The historic city of Dubrovnik is a perfect location to enjoy your one-week holiday in a place brimming with history. Located in southern Croatia, it has played a very significant role in trade, politics, and culture of the region. But, most of all, it is a real gem on the Dalmatian coast of the Adriatic Sea, setting the perfect scene for spending a delightful one week in Dubrovnik.
The town is known for its well-preserved mediaeval architecture, stunning coastal setting, and charming narrow streets. Its rich history dates back to Ancient times, although it only became known as the Republic of Ragusa in the Middle Ages. During that time, the country began its development in the fields of diplomacy, trade and culture, especially its large cities, including Dubrovnik.
Our full guide covers:
- Basic Introduction
- Where to stay in Dubrovnik
- How to get around
- What to see in Dubrovnik
- Things to do in Dubrovnik
- Tickets you have to buy before – must read
- Food and Restaurants
- Day Trips from Dubrovnik
- Itinerary for Dubrovnik
- Packing List
- City Map
One of the city’s most remarkable attractions is the Old Town, which is enclosed by the City Walls. This is a place where the narrow cobblestone streets and charming squares still remain hidden. The main street Stradun is the most significant pedestrian zone where everything important appears in front of you. During your one week in Dubrovnik, you will enjoy visiting the Rector’s Palace, Sponza Palace, and the Dubrovnik Cathedral.
Nowadays, tourism plays a crucial role for the locals, who are famous for their hospitality. In addition, this place also has a lot to offer, especially if you consider its beneficial location on the coastline of the Adriatic Sea. It’s very close to the Island of Lokrum which is a natural reserve with many botanical gardens. If you liked what you read so far, then Dubrovnik is definitely you will enjoy visiting.
1. Basic Introduction
I would like to start my 1 week in Dubrovnik guide with a simple intro to the things you need to know before coming to this place.
Currency: Croatian Kuna (HRK)
Language Spoken: Croatian, although almost all locals speak English.
Population: 42.615 (2011) is the last officially declared info
Known for: mediaeval architecture, the historic Old Town, and the stunning coastal location
Accommodation: According to your preferences, budget, and interests you can choose among hotels, guesthouses, apartments, and vacation rentals, but if you plan a holiday in a high season, then you will have to book months in advance.
Find more details in our where to stay in Dubrovnik section below.
Public Transport: Bus
More under how to get around.
Safety: Dubrovnik is considered a safe destination for tourists.
City name: Dubrovnik
Electricity: 230V/50Hz (European plug). Remember to pack your travel plug adapter.
2. Where to stay in Dubrovnik
Depending on the type of experience you are seeking during your Dubrovnik 7 day itinerary, as well as your budget, this town and the surrounding area have plenty to offer.
Below are some of my suggestions for places you should spend some time exploring during your one week in Dubrovnik:
These are the surrounding locations where you can fully immerse in the historic side of Dubrovnik, very close to significant attractions, and feel the lively and charming atmosphere.
Although they can be crowded during the high season, I’m sure you will enjoy the fantastic views of the sea. If you consider staying in smaller towns, keep in mind they might have limited accommodation opportunities. However, no place is scarce of beautiful promenades, beaches charming dining restaurants, family atmosphere, or secluded spots.
2.1 Where to stay in Old Town (Stari Grad)
Famous for the well-preserved mediaeval architecture, Old Town is the heart of the city, making it a must-visit for your one week in Dubrovnik. The City Walls offer breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea and the surrounding places, like Stradun, Sponza, the Rector’s Palace, and the Dubrovnik Cathedral, giving it a historical vibe.
Zelenci Apartments, Old Town Dubrovnik
Very close to Dubrovnik Cathedral, this apartment with a city view, a fully equipped kitchen, a dining area, and a private bathroom is very popular, especially for couples. Zelenci Apartments offers an airport shuttle service.
Apartments Martecchini, Old Town Dubrovnik
Apartments Martecchini are only a short distance from Stradun Promenade and the City Walls. Here, you can enjoy the authentic Old Town atmosphere. All units in this apartment have a kitchen and a private bathroom. It is a good choice for couples and families since there are few family rooms within the property. An airport shuttle is available on request.
2.2 Where to stay in Ploče
On the east side of the Old Town, there is a tranquil Ploče district. You will enjoy the unforgettable panoramic view of the red roofs and the Adriatic Sea. Ploče Gate is famous for being one of the main entrances in the Old Town Dubrovnik. Coastal walks, fine dining, beach time, and excursions to Lokrum are the main activities to make your one week in Dubrovnik a memorable experience.
Apartmani Galić, PLoče
Approximately 1 km away from Ploče City Beach and Mišina Beach, Apartmani Galić also offers a private beach, so you will enjoy the sun and sea. There is a sun terrace and an outdoor fireplace within the property. The area where these apartments are located is also known for hiking and fishing, and the location is very popular among families and couples.
Hotel Tolero, Ploče
Located in the Dubrovnik-Neretva region, Hotel Tolero is a bit far from Ploče and Mišina beaches, but it is very cosy and popular for couples. It offers a bar and rooms with a patio. The closeness to the Kravica Waterfalls is 32 km and the nearest airport is Mostar.
2.3 Where to stay in Lapad
Lapad, the charming bay, famous for its fascinating landscapes, promenade, and beautiful beaches, offers a relaxing atmosphere and provides various possibilities to enjoy your one week in Dubrovnik. Fine dining is a special experience in Lapad because there are many charming restaurants. Cafes on almost every corner, make your stay in this place nonchalant and easygoing.
D-Elegant Lapad Dubrovnik, Lapad
D-Elegant Lapad Dubrovnik offers garden and city views and is very close to landmarks such as Copacabana Beach and Lapad Bay Beach. All the units within the property have a private bathroom and some of the rooms have private terraces. Besides the sea and natural relaxation, you can enjoy a variety of wellness packages.
Hotel Lapad, Lapad
Luxurious and modern rooms, a minibar, and a wireless internet connection are what you get in Hotel Lapad. There is also an à-la-carte grill restaurant, live music, and a pool. It is by all means perfect for couples, and is only 3 km away from the Old Town Dubrovnik.
2.4 Where to stay in Gruž
Being located in the northwest of the Old Town Dubrovnik, Gruž serves as a main port, connecting the city with other destinations in Croatia and wider. What makes this district a must-include in your one week in Dubrovnik plan are the marketplace and many restaurants and cafes. What makes it attractive is the fact that it’s the transportation hub for ferries and bus connections. The fascinating views of the sea as in all coastal districts are breathtaking.
Apartments aMare, Gruž
Apartments aMare offers a kitchen, a private bathroom, and a dining area in every unit. All the rooms have a sea view and are perfect for couples and families. It is also very close to many landmarks.
Berkeley Hotel & Day Spa, Gruž
Located in the Gruž harbour, Berkeley Hotel & Day Spa offers very modern rooms with a sea view from some and an on-site spa where you can enjoy a massage, facial, and body treatment. The town of Dubrovnik is only 2 km away.
Great for couples!
2.5 Where to stay in Pile
Next on the list of neighbourhoods to include in your Dubrovnik 7 day itinerary is Pile. Pile is located in the western part of Old City and is one of the main entrances to the Old Town. Known for its significant historic architecture, the place gives you access to many important landmarks such as Lovrijenac Fortress, Onofrio’s Fountain, and St. Savior Church. It is a real gateway to the historic charm of Dubrovnik.
Blue Sea Volatina, Pile
Located only 700 m from Onofrio’s Fountain, housed in a historic building, Blue Sea Volatina offers private parking, a fully equipped kitchen, and a private bathroom. It is very close to Stradun and Dubrovnik Cable Car.
Villa Ani Apartment Ariel, Pile
A self-catering accommodation settled in a historic villa offers a furnished terrace with panoramic views. There is a dining area, a seating area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a private bathroom. The Minceta Tower is only 100 m away.
Villa Ani Apartment Ariel is great for couples looking for a place to stay during their one week in Dubrovnik.
3. How to get around Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is known to be a very compact city. However, since you have to visit its surroundings, you need to consider a few more convenient ways to get around.
Walking: The Old Town of Dubrovnik, where most of the historic attractions are located, has narrow streets that are best explored on foot. So, make sure you have comfortable walking shoes.
Public Bus: The local bus network is very efficient. It connects the Old Town to other parts of the town and its surroundings. The bus stops are visibly marked and a ticket can be bought at a kiosk or on the bus.
Taxis: Taxis are always at your disposal to reach destinations that aren’t within walking distance. There are marked taxi stations or you can hail on the street. Before you take on a ride, don’t forget to ask for the price or make sure that the taxi-metre is on.
Rental Cars: Car rentals are a great idea for your one week in Dubrovnik, because that is the way you can explore the surrounding places or islands. The roads are well maintained, but still be careful with the Old Town area, where finding a parking spot is very challenging and some areas are restricted for cars.
4. What to see in Dubrovnik – The Must-Do’s
To make your 1 week in Dubrovnik a pleasant experience, these are a few places you must visit for an unforgettable impression:
The Must Do’s are:
More great sights to see in Dubrovnik are:
- Discover the Franciscan Monastery
- Fort Lovrijenac
- Banje Beach
5. Things to do in Dubrovnik
Below, you will discover the most popular things to do in Dubrovnik which will help you create ever-lasting memories:
This is a very popular and exciting activity and allows you to get a full perspective of the town. You can explore the coastal part, and enjoy the crystal clear sea water and breathtaking landscapes.
There are several sea kayaking operators, so my suggestion is to join a group. The starting point is in the Pile Bay area. The tour operator will provide all the necessary equipment for you and you will be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide who knows a lot about the marine history and the historic sites you pass by.
There are two types of tours: the Sunset Tour, very romantic and an adventure to remember, and the Island Hopping Tour when you visit some of the nearby islands, enjoy the beaches and maybe try snorkelling.
This romantic and unforgettable experience which offers a rare perspective of Dubrovnik and its surroundings, is a must-do activity during your one week in Dubrovnik. What I will suggest are a few tips regarding this enjoyable experience.
Don’t forget to book in advance and see the itinerary for the tour, so you can be sure the places you want to see are included. Be aware of the marine environment, listen to the crew instructions, and enjoy the scenery with the changing colours of the sky.
Dine at a Cliffside Restaurant
Combining a stunning panoramic view of the Adriatic Sea and trying a delicious authentic traditional cuisine is dinner in a cliffside restaurant. Sitting on an outdoor terrace enjoying the breathtaking views will fill you with romantic feelings. Moreover, you will certainly enjoy sipping some of the best quality wine from the region that complements your food choice. However, keep in mind to make an early reservation to ensure your spot.
Wine Tasting Tour
A wine tour is a great way to immerse yourself in the rich diversity of Croatian during your 7-day Dubrovnik itinerary. Dalmatia, a region where the town of Dubrovnik is located, is very famous for high-quality wines. You can choose to explore the wine cellars in the Old Town or pick a winery tour in the surrounding area.
The excursion to the Pelesac peninsula and the Korcula Island Wine Tour are perfect for wine lovers. Peljesac peninsula is very famous for the red wines produced there, one of which is Plavac Mali. Korcula, on the other hand, is famous for white wines, including the incredibly rare variety Malvasia.
Swim at Buza Bar
This beach bar is a unique and very popular spot in Dubrovnik. Do not miss to visit it during your 1 week in Dubrovnik.
It is spread on the cliffs outside the town and offers fantastic and unforgettable views of the Adriatic Sea. Being carved in the rocks, enables you to swim in the sea below the bar. Here, you can immerse in the warm colours of the setting sun in the waters of the sea.
6. Tickets you have to buy before (Must Read)
Planning your Dubrovnik 7-day itinerary can be challenging, which is why you’ll find it more convenient to at least buy some tickets beforehand. Here is the list of tickets to consider purchasing in advance:
- Dubrovnik City Walls Ticket
- Museum and Attraction Tickets
7. Food & Restaurants
Below is a list of dishes that you have to taste during your one week in Dubrovnik:
- Ston Oysters
My suggestion for the best restaurants:
8. Day Trips from Dubrovnik
How to do the day trips? There are 3 options:
Here are the list of sights that you might want to check out for your day trips:
- Old Town (Stari Grad): City Walls; Stradun; Rector’s Palace
- Ploče: Banje Beach; Eastwest Beach Club; Dominican Monastery
- Lapad: Lapad Beach; Uvala Lapad Promenade; Dubrovnik Copacabana Beach
- Gruž: Gruž Market; Franjo Tuđman Bridge
- Pile: Pile Gate, Fort Lovrijenac, Gradac Park, Sulic Beach
9. Itinerary for 7 days
Day 1: Arrival and Old Town Exploration
Put your comfortable shoes on and start your one week in Dubrovnik exploring the most significant part of the city, the Old Town. It’s a delightful experience that can start from the Pile Gate across the stone bridge that will take you to Stradun. While you stroll along this main street, you will feel the charming vibes and the lively atmosphere.
Don’t miss to enter inside the Dubrovnik Cathedral and the Rector’s Palace, after which you deserve a relaxing lunch. Rest for a while and continue your walk with a few more glimpses towards Orlando’s Column and the Church of St. Blaise. The evening activities are up to you to decide. Have a nice dinner or relax in your room immersing yourself in the sea view.
Day 2: City Walls and Maritime Experience
This will be a journey through history and time. Explore the Wall’s architecture and maritime heritage. Begin your walk through the City Walls early in the morning, so you can avoid crowds. Tickets for this walk, if not bought in advance, can be obtained at Pile Gate. Afterward, admire the scenery and visit Lovrijenac Fortress. You can also take a guided tour. Later, enjoy lunch.
As you have relaxed for a while, you can go on and upscale your impressions with maritime experience, starting by visiting the Gruž harbour. Visit also the Maritime Museum of Dubrovnik and then rest, so you can enjoy a dinner at one of the restaurants on Stradun.
Day 3: Cable Car and Sunset Cruise
The Cable Car is a very famous attraction which will allow you to glimpse into some incredibly breathtaking views of the whole city during your 1 week in Dubrovnik. The Cable Car starting point is very close to the Ploče Gate. Your ride is to Mount Srdj. The views of Dubrovnik and the Adriatic Sea are unforgettable from up there. Several panoramic platforms, and a few restaurants and cafes, are what you can expect at the top. As the day comes to it end, you can think of a Sunset cruise and enjoy it to the fullest.
Joining a group for this magical experience might be a good idea. To enjoy the fascinating views of the coast of Dalmatia, I advise that you join a sunset cruise. This cruise usually lasts for 2 hours, so you will of course have time to enjoy the evening with a romantic dinner.
Day 4: Day Trip to Lokrum and Beach Time
A day for a peaceful retreat! Just a few suggestions and you pick what you are up to when you step there. Visit the Botanical Gardens, and the Monastery, enjoy the small saltwater lake swimming and floating, walk through the trails if you feel like walking, encounter the Peacock colony or simply enjoy a day at the beach.
Day 5: Wine Tasting and Cavtat
Cavtat is located 20 km away from Dubrovnik and Konavle Valley which is a wine-growing region. Known for its picturesque landscapes and vineyards, it won’t be a bad idea to spend a day visiting local wineries and taste wines made from locally preserved grape varieties. For an immersive experience, I recommend you join a guided tour.
Day 6: Game of Thrones Tour and Culinary Delights
A day before departing Dubrovnik, you can visit the iconic filming locations with a Game of Thrones Tour. Joining the guided tour is my suggestion, because that way, you won’t miss a spot and you’ll get to hear some back-of-the-scene anecdotes.
Day 7: Relaxation and Departure
Pack and get ready to say goodbye to this amazing place, to which I’m sure you;ll be planning your return very soon.
One more tip for the adventurers who plan on spending one week in Dubrovnik- although following this itinerary will let you have a glimpse into the variety of sights and experiences, feel free to explore the city on your own!
10. Packing List
There is a few things we recommend for your packing list Dubrovnik.
- Lightweight clothes
- Beach cover-ups
- Sun protective lotion, sunglasses, a hat, and a beach towel
- Rain jacket
- Comfortable walking shoes and sandals
- Formal attire (if you plan to dine at upscale restaurants or attend some events)
Optional but always useful:
11. Printed Guides & Map
These guides are best for the ones looking for a printed version.
Once you come to Dubrovnik, you will also receive a paper map of the city.
- Lonely Planet Pocket Dubrovnik & the Dalmatian Coast 2 (Pocket Guide)
- Eyewitness Top 10 Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian Coast (Pocket Travel Guide)
- Insight Guides Explore Dubrovnik
Here is again our map of Dubrovnik with the recommended hotels and neighborhoods.
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