GAME ON: 48 HOURS IN DUBROVNIK

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Dubrovnik is one of my all time favourite, European cities; with a fascinating history, beautiful architecture and delicious food and coffee. To make sure you don’t miss out on the highlights of this city, check out this “Two Days in Dubrovnik city guide.”

Dubrovnik Day 1

The morning will be reserved for Dubrovnik’s historic Old Town. If you are Game of Thrones fan like me, then you’ll also know this UNESCO world heritage site, as King’s Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, I highly recommend watching a couple of episodes of the show before visiting the city. Dubrovnik has really embraced the show, and you’ll notice evidence of this as soon as you step foot in the city.

A medieval towered wall encases the Old Town. This wall is fully maintained and can be explored on foot. Spend the morning walking around the top of these ancient walls, taking in the history and stunning views from the top. The entrance to the city walls is located near the two main gates.

Dubrovnik has a great café culture, with plenty of quirky cafes dotted around the cobbled streets of the old town area. It would be a crime not to grab a coffee and sit out on the patio of one of these cafes. Relax, enjoy your coffee, people watch and take into the architecture of this magnificent city.

Once you’ve finished your coffee and you’re feeling relaxed, take some time to explore the many alleyways of the old town, eventually making your way to Stradun Street, the main street that runs the length of the old town. From here you can easily explore the Church of St Blaise, The Cathedral, Rector’s Palace and the Old Port.

For lunch, if you’re after something quick, local and tasty, then Borek makes a fantastic option. Borek is a flaky pastry, stuffed with a variety of ingredients. The most popular options are spiced meat, and spinach and feta. Pick one up fresh, from the town bakery. Otherwise, there are plenty of good seafood restaurants and Pizzerias dotted around the main street and alleyways.

After a long day exploring the city, you’ve earned some downtime, so head over to the city’s most popular beach, Banje. The beach is located only about a 3-minute walk from the eastern city gate. Have a siesta on one of the lounge chairs, a cocktail at the lounge bar or cool down with a swim.

In the evening, have dinner at one of the seafood restaurants near the old port, and then check out one of the many concerts or performances. If you are there on a Tuesday or Friday, then I highly recommend the folk dance performance by the Lindo ensemble at Lazareti. If you want to hit the dance floor, then there are plenty of late night disco parties throughout Dubrovnik.

Dubrovnik Day 2

In the morning, head to the cable car station, which is about a 5-10 minute walk from the old city gates. Ride the cable car up to Mound Srd for a stunning panorama of the town. Have a coffee and cake at the top and enjoy the view. From here you can visit the nearby museum about the defence of Dubrovnik during the Homeland War for Independence in the 1990s.

Once you’ve explored the museum and taken in the views from the top, head back down on the cable car and head towards the old town harbour. Grab a bite for lunch at Gusta Me restaurant and enjoy a glass of their handmade Croatian wine, while sitting on the patio and enjoying the views from the old harbour and Revelin Fortress.

After lunch, catch the boat from the Old Town harbour to the nearby island of Lokrum for a morning of walking and swimming. The boat ride takes about 30 minutes, and departs every half an hour during the summer months. The island is a nature preserve famous for its peacocks and botanical gardens. It is also another prime filming location for Game of Thrones.

Visit the historic monastery, walk through the botanical gardens, stroll along one of the island’s walking paths and if you’re feeling a bit adventurous, head to the island’s nudist beach located on the eastern tip of the island. Make sure you catch the last boat back to Dubrovnik.

Before dinner, stroll along some of the old city alleyways, and browse the souvenir shops and markets for some last minute shopping.

For dinner dine at one of the traditional Croatian restaurants. Lokanda Peskerija serves local Adriatic seafood dishes. Restaurant Komin serves honest Croatian food, such as Peka. For the vegetarians, try Restaurant Nishta, the city’s best vegetarian restaurant, which also serves vegan and gluten free options.

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