In Dubrovnik, you’ll find many places to enjoy hiking. You can hike up a mountain to get the best views of the Adriatic Sea or go for a relaxing stroll in a national park. You can also enjoy romantic sunset walks at the beach or stroll around the city to explore its iconic sights. Dubrovnik is such a beautiful city, so regardless of where you prefer to walk, you are guaranteed to enjoy breathtaking views!
Here are five hiking destinations to try in Dubrovnik.
Lovcen National Park
If you’re looking to hike a little off the beaten path, visit Lovcen National Park. Although this park is in Montenegro, it’s possible to take a day trip from Dubrovnik to this park. The travel time is around three hours, and many tour operators take tourists to the park with a stop at the coastal town of Kotor.
Lovcen National Park is a haven for avid hikers. There are many hiking trails within the park. Most of them are well signposted, making it easier to navigate on your own. The Wolf Trail and Babina Glava are the most popular paths to tackle. It’s an easy loop trail about 6.5 miles long and could take around 3 hours, depending on your speed. The route starts at the Hotel Ivanov Konak, and your final destination is the Babina Glava, a beautiful mountain offering spectacular views.
Another easy trail to consider is the path that starts in Ivanova Korita and ends in Krstac. It’s about 4.2 miles and takes around 2.5 hours. The trail requires crossing a beautiful stream leading you toward a forested area and into the valley between peaks. It requires walking steeply downhill before reaching the final destination of Krstac.
Lopud is a picturesque small island on the Dalmatian Coast that you can reach about an hour ferry ride from Dubrovnik. It’s the perfect place to enjoy the unspoilt beauty of nature with lots of beautiful sandy beaches lined with palm trees. Lopud is an ideal spot for a day of hiking that includes a relaxing swim in the spectacular Sunj Beach.
There are many picturesque hiking trails across the island. You can explore the only village in Lopud on foot. After that, you can take a short hike to the Fortress Sutvrac, perched above the village. From here, you will enjoy magnificent views of the entire island. You will also encounter gorgeous views along the path on your hike up the fortress.
You are guaranteed to enjoy a relaxing hike around Lopud Island since the entire island is car-free. After hiking the island, relax at the beach before travelling back to Dubrovnik. Because the waters are shallow in most parts of the island, kayaking is also a popular means of exploring Lopud island.
Hiking Mount Srd is a popular activity in Dubrovnik. It’s an easy uphill climb, with lots of spectacular views along the way. With enough endurance, everyone, regardless of their fitness level, can hike to Mount Srd. The trail is less than 3 miles roundtrip and should take 1 to 2 hours. After you have spent some time exploring the area, you can then relax in one of the many beautiful villas in Dubrovnik, providing the perfect place to truly unwind.
The start of the hike is easy to locate, as it’s just off the main highway called Jadranska Cesta. When you get to the base, you will see signs towards the trail that takes you to the summit. The beginning of the walk requires several switchbacks before you reach a forested area. In the first ten minutes of the hike, you will enjoy breathtaking views of the Old City of Dubrovnik.
It would generally take less than an hour to get to the top of Mount Srd. Enjoy the views along the way, which is the highlight of this hike. Once you get to the top, you’ll enjoy even more beautiful views. You will also find the war museum, which showcases what life was like during the Croatian War. To enjoy even more spectacular views, schedule your hike during sunset.
Mosor is a high karst mountain on the Adriatic Coast, located close to the city of Split. It’s a popular spot for trekking, especially for experienced mountaineers. Getting here requires a 3-hour drive from Dubrovnik, although most visitors will arrive via Split. With an elevation of 711 meters, Mosor offers spectacular views of Split and its surrounding islands, including the vast open seas.
The hike to Mosor Mountain starts and ends in a small village called Sitno Gornje. You can choose from light half-day walks to the more challenging multi-day treks with a stay in a lodge that offers fabulous views of the city of Split and the other Dalmatian Islands. There are a few different routes to take when climbing Mosor Mountain, each with varying difficulty levels.
During clear days, Mosor Mountain opens to the impressive views of Split and the shimmering Adriatic Sea from afar. Split is about 20 km away, yet it’s visible from the top. The hike to the top may not be easy, but the views make it well worth it.
Walls of Dubrovnik
One of the top things to do for tourists in Dubrovnik is walking through its ancient walls. The entire length of the wall is about 1940 metres, offering impressive views in all corners of Dubrovnik and the nearby island of Lokrum.
There are many entrances to the city walls, but the most popular is the one from Babin Kuk/Lapad. You can take the bus from the city centre and get off at the Pile Gate where you need to walk until you reach Stradun. From here, turn right, and you’ll find the booth to buy your entry tickets.
If you don’t plan on exploring the entire length of the walls, you can end your walk at any of the entry points. Depending on how fast you walk, it usually takes up to two hours to walk through the entire walls. Take note that your walk includes climbing the stairs, so wear comfy shoes. Bring a bottle of water to keep you hydrated, although there are also cafes along the way to stop for some refreshment.