Dubrovnik is a very popular tourist destination in Croatia, and is especially famous for the island (Lokrum) that Game of Thrones was filmed on. Tourists can get to Dubrovnik in a few ways; flying, by ferry (from Italy), and by bus.
This was a post initially written for my company’s intranet, but I thought that I would share it here as well. Of course, it went up on the intranet first. :p
My girlfriend and I took the overnight bus (~12h journey) from Zagreb, which also passed through Split (another popular tourist destination that I had the opportunity to visit another time).
- Arriving at Autobusni Kolodvor (Dubrovnik) at 7am
Buses stop at Autobusni Kolodvor, which is the main bus terminal in Dubrovnik, and is about a 10-15min bus ride away from the Old Town of Dubrovnik. All the action happens inside the Old Town, which is protected by fortified walls, so we quickly hopped onto a local bus that brought us to the Old Town.
- Unending stairs within the Old Town of Dubrovnik
If you’re looking at the picture above and wondering if the stairs ever come to an end, I vouch that they do, eventually! It was really quite a workout, as we had to climb those stairs multiple times during our stay in Dubrovnik, especially since our accommodation was located at the top of this flight of stairs!
- Outside St Blaise Church, Dubrovnik Old Town
There are a number of churches that can be found within the walls of the Old Town, and the picture above shows just one of them. St Blaise Church is located quite near the main square of the Old Town, and we saw people resting on the front steps later in the day.
- Tourists seeking shelter from the hot sun in a cafe along the streets of the Old Town
It was really sunny when we were visiting, as it was in June, which is the start of summer (and the peak season). These tourists were just some that we saw taking shelter from the unforgiving sun, and indulging in some people watching while having their coffee/tea. I admit, we did spend quite a bit of time in cafes ourselves as well, getting a respite from the hot sun.
- Arriving at Autobusni Kolodvor (Dubrovnik) at 7am
We took a stroll down the Old Town harbour of Dubrovnik, where ships once plied a busy trade. Did you know that Dubrovnik once rivalled Venice as a wealthy city-state as its trade flourished in the 16th Century? The only action this once busy harbour sees now are charter boats and private yachts owned by wealthy individuals.
- Wandering around the inner walls of the Old Town
We came across numerous small shops selling a variety of trinkets as we walked along the inner walls of the Old Town. Although there were many tourists in Dubrovnik while we were there, we barely saw anyone else as we wandered around the Old Town, which goes to show how big it was.
- Hidden bay along the outer walls of the Old Town
There are a number of bays that can be found around the walls of the Old Town, and you can usually find local tour operators offering kayaking tours around Dubrovnik and the neighbouring Lokrum island.
- View of the Old Town from the city walls
We paid for tickets to go up the walls, and walked one round around the fortified city. The views were breathtaking, and I do recommend that you walk at least one round around the city from on top of the walls.
- Looking down at the ‘secret’ cafe within the city walls of the Old Town
While you’re in the Old Town, do try to find the ‘secret’ café nestled within the city walls! We stumbled upon it while strolling around the Old Town later in the day, and took the opportunity to enjoy some drinks while admiring the beautiful sea-view. I hope you manage to find it too! 😉
- The reddish hue in the sky was the sun setting over Dubrovnik
- Kayaking around Lokrum Island and to a hidden cove accessible only by sea!
On the day of our arrival, we had signed up with a local tour operator for a kayaking tour around Lokrum Island. The following day, we departed in the late morning, and took a long and leisurely route around the Old Town, and also around Lokrum Island. As part of the tour, we also got a bonus of chilling at a hidden cove accessible only by sea on the way back. As the route taken was around 5km, the tour took slightly more than half a day to complete. Besides being famous for being used as a filming location for Game of Thrones, Lokrum Island is also pretty popular with nude sunbathers, and we saw a few (we noticed too late to avert our eyes) while kayaking past!
- Look at the clear sea waters off Dubrovnik Old Town!
Kayaking was super fun, albeit extremely tiring, as we had to battle the waves as well, being out in the open sea. It is definitely something you should try though, but do remember to slather on a generous amount of sunblock before you begin, or you would probably end up sunburnt by the end of the day!
Although a very touristy destination (you see tourists along the main streets everywhere you turn), Dubrovnik is still a lovely place to visit, and is really very beautiful. Water sports are something you have got to do while in Dubrovnik as well, and I will leave it to you to explore this beautiful little fortified town when you get there. 😉