Top 10 Things to Do in Dubrovnik on a Rainy Day

You are excited about coming to Dubrovnik, but the forecast shows it’s going to rain? Well, there is no need to worry! There are plenty of fun things to do inside to avoid the rain and still make the most of your time in beautiful Dubrovnik! Even if it’s not raining, everything we mention here is well worth visiting!

Here are some of the best things to do when it rains in Dubrovnik:

1. Explore the Local Cuisine

A little rain is the ideal excuse to spend extra time at Dubrovnik’s cute cafes and restaurants. The city has plenty of excellent locations to sit and enjoy some quality time…and food! We recommend booking this trip and allowing us to show you to some of the greatest restaurants in Dubrovnik.

The chefs carefully pick the menu so that you may sample as many different options as possible. Dive into a world of rich history and extraordinary ingredients. This culinary trip will provide you the best gastronomical experience in Dubrovnik.

2. Rector’s Palace

This Gothic-Renaissance palace, built in the late 15th century for the elected rector who administered Dubrovnik, features the rector’s office and public halls, private rooms, administrative offices, and a prison. During his one-month term, the rector was not allowed to leave the premises without the senate’s approval.

The palace is now the Cultural History Museum, with masterfully renovated halls, coats of arms, paintings and coins recalling Ragusa’s magnificent history.

3. Red History Museum

The Red History Museum is a one-of-a-kind interactive experience of ordinary life in communist Yugoslavia. It is a local history study project that depicts Croatia’s socialist history from 1945 to 1990. The Museum’s study subject, objects, and historical discoveries are shown in many large rooms displaying various artefacts from the time.

Visitors may explore and experience what life was like under the Yugoslav regime using old and new technology. You’ll be able to learn about art, design, politics, secret agencies, and the way of Non-Aligned. It is located in the Gruž area so it’s a great option if you want to escape the Old Town crowds.

4. Wine Tasting

Dubrovnik produces a number of fine wines, having vineyards all around the county, particularly on the Pelješac Peninsula. We recommend going on a wine tasting trip and sampling the greatest wines Dubrovnik has to offer. You may plan a day excursion to the wine cellars on the Pelješac peninsula, which is approximately 60 kilometers north of Dubrovnik.

On this tour, we will visit two very distinct wineries in order to sample all of the tastes that our area has to offer. In addition to wine tastings, you will indulge in prosciutto and cheese platters. Moreover, you will visit a small town called Ston which hides wonderful sights

5. Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik

Art work by Đuro Pulitika

The Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik was established in 1945 and is situated within the magnificent palace constructed by Dubrovnik shipowner Božo Banac in 1939. Lavoslav Horvat and Harold Bilini, two notable Croatian architects, designed it. The Museum of Contemporary Art Dubrovnik has amassed a rich collection of 3,000 modern art pieces representing South East Europe.

The collection spans visual creation such as sculptures, paintings and graphics, photos, films, and art installations from the late 1800s to the present day, and its importance extends beyond regional and national boundaries.

6. Franciscan Monastery

The Franciscan Monastery, located near the west gate, which is the main entry to Old Town Dubrovnik, is a must-see on both sunny and rainy days. A beautiful mid-14th-century cloister, a medieval pharmacy, and a modest museum are housed within the sturdy stone walls of this monastery. There is a collection of relics and liturgical materials, including as chalices, paintings, and gold jewelry, as well as pharmaceutical things such as laboratory equipment and medicinal texts.

Moreover, the historic pharmacy is the third-oldest operating pharmacy in Europe, having been in function since 1317. It might have been Europe’s first open-to-the-public pharmacy.

7. Go On An Adventure Outside Of The City

The region around Dubrovnik city has a lot to offer, and you should definitely explore it. If you wish to see more while on vacation in Dubrovnik, we recommend visiting one of the neighboring cities, such as Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina or Kotor in Montenegro.

Moreover, you can make the best of your day and see as much as possible by choosing this tour. Drive along the Dubrovnik Riviera and visit the most charming place called Cavtat (20km south from Dubrovnik).  After that, take a stroll around the streets of Dubrovnik’s Old Town with a professional guide, exploring the most interesting places and hearing the greatest stories.

8. Gornji Ugao Tower (The Foundry Museum)

An excavation near the ‘Gornji Ugao’ tower in the north-west corner of Croatia’s walled city of Dubrovnik unearthed evidence for a foundry founded in the second half of the 15th century and mostly produced weaponry. It is a unique example of this sort of industrial complex due to its location within the city walls.

Excavation has revealed information on the site’s technical subdivision and spatial logic. After the Great Earthquake of 1667, which wrecked the whole city, activity at the foundry ended, however a portion of the site continued to be used as a foundry on a smaller and more makeshift scale.

9. Dubrovnik Beer Company

In Dubrovnik’s premier brewery you’ll be able to observe firsthand how craft beer magic is created and drink some amazing beer straight from the source. There you can do a brewery tour and gain an inside look at what it takes to create this one-of-a kind  beer. During the one-hour tour, the guide will explain the production process and what it takes to create one of the most popular beverages in contemporary history.

Of course, there is some tasting at the end, along with a delicious variety of their burgers and onion rings or chips. If you’re a beer lover, there is no doubt you will enjoy sampling some good quality beers on a rainy day.

10. Take Yourself Out For A Spa Day

A rain could be a sign you should rest from the touristic activities and allow yourself a good spa day. There are many beauty salons and spa centres in Dubrovnik, some of which are Rixos Libertas, Hilton Imperial and Dubrovnik Sun Gardens. These Dubrovnik hotels offer a wide range of spa treatments so you’ll find something for yourself for sure. Note that it doesn’t matter if you’re not a hotel guest, you’ll still be able to book a treatment you want. 

Another suggestion is to go to an independent beauty salon and book an appointment there. Also, if you want to pamper yourself with a Thai massage, you should book one at Touch of Thai Massage and Spa. 

If you need any help with itinerary planning, get in touch with us at info@dubrovnikprivate.tours. We’ll be more than happy to lend a hand!

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