Delight in Dubrovnik

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!

mediterranean beaches

How much more beautiful could this be?!

Once an important trading city, Dubrovnik sits on the Adriatic Sea, the northern-most inlet of the Mediterranean. Today, it is one of the most visited cities and the gateway to the Dalmatian Coast. As a world Heritage site since 1979, its rich history, fresh seafood, natural beauty and architectural richness attract people from all over the world. The attractiveness of the city has caught the eye of many film makers who have used it as a film location for movies such as Game of Thrones, The Last Jedi (Star Wars) and James Bond, just to name a few! The currency used is the Croatian Kuna.

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.

Dubrovnik Airport, also known as Čilipi Airport (DBV), is the International airport of Dubrovnik. The trip to the city centre is about 20 minutes by taxi, shuttle or bus. Although there is no railway station in the city, you have the option to take a train to Zagreb and then arrive into Dubrovnik via bus. While there are taxis, I recommend exploring as much as you can on foot!

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.

Dubrovnik---Stairs

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---Fort-and-walls

Dubrovnik is very A-fort-able!

Old City Walls and Forts – Well-kept medieval walls surrounding the Old Town are a popular for a stroll and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They are protected by forts; Tower Mincets, Revelin, Saint John and Bokar. Meanwhile, Fort Lovrijenac protects the city’s western entrance. This walk is a fabulous adventure to appreciate spectacular views of the city while learning about its incredible history.

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.

Lokrum Island – Believed to be cursed to anyone who attempts to claim the island as their own, Lokrum remains uninhabited. Regardless, there are many interesting pieces of history on the island such as the ancient Benedictine Monastery and botanical garden. It can be reached by taxi boat which departs every half hour (depending on the season) from Dubrovnik’s Old Port.

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:

lobster dubrovnik

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:

Dubrovnik---Sunset

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!

 

Love,

 

Isabella

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Isabella’s Checklist

What to see: Old Town Walls and Forts, Mount Srd (https://visitdubrovnik.hr/)

Where to eat:  Azur, Proto, PORaT (https://www.azurvision.com/, https://www.esculaprestaurants.com/fish-restaurant-proto-dubrovnik/)

Where to party: Buza and Buza II, Beach Bar Dodo, D’vino (https://dvino.net/)

Where to stay: Pucic Palace, Hotel Kompas, Villa Allure of Dubrovnik (https://www.thepucicpalace.com/, https://www.adriaticluxuryhotels.com/hotel-kompas-dubrovnik, http://www.dubrovnik-villaallure.com/)

What to buy: Rakijas, wine and sunscreen!

You’ll love-nik Dubrovnik!
Isabella’s Checklist

What to see: Old Town Walls and Forts, Mount Srd (https://visitdubrovnik.hr/)

Where to eat:  Azur, Proto, PORaT (https://www.azurvision.com/, https://www.esculaprestaurants.com/fish-restaurant-proto-dubrovnik/)

Where to party: Buza and Buza II, Beach Bar Dodo, D’vino (https://dvino.net/)

Where to stay: Pucic Palace, Hotel Kompas, Villa Allure of Dubrovnik (https://www.thepucicpalace.com/, https://www.adriaticluxuryhotels.com/hotel-kompas-dubrovnik, http://www.dubrovnik-villaallure.com/)

What to buy: Rakijas, wine and sunscreen!

You’ll love-nik Dubrovnik!

14 Comments to “Delight in Dubrovnik”

  1. Didn’t realize there was a cable car to the top! Very cool. And the seafood looks incredible. Need to get here someday soon!

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    Vito at 12:27 pm
    1. The cable car has such lovely views and the seafood is so fresh and delicious! I am sure you will love it 🙂

      Love,
      Isabella and Katie

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      Katie L at 5:41 am
  2. I agree that it’s a lovely place to visit. We have been a few times and stay out of the city on the Lapad Peninsula.

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    Jan (@chimptrips) at 5:21 pm
    1. The Lapad Peninsula is lovely, what a great choice to stay for calmer surroundings while still being close by the Old Town. It sounds fantastic!

      Love,
      Isabella and Katie

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      Katie L at 5:44 am
  3. Oh my…. that looks incredible! It’s been on our list for a couple years. You really captured it and I reallllly want to go!!!! I can sympathise with your seafood diet!!!

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    Kevin | Cocktails and Carry-Ons at 6:51 pm
    1. Thank you for your kind feedback, Kevin! I must say, the seafood diet is really working for me!

      Love,
      Isabella and Katie

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      Katie L at 5:45 am
  4. Your photos are beautiful! I would love to wander through the old town.

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    Francesca at 10:44 pm
    1. Thank you so much, Francesca! It is such a wonderful place to explore. Don’t forget your walking shoes! 😉

      Love,
      Isabella and Katie

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      Katie L at 5:47 am
  5. On my bucket list. The Old Town sounds perfect. Can’t decide between beach bar or wine bar so think I’d do both.

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    Wendy White at 11:41 am
    1. Lol, good choice! The Old Town is absolutely wonderful, you will love it!

      Love,
      Isabella and Katie

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      Katie L at 6:05 am
  6. Great post and recommendations, would be great to visit one day.

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    Lauren & Lottie at 7:19 pm
    1. Thank you for your kind comment! It is a lovely destination with so much to do!

      Love,
      Isabella and Katie

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      Katie L at 6:06 am
  7. Looks amazing- beauty, delicious wine & food all wrapped up in charming town? You made planning our trip to Dubrovnik Easy! Thank you

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    Cindi | aneasyjourney at 11:46 pm
    1. Thank you for your kind comment! It is a very well rounded trip. Enjoy 🙂

      Love,
      Isabella and Katie

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      Katie L at 6:19 am

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