Discover Croatia: best of Dubrovnik
“Those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik” – George Bernard Shaw. Often described as “the pearl of the Adriatic”, Dubrovnik is truly a dazzling place because of the medieval stone walls of the Old Town and the crystal-clear water that sparkles under the sun. While it was a hidden gem for a long time, its popularity increased dramatically over the last years because of movies like Game of Thrones, Robin Hood: Origins and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Dubrovnik was on my bucket list for a long time and I really enjoyed spending time there. The city is very compact, you can easily walk around, so 3-day city break will be more than enough to discover all that Dubrovnik has to offer. Here’s what I learned from my short trip there:
How to get there
As Dubrovnik is the most southern city in Croatia, it takes a long time to get there regardless of your transportation choice. The most practical and the quickest way is by plane of course, but that can take a while too, depending on where you are flying in from.
Dubrovnik Airport is located near the village of Cilipi, 20 km south of Dubrovnik. It’s small, but a modern regional airport. From there, an airport bus departs after every flight to Pile Gate -the entrance to the old town. It takes 30 minutes each way, and a one-way ticket costs about 40 kunas. Also, there are other options to get to Dubrovnik: by boat, by train, by car, so choose what suits you more.
We are lucky enough to have family members that live on the Dalmatian coast so we needed 2-3 hours by car to get there. The drive is nice considering that you are mostly along the sea and you can stop along the way at viewpoints to take in the breathtaking landscapes.
When to go
Springtime is the most convenient time to visit. April, May, and September are the best months because the weather is pleasant, it’s neither too cold nor hot, and you’ll enjoy fewer crowds. The pick season is June, July, and August when you’ll be queuing a lot. We made the mistake of going in August and we died. I never experienced heat like that in my life…mostly in the inner town. If you still decide to go in the summertime, plan and make the reservation at the restaurants, book your accommodation ahead, because it gets very crowded.
Highlights of Dubrovnik
We started our trip by visiting the most famous attraction- The medieval city walls. We wandered around the two-kilometer loop that takes you along the walls. Prepare to be amazed by the sweeping views that open along the way: the old town and the bluest-blue water. You’ll have the opportunity to take tons of photos but don’t forget to enjoy the moment.
After that, we went to the Old Town- the area is completely car-free and the pedestrian zone holds a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and eateries. The old town is surrounded by four fortresses which are the Minceta Tower, Revelin Fortress, St John’s Fortress, and Bokar Bastion.
Next, we walked to the Sponza Palace, with its Gothic style is now home for city archive but downstairs you’ll find a permanent exhibition “Memorial Room of the Dubrovnik Defenders”.
In the evening we did a cable car ride up to Mount Srd, such a touristy thing to do but I don’t regret it at all. We saw a lot of jaw-dropping views that I will cherish forever.
The next day we went to visit Peljesac Peninsula known for its gorgeous beaches, sun-drenched vineyards, dramatic scenery, and yummy food. We visited the Fortification Walls in Ston which are the biggest walls in Europe.
Up next and my favorite part of the trip was food tasting. Oysters and other shellfish are the symbols of Peljesac so we went to Mali Ston – the most popular place to taste this heavenly food. Kapetanova Kuca is a restaurant situated on the waterfront, with very fresh seafood.
Lastly, we took a boat trip to Lokrum Island to relax on the beach, and there we met a lot of peacocks that were strolling free on the beach which is very entertaining to watch.
Hope you liked this chapter from my Travel Diary and stay tuned for more. What place do you wish to visit the most?
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‘Till next time,