So, I have arrived in Sydney and I absolutely love it here! But now that I am here and pretty settled (for the week anyway…) I have some time on my hands and decided to get started on a post about my trip to Croatia a few weeks ago.
Croatia has been on my bucket list for quite a while now and I thought it would be the perfect place for a little post-exam, pre-graduation holiday. Somewhere beautiful, but also somewhere to relax after a hectic few months. There are a few places in Europe that are still very high up on my “must see” list of the world, and still a couple more parts of Croatia I want to explore! I was stuck between Dubrovnik and Split, but decided to go for Dubrovnik in the end. I can’t exactly remember why, I think it was probably just the best flights at the time I booked it!
Anyway, Dubrovnik is a gorgeous city with polished, cobbled pathways, busy, lively little side streets, violinists and guitarists on every corner of the old city walls, rooftop bars, islands to explore and an ocean full of adventure. In my opinion, it’s the perfect destination for almost anything your looking for: a romantic trip, a getaway with your girls or somewhere to simply spend time with your family or loved ones. I have given a quick run-down of some of my favourite spots for drinks, food or generally things to do. It was tough to whittle things down to only one, but if anyone has any questions, I am more than happy to answer!
TAKENOKO: JAPANESE STYLE RESTAURANT
Takenoko was recommended to us by some friends and we weren’t disappointed! If you’re after something a bit different in Croatia, this is a great place to try. It overlooks the ocean and part of the old town, so you get a pretty amazing view over dinner. Also, most importantly, the food is so good!
My boyfriend and I both had dumplings for starter, I had steak for main and my boyfriend had sushi, and we both loved everything we ordered! Everything was fresh and tasted amazing. It was all reasonably priced too. There are so many restaurants to choose from around Dubrovnik, mainly serving seafood, Mediterranean style food or Italian.
CAVE BAR MORE: OUR FAVOURITE DRINKING SPOT
THE COOLEST BAR WITH THE PRETTIEST VIEWS EV-ER! Cave Bar More was in Stepinca, a 5-minute bus journey from the city. Stepinca has so many amazing hotels and a long street full of bars and restaurants so it is definitely worth the 5 minutes extra for this beauty, if you’re not actually staying there. Cave Bar More was a bar, in a cave, on the water’s edge. It was beautiful, so edgy and such a cool place to have a few cocktails. The bar was literally built inside a cave, and to get there you pass through lots of other quirky, cool cocktail bars and restaurants with beautiful views of the sea.
THINGS TO DO:
As much as I absolutely love all things fashion and beauty, over the last couple of years I have definitely realised that life is about collecting memories and experiences more than anything else, and I think that some of the best memories are the ones when you step outside your comfort zone. I’m terrified of the sea but there are so many things on my bucket list that involve swallowing my fears and getting in (one being snorkelling in the great barrier reef which may be coming up soon… Yikes!). Another one was taking a kayaking trip around the beautiful islands of Dubrovnik and I’m glad to say it’s been ticked off. After finally realising the tour guide was joking when he said there was lots of sharks swimming around the island at this time of year, I had an amazing time and it was the best way to see the old city walls of Dubrovnik without getting too hot walking around. We stopped in some caves and got off at an island to cliff dive which was fun too! Overall, sea kayaking in Dubrovnik is a must if anyone decides to go there.
We were told about Lokrum on our sea kayaking trip and had to check it out for ourselves. Lokrum is an island just outside Dubrovnik and there is a ferry that goes out to Lokrum and back again at regular points throughout the day. The island is full of wildlife, beautiful scenery, cafes and a couple of cocktail bars. We went to the lake bar, and the strawberry mojitos are de-lic-ious. Our favourite part of the island was the cave area, where you could swim in the lake and it was actually warm, unlike the sea in Dubrovnik. There are also spas, football pitches and volleyball nets too. I would say the visit to Lokrum was definitely part of my favourite memories in Croatia.
The views out to sea are pretty at Banje Beach and the music, cocktails and food are good, but it can get quite over crowded which isn’t everyones cup of tea. However, if your looking for a beach club, this is the best Dubrovnik has to offer, or so we were told, leave a comment if you have been to another! Banje Beach turns into a beachside nightclub at night which is also fun.
If there is one thing this blog has taught me already is that I can go on, and on and on… Dubrovnik is a beautiful city and there is so much I could write about it, but I better stop there! Have a good week!