Dubrovnik known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic” can be described in one word – STUNNING! I feel so lucky to have experienced such an amazing place. I actually don’t know where to start, I have that much to share. But firstly, if anyone is planning a trip away for a few days I would highly recommend vacating to Dubrovnik and here are some reasons why.
It is a beautiful place oozing with history and culture and a laid-back way of life – it’s the kind of holiday you never want to end and it’s the kind of place that looks amazing in every photograph. On our first day, we explored the Old Town, starting from the Old City Gate. The paved pedestrian mall straight ahead as you pass the gate is Placa Stradun, Dubrovnik’s main street full of souvenir shops, restaurants, and gelato stores.
View from “TheWalls”
It seems crazy to think that only twenty years ago, this beautiful city had been under siege for seven months during the break-up of former Yugoslavia. Strolling around today, you would never guess that there had ever been a war. There has been significant reconstruction work to repair the damage and the medieval architecture is now looking more impressive than ever. Speaking of impressive views, we climbed up the stairs to the City Walls. Walking the city walls is another of the essential things to see and do in Dubrovnik. I think doing this and seeing the city from all different angles really shows how impressive the Old Town is. It’s about two kilometres long and they encircle the entire old town which means you get to see it all from up there! From the ramparts, you can see the most stunning views of terracotta roofs with the shimmering Adriatic sea in the background.
Typical Alleyway in OldTown
One of the best free things to do in Dubrovnik is simply to walk down the Placa (also known as Stradun), the main thoroughfare in the Old Town which nearly runs directly between the two gates. It’s full of action as mentioned earlier, attractions, restaurants, ice cream shops and everything else you could need. What I didn’t expect to see was a row of Parrots casually hanging out on the main street. Of course, I took the opportunity to get a picture with them.
We had the best bar experience when we found a small opening in the city wall to the sea-side. There was only one sign saying “cold drinks”- it couldn’t have been more inviting. We ended up on a stone plateau under the wall and right above the water on the rocks was a bar set-up called Cafe Buza. The drinks were pricey but the views were priceless.
Dubrovnik Cable Car
For me, this was the highlight of the holiday, Dubrovnik Cable Car. It is a must do and is well worth the money. In just three minutes you will find yourself on the top of Srd Mountain at a height of 405m above sea level. Here you can enjoy a panoramic view of Dubrovnik’s Old Town and the Adriatic sea. There is a little gem of a bar and snack restaurant called Panorama. The cocktails were delicious although pricey but who cares when you have a view like this….