Croatia is becoming one of those hidden European gems that really isn’t that hidden any more. Tourism is up in Croatia and it’s the main source of revenue for a lot of the cities there, Dubrovnik being one of them.
I spent a total of three days in Dubrovnik and I have to say I was in love. It’s beautiful there and it’s definitely a place that everyone should put on their bucket list.
Dubrovnik is tiny… way smaller than I expected, but that makes it great for wandering around. It’s easy to stay in a hotel or hostel that is on the other side of the city and wander the Old Town effortlessly. The Old Town is marvelous, the stone walls and architecture speak to the age of this beautiful city. We spent hours wandering through all the little shops in the old town and watched coral jewelry being made, it was fantastic!
On your to-do list:
1. We were advised to wake up early and get down to walk the wall before the cruise ships ported (around 9 am) and I’m so glad we listened because we were able to enjoy our walk around the wall without too many other people. The entire walk around took about an hour or so, but you can go as slow or as fast as you need and there are so many picturesque spots to stop and take a photo.
2. A friend mentioned to me that there was a secret passageway that wasn’t labeled that leads you to the outside of the wall. There is a little place to have a beer and enjoy the ocean and probably one of my most favorite hidden spots in the world so far.
3. When in Dubrovnik one must eat as much seafood as one can, it is imperative, and delicious.
3. The last thing we did in Dubrovnik was take the gondola up the hillside. There is a beautiful spot for photos and a darling little cafe where we shared vino and chocolate cake. Pretty delightful if you ask me.
Dubrovnik and most of Croatia feels like a trip back in time. The fashion and the some of the shops seem like they are from 10 or 15 years ago which is kind of cool to experience. Dubrovnik and Croatia in general is like nothing I’ve ever experienced before, it’s beautiful in it’s own different way and I’d go back in a heartbeat.
When it was all said and done and time to pack up we said goodbye to the wonderfully friendly staff at our hotel, packed up the car and enjoyed the most beautiful (windy) but scenic car ride up the coast to Split.
Photos courtesy Janine Eccleston. Photos cannot be used or reproduced without express permission from the owner.