After arriving late in the evening at Dubrovnik airport on Sunday 22nd July, Boon, Loren and I were very eager to explore the wonderful city in Croatia but most importantly at that point, get to our lovely air-conned apartment which was a 40 minute coach transfer.
Much like our trip to Lisbon, we booked our accommodation through Airbnb and we we’re greeted by our lovely host upon our arrival. The apartment was small but had a huge balcony to make up for it, which had the most amazing view looking out over the port.
For our first full day we had no real plans but knew we wanted to head into the centre of Dubrovnik. Our apartment was situated in Grüz, the perfect location just a 5 minute bus ride from the centre which also made the trip so much cheaper as we weren’t in the heart of the city. From here we could get any of the number 1 buses or number 3 which ran regularly and we brought our tickets from the tourist information shop nearby which was incredibly convenient. For a 24 hour bus ticket it cost 30 kuna and a single just 12 which is about £1.50 so we we’re more than happy to use this mode of transport but if you we’re to walk it, it would probably take just over half an hour.
Seeing the city’s gates for the first time was pretty spectacular. The streets were packed with several tourists and you could tell it was peak season but yet it seemed well maintained, clean and safe. Before entering through the gates we saw some steps leading down right outside the bus stop. It lead us to the west harbour with the most amazing view of the walls and with stairs leading to Fort Lovrijenac, a fortress and theatre. We didn’t enter as you have to pay but it’s worth climbing the stairs because the views are stunning.
Walking through a city with so much history for the first time was incredible. I particularly loved all the side streets with steep stone steps. After a bit of mooching we decided to head for the cable cart which is a only a short walk from the city gates. We decided to purchase the one way ticket so we could walk down which was 85 kuna. Other pricing can be found here: http://www.dubrovnikcablecar.com/timetable-and-prices/
The view from the top was absolutely breathtaking, it is honestly so worth it and we even saw some goats which was fabulous. My advice for those walking either up or down is to come prepared with trainers because the terrain is rocky and it took us about an hour so you want to be comfortable. I was wearing my heeled sandals which wasn’t ideal but that’s the price of spontaneity!
Once safely back down and exhausted from all the walking we headed back to our Airbnb for a lovely home made stir fry to enjoy the sunset on our balcony and look forward to our next day in which we were going to visit the island of Lokrum.