Dubrovnik – The Pearl of Dalmatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia | Karoliina KaziDubrovnik, the Pearl of Dalmatia, is a city in southern Croatia fronting the Adriatic Sea. It’s known for its distinctive Old Town, impressive fortifications, limestone paved streets and magnificent stone walls completed in the 16th century that are recognised as Unesco World Heritage.

Dubrovnik, Dalmatian helmi, on kaupunki eteläisessä Kroatiassa Adrianmeren rannalla. Se tunnetaan sen upeasta vanhasta kaupungista, vaikuttavista linnoituksista, kiiltävistä kalkkikivi kaduista ja komeasta kivimuurista, joka valmistui 16-luvulla, ja tunnustetaan Unescon maailmanperintöluetteloon.Dubrovnik, Croatia | Karoliina KaziThere are cats everywhere. These three are hiding from the sunshine in the shades of historical buildings.

Kissat ovat kaikkialla Dubrovnikissa. Nämä kolme kaverusta rentoutuvat piilossa kuumalta auringonpaisteelta historiallisten rakennusten varjoissa. Dubrovnik, Croatia | Karoliina KaziDubrovnik, Croatia | Karoliina KaziDubrovnik, Croatia | Karoliina KaziStep inside the old city walls…

Astu kaupungin vanhojen seinien sisään…Dubrovnik, Croatia | Karoliina KaziDubrovnik, Croatia | Karoliina KaziDubrovnik, Croatia | Karoliina KaziThe hanging laundry from windows reminds me of our time in Italy, because this is what we use to also do in Firenze.

Ikkunasta ripustettavat pyykit muistuttavat ajasta jolloin asuimme Italiassa, sillä näin mekin kuivasimme pyykkimme Firenzessä. Setnica Walking Trail, Lapad, Dubrovnik | Karoliina Kazi

HISTORICAL WALLS OF DUBROVNIK

We first climbed up the narrow stairs to reach the impressive city walls – and let me tell you, the wall must be walked if you visit Dubrovnik. Absolutely fantastic views to both, Adriatic sea and the orange roofed old town.

Aloitimme tutustumisen vanhaan kaupunkiin kiipeämällä kapeita portaita ylös vanhalle muurille – ja haluan ehdottomasti mainita – muurilla kävelyä ei kannata missata mikäli vierailet Dudrovnikissa. Aivan loistavat näkymät sekä Adrianmerelle että vanhan kaupungin oranssien kattojen ylle. Dubrovnik, Croatia | Karoliina KaziDubrovnik, Croatia | Karoliina KaziDubrovnik, Croatia | Karoliina KaziDubrovnik, Croatia | Karoliina KaziDubrovnik, Croatia | Karoliina KaziDubrovnik, Croatia | Karoliina KaziDubrovnik, Croatia | Karoliina KaziDubrovnik, Croatia | Karoliina KaziUnfortunately I must mention, the amount of tourist in Dubrovnik tested even my patience… Its rather overwhelming. The old town inside the walls is filled with historical and beautiful buildings, but most of them have been modernised to tourism – restaurants with images of food portions and souvenir stores one after another. I get it, but I was disappointed how commercial everything was.

I heard later on that it is recommended to visit the old city after 4:00 pm during the summer. By that time the enormous crowds of tourists from cruise ships have left and your visit will be much more pleasant – and the sun won’t be as hot either.

But do not worry – there are lots of fun and less crowded places to visit around Dubrovnik – for example,  Lapad peninsula and its beautiful beaches are an excellent place for some downtime. You can read more about it here. Dubrovnik riviera offers many little villages along the coast line with amazing restaurants and beaches – we recommend Mlini and Cavtat. Both are accessible from Dubrovnik by car, bus or water taxi. 

Valitettavasti minun täytyy myös mainita, että turistien määrä Dubrovnikin testasi jopa minun kärsivällisyyttäni… Se on valtava. Vanha kaupunki muurien sisällä on täynnä toinen toistaan upeampia historiallisia rakennuksia, mutta suurin osa niistä on modernisoitu turismiin – riveittäin ravintoloita joiden menut on merkattu annos kuvilla ja matkamuistokauppoja yksi toisensa jälkeen. Ymmärrän kyllä miksi näin on, mutta olin siitä huolimatta pettynyt kuinka kaupallista kaikki oli.

Kuulin myöhemmin, että vanhassa kaupungissa vierailu on suositeltavaa vasta klo 16:00 jälkeen kesä aikana – tuolloin valtavat turisti väkijoukot risteilyaluksilta ovat palanneet laivoilleen ja se tekee sinun kaupunkiin tutustumisesta paljon rauhallisemman ja miellyttävämmän kokemuksen  – ja aurinkokaan ei enää paista yhtä kuumasti kuin keskipäivällä. 

Mutta älä huoli – Dubrovnikista löytyy kasapäin hauskoja, kauniita ja rauhallisia vierailukohteita. Esimerkiksi Lapadin niemimaa ja sen kauniit kivikkoiset rannat ovat erinomainen paikka rentoutumiseen. Voit lukea lisää siitä tästä. Dubrovnikin rivieralta löydät useita pieniä ja tunnelmallisia kyliä, joissa on hyvä ravintola tarjonta ja upeita uimapaikkoja – me suosittelemme Mlini ja Cavtat kyliä. Molempiin pääsee Dubrovnikista helposti autolla, bussilla tai vesitaksilla. 

Knob Bonaca, Dubrovnik, Croatia | Karoliina KaziKnob Bonaca, Dubrovnik, Croatia | Karoliina KaziKonoba Bonaca, Dubrovnik, Croatia | Karoliina KaziKonoba Bonaca, Dubrovnik, Croatia | Karoliina KaziAfter our walk around the old town, we decided to drive out somewhere quiet for lunch. We found a cozy spot in Sustjepan – Konoba Bonaca that serves delicious, traditional Croatian food. Platter of small starters courtesy of the restaurant, sea bass with potatoes and spinach, black risotto, and grilled meat. With a great deal of crunchy and warm bread for dipping and mopping.

Vanhaan kaupunkiin tutustumisen jälkeen päätimme ajaa jonnekin rauhalliseen paikkaan lounaalle. Löysimme viihtyisä ravintolan Sustjepan:sta – Konoba Bonacan, joka tarjoilee herkullista ja perinteistä kroatialaista ruokaa. Pienet alkupalat olivat ravintolan puolesta, meriahventa perunoiden ja pinaatin kera, mustaa risottoa ja grillattua lihaa. Ja paljon rapeaa ja lämmintä leipää kastamiseen ja pyyhkimiseen.

I hope you guys have a lovely week!

Mukavaa loppuviikkoa!

Love, Karoliina x

15 Comments

  1. 29th June 2016 / 7:36 pm

    I see photos of places like this and wonder what it must be like to live there. How does it differ from the tourists’ experience? Are the residents who don’t own restaurant or shops grateful for tourism and welcoming of visitors? Or just irritated during tourist season?

    • KAROLIINA KAZI
      30th June 2016 / 8:43 am

      I’m sure people are very grateful and everyone works hard during the busy summer season as it is much more quiet for rest of the year. Apparently many of the restaurants are only open during the summer. And many of the apartments have been rented for tourists and the locals are staying outside the busiest area. But like you said, there must be locals who don’t work in the tourism industry and its hard to say how they feel – maybe they escape somewhere for the summer 😉

  2. 10th July 2016 / 8:58 am

    Unfortunately, most of the most beautiful and picturesque places in the world are crowded with tourists, particularly during the summer. Your advice about visiting after 4 o’clock is very useful. As a history fanatic, Dubrovnik looks to me to be a ‘must’ to visit. Your photos really are stunning!

    • KAROLIINA KAZI
      10th July 2016 / 8:34 pm

      Hi Millie! Exactly, I have no problem with tourists, I am one myself after all, but it is more pleasant to see a place when its less crowded. I’m sure seeing the sunset on the Dubrovnik wall would be incredible as well. Thank you for your compliment on my pictures, I’m learning and its quite fun. Karoliina

  3. Jasmin N
    23rd October 2016 / 2:07 pm

    Ooo, näyttää niin ihanan tunnelmalliselta paikalta! Tonne kun pääsisi pakoon tätä kylmää Suomea haha 😀

    ~ Jasmin N
    littlethingswithjassy.blogspot.fi

  4. 16th November 2016 / 9:37 am

    The cat perched on the stairs is so cute! Dubrovnik looks awesome, I’d love to visit one day – the streets are beautiful and the architecture is amazing.

    • 16th November 2016 / 2:13 pm

      The cats were everywhere and they’re so sweet 🐱

  5. 16th November 2016 / 12:43 pm

    That place looks perfect for a romantic getaway 😍👍🏼

    • 17th November 2016 / 3:37 pm

      It’s a fantastic place to see and the surrounding areas are even better.

  6. 17th November 2016 / 1:19 pm

    I love seeing these sort of pictures of beautiful picturesque places, it’s a shame that many places like this are becoming over-commercialised and touristy but it seems the cats don’t mind =^.^=

    • 17th November 2016 / 3:26 pm

      I know, it’s really a shame when it feels like everything is so commercial and far from anything original. The cats are adorable and they look so lovely relaxing on windows and alleyways.

  7. 17th November 2016 / 2:53 pm

    I heard so much about Dubrovnik but been there. I haven’t google it either, hahah so these photos blew me away. Really beautiful and kind of romantic. Probably because of the cats since I am huge cat lover.

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