Dubrovnik, Croatia was hands down my favorite stop on our cruise. It wasn’t overly touristy, it was beautiful, it was historical, it was friendly and it was cheap (comparatively). It also had the upside of being where King’s Landing is filmed in Game of Thrones so I was totally nerding out. I even went for a boat ride (I drove the boat for most of the time!!) around the island of Lokrum, where some of Qarth’s scenes are. But enough of Game of Thrones (are you watching it? because you should be), Lokrum is cool enough to have been cursed as well as having Richard the Lionheart wash up after a shipwreck.
The city is amazing. Centuries old walls completely circle the city so you can (and I did) walk completely around them. They are 2 km/1.25 miles around. Being a history nerd, I was really suprised to know that Dubrovnik is actually the medieval of Ragusa.. And while it’s hard to tell now, it was seriously shelled in 1991 when Croatia split (see what I did there?) from Yugoslavia.
The architecture was simply amazing, it was like going back in time. The best part was when I met my sister and grandma at some tiny bar that was perched right on the rocks, outside the walls, to get a beer. Fabulous.
The water is so gorgeously clear.
I can’t imagine building the walls so close to the cliff edges!
Totally Game of Thrones! Minus the CGI towers, of course…
You can tell which buildings were shelled by looking at the roofs. If the terra cotta tiles are new, that means they were rebuilt, therefore they were shelled.
I can’t wait to go back to Croatia and the Adriatic region, this time with Gavin – it is so beautiful!
These are both views from my cabin. It was seriously amazing. I can’t wait to go back, I’m already planning it!