Banje Beach is the closest beach to the Old Town, just in front of the eastern entrance (Ploce Gate) to the Old Town which makes it both the most convenient beach to get to and has the best view of Dubrovnik’s walls. It’s a “managed beach” which means that you can rent sun loungers and beach umbrellas or you can choose to rough it and lay a beach towel on the pebbles.
The beach has it’s own reception, stylish restaurant and café bar just above the level of the beach, filled with modernistic white, low, benches and curved couches offers rentals of deck chairs and sun umbrellas, luxurious baldachins (sun canopies). Get active (and wet) with water ski, jet ski, speed boats, inner tube and banana boat rides.
Sv Jakov Beach
Locals love this beach but it seems very few tourists know about it. Head east from Ploce gate and go past the former monastery then take the long stairway leading down to this secluded beach. It’s a pebble and sandy beach with a stunning view of Dubrovnik and Lokrum island. From here, Dubrovnik and Lokrum seem close enough to touch.
When you’ve tired of swimming and enjoying the deep blue Adriatic you can join a volleyball game on the beach court. Or if you like kayaking, rent a beach canoe and explore the coastline. If speed is your thing, you can rent a jet ski. If you’re feeling less energetic, just soak up the rays on the beach under the warm Mediterranean sun or take cover in the shade of a beach bar.
Through the little door of St. Stjepan in The City walls, a view opens up of white rocks, blue sea and Lokrum island in direct vicinity. This door brings you to Buza, a bathing spot on the stony slopes under the City walls at the southern part of the city. It is easily reached by using any of the streets behind Dubrovnik cathedral.
During the spring and summer months a beach bar is open for the on spot cool refreshment to fight back the sweltering heat and in the evening hours the whole place is transformed with the reddish flame of torches into a romantic oasis of conversation and conviviality.
The island of Lokrum is situated in front of the Old City, a brief ten minute trip by taxi boat from Dubrovnik. From the Old City port regular taxi boats run during Spring and Automn every hour and during the summer time every half hour to the island.
It is a great choice to spend a whole day enjoying the sun and the sea. The island is a natural resort protected by the Croatian Academy of Art and Science and you’ll find there a botanical garden with tropical and subtropical plants. On the highest peak is Forte Royale which was built in the shape of a five pointed star by the French army in 1806; it gives breathtaking views of Dubrovnik, Cavtat and the island itself. Walking through pathways you can easily reach the old Benedictine monastery preserved and partly restored into the Maximilian of Habsburg Palace in 19th century. No vows or royal connections are required to get in there now though, since it has been converted into a restaurant and café bar.
On the island there is a small crystal clear lake linked with the open sea, called Mrtvo more ( Dead Sea) which is very suitable for children and non swimmers to bathe in.
The whole shore of Lokrum is rocky, and the beaches are too, usually backing onto groves of pine trees. Bear in mind that there are several naturist and gay beaches but there are plenty of secluded spots around the island that you’ll have entirely to yourself.
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Ana has managed the Adriatic destinations offered by JayWay Travel since 2007. Her passion for the region’s culture and tradition is apparent in her participation as member of a nationally recognized acapella group.