Overall, Croatia has been a blast! A country rich in history, beautiful people and the rich and famous. However, I have to say, and I will get backlash for this, but my god are Croatians rude! I would say 90% of everyone we have dealt with here has been a complete dick. We went to the bus station today and the bitch behind the counter yelled at me – ‘Lady, I have told you blah blah blah’ – what an obnoxious asshole.
Anyway, we have found this with most, which sucks as the country is beautiful and RELIES on Tourism so why these people choose to work in a field which they clearly hate I will never know.
So, after the bus stop incident we made our way to Lovrijenac, aka St. Lawrence’s Fortress — I had seen photos online and it looked like the perfect spot to view the old city and also, I was hoping for a perfect lunch spot as well, as I had made us a beautiful little picnic. I would highly recommend going here on your own without a tour as it was our fav spot in Dubrovnik! The fortress is cool on its own, but it’s an incredible place to get shots of the old city and some amazing shots of the surrounding coves and beaches! ANNNNNND, we found the perfect lunch spot as hoped!
I was dying to try one of the ice-creams that are littered in the old town everywhere, but looked so good, so even after a massive lunch we went to the shop which always has a queue out the door (does it mean it’s good? Read on) I was desperate to have Cinnamon flavour but to my severe disappointment, it was sold out so I opted for Hazelnut and Leo, Mojito. These are massive cones for 14KUNA a scoop (about $3.20NZD) they were worth it. As soon as I got mine, they pulled out a huge freshly made batch of cinnamon…. I nearly cried and must have showed it as the man behind the counter took me aside and popped another scoop on top of my already massive cone of Cinnamon! FOR FREE. WITH A SMILE.
My faith in Croatians was restored, or at least that particular man must have been having a good day. It was amazing, creamy, goodness full of flavour, not too thick and great consistency – a standard 10/10 in my eyes! After 6000 calories of ice-cream we went to ‘Banje beach!’
Just outside Dubrovnik Old Town city walls you will find an expanse of beach with the walled city as its backdrop looking like it’s came straight off the postcard! Stunning and the perfect place to vegetate in the midday sun while trying to digest all that ice-cream. There is a bar and restaurant banging out some classic hits colliding with aquamarine waters making this the perfect place to relax and cool off …or for us who didn’t bring swimwear – over heat.
We continued our beach crawl about 1.5km further from the old town to St Antonio beach which is a little more secluded and harder to find but beautiful in it’s own right. Again, turquoise waters and rugged coastline with this small sandy beach nestled in-between was a lovely way to end the day before heading back to the apartment for our last night.
We are up at 5am tomorrow to get the Airport bus which costs 55KUNA each and is located at the main bus station – TRAVEL TIP…buy your tickets online and not at the desk so you can avoid talking to the horrible people who work there. We used the free WIFI in the old town to check the timetable and then purchased while having ice-cream – super easy! And well worth saving the $140NZD a taxi would cost for a 20km journey!
Also Dubrovnik Airport only offers 15 minutes of free WIFI so good to know before you get here planning to sit and stream or scroll FB/INSTA for hours…not going to happen! Ciao for now! Scotland here we come!