Another holiday done! It was definitely one for the books. We just returned from gorgeous Dubrovnik, Croatia. Known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” the city is situated along the Dalmatian coast. Being only two and a half hours from London by plane, it takes almost no time to get there. And the flight was lovely, too. We flew over the Alps.
It was breathtaking to look down and see such the gorgeous, snow-capped mountains from the plane.
Once we got to Dubrovnik we fell in love with the city as soon saw the views of the Old Town and Fort Lovrijenac from our balcony at the Hotel Imperial.
I sat on that balcony every single day just gazing out at the view and watching the people down below. It is one that I won’t soon forget.
While we were there we had the good fortune of absolutely perfect weather…again. We have been having a very unusual summer in the United Kingdom and in Europe. I almost can’t believe our run of great weather this season- it’s been very warm and there has been absolutely no humidity. It was great for touring and equally so for just lazing around on the beach. I hope it continues until we’re done our summer travel!
We found Dubrovnik to be very casual (the best kind of holiday!) with a laid back vibe which we really enjoyed, but also has a lively night scene with most cafes, bars and restaurants being open fairly late into the evening.
Dubrovnik Old Town
As we walked through Pile Gate that lead us into Old Town, we were instantly taken back to Medieval times. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Old Town has been painstakingly rehabilitated and is the highlight of Dubrovnik.
Completely pedestrianized, it was easy to wander around Stradun (the main street) and get lost in the maze of long, narrow streets.
That happens to be one of my favorite parts of wherever I happen to be, whether in London or anywhere else.
The wandering around almost always leads to discovering something interesting.
This church called St. Ignatius of Loyola had one of the prettiest altars that I’ve ever seen.
A word of warning, steps are the name of the game in Old Town.
And they are all over Durbrovnik, too. Quite literally everywhere.
But the good news is that I didn’t need to go to the gym the entire time we were visiting!
Dubrovnik City Walls
We also took the time to walk along the walls that surround the Old Town. This is not for the faint of heart as there are over a thousand steps to climb.
There isn’t an ounce of shade, but it’s worth it to feel as if you’re walking among the rooftops (because you are).
But it’s especially satisfying to look down and see the view from the top.
It was also fun to discover random things along the way that made the journey along the walls a bit more interesting.
And what would a holiday in any warm area surrounded by water be without cats? As a certifiably crazy cat lady, I make it a point to look for them. There were cats all throughout Old Town. It made me very happy.
Love Stories Museum
Tucked away and hidden off of the main road, the Love Stories Museum is an adorable three storey building dedicated to…love stories!
From famous tales to a room full of random articles belonging to regular couples, you can’t help but believe in the power of true love after visiting.
My favorites were the stories about King Edward VIII and Wallace Simpson and the Galebovi…it gives new meaning to the word seagull!
It was fun to read the names of people from all over the world who left their mark on the wall. I may have left my name on the wall, as well!
Lokrum Island Nature Reserve
The island of Lokrum is a breezy 15 minute ferry ride from the port in Old Town.
It’s a nice way to escape the crowds, of which there are plenty, in Dubrovnik. The island is uninhabited save for the people that commute to work there on a daily basis.
The views from nearly everywhere on the island are incredibly picturesque.
There are ruins throughout the island dating back to Medieval times.
We enjoyed walking around and taking in all the greenery. And the scent- it was intoxicating! I’m not exactly sure what it was but I wish there was a way that I could bottle it. It wasn’t exactly floral but it wasn’t exactly green, either. All I know is that it was amazing!
In addition to flora there was fauna but they were clearly used to people because nothing fazed them.
This little bunny even let me pet him for a minute before casually hopping away.
There are places all throughout Dubrovnik to go swimming- anything from beaches to ladders hanging off of rocks. We wanted more of a proper beach experience and we were fortunate enough to have our hotel arrange an outing for us with all the trimmings.
While this is unlike like most of the beaches that I’m used to as it was tiny and it had a club, It was just so nice to be able to walk in and have sun beds, umbrellas, towels and water waiting for us.
I think this should definitely be a thing at all beaches that we visit from here on out.
It’s worth climbing the 175 steps to get to the top of Fort Lovrjenac.
It’s definitely not as intense as the wall in Old Town, and the views here are just as nice.
Ride The Cable Cars
Can you see those two tiny specks of orange amongst the green? Maybe not. Those are the cable cars. I’m not going to lie…we didn’t do this. I wanted to but those I was traveling with had no interest, at all. We have ridden enough funiculars in several cities throughout Europe to now know that this is definitely not an experience for those who don’t enjoy being contained in close quarters or those who aren’t fond of heights. But I imagine the views would be incredible.
Take In the View At Buza Bar
It would be very easy to miss Buza Bar as there is no signage at all. It’s literally a hole in a wall.
And to add to any confusion there are two Buza Bars in Dubrovnik. One of them gets terrible reviews. We went to the location on Crijevićeva and I’m so glad we did. It was a great experience. The staff was friendly and the place was clean. It was crowded, though. We arrived there mid-morning and it was already getting a little difficult to get a seat.
But the view was beautiful. Just boats, Lorkum Island and the Adriatic. I could have sat there all day.
The drinks were nothing fancy.
In addition to lounging around and gazing out at the Adriatic, you can go swimming off the rocks located below the bar. Not sure it’s a great combination with alcohol but you only live once, right?
It was definitely worth taking the time to seek out this hidden gem.
Game of Thrones
I should probably mention that Game of Thrones fans would love it here. I don’t watch it but there are tours and souvenirs all over the place. We discovered that the show is also filmed in Belfast. They also filmed in Iceland which we visited last October before I started this blog. Maybe I’ll talk about that in the future. It was an amazing holiday. The show seems to be crossing paths with us a good bit so do you think it’s a sign that I should watch it? Maybe this winter when the weather is grey and miserable.
Have you been to Croatia? I’m curious as I think I’d like to return to visit Split and maybe venture into Montenegro. Let me know if you have any recommendations in the comment box below.
Thanks for reading! Cheers!