Exploring Dubrovnik in Croatia
People told us how beautiful it was before we went and yet I still didn't anticipate how lush the scenery would be and how every spot is as picturesque as the one before.
|View from our apartment|
If you love the bustle of the city yet crave the peace and calmness that the seaside brings then a stay in the new part of Dubrovnik is a perfect fit.
We stayed in a modern self catering apartment a stones throw from the harbour. Well laid out gardens provide a lovely walk right round the harbour and play areas for the kids are nestled between in these green spaces. A lovely daily food market is adjacent to the boat moorings and the kids were fascinated to see which cruise ship had appeared in the dock by morning.
|Miss L enjoying the vista|
With it being the new part of Dubrovnik it was much less crowded and calmer than the old town and after our visits to the old town it was nice to get back, catch a breath and enjoy a more chilled city vibe.
A note on the friendliness of the locals by the way, we made an effort with the language as we always do when abroad but rarely did we find this really broke the ice here, maybe they just get tired of tourists. However whenever Miss L said Hvala (thank you) or Molim (please) she was returned with squeals and huge smiles so we felt like that was at least a bit of a break through!
|Island Of Lokrum|
|Dubrovnik Old City down below|
Places To Eat
|Starter platter at Konoba Dubrava|
|Sunset at Dubrovnik New town harbour|
|River Ljuta in Konavle|
Places Of Interest
Dubrovnik Old Town.
|Steps in the centre|
|Entrance to the aquarium|
The Old Town was a wonderful maze of narrow, cobbled streets, beautiful architecture, huge stone walls and of course (if you're a fan) Game of Thrones filming locations. Our first visit was so crowded with cruise ship tourists it was hard to get a true feel of the place, but on our second, much quieter visit we could really see the beauty of the place. Rustic stone buildings and reading the history and role of the city and it's huge walls made for an immersive experience. The kids adored the aquarium where we escaped from the blazing heat for an hour, some of the tanks are in the old gun holes. Although, sadly the size and decoration of the tanks for some of the fish seemed questionable (think octopus in a small tank with nowhere to hide).
Sailing trip on the Karaka
|Stunning scenery aboard the Karaka|
|I have never seen such clear turquoise water with so many fish swimming, the whole area is protected by UNESCO.|
|Swimming in Lopud|
The Island of Lokrum
|Atop the island of Lokrum|
|A hidden cove with steep steps down.|
|Racing through the forest|
|Enjoying the sea air|