Dubrovnik is amazing and once you visit it – it’s possible that you’ll want to stay forever. However, if you are coming for a few days, it might be a good idea to leave the Old City in order to enjoy some other place! You can enrich your time in Dubrovnik with day trips to the places that are only a drive away and will make a wonderful memory. Here are some suggestions:
The easiest place to reach on this list is surely Cavtat, because it’s the closest and luckily you don’t have to cross any borders to visit it! This little gem, often considered as a Dubrovnik’s best kept peaceful secret, is located just around 20 minutes away from Dubrovnik and it carries the role of the centre of the Konavle municipality. Even though it’s a touristic place, it’s still not crowded and you can enjoy a relaxing cup of coffee or a stroll right by the sea without getting frustrated because of the crowds. It’s a perfect little getaway from Dubrovnik, especially during the summer. To reach it, you can just hop on the bus!
If you are in the mood to explore other countries while you’re in Dubrovnik, Montenegro is the perfect choice. Our recommendation is Kotor, which is around 2 hour drive away from Dubrovnik. This beautiful city has one of the best preserved medieval old towns in the Adriatic and is a UNESCO world heritage site. During your day trip you can enjoy just walking around the streets, cuddling with cats for which Kotor is quite famous or if you are feeling active – climbing the ancient walls and enjoying the amazing view on top of the city. Also, you can visit the artificial islet Our Lady Of The Rocks and hear some interesting legends. Many agencies organize trips to Kotor, however you can visit it alone by car or by the bus from the Dubrovnik main bus station.
For nature lovers, Kravice waterfalls might be the perfect choice! This natural phenomenon is located on the Trebizat river in Bosnia and Herzegovina, near the town of Ljubuski. The height of a waterfall varies from 26 to 28 metres, with a water amphitheater under the waterfall with a diameter of 120 m. During the summer, you are more than welcome to jump in your swimming suit and enjoy the refreshment of the waterfalls. That is a perfect place for a picnic too – so feel free to carry some yummy food and enjoy it while you are on this beautiful location. The best time of year for visiting is during the springtime when the fall is at its fullest and the arid landscape turns a bright green. To get there, you must drive for around three hours.
One of the favorite locations to visit when it comes to tourists in Dubrovnik is certainly Mostar. Located on the Neretva River, Mostar is is the fifth-largest city in the Bosnia and Herzegovina, well known for one of the most recognizable landmarks of the country – the Old Bridge. You can enjoy your time by walking around the city, browsing the colourful souvenirs located at stands and you might even see the spectacle of man jumping from the Old Bridge in the really shallow water. Sometimes, they collect money on the bridge, telling people that they will jump if enough money is collected. The thing you shouldn’t miss is trying amazing food – cevapcici or burek, followed by dessert such as baklava, hurmasica or tufahije. The drive to Mostar lasts around three hours, but many agencies organize day trips to visit it, so you don’t have to drive there yourself.
Time to come back to Croatia! Split is one of the favourite daily getaways for Dubrovnik locals – so why wouldn’t you try it too? As the second largest city in the country, Split has a lot to offer. You can walk around the beautiful Diocletian's Palace that forms about half of the old town and admire the architecture, sit on the famous ‘’riva’’(promenade) and observe the locals while drinking your coffee or even go shopping at one of the large shopping centres. This may sound weird, but don’t forget to rub the toe of the large statue of the Gregory of Nin because that’s supposed to bring you luck! Even though Split is in Croatia, prepare for the fact that you’ll need to cross borders – the drive will last around four hours – you can go by yourself or take one of the many buses that leave the Main Bus Station. Just make sure that it doesn’t go on the ‘’old road’’ – this will make your drive longer!