We didn't go to Dubrovnik expecting to love it, but we'd heard and read so many good things about the city that we thought it would at least be worth visiting. We were absolutely blown away!
Our rental apartment was at the top of the hill outside the city walls, so we descended the hill for the 10 minute walk to the old town. It was incredibly hot, so our first stop was lunch at the cool and highly recommended Soul Caffe and Rakhija Bar. While the restaurant's food menu is very small (it's mostly a music and beverage kind of place), they serve some of the best sandwiches we've ever had, including perfectly crusty bread with accompanying condiments! Not sure why Europeans love to skimp on condiments, but at this point in our travels we consider them a true luxury. It was so tasty, we almost ordered a second round of sandwiches.
With full tanks, the next order of business was to walk the old city walls. We waited until a little later in the day for a couple of reasons: 1) it was too darn hot to do it earlier, and 2) we wanted to avoid the massive throngs of cruise ship tourists who crowd the walls midday. Walking the walls is the #1 thing to do in Dubrovnik, and for good reason. It's unique, the views are spectacular, and it's just a really special experience. As a bonus, many scenes from Game of Thrones have been filmed here. While neither of us has seen the show, it's now at the top of our to-do list when we get home just because of how much we love this place.
We stopped for cappuccinos and this amazing view of the Adriatic Sea.
And then we kept on walking. It takes about 2 hours to walk the walls at a normal pace. They close the entry at 6:30 and start kicking people out around 7:00. We entered at about 4:00, so we took an extra leisurely pace and made sure to take tons of photos.
We were charmed by this galleon, or "pirate ship."
And then Hirsh went ahead and changed into his nice button-down for dinner because this photo may or may not be making an appearance on this year's Christmas card.
As beautiful as this city is during the day, it becomes pure magic at night. We walked around with mouths agape, admiring how the light reflects off the immaculately maintained old white stone walls and the gleaming stone pavers in the street.
Dinner was at a restaurant right in the heart of the main square. The food was nothing spectacular, but we were there for the view.