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