We are now in Dubrovnik, and after a 3 hour catamaran trip, a shit our pants moment when we thought our boat was cancelled and a full blown argument with a nasty old French lady which nearly had me in tears…we.are.here.
Old town, tourists, wandering, beach bar, beers, TOO many tourists, heat, bakeries and the most delicious dinner I have ever cooked. This was our day…wanna hear more? Read on!
So many people have frothed when talking about Dubrovnik as it is ‘thee place to be’ in regards to Croatia but I have to say, it’s a little overwhelming. Mostly because it is so goddam busy with tourists. However, upon arrival at the dock we walked to our Apartment which is lovely. It’s called Apartment city Getaway and we managed to snap it up for $150NZD for 2 nights. Little pricy but it goes for $400NZD a night in the Summer months so we got a good deal. It’s lovely, well equipped and in between the new port and the old town so it’s a clear winner.
From there we headed off to the nearest bakery to grab some lunch and ventured into the ‘Old town’ which has become a world travel hotspot after it was seen as the backdrop for King’s Landing in Game of Thrones. Dubrovnik is a fantastic place to visit and we were amazed from the second we were able to view the walled, orange-roofed old city perched above the Adriatic Sea with so many islands in the background – it’s simply beautiful.
We are here in October which is considered ‘off season’ but the old city is small to begin with and when you add enormous crowds of tourists, it becomes overwhelming — it feels like Adriatic Disney…even in October we felt cramped from the second we entered. However, we powered through and took some lovely shots of the city before making our way to Buza Bar – one of the coolest spots in the walled city. You can’t miss the enticing sign ‘Cold drinks and the best views’ , this little hole in the wall bar simply blows your mind upon entering! We stopped on the rocks and sat, baking in the afternoon sun but it is a great spot for swimming and cliff jumping.
From here we wanted to walk the city walls but for 200Kuna pp ($50NZD) we simply cannot afford it…BUT there are plenty of other cool spots located high enough up to get some pretty awesome views, for example on the way to the Maritime museum as there is a section of the wall that is free and had fantastic views.
We had now walked 13km’s, I was exhausted and needed some dinner so we headed to the ‘KONZUM’ supermarket which is probably the cheapest and we jolted home to make the best Gnocchi of my life. Gnocchi here is ridiculously cheap, so with some roasted red peppers, beautiful salami and some rocket, we made quite the delicious meal. Topped off with a complimentary bottle of red from our hosts, it was the perfect night!
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Hey! I'm Ally. I left the UK in 2011 to move overseas and ended up in New Zealand - my new home. This year we are taking a gap year to loop the world stopping in some AMAZING destinations - and I'm passionate about sharing these adventures with you!