Croatia is one of the most popular destinations in Europe for sun-loving tourists. However, most people who visit or live in Dubrovnik, a famous city and holiday destination in the south of the country, may struggle finding something to do in the rain.
Nonetheless, while the weather is often beautiful in this part of Europe, Dubrovnik is not immune to rain. Whether you are living in Dubrovnik and are looking for more things to do in the rain, or if you’re unlucky and visit the city when the weather isn’t so kind, here are some ideas of attractions to keep you busy!
Dubrovnik is home to a few fascinating museums, which are fantastic for any history buffs looking to know more about the Balkans. Some favourites are:
● The Red History Museum, which explores Communism and how it operated in Yugoslavia (which Croatia used to be a part of). It was different here to other countries in the Eastern Bloc, so it’s worth visiting if you already know a little about Communism across Europe in the 20th century.
● War Photography Museum is a photojournalism exhibit that focuses on wars in the former Yugoslavia region from 1991 to 2001. Harrowing at times, it also features photos from subsequent and current wars over the world, including the persecution of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and war in Syria.
● Rector’s Palace is a 15th century building that housed the Rector, who ruled over Dubrovnik. It has been refurbished brilliantly to resemble the original palace and detail what Dubrovnik was like in this era.
● The Museum of Dubrovnik is located inside Dubrovnik Monastery. Here, there are a few exhibitions about the general history of the city.
● The Franciscan Monastery is a working monastery but also has a museum focusing on Croatian artefacts. The steps here are a Game of Thrones filming location!
Visit the Churches
There are a lot of churches worth visiting in Dubrovnik’s Old City. Look out for the Church of St Saviour, the Serbian Orthodox Church, St Domenic Church and the Rozario Church and Confraternity. If you’re seeking somewhere to dry off, these churches all welcome guests out of worship times.
There is also the old Sephardi Synagogue on Žudioska Ulica, which you can visit to learn a little more about Judaism in Dubrovnik and Croatia as a whole.
Dubrovnik Escape Room
Escape rooms are a fairly new concept that have popped up in cities around the world in recent years. The idea is that you will be locked in a room, and you will need to answer questions and solve puzzles to escape!
If you came to Dubrovnik for Game of Thrones tourism, or are looking for something fun to do in the city, but it’s raining - look no further than the Dubrovnik Escape Room. Choose from two types of room - Save King’s Landing (inspired by Game of Thrones) or Secret Treasure of Dubrovnik (inspired by the culture and history of Dubrovnik).
Each escape room takes 60 minutes, so it’s the perfect place to go if a rainstorm is forecasted!
Go on a Day Trip
Often, the rain will be a local Dubrovnik issue due to its coastal location. Check the weather and see if it’s better inland - if so, then leave the city behind and go on a day trip!
Some ideas are -
● Mostar, which is actually called the city of sunshine! There is a huge amount of war history here.
● Cavtat, which is just a 30-minute drive away and is a less-touristy harbour town
● Montenegro, a small country with epic scenery. It’s generally recommended to visit Montenegro on an organised tour or with a rented vehicle. Tours will normally visit Kotor and Budva, old cities with a lot of culture and plenty of beaches.
● Sarajevo is the capital of Bosnia and is also best to visit on a guided tour, as it is quite a journey from Dubrovnik (over 4 hours). The city has a vibrant culture and heritage, and your guide will ensure that you see the best of the city in the time you have!
Enjoy the Nightlife
Dubrovnik has a great nightlife any time of year, whatever the weather! If it’s raining for most of your stay, you can still enjoy the many bars in Dubrovnik. Try D’vino wine bar for cool, classy vibes, and Buzz Bar for local craft beer!
If the weather is really pouring down and you don’t make it out until late, the Golden Sun Casino is open until 4am every night. It also has a bar on site, so even if you don’t want to gamble too much, you can still enjoy some drinks here. If you do want to gamble, make sure that you learn how casino games work first so you know what to expect.
Do a Wine Tour
This is another day trip of sorts, but it will be organised for you. A local guide will take you around wineries close to Dubrovnik, giving you the chance to sample some delicious local drinks!
Croatian wine is not hugely popular on the international market, although there are plenty of vineyards, especially in the south. Touring around the vineyards will help you learn about Croatian wine and, if you are a tourist, you can take a bottle home with you as a souvenir.
There are plenty of great shops in Stradun in the old city. Here, you’ll be able to get souvenirs including all sorts of Game of Thrones merchandise! If you are looking for more mall-type shopping, Srebreno’s SubCity Centre is on the edge of town.
Treat Yourself at Nautika
Nautika is one of the best restaurants in Dubrovnik, and is a must-visit if you want to treat yourself - it’s more expensive but worth it! Enjoy fresh local food, including seafood plucked straight from the Adriatic waters, here!
Hopefully this list has provided you with some inspiration if you’re looking for something to do on a rainy day in Dubrovnik. It is a wonderful city, and it’s just as special in wet weather!