Should You Visit Dubrovnik?

Are you thinking about visiting Dubrovnik, Croatia? Here's what you need to know before planning your trip.


Is Dubrovnik worth visiting?

Yes, it's worth visiting this coastal town for one to five days because of the many great activities. During our first trip to Dubrovnik in the summer of 2009, we fell in love with its iconic old town and pristine blue water. We've come back several times since then to experience it even more. Dubrovnik is one of the most popular tourist cities in Croatia. It sits dramatically on the edge of the Adriatic Sea and its surrounded by medieval stone walls that you can explore. The old town includes stone churches and lively squares. There are pedestrian areas where you can shop as well as restaurants where you can sample local seafood. Outside of the old town you'll find larger hotel chains, and inside there are Airbnbs and local residences where you can rent a room. It's often mentioned as one of the best places to visit in major publications, such as in Conde Nast's Best Cities in Europe.

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Reasons to Visit Dubrovnik

Food
Restaurants are usually locally-sourced with fresh produce and seafood. Traditional local dishes include black risotto (made with squid ink), pašticada (a beef dish), and various pasta dishes.

Historical Sights
This walled old town is among the most famous in Europe. It's sits beautifully along the coast and it is pedestrian only. You can spend plenty of time exploring the historic lanes, popping in shops and restaurants, and soaking up the charming atmosphere.

Museums
The old town is a living museum that is filled with historic landmarks like the old town walls, the Dubrovnik Cathedral and Treasury, and Loggia Square.

Resorts
The old town is the most famous and charming part of the city, but you'll find most of the resorts spanning the coastline outside of town. Inside the old town there are a few boutique hotels and a number of rooms available for rent, but make sure you book early during peak seasons. For a resort, look outside of the old town with popular options including Hotel Dubrovnik Palace, the Hilton Imperial, and Rixos Premium.

Hiking
There are a number of hikes outside of town that take you along the dramatic coastal. The paths offer spectacular views back towards town or along the water.

Nightlife
There are many bars around town that take advantage of the unique architecture of the city. There are far less clubs, but for a drink in a laid back setting, you'll find plenty of options.

Beaches
The old town is the main appeal of the area, but there are several beaches that are nice for taking a swim or sunbathing. They are often pebbly, but the water is blue and the views are beautiful.

Shopping
The old town offers some nice boutique shops where you can buy designer clothes, jewelry, or trinkets.

The Costs
Depending on your budget, schedule, and travel style, Dubrovnik might be a very affordable destination for you. Check out the travel costs for Dubrovnik here or see if Dubrovnik is expensive here.




Is Dubrovnik worth visiting in the Summer?

Summer is the high season for travel in Dubrovnik, so expect more visitors and higher prices. This is an extremely popular destination, and in the high season it's busier than usual as this is when most people are able to travel. Expect large crowds of tourists, longer lines, and higher prices for hotels. On the other hand, you'll find that everything is open and you'll have a wide array of activities, things to do, and places to eat.

The warm weather in summer is one of the reasons people visit at this time of year. Temperatures average around 25°C (77°F) with daily high temperatures often more than [No Data].

The nearby hiking this time of year is a must-do, so take some time to get out on the trails, take in some fresh air, and enjoy the scenery. You'll also find it quite easy to get around on foot, because this is a very walkable coastal town, especially in the nice weather. You'll find plenty to do during summer, as you'll be able to lounge on the beach, take a hike, and browse through museums. Also, you can experience the luxurious resorts, the historic old town, and the nightlife.


Summer Weather in Dubrovnik
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
July 25°C (77°F) 26 mm (1 in)
August 25°C (77°F) 38 mm (1.5 in)
September 22°C (72°F) 101 mm (4 in)

Is Dubrovnik worth visiting in the Autumn?

This is the shoulder season for travel in Dubrovnik. As a very touristy destination, even in the shoulder season you'll see plenty of tourists when you visit. However, good prices and deals are to be found at this time of year.

Keep in mind that it can be fairly rainy during autumn, and temperatures hover around 18°C (64°F).

Autumn is a great time of year to explore the numerous museums and landmarks around town. They are fun for the whole family as well great for couples. Soaking up that old town charm in the autumn is one of the favorite activities of visitors. The quaint scenery combined with the weather this time of year is quite nice. During this season it's fun to experience the gorgeous scenery, the historic old town, and the famous sights and museums. Also, you can admire the quaint setting and go hiking.


Autumn Weather in Dubrovnik
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
October 18°C (64°F) 162 mm (6.4 in)
November 14°C (57°F) 198 mm (7.8 in)
December 11°C (52°F) 178 mm (7 in)

Is Dubrovnik worth visiting in the Winter?

The weather in Dubrovnik can be quite cold during winter, and averages around 9°C (48°F). But be prepared for much lower temperatures, too.

The low season for travel in Dubrovnik is during the winter. This is an extremely touristy destination, so in the low season you'll still see plenty of other travelers when you visit, but less than other times of the year. Good deals are to be found on hotels and tours because it's not the best time of year to visit.

This is a great time of year to browse the museums, taste delicious cuisine, and admire the historic sights. Also, you can check out the nightlife.


Winter Weather in Dubrovnik
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
January 9°C (48°F) 139 mm (5.5 in)
February 10°C (50°F) 125 mm (4.9 in)
March 11°C (52°F) 104 mm (4.1 in)

Is Dubrovnik worth visiting in the Spring?

Spring is the shoulder season for travel in Dubrovnik. As a very touristy destination, even in the shoulder season you'll see plenty of tourists when you visit. However, good prices and deals are to be found at this time of year.

Keep in mind that it can be fairly rainy during spring, and temperatures hover around 14°C (57°F).

The city this time of year is absolutely beautiful. Admire the gardens, parks, and fantastic architecture, too. Soaking up that old town charm in the spring is one of the favorite activities of visitors. The quaint scenery combined with the weather this time of year is quite nice. You'll find plenty to do during spring, as you'll be able to find the best deals at the shops, spend time at the museums, and admire the quaint atmosphere. Also, you'll be able to take in the beautiful scenery, browse around the old town, and enjoy the evening activities.


Spring Weather in Dubrovnik
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
April 14°C (57°F) 104 mm (4.1 in)
May 18°C (64°F) 75 mm (3 in)
June 22°C (72°F) 48 mm (1.9 in)

Things to Consider Before Visiting Dubrovnik

Lots of Tourists
Dubrovnik sees a high number of visitors every year, which means you might have to wait in line and deal with large crowds during your visit.

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What is Dubrovnik most famous for?

Dubrovnik is most famous for its well-preserved medieval old town that is surrounded by stone walls and has been the production sight for many major movies and television shows. People visit this impressive coastal town for its great food and historical sights. Also, it's known for museums, resorts, and hiking. Many people love the nightlife, beaches, and shopping, too. It is often described as coastal, historic, charming, famous, and cultural.

What is the most famous sight in Dubrovnik?

The most popular sight in Dubrovnik is The Old Town Walls. You can see prices and costs for this and other sights in Dubrovnik on our travel costs page.

Or, see tickets, activities, and tours for The Old Town Walls and other attractions here.

How touristy is Dubrovnik? Is it a popular coastal town to visit?

Dubrovnik is a very touristy coastal town that attracts travelers from around the globe. Here are some of the most popular activities and tours. (Prices in US Dollars)

  • Dubrovnik E-Tuk Tuk Sunset Tour to Mount Srd: $55
  • Old Town Sights & History - Small-Group Tour: $28
  • Guided Sea Kayaking Tour in Cavtat: $44
  • Dubrovnik Sunset Tour By Boat With Local: $276
  • Dubrovnik Sunset Mountain Tour With Wine: $50
  • Welcome to Dubrovnik Walking Tour: $154
  • Jet Ski Safari Tour 1h: $271
  • Blue Cave and Islands Tour by speedboat from Dubrovnik: $77

How long should I spend in Dubrovnik?

The ideal length of time for a trip to Dubrovnik is one to five days. Since Dubrovnik has a variety of activities such as dining and historical sights, most people need this much time to see and do everything here.

If you have a specific amount of time for your trip, see our advice about how much time to spend here: Should I spend 1, 2, or 3 days in Dubrovnik?, Should I spend 3, 4, or 5 days in Dubrovnik?, and Should I spend 1 or 2 weeks in Dubrovnik?.