Dubrovnik is very popular summer destination, but there is a plenty of things you could do in Dubrovnik during winter. Especially if you don’t like crowds and you are looking for peaceful and inspiring holidays. Dubrovnik offers richness of cultural and natural heritage, a lot of museums you can visit and a lot of sunny days you can enjoy in.
If you are planning to visit Dubrovnik during wintertime here are some ideas of how you can spend your days.
Enjoy your morning coffee in the winter sun
Find your place in one of the charming café bars in Stradun or nearby streets. Mild Mediterranean climate allows you to spend a lot of time on the open air while most parts Europe are covered with snow.
If you like spending time outside and having a peaceful start of a day in romantic surroundings, center of the town in the peaceful winter morning is the real experience.
Take a walk by the sea
Dubrovnik’s old harbor is really calming and relaxing place. Local fisherman with their small boats surrounded by ancient town will take you back in history.
Even out of the swimming season you can discover the beauty of Dubrovnik beaches. Take a relaxing walk next to turquoise and crystal-clear waters of Adriatic Sea. Some of the best Dubrovnik’s beaches are on the walking distance from the Old Town.
One of them is Banje Beach, one of the most popular beaches in Dubrovnik. Banje Beach is located outside Ploce Gate. This beach is unique point from where you can admire the incredible view of the Old Town, Lokrum Island and clear sea. Another beach really near Old Town is Sulic Beach located next to Old Town Pile Gate. It’s a little beach surrounded with cliffs from the both sides. Dance Beach, the oldest beach in Dubrovnik is also close to the Pile Gate, plus there is a nice monastery above the beach.
If you are more for the longer walks go further uphill from Banje Beach and walk for 15-20 minutes to Sv. Jakov Beach. From this beach you can get a really nice view on the Old Town and the Lokrum island.
Take a cable car ride
If you want to marvel realty great view of the city, sea and islands from above take a cable ride up to 788 m high mount Srd. The ride lasts les than 5 minute and the view from the top is spectacular. Once you get on the hill you can take a walk around and admire the best view of Dubrovnik and it’s surrounding. Also you can have a drink or meal while enjoying the view.
Visit museums and art galleries
If it’s rainy or cold day, there is still a lot to see and do in Dubrovnik. During winter, without all crowds and tourists this town full of history will take you back in some ancient times. Peaceful walk on city walls and streets is just one part of the experience.
Dubrovnik has a lot of museums, palaces and monasteries that are worth of visiting. One of them is Dominican Monastery with a lot of art form ancient Dubrovnik, wonderful architecture and lovely garden.
Ethnographic Museum Rupe features over 5.000 showcase pieces of Dubrovnik social life, customs and tradition trough history.
Tower Gornji Ugao is one of the most interesting museums in Dubrovnik, it was originally a cannon foundry. Museum uncovers evidence of foundry established in the second half of the 15th century and largely producing armaments. It is a rare example of this type of industrial site and its position within the city walls makes it unique.
Rector’s Palace is one of the most impressive buildings in Dubrovnik. The palace was used as the seat of the Rector of the Republic of Ragusa and the armory. Today, place is hosting Historical Museum of Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik is town rich with art galleries many of which displaying the works of local artists. Explore Dubrovnik art galleries and discover some of the best Croatian modern and contemporary art and the coolest exhibitions.
Another interesting thing, every year at the end of January in cities all around Croatia, including Dubrovnik is organized manifestation called “Night of Museums”. During this manifestation the museums and art galleries stay opened till late hours and the entry for visitor is free of charge.
Enjoy wine and food
While in Dubrovnik reserve some time for enjoying local food and wine. There are some dishes you won’t be able to find in any other places outside Dubrovnik region complimented with locally produced olive oil and wine.
In Dubrovnik you should definitely try some fish and sea food, which comes on your table right form the sea caught by local fisherman. For desert order Rozata, the most popular dessert in Dubrovnik.
Where to stay while visiting Dubrovnik in winter
If you are planning your trip to Dubrovnik during winter the Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel is the best choice for your accommodation. Hotel is located in stunning Dubrovnik Rivera right on the seafront, just few minutes away from Dubrovnik Old Town.
Hotel offers everything you need for relaxing vacation including Shine Spa the most prestigious wellness experience, indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, fitness center and more. Besides that, in hotel restaurant you can enjoy the best of local and international cuisine and have a pleasant time while having a drink in some of hotels bars.
Book you stay now and visit Dubrovnik during this peaceful time.