16 Best Day Trips From Dubrovnik, Croatia

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16 Of The Best Day Trips From Dubrovnik

The perfect amount of time for a visit to Dubrovnik is three to four days. That’s plenty of time to explore the gorgeous Old Town inside and out, head up to Mt. Srđ, go for a ferry ride to Lokrum Island, and spend significant time on Dubrovnik’s beaches.

However, if you have, say, a week to spend in this picturesque region, you might want to go on a day trip or two!  From Dubrovnik, there is plenty to explore, from beaches to fascinating coastal towns, enchanting bays, and national parks in this corner of the Adriatic.

Read on to find out about the best day trips to take from Dubrovnik.

Day Trip From Dubrovnik To Korčula

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Croatia, and especially Dalmatia, is famous for its beautiful islands. When it comes to island trips from Dubrovnik, arguably the greatest one is to Korčula. The day trip to Korčula from Dubrovnik is sensational, truly one of the best Dalmatian excursions you could ever do! Is it obvious we love this area?

If historic villages, pebble beaches, azure water, and seafood are what you’re looking for, Korčula is definitely where you should go. Coastal pine groves offer refuge from the hot summer sun and are great picnic spots, while hidden bays are where you can go for a safe swim in complete solitude.

The island’s namesake town, Korčula, is quaint, cozy, and cute. It’s extremely “strollable.” Interesting, too, is that it’s said to be the birthplace of Marco Polo. The island is only two hours from Dubrovnik, either car or ferry, making a Korčula day trip from Dubrovnik exceptionally easy and convenient.

Day Trip From Dubrovnik To Peljesac Peninsula

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The Peljesac Peninsula is a long and narrow promontory jutting out far into the Adriatic Sea. Its westernmost area lies mere minutes from Korčula Island by boat. Getting there from Dubrovnik takes less than an hour. Driving across the peninsula takes another hour.

Once there, you’re in one of Croatia’s most relaxed and welcoming places. This is without question one of the best day trips from Dubrovnik, an excellent excursion for everyone who likes to explore Croatian wineries wants to go for a swim at some of the country’s most incredible beaches or needs a break from the crowds in Dubrovnik.

Day Trip From Dubrovnik To Mljet National Park

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Another island in the same region, Mljet, is reached by ferry from the town of Prapratno on Peljesac. This crossing takes about 45 minutes, in addition to the one-hour drive to Peljesac from Dubrovnik.

So, getting to Mljet National Park from Dubrovnik takes less than two hours, making this a fantastic option for a one-day trip from Dubrovnik.

Mljet National Park is a large protected area encompassing the western third of the island, which is one of the best islands near Dubrovnik. The park is home to several great natural attractions, from the cave where the nymph Calypso has held Odysseus captive to Saplunara beach and two salt lakes.

In the middle of the so-called Great Lake, the Islet of Saint Mary is home to a 12th-century Benedictine monastery. A network of cycling and hiking trails invite you to explore the park at your own pace. A day trip to Mljet National Park, in short, is a superb option for people who like spending time in nature while also soaking up a bit of local history and culture. This is one of the best Dubrovnik island trips for nature lovers and national park enthusiasts.

Day Trip From Dubrovnik To Mostar

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You can take a day trip from Dubrovnik and cross the borders (don’t forget your passport!) and leave behind (just for the day) the dramatically beautiful Dalmatian coast. If you are prepared to shift your focus inland, we suggest a Dubrovnik to Mostar day trip.

Across the border is Bosnia-Herzegovina, and there you’ll find Mostar. It is one of the longest day trips from Dubrovnik, but well worth it!

If you don’t have your own (rental) car, numerous tour and private transfer companies offer day trips to Mostar. If you have a rental car, make sure you’re allowed to take it across the border, as Bosnia-Herzegovina is not a part of the European Union. Whichever option you choose, the drive from Dubrovnik to Mostar takes less than three hours.

Mostar is world-renowned for its Old Bridge, locally known as Stari Most, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Straddling both banks of the crystal-clear Neretva River, Mostar was founded in the late Middle Ages and still features plenty of Ottoman architecture.

This fascinating town feels more like a part of Turkey than a town in Europe. Its Old Town, the touristic focal point, is home to cobblestone streets, bustling Turkish-style bazaars, mosques, and countless coffee houses. We can’t stress it enough; this is one of the best Dubrovnik tours you can do.

Day Trip From Dubrovnik To Vjetrenica Cave

Yet another great day trip from Dubrovnik into Bosnia-Herzegovina, Vjetrenica Cave lies merely an hour from the city. Its name meaning “wind cave,” this large karst cave is important in the entire country and among the most important in the Dinaric Alps region. Its importance lies in its exceptional subterranean biodiversity. No other cave on earth has such a wealth of species living in it – more than 200 different ones have been documented!

Day Trip From Dubrovnik To Kotor

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Another cross-border day trip from Dubrovnik takes you eastward into Montenegro to the Bay of Kotor.

This is one of the most breathtaking day trips from Dubrovnik you can undertake. The Bay of Kotor is an underrated coastal area in Southern Europe. A huge sheltered, fjord-like bay is home to impossibly pretty seaside towns like Perast and Kotor, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Old Town Kotor

Again, you can opt to plan your day trip from Dubrovnik to Kotor by car on your own or join a bus tour from Dubrovnik.

The direct drive takes about two hours one-way, not including the many possible scenic stops on the way. The Bay of Kotor truly is one of the star attractions of the Adriatic Coast. Try to include it in your itinerary. If you have time for just one Dubrovnik one-day trip, consider visiting Kotor. It’s easily one of the best places to visit near Dubrovnik for both nature and culture. When you get there, you’ll see why we recommend it.

Day Trip From Dubrovnik To Lokrum Island

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If you’d like a day trip to one of the many islands from Dubrovnik, the easiest one to get to is Lokrum Island. This small, historic, forested island is clearly visible from the Old Town and the City Walls, located only ten minutes by boat from the harbor.

Boats go between the city and the island (and back )regularly, all day long. This is easily one of the best excursions from Dubrovnik, a perfect afternoon trip.

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It’s a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the Old Town. Especially during the busy summer months, the peaceful scenery and laid-back vibe of the island are delightful. You can visit a couple of historic sites, hit the many hiking trails, or spend some time relaxing in the parks or the beaches. Oh, and it’s there you can sit on the “Throne.”  Yes! The Game Of Thrones, throne! This is one of the easiest, if not the easiest, boat trips from Dubrovnik you could possibly take.

 

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Day Trip From Dubrovnik To Konavle

Located south of Dubrovnik’s is Konavle. One of those many undiscovered places in Croatia, this region still makes for a great holiday destination thanks to the pristine Adriatic Sea and the mighty Snijeznica Mountain of the Konavle Valley.

The area occupies the southernmost tip of the Croatian mainland, between Cavtat and the Montenegro border, and is characterized by vineyards, orchards, and several small municipalities.

Konavle is also an attractive destination for day tours from Dubrovnik because of its cultural and historic charm with impressive buildings such as the Church of Our Lady, Rector’s Palace, and the Franciscan Monastery.

Day Trip From Dubrovnik To The Elafiti Islands

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An archipelago just northwest of the city, clearly visible from the summit of Mt. Srđ, the Elafiti Islands make for one of the best Dubrovnik island trips.

Just like Lokrum Island, this is a fantastic destination to get away from the summer crowds. The archipelago consists of several islands to visit from Dubrovnik, but only three are inhabited: Koločep, Lopud, and Šipan. Many tour operators offer Dubrovnik excursions to these islands.

Consider visiting them if you’re looking for pristine nature, gorgeous beaches, and an all-around great place for an afternoon of undisturbed relaxation near Dubrovnik.

Day Trip From Dubrovnik To Plitvice Lakes National Park

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One of the absolute best day trips in Croatia is a Plitvice Lakes tour from Dubrovnik. This way, you get to see what are arguably the two main tourist destinations in the country, the Old Town of Dubrovnik and Plitvice Lakes National Park, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

With lakes so still that you can see your reflection just as if it were a mirror, it is the largest of the eight national parks in Croatia and the oldest in this part of Europe. It is situated between the mountains of Mala Kapela and Lješevica and was founded in 1949. If you’re looking for epic waterfalls, this is the one place you should go to. In fact, Plitvice Lakes National Park belongs on any Croatia itinerary.

Plitvice Lakes National Park’s major drawcard is its 16 interconnected lakes, and of course, the famous Plitvice waterfalls beginning at 25 meters all the way to a staggering 78 meters tall. Plitvice Lakes are renowned for their distinctive colors, which range from azure, blue and green. The water’s color depends on the number of organisms, minerals, the season, and the amount of sunlight in the water at the time.

If you’re using Dubrovnik as your base to explore Croatia’s southern part, this is one of a few day tours from Dubrovnik you simply have to do.

Rent a car or take a private transfer for the fastest way to get between Dubrovnik and the lakes

Day Trip From Dubrovnik To Kravice

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Some people say that the Kravice waterfalls in Bosnia-Herzegovina are even more spectacular than those in Plitvice Lakes National Park. Looking similar to its more famous Croatian counterpart, the Kravice waterfalls consist of beautiful 25-meter-high cascades.

The waterfall is located a short distance south of Mostar, offering a unique opportunity to visit two of the most popular tourist destinations in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

There’s no public transportation to the waterfalls, but you can get there with a rental car or join a group tour from Dubrovnik.

Day Trip From Dubrovnik To Trsteno, Ston & Pelješac

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Why not take a private tour that includes the Trsteno arboretum and finish off with some oyster and wine tastings. You’ll leave your Dubrovnik hotel after breakfast and head to Trsteno, a small seaside village and one of the best places to visit close to Dubrovnik. In Trsteno, there is a 15th-century Renaissance Summer Residence, a fine example of period architecture.

On this tour, you’ll be driven to Ston and be greeted by the area’s second set of famous walls. These medieval stone walls surround the nearby town of Ston. The walls are a three-and-a-half-mile-long fortification system, complete with forty towers and five bastions. The tour isn’t about walking the walls, though. Save that for Dubrovnik. Instead, you’ll head to the Ston Salt Pans, where salt is still harvested the old-fashioned way.

To go with the salt, you also get to try oysters and mussels, which have been cultivated here for centuries. Oysters in your belly, it’s now time to move to the Pelješac peninsula. Famous for its vineyards and excellent red wines, it offers you a chance to taste some of the wines in one of the finest local wineries before returning to Dubrovnik. This round-trip from Dubrovnik will be approx six hours long but is one of the most alternative half-day trips from Dubrovnik.

Day Trip From Dubrovnik To Budva

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Located on a peninsula that juts out into the azure waters of the Montenegrin Adriatic, Budva, with its fortified city walls and long, rich history, is historically one of the most important towns on the coast of the Balkans. It’s also one of the greatest places to visit from Dubrovnik—the coast around Budva is no less than 21 kilometers (13 miles) long and has 17 beautiful beaches.

Additionally, Budva’s millennia-old history is visible in the walls, towers, and ramparts of the 15th-century fortress encircling the Old Town. Enter through one of five gateways to find a labyrinth of narrow passages linking beautiful squares lined with bars, restaurants, and boutiques.

Walking the walls and the town’s alleyways is a pleasure as the old town is car-free. Culturally, there are three very different churches on the island to explore, and the town’s museum is home to many artifacts linking to Budva’s past. The citadel itself is now used as a stage to host concerts. The harbor is lined with some impressive yachts and several restaurants serving freshly caught seafood.

There’s plenty to do in Budva for several days, but a day trip from Dubrovnik is enough to get a taste of this gorgeous town on the Adriatic coast.

Day Trip From Dubrovnik To Medjugorje

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Also written as Međugorje, a name that means “between mountains,” Medjugorje is the number one Catholic pilgrimage destination in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Previously a relatively poor wine-making town in the Herzegovina countryside, it has grown into a major religious destination since 1981. This was when the Virgin Mary allegedly appeared to six local kids. Some of those children, who still live there and are now adults, claim to still regularly see Virgin Mary apparitions.

Whether it’s a hoax or not—we wrote an entire blog post about this—the fact is that Medjugorje is now a major Catholic pilgrim’s destination. It’s one of the most popular in Europe, in fact. Even though the Roman Catholic Church has not acknowledged the apparitions (yet), over a million people travel to this small town each year. It is quite a popular destination on Dubrovnik day tours.

Day Trip From Dubrovnik To Split

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One of Croatia’s largest cities, Split, is the central hub on the Dalmatian coast. Located north of Dubrovnik, a gorgeous drive along the shimmering Adriatic Sea—and possibly a ferry trip to one of the Dalmatian Islands—this is one of the best places to visit from Dubrovnik. You can find out how to get from Dubrovnik to Split here.

Dating from Roman times, Split is home to one of Europe’s most incredible ancient structures. Known as Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this enormous complex makes up about half of the city’s historic heart. It was built as the retirement home for Roman Emperor Diocletian, and much of it still stands to this day. In fact, people continue to live in this ancient palace, while this is also where you’ll find many of Split’s museums, bars, restaurants, and charming squares.

You’ll need a full day to explore Diocletian’s Palace, as well as the adjacent medieval Old Town, and stroll the beautiful Riva, Split’s palm tree-lined harborside promenade.

Day Trip From Dubrovnik To Trogir

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Also, one of the most popular day trips from Split, Trogir, is located right next to Split. The two cities are often combined by tourists on day trips from Dubrovnik to Split just because they’re so close to each other. Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Trogir is one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval coastal towns . Its historic town center is home to palaces, churches, and other architectural landmarks, while a magnificent fortified wall surrounds it.

More Dubrovnik Day Trips

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What about day trips in Dubrovnik itself? Yeah, we have a couple of ideas for tours in Dubrovnik as well!

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Because there is so much more to Dubrovnik than just the famous UNESCO-listed walls, a walk from end-to-end is a must while in Dubrovnik. It’s especially great on guided tours in Dubrovnik. The knowledgeable local guides can point out the nitty-gritty details that you may otherwise miss.

Where will they take you?

  • Franciscan Monastery Gothic Cloister with one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe;
  • Rector’s Palace; and
  • Onofrio Fountain and the Bell Tower, to name a few

They will also point out other sights you should not miss, including:

  • City Walls
  • Cable ride to Mt. Srđ, the views over Dubrovnik and the surrounding islands are beyond words

Game Of Thrones Tour

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Anyone familiar with the popular HBO television series Game of Thrones will undoubtedly recognize significant portions of the Croatian landscape, perhaps without even realizing it. Much of the show was filmed in Dubrovnik – see here what was filmed in Croatia and what you’ll see on a GoT tour. There are Dubrovnik tours that can take you to all of the primary filming locations.

If you’re a die-hard fan, you won’t want to miss a Game of Thrones from Dubrovnik.

What else can you suggest to see from Dubrovnik? Let us know in the comments below.

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Comments (13)

  1. Fantastic and extremely helpful blog! One question – we will be getting a rental car in Dubrovnik and driving to Mostar for a night (thanks for heads up about alerting car company in advance) and then on to Split. Are either the Plitvice Lakes or Kravice on any of the routes you list? Thank you so much in advance. We are a family of 4 from the US and will be traveling in mid-June. Bekki

  2. Hola! I’ve been following your blog for some time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Houston Texas!
    Just wanted to mention keep up the fantastic work!

  3. Thanks for Sharing!

    Detailed Description – Good to Read! Going to plan my next trip to Dubrovnik after reading this!

  4. Definitely bookmarking this as I’m planning a trip to Dubrovnik either late this year or early next.

    I haven’t been there since before the war, and am desperate to get back again. Used to go there a lot when I was in my teens and always thought it was the most beautiful of places.

  5. I was just about to say “And Konavle!” and then I saw it at the end of your blog post. Yes, that’s a beautiful area!

  6. Even before Game of Thrones, Dubrovnik has long been on the bucket list over here. Hopefully this summer I’ll be able to hit the town with some of your tips in hand.

    Carl Kruse

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