City Guide Dubrovnik, Croatia

Visiting Dubrovnik

Strongly regarded by many as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, Dubrovnik is one of the Eastern Europe’s hidden gems and strongly contends for the title of the most beautiful city in the Mediterranean, and if not is definitely an heir. Since the dust has settled from the war which brought the city into turmoil for a full year over a decade ago, this medieval city is quickly regaining its popularity among travellers.

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Dubrovnik City Reviews

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    Old Town Dubrovnik

    This place is amazing to just walk around and find little gems everywhere. From the 2 burza bars on the outside of the city walls to seeing game of thrones being filmed, I had a lot of fun.

    Insider Tip:Just a quick 15-20 min walk back along the main road towards the airport you will find an abandoned hotel (Hotel Belvedere). A couple of lads and I went to check it out to stray from the typical backpacker adventure of staying in town and going on guided tours. The hotel was great, I could have spent ages looking through that place. Know what time the sun sets, it was pitch black inside by the time we left (good old phone with torch function got me through that one)

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    Beautiful city that reminds you a little of Venice or Saint Tropez. It's definitely more expensive than the average in Croatia. Shopping offers typical Croatia style ugly jewellery and the most horrific candles I've ever seen. Don't come here to shop.

    Insider Tip:Take the 3-island boat trip that is offered everywhere but negotiate the price. There are many tour operators so it's easy to get it cheaper.

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    A Walled Oak Grove

    The name "Dubrovnik" comes from the Old Slavic word for Oak Grove, and there are plenty of shady places in the old town. As I have mentioned in a previous review Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and attracts visitors from Cruise Ships. Consequently the price of eating and drinking in the Old Town is significantly higher than in other Croatian towns and villages.

    Insider Tip:Backpackers staying in hostels can often cook their own meals, and buy picnic food from supermarkets outside the city walls. Both POME and Konzum offer grocery at good prices. The Balkan "pies" called Burek are good and filling.

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    Dubrovnik Beauty

    Loved Dubrovnik, the whole place is gorgeous. Picture perfect. I was never so trigger happy. Walk through the old town, walk to the harbour, walk up on the city walls.

    Insider Tip:Go early (we reached at 8am) to avoid the tourists that will start pouring in at 9/10am. Ask for student price for the city walls admission, it's 70% cheaper than regular price. I would recommend walking through the old town in the late afternoon/ evening/ night, and up on the walls in the morning.

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    When we arrived at Nikolina Rooms, we were greated by the BEAUTIFUL Jele and her husband (BOSS). We were delighted to find the amenities spotlessly clean and tidy. Jele gave us an infomative description of the public transport system and local eateries - which made us feel at ease and confident when navigating the local area. We were only a short 10 minute bus ride to the old town, and only a short walk to beaches and fresh fruit / vegetable markets. It was very clear to me that Jele and her husband take

    Insider Tip:Request to be collected from the airport, especially if not familiar with the local area or language.

Croatia: Itinerary

In the ten years since the war has ended in Croatia, this Eastern European state really has become an entirely new country. In Dubrovnik, the pearl of the Dalmatian Coast, some scars are still evident. These are mainly on the pedestrianised roads in the city’s fortressed old town where mini-potholes remind you when walking around of the troubles which occurred here between 1991 and 1992, and also the new tiles which adorn many of the roofs which were destroyed during the war. But any other evidence is scarce. Instead, when travelling around this nation you are greeted by locals who go out of their way to make you feel welcome, a host of cheap yet flavoursome restaurants but best of all, some of the most amazing scenery you will see anywhere in the world.

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