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Swimming at the Best Beaches in Dubrovnik

So you’ve walked atop the massive Dubrovnik city walls encircling the Old City.

And you’ve enjoyed coffee and a delicious Croatian cake or pastry at a café.

Now it’s hot. Very hot.

Not to worry, there are some great beaches in Dubrovnik where you can go swimming!

There are beaches in Dubrovnik where you can swim and cool off.
Yes, there are beaches in Dubrovnik where you can swim and cool off!

Banje Beach

One of the best public Dubrovnik beaches, Banje Beach, is only a five-minute walk up the road from the Old City.

Banje Beach, Dubrovnik
Banje Beach is one of the best beaches in Dubrovnik

With access to a cocktail bar plus umbrellas and lounge chairs for rent, we were most content to while away an afternoon swimming and sunning on the pebble beach there during one of our visits to Dubrovnik.

(And unlike many of Croatia’s nudist beaches, swimsuits are worn at this beach!)


Swimming at Lokrum - a great getaway island so close to Dubrovnik
Swimming at Lokrum – a great getaway island so close to Dubrovnik

Another occasion, we took a passenger ferry to the pine-wooded island of Lokrum, a 10- to 15-minute boat ride away.

(You catch the little ferry boats just outside the wall.) 

We sunned on large slabs of rocks, climbing down ladders into the sea to swim.

A café bar in the middle of the park-like island serves drinks and lunch. 

Swimming in Dubrovnik

So if you visit Dubrovnik (even if only for a day on a cruise), be sure to slip your swimsuit into your bag or backpack.

You might just want to cool off by going swimming in Dubrovnik…

Experience more of Croatia!

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Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George Mucalov are the publishers of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents. See About.

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Tuesday 3rd of February 2015

Quite an intriguing historic destination I'd love to visit one day. But it's weird how complicated it is to get to Dubrovnik! No problem, that makes it even more adventurous!

Ashley @ A Southern Gypsy

Thursday 24th of July 2014

I loved Dubrovnik and went kayaking there and swimming in one of the beach caves - the water was cold even though it was definitely hot outside! :)


Thursday 24th of July 2014

It sure looks gorgeous! The beach with the walled city in the background. Are they sandy or rock beaches?

Janice and George

Thursday 24th of July 2014

Few beaches in Croatia are sandy - no sand in your bikini :-). Most are pebble or rocky.


Thursday 24th of July 2014

Dubrovnik is one of the most beautiful cities of Europe. Heritage and beach at the same time like Valencia.

Christa Thompson

Wednesday 23rd of July 2014

Note taken. Thank you! ;)