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Two Days in Dubrovnik: What to Do

I didn’t even know I was heading to Dubrovnik until a . When my destination was revealed as Dubrovnik, my first reaction was one of relief, now I knew where I was going, and my second was of total elation. I’m a huge Game of Thrones fan, and the chance to immerse myself in the city which inspired King’s Landing was enough to make me go a bit loopy!

So here we were, on a plane to Croatia, with 3 nights’ holiday in front of us and absolutely no idea how to spend it! There wasn’t time for research at the airport so we promised ourselves to just go with the flow and enjoy every second.

As it turned out, we got two full days and a half day on arrival, so if you’re heading to Dubrovnik for 3 nights, 2 days and have no idea what to fill your time with, here are my suggestions for a fantastic trip.

Spend some time acclimatising to your new home and just wandering around the Old Town, which is held together inside a towering Medieval wall which no doubt kept all the bad eggs in years past.

Two Days in Dubrovnik: What to Do

Our approach to Dubrovnik on the bus

There is so much to see in this tiny little place, including ‘Stradun Street’, the main street which runs the length of the old town, Church of St Blaise, The Cathedral, Rector’s Palace, The Old Port and Maritime Museum.

This might sound like a lot but in reality, they are all so close together than you can see most of these plus walk around the charming alleyways of the old town in a couple of hours. Here’s a snapshot of what you might see on your walk around:

The view from outside our accommodation, Dubrovnik Old Town

Once you’d had your fill of exploring this area, head to the north gate and out of the city to the cable car. You can buy tickets just outside the north gate and then walk up some steps and a small hill to reach the cable car station.

Two Days in Dubrovnik: What to Do

If you can. try to get a spot by the window looking down over the hill so you can see the most amazing views as you ascend the hill. If you’re up for a challenge you can also save the £12 and walk up to the top but it’s a long old trek and the path is sandy, so it’s hard going in places. Couple that with the Croatian heat and you’ve got yourself a challenge!

For the rest of us lazies, it’s the cable car, and when you get to the top you’re rewarded with panoramic views over the old town, to the harbour and then over the mountains to the rear. Photos really can’t do it justice.

By now it’ll be mid morning so what better way to pass a little time than with a coffee and a slice of cheesecake in the cafe with the best views of the city?

Once you’re suitably refreshed, head outside to the various terraces to get another good look at those views. There’s one on the cable car level, and one upstairs with panoramic views over the mountains. You can also go downstairs to this really cool cross which bears over the city:

Head back down in the cable car and into the city once more. Stop for a little lunch at one of the many cafes and restaurants and then you’ll be re-energised for a walk on the city wall.

Two Days in Dubrovnik: What to Do

Again, this costs 120 kuna , and you can access the wall from either Pile Gate or Ploce Gate . I started from the west entrance for no other reason than I fancied it.

The panorama from the port gate on top of Dubrovnik’s city wall

I actually think starting from the Pile Gate may be marginally better as you’ll be saving the best until last, but it doesn’t really make much difference, as you’ll see everything soon enough. Climb the steps to the wall and start around in an anti-clockwise direction. The wall is a one-way system to avoid any crush ups of people along the way.

If starting from the Ploce Gate like I did, you’ll soon be confronted with a thousand red roofs, stretching all the way to the sea to the islands beyond. What a stunner!

As you carry on, you’ll come across this little garden oasis called ‘Lady Pi Pi’. It’s a super cute little restaurant with amazing views across the city, but more on that later. For now, just enjoy it from above.

Two Days in Dubrovnik: What to Do

Keep going a little further and you’ll come across what I think is the highlight of the city wall – the fort. Climb up inside the fort and check out the panorama all around.

Walk down the eastern side of the wall and you’ll be able to see the fortress across the bay, along with a nice-looking restaurant outside of Pile Gate. You can also see the city beyond the wall and the bays and coves along the Adriatic coast.

The south wall brings a new lookout on the city, as really you’ll be just walking by the sea. But you’re able to look over the city with the mountains in the background which is really special. You can also see a couple of bars which actually sit beyond the wall and cling to the rocks. Both of these bars are called Buza, although not in the same place.

You can dip your feet in the water whilst sipping a cocktail at either one of these bars as the sun sets, so keep this in your back pocket for one of your evenings, and be sure to get there a couple of hours before sunset to get a spot.

On the south wall there are loads of really cute buildings with tons of charm and character. I just loved taking photos of all of them, especially the ones with small vines or citrus trees in the gardens. This city is so fresh!

Two Days in Dubrovnik: What to Do

Once you’ve completed the loop , head back down into the city for some well-earned drinks and a little dinner. See my suggestions on where to go out at the end of this post.

Today is all about exploring that amazing Croatian coastline! You can take a ferry boat over to the closest island if you don’t want to be out at sea all day, but I would highly recommend a 3 island tour if you want to see a bit more.

The tour takes in 3 of the islands surrounding Dubrovnik; Sipan, Lopud and Kolocep, known as the Elaphite Island. We booked our tour through a very friendly ticket tout in town the night before, and it cost 240 kuna for a full day at sea, lunch and drinks all day.

I’m sure you could probably get it cheaper, but as I had no time to plan it in advance I went with the easy option, and no doubt gave a small commission to a very hard-working and deserving guy who was drumming up business at 10pm the night before!

Board your boat and head out of the city, passing the great wall as you go. It’s a couple of hours to the first stop, so just kick back and take in those sweet coastal views, perhaps with a glass of horrific home-brewed firewater measuring in at about 40% proof.

Two Days in Dubrovnik: What to Do

I stuck to the water as it was a bit early for me, I was hanging from the night before and the motion of being on a boat was already getting to me…

Soon enough we had arrived at our first stop, Kolocep island. This was a lovely island with no cars, only golf buggies, and a gorgeous stretch of beach and restaurants. We headed in for a paddle and watched the world go by for a while.

After lounging around and cooling our feet off, we headed back to the boat for our next stop; Sipan Island. This is quite a busy little port, with a fair few boats in to dock, but a lovely atmosphere, small shingle beach and a couple of monasteries and churches to look around. They also had this lovely harbour front which I fell in love with:

We ate an amazing lunch of grilled chicken and salad, served with lots of wine. Some people had opted for the fish option which I was really jealous of because they were served a whole fish and it looked AMAZING!!!

Our third and final island was Kolocep. Another beautiful serene place with no cars, just a few golf buggies which if you flag down can take you to a little-known sand beach on the other side of the island for about £1 each. I won’t show you that beach as you’ve got to keep some things a surprise ????

Two Days in Dubrovnik: What to Do

We sped home in time for sunset drinks and a whole lot of ice cream. Don’t miss the ice cream here in Dubrovnik – they’re so close to Italy and they certainly give them a run for their money in the gelato department! Again, no pics as there really are some things you need to experience for yourself!

Dubrovnik is a 2.5 hour flight from London with a whole host of scheduled and low cost airlines. Top tip: Ask to be seated on the left hand side of the plane to get some incredible mountain and Old Town views on your approach to Dubrovnik.

The best way to get from the airport to the city centre is by bus , which drops you at Pile Gate. From there you can walk to your hotel in the old town.

Look for the bus stand at the airport, to the right as you come out of arrivals. On the way back, buses depart 2 hours before your scheduled flight time from the road outside the cable car. It takes about 20-30 minutes to get to the airport, and the airport is small so you have plenty of time to check in.

I stayed at the Apartments Penatur in the Old Town which I would highly recommend. They’re small but clean and comfortable, and a great option for someone on a bit of a budget. The owner is also really lovely and will tell you all of the great places to go during your stay. She even gave us a bottle of wine on arrival!

Two Days in Dubrovnik: What to Do

Other highly recommended places to stay are:

There are over 300 restaurants in Dubrovnik, so you’re spoiled for choice! I can recommend Lady Pi Pi for breakfast , Ragusa 2 for dinner , and Pupo restaurant for dinner too.

The view whilst having breakfast at Lady PiPi

There’s also a couple of lively Irish bars for after dark – Karaka and The Gaffe are both great, but Karaka just edges it thanks to a lively server called Boris who is the life and soul of the party.

I hope you enjoy your two days in Dubrovnik. Let me know if you enjoy the city as much as I did! Why not follow me on or on Snapchat @alifeofmore to follow my travel adventures in real time?

Two Days in Dubrovnik: What to Do

Disclaimer: I travelled as a guest of Surprise Trips during my stay in Dubrovnik. Some links in this article are affiliate links, which if clicked and a booking is made, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

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Hi Hayley love reading about all your travels

Two Days in Dubrovnik: What to Do

Yes! You have to make it happen!!!

This sounds very exciting. I was interested in Surprise Trips but also a little dubious – I’m a bit of a control freak when it comes to planning! However it’s good to see a few bloggers going on adventures with them and sharing their experiences. I’d be thrilled if I was given Dubrovnik!

Hi! I’m going to Dubrovnik next June! I want to do the island visits! How did you find the guy that gave the boat tour??

Hi Janae. Actually he was in the old town handing out leaflets one night but you can also go to the port and book your tickets there directly.

What kind of camera were you using for all your pictures? They came out great!

Two Days in Dubrovnik: What to Do

Just my Samsung Galaxy S7 and edited in Snapseed Christina – I was travelling light as didn’t have checked in baggage for this trip!

What time of year did you visit Dubrovnik? Your photos make the city look amazing! I’ll be there the last few days of April and I’m just trying to anticipate the weather and temperature as best I can.

I visited in April, and it was lovely. Not too hot and clear, long days. The only thing about travelling in April is that the water temperature is a bit chilly, but it doesn’t matter too much if you’re not planning to swim. I would pack shorts and summer tops, and a couple of light layers for the evenings. Have an amazing time!

This article was amazingly helpful compared to most things I have read online. Very excited for my future trip to Croatia in May!

Thanks Katie, so nice of you to say!

Two Days in Dubrovnik: What to Do

The view from the wall is amazing, well worth the money.

Really enjoyed reading your article about Dubrovnik. I will be visiting it end July. I wanted to ask your advice about choosing one of the two tours available during my stay there

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Two Days in Dubrovnik: What to Do

I didn’t even know I was heading to Dubrovnik until a . When my destination was revealed as Dubrovnik, my first reaction was one of relief, now I knew where I was going, and my second was of total elation. I’m a huge Game of Thrones fan, and the chance to immerse myself in the city which inspired King’s Landing was enough to make me go a bit loopy!

So here we were, on a plane to Croatia, with 3 nights’ holiday in front of us and absolutely no idea how to spend it! There wasn’t time for research at the airport so we promised ourselves to just go with the flow and enjoy every second.

Two Days in Dubrovnik: What to Do

As it turned out, we got two full days and a half day on arrival, so if you’re heading to Dubrovnik for 3 nights, 2 days and have no idea what to fill your time with, here are my suggestions for a fantastic trip.

Spend some time acclimatising to your new home and just wandering around the Old Town, which is held together inside a towering Medieval wall which no doubt kept all the bad eggs in years past.

Our approach to Dubrovnik on the bus

There is so much to see in this tiny little place, including ‘Stradun Street’, the main street which runs the length of the old town, Church of St Blaise, The Cathedral, Rector’s Palace, The Old Port and Maritime Museum.

This might sound like a lot but in reality, they are all so close together than you can see most of these plus walk around the charming alleyways of the old town in a couple of hours. Here’s a snapshot of what you might see on your walk around:

Two Days in Dubrovnik: What to Do

The view from outside our accommodation, Dubrovnik Old Town

Once you’d had your fill of exploring this area, head to the north gate and out of the city to the cable car. You can buy tickets just outside the north gate and then walk up some steps and a small hill to reach the cable car station.

If you can. try to get a spot by the window looking down over the hill so you can see the most amazing views as you ascend the hill. If you’re up for a challenge you can also save the £12 and walk up to the top but it’s a long old trek and the path is sandy, so it’s hard going in places. Couple that with the Croatian heat and you’ve got yourself a challenge!

For the rest of us lazies, it’s the cable car, and when you get to the top you’re rewarded with panoramic views over the old town, to the harbour and then over the mountains to the rear. Photos really can’t do it justice.

By now it’ll be mid morning so what better way to pass a little time than with a coffee and a slice of cheesecake in the cafe with the best views of the city?

Two Days in Dubrovnik: What to Do

Once you’re suitably refreshed, head outside to the various terraces to get another good look at those views. There’s one on the cable car level, and one upstairs with panoramic views over the mountains. You can also go downstairs to this really cool cross which bears over the city:

Head back down in the cable car and into the city once more. Stop for a little lunch at one of the many cafes and restaurants and then you’ll be re-energised for a walk on the city wall.

Again, this costs 120 kuna , and you can access the wall from either Pile Gate or Ploce Gate . I started from the west entrance for no other reason than I fancied it.

The panorama from the port gate on top of Dubrovnik’s city wall

I actually think starting from the Pile Gate may be marginally better as you’ll be saving the best until last, but it doesn’t really make much difference, as you’ll see everything soon enough. Climb the steps to the wall and start around in an anti-clockwise direction. The wall is a one-way system to avoid any crush ups of people along the way.

Two Days in Dubrovnik: What to Do

If starting from the Ploce Gate like I did, you’ll soon be confronted with a thousand red roofs, stretching all the way to the sea to the islands beyond. What a stunner!

As you carry on, you’ll come across this little garden oasis called ‘Lady Pi Pi’. It’s a super cute little restaurant with amazing views across the city, but more on that later. For now, just enjoy it from above.

Keep going a little further and you’ll come across what I think is the highlight of the city wall – the fort. Climb up inside the fort and check out the panorama all around.

Walk down the eastern side of the wall and you’ll be able to see the fortress across the bay, along with a nice-looking restaurant outside of Pile Gate. You can also see the city beyond the wall and the bays and coves along the Adriatic coast.

The south wall brings a new lookout on the city, as really you’ll be just walking by the sea. But you’re able to look over the city with the mountains in the background which is really special. You can also see a couple of bars which actually sit beyond the wall and cling to the rocks. Both of these bars are called Buza, although not in the same place.

Two Days in Dubrovnik: What to Do

You can dip your feet in the water whilst sipping a cocktail at either one of these bars as the sun sets, so keep this in your back pocket for one of your evenings, and be sure to get there a couple of hours before sunset to get a spot.

On the south wall there are loads of really cute buildings with tons of charm and character. I just loved taking photos of all of them, especially the ones with small vines or citrus trees in the gardens. This city is so fresh!

Once you’ve completed the loop , head back down into the city for some well-earned drinks and a little dinner. See my suggestions on where to go out at the end of this post.

Today is all about exploring that amazing Croatian coastline! You can take a ferry boat over to the closest island if you don’t want to be out at sea all day, but I would highly recommend a 3 island tour if you want to see a bit more.

The tour takes in 3 of the islands surrounding Dubrovnik; Sipan, Lopud and Kolocep, known as the Elaphite Island. We booked our tour through a very friendly ticket tout in town the night before, and it cost 240 kuna for a full day at sea, lunch and drinks all day.

Two Days in Dubrovnik: What to Do

I’m sure you could probably get it cheaper, but as I had no time to plan it in advance I went with the easy option, and no doubt gave a small commission to a very hard-working and deserving guy who was drumming up business at 10pm the night before!

Board your boat and head out of the city, passing the great wall as you go. It’s a couple of hours to the first stop, so just kick back and take in those sweet coastal views, perhaps with a glass of horrific home-brewed firewater measuring in at about 40% proof.

I stuck to the water as it was a bit early for me, I was hanging from the night before and the motion of being on a boat was already getting to me…

Soon enough we had arrived at our first stop, Kolocep island. This was a lovely island with no cars, only golf buggies, and a gorgeous stretch of beach and restaurants. We headed in for a paddle and watched the world go by for a while.

After lounging around and cooling our feet off, we headed back to the boat for our next stop; Sipan Island. This is quite a busy little port, with a fair few boats in to dock, but a lovely atmosphere, small shingle beach and a couple of monasteries and churches to look around. They also had this lovely harbour front which I fell in love with:

Two Days in Dubrovnik: What to Do

We ate an amazing lunch of grilled chicken and salad, served with lots of wine. Some people had opted for the fish option which I was really jealous of because they were served a whole fish and it looked AMAZING!!!

Our third and final island was Kolocep. Another beautiful serene place with no cars, just a few golf buggies which if you flag down can take you to a little-known sand beach on the other side of the island for about £1 each. I won’t show you that beach as you’ve got to keep some things a surprise ????

We sped home in time for sunset drinks and a whole lot of ice cream. Don’t miss the ice cream here in Dubrovnik – they’re so close to Italy and they certainly give them a run for their money in the gelato department! Again, no pics as there really are some things you need to experience for yourself!

Dubrovnik is a 2.5 hour flight from London with a whole host of scheduled and low cost airlines. Top tip: Ask to be seated on the left hand side of the plane to get some incredible mountain and Old Town views on your approach to Dubrovnik.

The best way to get from the airport to the city centre is by bus , which drops you at Pile Gate. From there you can walk to your hotel in the old town.

Two Days in Dubrovnik: What to Do

Look for the bus stand at the airport, to the right as you come out of arrivals. On the way back, buses depart 2 hours before your scheduled flight time from the road outside the cable car. It takes about 20-30 minutes to get to the airport, and the airport is small so you have plenty of time to check in.

I stayed at the Apartments Penatur in the Old Town which I would highly recommend. They’re small but clean and comfortable, and a great option for someone on a bit of a budget. The owner is also really lovely and will tell you all of the great places to go during your stay. She even gave us a bottle of wine on arrival!

Other highly recommended places to stay are:

There are over 300 restaurants in Dubrovnik, so you’re spoiled for choice! I can recommend Lady Pi Pi for breakfast , Ragusa 2 for dinner , and Pupo restaurant for dinner too.

The view whilst having breakfast at Lady PiPi

Two Days in Dubrovnik: What to Do

There’s also a couple of lively Irish bars for after dark – Karaka and The Gaffe are both great, but Karaka just edges it thanks to a lively server called Boris who is the life and soul of the party.

I hope you enjoy your two days in Dubrovnik. Let me know if you enjoy the city as much as I did! Why not follow me on or on Snapchat @alifeofmore to follow my travel adventures in real time?

Disclaimer: I travelled as a guest of Surprise Trips during my stay in Dubrovnik. Some links in this article are affiliate links, which if clicked and a booking is made, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

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Hayley is the author behind A Life of More, a travel and lifestyle blog with the goal of helping you to live a happier and more fulfilled life, whether you're currently travelling or happily settled.

Two Days in Dubrovnik: What to Do

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Hi Hayley love reading about all your travels

Yes! You have to make it happen!!!

This sounds very exciting. I was interested in Surprise Trips but also a little dubious – I’m a bit of a control freak when it comes to planning! However it’s good to see a few bloggers going on adventures with them and sharing their experiences. I’d be thrilled if I was given Dubrovnik!

Hi! I’m going to Dubrovnik next June! I want to do the island visits! How did you find the guy that gave the boat tour??

Two Days in Dubrovnik: What to Do

Hi Janae. Actually he was in the old town handing out leaflets one night but you can also go to the port and book your tickets there directly.

What kind of camera were you using for all your pictures? They came out great!

Just my Samsung Galaxy S7 and edited in Snapseed Christina – I was travelling light as didn’t have checked in baggage for this trip!

What time of year did you visit Dubrovnik? Your photos make the city look amazing! I’ll be there the last few days of April and I’m just trying to anticipate the weather and temperature as best I can.

I visited in April, and it was lovely. Not too hot and clear, long days. The only thing about travelling in April is that the water temperature is a bit chilly, but it doesn’t matter too much if you’re not planning to swim. I would pack shorts and summer tops, and a couple of light layers for the evenings. Have an amazing time!

Two Days in Dubrovnik: What to Do

This article was amazingly helpful compared to most things I have read online. Very excited for my future trip to Croatia in May!

Thanks Katie, so nice of you to say!

The view from the wall is amazing, well worth the money.

Really enjoyed reading your article about Dubrovnik. I will be visiting it end July. I wanted to ask your advice about choosing one of the two tours available during my stay there

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Two Days in Dubrovnik: What to Do

I didn’t even know I was heading to Dubrovnik until a . When my destination was revealed as Dubrovnik, my first reaction was one of relief, now I knew where I was going, and my second was of total elation. I’m a huge Game of Thrones fan, and the chance to immerse myself in the city which inspired King’s Landing was enough to make me go a bit loopy!

So here we were, on a plane to Croatia, with 3 nights’ holiday in front of us and absolutely no idea how to spend it! There wasn’t time for research at the airport so we promised ourselves to just go with the flow and enjoy every second.

As it turned out, we got two full days and a half day on arrival, so if you’re heading to Dubrovnik for 3 nights, 2 days and have no idea what to fill your time with, here are my suggestions for a fantastic trip.

Spend some time acclimatising to your new home and just wandering around the Old Town, which is held together inside a towering Medieval wall which no doubt kept all the bad eggs in years past.

Our approach to Dubrovnik on the bus

Two Days in Dubrovnik: What to Do

There is so much to see in this tiny little place, including ‘Stradun Street’, the main street which runs the length of the old town, Church of St Blaise, The Cathedral, Rector’s Palace, The Old Port and Maritime Museum.

This might sound like a lot but in reality, they are all so close together than you can see most of these plus walk around the charming alleyways of the old town in a couple of hours. Here’s a snapshot of what you might see on your walk around:

The view from outside our accommodation, Dubrovnik Old Town

Once you’d had your fill of exploring this area, head to the north gate and out of the city to the cable car. You can buy tickets just outside the north gate and then walk up some steps and a small hill to reach the cable car station.

If you can. try to get a spot by the window looking down over the hill so you can see the most amazing views as you ascend the hill. If you’re up for a challenge you can also save the £12 and walk up to the top but it’s a long old trek and the path is sandy, so it’s hard going in places. Couple that with the Croatian heat and you’ve got yourself a challenge!

Two Days in Dubrovnik: What to Do

For the rest of us lazies, it’s the cable car, and when you get to the top you’re rewarded with panoramic views over the old town, to the harbour and then over the mountains to the rear. Photos really can’t do it justice.

By now it’ll be mid morning so what better way to pass a little time than with a coffee and a slice of cheesecake in the cafe with the best views of the city?

Once you’re suitably refreshed, head outside to the various terraces to get another good look at those views. There’s one on the cable car level, and one upstairs with panoramic views over the mountains. You can also go downstairs to this really cool cross which bears over the city:

Head back down in the cable car and into the city once more. Stop for a little lunch at one of the many cafes and restaurants and then you’ll be re-energised for a walk on the city wall.

Again, this costs 120 kuna , and you can access the wall from either Pile Gate or Ploce Gate . I started from the west entrance for no other reason than I fancied it.

Two Days in Dubrovnik: What to Do

The panorama from the port gate on top of Dubrovnik’s city wall

I actually think starting from the Pile Gate may be marginally better as you’ll be saving the best until last, but it doesn’t really make much difference, as you’ll see everything soon enough. Climb the steps to the wall and start around in an anti-clockwise direction. The wall is a one-way system to avoid any crush ups of people along the way.

If starting from the Ploce Gate like I did, you’ll soon be confronted with a thousand red roofs, stretching all the way to the sea to the islands beyond. What a stunner!

As you carry on, you’ll come across this little garden oasis called ‘Lady Pi Pi’. It’s a super cute little restaurant with amazing views across the city, but more on that later. For now, just enjoy it from above.

Keep going a little further and you’ll come across what I think is the highlight of the city wall – the fort. Climb up inside the fort and check out the panorama all around.

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