Day 1 | Walking the Walls & The Adriatic Sea
After having arrived in a sleepy state the previous day, we were excited to spend our first full day in the Old Town. We woke up to the sounds from the courtyard near our hotel – the hum of the morning markets and restaurants opening up for the day – and of course the sunshine pouring through our window. The Old Town is a network of narrow streets centred on an expanse of courtyard dotted with shops and restaurants for tourists. This lends itself to a lack of hotels, but instead many quaint apartments tucked away behind winding streets. We stayed in Studio Cikato, a really nice little self-contained studio with authentic brick walls (a great photo opportunity if we ever saw one!) which was right in the centre of Old Town, ideally located to walk to everything we wanted to see!
Our first day started off with a wander around the side streets taking way too many pictures (seriously, Dubrovnik is a photographer’s paradise) and a big breakfast in one of the cafes in the courtyard. We then put our hiking shoes and ventured to the walls. Dubrovnik is contained within city walls which provide great views of the town and the sea as well as definitely making you feel like you’re in a Game of Thrones scene at every turn. After a quick pit stop back at the hotel we ventured down to one of the many beaches nearby for a swim. The Adriatic Sea is famous for being crystal clear and clean and it did not disappoint, although watch out for the strong current in some places if you’re not a confident swimmer.
Day 2 | Cable Cars & Bosnian Food
Day 2 started off with an attempt to make breakfast in our tiny studio kitchen. After battling with an unripe avocado for about half an hour (it was a distressing time for everyone involved) we decided to write the whole thing off and go outside for some freshly made omelettes and coffee in one of the cafes in the courtyard. Prices are quite reasonable for food in Dubrovnik so you can definitely keep your budget in check when eating out.
If you’re after a way to get some great views of the city then we’d definitely recommend taking a trip on the cable cars which are only a short walk outside of Old Town. In our experience the cable car journey itself was very quick, but the 5 minute ascent lent itself well to some breath-taking views of the city! There are also a couple of bars and restaurants at the top of the mountain if you fancy a bite to eat – we of course took the opportunity to take an unnecessary amount of pictures before making our way back down.
The evening called for a good meal and so we made our way to ‘Taj Mahal’ on a Lonely Planet Guide recommendation – a restaurant serving authentic Bosnian cuisine. Now this place was BUSY – with people crammed into corners of the tiny side street waiting to be seated. After waiting for nearly an hour we were really hoping for an extraordinary meal – and we weren’t disappointed in the slightest. The food was simple, fresh and tasted amazing – we definitely recommend the Taj Mahal special! Be sure to check out our video below to see what we got up to on the trip!
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