Continuing on from Kotor, Montenegro I hopped on a two-ish hour bus (just depends on how long the queue is across the border) to Dubrovnik. You’ll want to stay awake for this drive – the road hugs the curves of the hills and affords you a spanning view of the sea. From the bus station, you can take another quick bus that lets you off outside the city walls by the Pile Gate.
Where I Stayed:
Hotel Villa Angelina Old Town – Closest to the North City gate, it’s an adorable little establishment. It’s a bit small, but the beds are comfortable, it’s incredibly clean, and the staff is incredibly friendly and welcoming!
What I Did:
Sveti Jakov Beach – I met a lovely Aussie girl on the bus to Dubrovnik and we decided to spend the first bit of our day at a “locals” beach a thirty minute walk from Old Town. Bring a towel and picnic accoutrements! Also, if you happen to have those silly looking water shoes…you might want them so you don’t look like Bambi trying to wade into the water over all the rocks!
Dubrovnik Cable Car – Just up the hill from the North Gate this quick cable ride gets you to the top of the hill in under two minutes. The view up there is absoluuuutely breathtaking! There’s also a restaurant up there if you so choose, as well as a walking trail if you want to skip the cable car.
Placa-Stradum – Take a gander down the high street and snap some photos of the Bell Tower and St Blaise Church (they really know how to light this place at night).
City Wall Walk – A little expensive by Croat standards (approximately 15USD), but worth it for the views…you can walk round the top of the city walls!
Buza Bar – Bring your own drink or grab a glass of wine from the bar (cash only) and snag a spot in this hole-in-the-wall bar that is built into the rocks along the water. It’s beautiful during the day and at night.
Fun Fact: Game of Thrones is often filmed in the Old Town and whilst I was there they were filming all over town! There were parts of the sets you could actually walk through and we saw quite a few people walking around in full ancient garb. A couple of the people at my hostel were even extras!