by Erin Elaine
At the end of June I spent 4 days in Dubrovnik before starting my weeklong Sail Croatia adventure. Dubrovnik is such a beautiful and unique city, and the fortified walls are amazingly preserved.
The city is built on a hill, and a very steep one at that. My hostel was located at the very top of the hill, and the town center was located at the very bottom. This made for lots of stair-climbing multiple times a day! I got quite a workout.
But it was worth it, because at the top I was rewarded with beautiful views like this one. These pictures were taken from the terrace of my hostel.
Here is the main square and the old port. Today it’s mainly used for tourist boats shuttling people to Lokrum Island, and the new port is 5 minutes down the road.
I saw lots of beautiful cats during my time here!
Dubrovnik is surrounded by fortified walls built between the 12th and 17th centuries. They are the main tourist attraction of the city, as you can walk the entire 2km loop above the city, with spectacular views the entire way!
If this looks familiar, it’s because Dubrovnik is the filming location for King’s Landing on Game of Thrones!! For example, in this scene they added 2 towers to the fort, but it’s clearly the same building that I took pictures of.
This is one of my favorite shots, so I had to full-size it.
If it’s not apparent yet, Dubrovnik is entirely made of stone. Any trees or plants you see are grown in an above-ground garden plot.
Another shot I love. Check out those outdoor cafes with people jumping from the rocks!
I haven’t been to any other walled city where you can walk the entire thing without gaps. It took a while but it was so fun!
Look at those views! It was just breathtaking being up there. This was the highest point of the walls, and looking down at the red-roofed grey-stone city was such a great experience. You can even see Lokrum Island, as mentioned earlier.
For dinner, some delicious angler fish with a side of chard and potatoes, quite scrumptious. I was always happy to see this as a side dish during my time in Croatia.
That’s all for Dubrovnik! I really enjoyed staying there and I would love to go back and spend more time in the area. Someday!