Most people travel to Dubrovnik in the summer season hoping to enjoy a tantalizing glass of Aperol Spritz overlooking the ocean. Glass in hand, sun in face. That sort of thing. But what happens if you land in Dubrovnik and it’s rainier than London? What is there to do in Dubrovnik in the rain?
Here are 8 activities that you could consider if the heaven’s open during your trip this glorious city.
1. Take a refreshing swim
What could be more romantic than a dip in the sea with the rain gently splashing on your face? Once you’re wet, you’re wet! You may as well get in. The added bonus is that you’ll beat the crowds and have one of the much sought-after swimming spots all to yourself. My favourite spot is round past the Old Port – coordinates here. You might just have a private bathing spot in the rain!
2. Spend some time exploring the Churches and Cathedrals of the Old Town
When the weather is good, it can be tempting to head straight to the beach and not take the time exploring the historical architecture in the Old Town. So, when it’s raining, take your time exploring. Sure, you’ll need an Umbrella, but you can still enjoy a good mooch around the old, cobbled streets. The Dubrovnik Cathedral and churches are free to enter too.
3. Head to the Love Stories Museum if it’s raining in Dubrovnik
The Love Stories Museum is quite possibly the best way to cheer up a rainy day. What could be more heart-warming than learning about the stories of great loves over the years? There are also contemporary love stories on display, with themed exhibitions focusing on the love stories behind great TV shows and Music. Tickets cost 60 HRK (8 Euros), which is budget friendly if you’re looking to not spend too much money.
4. Enjoy a long languid lunch in Dubrovnik in the rain
Many of the restaurants in the Old Town have indoor options or a covered veranda. Wrap up warm and enjoy a long and delicious lunch, perhaps with a bottle of wine. Restaurant Portrun comes highly recommended as it delivers fresh Croatian food in a cosy environment. All ingredients are sourced locally too!
5. Wine Tasting
For wine tasting, look no further than Malvasija Wine Bar in the Old Town of Dubrovnik. This bar has an extensive wine list, including wines of their own production. They can offer guided wine tastings, or if the mood takes you then why not just make your way through their wine list one glass at a time?
6. Olive Oil Tasting
If wine isn’t your thing, what about enjoying a Gourmet Olive Oil tour? Dubrovnik Gourmet Tours will organise all of this for you. They’ll whisk you away into the countryside before you try various Olive Oils and then enjoy a feast!
7. Take a Yoga Class
The aptly named “Buddah’s Cat” studio is tucked away just outside of the Old Town. They welcome newcomers and have a generous schedule with classes most days. A perfect activity to hideaway from the weather and get your zen back if you’re in Dubrovnik in the rain.
8. Head to the spa if you’re in Dubrovnik in the rain
Icona Thai Spa is in the heart of the Old Town in Dubrovnik. Here you can hide away from the elements and enjoy a Thai Massage or relaxation therapy. An hour of Thai massage is 395 HRK (approx. 40 Euros). For Dubrovnik prices, that’s pretty reasonable!
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