Good day everyone! Hope you’re having a good Tuesday at home.
Today we thought talking a little bit about Dubrovnik Republic and the things they did to keep all sorts of pandemic from their country. The people who lived then were in some sense very smart for economic and merchandise traffic. But, let’s start from the beginning and explain a bit about history of Dubrovnik Republic prior to diving into the quarantine called Lazareti.
We’ll not talk a lot about the Republic of Ragusa as that’s one of the things we would like to keep for you to discover once this disease passes and you arrive to Dubrovnik -> here.
Dubrovnik, actually back in the days called Ragusa was an independent republic in found in the 14th century. From the beginning it was different than any country, republic, empire then. It consisted of nowadays Dubrovnik area and the surroundings which was not a small area, combining the islands in the mix too. It had liberal laws and radical ethics, with being one of the first republics in the world that banned slavery!
Although it was a neighboring republic to a lot of much more powerful empires, Ragusa preserved its freedom for almost 5 full centuries. One of many other very important things they did to preserve what they had was establishing quarantine. Now, why this was a smart move back then upon which we could learn a lot today;
5. Old Town was the center of everything
The same as today (for the people coming to visit Dubrovnik), back in the days Old Town was the center for everything. 300 meters from the entrance to the Old Town on Ploče gate Lazareti construction was finished in the 17th century. The quarantine was placed just at the entrance to the Old Town. Why? Because everything including merchandise trade was happening inside the town’s gates.
4. Port city
As Dubrovnik was and still is but not in that great matter, an important port city, travelers were coming from all over the world. The state delegates were very skillful in negotiations, to preserve the peace between all of the competitors. Republic was a main distributer or all sorts of merchandise in the Balkan area for the Ottoman Empire, but also a main trade mediator between East and the West.
3. Modern and well-organized society
With everything mentioned so far, there are a few very important things we need to mention prior to talking about the importance of quarantine. As Ragusa was under the protection of the Ottoman Empire (a whole other story), they had a settlement in almost every major city for trades. From Istanbul, Sarajevo, Sofia, Bucharest, etc. in all of the cities they had established their own trade courts, churches, hospitals. That’s not all, the Big and Small council along with the senate – yes, they had it all – they managed to have very strong partnership with Spanish king and Rome.
2. Danče quarantine
Did you know that prior to Lazareti quarantine, Dubrovnik already had one but a bit further from the Old Town called Danče. Nowadays that is a beach where a lot of tourist go to, not far from the city center just a bit rocky. This one was built in the XV. and after starting to build another one (Lazareti), the example of the republic Ragusa was followed by other cities, so this measure became commonplace from the 15th century.
1. Lazareti quarantine
It consist of series of buildings and two cottages, 10 hall like buildings and the cottages where up the stairs to control everything. Everybody – no matter where you’re from, were required to stay in the Lazareti quarantine for 30 days. We’ve mentioned that Dubrovnik was a great port city, the ships were not allowed to enter the port without being the quarantine system for 30 full days. This was a way to stop the spread of a lot of diseases and to preserve Dubrovnik and its citizens. Especially because a great pandemic of the plague was raging the Europe and some of the cities were closing their trade markets. Dubrovnik stayed open, trade market never closed, there was no interruption in the growth of economic side of the republic. No one from the infected areas was allowed to enter the Old Town or any other part of Dubrovnik, they had to be in a quarantine on the island of Mrkan for 40 days. After all that, Ragusa republic still managed to provide normal life for everyone living in it, or coming to visit.
Do you think there is something we can all learn from that? Do you think your country did everything they could to stop the spread of the virus but still to ensure economy of the state is almost untouched? What do you think about quarantine in Ragusa Republic?
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Coronavirus (COVID-19 virus) spread globally has made countries impose quarantines, cancel major events and closing schools, faculties, companies... The big question is whether you should travel or travel safely? This outbreak is having an immediate effect on travel and tourism, prompting a surge of cancellations. The two options you have are pressing on with summer vacation plans are; to simply wait or cancel all the plans. We are doing all we can to keep all of you; our clients, our partners and everyone else informed on the impact of the virus in Croatia, in this blog post we'll provide regular daily updates.
Spreading of COVID-19
On question how it spreads, we believe you already know that the answer is through close contact with the infected individual. From an article in the centers for disease control and prevention, this is exactly how it goes;
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
• Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
• Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Read more here.
Croatia and COVID-19
Today (April 1th) there are 963 confirmed cases of affected individuals so far and 73 cured and 43 infected in Dubrovnik.
As for border procedures, the Croatian government has issued a statement that all persons arriving from the following countries are mandated to be 14 days in self home isolation;
– People’s Republic of China: Hubei Province
– Italian Republic
– FR Germany: Heinsberg County in the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia
– Republic of Korea: Daegu City and Cheongdo Province
– Islamic Republic of Iran
During self-isolation at home this is recommended by the Ministry of Health;
- contact an epidemiologist every day
- measure body temperature
- watch out for symptoms of respiratory infection (cough, shortness of breath, etc.)
- Wash your hands regularly or use a hydroalcoholic solution
- Avoid contact with pregnant women, chronically ill, elderly and similar persons
- If you need to go to a healthcare facility, contact a competent epidemiologist
For more information about recommendations from the Ministry of Health in Croatia click here.
So, should you travel?
As of today a lot of countries have suspended visas or do not allow tourists from an infected countries to enter. What you should do is monitor local news, or in this case you can check this blog every day until 17 pm, we’ll give updates. Know your own health state, we do not recommend traveling if your immune system is weak. There are two options for your future travel plans; either book ahead or do a last-minute booking. What we do not recommend is starting a cancellation movement. The point being in the rescheduling and changing the dates. No one knows how long this outbreak will last, so if you’re not sure whether to go on with your travel plans and wish to cancel – try rescheduling. Everything will eventually be better and the virus will stop, until then we strongly believe that a lot of companies (us included) will give you all of the option for making new dates for your reservation.
The following countries will be issued a decision requiring them to go into a 14-day self-imposed isolation;
- People’s Republic of China (except the Hubei province)
- Hong Kong (People’s Republic of China)
- Republic of Korea (except Daegu City and the Cheongdo Province)
- Republic of Singapore
- French Republic
- Federal Republic of Germany (except Heinsberg County in the State of North Rhine-Westphalia)
- Republic of Austria
- Swiss Confederation
- Kingdom of Spain
- Kingdom of the Netherlands
- Kingdom of Sweden
- United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
- Republic of Slovenia
- Republic of the Philippines
- Socialist Republic of Vietnam
- Kingdom of Cambodia
- New Zealand
- Kingdom of Denmark
- Kingdom of Norway
- Czech Republic
- Republic of Finland
- Hellenic Republic
- State of Israel
- Republic of San Marino
- Republic of Island
- Republic of Poland
- Portuguese Republic
- Slovak Republic
- Republic of Belarus
- Republic of Bulgaria
- Republic of North Macedonia
- Kingdom of Thailand
- Republic of India
- Republic of Indonesia
- Republic of Maldives
- Kingdom of Bahrein
- United Arab Emirates
- Republic of Iraq
- Arab Republic of Egypt
- Lebanese Republic
- Islamic Republic of Pakistan
- Peoples Republic of Bangladesh
- United States of America
- Federal Republic of Brasil
- Republic of Chile
- Republic of Costa Rica
- Peoples Democratic Republic of Algeria
- Republic of Cameroon
- Republic of Peru
- Republic of Ecuador
- Principality of Andorra
- Republic of Albania
- Republic of Cyprus
- Principality of Liechtenstein
- Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
- Republic of Malta
- Principality of Monaco
- Republic of Turkey
This blog post we've decided to share with all of you who have for any reason only around 48 hours in our beautiful little town. Although we don't really think you get to meet the town, the locals and feel the atmosphere in that short time, but we'll try to do our best. So, the list is going to be about all the attractions, spots, sights, experiences, we as locals would highly suggest indulging in while here. As always that is not just going to be a list, we will include the timings of visiting each and every attraction, plus the timing needed to explore, experience. Let’s hop into your 48 short hours in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
5. Old Town
Well of course, we wouldn’t want you to miss probably the main reason of your arrival. Although, for this one we have 2 options, one is for Game of Thrones fans and the second is for all others. Just to be sure as we don’t know in advance the day of your arrival, try getting into the town at 08:00 am. Cruise ships guests arrive to the Old Town around 10, by that time you’ve had breakfast with the view, walked the Stradun street and hopped on a boat to the island Lokrum.
P.S. You need to keep reading to figure out both options we mentioned before.
4. Island Lokrum
Not a hard guess this one’s next right? Well, the reason we’re suggesting going on an island when you have only 48 hours is because the boat ride starts from the old city harbor and it takes only 15 minutes. When you’ve reached the island walk the botanical garden (the ticket is included in the price of the boat ride). You’ll get to see plenty of bunnies and peacocks, and all sorts of different plants blossoming on the island for years. Now, if you’re a Game of Thrones fan, climb up to the fortress on the island and take a picture in official HBO Iron Throne! If you’re not a fan, while they are climbing, you’re swimming in the ‘Dead Sea’ lake in the middle of the island. Swimming in the Adriatic is advisable for both, plus you have the view of the Old Town. In the afternoon, take the boat ride back to the old harbor around 17.
Tip: Around 17-18 the cruise ship guests must go back to the boat.
3. City walls
Don’t worry we won’t miss them. Upon your return, get to the city walls. If you’re tired, don’t worry there are several exits along the way, the main thing is that you get to enjoy the views of the red rooftops this city is known for. Walk at least from one fort to the other (that’s the shortest walk ever!) and then walk down, and visit the Rector’s Palace. You’ll easily find it, once you step inside, you’ve stepped into the Dubrovnik Republic. Afterwards, go grab something to eat if you haven’t had anything on the island Lokrum and they do have couple of restaurants with the best Mediterranean food. Then for Game of Thrones fans, make sure to visit the stairs of shame, and for the ones that are not, go visit Lovrijenac fortress just outside of the city walls. Get to the Pile gate and you’ll already see it; the walk up is a bit hard but it’s just amazing. Now, go change to the accommodation and go for a walk down Banje beach (next to the Old Town), then Stradun street and feel the vibe of the city.
Here we are, morning! So, for this one we have 2 options; Pelješac peninsula – for seafood lovers, wine hedonists, the ones that wish to visit the oldest still working salt production sight and Ston walls. The second option is going in a different direction – Konavle valley – for homemade cooked Croatian dish ‘peka’ – meaning meat under the bell, wine lovers and for the ones that wish to get to know the folklore of the area. Here are both options;
1. Last but not least – Srđ mountain
Both of the day trips will end around 18 pm, so you’ll still have time to get to the place where you’ll take a postcard memory photo of the town. Going to the Srđ mountain it would be easier to take a private transfer with us, as who knows how long you’ll wish to be up there, maybe even have the most romantic dinner ever! And the cable car does stop working at some point of the night. So, grab your partner in crime, hop in our vehicle and enjoy the night at the panoramic Srđ mountain.
Hope we’ve been helpful. Let us know your thoughts, is there anything you wish we’ve mentioned but didn’t or if there’s anything that is a bit too much for you. We’ll listen and consider, who knows maybe we start planning together your next vacay!
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Hi peeps! Today we wanted to talk to you about some other things about Croatia businesses on social networks and the way they work. We'll specifically talk about a lot of scams you can find out there, but also a lot of great content where you can just take away a lot of information that will be useful.
Now, what we do on each platform but in a different way is provide you with interesting, fun and great information for visiting our beautiful country. FOR FREE! From time to time we'll remind you that a lot more information can be given upon reaching our website or us directly depending on the platform. The point being that not every marketing division of any company needs to be a seller. We know we're already fed up with all the sponsored content that pops up from time to time, where you already know in advance you'll get a piece of information and then need to click on something or pay something or subscribe or provide your e-mail to get the rest of the information. What we do differently from the beginning is to provide full information to all of you, as well as with our blogs if you've read any of them. Now, why we do it that way?
We're travelers ourselves and love to explore the sights and attractions to decide on which one to visit prior to our arrival at the destination. So, what we do is scroll through a lot of bloggers (however they tend to be advertising a lot of things too) and travel forums to pick up every information we find useful. Our goal is to be that forum and that blog for you on different social networks as all of you don't love the same thing. Which is quite normal, just to be clear.
In return we don't ask for anything from you, what we do is link our products, link the experiences and link our website in certain posts for you to get more information. In some cases, for you to get the most out of your Croatian holiday. As we mentioned already, we're firstly travelers, that's the main reason of opening our own company. We wanted to show you the best of what Croatia can offer you. The best experiences and local insight on some spots and attractions. We often list several attractions and the months that are best to visit them so you don't wait in huge lines or pay the ticket too high.
We also provide you with the information on what is worth your money and what (on our opinion) is really not. That's why, once we were deciding on which experiences to provide, we made a list on what we would do and go to if we're coming to Croatia. We're different as well as our products, you'll not see a 'regular guiding tour or 'Game of Thrones filming location tour' or 'kayaking Dubrovnik'.. you'll see kayaking combined with Game of Thrones experience, you'll see walking the night tour of the Old Town and the history of Dubrovnik explained in a unique storytelling way, or jump off the cliffs inside the natural cave when on kayaking day trip.
None of our tours are what you'd call a regular one, and from all of them (that's why there are not a lot) we're sure you'll be very extremely satisfied with the price, the feeling and the memories you'll gain.
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Happy Tuesday everyone! Today we’ll talk a bit about national parks in Croatia, as we know we do have natural wonders in so many different places. We also know that Croatia is a small country but a little hard to navigate through our roads, traffic, highways, ferries, schedules, etc.. That’s why we decided on these hard times for the world (in regards to the virus spreading across the world) to share with you our natural hot spots. Nature is what brings the peacefulness and what makes your mind tick. Enjoying everything from terraced waterfalls to islands with national parks, picture-perfect Mediterranean vegetation and marine life.. all of that in 5 easy reachable and in or opinion ‘must see’ national nature wonders of parks in Croatia, so let’s start;
5. Plitvice Lakes
We hope we’ve already explained that our rating doesn’t go from favorite to less favorite and the reason we’ve put Plitvice Lakes on this spot is just because it’s the most famous one BUT again one of the must see! There is 16 connecting lakes, with waterfalls floating from one to the other and wooden walking trails all surrounded with some of the amazing green landscape scenery you’ll ever see!
4. Brijuni Islands
This is one national park that is not so famously popular like the Plitvice Lakes BUT! as highly recommended to visit if you’re in the Istra area of Croatia. Roman villa ruins and ancient spots with beauty in the island vibe as Brijuni are consisted out of 14 islands and islets. Once you reach to the main island you get to hop on a little train that will take you along the Roman Emperor trail on the island to explore all of the ruins, churches, archeological sites, Byzantine castrum, basilica, etc. There is just so much things to see, also as this is on the big Brijuni island, we recommend visiting with your special someone as it is such a romantic site.
3. Mljet island
Yet another island, but we need to put this one in as this one is just such an amazingly magical place. First of all, it’s in Dalmatia near Dubrovnik and we would love to take you there – click here! Second of all there is a national park on the island that consists of 2 salt lakes IN THE ISLAND! Plus.. we’re not done yet, plus there is yet another little island called St. Mary withing the Big Lake (two lakes; Big and Small lake). On the little island there is a Benedictine complex with fortress, courtyard’s and a little church. Also, that is a green island oasis true one as there is just so much pine woods all around and that blend of blue lakes, blue sea and green woods is just amazing!
2. North Velebit
This one is not that famous, but this is a true gem if you’re a hike lover. You need to bookmark this picturesque park in the North of Velebit mountain that is Croatia’s largest mountain range. Trails and tourist trails are marked so you will not get lost, however for the hikers there are other trails marked in a different way. Free wildlife you are able to witness and scenic views from the top are just breathtaking and unforgettable. Also, this national park is used for scientific research and conservation, and you can also camp on the mountain for those more adventurous ones!
1. Krka National Park
So, as written already, no. 1 does not matter as favorable one, but as the one that is just on our list. This one is the one we just adore next to Mljet island. Just to remember, as we are located in Dubrovnik Mljet island and Krka National Park are the closest one to us, that’s why the favorite one. We’re written about Krka waterfalls already but this nature wonder just never seems to disappoint. Why? This is one of the parks that is so easy reachable from Dubrovnik and Split and even Zadar (going North). It is an amazing day trip for summer and winter time! Terraced waterfalls, wildlife, clear waters, so many different shades of blues in the lakes, wooden houses, wooden restaurant, wooden trails… just astonishing! And you can visit it by clicking on -> Krka
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Split city in Croatia is actually the second largest town in the country with a little bit over 200,000 inhabitants. Definitely the largest one on the whole Adriatic coast, located in the Central Dalmatia. We’ve called it the Roman’s Emperor town because it is the truth. Diocletian was the first one to make this part of Dalmatia his retreat, wanting to make his retirement here in the Mediterranean coast and weather. But, not to get ahead of us. Let us tell you why this city is such a gem to the Adriatic coast.
Split city has amazing connections, regardless if you’re arriving by bus, by train!!, by plain or even by the sea it’s so easy to travel to this town and from it. This town has it all. What do we mean by that? Well, Split has the Old Part of the town, thanks to Diocletian and the enormous history that goes with it. It is a walled part of the town as the Roman’s did mostly everything ‘closed’ to create the aversion of wealthy and poor. The whole palace is a true unique monument where walking thought it, you’ll truly get a feeling like walking through the history. In each corner you’ll get to see something special, some detail or just a window shape that is different.
Let’s talk about the ‘state of mind’ you get to see and hopefully feel too. So, when you’re in Split, don’t miss on the Riva promenade. This promenade is located on the south side of Diocletian palace wight on the seafront with huge lined tree palms that make a great photo! Walking on this promenade you’ll get to see true lifestyle of the locals; sit back in any of the coffee bars (and there are a lot lined next to each other), enjoy the sun, drink your beverage, look at the blue Adriatic Sea and you’ll drop in that relaxed state of mind we were talking about.
Continue walking on the promenade as it connects to West shore which is at the foot of Marjan Hill. Let’s talk about this hill for a bit. It is the lunges of the city truly! Green oasis and the symbol of the town is a favorite place for the easy walk in the nature. The views from the viewpoints are to the town and city center on one side and the Dalmatian coast on the other. A definite must while there!
Let’s get back to the town because Peristil is something you should not miss while there. All year long you can indulge in the various cultural events, exhibitions and all other sorts of social events here. Where is it exactly? Once you walk through the Diocletian’s cellars (yes, another must!), you’ll reach this point. This is a central square of the whole Palace, there Diocletian was celebrated, the people should come near him, kneel, kiss the hem of his cloak, etc. You should most definitely take an evening walk to Peristil because nowadays it’s an ideal theatre scenery and the locals use it well!
When we’re talking about this town we could go forever as there is just so much things to visit, not to miss and to indulge in. We’ve mentioned our favorites and those are the ones we never miss to visit while here. If you were wondering, we take you to see this town too! Just visit; Roman emperor's town Split.
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It’s Tuesday already! The time flies fast when you’re having fun. Although it’s a cliché sentence, it is so true, you’ve experienced it many times now I am sure of. And why are we so surprised? Because we went on a nature day exploring during the long weekend we took.
We wanted to show you what you can do in Dubrovnik surroundings without actually being in the Old Town or at/by the sea. One of many reasons why Dubrovnik is an off the main season travel destination as we love to point out. So, let’s start by getting to know what environmental travel means. It means different things depending on who you speak to. Anything from sustainable travel to natural habitat vacations, volunteering, green travels, etc... You get the point. Why we love it so much? Because it’s all eco- friendly and we’re all for different and unique, so if we can protect the nature while having a blast – YES! That’s what we’re going to do.
5. Along the coastline of Dubrovnik
One of our favorite day trip experiences where you get on eco-friendly little portable scooter and cruise around the town. It’s all you need to explore really everything. Click om the title and see how it actually looks like.
4. Spend a day on Cetina river
The title explains it all, if you’re not sure what you’ll be doing – do click on it. So, by getting into the raft and having an explorer day in the river through the forests and wildlife you get to know the true nature wanders Croatia holds.
3. Cycling wine tasting Konavle
I this we should’ve mentioned that in most of these you’ll be the one needing to do some ‘exercise’ along the way :P For this one, we truly believe you won’t mind, as on each stop, you get to drink a little bit.
2. Day of tradition in Čilipi village
If you haven’t yet, go visit our Instagram page or LinkedIn page to see what this folklore dance really looks like. It’s an amazing part of Dubrovnik tradition people around the world pay a lot of money to witness. We’ll take you on a different type of trip while you save money and enjoy the village nature.
1. Move your body with Zumba sound
Now… if you haven’t heard of this type of dance yet, you’ve been living under a rock. This is the most thrilling thing you’ll get to do in an hour on your vacation. Plus, you get to hang out with locals, absorb the energy and dance!
In all the headlines you can click and find out more about the experiences. Btw all these 5 trips you can do in 3 and half – 4 days all together. So… yap, you still have enough time to go stroll around the Old Town streets and unwind in the nature Dubrovnik surroundings offer.
Hope you have a great week! Until next blog post…
P.S. Don’t let us always repeat the same thing in different ways…. Let us know if there is anything you wish to know about, we’ve covered several ‘wanted’ topics so far, so there is no reason to be shy.
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Today we're answering the most common question about the Dubrovnik. BUT we’re answering it in our way, as usual. From local’s perspective and travelers one too. We’re traveling a lot so we do know how hard it is to find the perfect time to visit some place. Mostly because we wish to travel when there is not so many people in that place (not a big fans of crowds), when the weather is still nice and warm, when we can truly experience the sight and everything it offers. As quoted many times in our blogs, we absolutely love meeting the locals and their perspective, ways of living and we wish to see the location through their eyes. It is the only way to truly visit place. That is why we love answering questions like this.
Obviously, July and August are a big no-no. There are plenty of reasons behind it which we will not cover as you probably know those are the busiest months.
The most attractive months, the most crowded months, the warmer months, the worst time to visit if you really want to see all the gems Dubrovnik has to offer. If that is the only time you have to visit, we truly recommend to reach out to an agency (here we are! :) ), to locals (here we are! :) ) or any site that will give you best suggestions (here we are! :) ).
It’s all about timing.
So, the best way to travel through August and July is to set your days prior to arrival. Find out the best time to reach the Old Town, when cruises leave, when less people walk around the city walls, when you would be able to actually experience the history you’ll be walking through. And the same principle goes for every other excursion, beach day, island visit.. Let us know if that is the case with you, and we’ll provide all the answers.
Now, let’s move on to the BEST time to visit Dubrovnik. June and September! YAP! The weather is still very nice, warm and sunny, the sea temperature is high and the prices are cheaper. Crowds are still here, but in a much lesser amount. Traffic jams are not usual, beaches are less occupied and as the season is (June) starting, or (September) coming to its end, the people are much more relaxed and hospitable.
You can only imagine the amount of stress, work and tiredness with the locals in the high season. Plus, each year the warmth of the climate extends to at least the middle of October so if you do have a chance, stay a bit longer! The month of May on the other hand is much more unpredictable, some years it is warm and sunny, Adriatic is still not as warm to swim, and some years it can be a ‘month of rain’. Hopefully you’ll catch on some of our suggestions and apply them upon your next vacation thoughts about Dubrovnik, Croatia.
As always guys, we’re here for all your questions, remarks, inquiries, suggestions, feedbacks, so don’t be shy; leave a comment.
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Postcard photo from a vacation in Dubrovnik, Croatia is something most of people visiting want to have. It's not that hard as on each and every corner of the Old Town there is a perfect spot for a photo. Because of its architecture, red rooftops, grey stone walls, 50 shades of blue Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik is a true Instagram-worthy place. Once you take a walk inside the Old Town and get to the main street Stradun it may appear the town is actually small. However, there is no shortage of opportunities to take a stunning travel photo. To be fair, all of the photos would be best to take in the early morning, but we’ll list some of the best times to go if you’re not an early bird. If you’ll be arriving to this photoshoot location in the off season, well then, the best time is anytime. Locals don’t go to the Old Town often and there is not as many tourists as during the summer times for sure.
5. City walls
Do we even need to explain anything in detail? First of all, you’re on a ‘hight’, so yes, the pictures of the town beneath you, all the little streets and the roofs beyond which you can see the sea is all you need for at least 10 photos. Now for this one we wouldn’t advice to go early in the morning (the wall entrance doesn’t open until 08:00 am). Walk the walls during sunset hours, around 17 pm, as by the time you walk the walls, and it takes around an hour, the walls will be closing.
4. Ploče gate
Dubrovnik Old Town has 2 main entrances; Pile gate – where all the buses stop and ploče gate (on the other side of the town). Ploče gate will lead you to Banje beach, which we don’t usually recommend during the summer season for a swim, as the crowds are impossible. But then again if you come early in the morning, you could take some amazing shots overlooking the old harbor from the sea. Let’s go back to Ploče gate, visually captivating entry with far less crowds than Pile gate. Palm trees next to the wooden bridge make a great vintage point. On this side there is another stoned bridge right after your entrance and the point where you take the picture with the stone bridge overlooking St. John’s fortress is 3 minutes walking distance uphill from the gate.
3. Srd mountain
This one is the best to do in the golden hour, so we’re talking about sunset. However, we recommend arriving at least an hour prior to sunset time just to catch a spot. There is a restaurant up the mountain where after your visit to the war museum, you can have a seat and drink up the views.
2. Small streets
Inside the Old Town when o the main street and looking to your left and right you’ll get to see a lot of small side streets. While there are so many specific landmarks and sights to see and to search for, one of the best parts are the side streets. That’s where you actually meet the locals who hide away from the crowds, see their ways of living inside the Old Town and the best part it will be quitter with amazing charming spots. Get lost within the streets, but prepare for a little hike, all of the side streets have a lot of stairs, but the higher it goes the better the view!
1. Dominican monastery
This one is a must during the early morning hours as its location is just passing the Ploče gate and ‘on the way’ so there will be a lot of people resting on the stairs and walking by. Monastery itself is an attraction and one of the most important architectural part of the town. Major treasury of cultural and art heritage is laying inside at the museum with so many rich exhibits. The stairs outside are a true gem for photographers and architectural photography. See for your self
Hope you’ve enjoyed our little guide to the best spots. These are 5 best once on our opinion with plenty more to cover. If you’re interested to learn more, leave us a comment and maybe we’ll cover 5 more ?
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Happy New 2020 everyone!
Ok, now we’ve got that out of the way let’s deal with the main issue of the first day of the New Year. New Year’s resolutions! Lot of people actually do not even make one as they are certain they will not follow up, but (there is always a but!) it can be done and we’ll explain how.
First of all your New Year’s resolution needs to be yours! What do we mean by that? You can not set your goals to be like your friends did, even if you did, what you need to do is set up your mind and thoughts to achieving the goal. By setting a few resolutions that you can aim to obtain with little energy put into accomplishing them – you’ve already done half of the work.
Make a game plan, set up mile stone dates and make necessary changes along the way and reward yourself to complete your target by the end of the year!
What you need to do to follow up your New Year’s resolutions;
P.S. If you do follow this, you will end up accomplishing your goals and feeling much more content with yourself!
- Pick your resolutions – think about past resolutions and your attempts to keep them, analyze and make new once!
- Set specific goals – don’t make it a big one at the beginning. Focus on smaller resolutions that will offer a great challenge and then change them to bigger one when making smaller goals.
- Write them down – it doesn’t need to be on a paper. However, try putting them to your notes, reminders, pin boards, where ever will be easy to see them. Document your progress along the way, it will help you overcome resistance to progress.
- Tell someone / tell everyone – share your resolution with others, it can be a person of your choice or it can be your whole social media connections. There is a bit of guilt when you don’t attain your decisions and have told someone, but there is a lot of joy & celebration once you manage to obtain them.
- Self-motivate – if you fall off track, well it’s not the end of the world. It takes time for your goals to become a reality and it is not easy. Mistakes are what makes you human, so don’t beat yourself up. Resolve to recover from your mistakes and carry on!
- Make your milestones – mark up your calendar to the date where you’ll stop and see where you’re at. Look what you’ve done so far, re-evaluate the concept and program you’re on and reward yourself!
- Enjoy yourself – don’t make it a job. Make it your fun way of showing yourself and others you CAN and you WILL do it. Create the biggest reward you’ll be having on the 31th of December and look forward to it.
Eventually the feeling of success will come over you and you’ll want to share and be accountable for accomplishing your New Year’s resolutions. Who knows, maybe next year you’ll give us some new tips to add to the list.
We’ve made our goals for this year, one of which we’ve already started to accomplish. And yes, we did share it with you peeps, have a look on our Facebook feed, or Instagram feed, of LinkedIn profile, or Pinterest.. somewhere along the line you’ll get it. But (there is always a but!), even if you don’t, we’ll let you know soon enough.
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