Walking the Walls of Dubrovnik

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After a breakfast on our beautiful balcony on the outskirts of Dubrovnik, it was time to make the trek by bus to Old Town and traverse the city’s famous walls. Making a loop around the walls (some of which date bake to the 12th century) is a top item on most visitors’ lists. Unfortunately for us, it was already a roasting day by the time we scaled the first steps of many that are required to make the complete loop. Less than a quarter of the way around, we stopped for an iced coffee to cool down and wondered if we would make the rest of the journey.

The walls span a complete loop of just over a mile.

The walls span a complete loop of just over a mile.

It turned out that a bit more walking paid off, as there was more of a breeze on the rest of the trip. The path offers scenic views of the coastline, the narrow streets below in Old Town, and  the beautiful harbor.

Beautiful blue seas span rocky beaches to make up Dubrovnik's picturesque coastline

Beautiful blue seas span rocky beaches to make up Dubrovnik’s picturesque coastline

Dubrovnik is a city chalk full of military history. While the walls of Durbovnik have never fallen to a foreign power, they sustained wartime damage as recently as the early-1990’s, as Dubrovnik came under siege in the Croatian War of Independence.

The Fort Lovrijenac kept Dubrovnik from Venetian rule in the 11th century

The Fort Lovrijenac kept Dubrovnik from Venetian rule in the 11th century

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The Old Town harbor is busy all day with boats leaving for many of the surrounding islands

After we rounded the walls, we took the day to sample some of the finer foods available in Dubrovnik. Buza Bar, a literal “hole in the wall”, perches above the Adriatic on the ocean side of Dubrovnik Old town. It’s accessed by a less traveled part of Dubrovnik old town’s beautiful cobblestone streets.

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The secret pathway to Bill Gates’ favorite bar in Dubrovnik

Also on offer in Dubrovnik was the best vegetarian restaurant we found in Croatia. We enjoyed a great meal while escaping the sun behind the tall buildings of Old Town.

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One of the only eateries where fish dishes do not dominate the menu!

Dubrovnik is probably the most famous tourist destination in all of Croatia, and we certainly saw why after this day. In terms of natural beauty, food, culture, active pursuits and historic value, it truly is paradise.

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