Welcome to the buzziest seaside destination this side of the Adriatic, home to Game of Thrones and adventurous travelers. Over the past few years, Dubrovnik has gained a well-deserved reputation as one of Croatia’s most beautiful cities. With its winding rocky coast, its squeaky clean city center, and its majestic city walls, it’s not hard to see why tourism in Dubrovnik booms and why so many people clamor for an excellent Dubrovnik itinerary. There’s tons to see and do here in the hottest spot of the Dalmatian Coast, so check out the 48 hour itinerary in order to make the most out of your stay.
Start sightseeing on your Dubrovnik itinerary by exploring the Old Town from top to bottom.
Morning: Stroll down Stradun Street
Although most of Dubrovnik is made up of twisting and turning alleyways, Stradun Street is a wide open walkway that runs directly through the Old Town center. This is a limestone-lined street lined with tons of shops and restaurants, and it’s the place to see and be seen in Dubrovnik. Stradun connects the Ploce and Pile gates, which are the main entrances to city. Check out Onofrio’s Fountain on the Pile side of the street, and the City Hall Bell Tower on the other end. Almost all visitors to the city pass through Stradun at one point or another, so start getting to know the Old Town by taking a leisurely stroll down this bustling road—you will see lots that reminds you of Game of Thrones.
Lunchtime: Grab a traditional meal in Dubrovnik’s Old Town
Dubrovnik’s Old Town alleyways are filled with quaint Croatian restaurants that serve up Dalmatian cuisine in style. Duck into one any of the side streets that connect to Stradun to stumble upon a traditional eatery. No matter what direction you head in, you’re bound to find a spot that suits your tastes. The Dalmatian Coast is famous for its scrumptious seafood dishe, making dishes like the cuttlefish-based black risotto or ligne and Dalmatian-style grilled squid a must-do for your Dubrovnik itinerary.
Afternoon: Climb Dubrovnik’s City Walls
Welcome to Dubrovnik’s most popular landmark. Each year, thousands of travelers flock to Dubrovnik to climb its famous City Walls, which were built back in medieval times in order to protect Dubrovnik from potential attacks. Today, the walls are still in remarkably good condition thanks to expert preservation efforts—making them an essential stop on your Dubrovnik itinerary. They completely encircle the city, and offer dramatic views of the Old Town and the Croatian coast. Now that the heat has started to die down, spend your afternoon walking the walls.
Evening: Watch the sunset from the beach
Finish out a day well spent by watching the sunset from the shores of the Adriatic Sea. Head on over to Buze Beach to secure a spot on one of its rocky cliffs, which prove to be the perfect vantage point for watching day transition to night. Enjoy the stunning reflection of the sun against the bright blue sea, and watch as legions of kayakers make the trek from east to west in order to chase the setting sun.
Get to know Dubrovnik on your itinerary by exploring its most popular spots and culture from unique perspectives.
Morning: Take a walking tour through Dubrovnik
You got an introduction to Dubrovnik’s hottest spots, and now it’s time to explore them from a different perspective. Take a themed walking tour to see Dubrovnik through a new lens. You probably already know that Dubrovnik was a main a filming location for Game of Thrones, but want to learn more about how the real-world Dubrovnik and the 7 Kingdoms intersect? Take a Game of Thrones tour to check out all the key GOT spots, and retrace the footsteps of the Cersei, Daenerys, Sansa, and others. We can’t promise there will be dragons, but there will definitely be tons of fascinating, fantastical sights along the way.
Lunchtime: Take a Dalmatian cooking class
Now that you’ve gotten a taste of Dalmatian food, you’re probably wondering how you may obtain it after you’re returned home. Not to worry: you can learn how to make these mouthwatering dishes on your own. Take a cooking class for a more intimate introduction into the Croatian coastal cuisine with local instructors. Walk away with newfound expertise and the enviable ability to serve up drool-worthy plates like brudet sea stew and dirty makaruni pasta. Your friends at home will be thanking you.
Afternoon: Explore Dubrovnik’s museums
Get some context on all the once-in-a-lifetime sights you’re seeing by stepping into one of Dubrovnik’s many museums. For a sweeping history of seafaring on the Adriatic, check out the Maritime Museum. If you’re interested in Dalmatian art, then the Museum of Modern Art is calling your name. Finally, if you’d like more context on the region’s more recent history, step into the Museum Croatian War of Independence to learn about the conflict that swept the nation from 1991-1995.
Evening: Grab dessert, Dalmatian-style
Now that your time in Dubrovnik is drawing to a close, end your time here on the sweetest note possible. Step into one of Stradun Street’s many dessert shops to sample some traditional cakes, cookies, and pastries. Try out some local favorites like fritule, a doughnut-like fried pastry that’s usually filled with jam or chocolate and coated in flavorful vanilla sugar. Your stomach will be thanking you!