How to Spend 48 Hours in Dubrovnik

I’m going to start with a confession. I’ve never watched a single episode of Game of Thrones (GoT). Not even a tiny bit of an episode. How is this relevant to the most southernly city in Croatia, Dubrovnik? Well, Dubrovnik was apparently a prominent filming location for the TV series and so you’ll find a number of GoT walking tours throughout the city. My Dubrovnik itinerary below has provided some time for visitors to the city to embark upon one of these tours if they so wish, along with alternative activities to undertake for those who, like me, don’t know their Westeros from their Essos (thanks, Google).

DAY 1

Start your trip to Dubrovnik by arriving early and walking the City Walls and Forts. The Walls, which reach a maximum height of 25 metres, are approximately 2 kilometres in length and encircle most of the UNESCO World Heritage site of the old city of Dubrovnik.

The Walls were constructed to protect the city from invaders and today offer stunning views (and ample photo opportunities) across the terracotta rooftops of the old city, against a backdrop of the Dalmatian coast.

Note that the Walls are best explored in the morning, as there are very few shady places on the route and the heat can be intense in the afternoon sun. It takes around two hours to explore the Walls, by which time you will be ready for a street food lunch at Barba.

After lunch, take your time to explore the many narrow alleyways that spawn off of the old city’s main street, Stradun. Stumble upon Rector’s Palace and Sponza Palace, as well as many baroque churches, including the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. End your afternoon of roaming with a cold drink at the ‘hole in the wall’ cliff bar, Buza, followed by a wonderful seafood dinner at Proto Fish Restaurant. For an added bit of luxury, I recommend staying slightly outside of the old city at Hotel Dubrovnik Palace on the seafront.

DAY 2

After a hotel breakfast, take the cable car to Mount Srd. At a height of 415 metres, Mount Srd offers the most incredible panoramic views across the whole of Dubrovnik. Enjoy the view and have a light lunch and a drink at the aptly named Panorama Restaurant and Bar.

Views from the top of Mount Srd.

As I mentioned earlier, there are plenty of GoT tours around Dubrovnik. If you’re a fan, I would imagine that you would enjoy spending your second afternoon in the city on one of these tours. If not, I would suggest either embarking upon the very popular sea kayaking afternoon tour or spending your time with a good book on one of the city’s beaches.

Busy Banje beach provides the perfect opportunity to dip in the sea with a backdrop of the old city, whereas Sulic Beach is a relaxing, sheltered swimming spot. Alternatively, Hotel Dubrovnik Palace also has its own private beach for guests. Finish your day with a sunset dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, Maslina Tavern.

After visiting this beautiful pearl of Croatia, Dubrovnik, I’d recommend continuing your Croatian tour by taking a ferry from the city to the island of Hvar.