Romantic things to do in Dubrovnik

Get loved-up with romantic things to do in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is one of the most romantic destinations in Europe, thanks to its laidback Mediterranean vibes, sophisticated dining, historic hotspots and glimmering seaside. There are plenty of romantic things to do in Dubrovnik, whether you want to get dressed up for a fancy dinner, watch the sun go down from the top of Mount Srd or take to the waters and kayak across to the quieter Lokrum Island. There’s even a museum dedicated to love, so you really couldn’t ask for a more romantic spot than this beautiful Croatian city!

  1. Take the cable-car up to Mount Srd
  2. Bring history to life at the City Walls
  3. Enjoy a private boat trip
  4. Pucker up at the Love Stories Museum
  5. Kayak to Lokrum Island
  6. Fall in love with dinner

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1. Take the cable-car up to Mount Srd

Take the cable-car up to the towering Mount Srd, which provides incredible views on the way up and even better views once you reach the top. Here, you’ll be able to enjoy the best views in Dubrovnik, overlooking the terracotta rooftops, the glittering Adriatic Sea beyond ahead and Lokrum Island beyond. Time your visit with the sunset and you can marvel at the dusty hues of the changing sky, too.

Best for: Sunset lovers.

While you’re there: Feeling active? Hike back down, but set aside an hour to complete it!

2. Bring history to life at the City Walls

One of the most romantic things to do in Dubrovnik is to walk along the historic City Walls, which offer an insight into the city’s ancient past and provide a splash of romance. Spanning 2km, the walls make for a pleasant hour or so trail overlooking the historic buildings, bustling squares and narrow, cobbled streets. Pause for picture-perfect moments, or simply to take in the nearby islands dotted in the waters outside of the City Walls.

Best for: Wanderers

While you’re there: Climb to the highest point of the City Walls, Minceta Fortress.

3. Enjoy a private boat trip

Island-hopping by boat is one of the most quintessential things to do in Croatia, so booking onto a private boat to explore Dubrovnik’s small islands makes for a suitably scenic and romantic excursion. The nearby Elaphiti Islands are a great place to stop off – particularly Lopud – where you can relax on the sandy beaches or go for a dip in the tranquil waters. Otherwise, Mljet, Korcula and Peljesac make for dreamy alternatives. With fewer crowds, you can simply enjoy one another’s company.

Best for: Sailing fans

While you’re there: Mljet is a nature haven; hire a bike and explore the national park here.

4. Pucker up at the Love Stories Museum

There couldn’t be a better place for couples to visit in Dubrovnik than the Love Stories Museum. The museum’s collection focuses on personal love stories and displays sentimental items, so you really feel like you’re walking through a romcom. Read about local and mythical love tales, discover which romantic films and television shows were filmed in the city (think Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Robin Hood…) and go behind the scenes with famous love songs.

Best for: Loved-up couples.

While you’re there: Remember to sign the Love Wall with your own loved-up message to the world.

5. Kayak to Lokrum Island

While there’s a private boat trip on this list, another worthy romantic thing to do in Dubrovnik is kayaking to Lokrum Island. This is a great option for couples looking to stay active while having fun! As you paddle through the crystal clear waters, you’ll explore the secluded coves and neighboring marine life, before reaching dry land. Then you’ll be able to explore the historic sights and local wildlife that reign supreme here, before kayaking back to the mainland with the impressive City Walls growing close. Kayaking is a great inclusion on holiday packages to Dubrovnik, as you get to combine fun with sightseeing and unique views of the City Walls.

Best for: Active couples

While you’re there: For extra wildlife, head to the nature reserve.

6. Fall in love with dinner

Pretty much wherever you choose to dine in Dubrovnik makes for a romantic setting, whether you’re overlooking remnants of centuries-old fortresses, the shimmering Adriatic sea or charming local square. And that’s just the outside; the interiors can be just as mesmerizing, whether you’re after rustic decor or slick stylings. Seafood is a popular menu choice, with many menu options caught fresh; why not order fresh oysters to share? Whether you order seafood platters, mussels or something land-based, wash it down with a sumptuous Croatian wine. With great food, views, atmosphere and company, you’ll feel loved up with everything!

Best for: Foodie couples.

While you’re there: Try a Green Stew, more appealingly known in native tongue as zelena menestra. This is a classic Dubrovnik dish that largely consists of meat, potatoes and cabbage.

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