Dubrovnik - Outdoors

Outdoors and Beaches


Besides walking the walls of the Old Town, an outdoor activity in itself, Dubrovnik offers wonderful outdoors to explore. Undoubtedly, the Cable Car to Mount Srd is a major highlight for those that enjoy scenic views and the panorama of the Old Town is a must-see. Naturally, the majority of cruise travelers will want to discover the beauty of Dubrovnik's highlights, landmarks, attractions, and museums, but if you wish to just go for dip in the Adriatic Sea or even spend a few hours sunbathing, there are a few beaches to enjoy.

Mount Srd – Cable Car

For the most outstanding view of the city, mountains and islands the cruise traveler should go to the very top of the Srd Hill. The best way reach the top of the hill is on the Dubrovnik Cable Car, built back in 1969. Or hike the winding footpath, which will take you about 90 minutes. On top of the mountain, besides the view, you will find a large cross and the Fort Imperial built in 1810 during Napoleon's occupation. The fort also houses exhibits from the Croatians War, including the different shells and weapons that crashed into Dubrovnik. Take photos with magnificent views of the Old Town, the Adriatic Sea with its numerous islands, have a drink or a quick bite at the snack bar or in the Restaurant Panorama.

Photo of the Cable Car to Mount Srd in Dubrovnik

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WHERE Northeast of the Old City - Buža Street leads towards the exit from the city walls. Keep climbing towards the fire station.
Address: Petra Krešimira IV
Open: June to August 31 - 9:00 am to midnight | September and October - 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Closed: November to May
Entrance: €14.00
Phone: +385 (20) 32 53 93
Website: Official Site


If the cruise ship traveler has been in Dubrovnik before and has explored its highlights and attractions, a day at the beach might be a good alternative. Or, maybe, you would like to enjoy a dip in the Adriatic Sea after a morning exploring the old town. Close to town, on the east side, the Banje Beach is ideal for a dip. But, if the plan is to just spend most of the day on the beach then the Lapad Peninsula is the place to go, in particular if your cruise ship is docked at the Port of Gruz. Although just across the port, the walk to the peninsula can be tiresome and streets are not easy to navigate. Therefore, it's advisable to take a taxi. For a full day out on a pristine beach, the Lokrum Island is the place to go. Be aware that like elsewhere in Croatia, most beaches in Dubrovnik aren't sandy but with pebbles.

Banje Beach
(Most Popular)

Photo of Banje Beach in Dubrovnik

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Located on the east side of the old town, after passing the Revelin Fort, Banje Beach is a pebble beach, where the cruise traveler can rent beach chairs or an umbrella, and relax the day away overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Cocktails are also available and even massage therapy after a morning exploring the Old Town. Who knows, you might even get into a game of volleyball.

Buza Beach
(Off Track)

Photo of Buza Beach in Dubrovnik

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It is not obvious how to get to Buza Beach, which is, in fact, a rocky cove without sand or pebbles. But once there, this marvelous spot is inviting to relax in the shade of terraced bars and a jump in the water. The best access is by walking up the famous Baroque stairs from Gundulić Square to the Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola and then take a path well advertised to Buza Beach.

Old Port Beach
(Next to St John’s Fort)

Photo of Buza Beach in Dubrovnik

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Many a cruise traveler miss this lovely spot for a dip in the ocean or only realize that you should have taken beach attire once walking the tip of the Old Port. Located on the southern tip of the Old Port, this concrete beach is a perfect place if the cruise traveler just wishes to get refreshed in the Adriatic Sea.

Lapad Bay
(Close to Port)

Photo of Lapad Bay in Dubrovnik

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Located only a few miles out of town, and very close to the Port of Gruz, Lapad Beach is somewhere where the cruise traveler can enjoy the beach, water, the sun, or even find a shade tree to sit under. Here you will find a long strip of coffee bars and restaurants to enjoy a quick bite or full lunch with fresh fish.

Copacabana Beach

Photo of Copacabana Beach in Dubrovnik

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Located on the Lapad peninsula this beach is nothing like its namesake in Rio de Janeiro. This is a pebble beach, with entertainment for all, from jet skis, kayaks to a parachute ride behind a speedboat. With plenty of beach bars, and even a dance club, the cruise traveler is always entertained here.

Sv Jakov Beach
(Old Town)

Photo of Sv Jakov Beach in Dubrovnik

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This is a beach used by savvy locals. The cruise traveler will easily see it from the terrace next to Brsalje Square where the Kavana Dubravka restaurant is located or when walking to Pile Gate. There is a lengthy stairway down to the beach that is not obvious where it starts and you better ask locals how to find it. This beach is a combination of pebbles and sand, where you can swim, sunbathe, rent a kayak, a beach canoe or jet ski.

Beach Photos

Old Port Beach

Photo of Old Port Beach in Dubrovnik

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Concrete Beach

Banje Beach

Photo of Banje Beach in Dubrovnik

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Most Popular

Buza Beach

Photo of Buza Beach in Dubrovnik

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Contemplation in Buza Beach

Photo of Buza Beach in Dubrovnik

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On the shade in Buza Beach

Photo of Buza Beach in Dubrovnik

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The rocks in Buza Beach

Photo of Buza Beach in Dubrovnik

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Rock Diving in Buza Beach

Photo of Buza Beach in Dubrovnik

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Entrance to Buza Beach Beach

Photo of Buza Beach in Dubrovnik

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Rocks in Buza Beach

Don't Miss

Heritage Shop
Visit this store for an assortment of antiques, replicas, art and historical pieces from Croatian history.
Petra Kresimira IV, 7, in the close proximity of the Cable Car lower station.
10:00 am -2:00 pm | 5:00 pm - 22:00 pm

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Last Update: January 21, 2018

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