I arrived in Dubrovnik by high speed Catamaran from Split. Unfortunately it was a rather choppy day at sea and the boat trip wasn’t quite the relaxing cruise through Croatian islands I had hoped for. The islands were beautiful and sparkled with large private yachts. I have heard they are worth exploring so on my next trip I will do that. The boat took 9 hours leaving from the port in Split and cost around 190 Kuna.
I didn’t stay in the old town which meant traveling by bus. This was fairly straightforward and reasonably priced (12 to 15 Kuna). Walking round the old town was a must. packed with quaint little streets and houses. Then there are the ancient city walls and the harbor. Scattered with slightly feral sleeping cats chilling in the sun as birds tentatively eat leftovers. Just found the back of the harbor as you walk through the narrow streets I came across a building with signs saying donate to feed the cats. I’m unsure how genuine this was but on the surface it appeared to be a kind gesture.
I took the cable car up to the viewing tower where you got a lovely sea view of Dubrovnik. This cost around 120 Kuna for round trip. I opted to eat at the Panorama restaurant which has stunning views and was priced accordingly. The food was alright but the best part was wandering around the back of the restaurant and onto the mountain at sunset.
Although there were quite a few others on the mountain it still had a fantastic sense of tranquility and calm. To get to the fantastic views you pass the Museum of Croatian War of Independence where you can see the damage caused to the city in the 1990’s and the fantastic restoration which has been co-ordinated by UNESCO.
You can take a stroll around the Imperial Fort built by Napoleon or just head back down and enjoy the many beaches and bars. I visited the city in June when the sun was shining and it was a pleasant 25 degrees.
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