|Though it doesn’t appear so in this
photo, it was wall to wall people
Sure, there were tons of tourists, but that’s because it’s a beautiful city. I’m talking about Dubrovnik, and like Venice, it is well worth checking out despite the crowds. My wife and I spent two days there in early July and the season was in full swing. The main street (it’s all pedestrian in the old town) was practically shoulder to shoulder. At meal time, every restaurant was full, though this didn’t stop them from using barkers/cajolers to verbally drag you into their establishments. From the sound of it, there were visitors from pretty much all over the world. I was surprised, however, to hear so much Spanish. Wasn’t Spain supposed to be reeling from a financial implosion?
|Small boat harbor|
The place we stayed, Nikolina Rooms, was an eight-minute bus ride from the old city but within close walking distance to the bus and ferry terminal, a big plus when arriving and leaving the city with a backpack. And because it was tucked back on a side street, it was very quite. Getting to and from the old town was never a problem as there were plenty of buses ferrying people back and forth. In fact, we bought a city tour ticket (there are several options to choose from) which included 10 bus trips, entry to the wall walk, and several museums. Though we’re not big museum goers and thus found the visits only mildly interesting, you still come out ahead even if you just walk the wall and ride the bus a few times.
|Sweep shot: main gate on
right, small harbor to left
The walk atop the wall surrounding the old city was definitely the high point of our visit. The price, if you choose not to purchase the package visit, is 90 kuna, or about 18 US dollars and it takes roughly an hour and a half to circumnavigate. At each turn one is met with an extraordinary view. At one portion along the sea, we listened to an amusing running commentary by a Frenchman as a number of us watched two teens repeatedly trying to scramble out of the sea onto the rocks. I recommend going in the early morning or late afternoon when the sun is low so you’re sure to come away with some great photos. In fact, if we’d had more time, I would have done a morning walk as well.
Another nice place to go while in Dubrovnik is to the beach in Lapad which is on the peninsula west of town. This is where the vacationers go as opposed to the sightseers who tend to hang around the old city. Lastly, regarding food, we had a great meal at Nishta, the sole vegetarian restaurant in town. We had hoped to eat dinner there but it was closed Sunday. For lunch the next day I had an orange, ginger, and carrot soup followed by pasta with a mushroom and vegan cream sauce. Both dishes were delicious and a welcome break from pizza.