Dubrovnik, the most amazing walled city on the Adriatic coast. Stay for a day or a week, but don’t miss a thing!
Established in the 7th century as a leader in maritime trade, nowadays when you mention Dubrovnik, people conjure up images from the popular television series “Game of Thrones,” which is one of the best Dubrovnik tours. And I couldn’t wait to take it.
While there I tried to match us some of the settings in the movie as well, but there is a lot more to this stone-walled city than the engaging Kings Landing movie set. UNESCO inscribed it on the list of World Heritage Sites in 1979 due to its preservation as a medieval city.
The Pearl of the Adriatic
Situated on the stunning Dalmatian coast, where azure blue water laps up onto a golden shore, you are already smitten before you even see the first view of this impressive city. Looking down into the port and seeing the humongous walls starts to give you an idea of how much the city really has to offer.
Dubrovnik is a popular cruise ship stop, and we wanted to avoid the major crowds. We arrived in late afternoon when the sun was just starting to set. It cast a coppery tone to the white stones, which just added to the enchanting atmosphere.
Our hotel was located at the very top of the city, and we had to wend our way down, down, down to the city proper. The views were spectacular, and we shared the walkways with all sorts of people, like the traditional band, or the lottery vendors. Everyone was headed downtown.
We invaded the narrow alleyways, and way too many stairwells, that envelop the city. Late afternoon coffee drinkers hung out at the cafes and restaurants chatting about their day. Cats did their rounds starting to look for scraps that fall to the ground.
Heading down into the center of the town, the business day was winding down and I had to side-step children learning to ride two-wheelers, moms pushing strollers or chasing after their toddlers, dads leaning up against the walls with a cigarettes dangling. Unlike my hometown where there are individual houses and yards, the downtown area was the place for communing, catching up on the day’s gossip; the place to be.
We played tourist and photographer, soaking up the last rays of sun and enjoying the evening vibe, then we started looking for a restaurant. Fish is the way to go, and many people tried to pull us into their restaurants with trays of fresh fish all too tempting to walk past.
It seemed that every alley was full with restaurants, cafes, and bars, and they were all filling up. Not all the tourists had left at sunset.
After our delicious fish dinner, we had to walk back out of the center of town and up the hill. The night views of Dubrovnik are just as breath-taking as in daylight, and it seems like there are people walking around very late at night.
We spent a few more days in this gleaming white city, but the first night definitely was the most magical. I would recommend waiting until evening to explore Dubrovnik for the very first time.
Have you been to the Pearl of the Adriatic? What were your impressions of Dubrovnik?
Author Bio: Corinne Vail is a travel photographer, food lover, and a perpetual traveler who has been travel writing for over 14 years. For many years she lived overseas in Germany, Japan, Turkey, South Korea, and the Netherlands teaching the children of the US. military. She’s visited over 90 countries, and she’s not stopping anytime soon.