Dubrovnik is a gorgeous city… like drop dead gorgeous. It has one of the most spectacular coastlines I’ve ever seen. Because of its natural beauty and its official EU member status, its popularity has been soaring faster than Justin Bieber’s music career. I thought the Mediterranean Sea was to die for in Italy, but the sparkling blues of the Adriatic Sea totally stole my heart. Even Woody Harrelson was impressed with Dubrovnik stating, “I first came to Dubrovnik in 1996 and was blown by the beauty of this ancient town hugging the sea, the kindness of the people and the tallness of the women! I always have fun there but dearly miss it when I’m away for too long”.
Lenny and I arrived on a Thursday and we stayed until Tuesday. We actually had more than enough time to sightsee at a leisure pace.
Here are some of the highlights of Dubrovnik:
The best known area is the Old Town and it offers stunning views of the city. It’s 90 kunas to purchase a ticket to get the best shots.
I swear I sang “Part of your world” like 50 times while walking along the city walls. To me, Dubrovnik screamed The Little Mermaid.
Prince Eric’s castle. Look alike, no?
Dubrovnik became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. From 1991-1998, it was endangered by Serb-Montenegrin forces and today you can still see some of the damages from the war. Luckily for us, the city remains in tact and offers us a glimpse of its history.
There are tons of kayak companies that will take you to the nearby islands for a swim and picnic and they do so for a reasonable price.
See the white umbrellas? There’s a sweet hole-in-the-wall bar called Buza. The drinks are pretty pricey but you’re rewarded with a great view of the Adriatic Sea and the island Lokrum. If you’re adventurous enough, Buza is also a great place to go cliff diving.
You can catch a ride to Dubrovnik’s nearest island, Lokrum, for 60 kunas at the old port.
See how new the terracota roof tiles are? You can see how Dubrovnik tries to retain its old charm and beauty despite being ravaged by the war.
Seriously, it’s ridiculous how beautiful this city is!
After climbing Mount Srd, you can see the countryside of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
With 80 kunas, this cable car will take you to the top of Mount Srd. Lenny and I actually hiked Mount Srd instead of taking the cable car. It took us about 1.5 hrs one way. You can also drive up to the top.
The greens and blues from the top.
Sitting on the top of the world.
The Mount Srd trail gives you a fantastic view of the Old Town and the islands surrounding Dubrovnik. Fun fact: Over one thousand islands belong to Croatia.
Banje is Dubrovnik’s closest and most famous beach. It’s right outside the city walls. Just a tip: bring water shoes when you come to Croatia. It’s totally worth the small investment.
I need to figure out how I can live my life here.