Beach-hopping in Dubrovnik:
Guide to the Best Beaches in Dubrovnik and its region
Dubrovnik beaches – what to expect?
1. Beach, eng: a shore of a body of water covered by sand, gravel, or larger rock fragments, a seashore area.
2. Plaža, cro.: a place to hop in and out of the sea.
With most beaches in Dubrovnik area sporting rocks and pebbles, it might be good news that the new-age beach fashion allows for crazy-colored rubber shoes to be worn without succumbing you to any major outbursts of laughter.
Dubrovnik beaches are alluring
Beach time should be at the backbone of every summer visit to Dubrovnik. Locals love sunbathing, fishing, diving, and going out with their boats, and they make a point of not missing an encounter with the sea whenever possible. This intangible connection lingers in the air and seems to brush off on every visitor. Hence smart travelers plan for ample beach time when designing their Dubrovnik visit itineraries! Yes, keep in mind lunches are served with a glass of wine over here, so whether you’re up for a siesta or for an action-packed afternoon, if you want to do it the local way – do it on the beach.
Beaches in Dubrovnik Old Town
~ rugged refreshment
Believe it or not, but even the Dubrovnik Old Town wonder of stone delivers a couple of attractive dipping spots. The seaside of the historic center is on the south, where the walls are founded on very high rocks, hence the beaches in Dubrovnik Old Town come rugged, wild, and mind-blowingly beautiful on a backdrop of the imposing City Walls.
A stone’s throw from all major attractions inside the walled area, they are an ideal chance to refresh from the crazy summer heats, all while exploring the Old Town. A word to the wise: when headed out for leisurely wanderings, always pack your swim suit – it could come in handy! One thing to know when planning to swim in the Old Town is that all its beaches sit by deep sea, so if you’re a fan of slow-entering, check out the beaches in vicinity of the Old Town, listed in the next section ‘Beaches near the Old Town’.
~ Dubrovnik beach between the fortress of St. John and Lokrum Island
Our two cents: Always come to Porporela with your swim suit on.
Buža Bar and Buža Cold Drinks bars
~ A drink and a dip by the walls of Dubrovnik
Our two cents: Swim in the afternoon, then enjoy a sunset drink.
~ a swim under the watchful eye of Lovrijenac Fortress
Our two cents: Come here in the morning while cruiser crowds swamp the town, then head out to explore the UNESCO listed town in the afternoon.
~ a lushly green escape just 15 minutes from the Old Town
Mysterious-looking Lokrum Island sits sprawled in front of the Dubrovnik Old Town harbor, and within an easy reach. Connecting the Old Town and Lokrum Portoč harbor, public boats run on a regular and frequent schedule, bringing you to the island in a short, 15-minute ride. Lokrum visitor’s center is situated in Portoč harbor and provides all the information you might need to make the best of your visit, plus some lovely and unique souvenirs.
Arriving to Lokrum from Dubrovnik Old Town might feel like reaching an alternate universe, serene, green and nothing like the bustling city core. Crickets chirping, birds singing, peacocks flaunting their tails, peaking at your sandwiches… There’s also a bunch of super-cute bunnies on the island, so if you fall for that kind of stuff, make sure to pack extra snacks!
Hiking and walking trails crisscross the island and are clearly marked. You’ll spot the first signage as you step inland from the Portoč harbor. The eastern side of the island is rocky, with high spots to dive from, plateaus to suntan and a secluded area allocated as the nudist beach. The lake-like Dead Sea makes for an ideal swimming spot for all who are not fans of the deep blue. The islands’ central part is a large open area shaded in sky-high pine trees. Along with a couple of volley-ball courts, a soccer terrain, outdoor gym and a bunch of trees to hug or lounge under, you’ll also find the lovely La Croma restaurant here. Just next to it, the ruins of the Benedictine Monastery house several exhibitions, including one on the Game of Thrones filming in Dubrovnik. The highlight is, of course, the Iron Throne replica, and fans can take their photo in it completely free of charge. The west side of the island delves in fantastic panoramas of the Old Town, from its Napoleonic fort Royal on the top of the hill. If you’re not up for hiking the Paradise Trail to the top, enjoy a