From Athens we ventured on to Dubrovnik, Croatia. It’s also known as the Pearl of the Adriatic, or to you modern day folks, King’s Landing ( from the HBO series Game of Thrones). We arrived to the airport at nighttime, took the bus and got dropped off at Pile Gate in front of the Old City.
The city is beautiful at night. I remember pulling up to the entrance and hearing Jorge say “wow”with a big smile on his face! I guess he wasn’t expecting it to have such beauty, but the way the lights highlighted the drawbridge, the towers, and the city walls… it felt like we were walking into another time.
We were just as awestruck when we went inside the walls. The lights shining off the marble walls and streets made the city glow.
It was almost midnight and the town was still bustling. There are outdoor cafés and restaurants around every corner, great spots to just sit and people watch or listen to the street performers.
The next day we got breakfast at the closest cafe and then walked around a bit. The outdoor market opened. Fresh produce and stalls filled with lavender and olive oils were brought in by the locals.
Afterwards we figured we went around the old town to take pictures. Most of the places we snapped pics of were spots used in Game of Thrones.
Stood in line to get our tickets for the walk on the city walls. It’s kinda pricey just to walk around the city, $20 a person, but it’s a great walk with beautiful views of the ocean, the tiled rooftops and the surrounding areas of the city. We went around 11am and the sun was high. I recommend wearing sunglasses and a hat if the sun is out. Half way around the city walls, there’s a small cafe where you can buy a drink and snack or an ice cream cone.
Later that day, we grabbed a quick 10 min ferry boat ride to the small island across from Dubrovnik, called Lokrum. It’s a small island, but there are beautiful, rocky spots to lay out to catch come rays and swim into the ocean. There are some stalls to buy snacks, gardens, and a campsite with rabbits and peacocks roaming about. We hiked around the island and flew our drone to get some views of the city and water from across the way.
Afterwards we took the cable car up to Mt Srd to get a view of the city from above. This I definitely recommend doing.
The next day we woke up early to take photos around 7am before the cafes and restaurants opened. There weren’t many people out which was perfect for us to get shots together and having to worry about people getting in the way.
Afterwards we grabbed a bite to eat and went back to our hotel to get ready for a day at the beach. We decided to explore another part of Dubrovnik. We went over to Lapad by the public system. We just caught a bus outside of Pile Gate. The public beach there is called Copacabana Beach, just like in Brazil! The beach isn’t big, but there are snack and drink stands, umbrellas and chairs to use. There are stand up paddle boards for rent. Also, the beach is not sand. There are small rocks, so wear swim shoes if you have sensitive feet.
There are so many things to see and do here. If you have the money, there are sea kayaking, jet skis, and other tours. For us, we decided to save some money here and not do any activities until we got to Split, Croatia. The rest of the day we continued walking and taking pictures around town.
Oh yeah, there’s a small aquarium in the old city. Personally, I think its overpriced for the small space to see. There was a sea turtle, octopus, sea lions, and other fishes found in these waters.