Last Spring (2017) I discovered the town and the surrounding area of Dubrovnik. I have been amazed by its major highlights and also searched for unexplored places. From a restful sea, local specialties to amazing views in valleys between the mountains: Dubrovnik has it! Did you know that the city was hit by an earthquake in 1667? The Pearl of the Adriatic, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was long an independent republic. Until today it is a centre of culture and tourism.
OLD TOWN (GRAD) // You have not been to Dubrovnik if you have not seen the Old Town. If you go to the top with the cable car, you have a beautiful view of the old city. In the main street Stradun (actual name is Placa) you will find many shops, restaurants and a real wine bar! For an affordable place, eat a nice bite at hip and trendy Barba. Be there on time, because around 20.30 and later it is often full! Best time, according to Barba himself, is around the clock of 7 pm. Before eating there, enjoy a good glass of wine or Croatian beer at PocoLoco. Friendly service and great value for money! As a sushi lover, I had to go to Dubrovnik’s Old Town sushi bar Bota. Home-made sushi with fine wine and beer. Same rule; if you want to have a table, book on time! Outside, it is nicely lit with candle light.
MUST-SEE // Do not forget to visit the City Walls (150 kuna = €20) and is almost 2 km long. In the city, you will find historical buildings such as the Sponza Palace in Gothic and Renaissance style. The Rector’s Palace, the same building style, is used today for concerts. You cannot miss him at the church of Saint Blaise: Roland’s Column. A fighter who saved Dubrovnik from the enemy.
MOLUNAT // Unfortunately, it was raining when I drove to Molunat. A small fishing village down-hill. Once you have met the winding roads, you will find yourself in an oasis of calm. Fishing boats all around and before you know…it ends up just like me on a dead-end! The roadmap told me I could follow the road, in practice, it did not turn out like that. At Molunat’s highest peak you have a beautiful view of the Adriatic Sea and the bay.
STON // Just an hour by car from Dubrovnik your will reach the picturesque village of Ston. Well known for its ancient defending walls, also known as the European wall of China. Ston is famous for its oysters and saltpans. It is a lovely small village with nice boutiques and restaurants. A recommendation to have a great food is at Bakus.
Enjoy and Dobrodošli!