Dubrovnik, the City of Stairs

The town of Hvar was left behind in the morning, departing on a large catamaran around 9 am. The 3.5 hour ride from Hvar to Dubrovnik was quite uneventful, with the ship making a few stops at various islands along the way. Then a brisk and sweaty 3 km walk from the harbor to the old town to Villa Sigurata, situated in an ancient-looking building but remodeled entirely on the inside to meet the needs of modern travelers.

View of old town Dubrovnik from atop Lokrum island

View of old town Dubrovnik from atop Lokrum island

After cooling off a bit, it was time for some lunch. Barba, a small street food place with seafood dishes, offered delicious octopus burgers and some nice craft beer. Filling and tasty! The interior of the tiny restaurant was made interesting by the wooden forks decorated by customers and stuck all over the place, hanging from the lamps and overflowing from jars on tables.

Hattivatti left its mark in Barba

Hattivatti left its mark in Barba

With hunger and thirst satisfied, wandering the narrow streets of old town Dubrovnik became more interesting. Quickly it was noted that they really love stairs in this place: whichever direction one went from the main street, an uphill climb with steep stairs would appear soon. Getting around could be turned into a decent workout easily!

Stairs, a common site in old town Dubrovnik

Stairs, a common sight in old town Dubrovnik

Afternoon coffees were enjoyed within the peaceful courtyard of Portrait, a café/bar at the back of a modern clothing and accessory concept store situated in a renaissance age palace. Quite an interesting place! Then on to Glam Café, which despite the name is nowadays known more for its selection of craft beers than coffee.

Hanging out with the locals at Glam Café

Hanging out with the locals at Glam Café

After a couple refreshing malty beverages, it was time to head for dinner. The oddly named Taj Mahal, which despite the name offers Bosnian food, served up delicious and abundant dishes along with good Croatian wine. Definitely worth a visit! The last drinks of the night were enjoyed overlooking the dark ocean at the Cafe Buza outdoor terrace, just hanging on the outside of the old town walls.

Old town Dubrovnik by night

Old town Dubrovnik by night

The following day, five hours were spent wandering around nearby Lokrum Island, a nature reserve with some interesting historical sights and viewpoints towards the city as well as places for swimming and sunbathing. The island is full of quite tame bunnies and peacocks which roam about freely, making it all the more interesting.

Visiting Lokrum Island

ExploringLokrum Island

Making new friends on Lokrum Island

Making new friends on Lokrum Island

A long day in the sun called for some refreshments, so Barba and Glam Café were visited again. For dinner, a place called Lokanda Peskarija in the old harbor area offered really tasty seafood risottos accompanied with yet again nice local wine. A good place to follow the activity of the local cats as well that roam around the streets.

Seafood risottos at Lokanda Peskarija

Seafood risottos at Lokanda Peskarija

For dessert, coffees and cakes were enjoyed at Soul Caffe, a unique cafe in a narrow alley where the entertainment consisted of an old man with an electric  piano playing songs while black and white movies were projected on the wall. Really an exotic place!

Did someone mention stairs?

Did someone mention stairs?

There had been some light rains during the early evening, but an actual downpour began during dessert, leading to an early night. The plan for the next day was to drive a long way towards the north, so getting some proper sleep wasn’t such a bad thing.

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