If you are spending time in Dubrovnik, why not plan to escape the city and head out to explore the surrounding countryside and even a different country – all of which can be achieved in a day trip.
Dubrovnik is the perfect destination to visit at any time of the year for any type of traveller – solo, couples, groups or with family.
Dubrovnik’s closest wine region is located on the Peljesac Peninsula, just 30 miles from the city. Here you will find many small family-run boutique vineyards. Milos Vineyards and Kriz Winery are some of our favourites.
One of the popular wines of the region to enjoy is the Plavac Mali, a robust red wine, known as the flagship of Croatian wines.
Along the way to the Peljasec Peninsula consider visiting the town of Ston. It is famous for its Great Wall, Europe’s answer to the Great Wall of China and the longest in Europe. Ston has salt flats, the oldest in Europe, that can be traced back to 877.
Ston’s walls were built to protect the salt flats and the town of Ston and Mali Ston from invaders. Ston salt was the best-selling product of the country.
If you want a dreamy romantic place for lunch away from Dubrovnik, catch the #10 local bus that goes every hour and head to Cavtat, nine miles away.
Cavtat’s harbour is bustling, you can even ask a local boat owner in Dubrovnik to take you there. Such a picturesque place to spend a day wandering the waterfront and then dining in one of several excellent restaurants. Our recommendation for lunch is at the Restaurant Bugenvila on the harbour front.
If you enjoy museums, visit the Konavle County Museum for exhibitions of the traditional Croatian costumes of men and women, jewellery, paintings and more.
This is a full day tour, starting early and arriving back to Dubrovnik early evening, but definitely worth it. You must carry your passport with you as you are traversing two sets of borders each way.
It will take around 2.5 hours to get to Mostar depending on the border crossing and the best way to do this is with an organised day tour. The tour companies have priority over independent travelers, and the crossing is made effortlessly with your guide/driver’s assistance.
Upon arrival into the 15th century town, you can wander across the famous Stari Most, a 16th century bridge, and may happen to witness the “local bridge jumpers.” They jump from a height of 21m, which they have trained for, for the tourists. Make a donation to help them out!
Mostar has an interesting bazaar on the other side of the bridge where you can purchase local handicrafts to take back home. Try the Turkish delight, it is the best we have tasted. If you buy a coffee, you will also be served some Turkish delight on the side.
A day tour will allow you time to have lunch in one of the local restaurants. There are several to choose from, all offering the best of local cuisine. We can recommend the beautiful courtyard setting of Sadrvan Restaurant with its excellent menu and service.
We hope you enjoy our recommended day trips from Dubrovnik. Have you visited any of the places we have mentioned?