TOP 5 Non-Touristy Things To Do In Dubrovnik

TOP 5 Non-Touristy Things To Do In Dubrovnik

Are you looking for things to do in Dubrovnik beyond what is mentioned in all the Dubrovnik guidebooks? If so, check out our bucket list for the TOP 5 non-touristy things to do in Dubrovnik. 

Our other blog posts feature some of the city’s most popular and best places to visit, eat or drink. This post, however, includes digging out the hidden gems of the city beyond its famous landmarks. 


1. Visit Dubrovnik Summer Festival 

Dubrovnik people also value its cultural, theatrical,  and historical heritage. There is a list of notable Croatian poets, writers, and scientists who were born or raised in Dubrovnik. 

Since the 1950s, the works of Marin Držić, Ivan Gundulić, and Ivo Vojnović been performed at the City’s squares, palaces, towers, and parks. The staging of these plays led to the formation of Dubrovnik Summer Festival. Today, more than 70 open-air venues are used for festival performances of opera, classical music, theatre, ballet, and dance, during July and August.

Dubrovnik Summer Festival is also recognized as Europe’s top five most distinguished cultural festivals. If you wish to engage in a living spirit of drama and music in Dubrovnik – Summer Festival is a way to do so. 


2. Attend a Waterpolo Game 

Dubrovnik is a city of water polo, and home to one of the world’s most successful water polo clubs, VK JUG, a 4-time-winner of the European Champions League. 

There is hardly anyone in Dubrovnik who does not support or play water polo. 

The love for this sport is so strong that each beach in Dubrovnik has its team and once per year they gather to compete at „Wild League“ –  the most popular amateur water polo competition in the world.

The water polo matches in Dubrovnik are attended by a great number of people and we strongly advise you to join them – it’s a lot of fun! 


3. Step Into the World of Dubrovnik’s Coffee Culture 

While the rest of the world follows the trend of “Coffee to GO”, Dubrovnik people have their trend – coffee to “stay”. Locals like to enjoy their coffee and sometimes it takes hours.  

People like to chat with friends, enjoy their views, or simply drink up coffee in peace. 

Order your coffee at Gianni or Cafe Festival and experience the coffee culture of Dubrovnik yourself. 


4. Wine O’Clock

peljesac grapes

For any wine lovers – this is something you should not miss!

During the times of the Dubrovnik Republic, growing grapes was the main agricultural activity. This industry flourished in the 16th and 17th centuries and wine production is an important aspect of the Dubrovnik region. 

Dubrovnik region prides itself on its wines. Plavac Mali, Dingač, Postup, and Dubrovnik Malvasia are some of the oldest wine names, cultivated in Pelješac and Konavle vineyards. You will also notice a lot of local wine cellars, vineyards, summer houses of noble families, waterfalls, islands, and parks in the Dubrovnik landscape. A great way to enjoy what the city has to offer is on a bike. There are E-Bike Tours that take amazing scenic trips around the area. 


5. Beach Call 

There is no shortage of beaches in Dubrovnik. And yes – locals love to hit the beach to get tanned, read a book, or meditate.  The possibilities are endless. Bring your sunglasses and head over to the beach like most of the locals will do. 

In the next blog post, we will cover some of the most beautiful beaches in Dubrovnik, with some of them not so crowded, so you can decide which beach you want to check out! 

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