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Welcome to the ultimate guide to the best day trips from Dubrovnik!
If you’ve chosen to base yourself in Dubrovnik for your Croatian adventure, you’re in for a treat! There are a ton of incredible day trip options nearby, waiting to be discovered.
Living in Croatia since 2014 has given me the unique opportunity to thoroughly explore its landscapes, and Dubrovnik has been a frequent stop on my travels. And while a couple of days in Dubrovnik are enough to soak in the historic charm of the town, I highly recommend extending your stay.
Southern Croatia has a lot to offer, so on this list you’ll find carefully curated blend of my own favorite spots and trusted recommendations from local friends in Dubrovnik.
Whether you’re looking to discover neighboring countries or just want to do a quick visit to some nearby islands, this list will keep you busy exploring.
Ready to discover what lies beyond the stunning walls of Dubrovnik? Keep reading!
17 Best Day Trips From Dubrovnik Croatia
Starting off the list with my top pick: Take a day trip from Dubrovnik to Cavtat!
Cavtat is a darling seaside village located south of Dubrovnik, that effortlessly captures the essence of the Adriatic charm. Nestled in a secluded bay and surrounded by lush pine forests, Cavtat is like a mini-Dubrovnik but much more laid-back.
The town’s palm-fringed promenade is lined with cozy cafes and authentic Dalmatian restaurants serving up local specialties.
If you’re there for lunch or dinner, grab a bite at Ludo More, where they offer limited quantities of freshly prepared seafood dishes depending on the catch of the day. The food here is incredibly delicious and the location on the water makes it all the more memorable. Be sure to try some of Croatia’s famous wines while you’re there, too!
Cavtat is also home to some lovely pebble and rustic rocky beaches around the perimeter of its peninsula. Overall, this romantic little port town is worthy of a day trip from Dubrovnik, and can even be an alternative to staying in the city for a night or two.
I did this once and stayed at this adorable vacation house that was just a few minutes walk from the beach and center of town!
📍 How to get there: Adriana Cavtat is the company that I used. They provide regular service to and from Dubrovnik Old Town to Cavtat, as well as the towns of Plat, Mlini, and Srebreno. You can book online in advance or purchase your ticket directly from the boat (just be aware that spots can fill up quickly during high season).
Lokrum is that emerald island you see in the distance from the walls of Dubrovnik. It’s a mecca of beauty and history, drawing visitors in for its lush gardens, rocky beaches, and mysterious aura.
The island is said to have been cursed, which is why no one is allowed to spend the night on the island. During the day, however, you can explore the botanical gardens, ancient ruins of the Benedictine Monastery, sit on the Iron Throne from Game of Thrones, and spot the island’s only permanent residents—peacocks and bunnies!
Other highlights of Lokrum include the Dead Sea, a highly salty oasis where you can float in crystal clear water surrounded by high rocks, go cliff jumping into the sparkling Adriatic Sea, and explore the unique rock formation of Buza.
Lokrum was one of my favorite day trips to take from Dubrovnik as it is a total breath of fresh air from the Old Town (literally). Just know that Lokrum is a special Nature Reserve, so if you’re traveling with your dog or other pet, they’ll have to sit this one out as they are not allowed on the island.
📍 How to get there: The Lokrum ferry departs frequently from the Old Town harbor in Dubrovnik, and is just a quick 10-minute ride to the island. Departure times change based on the season, so be sure to check the Lokrum Island ferry timetable on the official Lokrum Island website. You can buy a return ferry ticket that includes entrance to the Nature Reserve at the Old Town harbor or online.
3. Montenegro (Kotor Bay, Perast and Budva)
Take a day trip from Dubrovnik to Montenegro! Yup, that’s right. You can take a day trip from Dubrovnik to another country in just a few hours. One of the best towns to visit is Kotor, an architectural stunner made up of Venetian, Illyrian, and Ottoman influences.
Here, you’ll find a maze of cobblestone streets to explore while admiring the ancient walls, squares, museums, and palaces built centuries ago. One of things I love most about Kotor is the postcard-perfect bay, made up of steep mountains, that hugs the town.
While in Kotor, you can take a boat ride to Perast – a tiny coastal village with a totally different vibe than Kotor. This little town sits on a small strip of coastline that stretches just 1.5 kilometers, making it easy to walk its length in about 20 minutes!
Perast has several baroque churches and palaces that are worth visiting, as well as the nearby islets – St. George and Our Lady of the Rocks (which can be reached by boat). It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best preserved towns on the Adriatic Coast, so it’s definitely worth a visit.
Continue your day by heading even further south and pay a visit to Budva, the party capital of Montenegro. So if you’re looking for a good time, Budva is the place to be! But it’s not all about partying, this seaside town also boasts spectacularly sandy beaches and its very own ancient stone walls.
📍 How to get there: Take an organized day tour from Dubrovnik to Kotor to get the most out of your visit.
If you’re into history, then you’ll definitely want to look into a Dubrovnik to Mostar day trip. Located about a 2.5 hour drive away from Dubrovnik in Bosnia and Herzegovina, this tiny town is packed with an obscene amount of history.
Constructed in the 15th and 16th centuries, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a city where history is not just seen but felt in every stone and street. From the famous Stari Most (Mostar Bosnia Bridge) to the intricate details in each building, Mostar is a prime example of an Ottoman-influenced frontier city.
Here you’ll witness architectural styles that seamlessly blend with Mediterranean and Western European influences. It’s impossible to overlook the bullet holes in the buildings that remain from the 1990s—an ever-present reminder of the city’s turbulent past.
As you stroll through the cobblestone laneways, make sure to sit down and order a traditional Turkish coffee somewhere. There are lots of places around town where you can do so, but my top pick is Restoran Sadrvan where you can also try some of the local cuisine. They have a beautiful outdoor patio and an even cooler Ottoman-style interior.
📍 How to get there: Unless you have a car rental, I’d recommend joining a tour to make the most out of your visit. The logistics will all be taken care of, and all you have to do is enjoy! This tour to Mostar includes a visit to Kravice Waterfalls as well.
5. Kravica Waterfall
Kravica Waterfall is a good day trip to pair with a visit to Mostar, as it is only 1 hour away from Mostar and located near the border of Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina. If you’ve been dying to swim under waterfalls, Kravice Waterfalls are a great option since it is forbidden to swim in Krka National Park or Plitvice.
The water here is pretty chilly because it flows from the spring of the Trebižat River just 30 kilometers uphill from the falls. But temperatures can get get scorching hot in the summertime, so the cooling rush of the waterfalls is really refreshing.
In the Croatian language, Kravice means “little cows”, which is a funny name for a series of waterfalls. Legend has it that the waterfalls were once surrounded by pastures and they served as a watering hole for thirsty livestock. One baby cow leaned a little too far and fell off a 28-meter-high cliff but miraculously survived!
She happily swam down the river and that’s how the falls got their name. Today, the waterfalls are open for humans who want to swim, and there are also a few restaurants around where you can grab a snack. Just beware that the falls can get very busy in the summer!
📍 How to get there: Drive or join an organized tour like this one that includes a visit to both Mostar and Kravice, with plenty of time to enjoy both locations while not having to worry about parking, driving, or border crossings.
6. Pelješac Peninsula
Located just north of Dubrovnik, Peljesac is a peninsula that is a world away from the crowded town streets and the hustle and bustle of tourist centers. Peljesac is known for its vineyards, olive groves, fishing villages, and hidden coves with crystal-clear waters.
From Ston to Orebic, the coastline is dotted with small settlements that are a delight to explore. The region is also famous for their shellfish and oysters, so you’ll definitely want to stop and sample some of the local delicacies.
My favorite place to go is Seosko Domacinstvo Ficovic – you can literally watch them lift the oysters from the sea and place them onto your plate. They also prepare freshly caught fish to perfection, and in between courses, you can even take a dip on their beautiful pebbled beach!
There are also tons of Croatian wineries scattered across the peninsula, so if you love wine or just want to sample the local flavors, I highly suggest stopping by one of these. I’ve stopped at Matusko, but have heard good things about Saints Hills and Grgic Winery as well. Alternatively, you could book a wine tasting tour from Dubrovnik so you don’t have to worry about driving after all that vino!
📍 How to get there: The best way to get to the Peljesac Peninsula is to drive. I’d recommend renting a car so that you can stop and explore at your own leisure.
I’m so surprised that more people don’t know about this place, but it’s definitely worth a day trip from Dubrovnik! Located just a mere 60 kilometers north of Dubrovnik is the remarkable town of Ston, home to the second longest defense walls in Europe.
The walls date back to the 14th and 15th centuries and were originally constructed to protect the town’s valuable salt pans, as well as the strategic port city of Dubrovnik. Originally, they stretched an impressive 7 kilometers in length and conected the towns of Ston and its smaller, sister town of Mali Ston.
Today, you can walk historic walls, which now extend for 5.5 kilometers. They are not as well maintained as the ones in Dubrovnik, but you do get some pretty epic views from the top.
Ston is also particularly famous for its oyster and mussel farms. The mineral-rich waters of the region provide the ideal environment for shellfish, making this the best place to try them in Croatia.
📍 How to get there: The best way is to either drive or join an organized tour from Dubrovnik like this one that wraps oysters, mussels and wine tasting into one delicious day trip!
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Korcula on a Dubrovnik day trip!
Similar to Dubrovnik, the entire town is surrounded by a massive wall and it’s like stepping into a fairytale as you enter through the stone archway. It’s even earned the nickname “Little Dubrovnik”.
One day is more than enough to see the Old Town – you can stroll around the cobblestone streets, check out the small stone house that is thought to be the birth house of Marco Polo – you’ll have to look for it as it’s not really well advertised.
When I visited it was under renovation but has since been turned into a museum that you can go into and climb up to the tower for views of the city and sea.
While in Korcula, grab a bite to eat at Aterina, a colorful little Dalmatian tavern nestled in an old stone square. Around sunset, head up to the bar on top of the tower – Massimo Bar. It may be touristy but it’s a really cool spot to enjoy a cocktail and watch the sun go down while surrounded by the medieval-era walls of Korcula.
📍 How to get there: From Orebic at the very tip of the Peljesac Peninsula, you can take a short ferry ride over to Korcula (we’re talking 15 minutes max! – seriously I was so surprised at how quickly we arrived). The ferry takes you directly to Korcula Old Town, which is one of the most stunningly preserved medieval towns I’ve ever seen.
9. Mljet National Park
This place might just be paradise on earth.
Okay, maybe not earth but it’s certainly paradise in Croatia. Seriously, this hidden gem of an island has not been overtaken by tourism. It’s remained perfectly content trapped in the 70s with its retro signage and underdeveloped infrastructure. It’s like a little time capsule that offers a much-needed escape from the throngs of tourists in Dubrovnik Old Town.
Mljet is Croatia’s greenest island, with the Mljet National Park carpeting nearly 5,400 hectares of land. The park itself is home to two saltwater lakes, sandy beaches, and mysterious natural caves. This island was made for an active vacation with plenty of opportunities for hiking, cycling, paddle boarding, kayaking, and even diving.
Do not miss exploring Odysseus Cave while you’re on Mljet! This was by far the highlight of my visit to the island. I thought it would be overly crowded, but in mid-August, there were only maybe 10-15 other people there, so everyone got a chance to take in the beauty of the cave practically solo.
Inside, you’ll find a stunningly beautiful rocks in shades of purple and water the color of gatorade. There’s even a small section of land that you can climb onto out of the water, take a rest, and just soak up the incredible atmosphere. Be sure to enjoy a drink at MARS – a cool rustic bar built into the cliffs overlooking the sea just above Odysseus cave (you can’t miss it).
📍 How to get there: Take the ferry from Dubrovnik to Mljet or join an awesome speedboat tour like this one that will take you to Mljet National Park, Odysseus Cave, as well as the Elaphiti Islands to swim and explore the Blue Cave.
10. Elafiti Islands
The Elafiti Islands are a gorgeous series of six small islands (and many more islets) just a short boat ride away from Dubrovnik.
The main islands in the archipelago to stay on and visit are Šipan, Lopud, and Koločep. Out of these three inhabited islands, two of them are entirely car-free (Lopud and Koločep)! This makes visiting the Elafiti Islands extra special, as they are nothing like some of the famous beach towns known for their huge party scenes.
If you really want to get a feel for what life was like in this part of the world, you simply have to visit the Elafiti Islands. They are such a serene and tranquil place, no matter what season you visit in. While there, you’ll get the chance to uncover ancient monasteries, castle ruins, and tiny villages with impressive histories.
To get the most out of your visit, go for a boat tour. For one, because there is absolutely no better way to explore Croatia’s islands and coast than on a boat. And two, because you’ll have a dedicated guide who can take you to hidden spots, secluded beaches, and give you a much more authentic local experience.
📍 How to get there: You can take the passenger ferry line 807 from Gruz Harbor to the islands of Šipan, Koločep, and Lopud. You can also join a group tour to the Elafiti Islands, or if it’s in your budget (or you can split with a small group), I’d go for a private boat tour!
11. Trsteno Arboretum
Just a short journey north of Dubrovnik, you’ll find the enchanting Trsteno Arboretum, a lush haven of exotic plants, ancient trees, and artistic sculptures. Established in the late 15th century by the noble Gucetic-Gozze family, this Mediterranean botanical garden is the magical seaside village you didn’t know you needed to visit.
The gardens are made up of an ancient summer residence, aqueduct, water mill, and the photo-worthy fountain featuring a statue of the god of Neptune. Among the historic sculptures and stone works is a diverse range of plants from all over the world that had been brought over by ship captains from their voyages.
On the property is a pavilion perfectly perched on the edge of the cliff overlooking the Adriatic Sea, offering breathtaking panoramic views. The botanical gardens are only partially landscaped, so it feels romantically wild and naturally untamed, creating an enchanting atmosphere.
📍 How to get there: It’s about a 25-minute drive by car from Dubrovnik to Trsteno along the coast. Alternatively, you can take the local bus lines 12, 15, 21, 22 or 35, or Flixbus, which is about a 50-minute ride. For a more carefree experience packed with additional information and knowledge, you can take a guided tour to Trsteno which includes some other stops along the way.
12. Pasjaca Beach
This beach was crowned as one of the best beaches in Europe, and honestly it’s not hard to see why.
Its uniqueness lies in its dramatic location, set beneath majestic red cliffs, a stark contrast to the usual pebble and stone beaches found across Croatia. The beach itself is quite small, featuring a combination of sand and small pebbles, but the water here is immaculate.
Think crystal clear with a million shades of turquoise—it’s absolute heaven.
The walk down to the beach is partially made of concrete with sections of dirt and rock. It’s about 10-minutes downhill along the coast with gorgeous views of the sea down below. Just be sure to bring some water and snacks with you as there are no amenities on the beach.
Read this post on how to plan the perfect visit to Pasjaca Beach for more details.
📍 How to get there: You’ll need a car to reach Pasjaca Beach, or you can take an Uber, but you should organize your pick up time in advance because there is no cellphone service on the beach and the area around can be quite spotty with service. So it’s best to plan ahead.
13. Konavle Valley
Konavle is the southernmost part of the Dubrovnik Riviera that includes the tiny towns of Cavtat and Čilipi on the coast. However, if you venture inland toward the Sniježnica Mountain, you’ll uncover a dreamland of vineyards, farms, and age-old villages.
Just a short drive from Dubrovnik Old Town, you’ll discover a place that feels like a world of its own. With its peaceful rural charm and rich folklore traditions, it’s a real gem. While exploring the area, make sure to visit Sokol Grad Tower in the village of Dunave, right on the border of the former Ottoman Empire.
This small medieval fortress-city was built in the 13th century and houses a museum inside. It’s only 10 EUR to enter, and if you climb up to the top, you can take in the stunning scenery for miles around.
Not far from Sokol Grad is an authentic local restaurant, Konavoski Dvori. This place is a must-visit if you want to taste delicious Croatian food prepared with love. This is one of the top restaurants I ate at while visiting Dubrovnik–the food, the staff and the atmosphere were just phenomenal.
The restaurant is located in an old water mill right next to the Ljuta River that provides a refreshing natural mist (much needed on those hot days in Dubrovnik). I recommend ordering the traditional peka with lamb or octopus, but make sure to call a day in advance to put your order and make a reservation because it takes a minimum of 4 hours to prepare this dish.
📍 How to get there: The best way to reach Konavle is to drive from Dubrovnik, this way you can take your time exploring or stop at places that look interesting along the way. If you’re into adventure, this horseback riding tour in Konavle looks like tons of fun, and so does this ATV Safari Tour.
When planning a trip to Croatia, it’s common to have a tough time deciding between Split and Dubrovnik. But if you’ve ultimately chosen Dubrovnik and still want to visit Split, I have good news for you! You can totally visit Split on a day trip from Dubrovnik.
Split is larger than Dubrovnik, but the Old Town is small enough to be seen in one full day. I recommend strolling around the center and taking a guided walking tour of Diocletian’s Palace. I have been living in Croatia since 2014 and visited Split every single year, but I didn’t take a tour until 2021 and let me tell you it makes a huge difference!
Our guide was amazing and taught us so much about the palace, the cellars below, the Roman Emperor Diocletian, and the town of Split. He knew all sorts of fascinating facts and stories about the city that made our visit so much more interesting. I was with a small group so we took a private tour, but there are also larger group tours for Split & Diocletian’s Palace available if you’re on a budget.
While in Split, don’t miss the opportunity to try the best gelato in town at Gelateria Emiliana. This tiny shop makes all of their own gelato and waffle cones in-house!
And if you have time, check out some of Split’s best beaches.
📍 How to get there: Because these two towns are 232 kilometers apart, it’s best to rent a car for this Dubrovnik to Split day trip.
15. Vjetrenica Cave
An hour from Dubrovnik, discover the hidden depths of Vjetrenica Cave, Bosnia & Herzegovina’s largest cavern. While the cave stretches over 7 kilometers, visitors can explore a fascinating 700-meter section, complete with well-lit, paved pathways.
You’ll be given a hard hat and flashlight for your visit, plus a guide that will take you through this geological gem. If you’re lucky, you might be able to spot the rare salamander that lives in the caves during your visit!
The temperature inside the cave is around 11 degrees Celsius, so it’s a good idea to pack a sweater or light sweatshirt to wear inside.
Overall Vjetrenica Cave is a fun activity to do on a rainy day in Dubrovnik or a memorable day trip if you’re traveling with children.
📍 How to get there: Take a private tour of Vjetrenica Cave or rent a car to see the caves on a day trip from Dubrovnik.
16. Biokovo Skywalk + Makarska
The Makarska Riviera is one of Croatia’s most beloved beach destinations, attracting countless European travelers with its stunning coastal beauty.
This 60 kilometer strip stretches between the Adriatic Sea and the towering mountain range of Biokovo. It is absolutely picture perfect and worthy of a day trip from Dubrovnik.
Several towns dot the coast, all offering a variety of beautiful beaches, pebbled shores, pine trees, and peaceful bays. Stroll along the coast and visit Makarska Riviera‘s most famous landmark (pictured above), go for a dip in the sparkling waters, or head up to the mountains to walk along the Biokovo Skywalk!
Biokovo Skywalk just opened a few years ago and is a glass skywalk that hangs over the edge of a cliff overlooking the Adriatic Sea and islands in the distance.
📍 How to get there: Due to the distance between locations, the best way to visit Biokovo Skywalk and Makarska is with your own rental car.
Situated in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Medjugorje is a very famous religious site and one of the world’s largest Catholic pilgrimage destinations. This tranquil town came into the spotlight in 1981 following reports of six teenagers witnessing apparitions of Mother Mary.
Whether you’re drawn by its spiritual history or simply in search of a peaceful retreat, Medjugorje makes for a truly unique day trip from Dubrovnik.
📍 How to get there: Join a small group tour that combines a visit to Medjugorje with other popular locations in Bosnia & Herzegovina like Mostar and Pocitelj.
FAQs About Excursions From Dubrovnik
Can you do day trips from Dubrovnik?
Yes, Dubrovnik is an excellent base for various day trips, both within Croatia and to neighboring countries.
Where to go outside Dubrovnik?
There are tons of places to go outside of Dubrovnik. Popular destinations outside Dubrovnik include the Elafiti Islands, the Pelješac Peninsula, the Makarska Riviera, Medjugorje, Mostar, and Kotor Bay in Montenegro.
Can you do a day trip from Dubrovnik to Montenegro?
Absolutely! In fact, a Dubrovnik to Montenegro day trip is one of the most popular excursions from Dubrovnik.
Can you do a day trip from Dubrovnik to Bosnia?
Yes, it’s possible to do a day trip from Dubrovnik to Bosnia & Herzegovina, with popular destinations being Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls.
Can you do a day trip from Dubrovnik to Hvar?
Yes, you can do a day trip from Dubrovnik to Hvar, but I personally wouldn’t recommend it. The ferry ride to Hvar is almost 4 hours, so you’d be spending the majority of your day on the ferry to and from the island. Plus, Hvar deserves at least a few days to really explore and experience all the incredible things it has to offer.
Final Thoughts on Dubrovnik Day Trips
That wraps up our list of the best places to visit near Dubrovnik!
Each of these recommendations comes from a blend of my own adventures and insider tips from local friends in Dubrovnik, ensuring you’re getting the real deal when it comes to exploring the area.
Whether you’re drawn to the serene waters of the Elafiti Islands, the historic streets of Mostar, or the breathtaking views from Biokovo Skywalk, I hope this list inspires you to go beyond Dubrovnik’s walls.
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