This is post twelve of fourteen on our trip to Northern Ireland and Croatia, minus our mini Game of Thrones tour. Those posts can be found here.
- Intro to Northern Ireland & Croatia
- Recovering from Jetlag in Dublin: Dublin Castle and Trinity College
- Bubblin’ in Dublin: Dublin Eats
- Chasing Scully: Staying at the Hilton Belfast
- The Land of Giants and the Northernmost Point in Ireland
- Hiking Glenveagh National Park
- Singing the Blus in Dublin & Letterkenny
- Heating up in Zadar
- Azure Waters Await at Kornati National Park
- Falling for Picturesque Plitvice
- Let’s Never Split
- The Jewel of the Adriatic: Dubrovnik
- Walking the Wall in Dubrovnik
- A Brief Stop in Bosnia
Mr. Selfish and I have been to our fair share of medieval cities, but we have never been in awe of how beautiful a city is until Dubrovnik.
I mean, it is ridiculous how amazingly well-maintained Dubrovnik is. It felt practically Disney-esque in its perfection. I half expected to turn a corner and find Mickey Mouse signing autographs. Fortunately, there were no mascots to be found.
Mr. Selfish, Cousin Selfish, and I stayed at an airBnB outside of the city walls. So we had to hike all the way down to Old Town every day.
Of course, the hike down is not problematic. It’s the hike back up to our apartment that was tiring. But I guess it was worth it because Old Town looks like this:
I’ll say that it’s definitely worth the hike down but if I had to re-do it, I would probably find a place to stay inside Old Town.
The Beautiful Rector’s Palace
One of the more notable buildings in Old Town is the Rector’s Palace, which served as the seat of the Rector from the 14th century until 1808. We’ve already gone inside the Rector’s Palace in our Game of Thrones post, and the following are some photos of its epic exterior.
There is a small museum inside the Rector’s Palace, of which you couldn’t take photos. However, we were able to take photos of the courtyard area.
The Fascinating but Creepy Rupe Ethnographic Museum
Another museum that we visited in Dubrovnik was the Rupe Ethnographic Museum, which was located inside an old granary dating back to the 16th century.
While we there, the museum had an exhibit on Croatian fairy tales, which was fascinating and creepy all at the same time.
A Quick Boat Ride to Lokrum Island
Mr. Selfish, Cousin Selfish, and I decided to go to Lokrum Island, mostly for Game of Thrones reenactments but also because it looked beautiful.
Lokrum is the green island in the distance.
It was a short 10 minute boat ride costing only 60 kuna (~$9.30 USD) per person.
The view from the boat of the walled city was pretty good. Mr. Selfish snapped the shot below while I was enjoying the sea breeze.
Lokrum Island itself was quite scenic as well. There were plenty of swimming opportunities – although we were sans swimsuits and couldn’t swim.
There were even wild peacocks roaming amongst the sunbathers.
Since we didn’t have our swimsuits, we decided to hike to Fort Royal Castle for an elevated view of Dubrovnik.
It was a long hike uphill under a treacherous sun but Mr. Selfish managed to take some nice pics of Dubrovnik from the top. I was too busy sweating my butt off to take many photos.
This concludes my post on some of the sights inside Dubrovnik and Lokrum Island. Tomorrow, Mr. Selfish will go over how we walked along the wall of Dubrovnik.