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DUBROVNIK PHOTO DIARY AND GUIDE

21/03/2018
DUBROVNIK PHOTO DIARY AND GUIDE

I visited Dubrovnik in 2016 for the first time, but it was more like a quick stop on my way to Montenegro and I didn’t really got a chance to see and experience it like I wished I could. Last year I was determined to see Dubrovnik in all it’s beauty.

Dubrovnik is probably (since the Game of Thrones series at least) the most famous city in Croatia, in southern part of the country fronting the Adriatic Sea. We all know Dubrovnik by its famous Old Town circled with a high stonewall from 16th century.

Dubrovnik has always been “it” destination in Croatia and many of my friends parents went on their honeymoon there. But since they filmed some parts of the iconic series Game of Thrones there it reached a world fame bringing many tourists from all over the world to the The King’s Landing.

Dubrovnik is about 600 kilometres away from the capital, Zagreb. The highway ends little bit further after Split and after that is a regional road leading you through a part of Bosnia (Neum) and than to Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik is easy reachable by car, however the parking in the city is a nightmare, especially if you want to park somewhere near the old town. I am not saying that there are zero parking lots but the public garage (which is your best option anyway) is 40 HRK that is around 6 euros per hour in the season. And another parking space, which is only a few meters away from the main entrance to the old town, is 70 HRK (around 8 euros) per hour. So your best option is to use public transportation if you are somewhere far from the old town or just simply walk.

Where to sleep?

We actually rented an apartment in a small town not far away from Dubrovnik, Mlini. When we were looking for a hotel or apartment we didn’t find anything suitable for us in Dubrovnik (that means that everything was way too expensive for what they had to offer) so we decided we would stay a little bit further from the city. We had a beautiful big apartment, Apartments La Perla run by this lovely lady who was very helpful with everything. The apartment was big and spacious with big kitchen, terrace with a sea view and a parking space. The apartment is a bit hard to find and reach because the only road is very narrow with some sharp turns and steep parts. Well the view from the apartment is worth everything. It is a bit sketchy if you want to go to the beach because you have to walk many steeps to reach the sea since you are a bit up on the hill. The public bus stops on the main street, which is a short stairs walk down the hill (maybe 2 minutes) and drives to the Dubrovnik every 30 minutes. We used that bus to go to Dubrovnik to avoid high parking prices. The bus need about 10-15 minutes to reach Dubrovnik (depends on the traffic) and offers you some beautiful views over old town.

What and where to eat?

Dubrovnik is expensive; it has lots of nice restaurants, bars and places where you can hang out. We wanted to try a restaurant Above 5 Rooftop and Restaurant 350 since we got many recommendations about them but unfortunately we were a bit late with our table reservations and they were booked for a few days ahead. And since we had no idea where to find a free table we just went to a supermarket and buy things necessary to make our own dinner on the terrace. Pasta and wine, those were good nights. I definitely recommend booking a table a few days ahead in Dubrovnik, especially if you want better restaurants in summer season.

Coffee and stuff

A girl can not live without her coffee. We went to Congo restaurant and bar for a late breakfast and coffee. And honestly, I was expecting more for a price we paid. I’m not saying it wasn’tthat good but I was expecting a bit more than just thrown croissant on a plate with small butter and a little bit of jam or few spoons of greek yogurt with some ordinary fruit. Coffee was good. The second coffee we had in Gradska Kavarna Arsenal where everything was perfect. The venue, the coffee and the view. Overlooking the architecture of Dubrovnik. We also bought some fresh fruit on a market (already sliced) and ate it to go. It was quite expensive (as everything here), but so worth it. I would like to pinpoint that when I say expensive I’m not complaining, I do realize I’m talking about Dubrovnik.

What to do?

Visit Walls of Dubrovnik. Be sure to come when they open, to avoid the biggest crowd. I’m not sure about the timetable but in august they opened it at 8 am. And even if we were there at eight it was already crowdy. The views from the wall is spectacular offering you a 360 view on Dubrovnik old town. The whole circle is about 2 kilometres long. Walk through the old town and visit places like Dubrovnik Cathedral, Dominican Monastery, St. Blaise’s Church, Rector’s Palace and museums if you are interested in that kind of stuff. The old town is not that big that it couldn’t be seen in a few hours. Dubrovnik is of architecture point of view really beautiful town. Stradun is the main street in the old town. Narrow street full of shops and restaurants. Right next to the main gate to the old town is Onofrijeva Fontana. And if you are a GoT fan, visit one of the many official stores selling things from this show. Another thing you can do and I feel sorry I’ve missed this time is going above the city with a cable car (žičara Dubrovnik), that takes you 778 meters high on a plateau that offers you a beautiful view over old ton and a restaurant up there. I’m saving this for my next visit.

Useful information my way

  • Make reservations, especially for dinner. The place does not need to be fancy to be full.
  • To visit Walls of Dubrovnik be the first one there. Place gets crowdy real fast.
  • Take a water or something to drink with you if you visit the wall, you will be thirsty and prices in bars on the wall are a rip off (my opinion).
  • If you don’t want to spend that much on accommodation consider on booking a place to sleep outside of Dubrovnik (I really like Mlini).
  • And again (I always say this) get up early and be the first one in the old town.
  • If you want to visit a lot of attraction that have an entrance fee, consider buying a pass in tourist centre that offers you big discounts.
  • Most places accept credit cards and even if not ATMs are all over the town.

If you are staying somewhere outside Dubrovnik (like Mlini) you can calculate a bit if it is worth going to Dubrovnik with a car, if you are not visiting for a longer period of time. One way ticket to Dubrovnik from Mlini is 16 kunas, both ways 32 per person and an hour of parking in public garage is 40 kunas.

If you use parking option do not loose your parking ticket! The penalties are absurd!

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Dubovnik sem prvič obiskala poleti 2016, vendar je šlo za krajši postanek na poti v Črno Goro kot pa da bi si mesto lahko pobližje ogledala in se z njim spoznala. Lani pa sem končno dobila priložnost, da Dubrovnik raziščem ko se spodobi.

Dubrovnik je verjetno (še posebej pa od kar so tam snemali določenedele serije Igra Prestolov) najbolj znan kraj na Hrvaškem. Mesto leži na južnem delu države ob Jadranskem morju. Vsem je znan po visokem obzidju, ki obkroža celotno staro mestno jedro zgrajen v 16. Stoletju.

Dubrovnik je od zagreba oddaljen približno 600 kilometrov in skoraj celotna pot lahko poteka po avtocesti. Avtocesta se konča nekje za Splitom in od tam naprej teče regionalna cesta preko Neumna (Bosna). Mesto je z avtomobilom lahko dosegljivo vendar pa je samo parkiranje v mestu prava nočna mora, zlasti v bližnji okolici starega mesta. Ne pravim, dani parkirnih mest vendar so le ta zelo draga in se zlasti ob večerih hitro napolnijo. Javna garaža, ki je vasa najboljša opcija naprimer stane 40 kun na uro (v sezoni) kar je nekje okoli 6 evrov. Parkirna mesta, ki pa so skotraj čisto zraven vhoda v mestno jedro stanejo 70 kun na uro. Vaša najboljša opcija, če ne želite zapraviti ogromno denarja za parkiranje je, da ali uporabite javni prevoz ali pa se sprehodite.

Kje spati?

Mi smo si vbistvu poiskali apartma malo izven samega mesta Dubrovnik v kraju Mlini. Ko smo iskali hotel oziroma apartma v Dubrovniku nismo našli nič primernega (zadnjo minute pač cene letijo v nebo in nismo ravno želeli placate ogromno za majhno sobico nekje) zato smo se odločili, da nastanitev poiščemo drugje. Apartma (Apartments La Perla) je bil velik in prostoren ter gospa, ki ima apartma v lasti je bila zelo prijazna in nam pomagala, ko smo karkoli potrebovali. Apartma je bil zares velik in je imel vse kar smo potrebovali, veliko kuhinjo, spalnico, dnevno sobo in veliko kopalnico. Najpomembnejša je bila seveda velika terasa s pogledom na morje in pa parkirno mesto. Stanovanje je sicer malce težje dosegljivo, saj do njega void ozka in strma cestica s par ostrimi ovinki. Ampak razgled je vreden vsega. Malce je nerodno če bi želeli iti na plažo saj je potrebno prehoditi kar nekaj stopnic, da pridete do morja. Javni avtobus stoji na glavni cesti (od apartmaja potrebujemo približno dve minuti do avtobusne postaje), ki teče skozi Mlini in vozi v Dubrovnik vsake pol ure. Avtobus potrebuje nekje 10-15 minut do Dubrovnika (odvisno od prometa) in vam na poti ponuja kar nekaj čudovitih okenskih razgledov na mesto in obalo.

Kje in kaj jesti?

Potrebno se je zavedati, da Dubrovnik je drag. Ime veliko lepih in vabljivih restavracij, ki pa so lokaciji in slovesu cenovno primerne. Tukaj ne pravim, da ni cenejših opcij. Sami smo zaradi priporočil želeli preizkusiti restavraciji Above 5 Rooftop in Restaurant 360, ampak smo bili žal prepozni in so bili vsi termini za oba večera že zasedeni. In potem ker nismo imeli nobene ideje kam iti in se nam ni ljubilo iskati proste mize smo se odločili, da večerjo skuhamo kar doma če že imamo popolnoma opremljeno kuhinjo in čudovito teraso. Tako smo v supermarket nakupili vse potrebno in učivali v večerji doma. Testenine in vino. Definitivno priporočam, da mizo rezervirate kar nekaj dni v naprej, zlasti v boljših restavracijah v sezoni.

Kava in ostalo

Punca pač ne more brez svoje kave. Congo restavracijo smo obiskali z namenom poznega zajtrka in še ene skodelice kave in če sem čisto iskrena sem pričakovala več za zahtevano ceno. Ne pravim, da ni bilo dobro, toda cena je bila za rogljiček z majhnim maslom in marmelado pač malce pretirana. Prav tako je bila pretirana za sadje, ki je bilo bolj podobno kompotu z dvema žlicama grškega jogurta. Kava je bila vredu. Naslednje jutro smo kavo pili v Gradski kavarni Arsenal, kjer je bilo vse perfektno, od postrežbe, pogleda in ponudbe. Iz terase lahko opazujete čudovito arhitekturo Dubrovnika. Na marketu smo kupili že naezano sadje v lončkih in se z njim osvežili na poti. Čeprav je bila cena zasoljena je bilo na koncu dobro. In rada bi poudarila, da ko rečem, da so drage stvari se ne pritožujem, vem, da govorim o Dubrovniku, ki pa ni poceni mesto. Toda lepo bi bilo za plačan denar dobiti dobro postrežbo in vsaj približno ceni primerno porcijo.

Kaj početi?

Obiščite dubrovniško obzidje, toda pridite zgodaj. Najbolje je, da ste na vhodu že ob samem odprtju in ste nekako med prvimi na vrsti, saj se hitro napolni in nastane gneča. Nisem čisto prepričana ali se odpiralni časi kaj spreminjajo, toda avgusta so vrata odprli ob osmih zjutraj. Razgled iz obzidja je spektakularen in si mesto ter okolico lahko ogledate naokoli in naokoli. Celoten krog je dolg približno dva kilometra in je potrebno prehoditi kar nekaj stopnic. Zagotovo se sprehodite skozi staro mesto (znotraj obzidja) ter si oglejte katedralo, samostan, rektorjevo palace ter ostale arhitekturne dosežke. Staro mesto ni tako zelo veliko in ga zlasta prehodite v parih urah. Iz arhitekturnega vidika je Dubrovnik čudovito mesto. Glavna žila oziroma ulica se imenuje Stradun, to je široka ulica, ki vas void skozi mesto. Poleg glavnega vhoda stoji Onofrijeva Fontana. Čudovita ogromna Fontana. In pa seveda, če ste navdušenec serije Igra Prestolov potem se boste skoraj zagotovo ustavili v kateri od trgovinic, kjer prodajajo stvari iz omenjene serije. V Dubrovniku tokrat žal nisem imela časa, da bi se z vzpenjačo povzpela na bližnji hrib, ki baje ponuja čudovite razglede na 778 metrih nadmorske višine. Zagotovo naslednjič!

Pomembne informacije po moje

  • Rezervirajte! Še posebej za čas večerje v bolj znanih in dobro ocenjenih restavracijah pokličite par dni vnaprej in rezervirajte mizo.
  • Kot omenjeno, za obisk obzidja bodite med prvimi.
  • Vodo ali kaj drugega od pijače si raje, kot da kupujete na obzidju, nesite sabo. Cene na obzidju so zasoljene.
  • Če ne želite zapraviti preveč na nastanitvi, potem se vam splača razmisliti o stanovanju ali hotelu malce izven Dubrovnika (meni osebno se zelo dopade Mlini).
  • In ja, vem da to vedno rečem, toda vredno se je zbuditi zgodaj in biti v mestu, ko vse še spi.
  • Če imate namen obiskati veliko muzejev in ostalih krajev, kjer je potrebno placate vstopnino, potem se vam splača kupiti neke vrste prepustnico (v turističnem centru), ki vam omogoča velike popuste pri vstopninah.
  • Večina krajev sprejema kreditne kartice in tudi če ne, bankomatov je res veliko.

Če ste se odločili za nastanitev nekje izven Dubrovnika si lahko malce preračunate kaj se vam bolj splača. Sli se voziti z avtomobilom in placate parkirnino ali pa se voziti z avtobusom. Cena avtobusne vozovnice iz Mlinija do Dubrovnika je 16 kun (36 v obe smeri) na osebo. Ura parkiranja v parkirni hiši pa je 40 kun. Če v mestu ne nameravate preživeti celega dne se mogoče kdaj bolj splača iti z avtom in si parkirnino deliti (več ljudi).

V primeru, da avto parkirate v parkirni hiši, ne izgubite parkirnega listka! Cene za izgubljeni listek so absurdne.

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