You will want to focus mainly on exploring the Old Town of Dubrovnik when visiting the Pearl of Adriatic. But that would be selling Dubrovnik short because there are a lot of unique and beautiful places outside the Walls of Dubrovnik. We highlighted five spots outside Dubrovnik Old Town that will make your visit even more incredible.
All of the locations on our list are easily approachable if you are staying in Dubrovnik. And you will have no problem getting to them and exploring their beauty. So make sure you don’t forget to include them on your list of things to do in Dubrovnik!
Mountain of Srđ overlooks the whole city of Dubrovnik, which allows for a breathtaking view of the ancient Old Town of Dubrovnik. It’s an excellent place for a memorable vacation photoshoot. We recommend heading to the mountain at sunset, that way you will get to see the most beautiful, colorful view. Getting to the top of the mountain is easy. When it comes to going up to the Srđ mountain, you have few options. You can go on a cable car, opt for a hike, or simply go up to Srđ with your own vehicle.
Located just across the Old Town walls, Island of Lokrum is one of the favorite summer spots of Dubrovnik locals. The Islands rich history offers many sightseeing opportunities and Legends of Lokrum museum for you to explore. Also, during your visit to Lokrum, you can wander around the island’s botanical garden. Lokrum is a beautiful relaxing oasis of nature, just 15 minutes away from the Old Town of Dubrovnik by a ferry.
Konavle is a region just 20 minutes away from the city of Dubrovnik. This region is famous for its untouched nature and agriculture. It is formed by several smaller towns and villages, some better-known ones are Ćilipi and Cavat. The area from the town of Cavtat to the Montenegrin border makes the Konavle region. This area is bursting with rich culture and history. Konavle region is filled with beautiful nature, picturesque landscapes, and natural beaches.
City of Ston
A significant advantage of being on holiday in Dubrovnik is the accessibility of exploring the surrounding islands and towns. The Small City of Ston should be on your list of places to visit while in Dubrovnik. Ston is less than an hour’s drive away from Dubrovnik. Which means nothing is stoping you from visiting this charming little town. Ston is famous for its delicious oysters and the salt works. But it is mostly known for the cities stone walls, which make for the longest fortress system in Europe.
Pelješac Peninsula is around a one hour drive away from Dubrovnik. The peninsula is connected to the mainland at the City of Ston. As we mentioned before, Ston is definitely worth your visit, but don’t miss out on exploring as much of Pelješac as possible. If you wish to have a relaxing day trip, the idyll of Pelješac is a perfect choice. The peninsula is well-known for its vineyards and exquisite wines. So make sure not to skip on wine tasting while there.
Arriving in Dubrovnik by Car
Deciding to go on your vacation by car, or opting to rent one while in Dubrovnik is an excellent choice. It’s super easy to get around Dubrovnik by a vehicle. Additionally, if you have a car on hand, planning your day trips will be more comfortable and less complicated. A lot of amazing destinations are only a short car drive away from Dubrovnik’s Old Town. The great news is that parking in Dubrovnik will be no problem at all. Dubrovnik City Parking offers you an accessible parking location as well as great parking prices.
Getting around Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is not that difficult to navigate. It’s a smaller city, which makes it super easy to get around from one location to another. A significant advantage of vacationing in Dubrovnik is the possibility to visit the surrounding destinations in a short amount of time. The wider Dubrovnik area offers excellent one day trip opportunities.
Dubrovnik Visiting Tip
Don’t limit yourself to only exploring the Old Town during your vacation in Dubrovnik. The whole Dubrovnik region has a lot to offer. It would be a shame to miss all the nature and picturesque towns along the way. We suggest going on day trips to smaller towns and locations around the city of Dubrovnik. That way, you can genuinely immerse yourself in the local culture and lifestyle.