dubrovnik, croatia - swimming, kayaking, cliff jumping, cave diving & walking the hell out of old town

At the end of July, Sara and I spent a week on Croatia's Dalmatian Coast, swimming in the impeccably blue and warm Adriatic, kayaking and ferrying to tiny islands, scarfing down overfilled plates of seafood with delicious, cool, crisp local white wine, melting each and every day in the ungodly heat, and witnessing some of the most breathtaking -- and bright-pink -- sunsets I'd ever seen.

Dubrovnik Old Town, Croatia


Sara and I met in Split and took the first bus down to Dubrovnik. It's a five-hour ride, but as it's along the coast, there are mainly uninterrupted views of the stunning coastline.

Dubrovnik port, Croatia

We'd rented an apartment at the old port, a good twenty minute walk from downtown. No problem for Sara and I -- especially since our spot had a spacious balcony with this view.



We didn't hang around long before setting out to explore.

Dubrovnik old town, Croatia

Dubrovnik old town, Croatia

Dubrovnik old town, Croatia

Dubrovnik old town, Croatia

Dubrovnik old town, Croatia

Temperatures were in the hundreds F (forties C), and we couldn't have been happier when we stumbled upon a secret swimming spot nestled directly into the walls and cliffs of the old town -- Buza 2.

Buza cliff jumping, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Buza is Croatian for "hole in the wall". Apt.

Buza 2 cliff jumping, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Step through the little crack in the wall and down the steps, find a place to lay out your towel, and jump into the warm azure Adriatic.

Buza 2, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Buza 2, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Buza 2, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Buza 2, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Buza 2, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Buza 2, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Buza 2, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Buza 2, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Buza 2, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Buza 2, Dubrovnik, Croatia

At some point, my iPhone went for a swim in the Adriatic, which meant I was blessed to spend a few hours of my trip at T-Centar (Croatian T-Mobile) as Sara wandered around blissfully in the old city.

But anyway. The hole my dead phone left was filled with food.

Azur restaurant, Dubrovnik, Croatia
 AZUR - Pobijana 10

Right around the corner from Buza 2, with tons of raw fish on the menu and nice quiet outdoor seating tucked away on a sidestreet. Above, salmon ceviche tacos, and below, raw tuna salad.

Azur restaurant, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik old town, Croatia

Dubrovnik old town, Croatia

Dubrovnik old town, Croatia
The old city of Dubrovnik is entirely contained within tall walls running all around the city (like so) that you can climb up and walk all around. We started in the late afternoon and finished at golden hour.

Dubrovnik old town, Croatia

Dubrovnik old town, Croatia

Dubrovnik old town, Croatia

Dubrovnik old town, Croatia

Dubrovnik old town, Croatia

Dubrovnik old town, Croatia

Dubrovnik old town, Croatia

Dubrovnik old town, Croatia

Dubrovnik old town, Croatia

Dubrovnik old town, Croatia

Dubrovnik old town, Croatia
Our favorite swimming spot from a different angle, temping us to come back for round 2...

Dubrovnik old town, Croatia

Dubrovnik old town, Croatia

Dubrovnik old town, Croatia

Dubrovnik old town, Croatia

Dubrovnik old town, Croatia

Dubrovnik old town, Croatia

Dubrovnik old town, Croatia

Dubrovnik old town, Croatia

Dubrovnik old town, Croatia

Dubrovnik old town, Croatia

Dubrovnik old town, Croatia

Dubrovnik old town, Croatia

Dubrovnik old town, Croatia

Dubrovnik old town, Croatia

Dubrovnik old town, Croatia

Dubrovnik old town, Croatia

Dubrovnik old town, Croatia

Dubrovnik old town, Croatia

Dubrovnik old town, Croatia

Poklisar restaurant, Dubrovnik Croatia
POKLISAR - Ribarnica ul. 1

We'd spied this restaurant right at the port the night before, when we were eating gelato and watching the lights of the city from the dock. We nabbed a table right at the edge of the water, on the back patio. We ordered a large pot of white wine & garlic steamed mussels, a big delicious pizza, and a bottle of Pošip white wine -- an instant favorite.

Kayaking the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik, Croatia

The next day we went on an all-day kayaking tour. Despite my absolute love of boats (I could sit at a dock for hours and hours, and if I'm in any city that has one, I will) I get seasick every time I'm in one. Doesn't harm the experience a pinch though -- cost of doing business, as they say.

Kayaking the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Kayaking the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Paddled out to an island with a blue grotto for some cliff jumping and cave diving.

Cliff jumping in the Adriatic, Dubrovnik, Croatia




Had a lunch break at a makeshift restaurant -- a very fat, angry Croatian man who runs a spot out of his house, on his front porch. Fresh fish, mashed potatoes, homemade bread, homemade red and white wine, and fried donut balls for dessert.

Sara, speechless at sunset on our ferry ride back to Dubrovnik.


And when we got home, we had one last pink sunset to enjoy before we were off to Split the next morning.


Sunset in Dubrovnik, Croatia

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