Dubrovnik, 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.
There are cats everywhere. These three are hiding from the sunshine in the shades of historical buildings.
Step inside the old city walls…
The hanging laundry from windows reminds me of our time in Italy, because this is what we use to also do in Firenze.
HISTORIC 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 of both, Adriatic sea and the orange-roofed old town.
Unfortunately, I must mention, the amount of tourist in Dubrovnik tested even my patience… It’s rather overwhelming. The old town inside the walls is filled with historic 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 coastline with amazing restaurants and beaches – we recommend Mlini and Cavtat. Both are accessible from Dubrovnik by car, bus or water taxi.
After our walk around the old town, we decided to drive out somewhere quiet for lunch. We found a cosy 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.
I hope you guys have a lovely week!