Once you touch down at Dubrovnik Airport, you will need to drive up the coast for 25 minutes before you reach the city of Dubrovnik. The Old Town, topped with the iconic red tiled roofs, is exceptionally well preserved and is actually protected as a world heritage site. Hire a car and discover this beautiful part of Dalmatia.
Things to See and Do in Dubrovnik
It is more a case of what you might have to miss off your list than what to add onto it. There is so much to see and do in this gorgeous city! Start your trip with a tour of the Old Town Walls; the 2km long circuit is the perfect viewing platform for the red roofs of Dubrovnik and out across the Adriatic Sea. The cable car is another attraction worth considering with breathtaking views that stretch even further.
Hop on the frequent ferry or join a kayaking tour and head over to the nearby lush island of Lokrum. It's just 600 metres from the harbour and boasts a monastery and botanical gardens as well as the Fort Royal Castle built at the highest point. It's a great place to visit for a few hours.
There are two palaces located amidst the glistening marble streets of the Old Town and they are definitely worth a visit during your trip. Rector's Palace and Sponza Palace are two of the most important and indeed beautiful buildings in the Old Town with fantastic Gothic and Renaissance architecture.
Day Trips From Dubrovnik
Head to the coastal resort of Makarska in your rental car, found in the heart of Dalmatia. Relax on the stunning beaches, engage in some water sports or explore the vast mountains. Alternatively, why not visit Janjina and wander around the olive and vine groves instead. Study the Illyrian fort which is above the village and enjoy the scenic views at Drace Bay.
No summer holiday is complete without a day or two on the beach so laze on the Copacabana Beach packed with facilities to keep everyone amused or head to Banje Beach which offers a striking view for all that visit. Whichever beach you choose however, the crystal clear water will soothe the heat of the summer sun!
Dubrovnik’s location makes a day trip into neighbouring Montenegro a very worthy addition to your holiday here. Take a walk to the historic Old Town of Kotor and admire the views across the Bay of Kotor before venturing to Budva, another walled city on the coast.