Dubrovnik – The Pearl of Dalmatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia | Karoliina Kazi

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 is recognised as Unesco World Heritage.

Dubrovnik, Croatia | Karoliina Kazi

There are cats everywhere. These three are hiding from the sunshine in the shades of historical buildings.

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Step inside the old city walls…

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The hanging laundry from windows reminds me of our time in Italy, because this is what we use to also do in Firenze.

Setnica Walking Trail, Lapad, Dubrovnik | Karoliina Kazi


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.

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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.

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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!


  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?

      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!

      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

  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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