Boat tours are an excellent way to take a break from the hustle of Dubrovnik in the peak summer season. They offer visitors a fun way to explore the natural charm of the nearby islands, find secluded beaches, visit other historic sites and attractions in the region, or just enjoy the panoramic views of the Dubrovnik city walls and the surrounding landscape. From spring to autumn, tourists have a wide range of guided tours to choose from or they can rent a boat with or without a skipper to explore the hidden charms of the Dubrovnik area.
Panoramic cruises are popular among visitors, as they offer spectacular scenic views of the fortresses and walls of the Old Town. A cruise along the coast of Dubrovnik on a replica of a 16th century ship at dusk is only one of the many fun options available in the summer.
Kayaking tours are an excellent way to explore the hidden bays, coves and small islands around the city for those who like active vacations. Kayaking expeditions are often combined with other activities, such as paddling to secluded swimming spots or going for a food and wine tasting session.
Tours around Dubrovnik Islands
Dubrovnik islands hold many hidden natural attractions and great spots to go for a swim. Lokrum island, situated just off the coast of Dubrovnik, is a Nature Reserve and a Special Forest Vegetation Reserve, with an untouched landscape and several historic attractions associated with the island’s legends. Things to see include the Dead Sea, a salt water lake on the island, the Purple Cave, a cave whose rocks are covered with purple seaweed, Fort Royal, a remnant of a fortification built by one of Napoleon’s generals, and the ruins of the old Benedictine monastery with a cloister garden and the summer residence of Maximilian of Habsburg.
The Elaphiti Islands, an archipelago near Dubrovnik, are also known for their stunning landscape and beaches, and are a popular getaway spot for cruises and day trips from the old city. Tours typically include visits to the Blue Cave on Koločep, illuminated by an otherworldly aqua light, and Sunj beach on Lopud, one of the region’s finest sandy beaches.
Dubrovnik Day Trips
The islands of Mljet, Korčula, Brač and Hvar are a bit further away, but they are very popular destinations for day trips from Dubrovnik.
Day trips to Mljet offer a unique opportunity to explore the island’s many natural and historic attractions, which include the Mljet National Park, Odysseus’ Cave, and the Isle of St. Mary with a small 12th century church and an old Benedictine monastery.
Korčula’s Old Town, which looks like a miniature version of Dubrovnik, is just one of the island’s many draws. Other than being the alleged birthplace of Marco Polo, Korčula is known for its excellent food and wine, charming landscapes and beaches, bustling nightlife, live music, and street performers.
Hvar, the sunniest island in the Adriatic, is Croatia’s top destination for luxury yachts and celebrities. The island is known for its orchards, vineyards and lavender fields, as well as for its many historic buildings, including St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Franciscan Monastery, the Loggia and Clock Tower, Španjola Fortress and Tvrdalj Castle in Stari Grad (Old Town), one of the oldest towns in Europe.
Brač, Croatia’s largest island, is best known for its unique and stunning beach, Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn), which changes shape from season to season depending on the winds and water current. The island’s other attractions include a 15th century Dominican Monastery with a museum, Vidova Gora peak and the Dragon’s Cave, which features reliefs of dragons inside, believed to be the work of a 15th century monk.
Dubrovnik Riviera Accommodation
Guests looking for quality accommodation near Dubrovnik can book their stay at Villas Mlini. Located in Mlini, a small town only 10 km from the old city, the villas are a perfect getaway spot for a restful holiday with easy access to all the attractions of Dubrovnik.
Villas Srebreno offer luxury accommodation in spacious 4-star apartments in three large villas in Srebreno near Dubrovnik. The suites have all the modern equipment and offer scenic views of the sea or a lush green park from its terraces.
Apartments Srebreno offer premium accommodation in luxury single and double bed suites next to a picturesque promenade and the sea. Guests have all the amenities of the nearby Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel at their disposal, including the hotel’s exclusive à la carte restaurant, lounge bar, pools and recreational facilities.