The Best Hike with a View in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is likely one of the most expensive cities you’ll visit in your Balkan travels. Because my hostel costed more than average here, I cut back on spending for activities and restaurants. One of the touristic highlights of Dubrovnik is a cable car that takes you up to the top of Mt. Srd and gives you a bird’s eye view of the historic walled city. Luckily, you can get there without the cable car though!

There is a hiking trail that can get you to the exact same place all the tourists go, but you’ll have gotten there for free (and maybe be a little sweatier than everyone else). All the pictures on this page were taken from this trail! Read more below for details on locating the trailhead and what you can expect.

What to Expect

A series of switchbacks up the mountain, I found the trail to be of moderate difficulty. There is an elevation gain of about 900 feet and is 3 miles roundtrip. It took me 45-60 minutes to go up and about 40 minutes to come down. It is very shady in the beginning, where you can expect an amphitheater of cicadas to welcome you to the trail. However, the second half of the trail is rocky and completely exposed to the sun. Be sure to bring water and wear proper shoes. Because I was there in the middle of summer, I left for the trail early in the morning to beat the heat (which was still ultimately impossible). On my way up I saw few people on the trail, but later on the way down there was more traffic.

The Trailhead

So, where do you start? The trail is off of a somewhat busy road. If you didn’t know what you were looking for, you probably wouldn’t know it is there. I’ve marked the trailhead on Google Maps and attached a picture of what it looks like at the start below. There is no parking at the trailhead. I walked there from my hostel.

The trailhead off the main road, Jadranska cesta.

Happy hiking!

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