A lot of folks are not even familiar with where Dubrovnik is but what I can assure you is that once you visit the city, you’ll not only know how to pronounce it correctly but you’ll be destined to never stop thinking about how remarkable the panoramic views are everywhere you turn.
Dubrovnik is situated at the south of the Croatian coast along the Adriatic sea and it was one of the last port of calls as we toured the Mediterranean onboard Royal Caribbean. With the exception of the other major cities we visited like Rome, Venice and Florence, Dubrovnik was the one destination I wasn’t too acquainted with so my expectations was not nearly as high but it turned out the city is one of the highest visited in the country.
When you arrive, instantly the most recognizable feature of the place is the magnificent history you see from the enormous walls that surround the whole city. Walled cities are generally architecturally impressive but Dubrovnik is on its own in this category. There’s a big wall, now what?
If you’re adventurous enough and since you’ve already made it this far to visit the place, the ultimate highlight of your day will be trekking along the wall to marvel at the countless red rooftops, the hidden monastery courtyards and the vibrant blue sea waters along the coastline. You’re also likely to get a glimpse of the damage to some structures that hasn’t been rebuilt from recent wars.
We spent over 2 hours walking the wall because it’s inevitable not stopping to photograph and to rest. There’s many stairs involved, the walk is strenuous but the views are worth it. I suggest going in the morning because there less of the hoard of tourists who disembark from the cruise ships as we did and because it’s not nearly has hot as it will get in the afternoon.
Another chunk of advise for your visit is to not be afraid to get lost in the town. Not just visually put physically because as captivating as the massive main squares may be, it was in the narrow polished limestone streets that we found the most homelike shops, cafes and restaurants where you’re more likely to pay less in comparison to the ones located on the main streets.
After all the touring and all the photographing, our favorite past time in the evening before heading back to our cruise was just sitting at one of those street cafes enjoying a glass a wine and an order of chocolate strawberries with my wife as we enjoyed the atmosphere and realizing the surrealism that we felt in being part of a golden era for that day.
You can view the rest of the photographs from the assignment.