We had no idea there was going to be such an amazing hike right outside of the city centre. Who knew you could go hiking right outside of Dubrovnik? We had no idea about this hiking trail until we talked to a local who told us about the amazing views up at Mt Srd.
There are other trails and smaller hikes near the city but this one is definitely the best hike to do in Dubrovnik. Once you’re at the top you will get views of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the east and looking back from where you started you will see the famous Old Town of Dubrovnik.
Mt Srd is located walking distance from the Old Town so it’s perfect for an afternoon trip. We would definitely recommend it for sunset though if you’re looking for the perfect place to take sunset shots of Dubrovnik.
It’s a shorter hike since it’s only (4.7km / 2.92 miles) but there is a little bit of elevation and lots of rocks on the path so don’t let this short distance be deceiving. Bring some water (and maybe an extra battery and SD card for your camera 😉 )!
Hiking in Dubrovnik up to Mt Srd
If you’re up for it we would recommend going for sunset or sunrise to really take advantage of the natural beauty of all the surroundings. You have the rolling hills on one side and the Adriatic Sea on the other. We ended up doing the sunset hike and we took some of the coolest photos of the sun setting over the Adriatic. We spent an hour there just watching the sun slowly set over the sea and all the tiny Croatian Islands scattered all over the place.
Try and start the hike 1.5 – 2 hours before sunset to give you some time to make your way to the top and find a spot to admire the views. You will see a fair bit of locals and tourists making the hike up to the top of Mt Srd as well. We’re sure it will be similar for sunrise too. Fortunately, once you’re at the top there’s so much space, so you can just walk a little ways and you’ll get some space for yourself.
The hike itself is quite fun too since the whole way you’re just zig zagging up the mountain while taking in the views all the way up. At almost every bend in the zig zags you can rest and take some cool photos.
We would rate it as a moderately difficult hike due to the fact that you’re so exposed to the sun the whole way up and because of the steepness. There is little to almost no shade, and if you didn’t know, Croatia gets HOT! You can see the weather for Dubrovnik here. The path is very well paved and easy to follow but there are lots of rocks so please don’t wear sandals! You’ll regret it!
Dubrovnik hiking up to Mt Srd
So there are basically two starting points if you’re looking to hike up to Mt Srd. You can either start from downtown Dubrovnik and hike all the way up or you can take a bus closer to the trailhead and hike up from there.
- The first option is from Old Town, which is where we started the hike up to Mt Srd. We actually got a little lost walking through all the streets in the city so we would recommend using Google Maps to navigate your way up to the trailhead (although Google Maps doesn’t work perfectly in Dubrovnik). You can use the directions here to help you get to the trailhead of Mt Srd.
It’s a nice addition to the hike since you get to walk through all the narrow cobblestone streets of Dubrovnik and see a bit of the city before the actual hike begins.
There’s a good chance you will see some grenade marks and bullet holes as you walk up too, since the Yugoslavian war happened quite recently and lots of marks from the war still remain.
- The second option is that you take a bus right up to the start of the hike. This is what we would have done if we weren’t already in the Old Town. But since we were already in the city we decided to just walk up.
Busses go quite close to the beginning of the hike so you can just hop off and get started. If you put “Staza prema utvrdi Imperial” into Google Maps you will know exactly where to get off the bus.
Practical information about hiking in Dubrovnik up to Mt Srd
Distance: 4.7 km return / 2.9 miles return
Elevation: 280 m / 919 ft. elevation gain
Type: Out and back
Length: 1.5 – 2.5 hours return (depending if you start at option #1 or #2)
Difficulty: Moderate (Due to the heat throughout the day)
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Here’s a map of the beginning of the Mt Srd Trail
No matter what time of day you go you will get amazing views as long as the sky is clear and the sun is shining. You’ll love hiking around Dubrovnik because you will see the city and the views from a perspective that 90% of tourists won’t get to experience. Plus the sunset we saw was one of the best sunsets we saw in all of Croatia.
Enjoy the hike and if you feel like grabbing a bite to eat or a beer once you’re at the top then you can stop at Restaurant Panorama. The restaurant is a little bit more on the expensive end but if you go just for a beer it’s totally worth it for the amazing views and pictures you’ll get.
Before you go
Make sure to check the weather and plan accordingly. Look here to see exactly how the weather will be in Dubrovnik before you set out on your journey. If the weather isn’t great then we have a list of 11 Fun Things to Do in Dubrovnik on a Budget and you can save the hiking in Dubrovnik for another day!
What to bring
What you should bring of course depends on the weather. Let’s say you’re lucky and it’s very hot outside (at least that’s what we consider lucky), then you need to bring anything that can protect you from the sun. If it’s raining and cloudy you might want to bring an extra layer that can keep you warm and dry while you’re at the top taking in the views.
- Plenty of water.
- Potentially: Sunscreen is a must hiking anywhere when sunny in Croatia! Even if you go early in the morning or in the late afternoon.
- A camelbak is recommended but isn’t absolutely necessary since you can get water at the restaurant if you need to.
- It’s always nice to have some food once you summit a mountain. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the views of the Adriatic sea with a nice PB&J in your hand!
- If you do go for sunrise or sunset a flashlight wouldn’t be a bad idea to help guide you. It does get pretty dark on the way down!
- Also this is a great list of hiking gear that you may need on a hike!
The summit itself is quite a big area so you will have lots of room to take pictures and enjoy the amazing views below of Old town, Lokrum Island, and cruise ships docked
Cable Car up to Mt Srd
If for some reason you’re not in the mood to hike up to Mt Srd or you’ve just done enough free things in Dubrovnik and want to spend some money and enjoy a nice ride in a cable car then that is definitely an option.
You can see the timetable and price for the Mount Srd Cable car here. At the bottom of the page you can also see the current weather conditions to see if it’s worth going up or not. It’s definitely better to choose a day where it’s nice and sunny. Or for sunset like we’ve mentioned.
Here is the exact spot you need to go to buy your tickets and get on the cable car that will lead you to the top of Mt Srd. You can easily walk there by foot if you are already downtown.
Taxi up to Mt Srd
Do not hop in a taxi in Old Town and ask to get driven up to Mt Srd. You will pay around 300 HRK / $43. It’s absolutely ridiculous that they take advantage of tourists like that.
Call Cammeo (local taxi company) instead, and tell them exactly where you are downtown and they will come and pick you up. It should cost 150 HRK / $22 maximum to get a taxi to bring you up to the top and back down.
We would recommend this as the last option. If you’re not in the mood to hike and the cable car is not operating then at least you have this option.
Other useful info
- The Croatian currency is called Kuna. They do accept Euros too but prefer their local currency Kuna.
- Mt Srd is part of the Dinaric Alps with a height of 412 meters.
- There isn’t a whole lot of hiking near Dubrovnik. So try and climb Mt Srd if you get the chance.
We hope you enjoy hiking around Dubrovnik. It’s one of the best hikes in Croatia for a reason. Enjoy the views.