When the overcast becomes all too much on the Cloud, Dubrovnik in the beautiful country of Croatia is one of my favourite places to holiday. Whether you are enjoying the beaches or views from Mount Srd, this sunny, romantic city is a feast for the soul!
How much more beautiful could this be?!
Here’s a pro-tip: There are about eight Croatian Kuna to either the Pound Sterling or the Euro, so just divide any price by eight to have a close idea of its value in those currencies.
Unless you opt to take a daytrip to a nearby city like Mostar or wish to visit Montenegro, you will likely spend the majority of your time in Dubrovnik in the Old Town. The Old Town sits between two gates; Pile on the western side and Ploče on the East. The main street, Strandun, was once a marsh dividing two separate settlements. It is now a 300-metre-long pedestrian street lined with shops and cafés.
The charming side streets lead to adventure!
Here’s a Pro-Tip: To find some really cool souvenirs, take the time to wander through the narrow cobblestone streets of the Old Town. You will find many little shops selling local goods.
Aside from shopping in Old Town, there are many things to experience in Dubrovnik. Here are some highlights:
Dubrovnik is very A-fort-able!
Mount Srd – During the Croatian War of Independence, Mount Srd was a significant vantage point due to its panoramic views. Today, those lovely vistas are available for your enjoyment. The cable car ride to the top is exciting too!
Franciscan Monastery – This beautiful monastery is home to one of the oldest pharmacies in the world. Check out the Old Pharmacy Museum to see interesting artefacts or stop in the courtyard garden for some fresh air.
Each of Croatia’s regions have slightly different cuisine. The most evident differences are between the coastal regions and the more inland regions. Coastal regions, like Dubrovnik, are known for their fresh seafood and Greek, Italian and Mediterranean influences. Fresh oysters, black risotto (crni rižot) and (although not seafood) dirty macaroni (makaruli šporki) are some of my go-to dishes while in Dubrovnik. Here are some restaurants that I love:
I’m on a seafood diet: I see food, I eat it!
- Azur – A unique and delicious culinary experience influenced by both Asian and Mediterranean fare.
- Proto – Serving some of the best seafood in Dubrovnik since 1886 using recipes inherited from local fishermen.
- PORaT – Locally sourced ingredients from farmers markets and fresh seafood from the Gruž harbour guarantee freshness and deliciousness every day!
There is an abundance of bars in Dubrovnik. From beachy cocktails to local wineries, there is an atmosphere for everyone. Keep an eye out for rakijas and other authentic Dalmatian liqueurs. Flavours like rose, loquat and pomegranate are usually made locally and are very delicious but potent! Here are some of my top bars to visit while in Dubrovnik:
Sunsets in Dubrovnik make my heart smile
- Buza and Buza II – Accessed through a hole in the Old Town Walls, each of these two bars has their own vibe but similar concept – views, swimming, and cliff jumping! Please dive and swim before
- Beach Bar Dodo – With rope swings, crystal clear water and live music, this relaxed beach bar is a splendid place for an afternoon beverage.
- D’vino – With a warm and modern atmosphere, this wine bar serves more than 100 different wines and pairing- platters including a special selection of Croatian wines.
Here are the best places to stay in Dubrovnik:
- Pucic Palace – Located in a historic townhouse in the Old Town, this centrally located Baroque-style hotel offers charming and luxurious accommodations.
- Hotel Kompas – A seaside accommodation with modern décor, elegant spa services and luxury restaurants and bars. Ideal for relaxing or exploring.
- Villa Allure of Dubrovnik – It certainly lives up to the name! This alluring, modern classic guesthouse/hotel is walking distance from the beach, restaurants and the Old Town
Dubrovnik is an incredibly beautiful city with so many attractions. If only its stones could talk, they would relate a fascinating tale!