Dubrovnik was the second stop of our Croatia trip and this city stole my heart instantly. It’s definitely one of the most beautiful and fun cities that I’ve ever visited. And if you take a peek at Mooistestedentrips.nl you can see that I’ve visited quite a few grand cities on this planet. And Dubrovnik is definately in my Top 3 from now on!
~Anyway… Dubrovnik, ah Dubrovnik~
It’s called The Pearl of the Adriatic and just look at it. You immediately get why, right?
I was most impressed with the old city (Grad) of Dubrovnik. It’s huge for one thing. You can spend days and days getting lost in all those tiny streets with steps, that lead to little squares (with lovely terraces and bars) that lead to more small streets and squares. But if you don’t feel like getting lost, just stay close to the Stradun, the main street, and you'll see plenty of pretty sights too. Like The Rector’s Palace, The Saint Blaise Church, The Cathedral and gorgeous monasteries and fountains.
The old city is nicely protected by huge walls and fortresses and taking a walk on the walls is an absolute must-do for every visitor. The walk takes about 1,5 hour (!) and the views over the Adriatic Sea and the old city are mesmerizing.
And to think that this city was almost completely destroyed during the Yugoslavian war in the early 90s. Thanks to UNESCO and other international organizations Dubrovnik was completely rebuilt by 2000, which is an amazing accomplishment I think. Some shocking documentation and pictures of this black page of Croatian history can be seen at War Photo Limited and The Rector’s Palace.
But Dubrovnik offers so much more… like beach, sea and sun! We were based in the Lapad area, an area where the Croatians live and there are some small tourist apartments and B&Bs. The pebbled beaches are close as are many great restaurants, ice cream parlors and cocktail bars.
We rented a small apartment for almost a week. It had its own vegetable garden. Fabulous! Many salads were had.