My partner and some friends went to Dubrovnik, Croatia in May 2017 for a relaxing break. A short two-and-a-half-hour flight from London, we stayed at an Airbnb in the Old Town; at Dračasta Ulica 8, which was a short walk (15 minutes) to the town centre.
My boyfriend and I are Game of Thrones fans, so we were really looking forward to seeing some of the sites where it’s filmed. Not only that, Dubrovnik, Croatia is full of history. A World Heritage Site, the old town is perfectly preserved, and full of beautiful Renaissance, Gothic, and Baroque palaces, churches, and monasteries.
TIP: Currency is the Croatian Kuna. £1 = 8.83 KN / £10 = 88.26 KN / £50 = 441.28 KN
About 15 minutes’ ride by Ferry from the port in Dubrovnik, it’s a little island where rabbits and peacocks roam free. One of the most popular spots is the small, shallow Salt Lake located near the centre of the island. We sunbathed here for a while whilst listening to the peacocks calling one another. The lake was crystal clear yet cold initially with warm spots here and there, definitely a fun experience.
We walked around the island for a couple of hours, taking in the fresh sea air and ate at one of the few restaurants there.
TIP: I suggest half the day to appreciate and see the full island.
Places to Eat and Drink in Dubrovnik, Croatia
A delicious Bosnian restaurant in the Old Town; we were recommended to book, but we just turned up and managed to get a table (perhaps it was due to the time of the year). Lots of grilled meats and sausages were on offer, but options for Vegetarians too!
Dubrovnik’s first real wine bar, offering more than 100 domestic varieties from the Dalmatian, Istrian and Slavonian labels. I’m a massive lover of red wine, and after explaining which reds I usually go for, the helpful staff suggested the Croatian, Matusko Dingac.
Also known as the ‘Hole-in-the-wall’, the bar is located just outside the wall by the sea. You can jump into the water from the bar, but we went at night, so probably would have been a bad idea. However, the evening was lovely, nice and calm with the sound of the waves crashing against the rocks and we could hear the high-pitched squeaks of the bats nearby.
My friend Kris and I decided to head off on our own one day and explore some hidden gems of the island. We firstly ate at the Marco Polo bar and restaurant which was buried away down a little alley. I had the Thurie – a grilled aubergine, stuffed with cream cheese and avocado. The food was very artisan and presented in a Michelin Star fashion (although the portions were a little small for my liking) it certainly filled a hole!
TIP: We found the Old Town prices were very similar to London prices. A salad here came to 85 KN roughly £10.50
Kris and I wanted to have a spa day and found the better deal to be in The Hilton Hotel in the old town. We both got a hot stone massage (which came to just under £50 each) and relaxed near the pool, and it was pretty much just us two there, so we had the whole place to ourselves.
We climbed up Srd Hill (wear decent footwear, it’s a long way up!) to get to ride down on the cable car. It was a rather warm day with light winds, so decided this would be the best day to do it. Getting to the top was tiring but incredibly worth it, once we finally reached the top, we stopped by the panoramic bar for a coffee to soak in the views.
The ride down the cable car was less than 5 minutes, and although a lot of people mentioned it was overpriced, I didn’t fancy the journey down by foot, so in my eyes, it was worth it. Especially after enjoying the wonderful views over Dubrovnik.
After researching beaches, we decided on Banje Beach (supposedly Dubrovnik’s most stunning beach) located right in front of Dubrovnik Old Town. We went before mid-day and rented our four sunbeds all day and alternated between having a dip/read/cocktail (their strawberry daiquiris were amazing!) / sleep (my kind of holiday!).
One of the filming sites of The Game of Thrones and one of Dubrovnik’s main attractions, the medieval city walls are almost 2.000 m long! My friend and I walked along this for a couple of hours; it was photographic gold! The terracotta roofs and Adriatic’s blue waters encircled by huge stone walls, a sight that should not be missed.
We never ventured outside of the old town, so we were stuck in a bit of a tourist trap. I would recommend getting a bus out a little further, which I believe it is a lot cheaper for food and drinks. We only did the one island, so it would have been nice to island hop a little more.
Dubrovnik is probably one of the most stunning places I have been to; the floors were immaculate, people were friendly, hot and sunny weather, loads to do and see. I would undoubtedly recommend Dubrovnik and one day soon, I would like to go back to Croatia and explore the country further.
Michelle Hird, originally from Liverpool, now living in East London and working in the City as a Designer. Recently published Author of a children’s storybook; Binx the Jinx, released in August 2017 and working on her second book. Art Director for Vitality magazine, exploring health/nutrition, and fitness, which are her passions.
“Saychelles is my form of escapism, my sanctuary, my own little island where I can share my creative collections, foodie finds, and travel tips. To document, teach, learn, find, and experience parts of life that are important to me.” – Michelle Hird
*All thoughts and opinions remain the authors own and do not necessarily reflect the sentiments of Kiki Blah-Blah.
If you would like to feature as a guest blogger, get in touch.
This article has been written by a guest, all thoughts and opinions remain the authors own and do not necessarily reflect the sentiments of Kiki Blah-Blah.
If you would like to feature as a guest blogger, we do ask for certain criteria to be met. Take a look