Walking through the castle gates of old town Dubrovnik feels a bit like entering a movie set. The heart of this buzzing city can be found entirely within the tall, stone walls that surround the red-roofed buildings. The streets are free from moving vehicles of any kind and getting lost in the small alleyways is a guarantee for all tourists. But as I always say, that's half the fun! Immersing yourself in Dubrovnik should include the following things:
Walk around the castle walls. Tickets for the wall can be purchased near the front gates and the main entry point is nearby. Carleigh and I were sure to walk the wall early in the morning (late afternoon works well too) as it can get pretty hot and there is little reprieve from the sun, or rain, once you begin your walk. Prepare your camera for lots of stunning photos, your body for a bit of height-induced vertigo, and your hair for a lot of wind off the sea.
Watch cliff-divers. Moving away from the main street, head to the far corner of the interior wall for cold drinks and a beautiful view at Buza Bar. This cliff-side hot spot is known for beautiful sunsets, great drinks, and cliff jumpers. Carleigh and I met some friends for sunset drinks and enjoyed the fading evening light.
Drink some Croatian wines. For our last evening, Carleigh and I went to D'vino for a wine tasting of local Croatian white wines. Our tour included three different regions and three different grapes, one glass was from a winery that creates only 5,000 bottles each year. And of course, being the cheese fanatics that we are, our wine was accompanied by a full plate of varied cheeses and breads.
Dance in an old fortress. If you're not feeling tired after a day exploring, head to Revelin, an old fortress that now serves as a club. There is something both awe inspiring and confusing about dancing in a building over 500 years old. The interior shows the stone structure of the old fortress and provides a unique atmosphere for a night out.
After spending a few days in Dubrovnik, it's clear to me why this place is often used as the movie set. I'm not a big Game of Thrones fan, but thanks to 'King's Landing' I think I might start watching again just to get a glimpse of this pretty place.