I have always thought that Croatia looked like a beautiful spot to vacation, and on this trip I wanted to see if there was any way I could squeeze it in. I looked at different options and the places in Croatia I wanted to visit seemed hard to get to. I’ve had been on numerous cruises in my day (all through the Caribbean though) so I started to look into cruising options in the Mediterranean. I found a cruise that hit 2 islands in Greece, Montenegro and 2 places in Croatia, so it seemed like a perfect fit to relax after a busy week of visiting 3 countries before hand.
The ship got into Dubrovnik early in the morning and departed at 6pm, so we had a full day to take it all in. Firstly, Dubrovnik is SO picturesque; I could stare at the red roofs and perfect cobblestone for days. The old town of Dubrovnik is fortified so it had a medieval feel to it when we arrived.
We started off with some exercise and walked the walls. It was definitely worth the money because the photo opportunities were fantastic. (In case you cant tell, I’m all about a good photo op!)
After the walls we walked through the harbour front where all the big boats were docked. There were numerous places to sit, eat and relax with a killer view.
The streets were narrow and full of character. Clotheslines with drying clothes hung between buildings, hidden gardens scattered throughout and surprises around every corner. You really need to just roam the streets and see for yourself how gorgeous this place really is.
There was a market going on in one of the squares filled with souvenirs, fruit, nuts and a lot of home made products. Everyone was extremely friendly and I felt very safe here.
The highlight of my day had to be roaming through the alleys and finding a sign that read “Cold drinks with the most beautiful view” We walked through this tiny doorway to be standing on the most amazing patio built on the cliffs of Croatia. There really wasn’t a better moment before then. The sun was out, I was on vacation, and life was amazing. We enjoyed a few adult beverages and I mustered up the courage to do a little cliff jumping, which is one of my fears. It only took about half an hour with me sitting at the top, and numerous people hopping off, no problem- and I did it. Thank god a great pic was taken that first jump because there was no way in hell I was doing that again. I then saw children doing flips off of cliffs WAY higher then what I had just jumped. Show offs- I was content with my mini jump. We continued to tan and relax after that and met people vacationing from all over the world.
The boat was leaving in about 2 hours so we did a bit more shopping, I got a really cool candle from one of the stores featured on the show “How its made” and indulged in some gelato which was delish.
Over all- I would 100% recommend anyone coming here. I am sure there is much more to do; however we only had one day. This place is great for a day to relax and get some history at the same time. My next trip to Croatia will be to Hvar, one of the islands off the coast.