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!
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 island of Lokrum has not only beautiful coasts and buildings; it is also home of several peafowls (around 3/4 peacocks and a dozen of peahens and young peafowls).
During my stay on the island I spent a lot of time quietly following some of them, I really like their vibrant colours; especially the metallic blue plumage of the neck.
Unfortunately, I haven’t had the chance to see their tail train fully displayed.
Today a thick layer of clouds covered the skies of Dubrovnik but didn’t stop people from enjoying the still warm weather. And so did I. 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.
The Stradun (also called Placa) is the main street of Dubrovnik, long some 300 metres is one of the most frequented part of the Grad.
It connects the two entrances to the town: the Pile and Ploče Gates. Continue Reading
Yesterday, here in Dubrovnik, started the Dubrovnik Summer Festival: “a world famous annual event held in Dubrovnik. A rich program consisting of classical music, theatre performances and dance is performed at more than 70 open-air venues from 10th of July until 25th of August.” (source)
Due to the very high amount of people I didn’t manage to see most of the initial ceremony, started at 21.00, in square Pred lužom. Continue Reading
As promised here is an update with, finally, some pictures.
With today I would like to start posting pictures everyday; I know it could be a hard job, but who said it would be easy?
In each post I will also add a description, just to give the picture a clearer context. It is supposed to be some sort of photo-documentary of the places I go.
The posts will be shorter, but more frequent; hopefully my Internet connection will allow me to do so.
I start this project with my visit to the Ploče Gate (Vrata od Ploča), the Eastern entrance to the Old Town (Grad). It is very close to where I live and it is one of the two main entrances to the Grad.
In the past, the draw bridge was used to be pulled up at night to prevent the passage of ‘uninvited’ visitors. Continue Reading
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.