Exploring Dubrovnik’s Old City (*NEW*)
Dubrovnik, Croatia – September 20 – 23, 2014
Dubrovnik is likely the most popular tourist destination in Croatia and after spending a couple of days in the area, it is easy to see why. Dubrovnik and its walled Old City is spectacular, perched on the Adriatic Sea with Srd Mountain providing a backdrop. It is a popular destination for Mediterranean cruises so when that ship docks, you can expect an influx of thousands of tourists!
To get to Dubrovnik, we drove six hours from Venice to Split and grabbed a flight down to Dubrovnik. We flew on a Boeing 737 with only about 25 other passengers, four of which were fellow Newfoundlanders!
Jess and I originally thought about staying within the Old City, but ended up finding a BnB in the Town of Cavtat, a small community, 30 minutes to the southeast by bus from the Old City. This worked out well for us because it was only a five-minute drive to Dubrovnik’s airport, which we thought we would be flying out of in a couple of days. Keep in mind our ‘last minute’ approach to travel planning on this trip. Not to mention the fact that Cavtat was absolutely beautiful.
We were exhausted (cue: ‘oh suck it up’). I know we aren’t working but we had been travelling non-stop and booking accommodations just the day before arriving. Plus, we were surprised by our BnB as it didn’t quite look as nice at it had in the pictures and it had rained the last few days so there were lots of mosquitos. On our first night, we had the most severe t-storm of the trip with torrential rains that even cause a huge leak in the roof of the apartment building. Needless to say, we built our bridge and got over it!
We spent one full day exploring Dubrovnik’s Old Town. This included the walk along the walls of the Old City that stretch some two kilometres (cost: ~ $22 CAD, 120 kuna). This walk offers spectacular views and can be pretty daunting on the sea facing side if you have a fear of heights.
Dubrovnik has been the setting for several movies and most recently for Game of Thrones, which was being filmed when we were there (it has also been on House Hunters International!). It was heavily damaged during the Croatian War of Independence from ’91 – ’95, around the same time Sarajevo was under attack.
We had a mainly overcast day in Dubrovnik but still managed to get some good shots which you can take a look at below:
From Dubrovnik, we decided not to fly and instead headed up the coast by bus to Makarska for 10 days, then inland and across the border to Bosnia and Herzegovina before trekking north to Austria. We’ve posted previously about our amazing experience in Mostar and Sarajevo, so next you can expect an update on Makarska, Croatia and Salzburg, Austria.
jess + trickett
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