Croatia was the perfect decision for a summer holiday this year – it’s always been somewhere I wanted to go and I wasn’t disappointed when I actually got to visit. There’s a reason why so many people are heading to Croatia for their summer holidays – so if you haven’t been yet, it’s time to get planning and go find out what all the fuss is about! And if you want to know how to get the most out of your holiday in Croatia, the following list suggests some of the must-do’s in Croatia’s alluring ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, Dubrovnik: places to visit and things to do. Don’t be put off by the long bus ride there – it’s worth every minute! Enjoy reading and happy travels!
Swimming at Banje Beach
It is a rather small beach, but will never disappoint you in swimming and enjoying the sunshine. You can also see the orange-coloured roofs of houses in the Old Town of Dubrovnik in distance. All in all, it is a cute and cosy summer spot!
A few tips for you:
- the water temperature in the last week of August felt pretty chilly – both before and after the noon. It didn’t seem to get any warmer in a significant level, even if you go into the water in the afternoon. So what I would suggest is just make a move in the morning as one of your first activities, so that you can at least avoid more crowds if not the cold water!
- You cannot take your own food entering the site, as staff checks your bag. There is a bar and a restaurant though, if you are in need of drinks and food!
- Just outside the bar you will see free changing rooms, and two open showers right next to them at the cost of 1,00 kn. (roughly $0.15 / €0.13 / £0.11)
Location: Ul. Frana Supila 10A, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Night Stroll within the Old Town of Dubrovnik
The night time of Dubrovnik is when you encounter completely another atmosphere of the city. It becomes even more lively, as the sun is gone and the cool breeze welcomes you. Small alleys between old buildings with street lights are artsy and photogenic; the look of and sound from a flock of birds circling the top of the Dubrovnik Cathedral was also breath-taking.
Fruits Bought from Street Markets for Breakfast
Have a fresh start in the morning with fruits. Street markets at Luza Square have several fruit vendors selling grapes, blueberries, watermelons and more. Next to the chain-supermarket Konzum, you will find a fountain where you can rinse the fruits you buy.
Location: Luza Square
Ancient City Walls at Sunset
Ancient City Walls offer to you a superb way to see the view of Dubrovnik in all directions. As there is almost no shade while you are up there, it is better to trek the walls either in the very early morning or in the late afternoon. My friend and I chose the latter, for wanting to take photos with the beautiful colours of the sunset. It was still bit hot at the beginning, but got better as time went by and we saw the satisfying scenery as we hoped. There are a few entrances/exits for the city walls, so just pop in and out (after paying of course) depending on your itinerary!
A couple of tips for you:
- The closing time of the City Walls is 7pm.
- There is a spot where you will get to see from a relatively close distance the orange roofs of houses. I realised the view simply got better and better as we walked along; so you wouldn’t have to spend too much time from the initial point seeing it because of the excitement! Just enjoy the view as you stroll since there are plenty opportunities for photos.
Fancying a Drink with the Big Wide Ocean ahead…and Occasional Diving to It!
This is probably one thing I regret the most not having done in Dubrovnik, and so it is also why I strongly recommend you to have a visit. We only found this while we were walking on the City Walls on our final afternoon in Dubrovnik – and there was a bar/cafe on the cliff! People were sunbathing at the edge of the cliffs or jumped to the sea for a swim. With ‘buža’ meaning a ‘hole’, you can access the bar through a hole in the wall. I cannot tell about the menu for not having managed to visit, but the view and experience must be unique. It can be quite dangerous for diving/swimming though, considering its location – if you are not a confident swimmer in the sea, sunbathing with beer might be enough. 🙂
Location: Crijevićeva ul. 9, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Riding a Cable Car to See the Full View of the Old Town
Looking from the top of the Old City Walls was great to see the town. A cable car, however, will take you even further (or higher rather), presenting to you the panorama of Dubrovnik. You can actually choose to hike up to the top as well. Either way, it is worth doing some walk to the peak of the trail path for nice photos without the cables of cable cars and other people.
Location: Ul. kralja Petra Krešimira IV, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Sitting on the Iron Throne
Probably one of the biggest reasons that Croatia has become even more popular recently as a touristic destination is thanks to Game of Thrones. Particularly Dubrovnik, as it is the main filming site for this successful American drama. As a result, you may well pass by quite a lot of souvenir shops themed with Game of Thrones. It is no harm to step in to one of them and just look around; and if you are a fan of Game of Thrones and have wished to sit on the Iron Throne, there is a perfect shop for you. Dubrovnik City Shop has a replica of the Iron Throne inside the shop, and you are allowed to take photos of you sitting on the throne when you buy items from them.
Website: Dubrovnik City Shop Facebook
Location: Boškovićeva 7 (od Buže) Third entrance to the old city, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Endless Time for Gelato
Gelato is always right, but even more so when it is rather hot almost all day. As an ice-cream lover and combining with a traveller mode, I happily decided to be spoiled by having one gelato per day. The green apple flavoured ice-cream was exceedingly refreshing to keep going under the hot weather. You will see a lot of ice-cream shops in the city; but I particularly liked the one on the main street that was closer to the gate of the old town. Theirs was 10,00 kn. (roughly $1.50 / €1.34 / £1.13) for one scoop of ice-cream in a cone.
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