When deciding on a romantic destination for a honeymoon, many people opt for the classics: Paris, Hawaii, maybe the Caribbean. And while those are certainly amazing places to visit (put them all on your bucket list!), we recommend trying something a little more unique for your honeymoon: Dubrovnik, Croatia. This lesser known tourist destination has become increasingly popular in recent years, and with good reason! Crystal sand beaches, stunning architecture, and beautiful weather make this place an amazing honeymoon spot. With so many amazing sights and fun activities, you’ll find yourself falling in love with Dubrovnik.
Get ready to have an amazing holiday with your love as we take you through the best that Dubrovnik has to offer. From spas to museums, we’ll have you planning the most incredible and romantic honeymoon in this beautiful city.
What to do in Dubrovnik
The Classic Must-Not miss Things in Dubrovnik
The city of Dubrovnik is an incredible combination of modern luxury and rich history. Some of the simplest things to do here are the most fun! Take a stroll through the old town, or relax on one of the many gorgeous beaches. But if it’s your first time in Dubrovnik, you’ll want to hit up the most popular tourist spots first. They’re popular for a reason! Start your trip with these classic spots:
- Placa Thoroughfare
- Old Town
- Cable car ride over the Old Town
- Fort Lovrijenac
- The Island of Lokrum
- Church of Saint Blaise
For History Lovers
Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is full of incredible historical spots. Dating back to the 7th century, strolling around this town you’ll see remnants of the past in present-day Dubrovnik. There are charming stone fortresses, like Saint John’s Fortress, and Fort Lovrijenac. Pay a visit to some of the city’s beautiful ancient churches and you’ll see why this city is the perfect romantic getaway. Gorgeous facades and stunning interiors will take your breath away when you visit sites such as the Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola or the Rector’s Palace.
For the Adventurers
If you and your significant other want to indulge your adventurous sides on your honeymoon, Dubrovnik is the perfect city for you! With the sparkling Aegean Sea surrounding the city, it’s a great spot to try out watersports. Check out the local sea life while diving or snorkeling, or see the scenery at a slower pace while kayaking to Lokrum Island. There are also guided rafting trips available if you want a rush of excitement on the river! If you want an adventure that doesn’t involve too much exercise, grab a bottle of wine and take a motorboat tour around the islands for a luxury adventure experience!
Editors Note: If you are heading North while in Croatia make sure you explore Sibenik, as this is a favorite spot for us.
For Those Who Love Shopping
Tours and historical sites are great, but sometimes you just want to shop! Take a break from your city tour to indulge in some good, old-fashioned retail therapy. You and your love will have an amazing time in Dubrovnik’s Old Town, which has an array of charming boutiques and high-end shops. There are many stores specializing in local treasures, so be sure to check them out to pick up some souvenirs from your romantic getaway! Stop by OPG Sardi to pick up some gourmet salts and spices to remember the tastes of Croatia even back home. Life According to Kawa sells authentic Croatian-made products, ranging from wine to make up. For locally made jewelry pieces that are as much works of art as they are accessories, check out Dubrovnik Treasures and pick up something special!
For Art Lovers
Dubrovnik has some beautiful galleries and museums, and there’s something so romantic about strolling through a gallery and looking and beautiful works of art with the one you love. While you’re visiting, be sure to check out some of these spots. Art by Stjepko features colorful and vibrant paintings by this friendly local artist who will happily show you around his studio. Art Gallery Talir has a beautiful variety of paintings and sculptures and depicts 1,000 years of Croatian history too! Check out the Franciscan Monastery for a look at some architectural beauty, with a little museum hidden inside.
Other Honeymoon Ideas in Dubrovnik
- Take a tour of the Elafiti Islands nearby. Hop on a romantic sailboat for the day, or opt for a luxurious private speedboat for an unforgettable day with your love.
- Take a Game of Thrones tour! For lovers of the HBO show, follow the behind-the-scenes path to see where this popular show was shot. Discover “King’s Landing” and other favorite locations with this exciting tour. If you want to take it a step further, you can follow all these GOT filming locations in Europe.
Where to Eat in Dubrovnik
In addition to its impressive list of sights and activities, Dubrovnik also boasts an amazing selection of dining options. With multiple Michelin Star restaurants and gourmet options available, you’ll fall as much in love with the food as the scenery during your stay. Check out some of our recommendations for charming and indulgent dining spots.
Best Breakfast and Brunch Places in Dubrovnik
- Dubravka 1836 Restaurant
- Restaurant More Dubrovnik
- Above 5 Restaurant
- Cafe Festival
- Soul Caffe
Best Lunch Places in Dubrovnik
- Lacroma Restaurant
- Vita Bella
- Oyster and Sushi Bar Bota
- Konoba Dubrava
- Azur Dubrovnik (Michelin Starred)
Best Dinner Places in Dubrovnik
- Takenoko Dubrovnik
- Nautika Restaurant (Michelin Starred)
- Restaurant 360 (Michelin Starred)
- Restaurant Dubrovnik (Michelin Starred)
- Proto (Michelin Starred)
- Villa Ruza
Cocktails and Drinks
- Banje Beach Restaurant and Lounge
- Malvasija Wine Bar
- Cafe Buza
- Sunset Lounge at Dubrovnik Hotel
If you prefer a more casual environment, pop by a local market and pick up the ingredients for a seaside picnic! Enjoy the sunset on the beach with a bottle of wine and a gourmet spread. Can you think of anything dreamier?
Romantic Hotels in Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is a city designed for luxury. There are so many amazing hotels featuring 5-star service and award-winning amenities. From charming rooms with traditional decor to lavish suites with private pools, there’s a resort perfect for everyone in this Croatian city. You want the very best on your honeymoon, so try one of our recommendations for the most romantic resorts in Dubrovnik.
Editor’s Note: If you want to see our complete list, check out our Best Luxury Hotels in Dubrovnik
Radisson Blu Resort and Spa
Location: 3-minute walk to the beach, 15-minute drive to Dubrovnik
Amenities: Private beach | Terrace | Garden | Spa and Wellness Center | Fitness Center | Hot Tub | Children’s activities | On-site sports and watersports facilities |
Pool: 3 outdoor and 1 indoor
Restaurant: Origano international buffet restaurant
The Radisson Blu flaunts some of the most luxurious facilities in Dubrovnik. What better way to spend your honeymoon? Situated on the coast, it is just a short stroll to a variety of beautiful beaches. With incredible views and luxury services, this resort has something for everyone. Whether you love physical activity or lounging by the water, this hotel provides the best of both worlds. With a huge selection of entertainment activities and pampering spa treatments, you and your significant other will have an amazing honeymoon staying at the Radisson Blu.
Rixos Libertas Dubrovnik
Location: 2-minute walk to the beach, 15-minute walk to Old Town Dubrovnik
Amenities: Terrace | Garden | Beachfront | Spa and wellness center | Hot tub | Fitness center | Snorkeling and diving | Casino | Games room | Bicycle rental
Pool: Indoor and outdoor
Restaurant: Mozaic buffet restaurant | Lalezar Grill House | Azzur fish restaurant
Price Range: $230-$2,100
For a honeymoon that is as exciting as it is relaxing, you’ll love staying at the Rixos Libertas. What sets this hotel apart is not just its state-of-the-art facilities and impressive amenities, but its bustling on-site casino. It’ll be easy to feel like a celebrity couple here as you try out your luck against the house! If you’re not interested in gambling, the resort is a just a short stroll to the beach and a 15-minute walk to the many sights of Old Town Dubrovnik. From the hotel’s restaurants, you can soak in a panoramic view of the resort, with the clear blue sea sprawling out beneath it. For a five-star honeymoon stay, the Rixos Libertas is a perfect choice.
Royal Princess Hotel
Location: 3-minute walk to the beach, just 5 km to Old Town Dubrovnik
Amenities: Terrace | Garden | Beachfront | Massage | Spa and wellness center | Fitness center | Canoeing | Sauna
Pool: Indoor and outdoor
Restaurant: Zoe Mediterranean restaurant | Neptun Terrace | La Castile restaurant | Princess bar
Price Range: $260-$1,100
Seclusion and stunning views make this hotel one of our favorite romantic spots in Dubrovnik. Tucked in the midst of beautiful trees and overlooking the sparkling blue water, it is the perfect combination of indulgent and tranquil. Take a ride in a cable car to soak up the scenery, relax in the hotel’s steam bath, or try a canoeing trip for something more adventurous. For picturesque surroundings and ultimate relaxation, the Royal Princess Hotel will leave you in honeymoon bliss!
Popular Day Trips
With so many islands close by, there are endless options for day-long excursions around Dubrovnik. There’s plenty of amazing things to do in the city itself, but if you’re keen for a little more exploring, check out some of these fun trips you can take nearby.
- Take a boat trip to the coast of Montenegro
- Visit the stunning Mostar and Kravice waterfalls
- Sip your way through a wine tour on Korcula Island
From its breathtaking views to its luxury hotels, Dubrovnik really has it all. On your honeymoon, you’ll have the chance to relax, explore, and indulge in spa treatments and gourmet dining options. These are just a few of the many options for your romantic getaway. Hopefully, this guide will get you excited about planning your honeymoon to this amazing city!