Visit to Dubrovnik, Croatia
7th to 9th August 2009
Dubrovnik's spectacular views, historic buildings and crystal clear water make it a pretty special joint. It's also an extremely popular tourist destination and is daily flooded by hordes of tourists that descend from cruise ships and buses. My opinion of the town was in constant flux; when the visitors were around I hated the place, when they left I loved it. A typical Dubrovnik 'snapshot'; jagged cliffs and a medieval building framed by the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic.Dubrovnik historic role as a fortress is obvious from the sea. A trip to nearby Lokrum Island is well worth while. The island's shaded coast offers plenty of opportunities for a relaxing afternoon of swim and a bit of quiet time.A walk around the ramparts offer a fascinating glimpse of the town.Spectacular scenery is found in all directions.Fields of terracotta roof tiles.
A lot of the food on offer in Dubrovnik was rubbish catering for the tourists that blow into town, though for something a bit different it's worth checking out Taj Mahal a cosy little Bosnian restaurant. Bosnian cuisine is different from Croatia's coastal fair; red meats and vegetables dominate and there were similarities to Austrian food with lots of paprika and sour cream.Dubrovnik's history is long and it is acknowledged with status as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Peace and tranquillity prevail on Placa-Stradun, the Old Town's main street; when the cruise ships arrive things quickly change making this an unpalatable mess of pushing, shoving and snapping cameras.As the sun sets Dubrovnik is just as spectacular.