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By kanannie

Dubrovnik: The Jewel of Croatia

On 28, Oct 2013 | No Comments | In Croatia, Travel | By kanannie

Driving to Dubrovnik

Driving to Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik Bridge

Dubrovnik Bridge at sunset

Dubrovnik was the last stop on our “Lesbians Gone Wild: Croatia” tour and as we approached the entrance to the city in our baller rental car I finally realized why everyone has been going gaga over Croatia.

Mandarins along the side of the road

Cheap mandarins for sale along the side of the road

Adriatic Sea

The clear, blue Adriatic Sea.

Steps into the Adriatic Sea

Steps into the Adriatic along the wall

When people talk about how fabulous Croatia is, they mostly mean the coastal cities along the Adriatic Sea. And, they probably mean Dubrovnik.


Dubrovnik is one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Mediterranean and probably the most popular tourist spot in Croatia. We were there in October and there were crowds of tourists during the day. They were mostly cruise ship tourists who descended like flies on shit during the day and then quickly retreated to the safety of their massive hotel on water before the sun went down. I can’t even imagine how crazy it must be in the summer.

Cruise tourists in the Old Town

Lost in a sea of cruise ship tourists

Fresh Ston oysters

Freshly shucked Ston oysters

Calamari

Fried calamari

Little fish

Fried little fishies

On our first full day in Dubrovnik and Ching-I’s last day in Croatia we roamed the walled old town area, checked out the open market (it sucked), and then had a snack of fresh Ston oysters and fried calamari (YUMMY). Afterwards we decided to walk the wall and then take a cab ride to the peak of Mt. Srd overlooking the old town.

First, the wall. It was a bit pricey, but I’m glad we did it. The views of the Adriatic are fantastic. It’s also neat to know that you’re walking on a wall the was built over 600 years ago and was actually used to defend the city. And, what makes it even more fabulous is that it’s used as the Red Keep and King’s Landing in the Game of Thrones show on HBO. If you don’t know Game of Thrones then you need to stop reading this right now and go watch the show. After you watch the show you should also read the books.

Dubrovnik Old Town Wall

View of the wall from the wall

View from the wall

View of red roof tiles from the wall

Art for sale on the wall

Artist on the wall

Kayakers in the Adriatic Sea

Watching the kayakers in Adriatic Sea

Watching the locals

Watching the locals having lunch

Lokrum Island and red roofs

View of the city and Lokrum Island in the distance

After we finished with the wall we took a taxi up to the nearby summit to get sunset views of the city. Most tourists take the cable car, but we aren’t suckers so we overpaid for a taxi driver to take us up and back. The view of the old town was magnificent and the driver stopped at a nice spot for us to view the sunset on the way down.

Watching the sunset from Mount Srd

Watching the sunset from Mt. Srd. Bosnia is about 8 miles in that direction.

Dubrovnik Old Town from Mount Srd

Who needs a postcard when you can take your own picture of the old town peninsula?

Watching the sunset from Mount Srd

Sunset through the tree branches. Wow. That’s deep.

I know why people love Croatia. It’s because they love Dubrovnik.

Stairs into the Old Town

Walking down the many steps into the old town

Old Town at night

A much quieter old town when all the cruise ships have set sail.

Walking around the Old Town

Church in the old town

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Squid ink risotto with prawns and calamari.

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