80kn) to reach the fort at the top, where you’ll get a great view of Dubrovnik and the coastline with its surrounding islands. The fort houses the superb Museum of the Croatian War of Independence (20kn).

Sample local specialities at Restaurant Levanat, Lapad Peninsula

This is one of the best places for a sunset seafood dinner, with views across Lapad Bay. Enjoy a full platter of grilled shrimps drowned in honey and sage, served with freshly made French fries and a side salad of plump tomatoes.

Visit Lokrum Island

Take a ferry from the Old Port to Lokrum (hourly off peak, until 6pm; 50kn). Discover small paths down to the sea, exercise at the outdoor gym and bathe in the warm waters.