One Day in Dubrovnik Itinerary – Top things to do in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik is a real pearl of the Adriatic sea. Not only is the city’s Old Town one of the most picturesque places on the whole Earth, but it’s also home to some amazing beaches, crystal clear waters and tons of great restaurants and bars. Seems like everyone’s talking about Dubrovnik these days, and there really is a lot to talk about. Although it’s recommended to spend at least 3 days in Dubrovnik and the area around it, one day in Dubrovnik is still enough time to explore the most exciting sights. There’s no way you won’t fall in love with it!

One day in Dubrovnik Itinerary

What’s the best time to visit Dubrovnik?

Back in the days, Dubrovnik used to be a mostly summer destination. Nowadays, it has much to offer even when the days get a bit colder. Summer, on the other hand, can get super packed with tourists. During the peak season (July-August), it gets challenging just to enter the Old Town. If you want to get the best experience, pick May or September when the crowd is reduced and the weather still allows you to enjoy both the sun and the sea.

Dubrovnik Shore
Dubrovnik Shore, Author: Paul Arps, Source: Flickr

What’s good to know about Dubrovnik?

This prominent Mediterranean destination was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. In the past, it was the capital of the Republic of Ragusa, when it achieved a remarkable level of development thanks to its maritime trade. Most of its historical public buildings and fortresses were built during the Renaissance and Baroque period. In the past few years, both Game of Thrones series and Star Wars movie scenes were filmed there.

Dubrovni
Author: Gilles Messian, Photo source: Flickr

One Day in Dubrovnik Itinerary

Follow this guide and make the most of your trip even if you’re short on time. These are the top sights and things to do during your one day in Dubrovnik.

 

Stroll around the Old Town

Pretty much all the great sights and attractions are scattered around the Old Town. Since it’s the most iconic area in the whole city, the best time to explore it is in the early morning, while the crowds are still reduced. Start your walk at the Pile Gate (West Gate) and wander around the cobblestone, picturesque streets.

Dubrovnik Old Town
Dubrovnik Old Town, Author: Paul Arps, Source: Flickr

Walk the Stradun

The most famous street in the Old Town is Stradun. This longitudinal street offers a wide range of cafe bars, restaurants and souvenir shops. This bustling place is a great place to drink your morning coffee, but it’s also the priciest street in the whole country. Just around the corner you can get your coffee for half the price.

Stradun Street Dubrovnik
Stradun Street Dubrovnik, Author: Paul Arps, Source: Flickr

Explore the City Walls

Since you only have one day in Dubrovnik, you definitely want to maximize the efficiency of how you spend your time. Walking the City Walls is a great way to watch the city from the most beautiful angles, explore its iconic fortresses and get the best selfie photos. Built from 13th to 17th century, Dubrovnik city walls represent the finest example of fortification architecture.

Dubrovnik City Walls
Dubrovnik City Walls, Author: Paul Arps, Source: Flickr

Take a cable car ride to the Srđ hill

If you still haven’t fallen in love with the beauty of Dubrovnik, the aerial view of the city and the Adriatic sea, as seen from the cable car, will definitely change that fact. During the high season you should expect a long queue, but it’s worth waiting every minute of it. Don’t forget to take your camera with you, the view is just breathtaking and you won’t resist taking so many great shots.

Dubrovnik Cable Car View
Dubrovnik Cable Car View, Author: Paul Arps, Source: Flickr

Find a nice place for lunch in the Old Town

After all that sightseeing, you must be getting hungry. Fortunately, Dubrovnik is widely known for its excellent restaurants. Fat Cats boasts excellent service and some fantastic street food dishes, all wrapped up in an incredibly cozy ambient. Lucin kantun is another great (and very charming) choice, especially if you want to try traditional Dubrovnik dishes prepared by master chefs.

Spend the afternoon at Lapad

Grab a taxi or take a 10 minute bus ride (number 6) from the city center to the Lapad area. It’s a less busy area and a great escape for locals and those who can’t stand the city crowd. There you can enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the beach and have lunch in one of the many restaurants along the promenade. Unlike the Old Town, Lapad offers some affordable eats, and if you like Japanese food you absolutely must check out Shizuku, an excellent Japanese restaurant, while in this part of the city.

Sunset at Buža cafe

After a lazy afternoon – it’s time to go back to the Old Town. Sunset is the right time to enjoy some drinks and the most spectacular sunset on the Mediterranean. Buža cafe may not be the most fancy cafe bar, but it’s the one with the fanciest view. Don’t miss it for the world!

Buza Cafe Bar
Buza Cafe Bar, Author: Paul Arps, Source: Flickr

Enjoy an excellent seafood dinner

If you’re spending a day in Dubrovnik, it would be a shame to miss out on tasting some of local seafood dishes. For those of you who are looking for a high-brow dining experience, Proto is the way to go since this restaurant has been around for more than 130 years and even hosted King Edward VIII once. On the other hand, if you’re looking for something more affordable, Lokanda Peskarija is the place to visit. And you even get a fantastic view here!

Dubrovnik nightlife

For a great taste of Dubrovnik nightlife, head to Culture Club Revelin, one of the best nightclubs not just in the city but in Croatia. This party venue is nothing short of spectacular because the club is located in a 16th century fortress in the north-east part of the Old Town. Lazareti is also a place where you can enjoy some incredible performances, but if you like to party out in the open, head to Banje Beach and feast your eyes on the spectacular view of the city walls at night.

Try Dolce Vita Crepes or Ice Cream

If you get night sugar cravings, the best place to eat the finest crepes in Dubrovnik is Dolce Vita. They really have a great selection of pancakes, including those with the ice cream, which makes it kind of hard to choose from. They also serve the creamiest and the most delicious ice-cream in the whole town.

Where to stay in Dubrovnik?

Old town

Hotels inside of the Old Town are definitely the best option for those who are interested in history, architecture and sightseeing. It’s where some of the most exclusive hotels and guesthouses are located and definitely the area where you can see and explore a lot.

Guest House Forty-Four

Guest House Forty-Four

6 Ulica Miha Pracata, Old Town, 20000 Dubrovnik

Guest House Forty-Four, located right in the center of the Old Town, is a perfect choice for those who want modern, stylish yet super comfortable stay. The interior decor is exceptional and there is also a lovely quiet veranda where you can relax away from the city crowds.

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St. Joseph's

Guesthouse St. Joseph’s

Svetog Josipa 3, Old Town, 20000 Dubrovnik

Guesthouse St. Joseph’s can best be described as a little jewel in the heart of Dubrovnik. It is a true high end boutique accommodation with understated elegance and amazing location in the Old town.

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Prijeko Palace

Guesthouse Prijeko Palace

Prijeko 22, Old Town, 20000 Dubrovnik

The rooms at Guesthouse Prijeko Palace are specially created for people who love cultural lifestyle and those who would love to experience the true essence of medieval Dubrovnik. Each room is individually designed and offers you nothing short of an urban oasis.

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Lapad

The coastal area Lapad is a great choice for those who want to soak up the sun and enjoy a perfect time on the beach. There‘s an abundance of restaurants and bars, but also the modern high-end hotels like Hotel Dubrovnik Palace and Hotel Kompas. If you prefer the stay in the hotel this area is a perfect choice for your stay in Dubrovnik.

Hotel Dubrovnik Palace

Hotel Dubrovnik Palace

Masarykov put 20, Lapad, 20 000 Dubrovnik

Completely renovated as of 2014, Hotel Dubrovnik Palace offers a modern Mediterranean experience just next to the breathtaking waters of the Adriatic sea. All rooms with their sleek design and earthy colors have a balcony and offer amazing views of the Elaphite Islands. Spa facilities include an indoor pool, hot tub and steam bath. The hotel has a beach, a scuba diving center, a fitness studio and a number of jogging paths that can be found in the vicinity.

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Hotel Kompas

Hotel Kompas

Kardinala Stepinca 21, Lapad, 20 000 Dubrovnik

Enjoying a sensational seafront setting overlooking the Lapad beach and the blue-green Adriatic, the all-new Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik offers exceptional contemporary design, a luxury spa, outstanding dining and conference facilities with exemplary service.

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Best Hostel in Dubrovnik

Hostel Angelina Old Town and Hostel Amnesia are perfect for young travelers or backpackers who want to be close to all the best Dubrovnik landmarks and still not to spend a fortune on the accommodation. It’s also a great place to meet other travelers.

Hostel Angelina Old Town
The view from Hostel Angelina Old Town

Extra tips for visiting Dubrovnik

– Prices in the Old Town can really get super high, especially compared to the rest of the country. If you want some more affordable bites check out the area 5-10 minutes away from the Old Town. It should be much cheaper.

– Public transportation is very efficient and costs only 2 euros, but if you’re traveling in a larger group sharing a cab may be a cheaper solution.

– In case you find huge lines in front of the cable car, you can reach its final point by taxi as well.

– Most famous public beaches are usually the most crowded ones. If you only check things out a bit around the corner, you may find some great spots with no crowds at all.

– Make your trip to Dubrovnik even more exciting! Check out TravelsWithTalek for all the activities and organized tours in Dubrovnik or around the area. You’d do well to get your tickets to all the attractions right away. That way you won’t have to wait in lines.

If sailing the Croatian islands after Dubrovnik is your plan, check out this guide to get better insight.

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Logistical Tips and Tricks

Organize your trip in five easy steps!

BOOK A FLIGHT!

Obviously, if you’re going on a trip somewhere far a way, you’ll need to book a flight. There is absolutely no need to worry about this, though, because with Skyscanner, you will be able to find a cheap flight anywhere in the world. And their website is extremely easy to use, so you will have your seat on a plane in no time at all!

BOOK A ROOM!

To easily find the best possible room in the city you’re visiting, just head to Booking.com. They have quite literally thousands of options, a reliable rating system and will always get you a great deal. On top of that, you can learn a lot from the comments people leave there, too. No matter if you’re looking for an apartment or an elite hotel, you’ll find what you need here.

GET A CAR!

If you want the ultimate sense of freedom while on your trip, a car is a must. Fortunately, there is a simple way to get one – just visit Booking’s Rentalcars and they’ll have your vehicle ready in a jiffy. Now you’ll be able to explore the new city thoroughly and, who knows, maybe even make a trip outside it.

INSURE YOURSELF FOR PEACE OF MIND!

Accidents, mishaps and other troubles happen to everyone. The key is to be prepared. That’s why getting a travel insurance is such a great idea: it can help you deal with any health issues, theft and even cancelled flights. World Nomads know full well about the problems that can arise on a trip because they are passionate travelers themselves. That’s why they can offer you the very best deals.

FIND SOMEONE TO HELP YOU GET AROUND!

Want to have some company as soon as you land? Through Welcomepickups.com, you can find a local to meet you at the airport and help you find your way around the new city. They can also set things up for you, give you some useful tips and be helpful in general. The whole project is a great idea and very well executed, so do go and see how these people can make your trip a more pleasant one.

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED

Here are some of the top travel items you must bring to your next trip. These items will make your trip a lot more relaxing and you’ll surely get rid of some extra hassle.

Make sure to travel light, safe and stylish following our travel item guide for 2019.

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Anca is a travel writer and the founder of One Day Itinerary - the biggest collection of travel itineraries for those who are time-limited or just want to maximize their time while traveling. Although she easily becomes homesick for Croatia, she thinks travel is essential to her happiness. She has traveled to more countries than she is years old and doesn’t plan on changing that fact. In her travel guides she aims to inspire people to travel whenever they have a spare day (or two).

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