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Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city

March 12, 2015 by David Herd

The Pile gate to Dubrovnik

The Pile gate DubrovnikDubrovnik medieval Croatian city, first impression certainly lived up to it’s reputation. It’s no wonder it is one of the most popular European destinations. This is the 3rd Croatian city I have visited starting with Zagreb then onto Split before taking a 5 hour bus trip down the coast to Dubrovnik.

Neum in Bosnia

Neum in BosniaJust north of Dubrovnik you have to cross the Bosnian border at Neum. They check your passport going in and going out.

Just inside the Pile Gate

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city

Here is the first thing you see when you enter the city through the Pile Gate.

Lots of bars and restaurants

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian cityThere is a big choice of places to eat and drink in Dubrovnik, being the low season they are all screaming for customers.


 The amazing walls.

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian cityI walked right around the entire city on top of the walls which costs about $20 and is well worth it. It really gives you a sense of this majestic city.  Dubrovnik’s Old Town is completely surrounded by enormous stone walls that date back to the 10th century. Up to 6m (19ft) thick and 2.5m (8ft) high in places, Dubrovnik’s Ancient City Walls were built to protect the city and deter would-be invaders. You can walk along the entire (2km/1.2mi) length of the ancient walls today and it is one of the best ways to appreciate the majesty of the Old Town plus get some great views over the Adriatic sea. There are 2 towers and 2 forts incorporated into the walls that were built and strengthened in the 15th century to bolster the city’s defenses. The Minceta Tower protects the city’s northern edge; the Bokar Tower protects Pile Gate (the city’s main entrance); Lovrjenac Fort protects the west, and the Revelin Fort protects the eastern entrance.

The harbour

  Dubrovnik medieval Croatian cityThe walk started at the harbour end of the city an continued anti-clockwise taking about 90 minutes to finish.

The narrow walk way on top of the wall

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city

This is a great way to explore Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city.

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city


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Many wonderful views from the top of the wall.

Dubrovnik, a red roof city

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This fabulous Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city is totally unique.

Minceta Tower

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian cityThe rounded Minceta Tower where the walls are 6m thick, the better to protect Dubrovnik from attacks by land.

Minceta Tower

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city

The tower was built in 1464 and was once used to store water. It was named after the Mencetic family who probably contributed financial support to its construction.


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I would have to say Dubrovnik is one of the best cities I have ever visited.


Dubrovnik medieval Croatian cityShe found a nice spot out out of the wind and started working on her tan. Trust me the wind was quite cold that day. 🙂

Marin Držić

Marino DarzaMarin Držić  also Marino Darza or Marino Darsa; 1508 – 2 May 1567 is considered the finest Croatian Renaissance playwright and prose writer.

Clock Tower Luza Square

Clock Tower Luza SquareDating from 15th century The clock tower overlooks Orlando’s Column and Sveti Vlaho Church.

Dubrovnik harbor at dusk

Dubrovnik harborA great time of the day to take photos, the blue sky seems to highlight the shot.

Orlando’s Column

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian cityThe knight carved in the column is Orlando. According legend in the 9th century Orlando and his fleet saved Dubrovnik from a 15 month long Saracen siege.

Fantastic Dubrovnik walls


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Make sure you put this city on your bucket list.

  Karmen fabulous 2 br apartment

Karmen apartmentsIf you visit Dubrovnik and want a fantastic apartment look no further than Karmen apartments. 

For a very good discount just book through THIS LINK.

View from the 2 bedroom Karmen apartment

Karmen apartmentsThe location is perfect and the price is very reasonable indeed. Marc the owner is very helpful and a hive of information. Staying here is like staying in your own home, the furniture, atmosphere and comfort is simply fantastic.

Marc van Bloemen owner of Karmen apartments

Marc van Bloemen Karmen apartmentsMarc is a friendly Englishman who will point you in the right direction for restaurants and has a great knowledge of Dubrovniks history. Dubrovnik was significantly affected by the break-up of Yugoslavia. In the early 90s, Greater Serb aggression resulted in Dubrovnik suffering its most serious existential threat. Over two thirds of the historic town’s buildings were hit by artillery. The town’s cobbled streets were struck by hundreds of direct hits. For the first time in history, the medieval city walls themselves received over a hundred direct hits. Many historic palaces were badly damaged by the resulting fires. The renowned Sponza and Rector’s palace, St Blaise’s church, the Franciscan monastery and the Amerling and Onofrio fountain all suffered severely. The total reconstruction cost was said to be some $ 10 million.

The soldiers come to town for a movie.

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian cityShooting a movie can be very tiring so naturally a soldier needs to relax in the shade. 🙂

Breathtaking Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian cityI took the cable car to the mountain top and saw this wonderful view of Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city.

A slightly longer view

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The city looks rather small from the top of the hill.

From the cable car above Dubrovnik

Dubrobnik cable car

Snow capped mountains in the distance.


Black Risotto at an Irish pub

Irish pub DubrovnikThankfully it tasted better than it looked. 🙂

Azur restaurant

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian cityThis is certainly the best restaurant I found in Dubrovnik, a little hard to find but well worth the effort.

Azur Wonton soup

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city

Wonderful city

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city


Here is the first of two photos I found online.

Here is the 2nd one

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Both these shots are rather stunning.

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Check out my post on Zagreb


Before you go please have a look at my post on Split


Here is a short video from the cable car.

Here is a promo video on Dubrovnik featuring Marc from Karmen apartments.

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Zagreb Croatia bars restaurants

March 7, 2015 by David Herd

Zagreb Croatia bars restaurants

Zagreb Croatia bars restaurantsZagreb Croatia bars restaurants are everywhere, what really surprised me however is the amount of outdoor seating with large heaters to keep you warm. I arrived March 6th and it was freezing.

Check out the temperature

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Everyone is wearing coats

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The cold days don’t seem to bother the locals in the outdoor bars.

Rugged up for evening drinks

 photo IMG_7128.jpgThe overhead heaters are very warm indeed, the problem is my back was freezing. Another problem for me is they smoke inside the restaurants as well.

Main Square

Main Square ZagrebFrom my hotel window is Main Square or Ban Jelačić Square.

Josip Jelačić

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Josip Jelačić was the Ban of Croatia between 23 March 1848 and 19 May 1859. He was a member of the House of Jelačić and a noted army general, remembered for his military campaigns during the Revolutions of 1848 and for his abolition of serfdom in Croatia.

Buskers in Zagreb

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Three buskers doing their best to earn some money in Zagreb.

Here is a sample of their haunting music

Hotel Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik hotel ZagrebThe hotel is in a perfect location overlooking the Main Square. Nice rooms with free internet, I got a great rate by booking through Agoda.

Zagreb Cathedral

   photo Zagreb Cathredral 4.jpg   The Zagreb Cathedral on Kaptol is a Roman Catholic institution and the tallest building in Croatia.  

Leonardo Restaurant

  Zagreb Croatia bars restaurantsGood food and wine at a very reasonable price. Pasta and 2 glasses of Merlot for $18 aud.  

Leonardo Restaurant

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A narrow lane in Zagreb.

Statue of Petrica Kerempuh

   photo IMG_7152.jpgStanding in a small square filled with flower stalls is a mischievous looking statue of Petrica Kerempuh, the work of sculptor Vanja Radauš. A much-loved character from Croatian literature, Petrica Kerempuh is a plebeian prophet, rascal and cynical commentator on contemporary events, a sort of predecessor of modern standup comedians. His most notable incarnation can be found in “The Ballads of Petrica Kerempuh” (1936), written by Croatia’s leading 20th-century writer Miroslav Krleža.  

Statue of August Šenoa


Zagreb Croatia bars restaurants

I’m not sure what this simple sculpture represents. 

Statue of August Šenoa


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Perhaps he is waiting for a bus. 🙂

The Corner Bar

Corner Bar Zagreb     A very nice cafe with good coffee, service  and nice decor.  

Late night drinks at the Corner Bar


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This friendly bar quickly became my favourite spot in Zagreb

Bulldog Bar & restaurant

 photo Bulldog Zagreb 4.jpgA very nice upmarket bar with one major problem, 70% of the customers are smoking which for me spoils the whole atmosphere. 

Bulldog Bar

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The smoke nearly killed me, but is was so cold outside I had to grin and bear it.

Boban restaurant

 photo boban restaurant 1.jpgA very good low price restaurant located about 200 meters from the Main square.

Cannelloni at Boban

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Very nice food here, put it on your bucket list.

Dolac Market

  Zagreb Croatia bars restaurantsDolac is a farmers’ market and is the most visited and the best known farmer’s market in Zagreb.  

Main Square from my hotel

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Fabulous view of the main square from my hotel window.

Many restaurants

Zagreb Croatia bars restaurants

There were many restaurants only 10 minutes walk from my hotel.

Agava rated 3rd from 394 on tripAdviser

 photo IMG_7170.jpgFor me however I was not to impressed with the food. I have a feeling they cater for tourists and I guess they are the people who do the reviews on TripAdviser.

Marija Jurić Zagorka

  Zagreb Croatia bars restaurants  

In a 2005 poll compiled by Vjesnik, a Zagreb daily newspaper, Zagorka came second in the list of most popular Croatian writers of all time.  

Vinodol at Ulica Nikole Tesle 10

  Vinodol restaurant ZagrebA very popular restaurant with good food and service. A short walk from the Main Square.  

Super hero in Main Square

  Zagreb Croatia bars restaurants  There was always something happening in main square.

Time to catch a train to Split

Zagreb Croatia bars restaurants

I actually had a terrible train trip to Budapest, I should have taken the bus. There were so many delays the journey took about 4 hours longer than it should have.

Hari krishna in Zagreb  

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