Best Dubrovnik day trips for 2023 & What to see in Dubrovnik

What to see in Dubrovnik

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Complete guide on what to see in Dubrovnik, where to go and which Dubrovnik day trips to take. Hopefully, you will find information you were seeking for.

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What to see in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik throughout history

Dubrovnik is surely one of the most important, if not the most important city in Croatia in terms of tourism.  Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, it had more than 1.5 million overnight tourist visits. That means 1.5 million persons spent at least two days in Dubrovnik which is incredible.

In recent history, Dubrovnik is recognized worldwide as a King’s Landing, as part of one of the most popular TV series ever, Game of Thrones, but, Dubrovnik has far greater importance than that.

Throughout history, Dubrovnik, historically known as Ragusa is founded in the 7th century. From its foundation until now, Dubrovnik always played a big role in the region. It is a UNESCO world heritage site since 1979 when UNESCO recognized outstanding medieval architecture and fortified old town.

The primary focus of this article will be on the top things to do in Dubrovnik, where to go and what to see in Dubrovnik and its surroundings. Some of the locations are remote and you will be in need of a boat, some will demand you to use the cable car and for the rest, you will just have to do Dubrovnik sightseeing by foot and enjoy the amazing culture and history of this city brings have.

If you are wondering what to see in Dubrovnik, there are few locations to keep in mind on your Dubrovnik sightseeing agenda.

What to see in Dubrovnik


Stradun is the main street in Dubrovnik. It is 300 meters long Pedestrian Street in the historic centre of Dubrovnik and surrounded by the Walls of Dubrovnik, which are for sure Dubrovnik must see location.

Many historic buildings and monuments in Dubrovnik are situated alongside Stradun. Due to its significance, it serves as a popular esplanade for tourists and it is one of the reasons why it should be on everyone’s top things to do in Dubrovnik list.

Dubrovnik day trips - Stradun
What to see around Dubrovnik


If you are asking yourself what to see around Dubrovnik, one of the best things to do in Dubrovnik is a visit to Lokrum Island, located only 600 meters from Dubrovnik City.

Island itself has an area of 72 hectares. While you are on the island, you will be able to see a fortress, botanical garden, monastery and naturist beach.

Dubrovnik day trips - Lokrum island
What to see in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik Cable Car

Dubrovnik cable car should also be on your Dubrovnik bucket list and it is essential what to see in Dubrovnik location. The ride itself takes just around 10 minutes and the ticket prices are as follows:

  • A round-trip ticket per adult is 26 €
  • One way ticket per adult is 14 €
  • Round – trip ticket per child from 4 to 12 years is 6 €
  • One way ticket per child from 4 to 12 years is 4 €

This is for sure ideal for Dubrovnik sightseeing and you will be able to enjoy the sights of the Adriatic coast, the bay of Dubrovnik, nearby islands, and the Old Town of Dubrovnik as well. With all that in mind, it is worth visiting and paying for the Dubrovnik cable car as it is for sure one of the best things to do in Dubrovnik and Dubrovnik must see sightseeing point.

Dubrovnik day trips - Dubrovnik cable car
Top things to do in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik Summer Festival

Between 10 July and 25 August, since 1950 you will be able to attend Dubrovnik Summer Festival and it is one of the top things to do in Dubrovnik. Most of the tourists will visit Dubrovnik during this period of time which means there are high chances you will be able to experience the Dubrovnik must see festival.

Dubrovnik day trips - Dubrovnik Summer Festival
Dubrovnik beaches


Banje is the most popular beach in Dubrovnik hence it is a Dubrovnik must see location. It is situated 2 minutes by walk from the Old Town of Dubrovnik. Quite impressive, right? Also, numerous magazines listed Banje beach as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.  It is the sandy-pebble beach which means you can play beach volleyball, or a Croatian authentic game, called Picigin and it can easily be one of the best things to do in Dubrovnik.

Dubrovnik day trips - Banje beach
Dubrovnik beaches


Situated on the Lapad peninsula, in the neighbourhood called Babin Kuk, you will find Copacabana beach. It is a pebble beach with a lot of facilities for the children thus we can say this beach is suitable for the families. Older ones will also find a few interesting locations for themselves as there are a lot of restaurants with incredible gastronomic offers.

This beach can be one of the top things to do in Dubrovnik because you will not have trouble finding a parking lot for your car and traffic jams are not as often as in the centric part of the city. So, if you are looking for what to see around Dubrovnik, and you are looking for a bit quieter location Copacabana beach is an ideal place for you.

Dubrovnik day trips - Copacabana beach
Dubrovnik architecture

The walls of Dubrovnik

The walls of Dubrovnik are a synonym for Dubrovnik must see location. If you are asking yourself what to see in Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik walls are definitely the first location you have to visit. Walls are a series of defensive stone walls surrounding the city of Dubrovnik. They had huge modifications throughout history and they are considered one of the greatest fortification systems of the Middle Ages. Also, they are UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979.

The structure of the walls, amongst the largest and most complete in Europe, protected the freedom and safety of the Republic of Ragusa. Land walls were additionally reinforced by one larger bastion and nine smaller semi-circular ones, like the casemate Fort Bokar, the oldest preserved fort of that kind in Europe.

If you are in Dubrovnik or you are planning on visiting Dubrovnik, the Walls of Dubrovnik have to be on your Dubrovnik sightseeing list. Few locations in Europe will leave you speechless, and this wall structure definitely will and it is for a reason one of the best things to do in Dubrovnik, and by far, the best attraction in Dubrovnik.

Also, if you didn’t know until now, King’s Landing from the cult TV series Game of Thrones where filmed right here on the Walls of Dubrovnik and with that, walls finally received much needed and deserved acknowledgement and they should be on anyone’s top things to do in Dubrovnik list.

Dubrovnik day trips - Walls of Dubrovnik
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Dubrovnik Bell Tower

At the end of the already described Stradun, you will see Dubrovnik Bell Tower which is also one of the most important monuments in Dubrovnik. If you have any doubts about what to see in Dubrovnik here you have the answer you are searching for.

While you are on your Dubrovnik sightseeing route and you are in a short vicinity of Dubrovnik Bell Tower, look closely and you will see a Jacquemart. You are probably asking yourself what is the Jacquemart?

It is an automaton or a mechanised figure of a person, usually made from wood or metal, bronze in the case of Dubrovnik Bell Tower, constructed by Ivan Rabljanin, which strikes the hours on a bell with a hammer, and is usually part of clocks or clock towers. Is this appealing and worth adding to your top things to do in Dubrovnik list?

Dubrovnik day trips - Dubrovnik Bell Tower
Dubrovnik architecture

Sponza palace

If you read this article from the beginning, you probably have read about Dubrovnik Summer Fest? Let us present to you an amazing piece of architecture and a place that is being used as an opening ceremony for the above-mentioned festival, which as well should be on your Dubrovnik sightseeing repertoire.

Sponza palace, also known as a Divona nowadays is the home to the city archives, which hold documents dating back to the 12th century, with the earliest manuscript being from 1022, while throughout its history it has served in a variety of functions such as armoury, treasury, bank and school.

Dubrovnik day trips - Sponza palace
Dubrovnik architecture

Collegium Ragusinum

On the prominent location in the Old Town of Dubrovnik, next to the Walls of Dubrovnik, you will see Collegium Ragusinum which was Jesuit College in the Republic of Ragusa. It was established in 1658. The complex of the buildings is considered the finest work of Baroque architecture in the whole of Dalmatia, if not in Croatia as well.

When you think there is nothing more to see, Dubrovnik always surprises and hence Collegium Ragusinum for sure has to be on your what to see in Dubrovnik schedule.

Dubrovnik day trips - Collegium Ragusinum Photo by: Sailko, CC BY 3.0
Dubrovnik architecture

Franciscan Monastery and Church

If you like history and nice photography, one of the best things to do in Dubrovnik for you is sure the visit to the Franciscan Monastery and Church, situated again on by now, well known Stradun. It belongs to the Order of the Friars Minor and is consisted of a friary, a church, a library, and a pharmacy its first parts were constructed back in the 13th century.

The library, which is built in the 17th century, contains over 20,000 books, among them 1200 valuable old manuscripts, 137 incurables, seven books with old church corals and the inventory of the old Friars Minor Pharmacy from 1317.

Dubrovnik day trips - Franciscian Monastery and Church
Dubrovnik architecture

Saint Blaise's Church

Fancy a visit to the most important and major sight in Dubrovnik? If that is the case,  you should definitely visit a Baroque Saint Blaise’s Church.

Saint Blaise (St. Vlaho in Croatian), identified by medieval Slavs with the pagan god Veles, is the patron saint of the city of Dubrovnik and formerly the protector of the independent Republic of Ragusa.

Surely it is one of the most important and Dubrovnik must see attractions while you are on Dubrovnik sightseeing.

Dubrovnik day trips - St.Blaise's Church
Dubrovnik architecture

Cathedral of the Assumption

If you have any doubts about where to go next and what to see in Dubrovnik you should definitely visit Dubrovnik Cathedral, or the Cathedral of the Assumption, which is also a seat of the Diocese of Dubrovnik, and it will be one of the best things to do in Dubrovnik.

It is built on the foundation of the earlier Cathedrals, dating back to the 7th century. Part of the money for the construction of the Church was a donation from the English king Richard the Lion Heart. The Cathedral treasury is actually the representation of numerous connections Dubrovnik had with the main seaports in the Mediterranean Sea.

It holds 182 relics from the 11th to 18th centuries from local masters, Byzantium, Venice and the Orient. The most important object is the gold-plated arm, leg and skull of Saint Blaise who is the patron saint of Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik day trips - Cathedral of the Assumption

You don’t know what to see in Dubrovnik anymore and you are done with Dubrovnik sightseeing? Don’t worry, we have few more interesting suggestions.

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Dubrovnik excursions

Dubrovnik geolocation is really interesting since it is situated between three borders. In practice, Dubrovnik is on the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Croatia of course.

In recent years Dubrovnik day trips became really popular thanks to Dubrovnik’s ideal location which offers the opportunity to visit neighbouring countries and to experience something slightly different than Dubrovnik tours alone.  

Dubrovnik geolocation is really interesting since it is situated between three borders. In practice, Dubrovnik is on the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Croatia of course.

For example, for a lot of people, especially those interested in history, the Dubrovnik Mostar tour is an incredible experience because you will be able to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site as a part of your Dubrovnik Day Trips and be back in Dubrovnik by the time of your dinner.

The distance between Dubrovnik and Mostar is about 131 km and with a border crossing it should not take more than two and a half hours to reach Mostar because of that Dubrovnik to Mostar day trip is an ideal full day Dubrovnik excursion. 

Note that we are a specialised inbound and outbound Sarajevo travel agency and we are offering Dubrovnik to Sarajevo tour and vice versa as a part of our services. With that in mind, one of the Best trips from Dubrovnik for you can be with our travel agency.

Other than Mostar, you can visit Medjugorje from Dubrovnik, or at least, get to know how to get from Dubrovnik to Medjugorje, where to go and what to see in Medjugorje, as the Medjugorje pilgrimage is one of a few pilgrimages that are taking place in South-Eastern Europe.

If you have more than one day of spare time and maybe you are searching for the best possible solution, you should consider going on a Bosnia tour from Dubrovnik. Just make sure to contact us and we will be more than happy to plan a perfect itinerary for you. We can pick you up in Dubrovnik with our Sarajevo to Dubrovnik tour and our journey can start.

We will explore most parts of the Bosnia and Herzegovina together, you will have your guide who will explain to you everything you want to know including how to get from Sarajevo to Dubrovnik, or how to get from Bosnia to Dubrovnik and vice versa.

To summarize everything, here are the top day trips from Dubrovnik to take

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Dubrovnik Mostar tour and Herzegovina region

Mostar tour will surprise you and fulfil your life with beautiful and incredible memories. Multiple times Mostar have been put on a list of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and that is for a reason. The city itself is quite specific, there is a historic city centre with the most famous monument this city has, The Old Bridge, which is in addition to all of this on the UNESCO World Heritage list and stands out as a must see Mostar attraction.

Cultural diversity in Mostar is present throughout history which will be visible to you as well as soon as you arrive. The mixture of Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian architecture, a mixture of religions, where you will be able to see various Mosques, and Catholic and Orthodox churches as well.

About 10 kilometres from Mostar is a small village Blagaj, where you can go and see one of the most beautiful natural springs, the spring of river Buna as well as a Blagaj Tekke, a sacred Dervish house right next to the spring. This site is breathtaking and will forever remain in your memory.

Also, about half an hour ride from Mostar, you will arrive at Počitelj, which is an authentic Herzegovinian village completely made of Herzegovinian stone and it will be an ideal poster card from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Mostar.

There are also Kravice waterfalls, probably one of the most famous waterfalls in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and it will take you about 40 minutes to drive from Mostar to go see it and enjoy the views and nature around the waterfall.

In case you are interested in visiting Mostar, Meet Bosnia Travel offers a full day tour from Dubrovnik to Sarajevo which includes a visit to Mostar. If you choose to book our tour, you will be able to visit the most important sights in Mostar and Herzegovina as well.

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Dubrovnik Mostar Medjugorje tour

You arrived from Dubrovnik to Mostar and you’ve seen Mostar and its surroundings already? No problem because, about 40 minutes ride by car you will be in Medjugorje, one of the most famous and most important places in the World for Catholics.

 You can attend the Medjugorje pilgrimage or you can just go and visit Medjugorje Catholic Church, or visit the Apparition Hill, where a young girl saw the Virgin Mary.

Dubrovnik day trips - Medjugorje
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Dubrovnik to Sarajevo

Dubrovnik to Sarajevo transfer or tour is the next option you can consider when planning Day trips from Dubrovnik. Distance is only 250 kilometres and with the border crossing and maybe a lunch stop in Mostar it will take you around 5 to 6 hours to arrive.

If you choose to go via Mostar you will be able to enjoy the incredible and mesmerizing sights of the Neretva river canyon. With that being said, one off-topic piece of information is that a train ride from Sarajevo to Mostar is listed as one of the 10 most beautiful train rides in Europe by CNN. Maybe you can take this into consideration as well, why not, right?

Another option is to go via Trebinje, one of the most beautiful cities in the whole country. You will enjoy every minute of Trebinje and its sights, where the most popular is the Arslanagica bridge on the Trebizat river. Go, see, capture and enjoy the moment. On the road, you will also be in the vicinity of the biggest National Park in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sutjeska National Park.

There, if you choose to stop and see it, you can visit the Valley of Heroes monument in Tjentište, swim in the Olympic pool, and hike to the highest mountain and mountain peak in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mount. Maglic 2.386 meters high, or, you can go and visit the only primaeval forest in Europe, Perućica. Did you know that Bosnia and Herzegovina have the only Primeval forest? If you did not know that by now, we are happy to share that information with you.

The next stop should be Sarajevo, the capital and the biggest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Commonly known as a Jerusalem of Europe to its mixture of cultures and where East meets West architecture. What to see in Sarajevo is our Sarajevo guide where every single thing and more you need to know about Sarajevo is written and we advise you to read it.

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Balkan tours

Balkan tours from Dubrovnik are also the trips and Dubrovnik excursions that you should take into consideration if you are on a long vacation and you want to learn more about the whole region or the Balkans. Feel free to enter and see our Balkan tours or contact us so we can craft a tailor-made Balkan tour for you.

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What to see in Dubrovnik?

1. Stradun, 2. Walls of Dubrovnik, 3. Dubrovnik Bell Tower, 4. Sponza Castle, 5. Collegium Ragusinum, 6. Saint Blaise’s church, 7. Dubrovnik Cable car, 8. Lokrum Island, 9. Banje beach, 10. Copacabana beach

What are the best Dubrovnik day trips?

A trip to Mostar is the best one you can choose from Dubrovnik. It is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

Our agency, Meet Bosnia Travel, offers a Mostar tour from Dubrovnik, as a part of our Dubrovnik to Sarajevo tour/transfer.

So, every time you come to Dubrovnik, make sure to read our Dubrovnik day trips & What to see in Dubrovnik guide” and learn something new as we are constantly adding new information.

If you are a traveller who would like to add something to our list, or you know some amazing facts about this city, make sure you contact us with the message subject “Dubrovnik day trips”. Looking forward to hearing from you!

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