A Weekend in Dubrovnik Croatia
So it’s true! I had the opportunity to visit Dubrovnik before it was cool. When I went there, it seemed like most people had never heard of the city. Now, thanks to the silver screen, it’s practically a household name. The city has long been a top destination for European travelers, but it wasn’t until it began being used as the setting for several popular movies and television shows, that it really became a tourist hotspot. Years before it was scouted to be the filming location for King’s Landing, I and my parents spent a weekend exploring the streets of Old Town, taking in the views from the City Walls, and making some hysterical memories.
Affectionately known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” Dubrovnik is a seaport city with roots dating as far back as the 7th century. Some of the distinguishing features are the red-tile roofs of the Old Town and the ancient City Walls that encircle them. Because we traveled there before the height of its tourism heyday, my parents and I were able to enjoy an evening and a full day within the city walls, without having to worry about crowds or timed entry tickets. We were also there during the month of October, which is the “shoulder season” and still one of the best times to avoid the summer throngs.
Old Town features two main gates and an iconic astronomical clock in the main square. The cobblestoned streets offer quaint tracks and charming byways that are just begging to be explored. There are plenty of interesting shops to peruse and we had a difficult time deciding where we would have dinner the first evening because there were so many choices. We eventually followed our noses and were not disappointed by the very fine three-course meal we enjoyed at The Renaissance, which was tucked away on a side street, away from the main thoroughfare.
The City Walls are a must-see if you ever find yourself visiting Dubrovnik. It takes at least two hours to make your way completely around and I’m sure we spent even longer. The views of the city and the sea from up above are breathtaking and you’ll want to take tons of photos. There are also a few places to stop for a snack or to use the restroom as you make your way around the walls, so I would suggest taking your time and enjoying the experience.
Included in the price of our admission for the City Walls, was admission to the nearby fort, Lovrijenac. I’m not sure why, but it seems that few people take the time to visit the fort, which is a shame because it offers a fantastic bird’s-eye-view of the Old Town. There isn’t a lot of information displayed on the history of the fort, but it’s still worth a visit for the views alone, bonus if you’re looking to avoid crowds for a bit.
After a full day of exploring we headed back to our hotel to relax for the evening.