You wouldn’t expect any less than magical sceneries when you’re in a city on the Adriatic Sea! Dubrovnik, known as the Pearl of the Adriatic, perfectly combined my love for crystal clear waters, beautiful beaches, mountains for hiking, good food, culture and history - all in one place. I would’ve definitely stayed longer if I could, however since we had limited time, here’s what Rickie and I managed to experience before heading off to Split. Be prepared for the full 3-days itinerary and loads of photos!
Day 1: We arrived in Dubrovnik airport at noon (I arrived from Oslo and he arrived from London) and we took the bus into Old Town where we had lunch at Barba and roamed around a bit before checking into our accommodation nearby. What really astonished me about this Old Town is how it’s literally encircled by a massive two kilometres long stone wall built in the 16th century to protect against rivals and enemies. And despite a massive earthquake that destroyed most of the city in 1667, the wall still remains today for thousands of people to walk on it.
We made a a quick visit to Banje Beach and Buža Bar, and later that evening when the temperature had gone down a bit (as in below 30°C), we decided to hike up Mount Srd to catch the sunset. It was the steepest zigzag hike I have ever done and I was pretty exhausted by the end of it - but it was so worth it! We sat there for almost an hour just absorbing the view, until it got too dark to hike down so we opted for the cable car. That night we had our first dinner at Restaurant Taj Mahal and drinks at The Bar by Azur, which was located on a steep step in a narrow alleyway just off the Luza Square. Great food and drinks, which I can recommend.
Traveling with Rickie is one of my absolute favorite things to do. We share so many similar views of the world and I think that’s especially important since we’re exploring it together. We for example both love to experience new places on foot, because honestly there is no better way to see a city than to walk it. I can go on and on about all the amazing things we‘ve stumbled upon and discovered along the way. And not to take for granted how lucky we are to be fit and healthy, and capable of moving our bodies. Let’s use it while we can.
Day 2: Balance is key. Since our first day was very active we opted for a relaxing beach day on Lokrum Island, a small island conveniently located a 10-minutes ferry ride away from Old Town port (the same island you can see in the pictures from our balcony). If you have an extra day or half-day in Dubrovnik, I highly recommend a visit. The ferries depart regularly during peak-season and we managed to purchase tickets at the port on the same day.
In Lokrum Island we got to float in the “Dead Sea”, sunbath along the coast of the island, marvel in exotic plants and animals, explore beautiful caves and rock formations, and lunch with cute rabbits running around our feet at Lacroma Restaurant.
We got the ferry back to Dubrovnik at 6PM, went home to freshen up and went back to the port to dine at Gradska Kavana Arsenal where we had made a reservation the night before. And let me just say… What a beautiful location for a restaurant! Lucky enough we were given a seat beneath the arches overlooking the marina as the sun were setting, so that was extra magical. The food was delicious and it was just a very lovely dining experience overall.
Day 3: Our last day in Dubrovnik (nooo). We had booked a ferry to Split departing at 4:30PM so we got up early that morning to seize the day. Sometimes we don’t know what rest is when it comes to maximising short stays, so we decided to walk the Ancient City Wall to see more of Dubrovnik from a different perspective. It was about a two-hours hike because we stopped quite often to take photos, but we couldn’t help it. The views were just incredible from every angle, from Minceta Fortress to Lovrijenac Fortress to St. John’s Fortress, and of course, the city’s red rooftops. Neither of us are Games of Thrones fans, but it was nice to see the real location of “King’s Landing”. After that we strolled around Old Town and enjoyed the city’s best ice-cream from Peppino’s.
We wrapped up our final hours at Port Gruz where our ferry to Split awaited, and lunch at Bon Appetit nearby was the perfect spot to fuel up for the four hours journey ahead. Overall, to say the least, those were some incredible days in Dubrovnik. And although there are a thousand more things to see, I’m really happy with what we managed to experience in such a short time. If you haven’t been to Croatia before, there is a lot to look forward to!