May 25, 2015

Walking the Walls of Dubrovnik, Croatia

I can't tell you how many times I said "Oooo" and "Wow!" and "Can you believe we're here?" while on our Adriatic cruise. Port after port captivated us…but none more blog-worthy, frame-worthy, and brag-worthy than Dubrovnik, Croatia. Dubrovnik was THE sole reason we booked this particular cruise itinerary. It was a city on our bucket list throughout our entire stent abroad, so finally visiting on our last grand "hoorah" around Europe seemed like a victorious accomplishment. Granted, we would have loved to spend longer than 9 hours there, but beggars can't be choosers, now can they? 


The second we stepped foot inside Dubrovnik's historic city walls, I was hooked. So was D ("How'd ya like to get stationed here?!", he said...um yes, please!). Dubrovnik is a combination of everything we adore about Europe...sweeping views & vistas, charming details, a location by the sea, and some seriously amazing architecture. Oh, and gobs of history. Can't forget its long, rich history! You know that feeling of wonder you get when you visit a place that totally catapults you back into time? Every square inch of Old Town Dubrovnik had us vibing with what life must have been like in the 9th century. The city is totally enclosed by thick stone walls...dotted with turrets, towers, and more vibrant red "kupe" tile roofs than my eyes knew what to do with. I was basically chomping at the bit to get atop the 2 kilometers of city walls and start snapping my camera shutter, so that's the very first thing we did. 

(And for all you future Adriatic cruisers out there, some logistics for you: we took a taxi from where our ship docked to the entrance of Pile gate. Short ride, maybe 10 minutes max and it was fairly cheap…although we did split the ride with another couple. No need to purchase a transfer from the ship, taxi will do just fine.) 



If I remember correctly, just as you enter through Pile Gate (one of the main gates into Old Town), there is a shop where you purchase tickets to walk the walls. That's where we started our 2 kilometer trek and eventually ended it as well. Tickets were roughly 100 Croatian Kuna (13 euro) for adults, a bit cheaper for kiddos…but were worth every single penny. The views, guys. I still die over those views! Some of the most incredible we experienced during our travels around Europe, no joke. I could not get over how the stone just bled from the streets straight onto the buildings, everything covered in white limestone/marble (no one could tell us which!) and topped with vibrant red tile. Slap a shimmering blue sea and a forest of lush palm trees all around and BOOM…paradise along the Dalmatian coastline. "Pearl of the Adriatic", indeed!


We took our time walking every square inch of wall around Dubrovnik. It was a nice walk, too. Some stairs and tourists to battle, yes, but because we got there first thing in the morning when the walls opened, we got to enjoy them (and the views) without much annoyance. Thankfully, the sun wasn't blaring on us either, because our walk took roughly 2 hours. We did stop for photos quite often, but we also wanted to make sure we didn't miss a thing. I looked down every alleyway, tried to capture every vantage point I could in those 2 hours. I knew it could possibly be the only time we'd ever spend there, so I savored every moment as if it were my last (dear Lord, don't let it be our last!).

The photos in this post are just a small fraction of what I took on our walk (we were almost at the halfway point of our walk at the end of these snapshots), so expect another post full of gorgeous views to come. So much to see, so little blog space (or attention span, I should say)! ;)


Here's a quick map for you to reference, so you can get a sort of aerial visual of the walls and just how far we walked. The walls are outlined in gray and the entrance we used to get into the city was on left, at the PILE gate. You can view the larger map here:


More from Dubrovnik to come...

20 comments:

  1. Looks incredible there, love all the rooftops and architecture. Beautiful photos :)

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    1. Thank you! The rooftops were so vibrant...one of my favorite parts of the city for sure. :)

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  2. Looks amazing!! I was so upset when we had to cancel our trip to Croatia this year but look forward to visiting in the future. Love the pictures!

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    1. Oh no! Hate that you had to cancel...but thankfully Croatia will always be there for you to visit later on. Fingers crossed sooner rather than too much later! :)

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  3. gorgeous photos and what a view!!! Looking forward to explore the city as well, but it seems that the flights are pretty expensive, probably some linkage with game of thrones.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, flights in general to basically anywhere these days are just ridiculous! I think people would travel so much more if flight pricing was more reasonable. Wishful thinking! :)

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  4. I really want to go here, even more so now I've read this!!

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    1. It's a gorgeous place! I feel like everyone needs to visit! haha

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  5. Wow I have never heard of these walls they are bloody wonderful and what a view you have

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  6. Great photos! I love it. Dubrovnik is definitely a beautiful city. :)

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  7. Dubrovnik looks beautiful! Thank you for the tips, we will definitely be using them during our honeymoon! I can't wait to see what else you have to say about this amazing trip.

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  8. Croatia has always been on my bucket list, I definitely want to go one day. It looks absolutely amazing.

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    1. As it should be! Such a neat place!

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  9. Your photos convinced me, I'm adding Dubrovnik to my wanderlust list! xx

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  10. Love it! Can't wait to be there in a few weeks for our last hoorah!! :)

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    1. Oh, fun!! You guys will have such a blast...what an incredible city! :)

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  11. Seeing these photos makes our trip in September that much more exciting! I seriously can't wait to see that amazing, historic city. Thanks for sharing!

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