Hope you're all having a great day so far. As you might have seen , I'm currently working on transferring ALL my previous - and long-forgotten - blog posts to my new site karenziefeldt.com (this one, yay ☺️), however, in the process I figured that some of them could benefit from a little extra publicity so to say.
I just stumbled upon this post from late summer last year, where Martin and I visited Dubrovnik, Croatia (and Montenegro, but more about that later), and I remember being so excited about writing this post, since these destinations (both Croatia and Montenegro) have definitely become two of my favorites so far. If you haven't already been, they are definitely worth adding to your travel bucket list.
It was our first time in Croatia - and Montenegro for that matter - but definitely not the last; both countries really have a great deal to offer, especially when it comes to beautiful natural spots, ranging from lovely sandy beaches with some of the bluest waters I've seen, to breathtaking natural parks and spectacular hiking routes with stunning views.
The city of Dubrovnik is divided into quite a few different areas, each offering different attractions. It therefore really pays to give some thought to what you would like to get out of your vacation, and find a corresponding area that suits your travel needs and preferences.
We used THIS GUIDE, which gives you a pretty good overview of the different areas of the city. Since we both loove nature and everything outdoor basically 😍, the Lapad area seemed the ideal option for us. And it definitely was.
Lapad is located west of the city center and the Old Town, and there's about a 15 minutes' drive between the two. Old Town is probably the most popular and easiest of the districts to identify, since it is the area that is found within the famous city walls of Dubrovnik. However, Old Town is super touristy, so even though the city walls are definitely worth a visit, I wouldn't actually stay there but rather choose some of the other super cute and attractive city parts.
The first half of the week, we stayed at the cutest airbnb in the Lapad area of Dubrovnik. I mean, look at this cute place, which even had a it's own little secret garden. 😍
Lapad is the ideal area to stay if you're mostly interested in enjoying the natural beauty of Dubrovnik and primarily are looking to spend as much time as possible on outdoor activities. And there are MANY, I can tell you. 😍
The Lapad area is essentially a peninsula and is thus surrounded by water and a beautiful beachfront of which we had a great view. 🌅
Above the beach(es), Lapad becomes what is known as the 'Lungs of Dubrovnik'; a beautiful, hilly and wooded area (hillock Petka) offering great hiking routes with amazing views.
We of course hiked those a few times while there, each time equally astonished by the breathtaking views and scenery.
Also, if you're used to shopping organic delicacies of all kinds from your local health food store (👵), you might find it convenient that there is one such in the Lapad area.
I was quite excited about that at least. 😍
Hope you enjoyed this post. I can definitely recommend at visit to Croatia and especially the Dubrovnik area.
Lots of love and good energy - and safe travel wishes of course ✈️ ☺️,