Family activities and things to do near Dubrovnik

Looking for ideas for things to do in and around Dubrovnik with children? Then read on for part two of our round-up of family-friendly activities, or read part one looking at things to do with kids in Dubrovnik itself.

Set sail for Lokrum island

Lokrum is a small, car-free, uninhabited island that sits in front of Dubrovnik and is home to a monastery and botanical garden. It’s just 15 minutes away by taxi boat (about 7 Euros return from the harbour).

The island is a nature reserve and therefore very green. There’s also a playground and a small pitch for playing football and volleyball (bring your own balls), as well as two restaurants, a bar and a small shop for essentials.

Known locally as the Dead Sea, there’s a salt lake that’s connected to the ocean and is great fun with small children. We love having a picnic with friends in the shade of the olive trees and letting the kids play without a care in the world. Find out more about Lokrum.

Head into the wilderness with a buggy safari

From April to October, you can experience the thrill of a buggy safari! Each tour lasts about an hour, in which time you get to go off-road and see old mine fields and other war reminders, as well as fortresses, animals, woodland and other dramatic sights.

To find out more about how to experience the amazing 360 degree view of Dubrovnik, the islands and the mountains, get in touch with Dubrovnik Buggy Safari (+385 98 166 9730).

4 legs or 4 wheels? Horse riding and quad biking

Head to beautiful Konavle, just a 30-minute drive from Dubrovnik, to explore this unspoilt region on horseback or quad bike. Take in beautiful olive groves, pine forests, the rocky coastline and charming villages. Pick up can be arranged from Dubrovnik. For more information and to book, visit Kojan Koral (+385 98 606 929).

Feel the adrenaline at an adventure park

Looking for thrills and to burn off some energy? Cadmos Village outdoor adventure park in Konavle offers various activities, including biking, climbing, paintballing, hiking and archery. Contact Cadmos Village for more information (+385 91 112 9200).

Explore ancient trees and exotic plants

The arboretum in the village of Trsteno (18km north of Dubrovnik) has more than 300 tree species and many exotic plants from around the Mediterranean and the world. In fact, it was used as the setting for the Red Keep palace gardens in Game of Thrones.

Established in the late 15th century using seeds and plants brought back by ships, the arboretum includes a park and summer residence of the same period, and a 19th-century park at Drvarica.

Two oriental plane trees take pride of place in Trsteno’s central market place; they are over 500 years old and are unique specimens of their kind in Europe.

You can also venture down to the coast and the sea and enjoy a swim in the small bay just beneath the gardens.

What about rainy day activities for kids in Dubrovnik?

If you’ve any questions, please contact us. In our next blog post, we’ll offer some ideas for what to do with children when it rains in Dubrovnik.

Looking for a holiday apartment or villa to rent? Visit www.dubrovnikchicrentals.com for more information or email contact@butterflyservices.hr.

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