Dubrovnik is known for its mix of history, tradition, architecture and nature. This impressive city shot to fame as one of the locations for the Game of Thrones set. Once you’ve finished exploring the city, its location makes it easy to explore other Croatian treasures as day trips from Dubrovnik.
You can travel by boat, car, bus, or even plane. And from Dubrovnik, you can even take a trip or a guided tour to Bosnia and Herzegovina or Montenegro. Here are some wonderful day trips from Dubrovnik to tick off your list.
20 Day Trips From Dubrovnik
Day Trips From Dubrovnik To Bosnia and Herzegovina
1- Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls
Mostar is a town in Bosnia and Herzegovina (the biggest one in Herzegovina), the cultural, political and economic centre.
In the heart of the city, crossing the Neretva River is one of the town’s symbols, the Old Bridge.
This old bridge is an example of Islamic architecture, dating back to the 16th century, today protected by the UNESCO World Heritage.
Mostar is known for its picturesque cobblestone streets, colourful eastern markets, and abundant nature surrounding the city.
Blagaj Monastery, “The Don’t Forget Stone”, Čaršija, Kriva Cuprija, Kravice Waterfalls, War Photo Exhibition are just some of the places to visit in Mostar.
Kravice Waterfalls are a beautiful, untouched work of nature, with many big waterfalls surrounded by dense green forests.
Mostar is 138 km (86 miles) from Dubrovnik. Find out more about this day trip.
Međugorje is a popular Roman Catholic pilgrimage site in Bosnia and Herzegovina that belongs to the municipality of Čitluk.
It’s where people from all around the world come to pray and find peace within their souls.
The main spiritual centre is the St. James Church, where the masses are held in different languages and Cross Mountain, where pilgrims do their walks.
Međugorje is 129 km (81 miles) from Dubrovnik. Check out this day trip.
Day Trips From Dubrovnik To Montenegro
3- Kotor, Montenegro
Kotor is a city and a port on the coast of Montenegro, in the northeastern part of the Bay of Kotor, with a backdrop of Mount Lovcen.
City walls are the main attraction here and they stretch for 4.5 km (2.8 miles), dating back to the 9th century.
This beautiful small fortified town will leave you breathless with its stunning nature and mountain views, combined with medieval, well-preserved architecture.
Giovanni Castle, Lady of the Rocks, St. Tryphon Cathedral, St. Nikolas’ Church, and Lovcen National Park are some of the many interesting sites you can visit in Kotor.
Kotor is 93 km (56 miles) from Dubrovnik. Book your day trip to Montenegro here.
4- Budva, Montenegro
Budva is another coastal city in Montenegro that’s a popular summer destination.
Besides its mild Mediterranean climate, it has lovely beaches, crystal-clear Adriatic Sea, picturesque landscape and well-preserved medieval architecture.
The town is vibrant, filled with many bars, restaurants and shops, and especially popular for nightlife.
Budva is 73 km (46 miles) from Dubrovnik and can easily be visited on this tour.
Day Trips From Dubrovnik To Croatia
5- Mljet National Park
Mljet is one of the largest Adriatic Sea islands and part of the Dubrovnik archipelago.
It’s a peaceful oasis, home to various animal and plant species and a unique, picturesque landscape.
Mljet is famous for its bike culture, with many trails throughout the Park covering one-third of the island.
This offers a unique opportunity to fully experience the whole National Park, including the Big and Small Lake, Odysseus Cave, Muddy Lake, and St. Mary monastery.
Visiting the Big Lake offers a chance to dive and explore Adriatic marine life, including the only coral reef in Croatia.
Mljet is 78 km (49 miles) from Dubrovnik. Check out this day tour.
6- Elaphite Islands
The Elaphite Islands consist of three small islands, Lopud, Šipan, and Koločep.
Walks along sandy beaches, crystal clear water, stunning sea views, and abundant nature are just some of the things that describe these islands.
Crystal-clear water will give you a blissful diving experience, snorkelling or even just swimming.
You can rent a boat and go for a day trip or find accommodation on one of them and enjoy a longer, peaceful and relaxing island holiday.
Elaphite Islands are 3 km (1.86 miles) from Dubrovnik.
Lokrum is a small island only 600 meters (0.37 miles) from Dubrovnik.
It’s a perfect place to escape the city’s hustle and bustle, where you can relax and merge with nature and yourself.
The island is home to many plant and animal species, covered in dense green vegetation with clear water.
The island’s highlights include the Botanical Garden, The Monastery, The Dead Sea, Charlotte’s Well, and Fort Royal.
Game of Thrones fans will love this treat.
Lokrum Island is a great place to spend the day away from the city.
Korčula is a small, charming island known as mini Dubrovnik due to its fortification system.
Walking through the Old Town, you will be charmed by the narrow stone streets and colourful pictured houses filled with a Mediterranean ambience.
Korčula is also the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo, who introduced Europe to Asia along with his father, so many visible things on the island are dedicated to him.
Korčula is 120 km (75 miles) from Dubrovnik. Find out more here.
Ston is a small, medieval city at the start of the Peljesac peninsula, known mostly for salt production.
As they produce everything traditionally, you can learn the process and even work in the summer camps for a cultural experience.
Besides the salt, Ston is known for its strong fortification system, with the longest defensive structure in Europe, including the one in Dubrovnik.
Don’t miss Mali Ston for the opportunity to indulge in fresh oysters.
Ston is 54 km (34 miles) from Dubrovnik. Find out more here.
Konavle is Dubrovnik’s Golden Valley, where you can enjoy the countryside.
The soil is very fertile and perfect for growing grapes to produce wine.
Due to three rivers passing through the region, many watermills and waterfalls exist.
One of them is called Ljuta, which, translated into English, means angry. There are many tours to explore the area, like wine or cycling.
Konavle is 37 km (22 miles) from Dubrovnik. Visit Konavle and Cavtat on this tour
Cavtat’s history dates back to the Greeks in the 6th century BC.
This small coastal jewel will amaze you with its rich culture, natural attractions and outdoor activities.
Walk the Sustjepan Peninsula trail and enjoy the stunning views of the islands and islets.
There are three islands in the Cavtat archipelago, Supetar, Bobora, and Mrkran.
If you want to escape from the crowded beaches of the mainland, these small islands are the perfect option.
Cavtat is 20 km (13miles) from Dubrovnik. Visit Konavle and Cavtat on this tour.
12- Peljesac Peninsula
Peljesac is a green island and the second-largest island in Croatia.
It combines its rich historical sites, pebble beaches, delicious gastronomy and fine red wine.
Some of the best red wine in Croatia is produced on this island, making it a top spot to visit as a day trip from Dubrovnik for fresh local food and wine.
Fans of hiking will not be disappointed as Mount Sv. Ilija offers a decent challenge at 961 m above sea level and breathtaking views.
Peljesac is 61 km (38 miles) from Dubrovnik.
13- Lastovsko Otočje
Lastovsko otočje is a group of islands that offer a variety of outdoor activities and many natural sites.
Snorkelling, kayaking, trekking, and hiking are just some activities you can do here.
Its landscape of untouched nature, vivid colours and crystal clear water is heavenly.
The entire island is a nature park.
Lastovo is 103 km (64 miles) from Dubrovnik.
Trogir is a beautiful, historical town placed on the Dalmatian coast.
Walk through the Old Town and admire the narrow stone streets built in Mediterranean style while stopping to try sweet treats.
Along with many other coastal cities, Trogir became famous because of Game of Thrones.
There are many guided walking tours where you can learn a lot about the town’s history and discover insights from the popular TV show.
Walk along the waterfront promenade and enjoy the ocean view.
Trogir is 256 km (160 miles) from Dubrovnik.
Split is the second-largest town in Croatia, a coastal gem, and the main summer destination for many travellers.
This vibrant city easily combines rich culture, Dalmatian tradition, and urban lifestyle.
It’s known as the town under the Marjan, where Roman Emperor Diocletian ruled, with the most beautiful waterfront promenade and the home of picigin (traditional ball game).
The town is known for coffee shops on the Riva (waterfront promenade), with daily ćakula (gossip between the locals).
You’ll love this Dalmatian experience.
Split is 230 km (143 miles) from Dubrovnik and you can visit on a tour for the day but may want to stay longer.
Šibenik is a small, medieval town that is a true gem on the Adriatic coast and my hometown.
The beauty of the architecture and stunning landscape got recognized even by the producers of the famous Game of Thrones, where they filmed a few episodes of the fifth season.
I can proudly say that Šibenik is the only Croatian city (and one of five worldwide) with two UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
One is the gothic-renaissance cathedral of St. James, and the other is a fortress of St. Nicholas.
It has four fortresses, each offering something different, and is famous for many festivals, mostly held during the summer.
Outdoor activities, a national park, beautiful beaches and visiting small islands are just some of the things you can experience in Šibenik.
Šibenik is 272 km (170 miles) from Dubrovnik.
17- Krka National Park
Krka National Park is a natural gem with picturesque waterfalls, big and small, surrounded by dense vegetation, cold lakes and river Krka.
The site is quite big, including Visovac Island, where you can find an old monastery and another waterfall, Roški slap.
The River Krka supplies the Jaruga Hydroelectric Power Plant, Croatia’s first alternating current power system.
Because of this, Šibenik was the world’s first city with streetlights powered by the polyphase system of alternating current.
Krka National Park is 220 km (137 miles) from Dubrovnik and can be done in a long day but you may prefer to combine it with a stay in Split.
Omiš is surrounded by a massive mountain chain and dense forest, where the Cetina River passes, along with the turquoise Adriatic Sea.
You can chill on the beach, indulge in delicious local food, get the adrenaline rush or explore the historic old town.
The highlights are the adrenaline rush activities on the Cetina River, such as cannoning, free climbing, rock climbing, rafting and zip lining.
Omiš is 198 km (123 miles) from Dubrovnik.
Kupari is the bay of abandoned hotels, which were part of luxury resorts in the 20th century.
Seven hotels were destroyed during the Balkan War.
In 2000 the complex was abandoned and used only as a curiosity for tourists to visit.
This is a very unusual place to visit, where you can find art in the abandoned area and experience the sad reality of the leftovers of war.
Kupari is 7 km (4.4 miles) from Dubrovnik.
Mlini is a small fishing town on the Dubrovnik Riviera centred around a fishing port.
Walk around to spot the old mills, along with the main attraction, the 300-year-old plane tree.
Mlini is a little patch of heaven on Earth, so if you are craving the beach, you’ll love this day trip from Dubrovnik.
Mlini is 8 km (4.5 miles) from Dubrovnik.