There are a lot of spectacular natural paradise in Croatia but we wanted to take it easy and not spend our summer week off traveling from one place to another. We ended up spending 3 nights at Dubrovnik and 3 nights at Hvar. You can read out more about Hvar in my next post.
These places live entirely from the tourism, then don´t expect to find empty beaches in summer or very cheap locals restaurants.
HOW TO GET THERE?
We travelled with Iberia from Madrid to Dubrovnik for 170 euros. It is a good price to travel to this destination in summer time (late mid July).
WHERE TO STAY?
We rented a small apartment with Airbnb very close to the old town. Close enough to visit all the main atractions by foot, and with a great view to the adriatic sea. Here is the link in case you want a cozy little apartment in Dubrovnik.
FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE OLD TOWN
There is an Airpot Shuttle Bus that takes around 30 to 40 minutes per trip and cost 40 Croatian kuna one way or 70 round trip, and stops at Pile Gate in front of Old Town Dubrovnik, and continuing afterwards to the Main Bus Station in Gruž Port. You can check their daily schedule on their web.
Taxi of course is another option, it has a flat rate of 96 Croatian Kuna to the Old Town.
WHAT TO SEE?
- City walls and forks
- Dubrovnik Cathedral
- Cable Car
- Stradun Street
- War photo limited
- Banje Beach
- Big Onofrio´s Fountain
- Gates of Pile
- Rector´s Palace
- Saint Blaise Church
- Orlando´s column
- Sponza Palace
- Franciscan Monastery
- 3 islands boat trip
- Buza Bar
- There are also some “Game of Thrones” tours, but I haven´t watch any episode of it (sorry), so I didn´t pay attention to it
- Take water shoes with you. Very useful for the pebbly beaches (all)
- Put sunblock all day
- Always have cash with you, a lot of places don´t accept credit cards
- Try the Bosnian restaurant in Dubrovnik call “Taj Mahal“ I wash´t sure at the beginning because of its name, c´mon: Taj Mahal???, but it turns out it is because the owner builded it for his wife, just as the emperor Sahah Jahan builded the Taj Mahal for his wife
- Check the sunset’s time and go grab the cable car 30 minutes before the sunset
- Don´t miss the war photo limited, its a beautiful photo expo
- Even if the “3 islands boat tour” sounds extremely touristic, and I am not that type of tourist, I had fun in this one. It was very relaxing and we had enough time to visit 3 islands in one day, spent a lot of time at the beach and had a simple but nice lunch on the boat. We visited Lopud, Sipan and Kolocep for 250kn. Cristina, our Airbnb hostess, booked it for us when we arrived
- Try their local beers and wines, lots of them are really good