Dubrovnik is an excellent starting point for day trips to a number of exciting destinations along the Croatian coast, on the nearby islands, and in the neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro.
The historic city itself offers many attractions, but these are mostly concentrated in the Old Town and easily explored over the course of several days. For this reason, many visitors take the opportunity to see some of the other impressive locations in the region during their stay.
Cavtat, the Pelješac peninsula, Ston and Trsteno are only a short bus ride away and have plenty of historic and natural attractions to offer to visitors, who can take a break from the Dubrovnik crowds to enjoy the ancient buildings and stunning landscapes, and explore the local agriculture and wines.
Islands near Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is well connected with the rest of the Croatian coast and islands by ferry lines which run on regular schedules and can take tourists to any of the islands near Dubrovnik relatively quickly. Lokrum, which is only minutes away from Dubrovnik’s old port, is known for its natural wonders and historic buildings, and offers an excellent view of the Old Town.
The Elaphiti Islands, an archipelago to the northwest, make an excellent destination for day trips, as they provide relief from the city crowds with their lush scenery and lovely beaches. The larger islands, including Korčula, Brač, Hvar and Mljet, draw hordes of tourists over the summer and, in addition to a rich historical heritage and stunning landscapes, they offer a variety of nightlife experiences for visitors of all ages.
Dubrovnik to Split
The route from Dubrovnik to Split, Croatia’s two most popular coastal hotspots, is one of the most travelled ones in the summer. The cities are connected by bus, ferry and catamaran lines. While it is impossible to see all of Split’s attractions in a day, travellers can easily cover some of the main ones. These include Diocletian’s Palace, the Cathedral and Bell Tower of St. Domnius, Klis Fortress, Marjan Forest Park, and the city’s Riva promenade.
Dubrovnik to Mostar
Mostar attracts a lot of visitors every year with its old town, historical houses and mosques, and 400-year Old Bridge, restored after the war in 1990s. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed city offers a colourful melting pot of cultures and religions, and ride along the coast and through the Neretva River Delta is a memorable experience in itself.
Dubrovnik to Montenegro
Montenegro, only an hour away from Dubrovnik, is a popular destination for a scenic ride down the Adriatic coast. The Bay of Kotor is one of the most breathtaking places in the Adriatic, with unparalleled views from the mountains overlooking the region, and the towns of Kotor, Budva and Cetinje offer plenty to see for history buffs, with countless medieval buildings, old churches, forts and fortifications dotting the landscape.
Hotels on the Dubrovnik Riviera
Travellers looking to both explore the Dubrovnik region and have a peaceful, relaxing holiday can book their stay at the Hotel Mlini , a superb seaside vacation spot located in Mlini, a village right next to Dubrovnik. The hotel is situated near several secluded beaches and makes an excellent destination for romantic getaways, offering luxury rooms with balconies overlooking the Adriatic and unique cuisine at its restaurants and bars. The hotel has a special offer for couples looking for romantic weekend getaways to the heart of the Dubrovnik Riviera. The package includes a stay in a deluxe double room from Thursday to Sunday, a romantic dinner, a surprise gift, and room service for breakfast.
Hotel Mlini is part of the Dubrovnik Riviera Hotels complex, which arranges day trips to Dubrovnik and other attractive locations in the region for its guests. The destinations include Lokrum island, a UNESCO-protected nature reserve, the historic town of Cavtat, and the picturesque Elaphiti Islands.