Traveling to Dubrovnik, Croatia

The Traveling Mrs-Dubrovnik, Croatia

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I love this town. It is next to the sea, and the old town of Dubrovnik looks straight from an old movie. It has quaint streets and this beautiful sepia color to it everywhere you look.

Things to do

Walk through Old Town. There are shops, restaurants, live entertainment, and so much more throughout these beautiful streets.

Ul. Vrata od Pila, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Walk the Old Town walls. I didn’t want to do this because of the crowds I saw up there as we walked through the town, but my husband made me do it on our very last day there, and I am so happy that he made me do it. It was one of my favorite things that we did there. It was an amazing experience, and wasn’t as crowded with tourists as I thought it would be.

Go to beaches. We went to a few different beaches, unfortunately, none of them were exactly the soft sand we had been hoping for. We still had a great time at them though! And you really can’t beat the view of the beach. Here are a few different beaches to read about and decide which one is best for you!

Watch a game of Picigin. This is a really popular game that we saw people playing all over the beaches. They typically played in about 1-3 feet of water, so right on the shore. I can’t even explain to you what the purpose of the game is, other than it seems like they don’t want the small ball to hit the water. Needless to say, even though I don’t know the exact rules of it, it is so much fun to watch them play. You see them running and diving everywhere, just to keep the ball up. We were thoroughly entertained. If I were you, I would even ask to play a game. We definitely wanted to play, but never asked. I am now wishing that we did.

Ride the Dubrovnik Cable Car. It takes you to the most amazing view of Dubrovnik, hands down. Since we had a car, we mapped how to go to the hill, and drove right to the top without having to pay anything. So if you have a car, I would recommend doing that, just to save you so money. If you do not have a car however, I recommend you pay to see this view. It is so worth it. Prices are here.

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Places to stay

We actually extended our stay once we got to Dubrovnik, because we loved it so much. So we stayed in two different places that we found on AirBNB. There were a lot to choose from.

If you do not have a car, I would stay right in the city, that way, you can walk everywhere. It is more expensive right in the city, as it will be with any major city you go to. We had a car, so we decided to stay just outside of it, only by a few miles, and the prices of our places we stayed at dropped significantly.

Transportation

I always recommend a car, but here, driving around the city of Dubrovnik is so crazy, it wasn’t even worth it. So if you are staying in the city, you can basically walk anywhere you want to. They also have a bus that can take you around as well. So, ditch the car if you can!

Day trips

There are a few islands right off of Dubrovnik that are fun to explore: Vis is known for the seafood and fishing trips. Hvar is a great place for shopping, hiking, biking, and lavender fields. Brac is known for their water sports, and Zlatni Rat, on Brac’s south coast, is Croatia’s most photographed beach. Mljet is known for the gorgeous nature and scenic views. Murter is a great place to learn how to sail. And rumor has it that Pag has the best beach parties. Unfortunately we didn’t do any island hopping, but we did hear that Hvar was one of the best islands to visit.

You can also go to smaller nearby countries like Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as Montenegro to visit their beaches and towns there.

The Traveling Mrs.

Traveling to Split, Croatia

Split, Croatia-The Traveling Mrs

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Just like the post of Rovinj, we unfortunately spent a very short amount of time here. We only got to see the nightlife, as well as the morning after before we took off again.

But can I just tell you, the nightlife was amazing. Most places in Europe, and especially in Italy where we were living, everything but restaurants seem to close down early. Not here. We wanted to stay out all night long! There is live music playing in various parts of the center of town, even most of the shopping is open! There was a big soccer game going on that they had projected onto a huge screen just off of the pier. We had a blast sitting with the whole town watching the game.

The next morning we went back to the same area of town and got to see their day markets as well. This is definitely a place that we want to come back to explore.

The Traveling Mrs.

 

Traveling to Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

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Oh. My. Goodness. Plitvice Lakes everyone. If you ever go to Croatia, this is an absolute MUST. This beautiful place consists of 16 surreal lakes that cascade into one another. And there is this little wooden boardwalk that you take to get around to see each and every one of them.

Places to stay

You don’t stay right in Plitvice Lakes, it is a National Park, so you stay at a nearby city. We didn’t find anything on AirBNB, who we normally like to book with, so we went on our next favorite option, booking.com. We were able to find a cute B&B that we stayed in for just one night, called House Mara in Korencia, which is just over 9 miles from Plitvice Lakes. We had a car rented so first thing in the morning we woke up and drove to the national park.

I also did some digging around the website, and it looks like if you have a camper you can camp just outside of the park for $70 a day. Here is more information on that.

Transportation

We found it best to rent a car. It is better than having to rely on shuttles, or paying a ton of money for a taxi.

Tips

Go as soon as it opens. That means car parked before it opens, and buying your ticket as soon as you are able to. This place gets CROWDED. Walking on those tiny wooden boardwalks without any hand rails is pretty hard when you are shoulder to shoulder with people going both directions. Also, you will beat the heat if you go early.

My husband and I took about half of a day to walk around the entire place. I would have loved to stay longer, but by the time the late afternoon hits, it is so crowded, so we decided to leave. We were so glad we went right when it opened because we only had to endure the crowds for about an hour.

We brought our own food and drinks in, though there are a few places where you can buy food, drinks, and dessert.

You are not able to swim in these lakes like you are able to at Krka National Park, so keep that in mind.

The park opens at 7:00am and closes at 8:00pm.

The price to get in varies on what time of the year you visit, how many days you are going, and how old you are. So here is the official website that you can visit to figure out what category you will fall under.

Also, if you couldn’t guess from this post, wear good walking shoes! That is all you will be doing when you visit.

Enjoy this beautiful place. There really is a lot of magic to it. I saw my first firefly there, and that has been on my bucket list since as long as I can remember. You can’t really see anything in this picture, but you can see that cute little firefly’s light.

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Traveling to Rovinj, Croatia

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The husband and I were only in Rovinj for a half of a day and an evening. This was one of our stops to break up the trip to our final destinations here in Croatia: Plitvice Lakes and Dubrovnik.

Because we were here for such a short amount of time, I don’t have much information on this beautiful city as I would like. But I can tell you that it is one of the most romantic sea-side villages I have been to in a long time. We had a blast walking around the pier, eating great food and gelato, and enjoying the sunset. There are a few different swimming holes you can find, and from what I am told, a great market that is in the mornings.

This is a place that I definitely want to come back and spend more time getting to know.

The Traveling Mrs.