Solo Travel Destination: Dubrovnik, Croatia

We are pleased to present a new Solo Travel Destination Post from Melissa, a member of the Solo Travel Society. Melissa is from Canada, and submitted the following report about Dubrovnik. Do you have a solo travel destination that you would like to recommend? Submit your description here, along with a few photos, and share it with fellow travelers!

Solo travel rating: 1 (1 is easiest, 4 is most difficult. Please see chart below)

Languages spoken: Croatian, English

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I couldn’t get enough of the red roofs of Dubrovnik.

Reasons to go: When I told people I was planning to visit Croatia they thought I was nuts, since all they knew about the country was the Balkan wars of the early 90s. In fact, Dubrovnik today is completely geared towards tourists so I found that it was a great solo travel destination. There is a lot to do and experience and lots of opportunities to meet new people. Accommodations at all price points are plentiful. You’ll have to do a bit of hunting to find the really good restaurants since most trend towards mediocre, but places do exist out there for foodies.

During the summer months the Old Town can get overrun with cruise ship passengers so you may want to consider visiting during the shoulder season. On the upside, this does mean that a variety of walking tours are available. During my time there I walked the city walls, explored the nooks and crannies of Old Town, went swimming off the city walls and discovered the cliff bars. The city is full of history and beautiful at all times of the day and night.

Dubrovnik is also a great place to be based for day trips. You can easily visit other Croatian towns such as Korcula or even make your way into Montenegro or Bosnia and Herzegovina. If outdoor activities are your thing, bike and boat tours, sea kayaking, hiking and rafting are all options.

If you stay within walking distance of Old Town you won’t need a car. If you need to visit other parts of town there’s public transit. Coaches to and from the airport are also coordinated with all Croatian Airlines flights which makes the trip into the city very easy. And don’t worry if you don’t speak Croatian – almost everyone you’ll meet will speak at least some English.

Dubrovnik, Croatia should definitely be on the short list for your next solo trip.

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The Stradun, Dubrovnik’s main street, gets pretty crowded during the day.


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Old Town at night.

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Buza I – one of Dubrovnik’s cliff bars.

Solo Travel Destination Rating System

Safety – 1 (1 very safe, 2 safe in most areas, 3 be cautious at all times.)

Language – 2 (1 English is first language, 2 English speakers easy to find, 3 English speakers rare)

Navigation – 1 (1 easy to navigate by transit or car, 2 poor transit, car necessary, 3 not easy to get around)

Culture – 1 (1 Similar to North America or Western Europe, 2 Different from above but relaxed and easy, 3 Challenging)

Average Rating – 1 (1 is easiest, 4 is most difficult)


  • Keri

    Did you go to Bosnia and Montenegro for the day? What was the cost ?

  • HZ

    Sailing the Adriatic is the best!

  • Johan

    Me and my girlfriend just booked an awesome cheap deal through for Dubrovnik. I saw some great photos here and I hope we will have great time on the buch and also will se some historical seesights.

  • cane

    Visit to book your car now to visit Dubrovnik.Car Service is directly available from airport.

  • JJ

    @ Boonie J Speeg: the colors of the tiled roofs and narrow streets are NOT distinct of Eastern Europe but are typical of Venetian architecture. You will see striking similarities between any Adriatic Sea town and Dubrovnik.

  • Bonnie J. Speeg

    This looks very similar to Skopje, Macedonia where I’ve been. I love the colors of the tiled roofs and narrow streets distinct to Eastern Europe.

  • SC

    Was in Croatia in October and Dubrovnik is wonderful. A place I would consider visiting again…….beautiful both day and night.

  • Anita Mac

    You will love it Janice! There is so much to see and do in Croatia – Dubrovnik is just the icing on the cake!

  • Janice Waugh

    Clearly, I need to get there myself. Thanks so much for contributing. It is by all of us pooling our experiences that this site works!

  • Anita Mac

    Just back from Croatia and Dubrovnik this summer…such a stunning place. I was there in August and you are so right – it was beyond packed. I didn’t care – it was fantastic! I was there solo too. Would go back in a heart beat.

  • Stephen Schreck

    Great info! Going to Dubovnik this summer, this guide helps a lot. Love the picture of old town at night.

  • JoGuru

    I just love the view of old town. . . . Its awesome. I will think about Dubrovnik trip for my next winter vacations.

  • Nico

    Love the photo of the old part of Dubrovnik at night.


    Sail Croatia is also great!

  • Thomas @ World Wild Travel

    Looks beautiful! Though I haven’t been to Dubrovnik, I spent some time in Pula, Porec and Rovinj (Istria) and really enjoyed it.

  • Melissa

    Thanks for posting this. I wish I was back there now, swimming in the clear, warm water of the Adriatic!