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A woman in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia is a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site located on the southern part of the Dalmatia coast. Commonly referred to as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, Dubrovnik features a fortified Old Town, charming limestone streets, medieval architecture, orange terra-cotta rooftops, medieval architecture and a fascinating culture. It was once a Roman city that was part of the Republic of Ragusa. During a Croatia trip, Dubrovnik should most definitely be on your bucket list!

A woman strolling the beautiful streets of Old Town Dubrovnik

During August 2021, I did a memorable Balkans trip with Ashley of World to Wander. We started our journey in Venice, Italy before making our way to spend a weekend in Slovenia. From there, we made our way back to Trieste, Italy before heading into Croatia where we spent two nights in Pula, two nights in Split, one night in Hvar and four nights in Dubrovnik.

Dubrovnik Old Port

Ashley and I also did a day trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park from Pula to Split (it was a little out of the way) as well as day trips to Mostar (from Split) in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kotor (from Dubrovnik) in Montenegro. We also enjoyed a lovely day on the island of Korčula from Hvar to Dubrovnik. All of these destinations in the Balkans were incredible!

A woman walking around Old Town Dubrovnik - a bucket list goal

In this article, discover the best things to do in Dubrovnik and what you should add to your bucket list! Also read all about our wonderful stay at The Pucic Palace, which is conveniently located in the heart of Old Town Dubrovnik.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like. During my time in Dubrovnik, The Pucic Palace hosted me for four nights. Gourmets of Dubrovnik also hosted me on their Dalmatian Flavors half day tour. Taj Mahal also hosted me for a dinner during my time in Dubrovnik.


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What to do in Dubrovnik, Croatia, a bucket list!

Traveling to Croatia:

Game of Thrones locations in Dubrovnik

The best ways to get to Croatia is by flying, renting a car or taking public transportation. The main airport in the Dubrovnik area to fly into is Dubrovnik Airport in Čilipi. It is around a half hour drive from Old Town Dubrovnik. You can find affordable flights through Skyscanner.

Dubrovnik was the last stop on our Balkans trip. Prior to arriving in the medieval city, Ashley and I took a two-hour ferry over from the island of Korčula. You can purchase ferry tickets with GetByFerry.

Views of Old Town Dubrovnik

I ended up flying back home to Newark Airport from Dubrovnik with a layover in Frankfurt. Dubrovnik has Uber services, but since my flight home was early in the morning, The Pucic Palace was able to organize a private taxi service to pick me up from the hotel and take me to the airport in the early hours of the morning. It was awesome and the cab also had a credit card machine!

Once you are in the actual city of Dubrovnik, it is best to get around by foot when you’re in Old Town and if you’re outside the city walls, you can get around via the public bus, taxi, Uber or bike.

Staying at The Pucic Palace in Dubrovnik:

A woman staying at The Pucic Palace - a Dubrovnik bucket list goal

The best place to stay at in Dubrovnik is The Pucic Palace. It is a beautiful and luxurious 5-star boutique hotel situated in Old Town Dubrovnik and it offers a warm, Italian-Baroque feel to it.

Overall, staying at The Pucic Palace should be on your Dubrovnik bucket list because of how amazing it is and the hotel was also named as “The Best Small Hotel on the Adriatic“! The Pucic Palace is also situated on the Gundulić Square. It is surrounded by a bustling farmer’s market, historical and thrilling museums, boutique shops, great cafés and restaurants as well as the iconic Jesuit Stairs.

A woman walking out to a farmer's market in Dubrovnik

The Pucic Palace is also a 10-minute walk from Dubrovnik’s Marina and a one-minute distance from the Old Port of the city, making it even more convenient!

Overall, Ashley and I had a wonderful stay at The Pucic Palace and there were picturesque spots everywhere you turned from the exterior of the hotel to the interior.

The Rooms at The Pucic Palace:
A woman staying at The Pucic Palace during her time in Dubrovnik

During our four nights at The Pucic Palace, Ashley and I stayed in the Double Deluxe Room that featured a cozy double bed, en-suite bathroom, large windows with gorgeous views of Old Town Dubrovnik and more.

Our room was elegantly furnished with antique photos and décor. It also had modern conveniences like soft bathrobes and slippers, individual air conditioning, a DVD and CD player, high-speed WIFI, mini bar, safe and more. The rooms at The Pucic Palace also have high-beam ceilings and dark oak floors. (There is nothing I love more than a hotel with wooden flooring versus carpet.)

The bathroom in our room was also beautiful. It was decked out in Romanesque Italian mosaic tiles, there was a large porcelain copper bathtub with a shower and a heated towel rack. The Pucic Palace also has Bvlgari bath amenities.

Staying at The Pucic Palace - a bucket list hotel in Dubrovnik

The other rooms at The Pucic Palace in Dubrovnik are the Executive Room, which is similar to the Double Deluxe Room; Junior Suite, which boasts a balcony overlooking Gundulić Square and a large, king-sized bed and lastly, there is the Senior Suite, which is spacious and features a living room on two levels as well as a bedroom. The Senior Suite also has a large Jacuzzi!

Dining at The Pucic Palace:
A woman dining at The Pucic Palace in Old Town Dubrovnik

Both Ashley and I truly enjoyed a lovely breakfast at The Pucic Palace every morning during our few days in Dubrovnik.

Café & Brasserie Royal at The Pucic Palace features a seasonal, Parisian-style menu and atmosphere. I loved how charming Café Royal was and it also featured a bar!

A woman enjoying breakfast outside at The Pucic Palace in Dubrovnik - a bucket list goal

Every morning, besides Sunday, there is a farmer’s market in Gundulić Square, so Café Royal only offers indoor dining for breakfast. We just so happened to be at The Pucic Palace on a Sunday morning, so we did get to experience sitting outside and enjoying the beautiful European ambiance surrounding us.

As we savored our French toast, eggs, fresh fruit and cappuccinos, we got to hear the church bells ring and the peacefulness that Dubrovnik offers on a Sunday morning. Dining indoors at The Pucic Palace is also a quaint experience!

Breakfast at The Pucic Palace in Dubrovnik

Café Royal also has a great lunch and dinner menu and outdoor dining is available during both meals. You can savor delicious meat dishes, freshly caught fish and vegetarian options for lunch and dinner at this lovely restaurant.

Terrace La Capella is also located at The Pucic Palace. It is an outdoor terrace where you can enjoy alfresco dining and delicious Mediterranean plates.

Unfortunately, Terrace La Capella was closed during our stay at The Pucic Palace, but Ashley and I did enjoy a cup of coffee on the beautiful terrace. It is a great spot to take your laptop and get work done.

A woman sipping coffee at The Pucic Palace

In addition, The Pucic Palace offers a lovely event space for a dream wedding in Croatia!

I absolutely loved our stay at The Pucic Palace! There are so many lovely spots to just sit at, read a book, log in digitally and enjoy a nice drink.

The Ultimate Dubrovnik Bucket List – What to do:

A woman crossing off bucket list activities in Dubrovnik

Discover the top 10 things to do in Dubrovnik, Croatia that you should add to your bucket list. From dining at Dubrovnik’s best restaurants to walking along the city walls, you will be brought back in time through charm, history and beauty!

Discover Dubrovnik’s Best Restaurants:

A farmer's market in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Croatian cuisine is known as one of the lightest, tastiest and even the heartiest in the world. In fact, Croatian dishes are very similar to Italian food. During our Balkans trip, we got to try a lot of tasty dishes from fish to pasta and pizza to cured meats.

Some of the most popular food items in Croatia are squid ink risotto, seafood stew, buzara (mussels in a white wine sauce), Istrian ham, truffles, olive oil and more.

Croatia is home to some of the best wine regions in the world. During our time in Istria, Hvar, Korčula and Dubrovnik, we got to taste amazing wine and pair them with delicious food. Just like in other parts of the world, different regions and areas of Croatia are known for specific wine.

Food samples and orange wine from 360 Restaurant in Dubrovnik

Istria is known for Malvasia, which is orange or amber wine. Now, the more orange the wine looks, the higher quality it is. Overall, orange or amber wine has a distinct taste that is absolutely incredible. What is interesting about Malvasia wine is that it is extremely difficult to find in other parts of the world and even in Croatia itself. It is a white wine made from the same methods as red wine. The skins are left on, which produces tannins and gives the wine a spicier and drier taste than most white wines. No matter where you are, if orange wine is on the menu, try it! You will not be disappointed.

In addition to Malvasia in Istria, we also got to taste Prč, which is a white wine variety that is popular in Hvar along with Pošip that is another white wine produced on the island of Korčula and lastly, we also enjoyed red Zinfandel in the Dubrovnik area.

During our time in Dubrovnik, we savored some of the best meals we had during our time in Croatia with delicious wine. Discover the best places to eat in Dubrovnik:

360 Michelin Star Restaurant in Dubrovnik

Restaurant 360: On our second evening in Dubrovnik, Ashley and I enjoyed an incredible dinner at Restaurant 360, which is a Michelin Star restaurant located in Old Town Dubrovnik, along the city walls. If you are a foodie like me, this amazing restaurant should be on your bucket list during your time in Dubrovnik!

Restaurant 360 was the second Michelin Star restaurant I’ve eaten at; the first one I’ve ever visited was in Denver, Colorado. What is awesome about eating at a Michelin Star restaurant is that they give you a lot of samples throughout your dining experience.

A delicious meal from 360 Restaurant - a bucket list goal

During our time at Restaurant 360, Ashley and I enjoyed a lovely glass of orange/amber wine with our meal. We chose the 2-course a la carte dining option, so I started my meal with a delicious giant marinated and pan-fried scallop with turnips, a quinoa chip and onion soup. It was incredible! (There is also a 3-course dining a la carte option as well as a tasting menu that you can enjoy.)

White fish from 360 Restaurant - a Michelin Star Restaurant

For my main dish, I savored turbot, which is a local white fish with scampi, fennel, white wine and an oyster sauce. It also came with a pesto crostini. We didn’t order a dessert during our time at Restaurant 360, but our waiter came out with some sweet samples over cookie crumbles. I couldn’t tell you exactly what the dessert samples were, but they ranged from dark chocolate to sour apple.

Dessert samples from 360 Restaurant in Dubrovnik

Overall, our experience was amazing, the food was delicious and even though it was on the pricier side, the entire dinner was well worth it. If you ever have the opportunity to eat at a Michelin Star restaurant, at least once in your life, the chefs do an awesome job at combining the best textures and flavors into one dish.

If you plan on eating at Restaurant 360 in Dubrovnik, I highly recommend making reservations ahead of time!

Buffet Kamenice: Another iconic restaurant in Dubrovnik city, is Kamenice, which is known for its seafood dishes, especially mussels!

Located in Gundulić Square, right next to The Pucic Palace, Buffet Kamenice (which isn’t an actual buffet by the way), features outdoor seating right in the square and it makes for the perfect dinner spot during your time in Old Town. In fact, it should also be on your Dubrovnik bucket list!

Seafood pasta dishes from Kamenice in Dubrovnik

For dinner, I got the spaghetti with mussels’ dish and Ashley enjoyed the spinach linguine with shrimp in a creamy sauce. As an appetizer, we got the fried calamari with lemon and it did not disappoint!

If you want to eat at Kamenice in Dubrovnik, I recommend making reservations ahead of time since it is a popular restaurant.

Taj Mahal: Another amazing restaurant that you must add to your Dubrovnik bucket list while you’re in the city is Taj Mahal. It is an authentic Bosnian restaurant situated in Old Town Dubrovnik. (There is another Taj Mahal location in Hotel Lero, outside of Old Town.)

If you want to dine at Taj Mahal, it is recommended that you make reservations ahead of time. I was thankful that Gourmets of Dubrovnik organized our dinner at this amazing restaurant. Everything was incredible and it was one of the best meals I had during my Balkans trip!

Orange and lemon chicken from Taj Mahal, a bucket list restaurant in Dubrovnik

At Taj Mahal, you can find everything from soups to grilled plates as well as vegetarian dishes to traditional homemade Bosnian meals. During our last evening in Dubrovnik, I enjoyed their delicious pita bread with olive oil. As my main dish, I savored the chicken legs in orange and lemon with potatoes. It was one of the best chicken dinners I’ve had in my life as it was filled with a lot of flavor!

Baklava from Taj Mahal Bosnian restaurant in Dubrovnik

For dessert, I just had to get the homemade baklava with walnuts and almonds. Taj Mahal also gave us an after-dinner grappa drink as a toast to an amazing trip!

Stroll through Dubrovnik Old Town:

A woman walking the streets of Old Town Dubrovnik

One of the top things to do during your time in Old Town Dubrovnik is to stroll within the city walls. From charming, lantern-filled alleyways to beautiful churches, there is so much to admire in Old Town Dubrovnik and add to your bucket list of what you must see. Plus, there are so many hidden gems to explore, great places to go shopping and awesome gelato shops!

Click here to discover the best Dubrovnik city tours.

A woman strolling around Old Town Dubrovnik - a bucket list goal

Rector’s Palace: Located steps away from The Pucic Palace is Rector’s Palace. It is one of the most breathtaking spots in Dubrovnik. Featuring Renaissance and Gothic architecture, Rector’s Palace was originally built in the Middle Ages for defense, but was destroyed in a fire in the 15th Century. It was then rebuilt as a palace for the seat of the Rector of the Republic of Ragusa. It is now a museum.

A woman standing in front of Dubrovnik Cathedral

Dubrovnik Cathedral: The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary is a Roman Catholic, Baroque church. It is beautiful and must be added to your Dubrovnik bucket list as you stroll through the Old Town. It was built in the 17th Century and it replaced an older cathedral that was destroyed in an earthquake.

A woman walking in Loggia Square in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Loggia Square: Known as the former market square, Loggia Square is a stunning spot in Old Town that had been a popular gathering point for those in Dubrovnik. You can see Orlando’s Column, the Church of St. Blaise and Sponza Palace in Loggia Square.

Seeing the Fountain of Onofrio in Old Town Dubrovnik - a bucket list item

The Fountain of Onofrio and St. Saviour Church: Also built in the 15th Century, Dubrovnik’s famous fountain is located right when you first enter the Old Town from Pile Gate. Even though this iconic fountain was destroyed in an earthquake that happened in 1667, it played an important role in Dubrovnik’s water system. Across from the fountain is St. Saviour Church that was built in the 16th Century. It features Gothic and Renaissance architecture.

Old Port in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Old Port of Dubrovnik: Another beautiful and picturesque spot in Old Town is the Old Port. It is situated on the eastern part of the city and it includes two breakwaters. At this spot, you can enjoy beautiful Adriatic views, see the Fort of St. John and admire all of the beautiful boats.

A woman walking the Jesuit Stairs in Old Town Dubrovnik

Jesuit Stairs: From the Gundulić Square leading up to the Jesuit Church of St. Ignatius is the beautiful Baroque Jesuit Stars. Just like the Spanish Steps in Rome, these stairs are now a place where you will find people sitting down, relaxing and enjoying a sandwich, fries or a soda. (Nowadays, you are no longer allowed to sit on the Spanish Steps in Rome during the day.)

Relax on Banje Beach:

Views of Old Town Dubrovnik from Banje Beach

As a guest of The Pucic Palace, you will be given free beach access to Banje Beach, which is located east of the city, about a 10-minute walk from the hotel outside of the Ploče Gate.

When we first arrived at Banje Beach, there was a bad storm, so we had to wait it out. Thankfully, Banje Beach is also home to an upscale seafood restaurant and a vibrant waterfront nightclub. While we waited for the storm to leave, Ashley and I enjoyed a bottle of wine.

The club at Banje Beach is known to have a lot of great DJs, both during the day and at night. It’s a fun spot to make awesome memories!

Banje Beach in Dubrovnik

Once the storm was gone, we went back out to the beach to relax, read and enjoy our bottle of wine. What I loved about Banje Beach is that half of it is sandy and the other half is a rocky. Since we got access to the beach through The Pucic Palace, we had our own lounge chairs to sunbathe and enjoy the beautiful views of the Adriatic Sea and Old Town.

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Walk Along the Ancient City Walls of Dubrovnik:

A woman walking the city walls of Dubrovnik - a bucket list goal

What you MUST do during your time in Dubrovnik, Croatia is walk along the ancient city walls. For 200 Croatian Kuna, you can enjoy 360-degree views of the city as you make your way around the ancient walls.

There are three entrances to the ancient city walls and you can purchase tickets at each entrance – the Pile Gate, Ploče Gate and Maritime Museum. We started our walk at Ploče Gate since that is the closest to The Pucic Palace. Apparently, it is the best gate to start and end the ancient city walls since it isn’t as crowded at the Pile Gate entrance and you can get the steep part of the walk over with.

A woman on the ancient city walls of Dubrovnik

The best time to walk along the ancient city walls of Dubrovnik would be around sunset because you can enjoy stunning views of the sun going down and it also won’t be as crowded and hot than if you were to walk them in the middle of the day. It takes around two hours (more or less) to walk the entire city walls.

To defend the city, the walls were built from the 13th to 17th century. You can see almost every landmark in the Old Town while you’re walking the walls and there are also spots for you to grab a snack, drink or gelato to cool off.

Click here to schedule an ancient city walls walking tour.

Do a Game of Thrones Tour:

A woman enjoying all of Dubrovnik's bucket list items

Over the past few years, Dubrovnik has become a popular destination for those all around the world because it is where Game of ThronesKing’s Landing was filmed. Now, one thing I learned during my time in the city is that you shouldn’t come to Croatia just because of Game of Thrones, you should visit because you actually want to experience the country.

If you are a GoT lover, you should have a Game of Thrones tour on your Dubrovnik bucket list! You can also see filming locations on your own if you want to save some money. Discover Game of Thrones filming locations in Dubrovnik.

Have a Fun Night Out:

Wai Moment Hard Seltzer at Buza Bar in Dubrovnik

Have you REALLY experienced Europe if you haven’t gone out and enjoyed the night scene. Southern Europe has some of the best nightlife in the world and Dubrovnik’s nightlife and bar scene is epic!

Now, I will admit that I graduated from the club scene once I hit my mid 20s, but I do enjoy a fun night out at a bar every so often. From cave bars to castle clubs and wine bars to live concerts, there is somewhere for everyone to have a good time in Dubrovnik.

During our few nights in Dubrovnik, Ashley and I went to Buza Bar, which is located on the side of the cliff. You can enjoy wine, beer and hard seltzer at this cool rock bar! I had a Wai Moment hard seltzer, which is similar to White Claw here in the U.S. It was nice and refreshing!

Buza Bar is a great spot for people to cliff jump and swim, but it is important to watch how much alcohol you consume if you’re going to get into the water for safety purposes.

While we were at Buza Bar, we caught a nice sunset and even got to see a pirate ship pass by, which was so cool!

The Stradun in Dubrovnik

Another area of Dubrovnik that has bustling bars and a great nightlife is the Placa Street, otherwise known as the Stradun. It is the most popular promenade in the city and it holds many restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

Visit Dubrovnik Cathedral:

A woman walking the city walls of Dubrovnik, what you must add to your bucket list

Like I mention above, Dubrovnik Cathedral is a stunning landmark in the city that you should add to your bucket list. I always love visiting and walking through churches when I travel and you will become amazed at this specific cathedral’s beauty!

Learn History at Lovrijenac Fortress:

Lovrijenac Fortress in Dubrovnik

If you are a history buff, then you must visit Lovrijenac Fortress. Situated on top of a cliff that overlooks the Adriatic Sea, it was known for its prime importance for defense.

The fort was built in the 11th Century and you can currently visit it and walk through its museum. In addition to the city walls, this fortress is also a great spot to watch a sunset and enjoy stunning views of the Old Town.

Enjoy a Dubrovnik Day Trip Outside of Old Town:

A woman wine tasting with Dubrovnik Food Tours

One of the best memories we made during our Dubrovnik trip was enjoying a day with Gourmets of Dubrovnik that was set up with Crawford Concierge. On our first full day in the city, we participated in the Countryside Adventure Tour in the morning and the Oysters and Wine Tasting tour in the afternoon.

What is great about Gourmets of Dubrovnik is that they will pick you up in a comfortable Mercedes van outside of your hotel. Since we were staying at The Pucic Palace, which is located within the city walls that cars cannot get into, owners Irena and Robert waited for us right outside of the Ploče Gate. (Robert also picked us up from the ferry terminal when we first arrived in Dubrovnik the evening before and took us to the gate entrance, which was nice of him!)

Admire Breathtaking Views of Dubrovnik:
Seeing Dubrovnik from above - a bucket list item

Our first stop on our tour was to catch an incredible view of Old Town Dubrovnik from above. One of the most popular things to do in Dubrovnik is to take the Dubrovnik Cable Car to a panoramic viewpoint. On Gourmets of Dubrovnik‘s Countryside Adventure Tour, Irena and Robert will take you to another overlook, where you won’t find a lot of tourists, and the view itself is much better! (It is on the same road that leads up to the cable car.)

Take a Thrilling ATV Tour:
A woman on an ATV

After checking out the view, we drove to Orašac, which is around a 20-minute drive north of Old Town Dubrovnik. When we first arrived, we hopped on our ATV and drove through countryside villages and forests. It was beautiful! We even got to see more viewpoints on our ATVs. Our group even witnessed a herd of sheep crossing the road.

It unfortunately rained during our ATV tour, but our guide had waterproof ponchos for us to use. Overall, we had such a blast!

Savor Croatian Tapas:
A woman enjoying the Dubrovnik countryside - a bucket list goal

When we got back to Orašac, we went to an organic farm where we enjoyed delicious Croatian tapas with a gorgeous view of the countryside of Dubrovnik. We first tasted different flavors of grappa with sugar coated orange peels and figs. (Croatia are renowned for its figs.)

A Croatian charcuterie board

Once we finished our grappa tasting, we enjoyed local wine with a mouthwatering charcuterie board of different cured meats, cheeses, fruit, fresh bread and olive oil. (Everything was homemade.) Savoring all of this with a view was amazing!

Oysters of Mali Ston Bay:
An oyster farm outside of Dubrovnik

Our next adventure, which was then the Oysters and Wine Tasting tour, was to an oyster farm that was located another 40 minutes north of Orašac on the Mali Ston Bay. Along the way, we stopped on the side of the road and picked fresh figs and berries straight from the trees. It was sweet and refreshing!

Croatian figs

Once we arrived at the oyster farm, we saw how a local family farmed oysters and prepared them to be eaten. It was also situated at one of the most beautiful locations we visited during our time in Croatia.

The village of Ston, a day trip bucket list from Dubrovnik

The best part of visiting this beautiful seaside spot was that we also got to taste A LOT of oysters. It was amazing! It is rare to eat that many oysters in one sitting, especially in the United States, since they are so expensive. The oysters were fresh and delicious and we also enjoyed it with local champagne.

Visiting an oyster farm in Dubrovnik, a bucket list goal

In addition, we got to see how mussels were cleaned off after being caught. I got to taste a fresh mussel as well and it was delicious!

Wine Taste and Explore in Ston:
Milos Winery in Ston, outside of Dubrovnik

The last stop on our tour was to the medieval village of Ston. We went straight to Milos Winery where we learned all about the family history of winemaking and the vineyard’s unique journey.

After touring the wine cellars, we did a tasting of Milos’ red, white and rosé wines. Everything was incredible! All of Milos Winery’s wines are organic, meaning that the grapes are all handpicked. We didn’t get to actually walk through the vineyards, but we did see them on the way out. The vineyards are situated on a mountain and it is jaw dropping!

Visiting the medieval village of Ston - a Dubrovnik bucket list

As we headed back to Old Town Dubrovnik, we stopped in the Old Town of Ston where we got to see and learn about its medieval walls that were built in the 14th Century. Ston’s defense walls are currently the second largest in Europe.

Ston is known for its salt works. We also got to see a few of Ston’s salt pans during our tour, which are also recognized as the oldest in Europe and the largest preserved in the history of the Mediterranean. It was so cool to see!

The village of Ston, Croatia

Overall, Ashley and I had the best time with Gourmets of Dubrovnik. They offer a plethora of amazing tours both in and around Dubrovnik from cooking classes to wine tours and regular food tours to active foodie tours.

Irena and Robert are siblings and they were amazing guides! If you are looking for the perfect bespoke experience during your time in Dubrovnik, add at least one of their tours to your bucket list!

Go on a Day Trip to a Different Area:

A woman visiting Kotor, Montenegro - a Dubrovnik bucket list day trip

In addition to all that there is to do in Old Town Dubrovnik and the surrounding areas, another great aspect to this incredible city is that it is conveniently located to some great destinations, both in Croatia and the surrounding Balkans countries.

Here is a list of great day trip ideas that you can add to your Dubrovnik bucket list:

  • Kotor, Montenegro (Ashley and I did a day trip to Kotor during our time in Dubrovnik.)
  • Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Ashley and I did a day trip to Mostar from Split, but it is still a short journey from Dubrovnik.)
  • Island of Lokrum, Croatia (An island right off the shores of Dubrovnik.)
  • Perast, Montenegro (A lovely town on the Bay of Kotor.)
  • Budva, Montenegro (Another beautiful town on the Adriatic coast of Montenegro.)
  • Korčula, Croatia (An island located two hours north of Dubrovnik by ferry.)
  • Mljet National Park, Croatia (A breathtaking National Park on the island of Mljet.)
  • Kravica Waterfall, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Stunning waterfalls in Bosnia and Herzegovina with a fun swimming area.)

A woman enjoying Dubrovnik at night.

I hope you all enjoyed learning about what to do in Dubrovnik, Croatia and discovering the top 10 things to add to your bucket list. If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected]

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A woman in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia is a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site located on the southern part of the Dalmatia coast. Commonly referred to as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, Dubrovnik features a fortified Old Town, charming limestone streets, medieval architecture, orange terra-cotta rooftops, medieval architecture and a fascinating culture. It was once a Roman city that was part of the Republic of Ragusa. During a Croatia trip, Dubrovnik should most definitely be on your bucket list!

A woman strolling the beautiful streets of Old Town Dubrovnik

During August 2021, I did a memorable Balkans trip with Ashley of World to Wander. We started our journey in Venice, Italy before making our way to spend a weekend in Slovenia. From there, we made our way back to Trieste, Italy before heading into Croatia where we spent two nights in Pula, two nights in Split, one night in Hvar and four nights in Dubrovnik.

Dubrovnik Old Port

Ashley and I also did a day trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park from Pula to Split (it was a little out of the way) as well as day trips to Mostar (from Split) in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kotor (from Dubrovnik) in Montenegro. We also enjoyed a lovely day on the island of Korčula from Hvar to Dubrovnik. All of these destinations in the Balkans were incredible!

A woman walking around Old Town Dubrovnik - a bucket list goal

In this article, discover the best things to do in Dubrovnik and what you should add to your bucket list! Also read all about our wonderful stay at The Pucic Palace, which is conveniently located in the heart of Old Town Dubrovnik.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like. During my time in Dubrovnik, The Pucic Palace hosted me for four nights. Gourmets of Dubrovnik also hosted me on their Dalmatian Flavors half day tour. Taj Mahal also hosted me for a dinner during my time in Dubrovnik.


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What to do in Dubrovnik, Croatia, a bucket list!

Traveling to Croatia:

Game of Thrones locations in Dubrovnik

The best ways to get to Croatia is by flying, renting a car or taking public transportation. The main airport in the Dubrovnik area to fly into is Dubrovnik Airport in Čilipi. It is around a half hour drive from Old Town Dubrovnik. You can find affordable flights through Skyscanner.

Dubrovnik was the last stop on our Balkans trip. Prior to arriving in the medieval city, Ashley and I took a two-hour ferry over from the island of Korčula. You can purchase ferry tickets with GetByFerry.

Views of Old Town Dubrovnik

I ended up flying back home to Newark Airport from Dubrovnik with a layover in Frankfurt. Dubrovnik has Uber services, but since my flight home was early in the morning, The Pucic Palace was able to organize a private taxi service to pick me up from the hotel and take me to the airport in the early hours of the morning. It was awesome and the cab also had a credit card machine!

Once you are in the actual city of Dubrovnik, it is best to get around by foot when you’re in Old Town and if you’re outside the city walls, you can get around via the public bus, taxi, Uber or bike.

Staying at The Pucic Palace in Dubrovnik:

A woman staying at The Pucic Palace - a Dubrovnik bucket list goal

The best place to stay at in Dubrovnik is The Pucic Palace. It is a beautiful and luxurious 5-star boutique hotel situated in Old Town Dubrovnik and it offers a warm, Italian-Baroque feel to it.

Overall, staying at The Pucic Palace should be on your Dubrovnik bucket list because of how amazing it is and the hotel was also named as “The Best Small Hotel on the Adriatic“! The Pucic Palace is also situated on the Gundulić Square. It is surrounded by a bustling farmer’s market, historical and thrilling museums, boutique shops, great cafés and restaurants as well as the iconic Jesuit Stairs.

A woman walking out to a farmer's market in Dubrovnik

The Pucic Palace is also a 10-minute walk from Dubrovnik’s Marina and a one-minute distance from the Old Port of the city, making it even more convenient!

Overall, Ashley and I had a wonderful stay at The Pucic Palace and there were picturesque spots everywhere you turned from the exterior of the hotel to the interior.

The Rooms at The Pucic Palace:
A woman staying at The Pucic Palace during her time in Dubrovnik

During our four nights at The Pucic Palace, Ashley and I stayed in the Double Deluxe Room that featured a cozy double bed, en-suite bathroom, large windows with gorgeous views of Old Town Dubrovnik and more.

Our room was elegantly furnished with antique photos and décor. It also had modern conveniences like soft bathrobes and slippers, individual air conditioning, a DVD and CD player, high-speed WIFI, mini bar, safe and more. The rooms at The Pucic Palace also have high-beam ceilings and dark oak floors. (There is nothing I love more than a hotel with wooden flooring versus carpet.)

The bathroom in our room was also beautiful. It was decked out in Romanesque Italian mosaic tiles, there was a large porcelain copper bathtub with a shower and a heated towel rack. The Pucic Palace also has Bvlgari bath amenities.

Staying at The Pucic Palace - a bucket list hotel in Dubrovnik

The other rooms at The Pucic Palace in Dubrovnik are the Executive Room, which is similar to the Double Deluxe Room; Junior Suite, which boasts a balcony overlooking Gundulić Square and a large, king-sized bed and lastly, there is the Senior Suite, which is spacious and features a living room on two levels as well as a bedroom. The Senior Suite also has a large Jacuzzi!

Dining at The Pucic Palace:
A woman dining at The Pucic Palace in Old Town Dubrovnik

Both Ashley and I truly enjoyed a lovely breakfast at The Pucic Palace every morning during our few days in Dubrovnik.

Café & Brasserie Royal at The Pucic Palace features a seasonal, Parisian-style menu and atmosphere. I loved how charming Café Royal was and it also featured a bar!

A woman enjoying breakfast outside at The Pucic Palace in Dubrovnik - a bucket list goal

Every morning, besides Sunday, there is a farmer’s market in Gundulić Square, so Café Royal only offers indoor dining for breakfast. We just so happened to be at The Pucic Palace on a Sunday morning, so we did get to experience sitting outside and enjoying the beautiful European ambiance surrounding us.

As we savored our French toast, eggs, fresh fruit and cappuccinos, we got to hear the church bells ring and the peacefulness that Dubrovnik offers on a Sunday morning. Dining indoors at The Pucic Palace is also a quaint experience!

Breakfast at The Pucic Palace in Dubrovnik

Café Royal also has a great lunch and dinner menu and outdoor dining is available during both meals. You can savor delicious meat dishes, freshly caught fish and vegetarian options for lunch and dinner at this lovely restaurant.

Terrace La Capella is also located at The Pucic Palace. It is an outdoor terrace where you can enjoy alfresco dining and delicious Mediterranean plates.

Unfortunately, Terrace La Capella was closed during our stay at The Pucic Palace, but Ashley and I did enjoy a cup of coffee on the beautiful terrace. It is a great spot to take your laptop and get work done.

A woman sipping coffee at The Pucic Palace

In addition, The Pucic Palace offers a lovely event space for a dream wedding in Croatia!

I absolutely loved our stay at The Pucic Palace! There are so many lovely spots to just sit at, read a book, log in digitally and enjoy a nice drink.

The Ultimate Dubrovnik Bucket List – What to do:

A woman crossing off bucket list activities in Dubrovnik

Discover the top 10 things to do in Dubrovnik, Croatia that you should add to your bucket list. From dining at Dubrovnik’s best restaurants to walking along the city walls, you will be brought back in time through charm, history and beauty!

Discover Dubrovnik’s Best Restaurants:

A farmer's market in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Croatian cuisine is known as one of the lightest, tastiest and even the heartiest in the world. In fact, Croatian dishes are very similar to Italian food. During our Balkans trip, we got to try a lot of tasty dishes from fish to pasta and pizza to cured meats.

Some of the most popular food items in Croatia are squid ink risotto, seafood stew, buzara (mussels in a white wine sauce), Istrian ham, truffles, olive oil and more.

Croatia is home to some of the best wine regions in the world. During our time in Istria, Hvar, Korčula and Dubrovnik, we got to taste amazing wine and pair them with delicious food. Just like in other parts of the world, different regions and areas of Croatia are known for specific wine.

Food samples and orange wine from 360 Restaurant in Dubrovnik

Istria is known for Malvasia, which is orange or amber wine. Now, the more orange the wine looks, the higher quality it is. Overall, orange or amber wine has a distinct taste that is absolutely incredible. What is interesting about Malvasia wine is that it is extremely difficult to find in other parts of the world and even in Croatia itself. It is a white wine made from the same methods as red wine. The skins are left on, which produces tannins and gives the wine a spicier and drier taste than most white wines. No matter where you are, if orange wine is on the menu, try it! You will not be disappointed.

In addition to Malvasia in Istria, we also got to taste Prč, which is a white wine variety that is popular in Hvar along with Pošip that is another white wine produced on the island of Korčula and lastly, we also enjoyed red Zinfandel in the Dubrovnik area.

During our time in Dubrovnik, we savored some of the best meals we had during our time in Croatia with delicious wine. Discover the best places to eat in Dubrovnik:

360 Michelin Star Restaurant in Dubrovnik

Restaurant 360: On our second evening in Dubrovnik, Ashley and I enjoyed an incredible dinner at Restaurant 360, which is a Michelin Star restaurant located in Old Town Dubrovnik, along the city walls. If you are a foodie like me, this amazing restaurant should be on your bucket list during your time in Dubrovnik!

Restaurant 360 was the second Michelin Star restaurant I’ve eaten at; the first one I’ve ever visited was in Denver, Colorado. What is awesome about eating at a Michelin Star restaurant is that they give you a lot of samples throughout your dining experience.

A delicious meal from 360 Restaurant - a bucket list goal

During our time at Restaurant 360, Ashley and I enjoyed a lovely glass of orange/amber wine with our meal. We chose the 2-course a la carte dining option, so I started my meal with a delicious giant marinated and pan-fried scallop with turnips, a quinoa chip and onion soup. It was incredible! (There is also a 3-course dining a la carte option as well as a tasting menu that you can enjoy.)

White fish from 360 Restaurant - a Michelin Star Restaurant

For my main dish, I savored turbot, which is a local white fish with scampi, fennel, white wine and an oyster sauce. It also came with a pesto crostini. We didn’t order a dessert during our time at Restaurant 360, but our waiter came out with some sweet samples over cookie crumbles. I couldn’t tell you exactly what the dessert samples were, but they ranged from dark chocolate to sour apple.

Dessert samples from 360 Restaurant in Dubrovnik

Overall, our experience was amazing, the food was delicious and even though it was on the pricier side, the entire dinner was well worth it. If you ever have the opportunity to eat at a Michelin Star restaurant, at least once in your life, the chefs do an awesome job at combining the best textures and flavors into one dish.

If you plan on eating at Restaurant 360 in Dubrovnik, I highly recommend making reservations ahead of time!

Buffet Kamenice: Another iconic restaurant in Dubrovnik city, is Kamenice, which is known for its seafood dishes, especially mussels!

Located in Gundulić Square, right next to The Pucic Palace, Buffet Kamenice (which isn’t an actual buffet by the way), features outdoor seating right in the square and it makes for the perfect dinner spot during your time in Old Town. In fact, it should also be on your Dubrovnik bucket list!

Seafood pasta dishes from Kamenice in Dubrovnik

For dinner, I got the spaghetti with mussels’ dish and Ashley enjoyed the spinach linguine with shrimp in a creamy sauce. As an appetizer, we got the fried calamari with lemon and it did not disappoint!

If you want to eat at Kamenice in Dubrovnik, I recommend making reservations ahead of time since it is a popular restaurant.

Taj Mahal: Another amazing restaurant that you must add to your Dubrovnik bucket list while you’re in the city is Taj Mahal. It is an authentic Bosnian restaurant situated in Old Town Dubrovnik. (There is another Taj Mahal location in Hotel Lero, outside of Old Town.)

If you want to dine at Taj Mahal, it is recommended that you make reservations ahead of time. I was thankful that Gourmets of Dubrovnik organized our dinner at this amazing restaurant. Everything was incredible and it was one of the best meals I had during my Balkans trip!

Orange and lemon chicken from Taj Mahal, a bucket list restaurant in Dubrovnik

At Taj Mahal, you can find everything from soups to grilled plates as well as vegetarian dishes to traditional homemade Bosnian meals. During our last evening in Dubrovnik, I enjoyed their delicious pita bread with olive oil. As my main dish, I savored the chicken legs in orange and lemon with potatoes. It was one of the best chicken dinners I’ve had in my life as it was filled with a lot of flavor!

Baklava from Taj Mahal Bosnian restaurant in Dubrovnik

For dessert, I just had to get the homemade baklava with walnuts and almonds. Taj Mahal also gave us an after-dinner grappa drink as a toast to an amazing trip!

Stroll through Dubrovnik Old Town:

A woman walking the streets of Old Town Dubrovnik

One of the top things to do during your time in Old Town Dubrovnik is to stroll within the city walls. From charming, lantern-filled alleyways to beautiful churches, there is so much to admire in Old Town Dubrovnik and add to your bucket list of what you must see. Plus, there are so many hidden gems to explore, great places to go shopping and awesome gelato shops!

Click here to discover the best Dubrovnik city tours.

A woman strolling around Old Town Dubrovnik - a bucket list goal

Rector’s Palace: Located steps away from The Pucic Palace is Rector’s Palace. It is one of the most breathtaking spots in Dubrovnik. Featuring Renaissance and Gothic architecture, Rector’s Palace was originally built in the Middle Ages for defense, but was destroyed in a fire in the 15th Century. It was then rebuilt as a palace for the seat of the Rector of the Republic of Ragusa. It is now a museum.

A woman standing in front of Dubrovnik Cathedral

Dubrovnik Cathedral: The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary is a Roman Catholic, Baroque church. It is beautiful and must be added to your Dubrovnik bucket list as you stroll through the Old Town. It was built in the 17th Century and it replaced an older cathedral that was destroyed in an earthquake.

A woman walking in Loggia Square in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Loggia Square: Known as the former market square, Loggia Square is a stunning spot in Old Town that had been a popular gathering point for those in Dubrovnik. You can see Orlando’s Column, the Church of St. Blaise and Sponza Palace in Loggia Square.

Seeing the Fountain of Onofrio in Old Town Dubrovnik - a bucket list item

The Fountain of Onofrio and St. Saviour Church: Also built in the 15th Century, Dubrovnik’s famous fountain is located right when you first enter the Old Town from Pile Gate. Even though this iconic fountain was destroyed in an earthquake that happened in 1667, it played an important role in Dubrovnik’s water system. Across from the fountain is St. Saviour Church that was built in the 16th Century. It features Gothic and Renaissance architecture.

Old Port in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Old Port of Dubrovnik: Another beautiful and picturesque spot in Old Town is the Old Port. It is situated on the eastern part of the city and it includes two breakwaters. At this spot, you can enjoy beautiful Adriatic views, see the Fort of St. John and admire all of the beautiful boats.

A woman walking the Jesuit Stairs in Old Town Dubrovnik

Jesuit Stairs: From the Gundulić Square leading up to the Jesuit Church of St. Ignatius is the beautiful Baroque Jesuit Stars. Just like the Spanish Steps in Rome, these stairs are now a place where you will find people sitting down, relaxing and enjoying a sandwich, fries or a soda. (Nowadays, you are no longer allowed to sit on the Spanish Steps in Rome during the day.)

Relax on Banje Beach:

Views of Old Town Dubrovnik from Banje Beach

As a guest of The Pucic Palace, you will be given free beach access to Banje Beach, which is located east of the city, about a 10-minute walk from the hotel outside of the Ploče Gate.

When we first arrived at Banje Beach, there was a bad storm, so we had to wait it out. Thankfully, Banje Beach is also home to an upscale seafood restaurant and a vibrant waterfront nightclub. While we waited for the storm to leave, Ashley and I enjoyed a bottle of wine.

The club at Banje Beach is known to have a lot of great DJs, both during the day and at night. It’s a fun spot to make awesome memories!

Banje Beach in Dubrovnik

Once the storm was gone, we went back out to the beach to relax, read and enjoy our bottle of wine. What I loved about Banje Beach is that half of it is sandy and the other half is a rocky. Since we got access to the beach through The Pucic Palace, we had our own lounge chairs to sunbathe and enjoy the beautiful views of the Adriatic Sea and Old Town.

Check out the other best beaches in Dubrovnik.

Walk Along the Ancient City Walls of Dubrovnik:

A woman walking the city walls of Dubrovnik - a bucket list goal

What you MUST do during your time in Dubrovnik, Croatia is walk along the ancient city walls. For 200 Croatian Kuna, you can enjoy 360-degree views of the city as you make your way around the ancient walls.

There are three entrances to the ancient city walls and you can purchase tickets at each entrance – the Pile Gate, Ploče Gate and Maritime Museum. We started our walk at Ploče Gate since that is the closest to The Pucic Palace. Apparently, it is the best gate to start and end the ancient city walls since it isn’t as crowded at the Pile Gate entrance and you can get the steep part of the walk over with.

A woman on the ancient city walls of Dubrovnik

The best time to walk along the ancient city walls of Dubrovnik would be around sunset because you can enjoy stunning views of the sun going down and it also won’t be as crowded and hot than if you were to walk them in the middle of the day. It takes around two hours (more or less) to walk the entire city walls.

To defend the city, the walls were built from the 13th to 17th century. You can see almost every landmark in the Old Town while you’re walking the walls and there are also spots for you to grab a snack, drink or gelato to cool off.

Click here to schedule an ancient city walls walking tour.

Do a Game of Thrones Tour:

A woman enjoying all of Dubrovnik's bucket list items

Over the past few years, Dubrovnik has become a popular destination for those all around the world because it is where Game of ThronesKing’s Landing was filmed. Now, one thing I learned during my time in the city is that you shouldn’t come to Croatia just because of Game of Thrones, you should visit because you actually want to experience the country.

If you are a GoT lover, you should have a Game of Thrones tour on your Dubrovnik bucket list! You can also see filming locations on your own if you want to save some money. Discover Game of Thrones filming locations in Dubrovnik.

Have a Fun Night Out:

Wai Moment Hard Seltzer at Buza Bar in Dubrovnik

Have you REALLY experienced Europe if you haven’t gone out and enjoyed the night scene. Southern Europe has some of the best nightlife in the world and Dubrovnik’s nightlife and bar scene is epic!

Now, I will admit that I graduated from the club scene once I hit my mid 20s, but I do enjoy a fun night out at a bar every so often. From cave bars to castle clubs and wine bars to live concerts, there is somewhere for everyone to have a good time in Dubrovnik.

During our few nights in Dubrovnik, Ashley and I went to Buza Bar, which is located on the side of the cliff. You can enjoy wine, beer and hard seltzer at this cool rock bar! I had a Wai Moment hard seltzer, which is similar to White Claw here in the U.S. It was nice and refreshing!

Buza Bar is a great spot for people to cliff jump and swim, but it is important to watch how much alcohol you consume if you’re going to get into the water for safety purposes.

While we were at Buza Bar, we caught a nice sunset and even got to see a pirate ship pass by, which was so cool!

The Stradun in Dubrovnik

Another area of Dubrovnik that has bustling bars and a great nightlife is the Placa Street, otherwise known as the Stradun. It is the most popular promenade in the city and it holds many restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

Visit Dubrovnik Cathedral:

A woman walking the city walls of Dubrovnik, what you must add to your bucket list

Like I mention above, Dubrovnik Cathedral is a stunning landmark in the city that you should add to your bucket list. I always love visiting and walking through churches when I travel and you will become amazed at this specific cathedral’s beauty!

Learn History at Lovrijenac Fortress:

Lovrijenac Fortress in Dubrovnik

If you are a history buff, then you must visit Lovrijenac Fortress. Situated on top of a cliff that overlooks the Adriatic Sea, it was known for its prime importance for defense.

The fort was built in the 11th Century and you can currently visit it and walk through its museum. In addition to the city walls, this fortress is also a great spot to watch a sunset and enjoy stunning views of the Old Town.

Enjoy a Dubrovnik Day Trip Outside of Old Town:

A woman wine tasting with Dubrovnik Food Tours

One of the best memories we made during our Dubrovnik trip was enjoying a day with Gourmets of Dubrovnik that was set up with Crawford Concierge. On our first full day in the city, we participated in the Countryside Adventure Tour in the morning and the Oysters and Wine Tasting tour in the afternoon.

What is great about Gourmets of Dubrovnik is that they will pick you up in a comfortable Mercedes van outside of your hotel. Since we were staying at The Pucic Palace, which is located within the city walls that cars cannot get into, owners Irena and Robert waited for us right outside of the Ploče Gate. (Robert also picked us up from the ferry terminal when we first arrived in Dubrovnik the evening before and took us to the gate entrance, which was nice of him!)

Admire Breathtaking Views of Dubrovnik:
Seeing Dubrovnik from above - a bucket list item

Our first stop on our tour was to catch an incredible view of Old Town Dubrovnik from above. One of the most popular things to do in Dubrovnik is to take the Dubrovnik Cable Car to a panoramic viewpoint. On Gourmets of Dubrovnik‘s Countryside Adventure Tour, Irena and Robert will take you to another overlook, where you won’t find a lot of tourists, and the view itself is much better! (It is on the same road that leads up to the cable car.)

Take a Thrilling ATV Tour:
A woman on an ATV

After checking out the view, we drove to Orašac, which is around a 20-minute drive north of Old Town Dubrovnik. When we first arrived, we hopped on our ATV and drove through countryside villages and forests. It was beautiful! We even got to see more viewpoints on our ATVs. Our group even witnessed a herd of sheep crossing the road.

It unfortunately rained during our ATV tour, but our guide had waterproof ponchos for us to use. Overall, we had such a blast!

Savor Croatian Tapas:
A woman enjoying the Dubrovnik countryside - a bucket list goal

When we got back to Orašac, we went to an organic farm where we enjoyed delicious Croatian tapas with a gorgeous view of the countryside of Dubrovnik. We first tasted different flavors of grappa with sugar coated orange peels and figs. (Croatia are renowned for its figs.)

A Croatian charcuterie board

Once we finished our grappa tasting, we enjoyed local wine with a mouthwatering charcuterie board of different cured meats, cheeses, fruit, fresh bread and olive oil. (Everything was homemade.) Savoring all of this with a view was amazing!

Oysters of Mali Ston Bay:
An oyster farm outside of Dubrovnik

Our next adventure, which was then the Oysters and Wine Tasting tour, was to an oyster farm that was located another 40 minutes north of Orašac on the Mali Ston Bay. Along the way, we stopped on the side of the road and picked fresh figs and berries straight from the trees. It was sweet and refreshing!

Croatian figs

Once we arrived at the oyster farm, we saw how a local family farmed oysters and prepared them to be eaten. It was also situated at one of the most beautiful locations we visited during our time in Croatia.

The village of Ston, a day trip bucket list from Dubrovnik

The best part of visiting this beautiful seaside spot was that we also got to taste A LOT of oysters. It was amazing! It is rare to eat that many oysters in one sitting, especially in the United States, since they are so expensive. The oysters were fresh and delicious and we also enjoyed it with local champagne.

Visiting an oyster farm in Dubrovnik, a bucket list goal

In addition, we got to see how mussels were cleaned off after being caught. I got to taste a fresh mussel as well and it was delicious!

Wine Taste and Explore in Ston:
Milos Winery in Ston, outside of Dubrovnik

The last stop on our tour was to the medieval village of Ston. We went straight to Milos Winery where we learned all about the family history of winemaking and the vineyard’s unique journey.

After touring the wine cellars, we did a tasting of Milos’ red, white and rosé wines. Everything was incredible! All of Milos Winery’s wines are organic, meaning that the grapes are all handpicked. We didn’t get to actually walk through the vineyards, but we did see them on the way out. The vineyards are situated on a mountain and it is jaw dropping!

Visiting the medieval village of Ston - a Dubrovnik bucket list

As we headed back to Old Town Dubrovnik, we stopped in the Old Town of Ston where we got to see and learn about its medieval walls that were built in the 14th Century. Ston’s defense walls are currently the second largest in Europe.

Ston is known for its salt works. We also got to see a few of Ston’s salt pans during our tour, which are also recognized as the oldest in Europe and the largest preserved in the history of the Mediterranean. It was so cool to see!

The village of Ston, Croatia

Overall, Ashley and I had the best time with Gourmets of Dubrovnik. They offer a plethora of amazing tours both in and around Dubrovnik from cooking classes to wine tours and regular food tours to active foodie tours.

Irena and Robert are siblings and they were amazing guides! If you are looking for the perfect bespoke experience during your time in Dubrovnik, add at least one of their tours to your bucket list!

Go on a Day Trip to a Different Area:

A woman visiting Kotor, Montenegro - a Dubrovnik bucket list day trip

In addition to all that there is to do in Old Town Dubrovnik and the surrounding areas, another great aspect to this incredible city is that it is conveniently located to some great destinations, both in Croatia and the surrounding Balkans countries.

Here is a list of great day trip ideas that you can add to your Dubrovnik bucket list:

  • Kotor, Montenegro (Ashley and I did a day trip to Kotor during our time in Dubrovnik.)
  • Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Ashley and I did a day trip to Mostar from Split, but it is still a short journey from Dubrovnik.)
  • Island of Lokrum, Croatia (An island right off the shores of Dubrovnik.)
  • Perast, Montenegro (A lovely town on the Bay of Kotor.)
  • Budva, Montenegro (Another beautiful town on the Adriatic coast of Montenegro.)
  • Korčula, Croatia (An island located two hours north of Dubrovnik by ferry.)
  • Mljet National Park, Croatia (A breathtaking National Park on the island of Mljet.)
  • Kravica Waterfall, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Stunning waterfalls in Bosnia and Herzegovina with a fun swimming area.)

A woman enjoying Dubrovnik at night.

I hope you all enjoyed learning about what to do in Dubrovnik, Croatia and discovering the top 10 things to add to your bucket list. If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected]

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Currency: Croatian Kuna, Capital: Zagreb, Time Zone: Central European Standard Time

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