I read an article recently that compared the southern portion of Croatia to the Italian and French rivieras. The article argued that the ‘Croatian Riviera’ was preferable to its more well-known counterparts: less crowded with tourists, less expensive, and just as (if not more-so) beautiful. After visiting Dubrovnik this past summer, I wholeheartedly agree.
I went to Dubrovnik with my roommate to celebrate her birthday. In late-June, the weather was perfect. We stayed at an AirBNB that was about a 15 minute walk from the city center, but had a terrace with a beautiful view of the sea. The city itself is small — you can walk around the whole square in about 20 minutes. But it’s beautiful, with stone buildings and little alleyways lined with cafes around each corner. Parts of it are very medieval looking, which explains why many movies & tv shows are filmed there.
By far my favorite part of the trip was our walk around the old city walls. I was stopping every 10 steps to take a photo, of either the beautiful city below, or the Adriatic sea that forcefully crashed into the city. Speaking of waves crashing… we got pummeled by the waves a few times, and once when we went to try & swim at the beach (Dubrovnik has mostly rocky beaches), waves kept throwing us down onto the rocks. It was pretty comical (and painful), but the views made up for it! Oh, and the olive oil….
I seriously adored Dubrovnik. It’s perhaps my favorite place I’ve been in a long time. Can’t wait to go back!