It was a grey sky, but the air was warm. I had just landed from Zagreb at Dubrovnik Airport. Zagreb had been an absolute pleasure of a city to visit. I was so positively impressed with the city in so many ways – a city I would never think I would say I would return to. Just for that, my trip to Croatia had already been worth it.
Yet, there was the second part of my trip. The rest of my holidays were counting on Dubrovnik to be at least as spectacular as Zagreb had been. I had been indecisive about spending those days in Split or Dubrovnik. In the end, I decided on the latter. I knew how Dubrovnik was a huge touristic destination, a place where cruises often stopped, leaving crowds to flood the narrow streets of the Old Town. I also knew that thanks to Game of Thrones (a show and book saga I am a big fan of, let’s just pretend the last season did not happen), Dubrovnik was standing out more on the map, and pre-covid it was becoming the kind of busy and hot destination you want to avoid.
And yet, here I was, in this situation where I knew not many people would be travelling. Dubrovnik would most likely be almost empty. So I decided on Dubrovnik. And to be honest, I was tempted by the prospect of living within a walled town for almost a week. Or, pretty much, in King’s Landing (Game of Thrones fans will understand).
Going back to the beginning, I called a Uber to take me to the Pile Gate, the main entrance to the city. The driver was quite chatty (most of them were simply so happy to see tourists in general), but I could barely hear him. And this is because I was looking through the window to the spectacular view of the blue Adriatic sea I was being delivered at around 1pm in the afternoon, with the sun peeking through the clouds. Yet, it was when he left me by Pile Gate that my jaw dropped. I felt unsteady, an easily impressed girl who was just asking herself what the damn hell. I staggered in direction of the Gate. The majestic walls were upon me, the entrance inviting me in. I was in awe. Something right there hit me, and even before entering the Old Town I knew, I was sure, I had made the right choice for my first trip to Croatia. Something in me told me that was a special place. Magical.
Without being able to stop looking around me, I pushed my little trolley with me to the stoned grounds of the inner city, passing the gate, feeling weirdly privileged for being allowed in there. Only when I reached Onofrio’s fountain, still in a weird haze, I vaguely remember I had a place to go. A room. Found my phone and followed the instructions, but always getting lost just because I was getting distracted with everything. I probably looked so pathetic if anyone was watching me (which hopefully they wouldn’t). When I got to my room then, I was like a child at Christmas. It was exactly like promised in Booking. I literally had a view of a cinema and, most importantly, beyond the open-air cinema, the view was simply beautiful. (the place is called Cinema View House and I do recommend it!)
Could I be any happier? That was probably the happiest I had been in months.
But of course, the real magic was really in these streets. If you go to Dubrovnik you must let yourself get lost in those tiny streets. You will have to climb a lot of stairs. You’ll need to just let yourself be free of anything that was a reality before you entered these walls.
Straight after you enter the city through Pile Gate, the Stradun, the main street of the city will be in front of you. That basically divides the city in half. The other amazing things about Dubrovnik is that is car-free. Which is great as I’m sure I would have been run over pretty easily with my endless wondering.
For most of the times, the weather was amazing, but it could turn in seconds. Mostly, I was really lucky. The temperature was always above 25 degrees Celsius, and I even though we had a thunderstorm once in a while, it was short-lived, and the weather would improve straight after. I only had to run from the beach once and… see how nice it looked most of the time below.
This is everything for today my fellow bloggers, but I will ensure you there is more Dubrovnik content coming. As for myself, I would continue to miss this town and hope that the inspiration stream that came out of this trip doesn’t leave me any time soon 🙂
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