Recently I was lucky enough to be able to visit Dubrovnik in Croatia. As a kid I remember turning my nose up at the thought of places like Croatia or Slovenia or Montenegro. These are now THE places to go and I can totally see why! Dubrovnik absolutely stole my heart in the 5 days I was there, so I want to make sure you know what you're missing out on.
The trip didn't start great with Gatwick's flight information boards breaking and having to effectively wander around the airport and hope for the best. We finally found a white-board (yes an actual white-board) with our flight information on it! But that was the most stressed I felt for 5 days! After that it was plain sailing.
I stayed just outside of Dubrovnik (about a 15 minute Uber ride), in a place called Mlini. There were some stunning views from our villa with a pool and beach area right on our doorstep. There were a choice of restaurants within the complex but being the foodie I am, we chose to head into Dubrovnik to eat. I'd definitely recommend staying somewhere like this as even though Dubrovnik is a city with a vast amount of history and there are a plethora of things to do there, it's very small, so if you stayed there exclusively you might get a tad bored. Staying somewhere with a pool and beach was perfect to unwind after a day of exploring the City.
I was lucky that the person on the trip with me loves Game of Thrones nearly as much as I do. So naturally we were both dying to go on a GoT tour! They filmed a lot of the show in and around Dubrovnik and if you're a fan I would 100% recommend doing this. Apparently a lot of people visit Dubrovnik purely due to the show with its tourism figures increasing dramatically due to the series. I made sure to do my walk of shame just like Cersei...well maybe not just like Cersei seeing as I was wearing clothes and drinking a cocktail at the time but hey, the thought was there.
The layout of Dubrovnik's Old town is stunning, tiny intertwining streets with shops and restaurants coming out from everywhere and then suddenly you'll just find yourself in some secret alleyway with no one around you.
We managed to pick our food very wisely and the picks of the week were John Dory with artichoke risotto and Duck with red wine sauce and brussel sprouts. You know a meal is awesome if you're enjoying brussel sprouts. The duck was from a place called Zizori and was actually my first time in a Michelin listed restaurant and boy, it did not disappoint. It drove me quakers...
I'd been recommended to take a boat trip out to the Island of Lokrum. This island is full of Peacocks and rabbits for some strange reason. This is a great day out being able to explore the island on your own. Whether you want to chill out and go for a swim or take in its history. I was a donut and chose to wear flip flops that were definitely not made for trekking around an island with no paved roads...
I cannot recommend Dubrovnik highly enough! It was pretty reasonable in terms of price, the weather was insanely good, the food is brilliant, the city and its surroundings are stunning. I think the pictures in this blog show you that really. This is a place that you really should try to tick off your travel list!
Author / Contributor - Matt Tapley