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Things to do in Dubrovnik + The Dalmatian Coast

Between the two regions, Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian Coast offer an endless parade of historic sights, sweeping panoramic views and cultural curiosities sure to satisfy the most cosmopolitan traveler. Any list of things to do in Dubrovnik should include a tour of the magnificent city walls, built between the 13th and 15th centuries to protect the city’s residents from the Ottoman Turks. Other can’t-miss historic sights include Pile Gate, the 16th-century gateway to the city, guarded by the statue of St. Blaise, Dubrovnik’s patron saint; the Franciscan Monastery & Museum, which preserves the ruined doorway of a once-majestic monastery destroyed in the 17th century, as well as a lushly landscaped, mid-14th century cloister; and the Gothic-Renaissance Rector’s Palace, renown for its incredible sculptural ornamentation. For awe-inspiring aerial views of Dubrovnik, take the cable car from north of the city walls to the summit of Mt Srđ. It overlooks the terracotta rooftops of the old town, the sparkling waters of the Adriatic, and the Elfati and Lokrum islands.

Travelers looking for things to do on the Dalmatian Coast should take advantage of the region’s gorgeous lakes and parks. Plitvice National Park, a World Heritage site, encompasses 16 beautiful lakes connected by waterfalls and cascades, as well as the reed-bordered Lake Visovac and Skradinski Buk, the park’s largest waterfall. Visitors to the Dalmatian Coast should also soak in the region’s religious history. Storied cathedrals and churches in the area include the Cathedral of St. James, the Church of St. Donat, and St. Simeon’s Church.

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    Dubrovnik is not the place for cutting-edge clothing and furniture boutiques, but Old Town is home to a handful of quirky stores—and a thriving gal... More
  • Brac Island

    Take a 30-minute ferry ride from Split to this beautiful island. Spend the day sampling locally made cheeses and wines, and strolling along golden-... More
  • Buza

    Quite possibly the perfect beach bar, this hole-in-the-wall unfolds across a series of terraces hewn to the cliffs with nothing but a narrow railin... More
  • Caffe Bar Arula

    This tiny outdoor café near Plokata Square serves cakes, pastries, and ice cream. Overlooking the Peljesac Channel, the terrace is surrounded by a ... More
  • Carpe Diem

    This Hvar bar, restaurant, and lounge fronts the beach, where during the day visitors relax by sunbathing, swimming, and diving. More proactive gue... More
  • Cocktail Bar Massimo

    Located in the 15th-century Zackerjan Tower on Old Town’s waterfront, this cocktail bar has views of the Peljesac Channel from the rooftop terrace.... More
  • Croatian Villas

    U.K.-based Croatian Villas has more than 350 beautiful houses set along the water and on hilltops all over the country, from Dubrovnik to the Istri... More
  • Dominican Monastery

    Inside the fortress-like cloister—built around the same time as the city walls—you'll find a rich collection of Renaissance paintings and hundreds ... More
  • Dubrovacka Kuca

    This gallery and gift shop near the Dominican monastery sells Croatian art and a wide selection of wines from the nearby Peljesac peninsula. Creat... More
  • Dubrovnik Cathedral

    There are 17 churches in the Old Town, but if you only have time for one, make it the Baroque, domed Dubrovnik cathedral. Titian's polyptych The As... More
  • Feral Tours

    Charter a gulet, a two-masted wooden sailboat that accommodates 8-16 passengers. More
  • Franciscan Kuca

    Check out the ancient potions and jars on display inside the Romanesque monastery's pharmacy, which has been in business since 1317. You can also p... More
  • Garden

    Stop by this outdoor club, especially during July when it hosts an annual music festival. More
  • Grgic Vina

    Winemaker Miljenko Grgic, better known as Mike Grgich, became famous for producing the Chardonnay that helped Napa Valley best the French in a 1976... More
  • Hvar

    A two-hour ferry ride from Split, Hvar has medieval hilltop monasteries. More

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