Inside, Outside & Atop Dubrovnik's City Walls

The first stop on our honeymoon back in July 2014 was Dubrovnik! When Vince and I first sat down to plan our honeymoon I threw out the idea of Dubrovnik since a friend had showed me pictures of how beautiful it looks. Seemed like a good honeymoon spot. As we looked further into it, we decided that Croatia was a perfect honeymoon spot for us! It checked so many boxes:

√ mediterranean climate √ good food & wine √ good mix of beach time and active/exploring time (I can't sit still very well when I'm on vacation!) √ beautiful views √ somewhere neither of us had ever visited

How could we not have chosen Croatia?!

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Our hotel room at Apartments Martecchini had a small living room area AND a kitchenette! Perfect for our style of travel, which includes, where possible, a mix of cooking in and eating out to help cut costs.

Our hotel was an extremely old building in the center of the old town. As you can see from the photo below, we had the top floor (attic?) to ourselves. When I asked the front desk attendant why our room had a large hearth in it, he explained that kitchens were always on the top floors of Croatian homes to lessen the risk of fire and also to keep excessive heat away from the main living spaces. Not a bad idea, Croatians.

The history buff in me was super into our hotel room because of its history and "bonus features". I kept imagining the countless meals and conversations (gossip?) that had happened around that hearth. This place really set the scene for our time in Dubrovnik, which was steeped in history at every turn.

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hotel room in dubrovnik | apartments martecchini | croatia

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I'll be honest, we really didn't do a TON while we were in Dubrovnik. We were only there for 2.5 days at the very beginning of our trip. After a whirlwind weekend of wedding festivities, we were feeling the jet lag especially hard. Cue the rest and relaxation!

Even though we didn't check off a lot of the sights in Dubrovnik, Vince and I still got everything we wanted to out of Dubrovnik. We got to learn more about the Croatian culture and history by walking through one of the country's oldest cities, we spoke with locals about their culture and its most recent fight for independence, we shopped at grocery stores aside Dubrovnik residents, and we sampled their cuisine in their many restaurants.

But most of all, we just enjoyed walking inside, outside, and atop the city walls, just spending time together.

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Views Atop the Wall

This was probably my favorite thing that we did, even though it was hot. The walls are over a mile long, and they offer some of the most spectacular views of the city and neighboring islands. If spectacular views aren't your thing, the walls are a good way to circle the area and scope out some of the other sights you're considering visiting while in town.

We initially balked at the price (around $25 apiece), but once we got up there it was totally worth it. I loved that they even had little refreshment carts along the way!

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Red roofs for days!

Bailey & Vince atop Dubrovnik's city walls

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Over 86% of Croatia identifies as Roman Catholic.

One of many churches in Dubrovnik | Croatia

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Dubrovnik rooftops

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The walls were originally built in the 7th century for defensive purposes. Look how thick they are! It's no surprise that little ever got through them.

Vince atop Dubrovnik's city walls

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I could not get over how vibrant those roofs were.

Dubrovnik walls

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And this water is bluer than blue! I've never seen water this clear before.

Dubrovnik | Croatia

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Dubrovnik | Croatia

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Dubrovnik city walls

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Dubrovnik church bells | Croatia

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Just me sitting on the edge of the walls. Not the brightest idea (there was a 50 foot drop on the other side), but I needed a place to sit!

Bailey atop the Dubrovnik city walls

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Dubrovnik | Croatia

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Outside the Wall

While on our little tour around the walls, we noticed some people sitting at this great looking cafe outside of the city right on the cliffs! Of course, we had to try to get there. It took us about an hour of winding through the twisty roads of Dubrovnik but we finally found it: Cafe Buza!

Some reviews will say this place is really overcrowded or not worth the hype, but we disagree. It was a completely relaxing place to sit for a few hours and watch the aquatic traffic pass by us.

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Cafe Buza | Dubrovnik | Croatia

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It is here that Vince discovered his appreciation for Karlovacko! We sampled Pan beers as well, but they weren't nearly as tasty.

Soaking up the sun at Cafe Buza | Dubrovnik | Croatia

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Not bad, not bad at all.

Pans at Cafe Buza | Dubrovnik | Croatia

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Blue water at Dubrovnik | Croatia

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Inside the City Walls

I LOVED walking the old streets of Dubrovnik. I kept imagining the thousands of other people who'd walked them before me, polishing the streets down to shining stones from centuries of use.

Dubrovnik streets | Croatia

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I'm always so fascinated by people that live in places like this. Are they desensitized to the amazing history and architecture that surrounds them? Some places I've visited like Granada, Toledo, Rome, and now Dubrovnik are centuries old. You can only find that kind of history in a few places in the world. Hopefully the people lucky enough to live in such places appreciate their surroundings and understand the necessity to preserve such history for generations to come.

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Exploring the City Walls of Dubrovnik, Croatia