Are you looking for spectacular day trips from Dubrovnik, Croatia? Maybe you have already been to Dubrovnik. And visited the attractions, restaurants, beaches, and bars of the town. Maybe you will be spending your holiday in Dubrovnik and are looking for alternatives to the crowded city. Either way, now you are looking to discover fantastic interesting places in Croatia by taking Dubrovnik day trips.
I do not know how long you have to spend exploring the outskirts of Dubrovnik. I am hoping though, that by following my suggestions, you will be able to make the most of every single moment you are there. I am listing my recommendations in no specific order to be followed. Depending on how you arrive in Dubrovnik and how much time you will be spending there, you will want to tailor these day trips from Dubrovnik options to fit your specific needs and timetable.
Gorgeous Dubrovnik, Croatia at sunset
9 Unique Day Trips From Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik is located on the Adriatic Sea and one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Adriatic. In 1979 Dubrovnik was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here are some very extraordinary Dubrovnik day trips for you to consider.
1) See Ancient Roman Architecture In Split
Split is the second-largest city in Croatia. Most popular is Old Town Split and the ancient Diocletian’s Palace, constructed by the Roman Emperor nearly 1700 years ago. Other examples of ancient Roman architecture in Split are Emperor’s Square, The Split Cathedral and St Duje belltower.
The Split waterfront esplanade is as gorgeous as any you will ever see. It is grand and lined with palm trees. In the main market square, there is a very large market selling fresh local produce and souvenirs.
Tickets here: Full-Day Trip from Dubrovnik to Split
Split, Croatia and its gorgeous waterfront illuminated.
2)Visit Montenegro For Venetian Influences
About one hour away, one of the most popular day trips from Dubrovnik is visiting the jaw-dropping Bay of Kotor in Montenegro. Its unspoiled beauty with the sapphire blue waters lapping against the mountainous coastline provides an unforgettable experience.
Visiting Kotor, Montenegro is definitely taking a step back in time. It is one of the oldest medieval cities in the Mediterranean. Its fortified walls contain some of the most impressive Roman and Venetian architecture around. And Kotor is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Look here: Montenegro Day Trip from Dubrovnik
The magical Bay of Kotor, Montenegro
3) Taste The Culinary Delights Of The Area
The stunning Dalmatian region of Croatia, where Dubrovnik is located, is known for some of the world’s most stunning views of the Adriatic Sea. As well as sumptuous food in charming villages. Take a day to visit some of the seaside family vineyards and taste some of Croatia’s finest wines.
This area of Croatia also excels in the production of olive oil and cheeses.
Tickets Here: Taste of Dalmatia Tour from Dubrovnik
Tickets Here: Korčula Day Trip with Wine Tasting
Tickets Here: Korcula from Dubrovnik including Winery Visit (private)
Tickets Here: Konavle Valley: Private Half-Day Tour with Wine Tasting
Lovely olive grove in Croatia
4) Visit Mostar Where East Meets West
Because of the stark cultural differences, Bosnia and Herzegovina is called the country where “east meets west” and live together. Full of oriental Turkish influences, since it was part of the Ottoman Empire, Mostar is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
You may choose to see the Pocitelj, a fortress town perched high up on the hillside, see the oriental architecture, or even visit Kravice waterfalls. And perhaps, try some authentic Turkish coffee?
Look here: Full-Day Mostar Trip from Dubrovnik
Turkish influenced Mostar, Croatia
5) Explore Where Marco Polo Was Born
Marco Polo was born in Korcula Island not far from Dubrovnik. It is considered one of the best-preserved medieval villages of the Mediterranean region.
Located not far from Dubrovnik, there are vineyards and valleys to view along with learning about the history of Korcula Island and their culture.
Beautiful Korcula Island, where the famous explorer Marco Polo was born.
6) Leave The City Behind For A Gorgeous Day Cruise Of The Islands
Leave Dubrovnik for the day and take a very interesting look at the islands around it. The surrounding islands of the Adriatic Sea are stunning and each has a very interesting history and its own story to tell. Explore beautiful beaches, historical ruins, and even some citrus gardens!
An incredible sunset over the Elaphite Islands
7) Enjoy Stunning National Parks Nearby
Plitvice National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Croatia’s most visited natural attraction because it is simply jaw-dropping beautiful.
Plitvice Lakes is the largest national park in Croatia. It contains sixteen lakes which are all connected with waterfalls. Included is the largest waterfall in all of Croatia! The local fauna and flora, plus the amazing waterfalls make Plitvice Lakes National Park one of the most impressive in the world. And one of the most amazing day trips from Dubrovnik.
Tickets here: Private Tour of National Park Plitvice from Dubrovnik
Plitvice National Park waterfalls.
8) Enjoy Life Under The Sea Off The Shores Of Dubrovnik
The crystal clear emerald green waters of the Adriatic Sea offer some of the most exciting diving in the world. There is lots of marine wildlife to see as well as reefs and caves to explore.
Why not explore this unique angle of Dubrovnik?
9) Check Out The Surrounding Nature On A Hike
Ready to try some hiking right outside of Dubrovnik? Heading out to the Island of Kolocep is just the answer!
There are numerous hiking trails and footpaths great for walking and exploring the island. Plus the views are epic! There are even secret places for swimming. Very tranquil opportunities to get away from the crowded beaches!
Look here: Kolocep Island: Hiking & Swimming Day Trip
Packing Tips For Your Trip To Dubrovnik Croatia
I think that using these useful packing tips will enhance your trip to Dubrovnik and help you remain organized while there.
A concealed travel pouch may be one of the most important items you bring with you on your day trips from Dubrovnik. This unisex RFID blocking concealed travel pouch is lightweight and comes in several colors. It has lots of organization to give you peace of mind. You can keep your most valuable documents safe and secure next to your body.
If you have a pouch already you may not want to or need to invest in a new one. If it does not come with the RFID protection, these RFID sleeves would be handy to prevent identity theft. This configuration comes with enough passport and credit card sleeves that the entire family would be protected. They are slim too, so they will easily fit into your current pouch or wallet. These are the kind my family and I use not only when traveling but at home as well.
I was never a fan of packing cubes until I tried them out! Now I am sold. These Bagail packing cubes are the exact ones I use whenever I travel. I cannot believe how much more organized I am now! And I never leave without them anymore.
If you are planning on taking a lot of pictures with your phone you will definitely want to consider an external charging battery. This Anker high-speed phone charging battery is the exact one I carry with me on all of my trips. It can be used on a variety of phones, not just an iPhone like I have. And wow is it fast! I like that it holds its charging capabilities for several uses so I do not have to worry about it while out and about. And if I forget to recharge it at night, it will still be good to go the next day.
My daughter gifted me this FugeTek Selfie Stick and Tripod for my birthday. It has Bloothtooth connectivity so it is very easy to use. It is made of durable aluminum and is very lightweight and easy to carry. I love mine and I think you will enjoy it too!
Hydration is so important. When I visited Dubrovnik it was in the mid-90s and having water with me was very important. You want to remain hydrated to support your immune system which in turn will be stronger to fight off any germs you will encounter during your Dubrovnik day trips. You will want to bring your own refillable water bottle with you.
I never leave home on a trip without my Bobble filtration bottle. The 18.5-ounce size is perfect for travel and it will fit nicely in the pocket of a backpack or your purse. Also when filled with water, it is not too heavy to carry. And the Bobble carbon filter ensures fresh clean water whenever and wherever you fill the Bobble. You can find filter replacements here.
Perhaps you are traveling a long distance and packing space is a premium. Then this set of collapsible silicone foldable water bottles would work well for you. Would not take up much space in your suitcase at all. And you will be receiving a set of two.
You will want to bring a backpack or daypack with you to store snacks, your water bottle, phone, extra clothes, etc.. This foldable water-resistant backpack would be great. It is very affordable and is available in many color options for you to choose from. The fact that it folds down into a zippered pouch will make it easy to pack.
Perhaps you need a more substantial backpack for your international travel. This antitheft backpack has a charging port, is water-resistant and can comfortably carry up to a 15.6″ laptop. It comes in a range of colors to choose from and it is inexpensive as well.
You will be walking more than usual on your Dubrovnik day trips. A sturdy and comfortable pair of walking shoes is a must-have. These waterproof all-season shoes are extremely affordable and yet fashionable. Mostly everyone is familiar with the Skechers brand, and these Air Run high fashion sneakers come in a lot of colors to match your outfits and are still affordable. I know from experience you need sturdy shoes when navigating the cobblestoned streets of Croatia.
You may be visiting Dubrovnik in warmer weather as I did, and you may want a pair of sandals to wear exploring. I highly recommend these Vionics adjustable strap orthotic sandals. I have several pairs of these exact Vionic sandals in several colors that I bring with me *everywhere* I travel. They are very comfortable. I also sometimes bring along my Vionic Tides flip flops. The toe post is so comfortable which makes wearing these super comfortable.
And let us not forget the beach shoes for all the pebbly beaches you will visit on your day trips from Dubrovnik. These quick dry slip on aqua shoes are a great selection. They come in a ton of bright colors for men, women, and children.
Some of the Dubrovnik day trips are to the surrounding islands and swimming will be involved. On my cruise, we were advised to wear our bathing suits under our clothes. This lightweight men’s swim trunk is quick drying and affordable. I like this women’s one piece bathing suit. It has a moderately high leg cut and is lined for modesty’s sake. It has built in bra and comes in neat colors.
If heading to the islands and the stunning Croatian beaches is one of the day trips from Dubrovnik you plan to do, you want to bring along beach towels. But you do not want to add anything heavy or bulky. This fast drying, lightweight and very absorbent towel is the perfect solution. You choose what color and size you wish and it is extremely affordable.
You may want to bring along a wet-dry bag for your suits and towels once you are finished swimming. This wet dry bag with handles is a good option. It comes in several patterns and two sizes to pick from. Or you could opt for this mesh swim backpack bag that has separate areas for dry and wet items.
Bring a lightweight scarf or shawl. Scarves and shawls are very popular in Europe and Croatia is no different. Both men and women wear scarves, both decoratively and as a layering piece to keep warm. This cotton unisex lightweight scarf is versatile and can be worn in any season. I like this colorful oversized scarf too. So many colors to select from! And here’s another option to consider: this lightweight sunscreen shawl scarf would do double duty to protect you from the sun in the warmer seasons as well as being a fashion accessory layering piece. This Coolibar sunscreen scarf has USB 50+ protection from the sun’s rays & comes in great colors.
We all need to protect our eyes from the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays. These unisex polarized sunglasses come in a lot of lens colors and frame designs and are extremely affordable too.
If you are fond of the aviator-style of sunglasses these polarized aviators may interest you. I like polarized sunglasses because they remove the glare off the water and help you to see things more clearly. This will be very helpful in Kotor.
Don’t forget to bring along a universal power adapter on your trip to Croatia. This worldwide power plug is a great example and will charge your phone at the end of your busy days. And this world traveler adapter kit can charge several devices at the same time. This is what you will need when there are several people traveling in your group, or if you bring several electronic devices on your trip that require charging at the same time.
If you are in need of new luggage, this expandable soft side spinner luggage is affordable and comes in lots of colors. If you like hard-sided better, then you may favor this hard-sided luggage set better. Both sets come with TSA approved zippers locks and 8 wheels per piece. Either will be great for the plane or train or even your car depending on how you plan to travel to Croatia.
Dubrovnik’s Old Town
Quick Tips For Your Day Trips From Dubrovnik
Here are some quick tips and tricks I’ve learned, along with the ones above, which will enhance your trip to Dubrovnik, Croatia. And hopefully, make it a bit less stressful.
Before you leave home, contact your credit card company and check to see if your credit card does or does not have foreign transaction fees. If it does, inquire about the possibility of applying for one that does not carry foreign transaction fees attached to it (the small fee charged you whenever you use your card out of your home country.) Also, remember to notify your bank of the dates you will be out of the country.
When you visit an ATM in Croatia, check to be sure it is on the same network as your bank, so you are not charged a transaction fee every time you withdraw cash. Withdrawing larger amounts of money will help you limit bank transition fees. Croatia’s form of currency is the Kuna.
Purchase advanced tickets to attractions whenever possible. Admission tickets purchased online are usually offered at a discount, and you will save a lot of time waiting in lines to buy tickets at the individual attractions. Your Dubrovnik day trips will be less stressful when you have your plan and can pace yourself and not have to worry about the availability of tickets at each location you wish to visit.
These are my top suggestions to aid you in selecting interesting and fabulous day trips from Dubrovnik, Croatia. And tips for a safe and organized trip! If you are on a cruise and have only a limited amount of time to see Dubrovnik and its surrounding locations, I believe my recommendations will please you. and definitely help you with planning for the amount of time you will be there. You will be able to cover a lot of territory and see a great many sights if you use them as a reference when planning your time.
Here I have listed 9 unique and interesting day trips from Dubrovnik. Depending on the amount of time you have, any one of them will enhance your trip when you are in Dubrovnik.
Have you visited Dubrovnik and taken day trips to explore the Dalmation coast? If you have any auggestions, please leave them in the comment section below.
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