LW TRAVEL DIARIES: DUBROVNIK
Posted on 04 November 2016
Croatia is quickly becoming one of the most sought after vacation destinations and we can definitely understand why! Dubrovnik has amazing beaches, scenery, culture, history and food, which combined make it one of our absolute favorite places in the world! Below we touch on just some of the amazing sights and activities available to you in Dubrovnik. If any of our #LIDOGIRLS have been, please leave us your recommendations in the comments, for when we inevitably go back!
WHAT TO DO
- WALK THE CITY WALLS
A must do in Dubrovnik is the walk on top of the ancient walls of Old Town. The walk spans 1 - 2 miles around the city and provides some of the most amazing views of Old Town and the surrounding areas. As beautiful as the sights of the water are, the hike also gives you an opportunity to see some of the more secluded and residential areas of Old Town and gain a glimpse into life in Dubrovnik. Be sure to remember SPF and a big fat water bottle, as the climb can get steep at times. If you go in the warmer months, make sure to take the hike earlier in the morning or in the late afternoon, as it can get very warm in the Croatian sun!
- TAKE A BOAT TO THE NEIGHBORING ISLANDS OF LAPUD & SIPAN
The most memorable part of our trip was definitely our excursion to the nearby islands of Lapud and Sipan. Both islands are unique in their own right; Lapud has a more bustling harbor full of restaurants and shops, while Sipan was quiet and serene. We had a beautiful lunch in Lapud before riding over to Sipan to relax in their stunning and peaceful harbor. The boat ride from Old Town also offers so many amazing spots to swim and dive, including inside caves. The water was so beautiful and clear, it was truly mesmerizing.
- EXPLORE THE STREETS OF OLD TOWN
This is an obvious one, but spending time exploring all the streets and corners of Old Town is an amazing experience to be had in Dubrovnik. Down every alleyway is a new view or restaurant or shop - it's easy to pass an entire day wandering inside the city walls.
- WALK TO SAINT JACOBS BEACH
This secluded and tranquil beach really stands out, even with the numerous beaches and shores found all over Dubrovnik and the surrounding area. The beach is set down winding stairs, and is carved into the rocky landscape of Croatia, which provides a unique and stunning backdrop for your beach day. The beach also has a restaurant for lunch and drinks during your stay on the beach. They have speakers with music playing and chairs and umbrellas for rent. While the walk is lengthy (20 - 25 minutes from Old Town), it is full of cute houses and beautiful landscaping, which makes for an overall peaceful and memorable experience.
WHERE TO EAT
Dubrovnik is a seafood lovers heaven! Pretty much every restaurant we hit was amazing, but here are some of our absolute favorites:
- LADY PI PI
Okay, yes. The wait at Lady Pi Pi is long, but so worth it! Be sure to wait for a table on the top; the views of Old Town are simply breathtaking! Since it was a warmer day when we went, the light breeze coming off the Adriatic and the shade provided by the grape leaf canopy were both beautiful and welcome. The setting and food make this restaurant a true gem in the city and one of the most memorable dining experiences of our time in Croatia. Nothing can really beat fresh grilled seafood, and Lady Pi Pi has some of the best we've ever had. Pictured here is grilled sea bass, prawns and the Lady Pi Pi salad. They also have an outstanding and affordable wine selection!
Barba's tagline is "SEAFOOD / STREET FOOD" and they deliver on just that. They offer salads, sandwiches, fried and fresh seafood, and their own craft beer, in a unique and fun atmosphere. Barba is the perfect place to drop in and take a break from touring with delicious and comforting food with a Croatian spin. Don't leave without trying the Octopus burger - it is mouthwatering-ly delicious!