Magical Dubrovnik. We ended our roadtrip here and I cannot explain to you how amazing it was to save the best for last. I was a bit apprehensive about Dubrovnik, because although I had no doubt that it would be beautiful I was scared that the amount of tourists would ruin it. Yes, Dubrovnik was full of people but it still managed to charm me!
We arrived in Dubrovnik around midday and checked straight into Hotel Adria. It was the hottest day of the trip, and luckily we had decided to spend the last two nights in a proper hotel with an infinity pool. Never a problem to add a dash of luxury ‘ey! We spent the rest of the day swimming and lounging around, as the pool overlooked the port which was lovely.
In the evening we headed down to the Old Town on the bus, it only cost us a few kuna and although we had a mare working out which stop to go from, it didn’t take long at all! If you’re looking to catch the bus, ask the reception or your host what the closest line is and check out the timetables here.
We arrived in the Old Town just as the sun was beginning to set, and I couldn’t believe how magical everything looked. The walls of the Old Town almost soaked up the sun, and the purple/pink sunset just added to the atmosphere. We wandered around the streets to find a cosy restaurant and decided to splurge (for the first time) on a nice Mexican dinner at Mex Cantina Bona Fide. It was the first massive meal we’d eaten and definitely felt GOOD.
After our delicious meal, we went back to the hotel and completely konked out! The following morning we woke up bright and early with a hope to spend our day mooching around the old town, visiting all the sites. However, when we woke up, it was already 34 degrees outside! We made a very stupid mistake and instead of paying a few kuna to get the bus down, we decided to walk. Baring in mind we weren’t staying in the Old Town, a 30 min walk in the blistering heat did not set us up for some thrilling sightseeing!
I was adamant that I wanted to walk the city walls. There were a few different routes you could take, so we did the medium length one – making the most of it, but not killing ourselves! I felt like I was living in Game of Thrones at this point and spotted so many different areas where scenes had been filmed. It was nice to see Locrum Island from the walls, one day I’d like to go over there (apparently it’s stunning, a friend of mine is actually getting married there this week!).
It was a shame it was just a little too hot to enjoy, but I liked taking in the city walls and imagining what it would have been like to live there all those years ago. We drank and splashed our faces with the fresh spring water from the famous Onofrio’s fountains, right near the gates of the Old Town.
We headed back to the hotel pool for the rest of the day before taking the bus down to the Old Town again in the evening. Dubrovnik’s charm definitely comes out the most as the sun is setting, and although very cringe to say, it was such a romantic end to the trip! We worked our way around all the side streets, where there were lovely steps and other quirky bars/restaurants. We loved our yummy waffle sugar hit, we’d been looking for waffles all over and were so excited to find them!
We had a quick dinner followed by a few hours sat outdoors in the street drinking (the biggest bottle of) wine and watching the world go by. It honestly was the perfect end, to the perfect roadtrip!