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Dubrovnik City Wall Walk and Cable Car

If you only have one day in Dubrovnik, I would suggest spending it on the City Wall Walk. It may be the highlight of your visit. It's a 2 km walk around the city with dramatic views of the coast and famous tiled rooftops. The wall was constructed between the 12th-17th centuries and surrounds the entire perimeter of Old Town. The walk can get crowded during the day, so try going early. We went when it opened, which was 8 am.

There are several entrances to the Wall Walk. We chose the one close to the main street (Stradun), which was closest to Pile Gate.

There are several entrances to the Wall Walk. We chose the one close to the main street (Stradun), which was closest to Pile Gate.

Once we got to the top of the stairs, we headed to the left. This will bring you to a view of Fort Lovrijenac.

Once we got to the top of the stairs, we headed to the left. This will bring you to a view of Fort Lovrijenac.

The Bell Tower and Onofrio's Fountain

The Bell Tower and Onofrio's Fountain

Another view of Fort Lovrijenac

Another view of Fort Lovrijenac

Nature combined with the man-made beauty of historic times creates a lasting impression.

Nature combined with the man-made beauty of historic times creates a lasting impression.

The width of the walls ranges from 13-20 feet on the landward side, but it's much more narrow on the seaward side.

The width of the walls ranges from 13-20 feet on the landward side, but it's much more narrow on the seaward side.

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A view of Lokrum Island

A view of Lokrum Island

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old town dubrovnik croatia city wall walk
old town dubrovnik croatia city wall walk
old town dubrovnik croatia city wall walk
The walk takes you all the way around the port on the southeastern side of Old Town.

The walk takes you all the way around the port on the southeastern side of Old Town.

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In the distance, you can see St. Ivan Fortress. It was built in the 14th century and is now home to the Maritime Museum.

In the distance, you can see St. Ivan Fortress. It was built in the 14th century and is now home to the Maritime Museum.

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old town dubrovnik croatia city wall walk
old town dubrovnik croatia city wall walk
old town dubrovnik croatia city wall walk
The Wall gets pretty high in some places, so don't look down if you're afraid of heights.

The Wall gets pretty high in some places, so don't look down if you're afraid of heights.

Minceta Tower was completed in 1464, now serves as a museum.

Minceta Tower was completed in 1464, now serves as a museum.

The walkway around Minceta Tower, also a familiar scene from Game of Thrones...

The walkway around Minceta Tower, also a familiar scene from Game of Thrones...

Also known as the House of the Undying from GOTs. You may recognize this as the scene where Daenerys goes to get her dragons back.

Also known as the House of the Undying from GOTs. You may recognize this as the scene where Daenerys goes to get her dragons back.

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old town dubrovnik croatia city wall walk
Another view of Minceta Tower

Another view of Minceta Tower

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The walk takes about 1-2 hours, depending on how long you linger and/or take photos. We made it back in time to stop by the outdoor market for some fresh cherries and apricots.

The walk takes about 1-2 hours, depending on how long you linger and/or take photos. We made it back in time to stop by the outdoor market for some fresh cherries and apricots.

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old town market dubrovnik croatia
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old town dubrovnik croatia
We took the cable car up to the top of Dubrovnik (on Hill Srd) around 6pm. It only takes 4 minutes to get from bottom to top, which is much faster than what it took when it was first constructed in 1969.

We took the cable car up to the top of Dubrovnik (on Hill Srd) around 6pm. It only takes 4 minutes to get from bottom to top, which is much faster than what it took when it was first constructed in 1969.

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old town dubrovnik croatia cable car
The top of Srd is 412 meters above sea level, which provides for some spectacular views.

The top of Srd is 412 meters above sea level, which provides for some spectacular views.

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Cable Car up to Srd Hill

Cable Car up to Srd Hill

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old town dubrovnik croatia cable car
old town dubrovnik croatia cable car
old town dubrovnik croatia cable car
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We stopped by Dalmatino's for dinner, which is known for it's seafood.

We stopped by Dalmatino's for dinner, which is known for it's seafood.

Black ink seafood risotto

Black ink seafood risotto

Truffle pasta

Truffle pasta

Lobster fettuccine 

Lobster fettuccine 

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Hidden off of one of the alleyways in Old Town is Dolce Vita, and enticing place for dessert.

Hidden off of one of the alleyways in Old Town is Dolce Vita, and enticing place for dessert.

Any day that ends with real gelato, probably means that it was a good day. Today was exceptionally wonderful. One more day left on this anniversary trip, and we hope to make the most of it.

Any day that ends with real gelato, probably means that it was a good day. Today was exceptionally wonderful. One more day left on this anniversary trip, and we hope to make the most of it.

Top Photography Location in Dubrovnik, Croatia

One of the best ways to get this iconic shot of Old Town Dubrovnik is to pack a drone in your suitcase. However, if you do not happen to have one, fear not! Follow along to see where you can get comparable (if not better) shots of this magnificent view of Dubrovnik.

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Venture outside of Old Town through Pile Gate and head to the left. It won't be long before you spot the majestic Fort Lovrijenac.

Venture outside of Old Town through Pile Gate and head to the left. It won't be long before you spot the majestic Fort Lovrijenac.

It's not a surprise that this impressive spot made it into Game of Thrones. On a quiet day, one can imagine Sansa Stark and Shae watching the ships go by.

It's not a surprise that this impressive spot made it into Game of Thrones. On a quiet day, one can imagine Sansa Stark and Shae watching the ships go by.

Take a journey past the hobbit-like dwellings, up the grand staircase, and you'll find yourself looking at one of the most historic and breath-taking views you will experience...

Take a journey past the hobbit-like dwellings, up the grand staircase, and you'll find yourself looking at one of the most historic and breath-taking views you will experience...

Take in a breath of fresh air as you marvel at the sights from the entrance of Fort Lovrijenac (which stands 121 feet above sea level).

Take in a breath of fresh air as you marvel at the sights from the entrance of Fort Lovrijenac (which stands 121 feet above sea level).

Fort Lovrijenac dates back to the 11th century. High ceilings and spectacular views, what more could a soldier ask for?

Fort Lovrijenac dates back to the 11th century. High ceilings and spectacular views, what more could a soldier ask for?

Another popular filming location for Game of Thrones. Do you remember what battle scenes were fought here?

Another popular filming location for Game of Thrones. Do you remember what battle scenes were fought here?

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The perfect place to sit and ponder about the talented architects of the Middle Ages. Incredible artists. 

The perfect place to sit and ponder about the talented architects of the Middle Ages. Incredible artists. 

Inside the walls of Fort Lovrijenac.

Inside the walls of Fort Lovrijenac.

Fort Lovrijenac

Fort Lovrijenac

Fort Lovrijenac

Fort Lovrijenac

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Fort Lovrijenac old town Dubrovnik Croatia
More views from inside the walls of Fort Lovrijenac. Plan enough time to explore, there's a lot to see!

More views from inside the walls of Fort Lovrijenac. Plan enough time to explore, there's a lot to see!

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Fort Lovrijenac old town Dubrovnik Croatia
Fort Lovrijenac old town Dubrovnik Croatia
Don't forget to explore the trails on the other side of Fort Lovrijenac. You'll come across this quiet little lagoon.

Don't forget to explore the trails on the other side of Fort Lovrijenac. You'll come across this quiet little lagoon.

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Fort Lovrijenac old town Dubrovnik Croatia
Fort Lovrijenac old town Dubrovnik Croatia
Although it seems miles away, Fort Lovrijenac is just a short walk from the city walls.  So, you can make it back in time for dinner on the patio.

Although it seems miles away, Fort Lovrijenac is just a short walk from the city walls.  So, you can make it back in time for dinner on the patio.

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Unlike Texas, the prime seats are the ones outside. So, expect longer waits for patio seating (if you didn't already make reservations).

Unlike Texas, the prime seats are the ones outside. So, expect longer waits for patio seating (if you didn't already make reservations).

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old town dubrovnik croatia
old town dubrovnik croatia
old town dubrovnik croatia
Since we're talking about beautiful views, this is the entrance to a unique, cliff-side bar called Cafe Buza (or the "hole-in-the-wall").

Since we're talking about beautiful views, this is the entrance to a unique, cliff-side bar called Cafe Buza (or the "hole-in-the-wall").

Cafe Buza gets crowded in the evenings; t's a great place to watch the sunset.

Cafe Buza gets crowded in the evenings; t's a great place to watch the sunset.

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Sunset from Cafe Buza

Sunset from Cafe Buza

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old town dubrovnik croatia
A late dinner at Pizzeria Oliva, which is located behind St. Blaise Church

A late dinner at Pizzeria Oliva, which is located behind St. Blaise Church

Calzone with peppers, sausage, ricotta, and mozzarella

Calzone with peppers, sausage, ricotta, and mozzarella

Neopolitan-style pizza

Neopolitan-style pizza

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Onofrio's Fountain at night

Onofrio's Fountain at night

People watching is way more interesting in another country. You can observe the different languages, gestures, behaviors, and cultures. One thing that remains the same, though, is love. Can you spot the lovers who stopped to embrace in the street?

People watching is way more interesting in another country. You can observe the different languages, gestures, behaviors, and cultures. One thing that remains the same, though, is love. Can you spot the lovers who stopped to embrace in the street?

When the moonlight hits the limestone, Old Town takes on a whole new glow. One thing about Croatia is that it doesn't matter where you are. The views will likely take your breath away. And you better be ready to stop and savor the moment.

When the moonlight hits the limestone, Old Town takes on a whole new glow. One thing about Croatia is that it doesn't matter where you are. The views will likely take your breath away. And you better be ready to stop and savor the moment.

Top 10 things to see on Lokrum Island

If you're looking for a quick day trip from Dubrovnik, I would highly recommend visiting Lokrum Island. It's a quick 15-20 min boat ride from Dubrovnik and costs 120 Kunas, which includes a round trip and entrance into the nature reserve (i.e. the entire island!) Lots of unexpected sites and hidden treasures.

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Leaving the harbour of Old Town Dubrovnik, on our way to Lokrum

Leaving the harbour of Old Town Dubrovnik, on our way to Lokrum

The view from the ferry

The view from the ferry

We left on the first ferry out (9am), so we had our choice on where to sit

We left on the first ferry out (9am), so we had our choice on where to sit

Entrance to Lokrum. There are several maps along the way, but it helps if you take a picture of one to follow along the way.

Entrance to Lokrum. There are several maps along the way, but it helps if you take a picture of one to follow along the way.

1.)   The views from Lokrum are spectacular , some of the best on the Adriatic. Some of the hiking trails are rocky, but don't be afraid to explore them until you reach a dead end. Or, better yet, a view like this!

1.) The views from Lokrum are spectacular, some of the best on the Adriatic. Some of the hiking trails are rocky, but don't be afraid to explore them until you reach a dead end. Or, better yet, a view like this!

2.) A secret garden in itself , Lokrum has it's own Botanical Garden with 800 exotic plants from various parts of the world.

2.) A secret garden in itself, Lokrum has it's own Botanical Garden with 800 exotic plants from various parts of the world.

Similar to a scene from Dr. Seuss, the Botanical Garden also boasts a variety of exotic bugs and insects.

Similar to a scene from Dr. Seuss, the Botanical Garden also boasts a variety of exotic bugs and insects.

3.) The free-roaming peacocks and rabbits!  Hidden beneath the whimsical trees, this made the island more magical than it already was. Originally brought over from the Canary Islands by Maximilian, they are now the only residing inhabitants of Lokrum Island.

3.) The free-roaming peacocks and rabbits! Hidden beneath the whimsical trees, this made the island more magical than it already was. Originally brought over from the Canary Islands by Maximilian, they are now the only residing inhabitants of Lokrum Island.

4.) "The Path of Paradise"  is the tree-lined path that was created during the time of Maximilian. It'll take you up to Fort Royal, which is the next stop on our list...

4.) "The Path of Paradise" is the tree-lined path that was created during the time of Maximilian. It'll take you up to Fort Royal, which is the next stop on our list...

5.) Fort Royal  is the highest point on Lokrum. It was originally built by the French army in 1806 and eventually completed around 1835. 

5.) Fort Royal is the highest point on Lokrum. It was originally built by the French army in 1806 and eventually completed around 1835. 

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fort royal lokrum island dubrovnik croatia

Feel free to explore the inside of Fort Royal, entrance is free.

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The view from Fort Royal is well worth the hike to get up here. You can see Dubrovnik in the distance.

The view from Fort Royal is well worth the hike to get up here. You can see Dubrovnik in the distance.

A bird's eye view of Fort Royal (centered on Lokrum Island) and Dubrovnik.

A bird's eye view of Fort Royal (centered on Lokrum Island) and Dubrovnik.

Can you spot the Fort?

Can you spot the Fort?

Old Town Dubrovnik, a picturesque European town

Old Town Dubrovnik, a picturesque European town

Going back to my  #1  thing to see on Lokrum...the views! Take some time to sit, unplug, and enjoy the scenery around you.

Going back to my #1 thing to see on Lokrum...the views! Take some time to sit, unplug, and enjoy the scenery around you.

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Old Town Dubrovnik

Old Town Dubrovnik

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lokrum island dubrovnik croatia
Each trail leads to something new and unexpected, don't be afraid to take them all

Each trail leads to something new and unexpected, don't be afraid to take them all

6.) Find the Cross of Triton.  It was constructed in honor of the perished sailors from the Austrian war ship “Triton.”

6.) Find the Cross of Triton. It was constructed in honor of the perished sailors from the Austrian war ship “Triton.”

7.) Kayak around the Island.  Since Lokrum is so close to Dubrovnik, kayaking makes for another easy way of transporting yourself to/from the Island. Plus, with crystal clear waters, you're bound to encounter some interesting sea creatures.

7.) Kayak around the Island. Since Lokrum is so close to Dubrovnik, kayaking makes for another easy way of transporting yourself to/from the Island. Plus, with crystal clear waters, you're bound to encounter some interesting sea creatures.

8.) Float in The Dead Sea (Mrtvo More).  This salt-filled sea is rocky, so bring your swim shoes!

8.) Float in The Dead Sea (Mrtvo More). This salt-filled sea is rocky, so bring your swim shoes!

The Dead Sea on Lokrum

The Dead Sea on Lokrum

9.) Climb the Rock formations.  Lokrum is composed of limestone and dolomite rocks, which were deposited around 85 million years ago.

9.) Climb the Rock formations. Lokrum is composed of limestone and dolomite rocks, which were deposited around 85 million years ago.

Who knew rocks could be so beautiful?

Who knew rocks could be so beautiful?

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Layers upon layers of history in the making.

Layers upon layers of history in the making.

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peacock lokrum island dubrovnik croatia

The peacocks love the attention and will put on a show for you, just wait and see

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lokrum island dubrovnik croatia
10.) Find the city of Qarth and the Iron Throne!  Ok, this is also known as the Monastery Complex, which includes the remnants of the basilica (12th and 13th centuries) and a monastery with a cloister garden (15th and 16th centuries).

10.) Find the city of Qarth and the Iron Throne! Ok, this is also known as the Monastery Complex, which includes the remnants of the basilica (12th and 13th centuries) and a monastery with a cloister garden (15th and 16th centuries).

If you venture around the Monastery, you'll find...

If you venture around the Monastery, you'll find...

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iron throne lokrum island dubrovnik croatia

The Iron Throne from Game of Thrones! No lines and no fees to take a picture, what more could you ask for?

Lokrum has so much to offer and even more, including a nudist beach, water reservoirs, a quarantine hospital, gardens, and groves. You would never guess it, but the island is said to be cursed. So, be sure to catch the last ferry out by dusk. The peacocks may even bid you farewell.

Lokrum has so much to offer and even more, including a nudist beach, water reservoirs, a quarantine hospital, gardens, and groves. You would never guess it, but the island is said to be cursed. So, be sure to catch the last ferry out by dusk. The peacocks may even bid you farewell.

Game of Thrones or Real Life?

We took a 3.5 hour ferry ride from Hvar to Dubrovnik (aka King's Landing). It was the one day out of our entire trip where it was rainy and cold for the majority of the day. Not a good day for traveling, but we made the most of it. From the ferry, we took the bus to Pile Gate, which is a drawbridge from the 1500s and the main entrance to Old Town Dubrovnik. It was our first glimpse into scenes filmed from Game of Thrones in Dubrovnik.

Pile Gate is the arched entryway that is pictured here. This was used for many background scenes in Game of Thrones, including the Lannister procession.

Pile Gate is the arched entryway that is pictured here. This was used for many background scenes in Game of Thrones, including the Lannister procession.

The main street of Old Town Dubrovnik is lined with many shops and restaurants. Be careful when it rains, the marble-lined floors are very slippery!

The main street of Old Town Dubrovnik is lined with many shops and restaurants. Be careful when it rains, the marble-lined floors are very slippery!

Be forewarned...Old Town Dubrovnik has many steep steps (equivalent to about 8-10 flights of stairs). Thank goodness for our luggage backpacks! Highly recommended, as it would have been impossible for my wife to carry her luggage up those steep steps by herself.

Be forewarned...Old Town Dubrovnik has many steep steps (equivalent to about 8-10 flights of stairs). Thank goodness for our luggage backpacks! Highly recommended, as it would have been impossible for my wife to carry her luggage up those steep steps by herself.

Like many European towns, the rooms are very small, but cozy. Apartments Bottega was in a very convenient location inside of Old Town Dubrovnik. The stone walls added a nice touch to the ancient architecture of the building.

Like many European towns, the rooms are very small, but cozy. Apartments Bottega was in a very convenient location inside of Old Town Dubrovnik. The stone walls added a nice touch to the ancient architecture of the building.

With Bosnia being a close neighbor to Croatia, Bosnian food is easy to find. Taj Mahal was one of such places and highly recommended. A small restaurant, so wait times may be long at peak hours.

With Bosnia being a close neighbor to Croatia, Bosnian food is easy to find. Taj Mahal was one of such places and highly recommended. A small restaurant, so wait times may be long at peak hours.

Pljeskavica Stuffed With Cheese (think hamburger stuffed with cheese, aka juicy lucy); so tasty packed with flavor

Pljeskavica Stuffed With Cheese (think hamburger stuffed with cheese, aka juicy lucy); so tasty packed with flavor

One of the Taj Mahal specialties...rolled veal and turkey in dough filled with mushrooms and cheese

One of the Taj Mahal specialties...rolled veal and turkey in dough filled with mushrooms and cheese

Another background scene used to film Game of Thrones; used for most of the market scenes in King's Landing.

Another background scene used to film Game of Thrones; used for most of the market scenes in King's Landing.

Church of the Holy Annunciation, as Serbian Orthodox church built in 1877

Church of the Holy Annunciation, as Serbian Orthodox church built in 1877

Saint Ignatius Church in Old Town Dubrovnik

Saint Ignatius Church in Old Town Dubrovnik

Inside of Saint Ignatius Church in Old Town Dubrovnik

Inside of Saint Ignatius Church in Old Town Dubrovnik

One of the most iconic steps in Game of Thrones, the Jesuit Stairs. You all know what was filmed here, the "Walk of Shame."

One of the most iconic steps in Game of Thrones, the Jesuit Stairs. You all know what was filmed here, the "Walk of Shame."

Cersei's view before she descended on her Walk of Shame.

Cersei's view before she descended on her Walk of Shame.

The Dubrovnik Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral that has been rebuilt several times due to war and natural disasters.

The Dubrovnik Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral that has been rebuilt several times due to war and natural disasters.

Inside of the Dubrovnik Cathedral

Inside of the Dubrovnik Cathedral

Rector's Palace was closed for renovations while we were there, but it was used by elected rectors to govern Dubrovnik from the 14th century to 1808. It was also used for the scene where Daenerys asks the Spice King of Qarth for ships to take her army across the Narrow sea.

Rector's Palace was closed for renovations while we were there, but it was used by elected rectors to govern Dubrovnik from the 14th century to 1808. It was also used for the scene where Daenerys asks the Spice King of Qarth for ships to take her army across the Narrow sea.

Church of Saint Blaise, a Baroque church that was built in 1715

Church of Saint Blaise, a Baroque church that was built in 1715

Outdoor cafes in Dubrovnik are plentiful. The weather was cool in the evenings (late May) and the air was always filled with the sound of live music.

Outdoor cafes in Dubrovnik are plentiful. The weather was cool in the evenings (late May) and the air was always filled with the sound of live music.

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Exploring outside the city walls of Old Town Dubrovnik

Exploring outside the city walls of Old Town Dubrovnik

The entrance to the oldest pharmacy in Europe, The Old Pharmacy in Franciscan Monastery that was built in 1317.

The entrance to the oldest pharmacy in Europe, The Old Pharmacy in Franciscan Monastery that was built in 1317.

Franciscan Church and Monastery in Old Town Dubrovnik 

Franciscan Church and Monastery in Old Town Dubrovnik 

The Cloister in the Franciscan Monastery

The Cloister in the Franciscan Monastery

Onofrio's Fountains, which was a complex aqueduct system from the 1400s. Croatia has some of the cleanest drinking water in the world (we drank from the tap and didn't get sick) 

Onofrio's Fountains, which was a complex aqueduct system from the 1400s. Croatia has some of the cleanest drinking water in the world (we drank from the tap and didn't get sick) 

St Dominic Street, used in many of the market scenes in Game of Thrones

St Dominic Street, used in many of the market scenes in Game of Thrones

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Malvasija, a quaint little wine bar located on the street leading up to our apartment

Malvasija, a quaint little wine bar located on the street leading up to our apartment

Grk is a white wine that is made on the island of Korcula, which is another town that we visited earlier on our trip. Similar to a Pinot Grigio, Grk is a dry wine.

Grk is a white wine that is made on the island of Korcula, which is another town that we visited earlier on our trip. Similar to a Pinot Grigio, Grk is a dry wine.

Charcuterie board made up of local meats and cheeses

Charcuterie board made up of local meats and cheeses

Malvasija Wine Bar in Old Town Dubrovnik

Malvasija Wine Bar in Old Town Dubrovnik

Cities tend to take on a whole new personality at night. These are some of the same places that were visited earlier in the day. 

Cities tend to take on a whole new personality at night. These are some of the same places that were visited earlier in the day. 

The main street of Old Town Dubrovnik at night

The main street of Old Town Dubrovnik at night

Wandering the alleys of Old Town Dubrovnik

Wandering the alleys of Old Town Dubrovnik

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Jesuit Stairs at night

Jesuit Stairs at night

Church of Saint Blaise

Church of Saint Blaise

The port of Old Town Dubrovnik

The port of Old Town Dubrovnik

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With a night like this, it's easy to allow one's imagination to wander. To a time of kingdoms, castles, and dragons.

With a night like this, it's easy to allow one's imagination to wander. To a time of kingdoms, castles, and dragons.

Far from a night that is "dark and full of terrors."

Far from a night that is "dark and full of terrors."

Although night has fallen, the water is so clear and calm that you can see every rock and creature on the bottom of the sea. The bright lights reflect a rainbow of colors, and the misty clouds add to the dream-like trance of this historic land.  

Although night has fallen, the water is so clear and calm that you can see every rock and creature on the bottom of the sea. The bright lights reflect a rainbow of colors, and the misty clouds add to the dream-like trance of this historic land.  

Day Trip to Korcula

This morning we took a ferry from Hvar to Korcula, which took about one hour. Korcula is known as the "mini Dubrovnik" of Croatia. It is an ancient town (said to be founded around the 12th century BC) that is surrounded by walls with a fort in the center. 

The small town of Korcula, surrounded by the Adriatic Sea

The small town of Korcula, surrounded by the Adriatic Sea

A quiet little town, perfect for photo opportunities without large crowds of tourists.

A quiet little town, perfect for photo opportunities without large crowds of tourists.

Steps leading up to the Revelin Tower, which dates back to the 13th century. It is the southern entrance into Old Town.

Steps leading up to the Revelin Tower, which dates back to the 13th century. It is the southern entrance into Old Town.

Vendors line the walkway leading you to an incredible view of the sea

Vendors line the walkway leading you to an incredible view of the sea

The majority of the islands around Croatia are uninhabited (there are over 1,000!)

The majority of the islands around Croatia are uninhabited (there are over 1,000!)

Walk around the outer perimeter of Old Town Korcula and you will see some of the best views you've ever seen. A perfect place to have lunch.

Walk around the outer perimeter of Old Town Korcula and you will see some of the best views you've ever seen. A perfect place to have lunch.

There is a cocktail bar at the top of that tower called, Massimo. You have to climb a narrow ladder to get to the top. It was not open when we were there due to it being pre-season. However, it is said to have some great views.

There is a cocktail bar at the top of that tower called, Massimo. You have to climb a narrow ladder to get to the top. It was not open when we were there due to it being pre-season. However, it is said to have some great views.

A walk around the outer perimeter of Old Town Korcula.

A walk around the outer perimeter of Old Town Korcula.

Every door and building has it's own unique set of characteristics and history. Each one told it's own story. No telling how long this one has been there.

Every door and building has it's own unique set of characteristics and history. Each one told it's own story. No telling how long this one has been there.

The crystal blue waters of the Adriatic Sea 

The crystal blue waters of the Adriatic Sea 

The center of Old Town Korcula

The center of Old Town Korcula

This is very similar to Dubrovnik and Hvar where you have narrow alleys with lots of steps.

This is very similar to Dubrovnik and Hvar where you have narrow alleys with lots of steps.

Korcula is said to be the birthplace of Marco Polo. This was his home.

Korcula is said to be the birthplace of Marco Polo. This was his home.

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Walking outside of Old Town to explore the rest of Korcula

Walking outside of Old Town to explore the rest of Korcula

Because Korcula is such a small town, there is not a whole lot to do (especially in off-season). However, it's beauty makes up for what it lacks in activities.

Because Korcula is such a small town, there is not a whole lot to do (especially in off-season). However, it's beauty makes up for what it lacks in activities.

We literally had the whole beach to ourselves!

We literally had the whole beach to ourselves!

Old Town Korcula

Old Town Korcula

We walked back to Old Town to have some ice cream at this cafe.

We walked back to Old Town to have some ice cream at this cafe.

Gelato is always a good choice in Europe. This refreshing melon gelato did not disappoint.

Gelato is always a good choice in Europe. This refreshing melon gelato did not disappoint.

Plenty of fish in the sea for this lone fisherman

Plenty of fish in the sea for this lone fisherman

As you can see, there were only a handful of tourists here in Korcula at the end of May. No lines or reservations needed for any of the restaurants!

As you can see, there were only a handful of tourists here in Korcula at the end of May. No lines or reservations needed for any of the restaurants!

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Zrnovska Makaruni (a traditional homemade pasta with beef) at Pape Pizzeria

Zrnovska Makaruni (a traditional homemade pasta with beef) at Pape Pizzeria

Pizza with prosciutto, mozzarella, sunny-side egg, and ricotta at Pape Pizzeria. My wife really loves pizza. Loves it to the point where she would eat it everyday if she could. She said that this beats the pizza we had in Italy (but NOT the calzone from Positano). We even had pizza in Naples...the BIRTHPLACE of pizza! She would go back to Korcula just for this pizza.

Pizza with prosciutto, mozzarella, sunny-side egg, and ricotta at Pape Pizzeria. My wife really loves pizza. Loves it to the point where she would eat it everyday if she could. She said that this beats the pizza we had in Italy (but NOT the calzone from Positano). We even had pizza in Naples...the BIRTHPLACE of pizza! She would go back to Korcula just for this pizza.

My wife shared some (a little) of the pizza with me, but there were no leftovers.

My wife shared some (a little) of the pizza with me, but there were no leftovers.

We stopped at this little cafe for dessert before heading back to the ferry. Homemade pies, cakes, cookies, and other sweet treats. 

We stopped at this little cafe for dessert before heading back to the ferry. Homemade pies, cakes, cookies, and other sweet treats. 

Chamomile tea and a lemon tart. The lemon tart was delicious and not too sweet.

Chamomile tea and a lemon tart. The lemon tart was delicious and not too sweet.

So long, Korcula. You were lovely. Well-worth the day trip and memories that will linger in these photographs. We may have to return to you someday just so that my wife can have your delicious pizza. Until then, we will remember, "take every chance you get in life, because some things only happen once." This holds true for so many things, but today and for us, it means travel and see as much of the world as we can. It's never too early to cross things off your bucket list.

So long, Korcula. You were lovely. Well-worth the day trip and memories that will linger in these photographs. We may have to return to you someday just so that my wife can have your delicious pizza. Until then, we will remember, "take every chance you get in life, because some things only happen once." This holds true for so many things, but today and for us, it means travel and see as much of the world as we can. It's never too early to cross things off your bucket list.