Dubrovnik is, without a doubt, one of the most spectacular tourist destinations in the Mediterranean. Beautiful climate, clean beaches, stunning architecture and numerous entertainment options have made it a tourist’s favorite. However, this also means that the prices of a holiday in Dubrovnik are higher and higher every year. Still, this beautiful city has a lot to offer even if you’re on a tight budget. Check out our list of the best free things Dubrovnik has to offer.
Free Things to Do in Dubrovnik
Climb to the top of Mount Srd
Enjoy the breathtaking view of the entire panorama at Mount Srđ. Four hundred and thirteen meters tall, there is no better way to observe the city and its surroundings. There is a cable car which can take you up for a price of 8 euros, but it’s healthy to stretch your legs and hike to the top. There’s a serpentine footpath which is not really physically demanding, but you’ll need about an hour and a half to reach the top, so be sure to bring refreshments, especially in the warm summer days.
Explore the beaches
Fortunately, Dubrovnik has plenty of great cobble beaches and they’re all free! Be sure to check out Banje Beach, which is very close to Dubrovnik Old Town and features several cafes, bars and restaurants, as well as sports courts. You can even grab a daybed at the Banje Beach Club and spend a relaxing afternoon sunbathing in the Mediterranean sun. In the peak of the season, from July to late August, the beaches close to the city center tend to be pretty crowed. Of course, the ideal way of dealing with overcrowded beaches would be to go to the nearest yacht charter agency, rent a boat and sail into the sunset, far away from the crowds, but, if you’re trying to pull out a low-budget holiday, so you can either go to a beach which is farther off the center (these are less crowded) or come early in the morning and grab your spot.
Stradun Street is the focal point of all life in Dubrovnik, brimming with souvenir shops, cafés, restaurants and street vendors. Surrounded by the famous city walls, it’s the city’s main pedestrian zone, some of its parts dating from centuries ago. Summers in Dubrovnik are always lively, and there are a lot of manifestations, events, concerts, plays and exhibitions being held at Stradun every day. Sometimes it’s the local folklore group, sometimes a well-known rock band, but most of these events are free for the public and attract a large audience.
Start your morning by strolling to Gundulić Square (Gunduliceva poljana), the location of the city’s main marketplace. Enjoy the vibrant market and the friendly locals; you can find homegrown fruits, vegetables, flowers and various crafts. It’s a chance to get a glimpse at the local lifestyle in a very friendly atmosphere, as the vendors are always happy to chat with you and give you useful advice regarding your stay at the city.
Dubrovnik is a place of rich history, and some of that history can be found at Luza Square, such as the Church of St Blaise, the historic Sponza Palace and the famous Bell Tower. The Dubrovnik Summer Festival takes place at Luza, as well as numerous other events throughout the year.