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Guide to Dubrovnik Outdoors

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Dubrovnik is one of the top outdoor destinations in Europe. If you want experience, memories, and interesting stories to tell, this is your place. The Dubrovnik region represents an intriguing mixture that invites travel to micro destinations, and the exploration of places that look like they came straight out of a fairy tale. Take your time to see more!

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

14 Places

6 City Tips

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14 Places

City Harbor

Marinas

Ancient City Walls

Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas

Fort Lovrijenac

Historic Sites

Minceta Fortress

Ancient Ruins, Architectural Buildings, Lookouts

Dubrovnik Cable Car

Tramways

Mljet National Park

Islands, National Parks

Island of Lokrum

Islands

Cruises With Karaka

Boat Tours

Elafiti Islands

Islands

Sipan

Islands

Korcula Island - Priscapac

Historic Sites, Islands

Adventure Dalmatia - Day Tours

Kayaking & Canoeing, Bike Tours, Hiking & Camping Tours

Bacina Lakes

Bodies of Water

European Route E65

Scenic Drives

Hristo Y's City Tips

  • Do not neglect the islands — they will surprise you.
  • Mix and match city destinations with more adventurous trips to experience Dubrovnik and the surroundings at their best.
  • Do your research and plan in advance: it will save you a lot of time on the ground.
  • If you are on a tight budget, book online in advance for discounts.
  • I don't recommend driving within Dubrovnik, as everything is in close proximity. When you can't walk to a destination, take a bus or a taxi.
  • There are beautiful coastal resorts here, for those looking for tranquility.
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    City Harbor
    Marinas
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    Hristo Y Says:

    The city harbor is a very special and magnificent place to enjoy a walk, take some photos, and simply sit on a bench as you watch the world go by. The crystal clear seawater looks untouched, and it's stunningly beautiful.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Arrive early in the morning to avoid the crowds of tourists.
    • There are wonderful eateries around the harbor.
    • There is a small pier here, from which you can swim, or climb down to sunbathe on the rocks.
    • Many companies run boat trips from the city harbor to the different islands.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 183 things to do in Dubrovnik
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A picturesque spot to watch the world go by. 10/12/2017
    • Sewage discharge 05/12/2017
    • City Harbor
    Other:
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    Ancient City Walls
    Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas
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    Hristo Y Says:

    The ancient city walls of Dubrovnik are part of the magnificent Old Town, and devoting enough time to exploring them properly, and taking plenty of photos as you do, is a must. You will find stunning panoramic views to the Adriatic sea, pretty towers, and a real feel for the history of this place.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Arrive in the morning for clearer views, and to avoid the heat of the afternoon.
    • Come prepared with comfy shoes — there are lots of steps to tackle!
    • You don't need a guide here. Just enjoy going at your own pace.
    • The small entrance fee is worth it.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 183 things to do in Dubrovnik
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very interesting but you have to Pile in the Pile 10/12/2017
    • Excellent Tour 09/12/2017
    • Ancient City Walls
    Address:
    Placa ulica 32
    just inside Pile Gate, to the left.
    Dubrovnik 20000
    Croatia
    Phone:
    +385 20 638 800
    Other:
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    Fort Lovrijenac
    Historic Sites
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    Hristo Y Says:

    The fort is a natural extension of the city walls in Dubrovnik. After the tough climb down numerous steps down to reach it, the inside of the fort is simple yet stunning, and the views over the Old Town from a different perspective are incomparable.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The ticket for the Old City Walls covers the fort.
    • This may well remind you of some scenes from the popular TV series, Game of Thrones!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 183 things to do in Dubrovnik
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth the climb for the views 03/12/2017
    • This fort is a solid and formidable 26/11/2017
    • Fort Lovrijenac
    Other:
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    Minceta Fortress
    Ancient Ruins, Architectural Buildings, Lookouts
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    Hristo Y Says:

    The fortress, which is also part of the City Walls, is well worth the climb up the endless steps - so be sure to come feeling fit and healthy for this visit! At the top - which is the highest point of the walls - you will find one of the most beautiful views towards Dubrovnik and the islands.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Game of Thrones fans will love this place!
    • Wear supportive shoes for walking and tackling the multitude of steps.
    • Take water, and food - it makes for a great picnic spot.
    • The ticket for the Old City Walls covers the fortress.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 183 things to do in Dubrovnik
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Old city dubrovnik 06/12/2017
    • Wonderful 25/11/2017
    • Minceta Fortress
    Other:
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    Dubrovnik Cable Car
    Tramways
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    Hristo Y Says:

    This is an adventurous and entertaining way to view Dubrovnik, the Adriatic, and the islands from above. The views are just breathtaking: On a clear day, You can see up to 60 kilometers away!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The travel time is only three minutes one way, so it's a great experience to squeeze into a busy schedule.
    • It's very romantic at the top, particularly at sunset.
    • Buy tickets in advance to save money.
    • Take your time to visit the War Museum at the top for an additional fee.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 183 things to do in Dubrovnik
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great views 11/12/2017
    • Watch the weather and pick a day without wind! 07/12/2017
    • Dubrovnik Cable Car
    Address:
    Ul. kralja Petra Kresimira IV
    Dubrovnik 20000
    Croatia
    Phone:
    +385 20 325 393
    Other:
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    Mljet National Park
    Islands, National Parks
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    Hristo Y Says:

    Mljet is the eighth largest island in Croatia. It boasts gorgeous landscapes, crystal clear water, a rich heritage, and the oldest National Park in the Adriatic. With such a range of diverse activities and sights available for visitors of all ages to enjoy, it's well worth planning a day trip here. The nature is really peaceful, the pristine shingle beaches are wonderfully enchanting, and the lakes just beg you to dive right in.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The best way to explore the island and reach the National Park quickly is by bike, which can be rented at the harbor.
    • Easily accessible by boat and car. You can take a catamaran from Dubrovnik harbor: It usually leaves at 9:15am and returns at 4:55pm from Mjlet-Polace.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Mljet Island
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • take my back to the paradise park... 27/11/2017
    • Croatian Getaway 24/11/2017
    • Mljet National Park
    Address:
    Road 120
    Mljet Island 20226
    Croatia
    Phone:
    +385 20 744 041
    Other:
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    Island of Lokrum
    Islands
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    Hristo Y Says:

    Located just 700 meters away from Dubrovnik's port, the island of Lokrum is one of the closest outdoor attractions to the Old Town, and is a great day-trip option. Covered in dark green vegetation, the island has great history to explore - including an impressive Benedictine Monastery and a fort - plus, it's full of peacocks, and is a very calm and pleasant place.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • There are ladders for entering the sea on each of the rocky beaches around Lokrum.
    • The small lake linked to the open sea at the southern end of the island is perfect for families with children!
    • It's forbidden to stay overnight on the island. The last boat departs at 8pm; confirm the schedule onsite.
    • Visit the cafe-bar at the fort here.
    • The taxi boats will transport you here in about 10 minutes.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 183 things to do in Dubrovnik
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great island 11/12/2017
    • FKK / Nudist Beach 11/12/2017
    • Island of Lokrum
    Phone:
    07799436569
    Other:
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    Cruises With Karaka
    Boat Tours
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    Hristo Y Says:

    Take this Karaka replica boat cruise from the Old Town to experience beautiful views and feel like a sailor on a merchant ship back in the 16th century! The views of the coastline from an entirely different perspective, as well as the unique mode of transport, make this experience really worth it.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Book at the harbor or book online for a discount.
    • Delicious meals are served on board.
    • Go for the Elaphite Island Cruise or the Sunset and Dinner Cruise.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 75 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Dubrovnik
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great excursion!! 14/11/2017
    • Perfect!!! 07/11/2017
    • Cruises With Karaka
    Address:
    Old Town Port
    Dubrovnik
    Croatia
    Phone:
    +385 91 358 1888
    Price range:
    US$28 - US$28
    Other:
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    Elafiti Islands
    Islands
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    Hristo Y Says:

    Boat trips that cover these three islands - Sipan, Lopud, and Kolocep, which were once the summer residence of the Dubrovnik aristocracy - leave frequently from Dubrovnik port. With wonderful small villages, and surrounded by crystal clear waters, these islands are simply gorgeous, and covered in lush Mediterranean and subtropical flora.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The islands can be visited easily on the Three Island Cruise, which leaves at 9:30am and returns at 6:00pm. The food on the boats is excellent too.
    • Some trips allow you to jump from the boats and do some snorkeling.
    • Lopud Island has a famous beach, accessed via a short, steep hike.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 183 things to do in Dubrovnik
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Sand, sea, romantic islands 01/12/2017
    • Not much to see 11/11/2017
    • Elafiti Islands
    Address:
    north-west of Dubrovnik
    Dubrovnik
    Croatia
    Phone:
    +385 20 437 183
    Other:
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    Sipan
    Islands
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    Hristo Y Says:

    Sipan is the largest of the Elafiti Islands, known particularly for its cultivation of olives, almonds, and figs, among other yummy produce. It's a very peaceful and unspoiled destination, and a great place to explore independently - either by canoeing along the coastline, or by renting a bike to delve inland.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try the excellent food on the island: although the options are limited, everything on offer is delicious.
    • Canoe and bike rentals are available on the island.
    • If you're not on a tour, have an authentic experience and use the local ferry to get here.
    • Don't miss the local monastery.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 183 things to do in Dubrovnik
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Love sailing to Sipan 13/11/2017
    • Don't miss this off your boat tour 11/11/2017
    • Sipan
    Other:
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    Korcula Island - Priscapac
    Historic Sites, Islands
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    Hristo Y Says:

    Take a day trip to this island, where you'll find numerous beaches waiting to be discovered, plenty of waterfront cafes to relax at, and some of the best diving and snorkeling opportunities in the region. It has a wonderful old town, full of friendly locals and cobblestone streets. Hire a guide, admire the pretty architecture, sample the food, and learn all about the history — you're bound to have an enjoyable visit.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Buy local, hand-made souvenirs here — the locals' craft work is exquisite.
    • Climb the bell tower for fantastic views over the town.
    • Get a table at one of the restaurants overlooking the sea, and try a local specialty: a bowl of mussels.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 183 things to do in Dubrovnik
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Explore and enjoy! 11/12/2017
    • Charming Croatian island 02/12/2017
    • Korcula Island - Priscapac
    Other:
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    Adventure Dalmatia - Day Tours
    Kayaking & Canoeing, Bike Tours, Hiking & Camping Tours
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    Hristo Y Says:

    If you're on the hunt for adventure then this is just for you! With extreme canoening, river tubing, rock climbing, stand-up paddleboarding, jeep safari, and paintball to choose from, Adventure Dalmatia has all your thrill seeking desires covered.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Book in advance.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 75 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Dubrovnik
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Such a fabulous trip! 12/11/2017
    • Fantastic personal kayaking tour 16/10/2017
    • Adventure Dalmatia - Day Tours
    Address:
    Od Tabakarije 1
    Pile Bay , Below Fort Lovrijenac
    Dubrovnik 20000
    Croatia
    Phone:
    +385 91 566 5942
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 20:00
    Other:
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    Bacina Lakes
    Bodies of Water
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    Hristo Y Says:

    Just off the main road north of Ploce, these secluded natural lakes are an excellent destination for an off-the-beaten-path experience. Take a swim, rent a boat, fish, or try a paddle-surfing tour for a unique way to explore the surrounding area.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • It's difficult to find a real beach here, but the water is clean and warm enough for swimming.
    • Accessible only by car and boat.
    • Budget for a good amount of time here.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #80 of 183 things to do in Dubrovnik
    • Best part of our trip 02/09/2017
    • Hidden gem 26/07/2017
    • Bacina Lakes
    Address:
    Bacina
    Dubrovnik
    Croatia
    Other:
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    European Route E65
    Scenic Drives
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    Hristo Y Says:

    Take this scenic drive along the Adriatic coast to enjoy the stunning landscapes via car or bike, stopping to experience the little villages en route to Cavtat. This road boasts one of the most beautiful landscapes you can see in Croatia.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Pick a day with nice weather for the clearest views.
    • Numerous pit stops are available along the way, with really nice lookouts.
    • Drive slowly, as most of the time it's quite a congested route.
    • Bring your passport and all documents with you if you plan to cross borders.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #69 of 183 things to do in Dubrovnik
    • Stunning views, all the way along.... 18/10/2017
    • Perfect way to end our day trip to Dubrovnik 29/09/2017
    Other:
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