Our Airbnb in Dubrovnik was located just outside of town. After a scenic walk through the many alleyways and backstreets, we finally reached Old Town only to find it crawling with tourists. It was very impressive however we were fed up with having to dodge and weave through tour groups and ‘Game of Thrones’ fans so decided to escape the masses and head for the beach.
Just as we were about to leave we stumbled across a market and of course had to check it out. There was everything from handmade souvenirs to fresh produce and locally-made traditional Croatian treats. It would have been rude to leave without trying an assortment of free samples so we helped ourselves to the sugar coated nuts, candied orange peel and caramelised figs, all of which were delicious! After our entrée of sugary goods, we decided that we needed some proper food.
As we were leaving the supermarket a little old lady stood next to us and wanted to chat. She did not speak a word of English and even after trying to explain to her that we did not understand, continued to speak to us in Croatian. She packed up her shopping and as she was leaving, held out a bag of apples and insisted on me taking one. I was hesitant at first but decided to grab one. She then said something, smiled, and dissapeared into the crowd. Although it was such a nice gesture as I went to take a bite I noticed that one whole side of the apple was bruised and brown. I guess it’s the thought that counts.
We finally made our way out of Old Town and onto Bellevue Beach which was recommended to us by some Aussie girls we met in Hvar. It was a secluded beach that could only be reached by a giant flight of stairs. We spent the rest of the afternoon by the water and even managed to fit one last norkel in. It was a really cool spot as the water was crystal clear and there was a cave that you could swim into. There haven’t been many eye-catching fish or sea creatures in Croatia but with water like that, it hasn’t bothered me one bit.
Dubrovnik, although beautiful, was a bit of a let down for me and Derek. It was very crowded with little to do outside of Old Town. In a way though, it made it easy for us to spend most of our time there laying on the beach, completely guilt-free.
See you soon, Montenegro!