What are the Best Day Trips from Dubrovnik, Croatia?

Dubrovnik is more than just its medieval walls and Game of Thrones fame; it’s a fantastic gateway to some truly terrific day trips in Croatia. From island hopping and exploring national parks to stepping into neighboring countries, Dubrovnik serves as the perfect base! 

Get ready to discover the natural beauty and cultural richness that lies just a short journey away from Dubrovnik. Let’s dive into the best day trips to turn your Dubrovnik holiday into a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

An islet with a medieval monastery on the island of Mljet in Croatia

Mljet National Park

Imagine a lush green island where tranquility reigns supreme. Welcome to Mljet National Park, a quiet, revitalizing retreat from Dubrovnik’s hustle and bustle. 

Here, the Great and Small Lakes sparkle amid dense forests, inviting you for a swim or a kayak ride. Don’t miss the enchanting Benedictine Monastery on St. Mary’s Isle, a picture-perfect spot accessible by a short boat ride. 
Hiking trails wind through the park, offering breathtaking views and peaceful encounters with nature. Our Legendary Mljet Boat Tour allows you to uncover Mljet’s wild beauty and swim in its crystal-clear surrounding waters.

Panoramic photo of Kolocep Beach on Kolocep Island (Kalamota), Elaphiti Islands, Dalmatian Coast, Croatia

The Elaphiti Islands

The Elaphiti Islands: a cluster of islands, each with its unique charm. Šipan, Lopud, and Koločep, the main islands, are perfect for those seeking sun, sea, and serenity. Šipan, the largest, boasts lush vineyards and historic sites. 

Lopud, car-free and peaceful, is home to the stunning Šunj Beach. Koločep, a paradise for hikers and swimmers, enchants with its blue caves. Visit the Elaphiti Islands and spend your day lounging on sandy beaches, wandering through sleepy villages, and enjoying the marvelous local cuisine.
At Rewind Dubrovnik, we offer a Half-Day Visit to the Elaphiti Islands and the Blue Cave and a Full-Day Tour of the Elaphiti Islands.

Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls

Step into a different world as you cross the border into Bosnia and Herzegovina. With its iconic Stari Most (Old Bridge), Mostar is a melting pot of cultures and history. Stroll through the old town’s cobbled streets, where East meets West, and savor traditional Bosnian cuisine. 

Just a short drive away are the Kravice Waterfalls, a natural wonder that’s not to be missed. These stunning cascades, set in a lush green amphitheater, are perfect for a refreshing swim or a picnic. 

Our Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls Private Tour from Dubrovnik combines both attractions on one tour, so you can enjoy two unforgettable experiences comfortably, knowing that your expert local guides are taking care of everything. 

Kotor, Montenegro

Just across the border lies Kotor, Montenegro – a hidden jewel in Europe’s deepest fjord. This UNESCO World Heritage site boasts a stunningly preserved Old Town, where history whispers from every stone and alley. 

Wander through its labyrinthine streets, and you’ll find yourself enchanted by medieval architecture and quaint squares. The Bay of Kotor offers spectacular views. Don’t miss the climb to the Fortress of San Giovanni, where breathtaking vistas await. With its natural beauty and historical charm, Kotor makes for an unforgettable day trip. 

Remember to check border crossing requirements and prepare for an hour’s drive from Dubrovnik – a small effort for such a rich cultural experience.

Pelješac Peninsula

Wine enthusiasts, rejoice! The Pelješac Peninsula, a short drive from Dubrovnik, is Croatia’s acclaimed wine region. Begin your journey in Ston, which is famous for its oysters and the remarkable Walls of Ston. 

Venture deeper into the peninsula, and you’ll find rolling hills dotted with vineyards. This area is renowned for its Plavac Mali grape, leading to robust red wines that are a must-try. Several wineries offer tastings, making immersing yourself in the local viticulture easy. 

The scenic drives along the coastline are an added bonus, presenting stunning views of the Adriatic Sea. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or a curious traveler, Pelješac Peninsula offers a delightful blend of gastronomy and scenic beauty.

If you’d like to enjoy fantastic local wine while staying based in Dubrovnik, consider booking a place on our Dubrovnik Food and Wine Tour

So, this brings a close to our list. From the lush forests of Mljet and the sandy beaches of the Elaphiti Islands to the historic streets of Mostar and the vineyards of Pelješac Peninsula, there’s a world waiting to be explored. 

Each of these day trips adds a unique flavor to your Croatian holiday, offering glimpses into the region’s natural beauty and cultural richness. Whether by land or sea, these excursions promise to enrich your Dubrovnik experience with many fond memories.
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