This past weekend, Matt and I met in Dubrovnik for a last-minute whirlwind 36 hours. As much travel as it took to get there (I came from Boston), it was incredibly relaxing and restorative. There’s just something about the warm sun, even when the air is cold. Matt is based in Prague for the next several months (more on that soon, if you’ve been before and have any recommendations / tips, I’d love them!) and we were lucky enough to meet up for the weekend.
I’ve always been intrigued by Croatia. I am a visual person and all the photos of sun-splashed beaches, islands, wine, and cobblestones lured me in a long time ago. I was so excited to spend a weekend exploring the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik.
Since Matt and I were coming from different places, we took separate cabs and met at the hotel. When we arrived at the hotel, we both realized that our original impressions of Dubrovnik were the same. The drive from the airport instantly brought us back to Big Sur. Winding coastline, narrow roads, and beautiful sweeping ocean views.
We stayed at Villa Dubrovnik, outside the city walls. The hotel was beautiful (lots of glass and wood) and a retreat in itself. The hotel was only a fifteen minute walk to the old city (and it was a beautiful walk) and there was also a shuttle every hour. I appreciated being outside of the city walls, where it can get a little chaotic.
Although we didn’t have too much time, we were able to hit a few places that we had heard good things about, plus stumble upon other places that we wouldn’t have experienced otherwise (my favorite way to travel in a lot of ways).
My favorite things about Dubrovnik were the views (stunning cliffside views!), the al fresco seating, tiny alleyways, and the cobblestone streets. Be sure to pack good walking shoes! The cobblestones can be slippery and there are so many stairs!
One of my favorite places to rest our feet and enjoy a drink was Buza Bar, which is a bar built into the cliff. It is a bit hard to find, but so worth it. In general, the walled city is pretty small and although can be a bit tricky to navigate, if you wander enough, you’ll find what you’re looking for! Matt and I rested our feet and enjoyed a local bar at Buza. I can only imagine what it is like in the height of the summer.
We ate lunch at a little vegetarian restaurant, Nishta. I had read good things about this place and we were in need of a healthy pick-me-up! We split the falafel sandwich, which was really good! They also had a whole range of juices, smoothies, and salads. Instead of a juice, I opted for a glass of wine. Croatian wine is so good!
Speaking of which, after lunch we were going to walk back to the hotel to chill out for a bit (our hotel had an amazing rooftop bar). On our way back down to the city square, we stumbled upon an inviting wine bar, D’Vino. In we went and two wine tastings later…
D’Vino was awesome. We were met by an Australian guy who walked us through all the wines. They also had the best music on – think Edith Piaf, Ella and Louis. Croatian wine is seriously underrated – some of my favorites, especially from the Dingac region.
If you have time, definitely take the cable car up the hill. The view of the city is unbeatable!
I hope that someday soon we can go back and explore more of this beautiful country! I’d love to see Hvar and some of the other islands.