3 Days in Dubrovnik: The BEST Places to Explore

Ah, Dubrovnik. Perhaps you’re enticed to visit because of the Game of Thrones. Or, maybe it’s the photos you’ve seen of the picturesque old town overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Regardless of your reason, you’re here because you have 3 days in Dubrovnik and I’m here to show you how to make the most of your time. So, without further ado, let’s jump in!

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3 Days in Dubrovnik Chart

You’ve got 3 days in Dubrovnik. That’s two travel days. Two nights. And one full day.

I don’t know about you, but I’m a visual kind of person. So, let’s break down your three day stay in Dubrovnik in a chart.

DayMorningAfternoonEvening
Day 1Arrival in DubrovnikTake a walking tour (general or Game of Thrones)Dinner & independent exploration time
Day 2Walk the old town wallsCable Car and/or Mount Srđ HikeSunset cruise
Day 3Lovrijenac Fort OR Lokrum IslandFinal exploration of old town OR scenic walkDeparture from Dubrovnik

Obviously, this Dubrovnik itinerary might not perfectly fit your schedule. Ideally, you’d arrive on your first day in the morning and depart on your last day in the late afternoon or evening.

But if you can’t, don’t fret- the activities on this list are nearly entirely interchangeable to fit your schedule and/or interests.

Now, to the good stuff. Let’s take a look at these activities listed in closer detail.

A view of Dubrovnik's old town from the city walls.

Day #1 of your 3 days in Dubrovnik

Welcome to Dubrovnik! Let’s begin your itinerary with what to expect when you arrive.

Day 1: Morning

Arrival to Dubrovnik by plane

The Dubrovnik Čilipi Airport receives international flights and is located about 15.5 km (less than 10 miles) from the city center. The drive takes about 20 minutes, or so, depending on traffic to get into the old town. If you’re on a budget, you can take a shuttle bus to the old town, although it would cut into some of the time you have today.

Arrival to Dubrovnik by bus

The main bus station in Dubrovnik is located in the Gruž district, by the ferry terminal. It’s about 3 km from the old town, meaning that you can either take a taxi, public bus, or walk (in order of fastest to slowest).

Day 1: Afternoon

Take a Walking Tour

Dubrovnik is full of great walking tours. Whether you’re looking for a “free” (tip-based) tour, one that’ll take you to Game of Thrones filming locations, or one that’s private and custom to your liking, taking a walking tour is one of the best ways to get acquainted with Dubrovnik.

Starting your 3 days in Dubrovnik with a walking tour is a great option.

Walking tours are popular in Dubrovnik. As such, most tours run multiple times a day, including in the afternoon. Depending on how early you arrive, you might even be able to catch a later morning tour.

Generally speaking, Dubrovnik walking tours last around 2 – 3 hours. You can get a feel for the tour options available here.

Day 1: Evening

Dinner & Independent Exploration Time

After you’ve put your legs to work, settle in for a nice dinner. There’s no shortage of restaurant options to choose from; whether you’d like to dine on a quaint alleyway in the old town or up on the cliff overlooking the Adriatic Sea, your eyes and tastebuds will thank you.

A street side restaurant in Dubrovnik's old town.

Seafood is a must-try when in Dubrovnik. They’re particularly well known for their black risotto dishes, which is made from squid ink.

After you’ve filled up on dinner, put your legs back to work (perhaps with an ice cream in hand) and re-explore the old town. It’s incredibly safe to wander around and with lights dotting the pedestrian streets, it offers a different feel than the daytime.

Looking for nightlife? You’ll find some cool bars in the old town, particularly on the side with the steep hill (opposite the ocean). However, most bars and clubs are located outside the city walls. Give the neighborhood Lapad a try (Copacabana Beach in particular).

Day #2 of your 3 days in Dubrovnik

Your full day in Dubrovnik has arrived! Let’s get you making the most of it with this exciting schedule today.

Day 2: Morning

Walk the old town walls

A word of warning- some of the walking tours include walking the old town walls. So, if you choose a tour that does, your itinerary on Day 3 will give you options for how to fill your time this morning.

Regardless of how you visit the old town walls, the important thing is that you do so. The views from the walls offer the most iconic views of Dubrovnik’s old town and the Adriatic Sea.

Walking the stone city walls is a must-do with your 3 days in Dubrovnik.
A view of Dubrovnik from the city walls.

While there will be plenty of guides willing to give you a tour, in my opinion, your money is better spent elsewhere. By exploring the old walls independently, you can go at your own pace, fill your camera with photos, and not have to push through crowds within your group (you’ll get your fill of crowd-pushing without them).

Do yourself a favor and beat the crowds by arriving first thing in the morning. The walls open at 8:00am during high season and 9:00am during low season. You can expect it to take about two hours to walk around the entire circumference, and more than that if you stop at one of the restaurants overlooking the Adriatic Sea.

Day 2: Afternoon

Cable Car and/or Mount Srđ Hike

Let’s start with a no-brainer: If you enjoy scenic hikes, check out this guide on taking the Mount Srđ hike. I stumbled upon a nearly abandoned trail which turned out to be my favorite memory of Dubrovnik. I’ve yet to see information about it anywhere else online, so make sure to read about the best way to hike Mount Srđ so that you can see if it’s a good fit for you.

As a little teaser, this would be your view when hiking back to Dubrovnik via this secluded hike:

A secluded, stone path to Dubrovnik.

If you’re unsure about whether or not you’d be able to complete a full hike, rest easy. Dubrovnik’s famous cable car can take you up the mountain, offering jaw-dropping views of the old town along the way. Then, you can hike back down the mountain, using the instructions in my guide. This is both an easier hiking option and one that would offer you views from the literal off-the-beaten-path hiking route.

Finally, there’s the option to enjoy views looking down at Dubrovnik’s old town by means of taking the cable car round trip.

A view of Dubrovnik and Lokrum Island from the cable car.
A view of Dubrovnik from the top of Mount Srđ, which you can arrive to by either hiking or taking the cable car.

Due to a long-standing city issue involving concession fees, the cable car is sometimes closed. The disagreement has been around since 2010, so check the Dubrovnik Cable Car website before you go to make sure the cable car will be operating.

Day 2: Evening

Sunset cruise

Life in Dubrovnik revolves around the Adriatic Sea. So naturally, you should aim to get out on the water during the 3 days you have in Dubrovnik. Taking a sunset cruise is the perfect way to do this.

There’s no shortage of agencies offering sunset cruises. Some are short, sightseeing only cruises. Some are dinner cruises. And others are private, romantic ones.

The tours shown below will help give you a start on understanding your options and pricing.

Day #3 of your 3 days in Dubrovnik

It’ll soon be time for you to say your goodbyes to Dubrovnik, but hopefully not before getting the chance to explore a bit more. Below are suggestions for how to spend your final day.

Day 3: Morning

Lovrijenac Fort OR Lokrum Island

Whether you choose to visit Lovrijenac Fort or Lokrum Island depends on a couple of things:

  1. Whether you already visited Lovrijenac Fort as part of your walking tour (this is likely the case if you took a Games of Thrones walking tour).
  2. How much time you have (Lovrijenac Fort is a quicker visit than Lokrum Island).
Lovrijenac Fort sitting on a stone hill, which is a good activity to do with your 3 days in Dubrovnik.
A view of Lovrijenac Fort.

Let’s start with Lovrijenac Fort. The fort is located just outside the old city walls, near Pile Gate. Make sure to save your ticket from the city walls, since you’ll get free entry.

Travel Tip: If you opt out of walking the city walls, I still recommend visiting Lovrijenac Fort. Simply walk up the steps to the ticket booth. You’ll get amazing views of Dubrovnik without needing to pay the entrance fee.

A view of Dubrovnik from Lovrijenac Fort.
A view of Dubrovnik’s old town from the entrance to Lovrijenac Fort.

The Lovrijenac Fort is an easy place to visit if you’ll be leaving Dubrovink in the late morning or afternoon since it’s so close to the old town. However, if you’re not leaving Dubrovnik until later in the day, consider a trip to Lokrum Island.

Lokrum Island is a fifteen minute ferry ride from the old town. The ferries typically depart every half hour and your return ticket is valid for anytime, offering great flexibility for you to spend as long (or little) as you’d like once you arrive.

A view of the tiny, green Lokrum Island.
A view of Lokrum Island, taken from Mount Srđ.

The pedestrian-only island is the perfect place to hike, soak in views of Dubrovnik, relax in a park, and explore old buildings (Game of Thrones fans will find sites of interest here, too). And, of course, taking a selfie with the friendly, wild peacocks and rabbits is a must!

Day 3: Afternoon

Final exploration of old town OR scenic walk

Once your final hours in Dubrovnik arrive, you’ll be the best judge on how to spend the rest of your time. You could easily feel like exploring the old town one last time. However, if you’re looking for something new to do, consider taking a walk down Frana Supila Street.

Frana Supila Street stretches away from Dubrovnik’s old town and isn’t very frequented by tourists- or, at least, not much of it. But you’ll be rewarded with beautiful views of the old town, Adriatic Sea, and pretty, seaside houses if you take this walk.

A view of the Adriatic Sea and beach houses in the mountains from Frana Supila Street.

In order to start this walk, simply exit Ploče Gate and follow Frana Supila Street up along the coast. There’s a gentle incline but overall it’s an easy walk. You can walk along Frana Supila Street for miles, depending on how much time you have.

The beginning of the Frana Supila Street walk, which is the perfect way to end your 3 days in Dubrovnik.
Frana Supila Street.

And, depending on your time, you can easily combine a walk along Frana Supila Street with a final exploration of the old town.

Day 3: Evening

Departure from Dubrovnik

Time goes too quick when you’re on vacation, doesn’t it?

I hope you’ve made it this far. But I get it. Realistically, it can be tough to arrive early or depart late, let alone both. Hopefully, though, Dubrovnik isn’t the end to your exploration of the Balkans, for there are so many incredible destinations to visit.

For ideas on other places to visit in Croatia, make sure to check out our guides on Krka National Park, Plitvice Lakes National Park, and Zagreb.

Orange top roofs in the old town which you can see with 3 days in Dubrovnik.

3 Days in Dubrovnik: Is it enough time?

It’s a heck of a lot more time than many people spend (looking at all you day-trippers). And enough time to see the most popular highlights of Dubrovnik.

But in my humble opinion, if you can spare an extra day or two, it’s worth adding to your three-day trip. There are a lot of great day trips you can take from Dubrovnik- truly manageable day trips- so it’s a great place to base yourself from if packing and unpacking every couple of nights isn’t up your alley.

A view of Dubrovnik with palm trees in the foreground.

Is it best to stay inside or outside Dubrovnik’s old town?

With 3 days in Dubrovnik, you’ll have more time than many, but far from an endless amount of time for thumb-twiddling.

Staying in Dubrovnik’s old town is convenient but expensive. If it fits with your budget, by all means, go for it.

Otherwise, book a place within walking distance from the old town. Dubrovnik’s public transportation system is generally good, but even so, it likely isn’t worth taking the time to use it.

A view of Dubrovnik with boats in the water.  You'll be able to see views like these during your 3 days in Dubrovnik.

Public Transportation in Croatia

Dubrovnik is stunning, but there are dozens of other beautiful destinations in Croatia worth exploring. Buses and ferries are known to fill in advance, especially during the high season for tourism, so I recommend booking your ticket in advance.

For great deals on public transportation in Croatia, I recommend checking out Bookaway. They’ll show you the bus and ferry times you have to choose from and they offer competitive rates so that you don’t have to take precious time during your trip to figure out transportation logistics.

Thoughts & Questions

There’s no doubt about it- Dubrovnik offers an array of activities and endless, stunning scenery to absorb. The places discussed in this post are my personal recommendations for how to spend 3 days in Dubrovnik, but they’re far from the only ones! Share your suggestions for how to spend three days in Dubrovnik or any questions you have about visiting Dubrovnik in the comment section below.

Wishing you a wonderful stay in beautiful Dubrovnik!

P.S.- Thinking about exploring outside of Dubrovnik? Check out our post on taking a day trip to Cavtat.

P.P.S.- Zagreb is Croatia’s stunning but overlooked capital. Learn about what to do with 36 hours there using our Zagreb Itinerary.