City Guide: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Regardless of how many times I end up in Dubrovnik, the beauty and the sense of awe never seem to fail. The beauty of the old town, the city’s marble streets, the crystal clear Adriatic sea and the stunning architecture are reasons I go back to Dubrovnik. If you have never been, or you are lucky enough to visit often and need some new ideas of what to visit, here is the Letters to LA LA Land city guide to Dubrovnik:

Do and see in Dubrovnik:

Old Town:
This is a must see in Dubrovnik. It's where everything happens. Surrounded by the city walls is a network of streets filled with restaurants, bars and shops. This is also the place to be if you are Game of Thrones fan.

Ancient City Walls:
The walk is about 2KM and offers a fantastic view of everything. From the sight of the red tiled roofs to absolutely stunning views over the city of Dubrovnik.

This might be the best way to see the city. Dubrovnik’s cable car whisks you from the city walls to Mt SrÄ‘ in under four minutes. The view is stunning, so I make a point of grabbing a coffee and lunch at the snack bar and a restaurant at the top. If you can make it during the day, and than stay to watch the sunset I promise the views are worth it.

City Harbor:
There is something about the harbor that I love. Watching boats come and go, the ocean under the changing sun that feels so romantic and peaceful. Lots of place to eat, drink and take in the atmosphere. This is where you take boat trips (if you are visitng the islands). City Harbor is worth doing and seeing the City from the water.
There options of beaches in (and around) Dubrovnik are vast. All of the beaches in town are pebble beaches, but with breathtaking emerald crystal clear water you can not go wrong with visiting any of them. My preference of beaches are; Lapad, Banje and Copacabana Beaches.
Dubrovnik is on the expensive side of things, but options for stay are endless. I would recommend Hotel Vis, Hotel Dubrovnik Palace and Hotel More. I like each for different reasons but what they do have in common is comfort, amazing service and breathtaking views.

Dining options in Dubrovnik are infinite, and I mean that. From high end restaurants to food carts you can pretty much get it all. Places I visit every time I am in Dubrovik are: Konoba Veranda, Nautika Restaurant, D'vino Wine Bar, Fish Restaurant Proto, Marco Polo and Tutto Bene. I have to shamelessly admit that we visit Tutto Bene and D'vino more often than we should (like daily).
Few (helpful) tips on visiting Dubrovnik:
Book your stay early. The city is big but busy and expensive. If you are booking last minute you might be forced to pay too much or your room will be far from everything resulting in additional taxi/transport cost.

The old town is built small, and offers narrow streets to begin with and when you add enormous crowds of tourists, it becomes overwhelming . It’s not just crowded, it’s super crowded, add summer heat and it’s a recipe for chaos BUT go early in the day or visit at night to have the best experience.

Buy water and snacks at local stores, not at the beach or your hotel lobby in order to save money.

Bring comfortable towels/mats to lay on. Every beach charges for chair rentals and some places charge upwards of 30kuna for the day.
There are TUN of tours available. Do your research and bundle if you can.

 Have you been to Dubrovnik? What are your favorite places to see in Dubrovnik?
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