You just arrived in Dubrovnik! You cannot wait to unpack and hit the streets for the next few days, enjoy this magnificent city and explore each and every corner of it!
And then rain starts pouring down…so…what to do in Dubrovnik on bad weather?
If you are visiting Dubrovnik during bad weather, worry not! There are plenty of things to do and see in Dubrovnik when it rains!
Dubrovnik enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate and prides itself to be one of the sunniest locations in Croatia, with more than 250 sunny days per year. But even in our sunny town, sometimes we have rainy days in Dubrovnik.
Don’t let the grey skies ruin your holidays – here is a list of things you can do when it rains in Dubrovnik.
No.1 fun thing to do in Dubrovnik is to play an escape room, no matter the weather, but it’s the most popular indoor activity in Dubrovnik when bad weather happens. All you need to do is pick your team, book your adventure and immerse yourself in the mysterious world of escape rooms.
With 60 minutes at your disposal, you & your team must work together to search the room, discover clues and solve puzzles. Adventures visiting Dubrovnik will love to engage in this heart racing & addictive mystery-solving mission no matter the weather!
You can choose between 2 games: Save King’s Landing which is inspired by Game of Thrones series (no knowledge of the show is required to play!) or find the Secret Treasure of Dubrovnik, inspired by the rich history of Dubrovnik.
GOOD TO KNOW: the escape room is located outside of the Old Town, in Lapad area, which is an urban city centre. It is full of bars, restaurants, beaches, and different kind of content. See here for different ideas on what to do in Lapad area.
Dubrovnik has a rich history, and visiting the museums in town offers you a glimpse into the past of the small but powerful Ragusan Republic. All the museums are indoors so you are safe on a rainy day in Dubrovnk.
Some of our picks for Old Town museums are: Rupe (Ethnographical) Museum, Rector’s Palace, Sponza, Pharmacy & Franciscan Monastery, Cathedral & treasury, Aquarium, War Photography Museum.
Red History Museum is the newest addition to the museum selection, and it is remarkable. It is located outside of the city walls so it is a very cool thing to do if you want to escape the Old Town Crowds. Head to Gruž area to discover the origins of the communist idea and how it spread around the globe and to the area of today’s Croatia.
Dubrovnik has a lot of good wines produced locally, with vineyards all across the county, especially in the Peljesac Peninsula. Take on a tasting adventure and try the best wines Dubrovnik has to offer.
You can make it a day trip and visit the wine cellars on Peljesac peninsula (only 60 km North of Dubrovnik). Besides for tasting a variety of wines, you can also indulge in prosciutto & cheese platters. Our favourite wine is Plavac mali Skrapa, made by Marlais Winery.
If you don’t want to go out of the town to enjoy the wine tasting in a winery, try D’Vino or Skar wine bars. It is a perfect lazy activity to have in Dubrovnik when it rains.
Experience the idyllic rural life in Konavle region. Visit some of the rural households and enjoy local food made in traditional way, paired with local wines. We recommend visiting agrotourist site Mlin and Konavoski Dvori.
Be sure to visit Cavtat, a small fishing town voted top european Destination for 2021. This small pictoresque town is full of cute cafes, excellent restaurants, surrounded by palm trees and the beautiful Adriatic. Visit Vlaho Bukovac House (Art museum) & take an icecream in the house of icecream.
Dubrovnik enjoys a rich cultural life, especially in the summer time. Treat yourself to a unique experience and see a show in remarkable locations during the Dubrovnik Summer Festival (mid july to end of August).
Also, enjoy the Folklore ensemble Linđo performance with traditional dances and folks songs from various parts of the country. Show starts every Tuesday and Friday from May 2nd, always at the same time and place, 21:30 in Lazareti.
Instead of hiding from the bad weather while it rains in Dubrovnik, get out and enjoy the scenery. Catch dramatic photos of waves breaking at Porporela, Lazareti or Lovrijenac during windy/rainy days. These will for sure be one of a kind photos from your holiday, nothing like your standard Dubrovnik picture postcards.
Follow Storm Chasers Dubrovnik for some amazing inspiration on weather photography.
Croatians love to drink coffee, so much it became a sacred ritual (see here). Who wouldn’t love sitting in a cozy place and sipping from a cup for hours, just enjoying time, with no worries in mind?
Actually, Croatian coffee culture is so remarkable, no deals (whether private or business) can be arranged without sitting down for coffee. Order “bijela kava” – for cafee latte, or simple “kava” for an espresso.
Our favourite indoor coffee places in Dubrovnik to hide from the rain are: Cave Bar More (Lapad Area), Cafe bar Festival (Old Town) & Gradska Kavana (Old Town).
Escape Dubrovnik when it rains – not far away from Dubrovnik (couple of hours driving), you have 2 interesting places to visit.
Mostar (Bosnia & Herzegovina), a town famous for it’s old stone bridge, that also has a beautiful old town, and Kotor (Montenegro), fortified medieval town located in the beautiful Kotor Bay, a natural fjord near the coast of the Adriatic Sea.
Dubrovnik hotels with their wellness centers offer a plentiful of spa, massage, pool, sauna, workout or beauty options.
Try Rixos Libertas, Dubrovnik Sun Gardens or something different like Touch of Thai Massage and Spa. Even when it rains in Dubrovnik, you can still pamper yourself & enjoy your holidays.
As a last resort, go see a movie. Movies at the cinema are played in original language (mainly English) with subtitles. Try Cinestar (super comfortable seats) in Lapad, Sloboda or 3d Visia theater in the Old Town.
We hope these ideas of things to do in Dubrovnik when it rains it will make you a bit happier about a bad wheather day while visiting the city!
If you tried one of these, please leave a comment bellow and tell us how it was. Or tell us what other cool and interesting activities you would recommend other travelers to do when rainy days are upon Dubrovnik