Pearl of the Adriatic
“those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik and find it” – George Bernard Shaw
I was looking forward to Dubrovik the most out of all the cities on my Eastern Europe tour and it definitely didn't disappoint! Yes, the water is actually that blue and yes, you can kayak / lay on the beach / cliff jump and yes its actually that pretty! Southern Croatia is the vacation playground of the Mediterranean and my stay there was all about relaxation, the summer sun and the pool. In the Middle Ages, it was an independent maritime port, strong and wealthy enough to rival Venice. The city suffered damage during the Croatian war of independence but the Old Town feels worlds away from the modern world and retains its gorgeous architecture of hidden alleyways and magnificent churches. I didn't stay in the Old Town itself, but a short drive/bus ride away at Hotel Lapad. I also spent a day climb the city walls- its an exhausting 3 or 4 hour trek around the entire Old Town but its got some great views and is where I took the majority of these snaps. It's also a great workout!