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Cruise Diary: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Guests Jan and Dick Yetke set sail on Prinsendam’s 64-day Grand Mediterranean Voyage in March, and we’ll catch up as quickly as possible. Enjoy the journey with Jan and Dick!

Welcome to the beautiful and very interesting city of Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian Coast!!! We have been here before but are always happy to return to this location!!!

It was a beautiful day!!! We took the complimentary shuttle bus from the pier to the Old Walled City – a very pretty about 20 minute drive. When we arrived at the plaza just outside the entrance to the Old City, it was mobbed with tourists. Crazy!!! Apparently April is a big tourist month for Europeans. Well, we made our way thru the crowds and into the Old City where we had a great walk all around. We went out to the little harbor, called Old Harbor there and walked around the wall there. Then we started winding our way up stairs and thru very narrow little streets, up and up. Oh, when you first enter the old city (you are on the Placa which is a very wide and beautiful street), you pass by a large fountain (Onofrios Fountain) which was built in the 15th-century. The 16-sided fountain’s carved heads spout cascades of water you are free to take.

Fountain in Old City

Fountain in Old City

Across from that is a church (St. Savior). Note the bullet holes on the outside walls of the church from the war when Yugoslavia was splitting up.

Church with bullet holes

Church with bullet holes.

It is so interesting just to walk up and down thru all the narrow streets inside the old city. Of course, there are shops and cafes everywhere. All along the coastline outside the walled city and by the port are mountains. We noticed now a cable car going up the mountain to a viewpoint just outside the walled city. And if you want to go up onto the wall and walk all around it, it costs 15 Euros. The magnificent walls were begun in the 12-century and work continued for 500 years. The entire circumference that you walk is more than 6,350 feet and in some places, the wall is 20 feet thick. The height is 80 feet. We have never felt the need to do that just because.

Anyway, we really had a nice time once again visiting the Old City of Dubrovnik. Back to the ship we went and off on our bikes!!! When getting off the ship, we went to the right all around the harbor, ending up at a lovely outdoor restaurant just across the harbor from the ship!!! Had a very nice lunch there! Then we biked back around the harbor, past the ship, and under the huge bridge there. We went a ways past that up the river but there was no wide shoulder or sidewalk to bike on and the road got very narrow with lots of fast moving cars. Not too safe we decided, so we turned around and went back to the ship!!! We had another wonderful day there in Dubrovnik!!!!

Wall of Old City

Wall of Old City.

Entrance to Old City

Entrance to Old City.

Old City Harbor

Old City Harbor.

The ship stayed in port overnight, leaving at 5 a.m. the next morning, since we did not have far to travel that day. So, in the evening we were treated to local entertainment: a Traditional Acapella Vocal Group, the music of Croatia!!! This was a group of 5 men and the music was wonderful!

  • Joanne Gardner

    HI Jan and Dick,

    Glad you enjoyed Dubrovnik. Last time I was there I did the wall walk and got some great photos of the rooftops and surrounding areas. One caveat-if you decide to walk the wall, bring water. It can get quite warm and there is very litle shade.
    I’ve enjoyed reading your posts.

  • R Eng

    Oct 2018, Oosterdam dock is about 3 km (2+ miles) from the walled old town and the shuttle bus is now $16 (no longer free).
    We will be checking the local Tuk-tuks outside the port gates.

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