On the other side of the main port of Lopud, there is the bay of Šunj.
It is a proper beach, with incredibly hot sand and a restaurant/bar, and for that reason usually very crowded.
There are 2 main ways to get there: either for few kunas getting a taxi, some sort of vehicle which resemble a big golf cart, or simply walking. As I wanted to visit the island first and then get to the island, I decided to walk.
The only suggestion I would give if you are going in the afternoon: bring water!
This is the view of the town of Dubrovnik during sunrise. I really like the really warm colour the whole Old Town gets during this part of the day.
It certainly took some initiative, as I had to wake up quite early, in order to be in the right spot with the right light. But at the end it was totally worth it.
On my way to the chosen location, I noticed that, just like me, even the town itself was slowly waking up from the just passed night. Streets almost empty, which is a very strange view when used to the constantly coming and going platoons of tourists, starting to populating with people in their early jobs: some of them moving around boxes and packages, some other cleaning around and some other just carrying bread to the nearest bakeries.
Although it is seems hard to wake earlier than usual, sometimes it is just worth it.
So far my trips here brought me only to an island – Lokrum – but this area has many other beautiful island, the Elaphite Islands for instance, located west of Dubrovnik and consisting of large number of reefs and rocks and eight islands and five islets, namely: Daksa, Koločep (Kalamota), St. Andrija, Lopud, Ruda, Šipan, Mišnjak, Jakljan, Kosmeč, Goleč, Crkvine, Tajan and Olipa.
“These islands give a special touch to that part of panorama, especially at sunset, when they seem the most beautiful. The view best enjoyed from Dubrovnik hills Srđ and Petka, and some parts of the Lapad peninsula.
Only three islands in the whole Elaphite archipelago are inhabited; Koločep (Kalamota), Lopud and Šipan. The others are just a play place oasis for the gull rarely disturbed by the lonesome visitor in search of tranquil isolation.”
The Old City Harbor of Dubrovnik (Porat) is a very active area of the town, where many people go either for getting on boats to the near islands or to just relax watching the horizon and listening to the waves crashing on the rocks. Continue Reading
I find the coast near Dubrovnik fantastic. The colour of the water and the rocks make it very enjoyable and fascinating.
If there are any Game of Thrones fans reading, this part of the city has been used throughout the second season: this part of the coast has been especially used during the siege to King’s Landing. In my opinion it is amazing the feeling you get when you manage to recognize the place the actors really are.
After a quick look to the map, today I decided to go to Fort Impérial, at the top of Mount Srd.
Having forgotten the map at home, I had to rely purely on my instincts. That meant a very long walk; but a the end I managed to get to the beginning of the path that would lead me to the top of the mountain. Continue Reading
Right next to the Pile Gate (Vrata od Pila), the Western entrance to the Old Town of Dubrovnik, is possible to spot the Fort Bokar.
This very beautiful fortress used as key point for the defense of the city, built from 1461 to 1463 during the reconstruction of the city walls, “stands in front of the medieval wall face protruding into space almost with its whole cylindrical volume.” (source)
The sea and the sky, creating a strong contrast of colours, enhance its beauty and somehow smooth its rough look.
as the title says, I’m in Dubrovnik. If you are wondering where it is, it is located in the deep south of Croatia; and if you are wondering where Croatia is, then I have bad news for you.
I arrived yesterday, after a very long trip by bus (approx. 15 hours), which passed through several cities (I will soon update this post with their names; UPDATE: The bus departed from Trieste and went through Rijeka, Zadar, Šibenik, Split, Makarska, Ploče and then Dubrovnik).
Dubrovnik is truly amazing and I’ve already found several good places for taking pictures. I’m also lucky I’ve found a very nice apartment right in the main area of the town, the Old Town. A very suggestive and busy place.
Right now I’m looking at an extremely blue sea, with a cloudless sky and light breeze. Kids` laughters, a mix of languages, the waves and my iPod creates a very improbable yet nice soundtrack for this moment.
Due to connectivity issues, I am not able to upload pictures as per now, but I’ll try my best tomorrow.
UPDATE2: even today I won’t be able to upload any picture, but today or tomorrow I will cut out some time to take some other pictures and post them here!
Bye for now.
I’ll update you as soon as possible.