In celebration of finishing grad school, our two year wedding anniversary, and the 2018 summer season, Clay and I planned a 2 week trip to Croatia at the beginning of September! Croatia has been on my travel bucket list since the end of college, so I was beyond excited that this dream of mine to visit the country was actually coming true! And that I was able to experience it with my best friend & adventure buddy. ;)
For our first week in Croatia, we stayed in the medieval city of Dubrovnik (aka the Pearl of the Adriatic), where we became very well acquainted with its Old Town and City Walls. Dubrovnik became our home base as we ventured out on different day trips to some nearby islands, including Lokrum, Lopud, Sipan, and Mljet. (I'll share more about each island in their own separate blogpost.) Clay and I would usually try to return to Old Town at the end of each day trip for a sit-down dinner since there was so much ambience and character to be found in its many streets and alleyways.
On our first afternoon in Dubrovnik, we entered Old Town through Pile Gate and spent about 1.5 hours walking around the City Walls. This is definitely the #1 must-do for the city since it offers magnificent views of Old Town and the surrounding Adriatic Sea. It also allows visitors stunning views of Minceta Fortress, Fort Lovrijenac, and St. John's Fortress. (Most of the photos above were actually taken from our walk around the City Walls.) Inside Old Town, we walked up and down Stradun (the main street) countless times, visited the Pharmacy Museum, Rector's Palace, and spent some time at the Old Harbor and Porporela Lighthouse. We also had fun spotting locations where specific Game of Throne scenes were filmed, including Cersei's walk of shame. For outside of Old Town, we got to ride the Dubrovnik Cable Car up to a scenic point to see a panoramic top-down view of Old Town and the City Walls. We also visited Banje Beach and Sveti Jakov Beach (both of which were very pebbly).
Honestly, I think 2 full days in Dubrovnik would have been more than enough, but I'm glad we were able to spend so much time getting to know the city and soaking in all its sights and sounds. On our last morning, I definitely found myself feeling very attached to the city and very bittersweet when it was time for us to leave for our next destination. Hopefully, one day Clay and I will be able to return and take another walk down Stradun or share another meal inside the City Walls.
Just capturing as I go.