Sveti Jakov Beach
Head east from the Ploče Gate for 1.7km and you'll come to Sveti Jakov, a good little beach that doesn’t get too rowdy and has showers,...
When Dubrovnik natives need to cool off, they head no further than the rocky stretch by the breakwater of the Old Harbour. People perch...
The rocky base of Dubrovnik's formidable walls may not be the most obvious spot for a dip, but plenty of people take to the crystalline...
The more upmarket and slick of two cliff bars pressed up against the seaward side of the city walls, this one is lower on the rocks and...
Serving local food the way locals like it, at more or less local prices, this little family-run eatery is a blissfully untouristy...
Lush Lokrum is a beautiful, forested island full of holm oaks, black ash, pines and olive trees, and an ideal escape from urban Dubrovnik. It's a popular swimming spot, although the beaches are rocky. To reach the nudist beach, head left from the ferry and follow the signs marked FKK; the rocks at the far end are Dubrovnik's de facto gay beach. Also popular is the small saltwater lake known as the Dead Sea .
The island's main hub is its large medieval Benedictine monastery , which houses a restaurant and a display on the island's history and the TV show Game of Thrones, which was partly filmed in Dubrovnik. This is your chance to pose imperiously in a reproduction of the Iron Throne. The monastery has a pretty cloister garden and a significant botanical garden, featuring giant agaves and palms from South Africa and Brazil.
Lokrum is only a 10-minute ferry ride from Dubrovnik's Old Harbour. Boats leave roughly hourly in summer (half-hourly in July and August). Make sure you check what time the last boat to the mainland departs. Note that no one can stay overnight and smoking is not permitted anywhere on the island.