In September I visited Dubrovnik for the first time. I wasn’t sure really what to expect since all I’d been told was that it was lovely.
I arrived at the Dubrovnik airport at 9 pm and was met by someone from the apartments I was staying at and driven to the old town city walls. I stayed in the old town and because this part of town doesn’t allow cars to drive in (except as I found out early one morning when they are delivering supplies to the restaurants there), I was dropped at the gate and met by the apartment manager. He wheeled my case through the city pointing out features and history as we went, it sounds cheesy but I already loved the place!
The manager Nico insisted on me having my photo with one of the city guards…
I explored the old town that night discovering beautiful buildings, delicious ice cream, small alleyways and passages in the city. The old town is divided into two by one main street, so it is pretty easy not to get lost, but there are lots of steps to conquer!
The next morning I walked the walls of the town, I was told by a friend that it has great views, I have to say I am often rather cynical of these kind of things as often they turn out to be rubbish, however I was wrong on this occasion. If you go to Dubrovnik my recommendation is walk the walls early, I was up there at 8.30am until about 10 am and when I came down the queues were huge. Below are some of the photos I took….
What I loved about Dubrovnik was that it captured my imagination, I could see what life would have been like in years gone by, everything is well preserved, and the cleanliness of the place made it a pleasure to walk around!
I did try to learn some Croatian while I was there, but only really managed to remember one word ‘thank you’ which is hvala (pronounced quarla), which caused a few amused smiles from the locals. In Croatia children learn English from their first year in school so the majority of people speak it really well.
Would go back? Yes probably with a lover, to enjoy the romantic side of the city….