Our trip to Dubrovnik, Croatia

waterfalls at Plitvicka Jezera National Park

Croatia was interesting.

I have to be honest from the beginning that Dubrovnik didn’t meet all our expectations. We imagined a “hidden gem” still untouched and beautiful. While it is still very pretty and the sea is warm, it is very touristy. We visited the old town in Dubrovnik on our first night and felt like we were in Montecasino. Even though it is a genuine medieval city most of the original city had to be rebuilt after it was besieged and damaged by Serb-Montenegrin forces in 1991 after the break up of Yugoslavia (pretty hectic stuff to have happened so recently). The old town feels too new and streets are mainly lined with restaurants and souvenir shops.

So we tried to avoid the old town and hired a scooter so we could explore the coastline. The sea and the beaches are amazing (pebbly but amazing). The colour of the sea is unbelievable and it is crystal clear. We found some really great beaches and also rode out to a small town outside Dubrovnik to go find a few of the spots where they filmed Game of Thrones. It was probably a really dorky thing to do but we enjoyed it.

You’ll also be happy to know the exchange rate is actually in our favour (about R2 to 1 Kuna), so it’s quite an affordable holiday if you can’t get to Italy and really has some rad spots. Here is a brief overview in pictures.

The Arboretum in Trsteno aka The Kings landing gardens

 and here a few screen grabs of the scenes shot here.
On our last night we walked around the walls of Old town at sunset with ice creams which was hot and lovely. There are some amazing views from up there, so I would recommend doing that.
In conclusion I wouldn’t write it off. It is a very unique place, but I would recommend staying away from the tourist trap areas.
I think you could do Dubrovnik easily in two days and then move on to other areas in Croatia. If you’re planning a trip put The Plitvice Lakes national park on the list. How incredible does it look? I would go back to Croatia for that.

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    August 13, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Thanks for this – we’re staying in Dubrovnik for two days before our sailing trip starts (mid September) and i’ve been looking for places in the old town but i guess that’s not actually a good plan? Can you recommend the spot you stayed in?

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    August 14, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Hi there! Just wanted to say thanks for this cool (and insightful) post – my boyfriend and I are very seriously thinking about traveling to Croatia before the end of this year, so this was a great read for us!

    I also just love your blog in general and I think I’ve probably pinned about half the pics from this post now! (you’re welcome to view them here –

    Keep up the great blogging!

    All the best,
    Aimee x

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    August 16, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Hey Emma
    Dubrovnik has always been on my todo list so I’m sorry it has become touristy 🙁 I’m definitely going to note your points for next time and make a point of going to the Plitvice lakes- that looks incredible! I hear Zagreb is nice too. xx H

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