Lapad
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Located on a peninsula, this residential neighborhood is a short bus or ferry ride away from Dubrovnik's Old Town and the surrounding islands. There are many pebble beaches for swimming and water sports along the coastline, some offering paid facilities while others can be accessed for free. Velika and Mala Petka Forest Park in the south offer lush greenery with hiking trails and coastal viewpoints. Consider staying in Lapad as a cheaper, quieter, and greener option over the busier Old Town. The buildings here are modern, and most lodging is situated around Lapad Bay and Babin Kuk. – Tripadvisor
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  • Karim Maarouf
    Cairo, Egypt875 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice area if you're staying at one of the resorts
    I was staying in the old town of Dubrovnik and had some extra time so thought to come here. It's a nice area with many resorts and a promenade. A nice change of pace from the busy old town. You can come here with the number 4 or 6 bus from the bus station outside pile gate. However, only come here if you have some extra time. It's not really a must do.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 11, 2023
  • PAF
    Peoria, Arizona5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous Lapad
    Beautiful area within an easy Uber ride into the old city. Nice little beach with beautiful clean water and plenty of restaurants to choose from within walking distance. There is also a lovely promenade to walk along with gorgeous sea views
    Visited June 2023
    Written August 1, 2023
  • Kate J
    Lincoln, United Kingdom7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Boat Trip
    Took a boat trip from Dubrovnik Old Town. Took about 45 mins, lovely harbour area with cafes and bars. Took a walk around, beautiful scenery, lovely lunch and a beer before swimming from the rocks, beautiful place would certainly return.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 4, 2023
  • GirlsGang
    107 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful area and great location…read to the end
    Warning….this is a long review to help you enjoy Lapad Lapad is ideal location. €2 bus ride to the Old City, with the number 6 bus operating every 10 mins and takes 10 mins. You can also buy 72 hour ticket from the little office at the Main bus stops. Lapad has beaches and a Harbour. It’s also hilly, you can guarantee that you’ll need to climb steps at some point. Our accommodation was 5 mins walk (down) to Lapad promenade area. The promenade area is beautiful, the tree lined walkway/pedestrian area is complete with bars & restaurants. Prices started from €18 for burgers to €€€ for some seafood and posher restaurants. We paid €18 for a burger in one place, but in the one next to the Mexican, a burger was €30!! Similarly, drink prices really varied too, depending on what you’re after. Large beer between €5.50 €7. Wine was a good price, especially if you have the nice Croatian wine and not the imported ones Off the promenade you’ll find Scala - great food, Ma Belle, cheap & great drinks As you head to the Harbour, search out Shelbys for food and drinks, further along the harbour you’ll find a great range of restaurants Plenty of Supermarkets - and a large good one called Tommy’s, and a nice bakery at Ma Belle. The beaches are pebbly, buy beach shoes, we didn’t and we struggled! Water is clear. Sunbeds expensive. You’ll see people on the concrete, on the beach and lots of empty sunbeds. Clearly they’re out pricing themselves. Copacaba beach is gorgeous, but the only has one beach bar with extortionate food prices and pay for the toilets. Lapad beach is surrounded by the cafes/restaurants And finally, if you’ve read this far, the best tip is to take cash. They want cash and many places offer a cash discount. Oh and the water is safe to drink, places will fill your water bottle and there are fountains in the old City to refill Old City is fabulous early morning, before the coaches of tourists arrive from the cruise ships.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 26, 2023
  • Nick A
    Mojacar, Spain472 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Captat
    We took the ferry from Dubrovnik Harbour in the morning, it took about 40 minutes. The approach to Captat is very scenic as you sail into the old part of the town and tie up on the promenade. It takes about 30 minutes to stroll from one end of the half-moon cove to the other. There is a walk through the woods and another around the far side into a modern cove with hotels and huge car park. Back at the main, village, cove there many nice restaurants, cafes, and small shops. The old churches and residential properties on the hillside behind the harbour cove give it a lovely scenic feel. We preferred Captat to the other "island" cruises that we did.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 26, 2023
  • CatharineB
    Ottawa, Canada1,117 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go for the sunset
    Lapad is a large peninsula situated about four kilometers outside of Dubrovnik’s Old Town, on its Western side. It is a relatively new part of Dubrovnik as most of the buildings were constructed in the late 1960s and 1970s. There are also numerous large hotels located right on the beach and a vibrant central area with restaurants and bars. Previously, before the 1930s, there were just a couple of villas here that were owned by local merchants and nobility. From the beginning of the 20th century, some of the local businessmen started the construction of small, family-run hotels, that were and are still situated in Uvala bay, in the near vicinity of the beach. As tourism in this area exploded, larger and larger hotels were constructed as well as the Lapad promenade. Seeking a bit of solitude after three long days in Dubrovnik, we hopped on a bus to Lapad. Although the area was busy, it was much quieter than the Old Town and we wanted to enjoy viewing the sunset. We began by taking a leisurely stroll along the Lapad Promenade, a scenic walkway that skirts the coastline. Shaded by pine trees, there are numerous cafes and restaurants where you can savor local cuisine while gazing at the azure waters of the Adriatic. I read that this pathway received an upgrade that was finally completed in 2020. Too soon it was time to stop and enjoy a cocktail while watching the sunset. I heard about Cave Bar More and although one can sit inside, in a cave, we were fortunate to find a table on the outside terrace. Once settled, as the day drew to a close, we enjoyed the magical setting, witnessing a spectacular sunset.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 19, 2023
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Graham S
Tewantin, Australia4,427 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We spent 3 nights in a BNB within the walled city ... excited with our luck.
BUT several factors swayed us to reflect on this choice versus OUTSIDE the walls.
Its busy busy busy, even after the cruise boat crowds leave.
The steps up & down - & they are everywhere - & relatively fit as we are, we often had to have a breather.

Think of it like a visit to Disneyland; would you really opt to stay INSIDE the park amidst all the hustle, bustle?

LAPAD seems an ideal location as it is within a very short hop to the walled city, it has a range of nice beaches, restaurants & cafes. And it is less expensive.
Worth serious consideration.
Written February 12, 2020
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Twettiseek
London, England151 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
The food was tasty, particularly the blackened seafood risotto. The huge grilled fish platter for 2 was good, with plenty of different varieties, but arrived fairly cold, particularly the side dishes, chard with potatoes. The restaurant is know of it's open grill, but the fish could have been pan fried - I couldn't taste the difference, as it wasn't particularly smokey or crispy.
The burger is not a traditional burger, but a very large flat patty without buns. Overall an OK experience, but we've subsequently eaten a lot better in Dubrovnik, as it's really a paradise for foodies, particularly in Old Town.
Written April 22, 2022
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CatharineB
Ottawa, Canada1,117 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Lapad is a large peninsula situated about four kilometers outside of Dubrovnik’s Old Town, on its Western side. It is a relatively new part of Dubrovnik as most of the buildings were constructed in the late 1960s and 1970s. There are also numerous large hotels located right on the beach and a vibrant central area with restaurants and bars.

Previously, before the 1930s, there were just a couple of villas here that were owned by local merchants and nobility. From the beginning of the 20th century, some of the local businessmen started the construction of small, family-run hotels, that were and are still situated in Uvala bay, in the near vicinity of the beach.

As tourism in this area exploded, larger and larger hotels were constructed as well as the Lapad promenade. Seeking a bit of solitude after three long days in Dubrovnik, we hopped on a bus to Lapad. Although the area was busy, it was much quieter than the Old Town and we wanted to enjoy viewing the sunset. We began by taking a leisurely stroll along the Lapad Promenade, a scenic walkway that skirts the coastline. Shaded by pine trees, there are numerous cafes and restaurants where you can savor local cuisine while gazing at the azure waters of the Adriatic. I read that this pathway received an upgrade that was finally completed in 2020.

Too soon it was time to stop and enjoy a cocktail while watching the sunset. I heard about Cave Bar More and although one can sit inside, in a cave, we were fortunate to find a table on the outside terrace.

Once settled, as the day drew to a close, we enjoyed the magical setting, witnessing a spectacular sunset.
Written December 19, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

CodyDC
Washington DC, DC5,936 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
During a cloudy and wet day while on vacation in Dubrovnik, decided to visit the Lapad neighborhood. It was a nice change of pace compared to walking around old town Dubrovnik. My hotel was not in Lapad,, it was closer to old town which I preferred as access to old town was about 10 minute walk. However, Lapad was nice to walk around the promenade walkway along the sea. Sunset beach is rocky with pebbles. The Hotel More Cave bar was something different. There are restaurants and cafes in Lapad so if you were staying here, you should be fine. I visited in October, so it was not very crowded, I'm sure it is busy in the summer high season
Written December 11, 2022
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mundjsoo
Great Dunmow, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
The views from our balcony across the bay and toward the tree covered hills, are beautiful. All the restaurants we’ve tried have been good quality with a variety available although vegetarians get less options. We’ve loved the friendliness of everyone, the cleanliness, no graffiti and very little litter. We’ve been on one excursion which was the ATV off-road tour and it was worth every penny. It’s been a great place to relax and recharge our batteries and we’re so pleased we found such a beautiful spot.
Written September 3, 2021
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Nick A
Mojacar, Spain472 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We took the ferry from Dubrovnik Harbour in the morning, it took about 40 minutes. The approach to Captat is very scenic as you sail into the old part of the town and tie up on the promenade. It takes about 30 minutes to stroll from one end of the half-moon cove to the other. There is a walk through the woods and another around the far side into a modern cove with hotels and huge car park. Back at the main, village, cove there many nice restaurants, cafes, and small shops. The old churches and residential properties on the hillside behind the harbour cove give it a lovely scenic feel. We preferred Captat to the other "island" cruises that we did.
Written August 27, 2023
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Sheila L
Essex, UK28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
We had a weeks stay at Hotel Lapad. We chose this hotel as it was directly opposite where the cruise boats come in and we were meeting our son off it for the day. The hotel was in perfect position for that reason although the road outside is being worked on and was slightly awkward with traffic going past and no path! Hopefully the work being done will address this.
We enjoyed all the resort had to offer - the coastal walk out of hotel turn left then bear right in front of waterfront all along with lovely views, after Copa cabana beach it isn't really signposted so I think we went off track abit! - on a very hot day!!
We loved sitting outside at the cave bar and the inside was very cool!
Great selection of places to eat on the main strip leading down to sunset beach. We went on beach only once as it is stony but we took water shoes and had a swim.
Easy access into old town which we done by bus, tickets brought at kiosk then 10 min journey. Old Town was lovely although busy, done a boat trip to 'Lokrum island' which was lovely- a nature reserve with peacocks a couple of places to get food drink and just sit listen and chill.
Lapad is a good resort to stay. Away from the hustle and bustle of old town but within easy reach of it and airport not too far away.
People we found to be friendly and helpful all with very good spoken English. Croatia it seems is very cosmapolitian. a great place. We enjoyed.
Written September 15, 2022
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Karim Maarouf
Cairo, Egypt875 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
I was staying in the old town of Dubrovnik and had some extra time so thought to come here. It's a nice area with many resorts and a promenade. A nice change of pace from the busy old town. You can come here with the number 4 or 6 bus from the bus station outside pile gate. However, only come here if you have some extra time. It's not really a must do.
Written June 11, 2023
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travellingchick000
London98 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Solo
Great spot. It's a quieter area than staying in the old town. i spent three nights here after being in town for four nights.
Beautiful views of the sunset Nice walk along the coast too.
Written October 4, 2020
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MalcH
Loughborough, UK2,756 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
Walked down from our hotel along the promenade which was a really nice walk. Papas itself is a bit of a mix, some newer bars and small shops mixed in with some older more run down properties. Beach was pretty crowded but then it was a Sunday. Main reason for going was to pick up stuff from the Tommy supermarket but we enjoyed our little adventure and always nice to check out an area.
Written September 6, 2021
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