Dubrovnik – King’s Landing

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Dubrovnik is called the “Pearl of the Adriatic” and in my opinion, there are very few places in Europe that can match this place when it comes to beauty and it should be on top of everyone’s travel list.

Know as King’s Landing from HBO’s Game of Thrones now got even more hype because it will be featured in new Star Wars VIII movie.

After visiting Dubrovnik this summer and experiencing all the beauty I’ll share some of my favourite things to see and do.

 

Have Breakfast at Dubravka 1836

We discovered this place on our first day and we loved it. Dubravka is a restaurant and a cafe that serves everything from breakfast to dinner but we liked breakfast so much that we kept coming back. It’s located near Pile Gate and you get stunning views of the fortresses Lovrijenac, Bokar and Minčeta. You can choose from few different types of breakfast and every single one is massive, delicious and great value for money. We were also lucky to get the table close to the edge

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Walk The Walls

Probably the first thing every tourist does in Dubrovnik is walking the giant Walls of Dubrovnik. 1,940 metres long and 25 meters high, with 3 forts- Minceta Tower, Fort Bokar and St John fortress, Walls will keep you occupied for at least one hour.

There are 3 gates where you can enter- Pile, Ploce and Buza and for entrance, you’ll pay approximately £13 per person.

My advice is to avoid to climb the Walls between 11 and 5 because  heat and tourists can turn this amazing experience into torture. Bring water and camera and take advantage of many photo opportunities along the way.

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Dress: New Look(sold out), Bag: Accessorize
Explore the Old Town

Old Town Dubrovnik at night is as beautiful as it is during the day. From  white cobblestone streets to the maze of stairs filled alleyways that make up Old Town, there are endless routes to explore.

Stradun or Placa is the main street of Dubrovnik. The pedestrian street runs some 300 metres through the Old Town. Many shops, restaurants and cafes are located there but because it’s main tourist promenade prices are much higher than in the rest of the town.

It can get overcrowded so the best time to go it’s early morning.

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Visit Lokrum

Lokrum is a small, inhabited island just a short 15 min boat ride. This island can provide you with few hours of fun in the sun or hiking to the highest point(96m) Fort Royal Castle. The climb is steep but once when you get there the view of Dubrovnik and coastline is spectacular.

Lokrum is also home to an old monastery, botanical gardens and a small lake called Mrtvo More or the (Dead Sea). And Game of Thrones fans will be amazed because there is a real Iron Throne in which you can sit and take the picture.

Be aware, island is inhabited by gangs of cute peacocks and rabbits that seem to be around every corner on this island!

Cost: Round boat trip is around £10

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Have a Drink at Buza Bar

In the old Dubrovnik dialect, buža means ‘hole’ and indeed,to get to the unique cafe bar you need to go through the hole in the wall. Buza is one of the most beautiful bars in Dubrovnik located on the cliffs  where you are able to enjoy magnificent views of open Adriatic sea, island Lokrum and beautiful sunsets  while drinking cocktails.

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Catch Some Rays on the Beach

Dubrovnik’s main public beach is Banje Beach, located near Ploce gate, offers great view of the Old Town. Although many people rent lounge chairs and umbrellas, there’s no problem with just flinging a towel on the beach. There is a beach and lounge bar and restaurant which also turns into a night club in the evening.

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Problem is this beach get overcrowded so you might want to find alternative.

Little bit further away is St Jacob Beach. This beautiful sandy-pebble beach is located in the elite part of Dubrovnik, in the cove below cliffs and the namesake church St. Jacob. The beach offers a spectacular view of the old town, city walls and on the island Lokrum.

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 Ride The Cable Car

The best view of Dubrovnik is certainly from the top of the Srd Hill. In a short ride, the cable car takes you from downtown Dubrovnik 778 m up where the amazing view will simply take your breath away.

While you are there, after you done your Instagram pictures, you can have a meal or a drink at the cafe and restaurant Panorama, visit Museum Dubrovnik in Homeland War or go on an adventurous ride with the Buggy Safari tour.

My recommendation is to get there just before the sunset for the most epic experience.

Price of return trip is around £13.

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Have a Dinner at Taj Mahal

No,it’s not Indian restaurant as you might think. It’s bosnian! If you want sea food it’s very easy to find good sea food reastaurant but this bosnian place is something different. You have to be aware that queuqeing might take hours so it’s recommended that you book in advance.

Bosnian cuisine is mainly influenced by Turkish, Middle East and Meditteranean cuisine, consisted from both, meat and vegetables.

Try local specialties like cevapcici(grilled minced meat), burek, sarma, potato pie or ajvar.

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Navy Days

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Throw back to beginning of my summer holidays. I’m wearing a t shirt made by Lola Tees, brand from Ljubuski,Bosnia and Herzegovina .Behind the name are two girls Jelena Dzolic and Helena Bilic who managed to become popular thanks to Instagram and Facebook. They are creating statement t shirts with popular hashtag # and funny phrases which are hard translatable to English unfortunately

Shorts: H&M; Bag: Accessorize T shirt : Lola Tees

5 Beautiful Places to Visit in Croatia

I’m writing this from Croatia,it’s sunny every day,and hot,very hot…like 36 or more degrees 🙂 In UK that would be called heat wave with special reports in newspapers ,here is just summer.

I believe everyone heard about Croatia and beautiful coast and clear sea with more than 700 islands and even though I always wanted to live in London somehow I feel privileged because every summer I can go back to Croatia,to my hometown .

Croatia has so many beautiful places to visit,almost every island and town on the coast is worth visiting but I decided to choose just 5 that are absolute MUST!

Dubrovnik

Nicknamed Pearl of the Adriatic ,Dubrovnik with his historic old town is probably the most beautiful place to visit in the Mediterranean  .

The historic district, the Old Town, is stuffed with many historic features such as the old, defensive walls, cobblestone streets, magnificent palaces and stunning churches.

During the years Dubrovnik was favourite location of many celebrities but since famous tv show Game of Thrones decide to choose Dubrovnik for their Kings Landing  it gets even more popular.

Where to Stay in Dubrovnik

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Zadar

Located on Croatia’s northern Dalmatian Coast this 3 thousand years old city is ideal tourist gateway because there is plenty to see and do without too much crowd .

In the heart of city is historical district Old Town with some of of the city’s most popular sites like Roman Forum, the circular St. Donat’s Church, 12th century St. Anastasia Cathedral,  and the University of Zadar, which is one of the oldest in Europe.  Besides Old Town and of course many beautiful beaches there are two unique attractions -the Sea Organ and the Sun Salutation.

Sea organ allows  the sea to make music with waves and Sun salutation produces colourful light after whole day of apsorbing sun energy.

Where to Stay in Zadar

Aerial shot of Zadar old town, famous tourist attraction in Croatia.

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Plitvice National Park

One of the most beautiful natural wonders in Croatia and all of Europe, the Plitvice National Park consists of several breathtaking lakes, waterfalls and  forest.

Significant feature is 16 interconnected lakes devoted into lower and upper groups with natural dams.

Besides lakes and waterfalls the park also offers diverse wildlife -many species of butterflies, birds and animals such a wolfs ,bears,wild cats…

Where to Stay in Plitvice Lakes

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Split

Croatian second largest city,nicknamed Mediterranean Flower, is knows by his beautiful historic centre with Gothic and Renaissance architecture with famous Diocletian’s Palace . The palace is built by Roman Emperor and it’s actually a maze of walkaways and buildings with shops and cafes surrounded by many other monuments  like St. Duje’s Cathedral, Jupiter’s Temple, Peristil Square and two original Egyptian sphinx monuments.

Where to Stay in Split

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Hvar

Beautiful Croatian island off the Dalmatian Coast, favored for its landscapes of spectacular beaches, lavender fields and vineyards.

Hvar Town is main city with 13th century walls,marble stone streets,Gothic palaces ,churches and old fortress.

Where to Stay in Hvar

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Cityscape of Hvar in Croatia

My Style :Pink Croatian Holidays

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Finally I left cloudy London for 2 weeks holiday back home in Croatia. Last week in London was especially cold and I couldn’t wait to take off all my clothes(in Croatia is 35 degrees ).

Now I have 14 days to wear all the clothes I’m keeping in my closet for the rest of the year.

I’m a fan of tan bags and shoes and usually I always choose brown over black.Tan colour  looks great on tanned skin as well and I like to pair it with pink

Top: H&M; Skirt: New Look; Shoes: New Look; Bag: Accessorize