How on earth do I describe Dubrovnik in a way that sufficiently does the city justice and doesn’t just boil down to yet another ‘things to do in Dubrovnik’ blog post list?
When deciding where to go, we took our time researching and consulting friends who had been to the city for longer than just a cruise ship day offloading (a source of many visitors) and when a good friend suggested that if we go to Croatia, that we visit most perfectly preserved medieval cities in the world we fell on her suggestion.
Much like Salzburg, we chose Dubrovnik as somewhere to really take our time – you could explore this medieval city (especially just keeping to the walled Old Town) in a day or two, but we really wanted to relax. So we visited for 6 days, scheduled in a day trip or two and just relaxed.
So much so that I didn’t take a single photo on my actual camera and posted once on Instagram. That relaxed. Millenial relaxed.
We hired an apartment in the midst of the city, down a small lane, peeking over nearby rooftops. It was a 4-floor walk-up, past the apartments of local families, our own little tower. Many of the apartments in the Old Town are rented out to tourists like us – especially during summer – and managed by independent companies where we collected our keys from.
Jutting out into the Adriatic Sea with a backdrop of rugged limestone mountains, for centuries Dubrovnik rivalled Venice as a trading port, with its huge sturdy stone walls, built between the 11th and 17th centuries, affording protection to this former city-state.
Now visitors flock to the site made famous all over again by Game of Thrones – but staying so much longer and later, we got to see another side of the city.
We enjoyed harbour side sandwiches with the local cats. They’re so well fed by the local restaurants that they don’t need tourist cast offs – but they do love a spot of fish watching.
Sipped a few of these…
…on the city wall bars.
I adore getting lost in any new city (this blog could almost be subtitled ‘Emma Wanders Around’) and that’s exactly what we did. A lot. It’s quite a small area so you can’t get that lost, but we got thousands of steps in each day.
Wander along the Dubrovnik city walls
You can pay to walk along the official city walls, or just do what we did and wander from wall bar to wall bar for some lovely views looking back at the Old Town.
Savour the sunset
Enjoy the rain
This sounds mad, and it’s not just writers license, but we travelled in November where the weather starts to be less Mediterranean and more British (and the tourist hordes slacken off) and treasured the occasionally rainy afternoons that we tucked ourselves under a duvet and watched movies. The sloped stone streets do get much more slippery when wet though, be warned.
It’s funny, we could have done so much more, but were too busy relaxing. Each night we wandered back to our favourite pizza restaurant, popped to the Michelin starred ‘Restaurant 360’ or discovered a new seafood restaurant to settle in to. We bought local beers and fresh patisserie every day and even took a market haul back to the apartment to throw a ratatouille together studded with slices of local sausage. It was just easy.
Oh, and we day tripped to Mostar in Bosnia and Hercegovina
Have you been to Croatia?
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