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Dubrovnik is so much more than just the beaches and the bars. Find out what else there is to do and enjoy in this hub of history and culture.

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Dubrovnik Festivals and Events

Some of Dubrovnik’s notable festivals and events:

  • The Festival of St Blaise, the beloved patron of the city, in the first week of February.
  • Mediterranean Fair of Healthy Food, Medicinal Herbs and Green in March.
  • Dubrovnik Festiwine in April.
  • Aklapela Festival, traditional klapa singing, late April.
  • Lindjo folklore ensemble perform from May to October.
  • Dubrovnik Summer Festival – July – August.
  • Dubrovnik Late Summer classical musical festival – August -September.
  • International Festival of Jams & Marmalades – early October.
  • The Dubrovnik Film Festival – October.
  • Good Food Festival – mid-October.
  • Dubrovnik Winter Festival and New Year’s Eve celebrations – December.

PLEASE NOTE: Many events across Croatia, including Dubrovnik, were put on hold because of the pandemic. Official announcements of many for 2022 haven’t yet been made.

Dubrovnik summer Festival

Dubrovnik Summer Festival also known as Dubrovnik Summer Games is one of the most important cultural festivals in this part of Europe. It is a festival of classical performing arts that runs yearly from 10th of July to 25th of August. It has been running for 72 years. During the festival the city is symbolically given over to the actors and performers. Performances like classical, jazz or world music concerts, theatre plays, ballet and similar are taking place around the city on public spaces and in histroical buildings. If you find yourself in Dubrovnik in July or August, make sure to enjoy one of these perfomances in an unforgettable setting. More information is available on Dubrovnik Summer Festival’s website.

Festival of St. Blaise

If you think 72 years of tradition for Dubrovnik Summer Festival is long, how about 1049 years of the continuous yearly celebration of St. Blaise Festival? St. Blaise is the patron saint of Dubrovnik. His statue can be seen in many locations all around the city. Dubrovnik locals find him inseparable from the idea of Dubrovnik. Every year on 3rd of February there is a celebration of the patron saint’s day. Colourful procession walks around the city featuring people dressed in traditional costume from various regions of Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Croatia and even some neighbouring countries. Celebrations are not limited to just that one day. There is usually a week of various activities and smaller events in the run-up to St. Blaise Day.  

Dubrovnik winter Festival and New Year’s Celebration

Don’t confuse Dubrovnik Winter Festival with its summer counterpart. The premise of this one is much less about culture and much more about giving locals and visitors entertainment options during the winter period. Being mostly a seasonal destination, Dubrovnik streets are generally empty during the winter period. Recently, the city decided to liven things up with small stands offered to local businesses that wanted to offer their winter-themed products. This resulted in the Old Town being brought back to life and once again becoming an epicentre of Dubrovnik’s social life.

This festival ties in well with the traditional open air New Year’s celebration that is organised every year on Stradun – Dubrovnik’s main street. It is uncertain what these festivities will look like in 2021 because of well known COVID19 pandemic woes. However, keep in mind that visiting Dubrovnik during Christmas and New Year’s might be the perfect choice for you

Weddings in Dubrovnik

Recently, Dubrovnik is quite a popular international wedding destination. When you take a look at some of the pictures and videos of the city, this is hardly a surprise. Happy couples from all corners of the world make their way to the city and enjoy their special day, usually organising everything through local wedding agencies. These affairs range from basic, intimate ceremonies to multiday wedding marathons with numerous guests and complex organisation. Stag and hen travel parties are also finding their way to Dubrovnik, as are people looking to renew their vows. There was even a request to organise a divorce celebration in the city recently.    

Weddings in Sun Gardens Resort Dubrovnik

It is the lush Mediterranean gardens, attentive service and the postcard-perfect views that give that enchanted, romantic touch to Sun Gardens Dubrovnik. This resort is a part of The Leading Hotels of the World, a prestigious collection of independent luxury hotels.

It is set on the doorstep of the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic, just a short ride from UNESCO World Heritage Old Town of Dubrovnik. The resort echoes the understated elegance of each of 201 hotel rooms and suites or 207 residences. Sun Gardens Dubrovnik boasts some of the most diverse and flexible grounds for hosting weddings, anniversaries and other celebrations. These include seaside swimming pool areas, beach, gardens, terraces overlooking the Adriatic Sea with glorious Elaphite Islands in the background, and a stylish elegant ballroom.

The resort draws inspiration from the Mediterranean lifestyle and reflects the beauty of Dalmatian coast in every detail. Each event is tailor made and the resorts’ events team works vigorously in the background to ensure everything goes according to guests’ wishes.

Don’t start planning your special day without checking out Sun Gardens Dubrovnik. For specific inquiries, send a message directly.


Sporting events in Dubrovnik usually don’t have the grandeur of cultural or business events, but that doesn’t mean there are no options on the city’s yearly calendar. In fact, make sure to check online before travelling to Dubrovnik for any sporting events held in the city at the time.

There is one sporting giant that resides in Dubrovnik. Water Polo Club Jug is one of the world’s most successful water polo clubs ever. Dubrovnik is a water polo city through and through. Local amateur water polo championship known as Divlja Liga (Wild League) is probably more competitive than many professional water polo leagues around the world. For a truly local experience, visit one of Jug’s competitive matches taking place at the main pool in Gruz or one of the Wild League games organised in the summer on local beaches.

Another must-mention sporting event is Du Motion. This running event is comprised of four races: half marathon, race over the City Walls of Dubrovnik, 5K race and kid’s race. It is a celebration of running and sporting lifestyle and is usually organised in April. In the years 2020 and 2021 it had to be cancelled, but it will be back, hopefully stronger than ever.

Dubrovnik Conferences and Meetings

Meetings, incentive travel, conferences; all find Dubrovnik to be their destination of choice. Larger conferences and events usually aim for periods off main season and they sometimes bring very large groups of people to the city for an activities-filled stay. Some of the global giants like McDonalds, or Mercedes-Benz had their large events in Dubrovnik. Political, academic and administrative organisations are regular visitors to the city as well. With some great options when it comes to accommodation and great ground operators it is safe to say this trend will continue in force as soon as the pandemic related measures are lifted.

Sun Gardens Dubrovnik was the setting for the global launch of the Rimac Nevera.

Sun Gardens Resort’s Meetings, Incentives and Conference Centre

Designed to the highest meetings’ industry specifications, the impressive 1,800 square meters of conference space and the choice of outdoor venues provide the platform for the perfect event at Sun Gardens Dubrovnik. Sun Gardens Dubrovnik, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, sits within its own beautiful grounds and extensive five-star amenities, 11 kilometers from the UNESCO Old Town of Dubrovnik. It offers an exquisite choice of 201 modern hotel rooms and suites and 207 residences.

The resort’s modern conference facilities are split over two levels. They include a business centre, a separate delegate entrance, pre-function areas with terrace overlooking the sea, 7 meeting rooms and a spacious ballroom for up to 1000 people. All this makes for some of the largest and most flexible meeting space in Dubrovnik and Croatia. This purpose-built facility has catered to the most discerning meeting requirements and has successfully managed many blue chip corporate conferences, automotive events, meetings and incentives over the years. A variety of 30 different event spaces are also available throughout the resort. Set among the beautiful Mediterranean grounds they offer exceptional scope to design highly varied and customized events, all from one convenient location.

The rooftop terrace, three outdoor pools, the choice of restaurants and bars and onsite marina are just some of the additional on-site venues available for hosting memorable meetings or incentives. Oak Tree venue is the largest outdoor function space in Dubrovnik- With its seating capacity of 700 people for black-tie gala events, it rounds up the story of a numerous MICE possibilities. Sun Gardens Dubrovnik trully is an ideal choice for hosting large events.

Find out more details on the web pages of the resort or enquire directly.

Active Holiday in Dubrovnik

With so much untouched nature and clean environment, it comes as no surprise many of Dubrovnik’s guests decide to enjoy an active holiday. Choices abound with some of the most popular as follows:


Hiking and walking around Dubrovnik is the first go-to activity for health-conscious locals. With so many hills around it is clear many of the hiking tours will include climbing up steep hills and being rewarded by breath taking views. It is important to inquire about the difficulty level of these tours when booking.

Sea Kayaking

Sea kayaking is one of the most popular activities in and around Dubrovnik. With options ranging from sunset kayaking around the historical centre, to full day tours exploring the neighbouring islands, there is something for every age and fitness level to choose from. Most of sea kayaking tours are good for beginners as well, so don’t let your lack of experience deter you from enjoying the sun and the sea.

Scuba Diving and Snorkelling

Speaking of the sea, exploring the silent depths of Dubrovnik area is a special treat indeed. With interesting wildlife and dramatic cliffs descending to the abyss, scuba diving and snorkelling have always been popular in Dubrovnik. Many locals will engage in both of these activities whenever they get a chance. When in Rome…

Best Day Trips from Dubrovnik

There’s plenty to see and things to do in Dubrovnik. But, if you feel like spreading your wings a little, there are a number of fascinating one-day trips. Here are our top 5:

1. Dubrovnik Boat Tours

Boats are always a popular option when visiting Dubrovnik. The sea is clean and inviting and the islands are dotted with hidden bays, cool beaches and picturesque villages. There are regular boat tours going to Elaphiti Islands usually named “Three Island Cruise” or “Fish Picnic”. If these are too touristy for you, why not charter a private boat? There is quite a selection of charter boats to choose from in Dubrovnik with speedboats being the most popular.

Elaphiti Islands are the most popular island group for visitors and it is no wonder. They offer everything you might want from an island escape. More information about them is available on our Elaphiti Islands in a Page.

Another popular option is the magical island of Mljet. Mljet is home to amazing beaches and one of Croatia’s most beloved national parks. Mljet is not close, but it is well connected by regular ferry lines and can be reached by car as well via Peljesac Peninsula. It is worth visiting and all the proof you need is in our Mljet Island in a Page.

Lokrum Island is so popular we’ve already covered it in our Things to Do section. Lokrum is just off the coast of the historical centre of Dubrovnik. It is a protected nature reserve and one of the most popular spots for Dubrovnik locals looking to get away from the crowds. On it you will find a botanical garden, few Game of Thrones filming locations, couple of cafés and restaurants, and remains of an old monastery-turned private residence. It is connected by regular boat line from the Old Town Port and is a popular destination for sea kayaking tours as well.

2. Ston, Peljesac Peninsula – Foodie Heaven, Best Wine Tours, Oysters, Great Wall of Croatia,

Town of Ston
The walls of Ston © Ivo Biocina / Croatian National Tourist Board

Ston is a fascinating small town on the road from Dubrovnik to Split. Furthermore, its history is very much intertwined with Dubrovnik’s. Actually, this little settlement used to provide up to 35% of the annual revenue for the Republic of Ragusa through its salt pans. You can visit them today.


The salt was so important the republic built walls to protect it. People say Ston’s are the longest fortified ancient walls still in existence outside China. Specifically, they stretch 5.5 kilometres. And, while they may not be as impressive as the Great Wall of China, they are still quite a challenge. Particularly if you take part in the annual Ston half-marathon.


Ston has a little baby brother called Mali (Little) Ston, a quite divine slice of Dalmatian heaven for foodies. For here are some of the best oysters in the world. And my top recommendation is to seek out Bote Sare and its incredible floating oyster bar. A truly memorable day out.

Peljesac Peninsula, Plavac Mali heaven

© Croatian National Tourist Board

Ston lies at the entrance to the Peljesac Peninsula, one of the truly undiscovered gems of Dalmatia. But, it has been well and truly discovered by the wine-drinking community. Because here you’ll find the best Plavac Mali wines in the world. It’s a powerful Dalmatian red which. And, its genes are related to Zinfandel (which originates in Dalmatia).

Coupled with the white Posip and Grk on Korcula, this area has some of Croatia’s best wines. There are plenty of wine tours where you can discover more. Afterwards, head to Mali Ston for an oyster or three.

Korcula by Romulic and Stojcic

3. Island of Korcula – Marco Polo, Historical Towns, Great food and Wine, Hidden Beaches

Ah Korcula, the island home of the greatest traveller of them all, Marco Polo. Its exquisite Old Town is one of the great architectural gems of Europe. Actually, the streets are constructed in the shape of a fish. Not only does this maximise the breeze, but also it protects from the fierce Bura wind.

Aside from Korcula Town, the rest of the island offers much to discover. Small villages like Cara, Smokvica or Lumbarda are home to some of the nicest white wine in the country. Local winemakers have been perfecting their skills for centuries and it shows. Hidden beaches are all around with some of the best sandy beaches found in Lumbarda. Vela Luka, on the far side of the island is a place perfect for relaxation and re-charging.

An island of wine, culture, beaches… and sword dancing. Learn more about it in our Korcula in a Page guide.

4. Dubrovnik Countryside – Rich History, Traditonal Food, Amazing Views

Historical Center Cavtat Croatia

Konavle is Croatia’s southernmost region. It was historically under control of Dubrovnik, but its turbulent past is too broad of a subject to cover in this short paragraph. The main role of Konavle was food producing as the area is known for fertile land. Today, it encompasses 34 villages and towns and is an explorer’s dream.

From magical seaside town of Cavtat to small villages with great local restaurants, Konavle is an area you do not want to miss while in Dubrovnik. It is well connected to the city by road while Cavtat itself has several regular boat lines connecting it to Dubrovnik’s Old Town.

Detailed information about Cavtat and Konavle can be found in our dedicated page.

5. Montenegro – UNESCO heritage of Kotor and luxury of Lustica Bay

Kotor in Montenegro © Chensiyuan

Dubrovnik is not the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in the region. Just across the border in Montenegro is the magnificent Bay of Kotor. The delightful old town of Kotor is its heritage jewel.

Kotor makes for a great day trip. But, there is also a new attraction for those looking to escape the crowds. Indulge in some peaceful waterfront luxury at the new Lustica Bay development close to Tivat. Learn more about Lustica Bay. Also, find out what you need to know about crossing the border into Montenegro.

6. Mostar and the Rest of Bosnia and Herzegovina


Want more UNESCO World Heritage? Mostar is within easy reach. Its bridge is iconic. Destroyed in the war, it has been completely rebuilt. Enjoy the very Ottoman feel of the Old Town. Afterwards, watch daring locals dive from the bridge into the green waters of the Neretva below.

Kravica Waterfalls

Kravica Waterfalls is a beautiful natural formation on Trebizat River near the town of Ljubuski. It has only recently been discovered by international travellers who now frequently include it in their Mostar tour itineraries. It is a perfect refresher en route to or from Mostar.


Religious tourists may also be interested in Medjugorje. It’s only 25 km from Mostar. On 25 June 1981, it’s said here the Virgin Mary appeared to six children on a remote hillside. Subsequently, Medjugorje is today the biggest visitor attraction in the country. Learn more about it on Total Medjugorje. Here’s the Total Croatia guide to crossing the border into Bosnia.

Vjetrenica Cave

Close to town of Ravno and border with Croatia, Vjetrenica Cave is one of the natural wonders of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is a large cave the real extent of which is still to be discovered. It is known for cool 11°c temperatures that keep throughout the year. Visiting it in the summer is literally a breath of fresh air as the wind caused by the temperature difference continually blows outwards from the cave. Outside of it is a recently renovated train station building which today houses a wonderful local restaurant.

Dubrovnik for Kids

One of the major shocks to people coming to Dubrovnik form large urban areas is seeing local children playing in the streets at night, completely unattended. The safety aspect of the city does wonders to counter balance a relative lack of amenities for kids. Local children are still seen outside playing football in front of Church of St. Blaise or playing catch in any of the city’s neighbourhoods. In other words, Dubrovnik is a great choice for letting children enjoy the open air. It’s not a bad idea to be cautious just in case, but there is no reason to be overly protective while here.

Sun Gardens Resort Offers Great Options for Families with Children

Replicating the ambience of a traditional Dalmatian village, Sun Gardens offers a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Families find a perfect place to relax and reconnect in this idyllic oasis. One-, two- and three-bedroom residences are spacious and comfortable. They feature fully equipped kitchens, cosy living rooms with balconies or terraces overlooking Mediterranean gardens, or stunning sea views over the Adriatic.

Parents can indulge by the pools, relax at the Spa or have a game of tennis, while children are taken care of by professionals in Marco Polo Kids Club. Daily enrolment (10 am to noon and 3 pm to 5 pm) in Kids Club is complimentary, while additional activities like Kids Lunch and Baby Club are subject to extra charge. Children from 7 to 15 can also have fun and engaging time in the summer Sports Academy and choose among football, tennis, swimming, basketball, squash and a sports camp.  In addition to the Marco Polo Club Activities and babysitting services, the resort offers possibility to pre-book baby equipment, like baby cots, bottle sterilizers, and potties.

Be sure to find out more of their official website.

So, where Should I Take Them?

With so many museums and galleries, much of the tourism offer might not appeal to the little ones. On the other hand, there’s only so much delicious local ice cream you can bribe them with to be quiet. If you are travelling with children, think about the following options.

Seaside and Fun in the Sun

Lokrum Island is a go-to place for many Dubrovnik locals with children. There is a reason for that. Even though the island’s beaches are mainly rocky areas, there are some pebbly options and the island’s “Dead Sea” is a perfect spot for children. Dead Sea is nothing more than a tiny lake within an island, connected to the sea via a small passage. The sea within is of higher salinity and higher buoyancy. It makes for a fun swim. The island is full of beautiful plants and has a population of peacocks completely accustomed to people. With no cars and plenty of space for exploring, Lokrum is a great choice for kids.

Many of Dubrovnik’s tours are good for children as well. Some of the sea kayaking tours cater to children and they might provide for an amazing experience as you steer your child in the direction of active and healthy lifestyle.

Boat charter companies will usually offer snorkels for kids or even options for water sports if you inquire in advance. They will also know the best child-friendly beaches.

Activities and Amenities

City Aquarium might be worth a visit if you are travelling with children. As mentioned before, it is not the most entertaining of aquariums, but then again, it does not come with an added ethical dilemma of seeing trained animals perform.

Cable Car going to the top of Mount Srd will undoubtedly be fun for children providing they don’t have a serious fear of heights.

Majority of restaurants are adapted for kids somehow, but the little ones have special treatment in some of them like Pizzeria Castro for example.

Ice cream is delicious and aside from being cautious about the quantity, you generally don’t have to be worried about the quality.

Depending on the age of your children, they might enjoy exploring the ancient fortresses and ramparts. They might also enjoy learning about the film locations of movies and shows perhaps less gory than Game of Thrones.

There are plenty of options, just make sure to get informed about the exact things that your child might be interested in.


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