ISLAND HOPPING IN CROATIA: DUBROVNIK

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It may be the home of Game of Thrones but that’s not the only pull of Dubrovnik, as I found out a couple of weeks ago. Travelling 3 hours on the ferry from Hvar one early morning, we arrived at the port and jumped in the first taxi we could find to escape the blistering heat. Driving through the winding streets and around the infamous city walls, I instantly knew there would be a lot more to see here than the other islands. Despite the early hour, the cobbled streets were full of people leaving their Sunday service and simply shooting the breeze with their neighbours.

Although it was too hot to venture into the town centre after 9am, we got up early and enjoyed the peaceful morning atmosphere, empty beaches and lapping waters. Although you can do a 2 hour walk of the city walls, we meandered through the side alleys, through the ruins and explored the hidden residential streets where you really get a sense of the city and how the locals live. Wandering around, it’s beautiful to just absorb your surroundings and peer into the closed shops and boutiques. Orange trees line historic cathedrals and flowers bloom from the oldest brickwork without a car or hint of pollution in site. There are beaches that sit on the outskirts of the wall that offer boat rides to the neighbouring islands or jet ski’s to explore the seas ahead. It is a busy stretch of ocean so do be careful as huge ferries and cruise ships quietly soar through on their way to exotic destinations.

TOP TIP: Make sure you check out the Komarda Terrace Restaurant-you can enjoy the best seafood and fresh bread underneath canopy trees overlooking the beautiful shoreline below.

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