What can I say about Dubrovnik except WOW. Billy and I flew in from London and upon descent, you already start to get a feel for what awaits. We took the airport shuttle into old town and walked to our hotel (more about it here). The drive was about half an hour, but goes by fast because you’ll spend the whole time staring out the window at the landscape (Tip: Sit on the left on the way there and on the right on the way back).
Today, many people know Dubrovnik as Kings Landing on the show Game of Thrones, but Dubrovnik has an incredibly old history that most people (or at least us Americans) are unaware of beyond the break-up of Yugoslavia. From the Byzantine Empire, to Napoleon, to the Hapsburg Empire, this city has seen enough history to fill a thousand libraries!
Old Town itself is surrounded by a defensive stone wall. One of the most popular things to do when visiting the city is to walk the perimeter of the city on the walls, which is about 2km around. You can also take a cable car up to get a bird’s eye view of the city. We did both the walk and the cable car, as well as a Game of Thrones walking tour around the city. The tour not only stopped at many of the filming locations, but also shared a lot about the city’s history in general. There was a lady on our tour who’s first question was “What is Game of Thrones?” and she still thoroughly enjoyed the tour.
Currently, it is still off-season in Dubrovnik which provided us with good deals, especially on our accommodations, and virtually no crowds. At times, it felt like we had the whole city to ourselves! The downside to that was that many of the restaurants and shops were not open yet for the season. Despite that, we were pleased to find one of the famous Buža bars open. The two Buža bars sit on cliffs between the city walls and the sea, offering a calm place to sit and relax.
Anyways, I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. I hope to see Dubrovnik jumping to the top of your bucket list!