Family Holidays in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is one of the most emblematic tourist cities in the world, but what is it for families and children? To make the holidays in Dubrovnik relaxing that the whole family can enjoy and remember, when visiting Dubrovnik there are many places where you can participate in fun activities. We promise it’s worth it and here are our recommendations!

Feel the noise of the Old Town

Children in Dubrovnik will have a lot of fun walking around the streets, towers, walls and fortresses of the city. Take a walk along the central and most charming street of the Old Town, Stradun, which has been connecting the eastern and western gates of the city since the eleventh century. Enjoy the history, the architecture, the lively company or the ice cream in the heart of Dubrovnik. We recommend that you return early in the morning or in the afternoon to avoid traffic jams.

The city walls surrounding the historical heart of the city are one of the most important sights of Dubrovnik, they stretch for 1940 meters and offer a breathtaking view of the famous red roofs and the sea. A trip through the city walls can be a unique activity for young people, because there are a lot of fortresses, bastions and towers. Needless to say, this adventure offers many places to capture wonderful moments in great photos.

Explore the museums of Dubrovnik

Did you know that the Republic of Ragusa (Dubrovnik) was the second naval force in the Mediterranean and the third in Europe after Venice and the Netherlands in the mid-sixteenth century? It was served by forty-four consuls in different ports? With the help of skillful diplomacy, the merchants of Dubrovnik traveled freely, and in the city fleet there was a large flotilla of merchant ships. At the Maritime Museum you can admire the rich maritime past of Dubrovnik, preserved by more than five thousand artifacts. You can also learn how the heritage of sailing has evolved over the years, since ancient times.

If you want to get acquainted with the traditions and folk costumes of the old Dubrovnik Republic, it is worth visiting the ethnographic museum “Rupe”. Translated into English, “Rupe” means holes, referring to nine-meter-deep pits dug into the rock that, in ancient times, were used to store the state’s cereals and wheat reserves. The reserves in 15 of these pits in total were enough to feed Dubrovnik for a whole year, so the inhabitants of Dubrovnik never experienced hunger.

Another ancient treasure can be discovered in the Franciscan monastery. The small but charming old pharmacy is the third oldest working pharmacy in Europe, founded in 1317. Seven centuries ago, monks had more than 2,000 prescriptions for everything from conventional medicines to secret poisons and formulas. Nowadays, you can buy a variety of essential oils from several Mediterranean plants growing in the lush garden behind the monastery, such as sage, mint, oranges and roses.

Walk on the island of Lokrum

Set aside some time to visit the lush oasis of Dubrovnik, located a stone’s throw from the old town walls. Lokrum, a small island and a nature reserve, is a quiet and idyllic place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, just 10 minutes by boat from the old town. This hidden gem is especially good for families with children. Discover the salt Lake in the center of the island, take a selfie with peacocks, watch rabbits in the meadows, have a picnic in the olive groves, take a walk in Maximilian’s Gardens or visit Fort Royal, the place where some scenes from Game of Thrones were filmed.

If you just want to get acquainted with various myths and legends, consult your local guide. There are a lot of stories about Lokrum and Dubrovnik, but both are different from each other. Long ago, the great King of England Richard the Lionheart found refuge in Lokrum after a violent sea storm and promised to build two churches as a sign of gratitude. Today they can be found in Dubrovnik!

Another legend is the curse of the Benedictines after their expulsion from the monastery where they lived for centuries. Just before leaving the island, the monks celebrated a farewell Mass and toured the island three times, cursing all subsequent owners and mistresses who died for unnatural reasons.

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