Dubrovnik, Croatia

Earlier on in the year, I had decided that after not going on holiday last summer I couldn’t let another pass by without a trip away. If only for the sake of a golden tan. Back in 2015, I visited the north of Croatia (blog post here) for the first time and fell completely in love with the country so returned to the south this time around. I’ll pretend my Game of Thrones obsession had nothing to do with sparking the idea to visit Dubrovnik, and that I’m far too cultured to be swayed by a tv series.

I booked with Expedia earlier on in the year and as I’d saved to pay up at the hotel was stung by the weak pound, to the tune of around £200 additional costs just for accommodation. Now I know to always work conversion rates into my budget.

We spent five nights in total at Hotel Kompas in Lapad, a short bus journey from the city centre of Dubrovnik. It costs a mere £3 to hop on the bus and back and as they run constantly we never had the need for a taxi. This gave the option of either having a chilled day by the pool and beach, or heading into the city to explore.


An hour before sunset is prime time to visit the cable cars, the crowds have died down and the heat goes from uncomfortable to soft and warm. If you’re trying to up your step count, you can get a one way ticket and opt to walk up or down the mountain, on either side of the trip.


On one of the few hazy mornings we encountered, we hired a private yacht with crew for four hours. It came in at £180 but as we split the cost, worked out at really decent value and meant we could pick where to go and for how long. I’ve been on my fair share of booze cruise type boat trips so was more than happy to eat cheap here and there to make up the difference.


Have you ever visited Croatia? Let me know!

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