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The Dubrovnik Region is one of the most famous areas of Croatia, and is the gateway to the Dalmatian Islands. Dubrovnik city itself is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, with its UNESCO protected Old Town and lovely marina. The surrounding coastal towns and villages are great for outdoor activities, hiking and lying on the beach. Wine aficionados can visit Pelješac Peninsula to see bountiful vineyards and taste some of the finest wine in Croatia.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Take some time to explore Dubrovnik’s Old Town and walk along the city walls. Take a boat or ferry and explore the nearby islands such as the Elafiti Islands and Lokrum. With Bosnia and Montenegro just across the border, you can take organised day trips to see the charms of other countries. If you want an active holiday, head north to Pelješac Peninsula or south to Cavtat, where you can do cycling tours and hiking excursions. Pelješac Peninsula is well-known for its vineyards, and you can do a selection of wine tours and tastings. Pelješac Peninsula also has some lovely beaches great for swimming, sunbathing, diving and windsurfing.

Dubrovnik region places

  • Dubrovnik City

    Built at the foot of a mountain, Dubrovnik is Croatia's most popular tourist destination.

  • Peljesac Peninsula

    A traditional and wonderfully undeveloped region, you'll be welcomed by vineyards, olive groves and charming villages.

  • Cavtat Town

    Full of rich vegetation, Catvat Town is an attractive place full of old and new architecture.

Key towns

Dubrovnik, Elafiti Islands, Cavtat, Pelješac Peninsula.

  • Dubrovnik beach

  • Paradise beach, Peljesac Peninsula

Best beaches around Dubrovnik

The best beaches are Lokrum Island’s beaches, Dubrovnik’s Banje Beach, Lapad Beach, and Copacabana beach, and all of the beaches on the Pelješac Peninsula.

Food and wine

Pelješac Peninsula is the best spot in the region for wine, with Dingač, Postup and Plavac the local favourites. For great seafood visit Ston on the peninsula which has oyster and shellfish farms. Dubrovnik has a great range of dining options including little cafes and gourmet restaurants.


Dubrovnik was formed in the 7th century, and the surrounding towns and villages were part of the Dubrovnik Republic from the 14th century until the 19th century. The region was at its peak in the 15th century, when it was almost as rich and powerful as Venice. The most fantastic historical site in the area is Dubrovnik’s Old town, parts of which date from the 11th, 15th and 16th centuries. It is on the UNESCO World Heritage List because of its well-preserved and restored city walls, old churches, palaces and fountains. Smaller towns in the area also have their share of old churches, palaces and fortresses.


The Dubrovnik region gets hot, dry summers and mild winters. The warmest months are July and August with average highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C. The coldest month is January with average highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C. It gets around 119 rainy days per year, with November usually the rainiest month.


Dubrovnik has an international airport which you can fly to direct from the UK all year round. Buses run from the airport into Dubrovnik city.