Best Day Trips from Dubrovnik
Best Day trips from Dubrovnik
Splendid history, perfect geography and rich cultural heritage makes Dubrovnik one of the best Croatian cities to visit. A great walled city overlooking the Adriatic Sea gives the queasy awe, that ascends the eyes of anyone who visits this old town. The main attraction is the charming town meant only to be experienced by foot, filled with elegant churches and palazzi having the aristocratic feel about it. Splendid beaches of the azure sea and informal restaurants make the leisure you dreamt come true, with even celebrities like Beyoncé and Sir Roger Moore considering it their favourite getaway! But despite the infinite offerings this city makes to you, you can’t afford to miss out what’s outside the walls of Dubrovnik. So to make the most of Croatia, check out some of the best day trips from Dubrovnik:
Hardly 15 km south of Dubrovnik rests Croatia’s ‘Pearl City’, one that takes you away from the big city hassle of Dubrovnik. Crystal clear turquoise waters, a promenade fringed with palm trees and red-roofed brownstone houses frilling the cobbled streets render it the Croatian license. Sandwiched between a mountainous range and a gorgeous harbour, it houses the Rector’s Palace and the Racic Mausoleum. For art enthusiasts, Cavtat is inescapable, as it is home to the world famous painter Vlaho Bukovac. Boat trips run regularly from Dubrovnik to Cavtat, taking about 40 minutes to get you there. You can even rent a car or taxi if you are time-crunched; it will get you there in less than half an hour.
2. Budva (Montenegro)
With the name Montenegro, Budva is the first one to strike your mind. A short ride away from Dubrovnik, this Croatian ‘Ibiza’ is home to the famous isles of Sveti Nikola and Sveti Stefan. Being a walled medieval beach town, Budva’s Old Town, a peninsula extending from the mainland to the sea, is a gorgeous, rare sight for Euro travellers. The charming vistas and jaw-dropping harbour is enough to be unravelled on your day trip! Stationed 93km away from Dubrovnik, You may reach your destination after a 2 hour drive. Alternatively, bus services can take 2 to 3 hours to reach.
3. Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
A town set on the River Neretva, Mostar is vastly famed for its Old Bridge (Stari Most), a UNESCO World Heritage site. Boasting medieval Turkish architecture, the mosques, cobbled streets, oriental shops and quaint cafes let you time-travel for a day. The city’s eastern bank houses the Muslim face of the city, while the western comprises mostly of Catholic Croats. Savour a typical Bosnian meal based on dairy products, a delicious pastry and Cevapi. For shopaholics, there’s the Old Bazaar, letting you indulge in some street haggling for local crafts. About 140 km from Dubrovnik, drive your way along the Adriatic Coast on a beautiful road, taking about 2 hours to reach. Alternatively, bus services take about 3-4 hours to get you there.
4. Vjetrenica Cave
Again, located in Bosnia & Herzegovina, this one’s the largest cave in the vicinity. The exact length of the cave is still unknown, but they say it goes on from Dubrovnik to the island of Sipan. Take a good long walk in the 6,000 m passages to gawk at the intense rocky formations. For the bravehearts, there are thousands of bats waiting to be to explored! Vjetrenica is only an hour’s drive from Dubrovnik. It’s a beautiful drive out there, offering many points to stop by and take pictures.
5. Neretva River Safari
For outdoor enthusiasts, there’s no better day trip than the picturesque Neretva River Valley. A perfectly peaceful break from the city bustle, right in nature’s lap, this area renders loads of activities, organized or spontaneous. Rent a traditional Ladja or Trupa boat to unravel the waters here, or try kite or windsurfing in the neighbourhood. You can even try harvesting your own mandarin, before you settle in for a scrumptious local delicacy, specialising in eel stew and frog. Hardly 70 km from Dubrovnik, you can drive down in about an hour and a half. You can even register yourself for a guided tour, after which the company takes care of your transfers.
6. National Park Mljet
Unarguably the greenest isle of Croatia, half of Mljet is a well protected National Park since 1960. Unscathed nature, clear blue waters and lakes, a well groomed shore and rich cultural heritage create a true paradise here in Mljet. Its two deep bays- the Great Lake and the Small Lake besides the famous Saplunara Beach are must-visit attractions on this day trip. On the Islet of St. Mary rests the 12th century Benedictine Monastery, another hot favourite for historians. You can reach Mljet via a Catamaran service that runs from Dubrovnik throughout the year, taking about 2 hours of travel time.
The city is flooding in with tourists all year round. Even the city makes agreement not to inflow more than 8000 passengers per day in peak season to avoid overcrowding. So get a chance live in the impeccable culture and rich surroundings of this stunning city which surely leave a mark on you.