I arrived in Dubrovnik in the peak of Summer. It was so hot, that I found myself lounging around on pebbled beaches, dipping in and out of the Adriatic Sea, eating at least a gelato a day and drinking ice-cold beer until the sun went down. This Croatian port city is an extremely popular tourist destination, so plan your stay for shoulder season to avoid some of the crowds. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you will be excited to see King’s Landing and learn about all the locations used in the film. Otherwise, simply wandering through the maze of cobbled laneways and exploring the city walls will have you falling in love with this magnificent place.
Climb the city walls
It takes at least an hour to walk around the city walls, but make the effort. Around every corner, you are presented with a selection of stunning views in all directions. There are even a few restaurants and galleries to browse as you go, so allow plenty of time. It costs 150 HKR but it well worth it.
Take a Game of Thrones Tour
Even if you’re not a hard-core addict, this tour gives you a fascinating insight into the illusion of film and what goes on behind the scenes, including how they go about keeping the locals happy during filming. Did you know, Robin Hood and parts of Star Wars were also filmed in Dubrovnik? What’s more, it is said that the new James Bond movie is next on the cards! Walking tours leave from the fountain and cost 150HKR.
Dine on Seafood
Sit down at one of the many restaurants and dine on salty mussels with fresh bread, pasta tossed with garlic prawns or black cuttlefish risotto. Oh and don’t forget a glass of wine to wash it all down! Later, feast on chocolate gelato and wander the old city by night.
Cruise the Elaphite Islands
Take a day out on a boat, island hopping, lazing around on sandy beaches and exploring old monasteries. It is a nice way to get away from the crowds and totally relax. I booked my tour from the Tourist Information Centre for 250HKR, which departed from Gruž port and took me to the islands of Koločep, Šipan and Lopud. It included lunch on the boat and unlimited white wine! Not a bad way to spend the day.
What did you do in Dubrovnik? Any tips for next time?