Earlier this summer, I set off on a mini European adventure with my travel buddy and partner-in-crime, Jo. We’d wanted to explore Croatia for a while, so it seemed like a pretty good place to start.
Having survived a pretty terrifying taxi ride from the airport thanks to hairpin bends, coastal cliffs along the road, and a crazy driver who was more interested in texting, we arrived at our apartment unscathed. We’d left booking our accommodation until last minute and had been pretty scared about the limited amount available, so we were a little nervous about what we were arriving to.
It was, however, awesome – so clean and with everything we could possibly need for our three night stay. The owners were amazing, and so bloody lovely – they greeted us on arrival, showed us all around the apartment (even demonstrating how to use the kettle!), and took us out to show us the local area. If our departure hadn’t been so early on our last day, they’d have even dropped us off!
Once they’d left, we threw down our suitcases and quickly switched to bikinis – we knew exactly where we were off to first…
Located just around the corner from our apartment, and down a VERY steep hill, was this beautiful little gem. With the next few stops on our travels being more beach-based, I hadn’t really anticipated for any beach time whilst in Dubrovnik, but with this on our doorstep, it seemed rude not to!
Pretty popular with locals, the water is just so incredibly clear – perfect for cooling off in between sunbathing sessions.
There’s a lovely little restaurant if you swim along to far side of the shore, dishing up amazing salads, fresh fish, and the sweetest local juice and wine.
After a decent nap on the beach, we headed back to our apartment via the local shop to stock up on a Croatian feast – local cheese, fresh bread, meats, and a soon-to-be favourite of the holiday, lemon beer. We spent the rest of the afternoon listening to music and lazily picking at our picnic with the windows of our apartment wide open to enjoy the sea view.
With bellies full, we washed off and dressed up before strolling into the Old Town. Our apartment was a little further out of town, but with views like these, we really couldn’t complain.
The Old Town really is impressive – as we walked closer to the city, there was a real buzz as we reached the cafes and restaurants perched along the coast. You then see the old city walls, before walking across a drawbridge and into the bustling, historic town.
Be prepared for plenty of walking up stairs! We went during peak season and it was particularly warm, so this was a bit of a challenge but the views made it all the more worth it. Oh, and those quirky Croatian statues…
We headed straight for the City Walls Walk, to work off some of that lunch. Having envisioned a view over the iconic orange rooftops, I wasn’t disappointed.
Croatian tour guides talk you through the incredible sights (and sites) of the city, which stretches across to the Adriatic Sea.
It’s hard to think that in the early 1990s, the city was subjected to the bombings and terror of the Siege of Dubrovnik fought between the Yugoslav People’s Army and Croatian forces. You can even see evidence of the war through the bullet holes in walls, and reminders in signs to show pictures of what happened.
You pass views of sea kayakers, Croatian families nestled in their amber homes, and tourists cliff-jumping from the coastal bars.
It was so hot, we had to take regular breaks for water and ice lollies. There are some little cafes up there, so rest assured you can stop for fresh fruit and drinks to help you along your way.
Peeking round the corner, waiters and waitresses began preparations for the evening ahead at the harbourside restaurants. Boats bobbed in the water, waiting for the sun to set.
We made plans to go and sample the seafood platter from Lokanda Peskarija – and oh my goodness, you need to, too. Beautiful views of the harbour, friendly staff, and the most incredible giant pan of prawns, mussels, fresh fish, and prawns. Add it to your long list!
The City Walls Walk was worth every single penny (it wasn’t expensive either), and is a must-do in Dubrovnik. It takes about an hour and half, so be prepared for some walking and lots of standing up. What you’ll see really is spectacular.
Join me for more from Dubrovnik tomorrow!