Today was our last day in Dubrovnik and our last day in Croatia. Thanks to an evening flight we had plenty of time to go sightseeing though.
We started off going along the Stradun past Big Onofrio’s fountain which was heaving with tourists and paid 100 kuna each to climb the city walls at the Pile Gate end. The walls gave good views across the rooftops of the city and out across the bays on either side. Like most places we have been in Croatia there were quite a few steps (it doesn’t paper to be a very disability conscious country). Along the walls were both Fort Bokar and Fort Minceta. Again this was all very busy with tourists and cruise groups.
After the walls we strolled around the old town streets happening across various monuments such as the cathedral, Rectors palace and the city hall.
One of my favourite finds was a gap in the walls which led down to a cafe and below that some rocks overlooking the sea. Some people were swimming just off the rocks but we just sat having a drink and an ice cream.
We went past the mariner on the Ploce gate end of the city and then down the Stradun and out through the Pile gate to go up to Fort Lovrijenac. Our ticket for the city walls got us into here which was good as I wouldn’t have wanted to pay extra for the fort. Again there were really good views (this has been a very views heavy trip). There was a tour group going round visiting sites from the Game of Thrones series as some of it was filmed here.
After this it was time to pack up and catch a shuttle bus from the cable car station to the airport. Unfortunately our flight was delayed by a few hours but there we go.
Croatia is a beautiful country and I feel we only scratched the surface of it. I would live to come back and spend some more time here especially touring some of the islands and the National Parks.
Buses (and ferries/catamarans) have proven to be a very effective way of travelling around as all main tourist areas are well connected.
The main thing I will not miss is the constant smoking. It is almost impossible to sit and eat outside without a large proportion of the other diners lighting up beside you.
Overall though I live this country. It has the Mediterranean feel of Italy or Spain but at a much lower cost. I cannot wait until next time.