Dubrovnik is a real pearl of the Adriatic sea. Not just the city’s old town is one of the most picturesque places on the whole Earth, but it’s also a 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’s really a lot to talk about. Although it’s suggested 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!
What’s the best time to visit Dubrovnik?
Back in the days, Dubrovnik used to be 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 only to enter the Old Town. In case 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.
What’s good to know about Dubrovnik?
This prominent Mediterranean destination is 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.
One Day in Dubrovnik Itinerary:
Top things to do in Dubrovnik, Croatia
Stroll around the Old Town
Pretty much all the great sights and attractions are placed 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 tourist and local crowds are still reduced. Start your walk at the Pile Gate (West Gate) and wander around the cobblestone, picturesque streets.
Walk the Stradun street
The most famous street within the Old Town is Stradun street. This longitudinal street offers a wide range of cafe bars, restaurants and souvenir shops. This bustling street must be a great place to drink the morning coffee, but it’s also the priciest street in the whole country. Just around the corner you can get your coffee for half of the price.
Explore the City Walls
Since you only have one day in Dubrovnik you definitely want to maximize 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 the fortification architecture.
Take a cable car ride to SrD hill
If you still haven’t fallen in love with the beauty of Dubrovnik – the aerial view of the city and the Adriatic sea will definitely change that fact. During the high season you should expect the 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.
Spend the afternoon at Lapad
Grab a taxi or take a 10 minute bus ride (number 6) from the city center to 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 a lunch in one of the many restaurants along the promenade. Unlike the Old Town, Lapad offers pretty affordable eats.
Sunset at Buža cafe
After the 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!
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.
Some 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, however, if you travel 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 out a bit around the corner you may find some great spots with no crowds at all.
In case you have more than just One Day in Dubrovnik, check out Tripadvisor for detailed list of all the sights and activities in Dubrovnik.
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