We finally arrived in Dubrovnik, after a 5-hour bus ride from Split! The ride went through Bosnia and Herzegovina, as they once wanted a small piece of the Adriatic sea coastline too, and therefore split Croatia into two separate parts. There is no other way to get from Split to Dubrovnik by bus or car than travelling through neighbour country. Bosnia & Herzegovina does not belong to the European Union and therefore you have to show a passport at the border (ID card is not enough).
Our villa was 7 km outside Dubrovnik, just by the sea. In the first evening, we just went swimming in the sea near to the villa. The next morning we headed to discover beautiful Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik’s Old Town belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Every year, a large number of tourists visit Dubrovnik and therefore it is not recommended to travel there during the high season, May-August. We were there from the end of September until early October, but it was still crowded during the day. The weather was very warm at daytime. The evenings, however, were already under 20 C so we had to wear some warmer clothes.
The Old Town is surrounded by a thick city wall, which is almost 2 km long! The city walls of Dubrovnik have never been broken through. A ticket to the wall costs around € 21 per adult and you can go round the Old Town. The money was totally worth this amazing experience! Two kilometres of beautiful views of the Old Town and over the Adriatic Sea. On the wall, you can find few cafes and ice cream kiosks, where we also stopped, sat down and just enjoyed the views. Walking on the city wall is definitely a MUST-DO in Dubrovnik. We loved it so much!
Dubrovnik was once the capital of the wealthy sea-faring Republic of Ragusa (1358-1808). One of the oldest pharmacies in the world is located right in Dubrovnik. In addition, there is one of the oldest sewage systems that was created in 1296. Surprisingly, the system is still in use.
Thanks to the rapidly growing tourism industry in Dubrovnik in the last 10 years, most local people have moved out from the old city. However, a handful of people have been faithful to their place of residence and, as seen from the picture, they don’t mind living their normal life in this hectic old town. One of the many views seen from the city wall.
We also went through the most famous Game of Thrones filming locations in and around Dubrovnik.
Trsteno Arboretum, located in Trsteno, Croatia, is the oldest arboretum in this part of the world. It is built in the late 15th century. This is also one of the filming locations from Game of Thrones (“Tyrell Garden”).
Ston is a small town near Dubrovnik, which main attraction, of course, is the town wall that is over 7km long and is called “the European Wall of China.” The construction of it began in 1358.
The next blog post will be about our last destination – Montenegro. See you!