Dubrovnik is a place of wealth and wonder. The juxtaposition of old and new is obvious from the moment you enter the city, and the deeper you delve into the mysteries you’ll find around every corner, the more fascinating the city becomes.
Below is my guide to getting the most out of your trip. Find out exactly where to go and what to do during your stay with helpful hints and tips along the way. So pack your bags, leave your car at the airport (more info on that here) and get yourself off to the Dalmatian coast.
Old City Walls
This is probably the first thing you’ll read in the guidebook when you’re researching the old city of Dubrovnik. The old city walls stretch right the way around the entire city, encircling it in an impenetrable shield – this is what they were designed to do.
The walls themselves tower above the city and walking along them on a bright day is highly recommended. The views of the city from above are beautiful and the red finish on the roofs of the buildings lends itself to the Roman ‘feel’ of the place. One piece of advice worth following is that it’s not advisable to go during peak season, as the queues can be extremely long and the city crowded.
Within the walls of the old city there are plenty of places to eat; pizzerias, seafood restaurants, ice-cream parlours and much more. To save you the hassle of having to find somewhere, I am recommending Skola. Pick up a Dalmatian ham, cheese and tomato sandwich on light, white and freshly baked bread and you will not be disappointed. It’s worth noting that it’s cheap too – the prices in Croatia in general are considered to be quite high, but if you know where to look there are bargains to be had – this is one.
The Island of Lokrum
Lokrum has long been a haven for tourists and Croatians alike. The rich and diverse flora and fauna make it feel like a scene in Jurassic Park. The island itself is comparatively small, but on a warm day there’s nothing better than taking your time in the shade.
There are several old structures dating decades and even centuries back that can be explored at your leisure should you choose, and beautiful walks to undertake when you tire of sightseeing. One stop you must make is a place that has come to be known as the “dead sea”. Nothing like its middle-eastern counterpart, the “dead sea” on Lokrum is a small inland lagoon that is sheltered by high walls and has caves to swim through.
Have you been to Dubrovnik and want to share some tips yourself? Let us know in the comments!