Three days is not enough time to properly explore Dubrovnik and its charms, but with a well-planned itinerary, travellers can experience most of its main attractions. The city walls and most of the major museums are open until 6 during the peak season, giving tourists just enough time to comfortably visit several attractions a day at a leisurely pace.
What to do in Dubrovnik in three days
First-time visitors can start their adventure with a walk around the Dubrovnik city walls to see ever-changing perspectives of the Old Town and the Adriatic Sea. A complete circuit takes an hour or more, depending on the number of stops to take photographs. A quick visit to Fort Lovrijenac, located near the Pile Gate, and a cable car ride to Mount Srđ offer even more panoramic views of Dubrovnik and the surrounding area.
The Cultural History Museum, located inside the 15th-century Rector’s Palace, offers insights into the city’s paintings, furniture and everyday items over the centuries, while the nearby Maritime Museum gives visitors an overview of the development of the maritime trade and shipbuilding in the city. The Dubrovnik Cathedral and the Church of St. Blaise are the most important churches in the Old Town, while the Franciscan Monastery provides the finest example late-Romanesque architecture in the region.
For those looking to see as much as possible in three days, the 3-day Dubrovnik Card offers free entrance to the city walls, five museums and two galleries, as well as 10 free bus rides on public transport. Card holders also get discounts and special offers at a number of restaurants and souvenir shops in the city.
Visitors can catch one of the scheduled or private tours of Dubrovnik to see the major sights accompanied by a local guide. From spring to autumn, there are a number of boat and walking tours available in the city that introduce travellers to Dubrovnik’s history, architecture, attractions, panoramic views, cuisine, and notable filming locations. The departure point for most of the tours is near Pile Gate, one of the two main entrances to the Old Town.
City breaks to Dubrovnik
Visitors planning a short trip to the Dubrovnik area can book their stay at the Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel, located in Srebreno near Dubrovnik. The luxury resort offers premium accommodation in bright, spacious guest rooms and luxury suites, and a beautiful view of the Adriatic Sea and landscape gardens. Situated in a secluded bay, the hotel offers a range of services and facilities to ensure an exceptionally comfortable and relaxing stay. These include a wellness and spa centre, gym, heated indoor and outdoor pools, and transfers to Dubrovnik and other attractive destinations in the area by shuttle or boat.
Located in the neighbouring village of Mlini, the Hotel Astarea has a special 3-night offer for guests that includes a 20% discount on their stay in a double room with a balcony overlooking the sea, buffet breakfast, and free use of the fitness centre, sauna and swimming pool.
Couples looking for a romantic destination for a weekend getaway will find comfortable accommodation at the nearby Hotel Mlini, a charming 4-star boutique hotel that offers a unique atmosphere for a romantic vacation in the Dubrovnik area. The hotel has a special offer for romantic getaways that includes a weekend stay in a deluxe double room, breakfast served in the room, romantic dinner, a welcome drink and a special gift. The offer is valid until June 30, 2016.