31/05/2012

Croatia: Dubrovnik


Last summer my boyfriend and I spent the best part of three weeks travelling around Croatia, taking in Hvar, Korçula, Dubrovnik, Braç and Split. I thought I'd do a short series of posts on the trip, as it was one of my favourite holidays and it's a beautiful country. You can read the rest of the series by clicking here.


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Arriving in Dubrovnik, we were a little dismayed to learn that our guesthouse sat atop an incredibly steep hill and was about a half an hour walk from the old city, down a seemingly never ending set of steps. Nevertheless the view from the balcony was spectacular and it was quite nice to get away from the hustle and bustle for a while.

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We arrived in the evening and headed straight to the old walled city. Of course, the first thing that strikes you on entering the walls is the incredible beauty of it all. The glittering marble, the beautiful old buildings, the fountains, the statues; it all amounts to a breathtaking total that doesn't quite feel real. The second thing that strikes you is the huge number of tourists. Even though we arrived in the city quite late at night, it was still bustling with holidaymakers.

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After a wander around, we headed to one of the wonderful Buza bars. Both Buza I and Buza II sit on the outside of the city walls, perching on the cliff and overlooking the most beautiful ocean, and they're only accessible by following the sporadically placed signs for "cold drinks" and hopping through a little door in the wall itself. Whilst we only went at night, I think it would be a gorgeous place to enjoy the sun during the day: it really does have the most beautiful view.

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Our days, however, were spent predominantly at East-West club just outside the city walls. A beach bar by day and a club at night, it's a pretty cool venue with four poster beds scattered across the beach. As much as I wanted to spend my day sprawled on one of the beds, they were full of flashy types with champagne, and our budget didn't quite stretch to that level of luxury.

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The absolute highlight of our time in Dubrovnik was walking the city walls at sunset. The walk atop the walls provides beautiful views over the rooftops and the surrounding sea and it is just breathtakingly stunning. I stopped to take pictures with almost every step. I'd really recommend doing the city walls either early in the morning or at sunset. For one, it takes about an hour and is very exposed, so doing it in the hottest part of the day could detract from the experience, and another, it would be incredibly busy, full of tourists from cruise liners who tend to visit the city just for the day.

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Although Dubrovnik is incredibly beautiful, you may have noticed that I'm not as excited about it as I have been about other places in my croatia series. This is purely because it was so incredibly busy and touristy, to the point that the city was almost ruined for us - it felt as if the city had sold its soul to tourism, which is a real shame. The incredible busyness of the old city did lead us to explore other areas of Dubrovnik however, and we spent a couple of days enjoying the beaches that were a little further out.

I really want to visit Dubrovnik again, but not in the height of summer. It is an incredibly beautiful city and for the most part we had a wonderful time, but walking through the old city during the day was nothing but stressful, to the point that we wanted to avoid it completely. I think going in February, or November (one of those most miserable of months!) would be ideal, as it shouldn't be so busy, but the city would still be just as beautiful. I imagine the marble would look spectacular in the rain.

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