Adriatic Beauty; Dubrovnik

Where do I start.. Logically I should start at the beginning… but f*ck logic.. I got myself a new camera a few days before this trip, so say hello to lots of Sony Alpha shots with plenty of swirly swirly cream cheese like bokeh! New trip, new kit..

Ok back to the travel; I set off for Stansted at 3am. Croatia has some excellently cheap flights from Luton and Stansted, you just have to pay in loss of sleep.. but for £100 return you cannot argue with that.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

I landed in Dubrovnik to that famous Adriatic Sunshine. Dubrovnik gets almost 130 days of sunshine each year..

I’d hired a car before my arrival. Now it’s notoriously cheap to hire cars here, and when you read reviews you’ll see a great deal of NEGATIVE comments regarding companies policies, claw backs of money, claims of damage etc. I cannot confirm this, my experience was excellent. I used Rentalcars.com who I purchased full insurance with, so if there’s any damage.. you pay and you’re refunded, regardless of how the damage occurred. FYI I used Goldcar (via Rentalcars.com). Anyway, in the famous last words of the Goldcar employee.. “Please drive on the right and don’t crash, bye bye“. I did have a good laugh as I drove away!

The drive from the airport to Dubrovnik is beautiful. There are a few stop off points for photos etc, well worth getting out and taking in the views over the coastline.

As usual for my trips I used Air BnB, I opted for a place outside of the Old Town, mainly due to having a car. I paid around £35 per night, and my accommodation was excellent. Arguably one of the best Air BnBs I’ve ever used. Really nice views from the terrace over the Port..

Never used Air BnB? Well here is a link for £25 off your first stay.. You are welcome! CLICK HERE

Old Town Dubrovnik (Poljana Paska Miličevića, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia)

The Old Town as viewed from Lovrijenac

The Old Town of DBV is amazing. One of the most cool and beautiful places I’ve been to. It has the charm of an Old Town, yet the Vibe of thriving city. Everywhere you turn are restaurants and stunning buildings. But I wasn’t there for the restaurants.. I was there for the Old City Walls..

The Old Walls entrance can be found directly to the right as you enter the Old Town..

It’s 150kn to tour the Walls..

A surprisingly quiet tour of the Walls..
Views to the South show off the Island of Lokrum
There are some really cool hidden spots along the way round..

Plan your days accordingly in Dubrovnik. It is worth checking the Port Authorities Arrivals, click here. I arrived on a Thursday, notably quiter than Friday, funnily enough a massive cruise ship had docked over night… Dubrovnik’s Old Town went from the relatively quiet town looking like this…

To this on a Friday..

Double check the Arrivals. It can really change your experience of Dubrovnik..

The Old Town has plenty of highlights and places to visit, here’s some of my favourites;

Any, and every side street is a visual gem. I love how the lanterns pepper the streets
The detailing at Rector’s Palace is beautiful..

Buza Bar (Aim for the signs which say ‘best drinks and views in Old Town)

There is several ‘Budza’ Bars to the west coastline of the Old Town.. all are worth a beer and view of the coastline

Now if Drones are your thing then you’ll like these shots. If you’re planning on using your drone in Croatia you will need to contact the CAA, sending off a form to the authority by post to Croatia. You need to ensure it arrives 8 days before you plan to fly.. Use this link for more info. Once confirmed you’ll receive an email to say you are now an authorised UAS operator.

I found a few good spots to take off from, one just by Hotel Excelsior and the other to the North of Lovrijenac, head to towards this address and walk the coastline until you find a good spot.. Rudimira Rotera, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia.

This is the place I used for the droning.. follow the address to get here
Views from the Excelsior

The DJI Mavic making the Planet Little

I use the DJI Mavic Air for all my drone shots. It’s light, compact and is perfect for the backpack traveller.

Check out my edit for this trip on YouTube.

Mount Srd (Cable Car: Ulica kralja Petra Krešimira IV, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia)

I’d prepped up my visit to Mount Srd for the evening, to capture the sunset and the night lit view of the Old Town.. and it really didn’t disappoint. When you get off the Cable Car you’ve taken to a viewing platform, it also has a restaurant. If you walk out of the building and round to the right you can climb down some rock face and set up your camera on the edge of the mountain..

The scene from the Viewing Platform

A night view of the Old Town was pretty memorable

Such moody sunsets can be seen from here, the mist when drops over the Islands to the North it makes it a really beautiful scene

I walked around Dubrovnik for 2 days – walking over 35 miles. There’s a great deal of stairs and walking to be done..

Views from Lovrijenac over to the Old Town

There is beauty at ever turn in Dubrovnik. I will return in the future and I highly recommend it to any and everyone..

Any questions about Dubrovnik or travelling there? Get in touch!

My gear;

GoPro Hero 6

Sony Alpha A6000

DJI Mavic Air

3 Replies to “Adriatic Beauty; Dubrovnik”

  1. Awesome pictures! Also the tips. Loving Croatia because of this. Now I want to visit! 🙂
    Are the photos here from Sony or the Go Pro? Or both? I want to see the go pro shots before I purchase one. 😁

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    1. Thanks Gillian! It’s a mix of both really. GoPro is by far the most versatile camera I own, and one I gain some of the best images with

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