Exploring Dubrovnik and Final Thoughts on Croatia

Dubrovnik was the last stop on our two week trip around Croatia, and when we arrived it was in the middle of a serious heatwave.

What did we decide to do in the middle of the heatwave at midday? Yeah, climb the Dubrovnik walls. We may have melted – but I still got some pretty good snaps for you!
Dubrovnik Croatia

We also changed hotels after our wonderful night’s stay in St Joseph’s Boutique Hotel we changed hotels, but I’m keeping that story for a little later! But this was the view from our flat…

 

Dubrovnik Croatia

We arrived in our flat, dropped our bags and dashed back into the old town to climb the Dubrovnik city walls.

It was a pretty pricey affair but as it was one of the top recommended things we decided we would suck it – and well, I needed the pictures, didn’t I?

Dubrovnik Croatia

It was amazing to be able to see the different church towers, the spires and even more impressively… The beautiful roofs!

Dubrovnik Croatia

It might have been a blistering 34 degrees when we did this, and we were climbing up and down stairs, but the views were just incredible. Even the staircases were gorgeous!

Dubrovnik Croatia

Even though I had expected Dubrovnik to be beautiful, old and architecturally stunning, I was still completely blown away when I saw it.

Andy and I couldn’t believe it; we were in one of the most beautiful cities we had ever visited.

Dubrovnik Croatia

You could clearly tell that Dubrovnik had been an ancient fortified city, and apart from just enjoying the view, I took the opportunity to take some fun snaps!

Even though Dubrovnik itself was massively overcrowded with tourists, and the walls are meant to be one of the major tourist attractions, we were pleasantly surprised that it was fairly quiet when we were wandering around.

Dubrovnik Croatia

 

And well, don’t these views just speak for themselves?
It seems as though Dubrovnik is meant to be explored from up high and down low: from the tops of the city walls and the top of the sea from a kayak.

 

Dubrovnik Croatia
Dubrovnik Croatia

I could have spent days up there, admiring the views and just wandering round, soaking up the heat…

Dubrovnik Croatia

 

Dubrovnik Croatia

The flat that we were staying in was part of Luv Dubrovnik luxury apartments and had the most spectacular view – well worth the serious leg workout that the stairs were! Whether you wanted to look at the mountains…

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The sunset…

 

Dubrovnik Croatia

The view of the city itself…

Dubrovnik Croatia
Or even the view of an incredible thunderstorm…
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…It was all there!

Dubrovnik Croatia

The studio apartment itself was lovely, with a modern decor and a beautiful new bathroom. In fact, after staying in hotels for the last couple of weeks it made a really nice change to have our own space where we could cook (if we wanted), sit on our balcony and play cards, drink wine that didn’t cost the earth, and really just keep our own timetable.

Dubrovnik Croatia

 

Dubrovnik Croatia

We made as much use of the balcony as possible; we sat there for breakfast and dinner, played cards until the sunset and retreated there when it was shady to enjoy the sun but stay cool.

Dubrovnik Croatia

And mostly, I couldn’t get enough of that view.

Dubrovnik Croatia

 

If you’re looking for a well priced luxury apartment in Dubrovnik, Luv Croatia is the place to look; the owners are wonderful and the apartment is a real dream.
Having seen as much of Dubrovnik as we wanted to, and frankly, wanting to get away from the rest of the tourists (I’m still stunned as to how many of them there were) we decided to take a day trip to Lokrum, the island we had seen when we were kayaking.

 

Dubrovnik Croatia

 

We departed from the glorious old port, and made our way to the lush island of Lokrum.

 

Dubrovnik Croatia

 

I mean, just look at it, isn’t it so gorgeous? After two weeks of rocky beaches, we were so excited to see a national park, even though it was nothing in comparison to Plitvice National Park.

 

Dubrovnik Croatia

It was just as rocky as the rest of Croatia, but it was so luscious, so green, so peaceful and so beautiful!

Dubrovnik Croatia

We wandered round the island, plonked ourselves on some green grass for an afternoon nap and some reading and…

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Met some peacocks!

Dubrovnik Croatia

Now there’s an experience I wasn’t expecting to have..!

Dubrovnik Croatia

We also found a gem of a restaurant where I devoured the most delicious gaspacho; exactly what I needed on a hot day. Okay, I may also have had some fries, but still!

Dubrovnik Croatia

And maybe a glass of rose – but I was on holiday!

Dubrovnik Croatia

We spent the rest of the afternoon wandering round the national park, admiring the gardens, the natural beauty, and exploring this wonderful little island.

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Any maybe just a little bit of sunbathing…

 

Dubrovnik Croatia

 

Lokrum was an absolute gem of an island, and it’s definitely worth the trip for an afternoon or even a whole day.

 

Dubrovnik Croatia
Restaurant wise our favourite hole in the wall was Barba; a tiny little restaurant specialising in street food. And oh my – be prepared to be wowed. The food might be simple: expect burgers and beer. But it’s exceptional.
It’s oh so good.

Dubrovnik Croatia

Just make sure you order the fried oysters, ’cause they’re pretty amazing if you ask me.

Dubrovnik Croatia

Dubrovnik wasn’t my favourite place in Croatia; I found it too busy and too touristy, but we did enjoy our time with there. There are some real gems in terms of hotels, apartments, restaurants and things to do.
Just be prepared: if you go in peak tourist season – it’s going to be busy. But don’t let that stop you from experiencing its magic.

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