Dubrovnik in 2 Days: Amazing things to see in Dubrovnik in two days

Dubrovnik in 2 Days: Amazing things to see in Dubrovnik in two days

In this article, I’m going to talk about how to have the most amazing 2 days in Dubrovnik. This Dubrovnik in 2 days itinerary covers all the highlights for the ancient walled city, as well as juicy bits of insider info. 

Dubrovnik had been on my bucket list for years (and hand’s up, I’ve NEVER seen a single episode of Game of Thrones!). Long before GOT was a thing, I had been swooned by the stunning photos of the Dubrovnik walls with the azure backdrop of the sea along with the gleaming white streets. Dubrovnik is a phenomenal city, it’s also fairly compact, so you can easily see the best of Dubrovnik in two days. 

With its ancient city walls, UNESCO World Heritage status, azure seas and the pedestrian-only old city it’s easy to see how Dubrovnik was ranked as one of the top 25 European cities to visit in 2019 by the Telegraph.

I had a weeklong trip to the south of Croatia, of that, I had two days in Dubrovnik. If you’re planning a weekend in Dubrovnik you’ll get to see the historic centre, walk around the ancient walls, visit Lokrum Island, go up Srd Hill and more. 

I’ll be covering quite a lot in this what to do in Dubrovnik in 2 days guide, so if you do have longer then take everything I mention at a more laid back pace. The city has so much to offer and I can guarantee that you’ll love your trip to Dubrovnik

It’s best to explore Dubrovnik by foot, the old town of Dubrovnik is mostly pedestrianised anyway. It one of Europes prettiest cities, and I’m sure after you’ve spent a couple of days in Dubrovnik, you’ll agree too.  

So, what are you waiting for? Grab yourself a brew and let’s find out what to see in Dubrovnik in 2 days.

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Want to see the best of Dubrovnik in 2 days. Find out about all the top attractions to see in the UNESCO City of Dubrovnik, Croatia. Everything for the perfect mini break. The best things to do in Dubronik in two days. If you have 2 days in Dubrovnik, use this handy guide to figure out all the best things to see in Dubrovnik. Including the City Wall Walk, Lokrum Island and Srd Hill.

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As far as European cities go, Dubrovnik is up there with the best-of-the-best. Situated in the gorgeous blue waters of the Adriatic sea with a boastful climate and easily accessible from the UK it’s easy to see why. More recently it’s lent itself to the backdrop to Game of Thrones, which naturally has led to a secondary tourist pull for a multitude of tours related to this.

DUBROVNIK IN 2 DAYS – JUMP TO

DAY 1 IN DUBROVNIK

Including: The Old Town, Lokrum Island, Dubrovnik Cable Car, Srd Hill.

DAY 2 IN DUBROVNIK

Including: The City Wall Walk, Dubrovnik Fortress (Lovrijenac Fortress), Sunset Kayaking Experience

BONUS DAY

The fishing village of Cavtat

Best time to visit Dubrovnik

With regards to the weather, the best time to visit Dubrovnik is from late April through to October. The warmest months are June through to August.

The hottest months also coincide with the peak time for crowds as well as inflated prices. This includes the two weeks over the Easter Holidays (April-ish) and the Summer holidays (July-August).

If you want to take advantage of good weather and fewer tourists, and shoulder season prices then stick to May – June one September – October.

Cat sleeping on a step in the Old Town of Dubrovnik
Keep an eye out for the super cute cats of Dubrovnik, they are EVERYWHERE!
52 Beautiful Pictures of Dubrovnik to give you wanderlust. Photos of Croatia Old City Walls, UNESCO sites, Game of Thrones Locations & the Azure Sea.

Top Tips for visiting Dubrovnik

    • Within the Old City Walls, Dubrovnik is fairly compact with lots of steps. The main highlights are all nearby and the best way to get about is by foot.
    • This 2 days in Dubrovnik guide covers all the best things to see in the city. I’ve given you a jam-packed itinerary which is doable if you are only in Dubrovnik for 2 days. However, if this feels too rushed for you I suggest stretching the things I cover in day one into two days. This will give you a more leisurely Dubrovnik city break and the perfect excuse to come back one day to visit the rest another time. 
    • Make sure you’re wearing a comfortable pair of shoes with grippy soles. Although you’re in the city, the floor is often smooth and polished (it gleams in the sunlight). Some parts of the city are uneven with gravel or stone floor. Dubrovnik also has plenty of steps, so be prepared for some serious leg work at times.
    • Currently, the currency in Croatia is the Kuna. The country joined the EU in 2013 but as yet has not adopted the Euro. There is talk of the country of joining the Eurozone in 2023. However, some hotels and tourist attractions will accept the Euro.
    • If you are planning on staying a bit longer, then it might be worthwhile taking advantage of the Dubrovnik City Pass which gives you unlimited use of public transport and entry to loads of the city’s top attractions.
Early morning sunlight outside of Dubrovnik City Walls looking throuhg an archway at the harbour
Old City Walls of Dubrovnik looking out to the Harbour
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Where to stay in Dubrovnik

There is no shortage of places to stay in Dubrovnik ranging from budget to luxuary accomodation. As a general rule, if you stay within the city walls, you’ll pay a premium compared to if you stay outside of the Old Town.

      • On a budget: Guesthouse Isabel La Catolica is offers both a central location as well as an affordable price for budget and solo travellers. It’s located within walking distance to the beaches and the Old Town of Dubrovnik. With a combination of great location, very affordable price and fabulous reviews you wont find a better budget accomodation than this in Dubrovnik. 
      • Mid-Budget: Villa Gloria offers the perfect balance of location and value. The villa has an on site pool, outdoor terrace with sun loungers and well manicured gardens. The great thing about this propery is that it’s just 150 yards from the Dubrovnik Old Town and 100 yards from the nearest beach.
      • Blow the Budget: Royal Blue Hotel boasts adult only areas, an infinity pool on a beach front loacation with an on site spa. The 5 star resort is located just a short journey from the Old Town od Dubrovnik with easy access via taxi or the local bus (there is a stop right outside the resort).

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Dubrovnik, Croatia – History in a nutshell

Settlements in the area we know today as Dubrovnik date back to the Roman times, but it was in the 13th Century that Dubrovnik began to take on more of an appearance of what we still recognise today.

The walls of Dubrovnik surrounding the Old City are where the name ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ come from (visually it’s a gleaming light coloured circular-ish shape surrounded by the sea). Historically, a moat separated the Dubrovnik City from the mainland so the walls were used as the City’s means of defence.

The walls of Dubrovnik run for 1940 metres (6365 feet), the Dubrovnik Wall Walk is a major attraction here. Intersected by forts, lookout towers, portholes and turrets. The Walls of Dubrovnik date back to the 13th century but additions, earthquakes and of course the civil war in the 90’s mean that it’s changed considerably over the centuries.

In 1979 The City of Dubrovnik became a UNESCO World Heritage Site, then in 1991 was heavily shelled during the breakup of Yugoslavia causing a ton of damage to the iconic Old City. During the 90’s and 00’s, Dubrovnik underwent major reconstruction, restoration and repairs to bring the City back to its glory and into what is now a huge tourist hot-spot.

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2 days in DUBROVNIK - Day 1

Day 1 - Morning

Walk around Dubrovnik Old Town

To really get the best out of 2 days in Dubrovnik, it’s worth the early start and getting up at the crack of dawn to beat the crowds. Dubrovnik gets busy, and by that, I mean absolutely rammed! Tourists flock to the Dubrovnik Old City in their droves and after several cruise ships and coaches have dumped their loads, the place starts to resemble Disney Land during the School Holidays, rather than a romantic medieval destination.

If you have 2 days in Dubrovnik, make an early start to see early morning sun on the Polce gate at Dubrovnik Old Town
Early morning crowd dodging - Sunrise over the Gate to Dubrovnik
The main street inside of Dubrovnik Old Town image taken from the City Wall Walk
The main street in Dubrovnik Old Town - The Stradun views from the City Walls

If you are after Instagrammable images of Dubrovnik Old Town then you and your camera NEED to be there by 6.00am, believe me, I AM NOT a morning person in the slightest, however, I am also NOT accustomed to the idea of the world and his dog in every one of my photos.

Aside from the lack of crowds, it’s cooler and the sun is at a decent height in the sky to get some beautifully lit shots. The biggest plus; the only people you will spot are fellow photographers who are happy to take your photo if you’re a solo travelling and maintenance staff (7 am is evidently bin collection time!)

Prebook now: Dubrovnik Old Town Guided Walking Tour

Prebook now: Game of Thrones walking tour

Make a bee-line for all the major highlights first (Game of Thrones fans will know them all!), plan a route of the things you are desperate to see and take photos of them without the hoards. Check my map at the end of this section to see some of the top places to take photos of Dubrovnik Old Town.

If you are intending on doing Dubrovnik in 2 days, it’s worth doing a bit of homework beforehand to ensure you get the most out of the quieter hours to see as many of the ‘must see in Dubrovnik’ places. With the main highlights done and the crowds growing, head to the side streets to stop to chill for a late breakfast or brunch satisfied by the fact that you’ve got some awesome crowd-free shots and seen loads of Dubrovnik Old Town before the hoards.

Beautiful carved doorway at the top of a short flight of stairs inside Dubrovnik Old Town
If you have 2 days in Dubrovnik, it's worthwhile getting up early to beat the crowds
Inside the Old City of Dubrovnik looking up stone stairs
Old Steps used in Game of Thrones In Dubrovnik Old Town

Crowd Busting Tip

For the best photo opportunities get into the Old City of Dubrovnik before the crowds, by 8 am, when the City Wall Walk opens, crowds have already started to form. Leave it until 10 am then you’ll be contending with all the day-trippers from cruise ships that have docked for the day. By this time getting decent pics without anyone in them is near impossible! So suck it up, get up before the crack of dawn and go get those gorgeous pics!

Top things to see in Dubrovnik Old Town

Not sure about what to see? I’ve done your homework for you. Be sure to add these must-see iconic Dubrovnik landmarks.

      • Onofrio’s fountains – the big one near Pile Gate is impressive
      • The Church of St. Blaise
      • Saint Ignatius Church
      • Stradun (The main street in Dubrovnik)
      • Minčeta Tower
      • Rector’s Palace
      • Dubrovnik Cathedral

Money-Saving and Eco Tip

I’m not sure where the misconception of not being able to drink the tap water came from, but ignore it!

The tap water in Dubrovnik is perfectly fine to drink, so save your money and do your bit for the planet and refill at the quirky Onofrio fountains dotted about the city.

There is a huge one near to the main Wall Walk ticket office!

Looking down on the water fountain, red roofs and cobbled streets from the Old City Wall of Dubrovnik
Onofrio (the fountain) and Stradrun (the main street) view from the Dubrovnik Wall Walk
The waterfountains inside Dubrovnik Old Town are suitable for drinking from. This is me filling up my water bottle
The Onofrio Fountain - Perfect for topping up your water bottle

Day 1 - Afternoon

Catch the boat across Lokrum Island

By the afternoon the heat in Dubrovnik can get intense, this makes for the perfect opportunity to escape the sun and the crowds and head over to nearby Lokrum Island – it’s a mere 6oo metres from the Old City!

Lokrum Island is a Nature Reserve just off the coast of Dubrovnik Old Town. Various boats to Lokrum Island depart from just outside the Old City Walls at the Old Port

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Dubrovnik Old Harbour, this is where boats to Lokrum Island depart
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Having neither the time nor the inclination to do any overpriced island-hop I was only interested in getting a return boat ride over to Lokrum Island. Expect to pay around 60-70K (approx $9/10.50 or £7.25/8.50) for the return boat ride, they will, of course, try it on for more than that, barter them down. I spent about half an hour going from booth to booth to get this price. The 600-metre journey from Dubrovnik to Lokrum Island lasts approximately 15 minutes.

As soon as you set foot on Lokrum Island, you will be ushered into the little cottage. Entrance is 120K (approx $18 or £14.50), which comes on a decent looking ticket which also doubles up as a postcard! This nice touch makes for a novel little souvenir compared to the usual flimsy bit-of-paper ticket stub.

Combination return ferry and Lokrum Island entry tickets are available from various vendors and tour agencies, but remember to shop around for the best price. It should cost around 150K for the combination ticket (approx $22.50/ £18 )

Me looking out of a dorrway of one of the ruins on Lokrum Island
The Benedictine Monastery and pretty gardens on Lokrum Island
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Visiting Dubrovnik in 2 days is intense, so it’s a welcome opportunity to chill in the shade of the trees and away from the crowds. You could easily spend a day here if you have the time, sunbathing and wandering about in the pine, olive and cypress trees. Look out for the colony of very tame rabbits that will come and eat out of your hand if you offer them food, there are also peacocks wandering about. If you’re worried about tan-lines, fret not, Lokrum Island also boasts its own nudist beach!

You could easily whittle away a day on Lokrum Island, there’s quite a bit here to see, however on a short time scale be sure to add these to your Dubrovnik highlights.

Getting to Lokrum Island from Dubrovnik - Scams

Beware A LOT of companies will try and sell you some form of ‘Island Hopping Tour’; these are priced anywhere between 300-400K (approx $45/60 or £36/48) and yes, if you have longer and aren’t doing Dubrovnik in 2 days, then it’s perhaps worthwhile, but certainly not on a short time scale.

Some of the ticket touts will also tell you that you can only get to Lokrum Island as part of a day tour. This is absolute BS. So, ask around for the best price and ensure you know exactly what you are paying for.

Lokrum Island Highlights 

      •  Botanical Gardens
      • Fort Royal
      • Benedictine Monastery
      • If you are a Game of Thrones fan then lookout for one of the props used in the series. You’ll find a Throne in the museum under the Monastery!

After an afternoon of chill, catch the return boat back to the mainland, it picks up at the little jetty where you paid the entrance fee.

52 Beautiful Pictures of Dubrovnik to give you wanderlust. Photos of Croatia Old City Walls, UNESCO sites, Game of Thrones Locations & the Azure Sea.
The rabbits on Lokrum island are really tame, so you can easilly feed them
Escaping the crowds in Dubrovnik Old town at the nearby Gardec Park
The shaded Gardec Park just outisde of Dubrovnik Old Town, a perfect way to escape the heat and crowds

Lokrum Island Alternative

If you don’t want to take a trip over to Lokrum Island and just want a very quick stroll away from the crowds, then visit Park Gardac to the west and outside of the Old City walls.

(Include a map!) Up a hill and away from the crowds it does offer a break from the heat and the people, there are some nice vantage points along the cliff face here for some nice photos looking back over Dubrovnik Old Town and the Fort.

 

Not sure which one to visit? Check out some more photos of Lokrum Island and Gardac Park here to help you decide.

Day 1 - Evening

Go up Srd Hill for a Panoramic Sunset and Sundowner

One of the best times to go up the Dubrovnik Cable Car is about an hour before sunset – ‘The Golden Hour’ for those in the know – there is still enough light to see Dubrovnik Old Town by day followed by a short wait which will unveil a beautiful golden light hitting the rooftops as the sun begins to set. Wait even longer and you’ll see The Walls of Dubrovnik illuminated as the Old Town lights come on.

Heading out of Dubrovnik Old Town and up the hill, to the well signposted Dubrovnik Cable Car, you’ll find the best vantage point for a Sunset over Dubrovnik. If you are feeling energetic and have the time, to can walk up. A roundtrip on the Cable Car is 170K (approx $25.60 / £20.50). The Cable Car is on top of a hill called Srd Hill. Its height is 412 metres.

IF you decide to walk up, the footpath is a well-defined zig-zag path up the face of Srd Hil. The walk is free to do – but if you are doing Dubrovnik in 2 days you may be pushed for time unless you are a fast hiker. You could come to a compromise and walk up and get the cable car down or vice versa.

A one-way ticket on the cable car is 90K (approx $13.50 / £10.80 ). If neither walking or the cable car suit, then, then you can also get a taxi up to the top.

At the top you’ll find Fort Imperial, a museum, 4×4 off-road buggies, an overpriced restaurant (book in advance if you want to eat here at peak times, apparently the food is nice, I didn’t try it) and a stunning view of Dubrovnik Old City, Lokrum Island and surrounding areas; on a clear day you can see up to 60km (37miles)

The view of Dubrovnik Old Town with Lokru island in the background taken from and outlook at the top of Srd Hill
On top of Srd Hill looking down over Dubrovnik Old Town and Lokrum Island
A view of the red rooftops of Dubrovnik Old Town with LokrumIsland in teh background view taken from the Dubrovnik Cable Car
Rooftops of the Old Town taken from the ride up Srd hill on the Dubrovnik Cable Car

Best view of Dubrovnik Old Town – the official vs the non-official

Here’s one for lovers of the ‘gram. One the most iconic and Instagrammable places in Dubrovnik is the view from above.

There are the official viewing platforms (the ones with the fencing around them) and then the unofficial ones (the ones out on the rocky outcrops). To find the unofficial ones, just follow the well-trodden dirt paths, out of the back of the restaurant and then around to the shrubland situated in front of the restaurant.

This is where all the Insta and selfie-stick crew are posing (I ‘might’ have been one of them).

Have dinner at a delicious local restaurant

When you’re finished with the panoramic view, head back down to the Dubrovnik Old City. After a super early start, have a relaxing evening at one of the hundreds of restaurants and bars in the Old City.

For the remainder of the evening take a walk back through the Old Town to see the iconic buildings, streets and alleyways lit up. The light-coloured shiny stone reflects the lights and the whole place really glows.

Veggie & Vegan food in Dubrovnik – Top Recommendation

I LOVED a place called Nishta, a cute little restaurant with pretty colourful tiles and décor with a delicious menu that changes daily, the food is freshly prepared and perfect to get a vegetable fix. I found a lot of the cuisine in Dubrovnik very carb and seafood-heavy; I’m a fan of neither! So Nishta this ticked all my boxes for something fresh and healthy.

52 Beautiful Pictures of Dubrovnik to give you wanderlust. Photos of Croatia Old City Walls, UNESCO sites, Game of Thrones Locations & the Azure Sea.
52 Beautiful Pictures of Dubrovnik to give you wanderlust. Photos of Croatia Old City Walls, UNESCO sites, Game of Thrones Locations & the Azure Sea.

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2 days in DUBROVNIK - Day 2

Day 2 - Morning

Walk the Old City Walls of Dubrovnik

For Day 2 of Dubrovnik in 2 days, make for another early start (sorry), although not quite as anti-social as the previous day. Dubrovnik City Wall Walk opens at 8 am. People are queuing for a ticket by 7.30! Most people are queuing at Pile Gate. Tickets cost 200K (approx $30/ £24 ). To find out more about the walls and their history, as well as information about all the buidlings you will see from up here it’s worthwhile booking onto a Dubrovnik City Walls walking tour which includes your entry fee and an official guide.

Prebook now: Dubrovnik City Walls Walking Tour (includes entry fee and guide)

Early sunrise on the outside of the City Walls of Dubrovnik showing the turrets and towers
Early morning sun hitting the outside ofthe Old City Walls of Dubrovnik
A view of the red rooftops and domeed roofs of the catheral from the Wall Walk around Dubrovnik Old Town
PRetty rooftop views from the Old City Wall Walk

Dubrovnik City Wall Walk Top Tip – from a Dubrovnikan!

Here’s a tip I took from a local regarding the entry to the City Wall Walk. Start at the entrance nearest to the Ploce Gate, the ticket queue is quieter AND you get to be on the much more interesting side of the City Walls before the masses get there.

This is the part of the Old Wall with all the towers and turrets. The City Wall Walk has a one-way system, it goes in an anti-clockwise direction to keep the flow of people steady. Get the best bit of the Old Wall done first, and do it thoroughly as you will not be able to come back to it. Another note KEEP YOUR TICKET! – I’ll explain why in a minute

Visit Fort Lovrijenac

Dubrovnik City Wall Walk takes about 2 hours, depending on how many times you stop to take photos! As the morning goes on you’ll notice the influx in other tourists and your once clear view of the wall and now shared with a zillion other people. Time to make a move. 

Exit Dubrovnik City Wall Walk, head back through the Old Town and start the fairly steep climb the hill to the west of the City Walls and up to Fort Lovrijenac to see Dubrovnik from across the water.

If like me, you’re an absolute Ruin Junkie with a thing for ancient UNESCO walled cities, then you’d absolutely adore Segovia in Spain. It not only boasts an ancient wall, but also an Aqueduct, Cathedral and Castle. Why not add it to your Europe bucket list? 

Arches inside the fortress just outside of Dubrovnik old town
The courtyard of Fort Lovrijenac just outside of Dubrovnik City
Little green door in the rocks outisde of Dubrovnik old town
Take a stroll along the shoreline on the way up to the Fortress for the little door in the rock

Money-saving Tip with your Dubrovnik Wall Walk Ticket

Entry to the Fortress costs 50K (approx $7/ £6 ). You know I said earlier about keeping your Dubrovnik City Wall Walk ticket, here’s why; Fort Lovrijenac is free to enter when you show your Dubrovnik Wall Walk ticket. Bargain!

Day 2 - Afternoon

Visit Dubrovnik's fabulous Museums and Cathedrals

To avoid the afternoon heat again on your Dubrovnik in 2 days trip, spend some time visiting some of the must-see in Dubrovnik attractions and museums. Here’s a heads up – most are inside.

You’ll be spoilt for choice for various Museums and Cathedrals to visit in Dubrovnik, although some of the more notable ones are;

      • Dominican Monastery – 30K (approx $4.50/ £3.60)
      • Rector’s Palace – 130K (approx $19 / £16) – this also gives entrance to at least 5 other museums, or just for the Cultural History Museum at the Rector’s Palace it costs 100K (approx $15/ £12 )
      • Franciscan Church and Monastery which also includes the super cool The Old Pharmacy – 30K (approx $4.50/£3.60)
The arches on the fascade of Rector's palace inside the old town of Dubrovnik
Old church with pretty stairs with me sat on the bottom step inside Dubrovnik Old Town
If you spend 2 days in Dubrovnik, make sure you have an early start, you'll have the place to yourself

Day 2 - Evening

Sunset Kayak Tour

So, you’ve seen Dubrovnik from the inside, from the walls and from a panoramic view. Now is the perfect time to complete the set and see the Old Town from the water! The best way to do this and nicely complete your trip to Dubrovnik in 2 days, is to opt for a Lokrum Island and Dubrovnik City Walls tour by Kayak

There are few Kayak companies located just outside the Walls of Dubrovnik offering tours which go throughout the day, but one of the best options is the Sunset Tour.

Every 10-15 minutes, you’ll stop for some crazy story or a challenged to a silly game with other kayakers in the group, before rowing a bit more.

View of Dubrovnik City Walls from a Kayak at sunset
Sunset over Dubrovnik Old City from the Kayak

The route takes you out of a small bay, around the outside of the city, across to Lokrum Island (remember from earlier, it’s only 600m from mainland), in and out of little caves, around the Lokrum Island for a spot of some ‘sausage spotting’ as you row past the nudist beach. Finally you’ll stop at a secluded cave beach before heading back to the Old Town for wine.

The cave beach, where you have a break, is only accessible via the sea. Some people in the group opt to chill on the beach, other mingle, some swim, and others try their luck at cliff jumping!

On the row back to the mainland is when you#ll see the sun go down over the Old City of Dubrovnik. Back onto the mainland and the wine starts flowing as you chill and chat with new friends from the trip. A fantastic way to end 2 days in Dubrovnik.

Prebook now: 3-Hour Sunset Kayaking Tour with Snack and Wine (this is the tour I did)

Alternatively, if you don’t want to do the sunset tour and just expierience the coves around Lokrum and the city walls from the water, then this is a gret option.

Prebook now: Lokrum Island and Dubrovnik City Walls Tour by Kayak

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2 days in DUBROVNIK - BONUS DAY

Escape the crowds and head for Cavtat

So, you’ve covered the highlights of Dubrovnik in 2 days, but I’m going to add in a bonus thing to do because first and foremost; I hate crowds and I’m sure you do too, secondly, because I’m nice like that, and Cavtat is just too good to ignore.

If you have a few hours to kill, such as waiting for a flight, or even just find the bustle of Dubrovnik Old City a bit too much, then a trip out to nearby Cavtat is a must. Being only 18.5km from Dubrovnik, it takes about 20 minutes by car/ taxi to get to the seriously cute fishing village of Cavtat.

Blue sea, boats and a little bit of the peninsula at the pretty harbour of Cavtat near to Dubrovnik
The cute little town of Cavtat, a short drive from Dubrovnik is well worth a visit
A giant vanilla doughnut from a local bakery at Cavtat just outside of Dubrovnik
The bakery in Cavtat sells THE MOST delicious vanilla filled doughnuts I've ever had

Things to see and do in Cavtat

Historically, Cavtat was a fishing village and in contrast to nearby Dubrovnik, still has some of this laid-back charm. Pretty galleries and a string of water edge restaurants make this a great place to head for a bit of relaxation. A tree-clad promenade skirts around the peninsula and there are plenty of spots to get a sun lounger

One great little find in Cavtat was the bakery Peco, selling THE biggest vanilla custard doughnuts I have ever seen. They also do loads of other freshly prepared bread-based products, delicious sandwiches and sweet treats to take out or eat in. It’s worth a visit to Cavtat for the bakery alone!

Getting to Cavtat from Dubrovnik

I already mentioned going by car, which is the quickest. However, if you need to use public transport to get there, take the Number 10 bus from near the Dubrovnik Cable Car. The bus takes 20-40 minutes (depending on the time of day) and drops you right in the centre of Cavtat. The bus costs 25K, (approx $3.70/ £3) with about 2 buses every hour.

Another way to do the Dubrovnik to Cavtat journey is by boat. This is by far the longest way to do the journey, approximately an hour, BUT the payoff is that it’s the most scenic way. Ticket vendors in both Dubrovnik and Cavtat will sell you a ticket. Expect to pay 60K (approx $9/ £7.30) for a single, and 100K (approx $15/ £12 ) for a return ticket.

Final notes on 2 day Dubrovnik itinerary

Yes, it can be intense however, Dubrovnik in 48 hours is a totally do-able trip with a nice balance of ancient history, beaches, nature and delicious food. There is of course so much more to see in Dubrovnik.

I hope you agree that Dubrovnik makes a perfect destination for a short break. This two days in Duvrovnik guide should have ample stuff for you to do in this fabulous city, regardless of what your travel style is.

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Want to see the best of Dubrovnik in 2 days. Find out about all the top attractions to see in the UNESCO City of Dubrovnik, Croatia. Everything for the perfect mini break. The best things to do in Dubronik in two days. If you have 2 days in Dubrovnik, use this handy guide to figure out all the best things to see in Dubrovnik. Including the City Wall Walk, Lokrum Island and Srd Hill.
Want to see the best of Dubrovnik in 2 days. Find out about all the top attractions to see in the UNESCO City of Dubrovnik, Croatia. Everything for the perfect mini-break. The best things to do in Dubrovnik in two days. When you're visiting Dubrovnik, use this handy guide to figure out all the best things to see in Dubrovnik. Including the City Wall Walk, Lokrum Island and Srd Hill. #Dubrovnik #Croatia #DalmatianCoast #Europe
Want to see the best of Dubrovnik in 2 days. Find out about all the top attractions to see in the UNESCO City of Dubrovnik, Croatia. Everything for the perfect mini-break. The best things to do in Dubrovnik in two days. When you're visiting Dubrovnik, use this handy guide to figure out all the best things to see in Dubrovnik. Including the City Wall Walk, Lokrum Island and Srd Hill. #Dubrovnik #Croatia #DalmatianCoast #Europe

Dubrovnik in 2 Days: Amazing things to see in Dubrovnik in two days 7

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Becki from Meet Me In Departures

Adventure travel blogger with a big addiction to the World. An ex-rat-racer who was fed up with sleep-work-eat-repeat materialistic mentality that plagues modern living. I love anything to do with off-beat travel, abandoned places, temples & ruins, street art, wildlife in its natural habitat, adventure sport.....basically anything but the 9-5!

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  1. I love this post so much. There’s so much to pack in while in Dubrovnik. Thanks for sharing

    1. You’re welcome, I’m glad you enjoyed the post 🙂

  2. This is so useful thanks! I am heading to Dubrovnik in August and this is just what I needed! Great post 🙂

    1. Awww, thank you, talk about perfect timing then! I’m glad this post was useful for you 🙂

  3. Loved your post! Could not stop myself from pinning several of your photos- so beautiful. One day I hope to have a holiday there myself! Will keep your itinerary book marked 🙂

    1. Awww that’s awesome thank you. I’m so glad you liked the pictures, I have loads more that I took which I didn’t put into this post (I was a little bit trigger happy!). I’m doing a separate post, just pure pictures, in a photo album soon to link to this itinerary based post, so do please come back soon to see it 🙂

  4. Cool pictures and amazing shots taken. I like the angles where you put the efforts to take paranormal shots. Also the site is rather medieval and the well preserved as well.

    1. Hi 🙂 thanks for reading and the comment regarding my photos. I’m certainly an experiemntal photographer and don’t claim to be a professional on any level. I just enjoy taking photos. Becki x

  5. Very useful post…we are going to Croatia in september and our time is limited, so this is very helpful.
    Beautiful pictures!!! What kind of camera did you use?
    Thanks!

    1. Hi Connie, thanks for your message, I’m glad you found the article useful 🙂 With regards to the pictures, they are either from a Samsung S7, a GoPro

  6. …grrre, accidentally hit reply before finishing.

    …so a GoPro Hero 4, or a compact camera which is a Panasonic LUMIX, TZ80. Nothing professional in terms of set up either, just a selfie stick, or a makeshift tri-pod from whatever I can see around me, sometimes I ask someone to take a picture for me, but often the picture they take isn’t so good ??? solo traveller problems.
    Hope you have a great time in Dubrovnik, it’s a beautiful city.x

  7. Among all the other posts, while planning a trip to Paris, Dubrovnik, Split, Hvar and Prage, this is the best one that I have found! Thanks a tonne! It’s very informative and a nice read.

    1. Thank you for the lovely comment, I’m so glad you found it useful. When are you planning your trip?

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