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Dubrovnik 3-day itinerary

  • Croatia

Last updated: 04 April, 2024

Where to go and what to see in Dubrovnik – a 3-day itinerary from destination expert and travel writer Annabelle Thorpe.

Editor note – Annabelle has not included specific recommendations of where to stay each day unless it’s necessary. Instead, see the ‘Where to stay’ section in our Dubrovnik destination guide.

Day 1


Avoid the heat by walking the City Walls in the early morning; finish at the Vrata od Buze entrance, a short walk from the Mount Srdj cable car. Try the excellent pizzas at nearby Pizzeria Tabasco and spend a lazy afternoon on Banje beach before a sundowner at the Hotel Grand Villa Argentina.

Banje Beach

  • Dubrovnik, Dalmatia, Croatia

Banje beach in Dubrovnik aerial view, Dalmatia region of Croatia


Dubrovnik’s best-known beach, just a short walk from the Ploce Gate, Banje has spectacular views of the Old Town and is backed with a clutch of cafes and restaurants.

Day 2


Browse the stalls at Gundulic Square Market before exploring the Rector’s Palace and Franciscan Monastery. Then hop a taxi to Gruz port and a ferry to Lopud, one of the Elafiti Islands. Eat lunch at the waterfront Restaurant Dubrovnik before heading back to the city for cocktails at the cliff-top Buza Bar.

Gundulic Square Market

  • Dubrovnik, Dalmatia, Croatia

The popular and colorful Dubrovnik Farmers Market in the historical Old Town, featuring outdoor stalls filled with locally grown, fresh produce.


This daily market is the place to come to mingle with locals buying fresh fruit and vegetables, olive oil and locally-produced Grappa – come early in the morning for the best produce, it closes by lunchtime.

Good for age: 18+

Rector’s Palace

  • Dubrovnik, Dalmatia, Croatia

Tourists in front of the of the Rector's palace. Palace used to serve as seat of the Rector of the Republic of Ragusa and today is the museum.


The administrative heart of the Republic of Dubrovnik in the 16th and 17th centuries, the palace is now a museum with furniture, artifacts and artworks dating back to the era of the Republic.

Adult price: 12

Good for age: 18+

  • Dubrovnik, Dalmatia, Croatia

  • Bucket List Experience

Bird's eye view of an island


Elafiti Islands

A pristine archipelago, just off the coast of Dubrovnik, with pine-forested hills, quiet beaches with crystal-clear water, and lovely waterfront tavernas.

Good for age: 8+

Duration: 3+ hours

Day 3


Start the day on the water with a morning sea-kayaking tour around the old city walls. Spend the afternoon shopping for take-home treats; wine from Vinoteka Milicic and jewellery and accessories from Modni Kantun. Round off with dinner at 360, the city’s finest, Michelin-starred restaurant.

Vinoteka Milicic

  • Dubrovnik, Dalmatia, Croatia

Glass of white wine on a street bar table


This small wine shop in the heart of the Old Town sells wines straight from the Peljesac peninsula, plus Croatian deli items including fruit spirits, preserves and sweets.

Min age 18

Good for age: 18+

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Modni Kantun

  • Dubrovnik, Dalmatia, Croatia

close up of some earrings jewellery handmade in Dubrovnik


A tiny shop selling understated jewellery and fashion accessories by Croatian artists. Some original clothes too.

Good for age: 18+