The stunning city of Dubrovnik is often called the “Pearl of the Adriatic”. It enjoys a beautiful view of the ocean and was once a powerful republic protected from invaders by its extensive city walls. These amazing walls still remain today, just one of the attractions that bring visitors from all over the world here.

Dubrovnik’s Old Town has a UNESCO World Heritage designation and is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in the world. Its beautiful cobbled streets and impressive Venetian-Gothic architecture are often bathed in sunlight, while the city regularly hosts festivals and cultural events.

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The culinary scene is vibrant, with restaurants offering everything from local fare to modern cuisine. And the city is also home to one of the world’s coolest bars, with some of the best views you’ll ever experience!

If you plan to see the best Dubrovnik in 2 days, you might wonder how to fit in all the major attractions. This guide is intended to help!

We’ve created the perfect itinerary for a weekend in Dubrovnik that will help you enjoy its best sights at a comfortable pace.

We also offer the best places to stay in the city with ideas to suit every budget.

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Day 1

You will spend your first day in Dubrovnik exploring its history. You start by walking the city walls, then explore the streets and interesting buildings of the Old Town.

Morning – Walking along the famous walls of the city of Dubrovnik

Start your day with a delicious breakfast at Snek by Congo, located at the end of Stradun. There are many dishes to choose from, the portion sizes are hearty and the prices are very affordable.

Now it’s time to go to the city walls. There are several good reasons why we recommend starting your day here.

Partly because the city walls are Dubrovnik’s main attraction. As if their historical significance wasn’t enough, they became even more famous through their appearance in Game of Thrones as the scene of Kings Landing.

Next, they get VERY busy – so visiting as early as possible is the best way to avoid the crowds.

Another reason is that the temperature can get very high late in the day and there is very little shade on the walls. Morning visit is much more comfortable.

We recommend you book an excursion to examine the walls.

The walls, originally built in the 13th and 16th centuries for defensive purposes, are grand in scale. And the great thing is that you can walk the entire length of 2 kilometers.

Starting from the main entrance at Peel Gate, you’ll enjoy fantastic views over the city itself, the ocean and Lovrizhenac (St. Lawrence Castle).

You go in a counter-clockwise direction and it takes about 2 hours to complete the circuit. This allows plenty of time to stop and take pictures. There are cafes and toilets along the route, but we recommend that you bring some extra water with you.

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Afternoon – Explore the old town and the port

After lunch – and a spot of people-watching – on the terrace of one of the many restaurants along the Stradun (main street), it’s time to explore the Old Town itself.

Fortunately, it’s extremely compact and pedestrian-only, so you can see a lot even with just 2 days in Dubrovnik!

Pick up a map from the visitor center (navigating the narrow lanes can be confusing), then check out some of the highlights. Starting at the Peel Gate, you can see the Franciscan Monastery and Museum with the famous Onofrio’s Fountain opposite to the right.

The water here is safe to drink, so it’s a great place to fill up!

At the other end of the Stradun, you’ll find other important buildings, including the Dubrovnik City Hall, the Synagogue Museum, the 16th-century Sponza Palace, and the Bell Tower.

At the end of the Stradun and to the right are the 15th century Rector’s Palace and the Cathedral of the Assumption.

If you have time, visit the Old Port area. It looks very picturesque with all the fishing boats on the water and there are many cruise ships.

Evening – Enjoy good local food in the old town

Enjoy a meal prepared with fresh local ingredients to round off your first two days in Dubrovnik. We recommend the proto-restaurant with a Michelin rating, where Shiroka and Vara streets intersect.

It specializes in seafood, which you can enjoy on the beautiful rooftop terrace.

For a drink, head to Buza Bar (also known as Hole in the Wall). Built on the rocks right above the sea, it is often described as one of the most beautiful bars in Dubrovnik.

Day 2

On the second day, you’ll visit one of Croatia’s biggest sights, relax in a nature reserve near the beach, and then take a cable car ride up to Srd Hill.

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Morning – Visit to Fort Lovrijenac

Start your morning with a cozy breakfast at Caffe Bar The Kop, located between the city walls and Fort Lovrijenac. Then, head to the castle itself – an integral part of the cityscape and known to Game of Thrones fans as the “Red Tower”.

The castle is believed to date back to the early 1000s and was built to defend the city from the Venetians. To reach it, you have to go to Peel and look for the stairs that go down behind Gallus Restaurant.

You will arrive at the Kayaking Center at Colorina Bay and from there you will need to walk down a steep and narrow path to the entrance of the Fort.

Unfortunately, the castle does not have any signs to tell you about its history. But it’s an amazing place to walk with views of Dubrovnik and the bay that are amazing!

Afternoon – Take a boat to Lokrum Island

By now, you’ve spent most of your two days in Dubrovnik exploring its ancient buildings. So for your last afternoon, you will appreciate its natural beauty instead!

Lokrum Island is just 15 minutes by boat from Dubrovnik’s Old Town – you can catch a ferry from outside the city walls. If you use Lokrum’s official ferry, entry to the island is included in your ticket price (200 HRK). Otherwise, you must pay on arrival.

Alternatively, you can book a kayak tour to visit Lokrum Island.

The island is beautiful and peaceful, providing a great respite from the heat and crowds of the mainland.

Immediately you notice the beautiful aroma of pine, olive and cypress trees that are located on the island.

You can visit the picturesque 19th-century botanical gardens, see the ruins of a Benedictine monastery, or soak up the sun and enjoy the water at the beach during the summer months.

Peacocks roam freely on the island and there is even a colony of tame rabbits that you can feed by hand. Fort Royal offers magnificent views over the center of the island.

Evening – watch the sunset from Srd Hill

What better way to end your weekend in Dubrovnik than watching the sunset over the city from the top of Srd Hill.

To get there, look for signs for the Dubrovnik cable car. This will take you straight to the top in less than 5 minutes. Here you will find viewing platforms, a museum and a castle. There is also a bar and restaurant for dinner and cocktails.

The views are spectacular, especially when the golden rays of the sun hit the rooftops at sunset. Then you see the lights of the city with the amazingly illuminated walls. It is an impressive sight that will give you a lasting memory of this fantastic place.



Is 2 days in Dubrovnik enough?

As you can see from this itinerary for two days in Dubrovnik, you will have plenty of time to see the main attractions of the city.

You may need to add an extra night to your stay if you arrive late on your first day or leave particularly early on your departure day.

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Where to stay in Dubrovnik

Here are our recommendations for the best places to stay in Dubrovnik, whatever your budget!

Best budget accommodation

Best for a budget stay within Dubrovnik’s city walls, Hotel Angelina Old Town located just 650 yards from the famous Banje Beach and 400 meters from Peel Gate.

Both bedrooms have wardrobes and private bathrooms, while the shared kitchen has facilities such as a fridge, oven and toaster. There is also a common room for recreation.

The beds are comfortable and there is a terrace overlooking the city where you can meet other travelers and enjoy the views!

Best mid-range accommodation

Just a 20-minute walk from the old town, Hotel Lero It is located 5 minutes from the beach and has a wellness center, a seasonal outdoor pool and 2 restaurants.

The modern rooms are air-conditioned and all have flat-screen TVs, safes, minibars and kettles. At the same time, the bathrooms have a bath or shower, with toiletries, a bathrobe, a hairdryer and a hairdryer.

A daily buffet breakfast is served and you have a choice of cuisine, from Dalmatian and international fare at the Terra restaurant to Bosnian cuisine at the Taj Mahal a la carte.

The best luxury accommodation

For ultimate luxury, spend your 2 days in Dubrovnik Stari Grad hotel boutique.

Recently renovated and just a 2-minute walk from the beach, it is one of two hotels located within the city walls.

In addition to a great location, it offers private bathrooms with hydromassage showers, a rooftop terrace restaurant with panoramic views and great attention to detail.

The space is very intimate, with only 8 beautifully decorated rooms and wonderfully attentive staff.

Final thoughts on Dubrovnik in two days

If you are wondering what to do in Dubrovnik in two days, I hope you found this guide useful.

Dubrovnik is an interesting city with a good climate and so much to explore. This two-day Dubrovnik itinerary covers all its main attractions and ensures that you will have an interesting and unforgettable vacation.

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