I had planned to stay for two days in Dubrovnik. But I managed to squeeze so much into the first day I decided to do a day trip to Montenegro on the second day. That being said if you are someone who likes to do things at a slower pace I would definitely recommend taking two full days for Dubrovnik.
I stayed in Hostel Petra Marina. It’s a good hostel, very close to the main bus station but quite far from the old town. It’s about a 40 minute walk or 10 minutes on a bus, which come very often, right across the road from the hostel. I decided to grab a coffee and pastry from a bakery and walk into the town.
I got to the Old Town by 9am. I headed straight up to the city walls. It was already 30 degrees at 9am!! It was incredibly hot, no shade and a lot of steps. Please try to do this early in the morning or late in the evening. I walked the walls for over an hour and I didn’t even get around the whole town. It cost 140 KN (19 Euro). As much as it sounds like I’m complaining I do think the walls are worth it. The views were absolutely gorgeous. I was hot and sweaty but I did love it!
After the walls I wandered through the streets for a little while and then headed to Fort Lovrijenac. Fort Lovrijenac is outside the city walls and it is what you see as the Red Keep in Game of Thrones. I spent some time just sitting there by the water as there were way less tourists here than inside the walls. I was tired after walking the walls and debated about climbing all the steps to the top. But I am so glad I did. The view of the city from from up there was the best, hands down. It cost 50 KN (7 Euro) to go inside the Fort which was so so worth it.
After lunch I went to go up the mountain on the Cable Car for another view of Dubrovnik. This was also 140 KN (19 Euro). I had to wait in line for almost 40 minutes before getting on the Cable Car. The view at the top was nice but it was crowded. I think the view from Fort Lovrijenac was much better, less crowded, no queues and cheaper! I also had to wait for almost 20 minutes on my way down the mountain, to get on the Cable Car. Avoid this if you’re going during peak season!
Within the Walls
There’s an old pharmacy museum right by the main gate. It’s within the Francisan Church and Monastery. It’s apparently the oldest pharmacy in Europe. It’s 30 KN entry (4 Euro). Saint Ignatius Church is worth a visit if you are a Game of Thrones fan. The steps leading up to the church is where that famous ‘shame, shame’ scene was filmed.
Staying more than a day?
There are plenty of beaches around Dubrovnik if you want to get some relaxation in. You can kayak around the walls of the city as well. There are also plenty of day trips on offer literally all over the city. You can do a day trip to Lokrum Island just off the coast of Dubrovnik. You can do a day trip to Montenegro, which is what I decided to do, post coming soon. You can also do a day trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
I have to say Dubrovnik is probably one of my favourite cities in Europe, after Venice! Fort Lovrijenac, getting lost in the narrow streets and recognizing Game of Thrones filming spots all just made the city so special.
What’s your favourite European city? I’m always looking for new places to go! Thanks so much for reading! Be sure to check out more travel posts from me here and follow me on instagram here or Bloglovin’ here. Have a great day!