Located in front of the turquoise waters of the Adriatic sea, the city of Dubrovnik recalls its past and long history by means of its impressive walls and streets with stone pavement.
The charm of the city remains in its spectacular old town, which invites to get lost in the narrow streets, stop by one of its great restaurants to taste its delightful cuisine or buy a souvenir from the well-known series Game of Thrones that used the city scenarios in many episodes.
Due to its strategic location, Dubrovnik has been one of the most important commercial ports between Middle East and Southern Europe throughout history. Nowadays, the city has become one of the most relevant destinations in the Mediterranean, claiming for its tourist importance in front of other well-known destinations.
During my stay in the city I was able to discover the excellent accommodations from Adriatic Luxury Hotels, which has different properties suitable for all types of travellers.
I was lucky to stay in Hotel Excelsior, a state-of-the-art hotel designed with great style, which offers the best views to the old town, Lokrum Island and the Adriatic sea. The best option in town, for sure!
Dubrovnik can be explored in a weekend getaway or be the starting point to discover Croatia or the near Montenegro.
The Croatian adventure began with a walk around the city walls, which surround the old town and enable you to get an idea of the city’s past. You can breathe history while you walk around its quiet streets (with few people in them when it’s not peak season).
In the afternoon, we had a great time in the terrace of Hotel Excelsior’s Abakus Piano Bar, listening to some live music and being spectators of the breath-taking sunset over the old town.
As a final touch for our day, I enjoyed a delicious dinner of Peruvian cuisine at Victoria Restaurant (yes, apart from Croatian cuisine, Adriatic Luxury Hotels has a varied range of international cuisine able to take you to far off places). You’ve got the most romantic views of the city from this restaurant, which is located in Villa Orsula, an elegant property of only 13 rooms owned by ALH.
The next day, I had the opportunity to explore the picturesque villages of Cavtat & Ston. This last, apart from having the largest walls in the whole European continent, is also known for its oyster farms, the genuine ambrosia in the region.
Together with a local farmer, I enjoyed a delightful oyster tasting of really fresh oysters in a unique and exclusive location: a wooden platform over the Adriatic waters with splendid views to Ston. A really magical moment!
As a goodbye and final activity on this brief visit to Dubrovnik, I boarded the cable car to discover why this city is accurately called "the Adriatic Pearl".
And you, do you want to discover it?