The last time we visited the town of Dubrovnik in Croatia, was from a cruise ship back in May of 2012.
After our visit, it just made us want to return to see more of Croatia. We finally went back and stayed three nights. We toured many cities in Croatia, but Dubrovnik was the most expensive. Expensive is relative, as it’s still cheaper than Italy. Croatia should be on everyone’s bucket list.
Walk the Ancient City Wall
On our second visit, we walked on the Ancient City Wall. It was much nicer this time, as there were no cruise ships in port, making it better to take pictures. We were able to take our time to really appreciate the wall and not be overflowing with people.
The wall opens at 8:00 am sharp, so start early to beat the crowd and the heat. The walls are narrow in spots, with steep steps to climb. If you start at the Polce gate entrance, you get the steep climb over with in the beginning.
Wear good shoes, as the stones can be slippery when wet, and there are plenty of steps to climb. It’s about a 1.2 mile stroll with no shade. If you get tired and want to get off the wall, there are exits along the way, but once you leave the wall you can not get back on. There are a few places selling cold refreshments along the walk.
Getting there early will allow for great pictures. Depending on how fast you walk and how many pictures you take, it could take about 2 hours to complete. There are plenty of places to stop and take photos of the beautiful panoramic views of the Old Town and the Adriatic Sea.
The city was shelled during the war in the 1990’s. You realize this when you see the newer roofs. But some buildings were never rebuilt.
The entry ticket to the wall also allows you to visit Fort Lovrijenac. Most people skip visiting the fort, but you might as well see it as you paid for it as part of your ticket. The view from the fortress is absolutely beautiful and it only takes a couple of minutes to reach from the entrance of the Old town.
Visit the Buza Bar
No visit to Dubrovnik would be complete without a visit to the Buza Bar. The hard part is finding them. There are two Buza Bars located along the wall. When we were walking the wall, we saw them and made it our mission to find it after we got off the wall.
Finding the Buza Bar
It was not easy to find, as some of the narrow streets were closed or it went to a dead end. But we finally found it. There are no signs, just look for this gate.
When you go thru the narrow gate of the Buza Bar, you become nestled in the rocks of the cliff and have a great view out to the sea. You can sun bath on the rocks, or just chill with a cocktail. If you are lucky enough to grab one of the limited tables, the service is fast. Enjoy the expensive drinks, it’s worth it to take pleasure in the beautiful vista. Don’t go looking for a bathroom as it is non-existent.
When you get off the number 6 bus, or if you take a taxi, you will see the Pile Gate, the entrance into the Old Town. Walk across the draw-bridge and look up to see the Dubrovnik Patron Saint Blaise look down from his protective stance on the wall. Just inside the gate is where a few of the Game of Thrones scenes were filmed.
Walking the cobbled stone streets you enter the Stradun (main street). The farther away from this street you are, the less you will see of people. Most of the buildings are newly renovated or constructed after the devastation of the war in the early 1990s. It is great to wander through the streets, as there are plenty of gift shops and restaurants. Most cafes require cash, so ask first before you order. The town is spotlessly clean and full of history.
Church of Saint Blaise
St. Blasius became the patron saint of Dubrovnik in the 10th century, and his likeness adorns the nation’s flag, on all official seals and coins minted in Dubrovnik.
The Rector’s Palace offers a lot of history for Dubrovnik, but unfortunately it was under renovation when we visited.
We did get to look inside from the door. But there was nothing much to see.
Dubrovnik Cable Car
The cable car will whisk you to the top of the mountain, or you can walk, as there is a trail to reach the top. We wanted to go closer to sunset to get some pictures of Dubrovnik at night and the sunset, so to kill some time, we ended up walking. It took about an hour and a half to reach the top. You need hiking shoes, or good tennis shoes, as the trail is very rocky and rough but the views were worth the effort.
We enjoyed some of the best sunsets during our trip when visiting Dubrovnik.
We took the cable car back down the mountain and made our way to the bus stop to take the number 6 bus back to our hotel. Walking outside the wall at night give an impressive view.
We felt completely safe walking the streets even though no one was around.
There are several boat tours offered at the marina, but the ones we checked into required cash.
Cave Bar More
No trip to Dubrovnik would be complete without visiting the Cave Bar More. It was a twenty minute walk from our hotel along a lovely promenade. To get down to the bar, there are alot of steps. The actual Cave Bar did not open until 10:00 p.m. but I was able to go in and take pictures.
We ended up outside on the terrace to savor the incredible views.
We found a more secluded spot on the deck, had drinks and took pleasure in our delightful setting along the water edge.