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Getting romantic in Dubrovnik

A round up of some of the most romantic things to do when on holidays in the ancient Croatian city of Dubrovnik.

It had been a little over a year since I’d last been to the beautiful Croatian city of Dubrovnik, but this time it was with Ben and we were on an assignment for Cara, exploring the ancient city’s Game of Thrones connections, as it’s a key filming location for all outdoor King’s Landing scenes. 

As I joked in my post from when I went to there on a holiday with the girls, Dubrovnik just oozes romance. Narrow cobbled streets, stunning sunsets, clear blue seas… am I sounding like a travel brochure yet? I thought I’d round up some of the more smooch-worthy activities Ben and I got up to. Be warned: most of them involve views, drinks and sunsets. Click through for a read.

 

A round up of some of the most romantic things to do when on holidays in the ancient Croatian city of Dubrovnik.

First things first: Dubrovnik is just naturally a romantic city. It can’t help itself. So you don’t have to try all that hard to get a loved-up buzz going. Walking the walls at sunset is usually top of people’s lists and it’s just as wonderful as every one says (that’s us above). The list below is all about the really ridiculously lovely stuff that stood out to us. The kind of wonderful adventures that make you just look at each other and laugh with the sheer giddiness of it all. 

Kayak around the city walls to Lokrum island and the hidden cove

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For a gorgeous look at the city from the water, Ben and I signed up for a kayak and snorkelling trip and paddled through crystal clear waters around Lokrum Island. It was way easier than we thought it would be, the guides were friendly and good craic, and the equipment was in perfect nick, ticking all the safety boxes. The views from the kayak looking up at the ancient city walls were just breathtaking – it took all the self control I had (not to mention common sense) not to whip out my camera. Once we had circled the pretty green island of Lokrum, we made for a hidden cove, where I was able to go snorkelling and spotted way more fish than I expected. It was really good value for €33, which included all the equipment you needed (including snorkelling gear and waterproof barrels for valuables), as well as drinks and sambos. If you love snorkelling, I’d recommend booking something else too, as you really only get about half an hour of under water time with the fish. During late spring and summer you would have to book well in advance, as only one company seems to do these tours and they leave from right by the Pile Gate, the main entrance into the city.

Sunset drinks at the secret bar built into the ancient city walls 

A round up of some of the most romantic things to do when on holidays in the ancient Croatian city of Dubrovnik.

Okay, so it’s not really a secret but it super feels like one when you’re trying to find the place! I think I had walked the walls of Dubrovnik twice before being able to finally find Cafe Buza, a kind of literal hole-in-wall bar nestled in among the walls. You can see it quite clearly when you’re walking them, but finding it was another story. I’d love to give you some killer tip for getting there, but your best bet is to walk towards the walls on the west side of town and then ask a local to show you the way. Sometimes you might get lucky enough to see a sign that says “cold drinks, beautiful view”, and man is that an understatement and a half. The views are what the iPhone’s panorama setting was made for, particularly at sunset. The drinks menu is fairly basic, but you don’t really want for much when soaking up the scenery.

Ride the Dubrovnik Cable Car

A round up of some of the most romantic things to do when on holidays in the ancient Croatian city of Dubrovnik.Dubrovnik is at the foot of Srdj, a mountain that towers above the city. You can take a cablecar up to the summit and get some more insanely gorgeous views (it’s worth holding out for a clear day). Within seconds, you’ve climbed over 700 metres and the city, once impressive and giant, seems sweet and miniature. It’s €13 per person for a return ticket, but factor in getting a drink at the top too.

Cosy dinner in a local hot spot

Within the city walls almost every restaurant – though pretty and atmospheric – is aimed predominantly at tourists, so the quality can vary. We did some asking and some snooping and found Taverna Otto. It was located outside the city walls, but the glowing Tripadvisor reviews convinced us that it was worthy a try. Set in a 450-year-old stone building that used to be a boathouse, the decor is modern and the mood is cosy and relaxed. The menu was short and simple, but the food was a delight; seasonal, carefully prepared Mediterranean dishes served with delicious Croatian wines, it was the nicest meal we had during our time there – and so good we went twice. The molten chocolate cake was something else. 

If you’d prefer to stay within the walls, we had some very tasty oysters in Bar Bota, who also served up some pretty good sushi. 

An island picnic on Lokrum

A round up of some of the most romantic things to do when on holidays in the ancient Croatian city of Dubrovnik.

A round up of some of the most romantic things to do when on holidays in the ancient Croatian city of Dubrovnik.There are lots of islands along the coast, but Lokrum is by far the easiest to get to. There are taxi boats running from the old harbour every half hour or so, and it only takes about 15 minutes to get there. Pack some snacks and once there, you can wander around, check out the very friendly peacocks, and pick a quiet, shady spot to have your grub on. There are lots of rocky beaches around the island’s coastline, which are very popular sunbathing spots for locals – I’ve been told that a lot of tourists can’t quite hack the jagged hardness, but if you bring a mat you should be all set for a nice afternoon snooze. 

A round up of some of the most romantic things to do when on holidays in the ancient Croatian city of Dubrovnik.And that’s it! That’s us above, delighted to be drinking cocktails at sunset and averaging about a book a day. I hope you enjoyed my round-up, and do let me know if you’re planning a trip, or have tried any of the above.

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Emily
    March 14, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    We’re going just before Easter! Just emailed this to my travel planner 😉 Looks beautiful and also flying Aer Lingus so hopefully we can pick up the article in Cara too! xx

    • Reply
      nathalie
      March 14, 2015 at 12:38 pm

      No way, amazing! Easter is a lovely time to go. DEFINITELY try to walk the walls during sunset, it’s so beautiful. You guys will have such a fab time!

  • Reply
    Claire Quigley
    March 17, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    This looks gorgeous! We have been trying to figure out where to holiday this year and this is now on the list! Want those kayaks!

    • Reply
      nathalie
      March 18, 2015 at 4:12 pm

      Let me know if you decide to go and I’ll send on some extra recommendations Claire! It’s such a gorgeous spot.

      • Reply
        Claire Quigley
        March 18, 2015 at 8:59 pm

        Thanks Nathalie! Appreciate it 🙂 Will let you know

  • Reply
    Elle Kirsten
    October 26, 2015 at 4:31 am

    Great post Nathalie! Isn’t Dubrovnik just the most wonderful city? 🙂 I recently wrote a similar post on my 5 favorite things to do in Dubrovnik’s old town. If you have a moment I’d love to get your opinion on my post at http://thisisyugen.blogspot.com.au/2015/10/fivethingstodoindubrovnik.html .

    Keep on traveling and inspiring,
    Elle
    http://thisisyugen.blogspot.com

  • Reply
    Leah
    May 23, 2016 at 12:02 am

    Hi Nathalie! Thank you so much for the great post, it’s so helpful! I’m going this July for a week with my boyfriend, but I’m not too sure what Dubrovnik is like price wise. I’ve heard mixed reviews, but predominantly that it can be really pricey. We’ll be trying to avoid the main touristy spots of course , although we are staying in the Old Town. Was it cheaper than Dublin or would you say about the same? Any help is greatly appreciated!

    • Reply
      nathalie
      May 23, 2016 at 9:16 am

      Hi Leah!

      Both times I went was during the off-season, so I’m not sure whether I’m going to be a whole lot of help, sadly. Both times we actually stayed outside the Old Town – at the time, it was a lot cheaper, we had access to pools/the sea and the buses in and out of the town were frequent (the taxis were cheap enough too). We definitely found eating and drinking in the Old Town cheaper than home, but again it wasn’t peak season. I still reckon it would be a good bit cheaper than Dublin to eat out though!

      Enjoy your trip 🙂

  • Reply
    Jeni
    August 20, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Thanks so much for this! My bf and I are here now and I can’t wait to try the secret bar for sunset this evening 🙂

    • Reply
      nathalie
      August 23, 2016 at 8:12 am

      Amazing, enjoy it! I’m @nathaliemc on Twitter and Insta – send me a pic 🙂

  • Reply
    Manas
    August 27, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Hi Nathalie, nice description – it has encouraged me to choose Dubrovnik as my honeymoon destination for mid-February. You said you were there in the off-season – was this around Feb? I have been warned that many restaurants might be closed and some of the trips might not be available in the winter.

    • Reply
      nathalie
      August 29, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      Hi Manas, delighted to hear you’re going to Dubrovnik, I loved it! We were there around Sept/Oct I think so I’m afraid I have no idea what it might be like come February. Might it be worth checking with the hotel you’re staying in? I do know that Dubrovnik has gotten increasingly popular, so there’s a chance there’ll be some spots open. Happy honeynmooning!

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