Postcards from Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is the sea-facing city located in the southern part of Croatia. Famed for its picturesque rooftops and contribution for hosting scenes for Game of Thrones, this little city has lots to offer. Yes, you will find an influx of visitors from those taking a shortstop on their cruise trip in the main city, simply time your stay carefully to avoid the crowds and have a hassle-free experience. Not is it only convenient for exploring neighbouring islands Lokrum and more thanks to the port and regular sailings available but other parts of Croatia such as Split, which can be reached by bus. You can also head to Montenegro should you decide to base a stay in the city as it's a 3.5-hour drive away 2-3 hour journey if you go by bus.
A walk around The Walls of Dubrovnik in the Old Town is an absolute must. The defensive stone walls are unapologetically bold and brave. There are several gates that you can enter to start your route. People have asked if you could attend with a pushchair and though possible, we wouldn't advise it. Bring a baby carrier and avoid bashing your buggy, as you countlessly go up and down and walk along narrow strips and on the cobbled floor. Instead, go calmly and focus on the most unstoppable views of the Adriatic sea. Make sure your camera and phone are fully charged as this is where the magic happens. Fort Lovrijenac or St. Lawrence Fortress, can all be seen from the walls and stands at 121 ft. The Prevlaka Fortress, Walls of Ston and Imperial Fortress surround the walls - military architecture with an exemplary presence even today and a reminder of its previous purpose to protect the city.
The view from shopping street Stradun is encapsulating, with people scaling up and down the street with the Onofrio Fountain and sun-drenched terracotta rooftops framing all. Cool off at Rector's Palace in the centre and muse at the Gothic-Renaissance structure in full glory. Alternatively, this also makes a great spot for 'people watching' so do perch yourself on the choir-style decorative stone benches and bask in the ambience. If you're looking for something a little outside of the norm for lunch or dinner, Azur restaurant is an Asian-fusion establishment that serves up delicious dishes that represent Chef Vedran's "fun dining" concept. Try the vegetarian meatballs with rice or the breaded chicken sliders, they don't disappoint!
For pretty sun-downers, we recommend heading to a private cove on the tip of the Babin Kuk peninsula and letting your hair down at Coral Beach Club. We timed it for an aperitif and relaxed along the coast just before an impressive sunset. The atmosphere is chilled, the service is fast and the location is beyond easy on the eye. A seat here is a reminder as to why you probably picked Dubrovnik as your holiday destination. Another option is neighbouring Copacabana, equally as hip but with a different view. We dined on a 'burratina caprese' with tomato, strawberries, basil and almond, along with 'mare monti' pasta dish that included shrimp and shavings of Istrian truffles.
Should you find yourself wanting to leave the city, do go and visit the picturesque and small town Cavtat, south-east of Dubrovnik. It's a great option for a day trip and the journey itself is an experience. The harbour upon arrival at the UNESCO-listed town enthuses jaw-dropping pretty promenade set among hillside views and shops dotted along the Adriatic coast. Do head to the Our Lady of The Snow monastery, St Nicholas's Church and Bukovac's house. Or simply take a leisurely stroll around the coast and take a dip as and when you fancy.