One destination I can finally tick off from my list! This summer I got to visit the gorgeous city of Dubrovnik, in Croatia, and despite the hot weather and crowds of tourists around small streets, we really enjoyed and loved this place. This walled city is UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most known tourist destinations in summer.
Stroll around Old Town
We got to our apartment, located in a calm area just 15 minutes from the old town (center) on foot, and decided to discover the walls and small streets of Dubrovnik. We walked to the center and just wandered around, had an ice cream and took many pictures. You can see everything in one day though we decided to leave some things for the following ones and just enjoy some pauses. Here are the main things to see inside Old Town:
Pile door: once you get to the center you will see Pile surrounded by tourists and cameras, since it is the main entrance to the old city.
Walls of Dubrovnik: From 8h to 17.30h, you can walk up those and see the old city at your feet, paying around €20 (KRK 120 adults, HRK30 children, EU students have a 70% disc).
Stradum: The main street inside old town, many of the most important buildings are here, such as the Dominican Monastery and the Franciscan Monastery.
Luza: this square offers the Church of Saint Blaise, Sponza Palace and the Belfry.
Rector's Palace: set in the 15th Century and restored in the 17thC after the big earthquake. There are guided tours inside and in summer you can enjoy concerts in the backyard. The Museum of History of the city is in the upper floor of the Palace.
Cathedral: this was one of the most destroyed buildings in the earthquake but now one of the most outstanding ones. With its restoration the style of the cathedral turned into Barroque.
Roland's Column: also Orlando's Column. Dubrovnik Summer Festival starts when a flag is raised withe the city's motto "Libertus" in the column.
Onofrio's Fountain: near the entrance of the old town, this is a meeting place for locals but of course full of tourists thankful for the water under the warm sun.
Fort Lovrijenac: this fort rises above 37m high rock. It had several roles over time. The main aim of it was to protect the city. Price is 30kn but if you already purchased a ticket to walk on the city walls then you get to see the fort for free!
Cable Car & Restaurant Panorama
If you want a full panoramic view of the city, not just Old Town, the Cable Car is a good option. You can take it outside the walls and pay around 15-20€ for a return ticket. It is quite fast and once you are up there the views are worth the 20€. If feeling hungry or thirsty there is a great restaurant called Restaurant Panorama, where you can have a drink while admiring the Adriatic Sea and the city.
Buza Bar & lunch in the historical streets
Buza Bar: after walking around town under the sun, you can find a small hidden entrance that takes you downstairs to a special café/bar, with stunning views of the sea.
Small streets are the essence of Dubrovnik Old Town. You can get lost around them, steps up and down, full of restaurants, small stores, etc.
Old Harbour: a place to sit down and relax, and have dinner or drinks while watching little boats arrive, since the area is full of restaurants with great terraces.
Sunset at the Palace & Dinner in Lapad area
One of the best decisions we made, following the recommendations of a local, who happens to be one of my fav bloggers! We headed to The Palace Hotel to have a drink at the terrace and fell in love with the views. The sun setting down and its reflection on the sea was worth of many pictures. Afterwards we went around the more relaxing area of Lapad, harbour and walks full of restaurants with terraces, where there are not so many tourists as in Old Town. We had dinner in a nice restaurant and then called it a day! Spending all day visiting things leaves you exhausted but it is sooo worth it.
Locals say you just need around four days to see and do everything in Dubrovnik, but of course you can discover its surroundings and visit its neighbouring cities or even countries, and of course the islands. I left the city wanting to know more about its history and completely determined to come back but to drive around the country, during colder months of the year.