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How to Spend Three Perfect Days Exploring Dubrovnik's Coastline, History, and Nightlife

by Matador Creators May 1, 2023

Dubrovnik is a Croatian city on the Adriatic coast, known for its beaches, medieval structures, and stone walls. For many, it’s better known as one of the filming locations for King’s Landing in “Game of Thrones.” It’s no surprise that Dubrovnik is a popular destination for travelers, and ideally you’d have a full week to spend here. If you only have a few days, however, you can still appreciate all the city has to offer.

On day one, make your way through the Old Town and admire its towering walls and vibrant architecture. From there, visit some of the city’s top cultural attractions such as the Franciscan Monastery, Stradun Street and Rector’s Palace or take a tour of Lovrijenac Fortress for spectacular views over the Adriatic Sea. After absorbing some of Dubrovnik’s history, relax on Banje Beach or take a swim in Lokrum Island’s crystal-clear waters before heading back into town for an evening feast at one of many traditional Croatian restaurants.

For day two, set sail around Montenegro with a boat excursion from Dubrovnik. A popular option is booking an organized tour from Dubrovnik’s harbor. These typically include stops at nearby villages, sightseeing, and water activities such as swimming and snorkeling. Aboard these tours, you’ll be able to jump in the sea at one of the picturesque bays, and snorkel amongst marine life like octopus and olive ridley turtles. Enjoy a delicious lunch onboard before continuing your journey around the Elafiti Islands, where you can spend your afternoon seeing tiny fishing villages and discovering unspoiled beaches with golden sands.

On day three, explore some more of Dubrovnik itself and head up Srđ Mountain via cable-car for spectacular views of the city below. Then head down to the nearby Konavle Valley, known for its rolling green hillsscape covered in vineyards, and home to some fascinating traditional culture. Here, you can take part in wine tasting sessions or wander around local markets selling artisan crafts. End your time in Dubrovnik with a bar-hopping tour. Many Old Town bars offer alfresco dining and drinking with views of the city walls, and if you’re looking for something more lively, check out Culture Club Revelin — Dubrovnik’s most epic nightclub, located inside a castle.

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