Set on the coast of the azure Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik is the jewel in the Croatian crown, with its caramel tones of polished stone, muted greens of Mediterranean cypress, and shifting blues of sky and sea.
Add a dash of Medieval-fortress intrigue to the pot and it’s easy to see why it’s been called the “New Riviera.”
For years we’d seen Disneyesque photos of the walled city, and like the rest of the world, had read of the horrors of the Balkan War. Then when we heard that it was a filming location for the Game of Thrones, our curiosity was piqued and we had to see it for ourselves.
We visited Dubrovnik a few years ago – it was the magical catalyst for our first trip to the Balkans. So we when we read about Kotor, Montenegro, also a Medieval fortress town on the Adriatic, we knew we would be heading there this trip.
We’ve read complaints about both cities being overrun with cruise ship tourists, and as always, crowds are a concern. We spent a week in Dubrovnik during the shoulder season (a perfect time to visit), and while there were a few pulses of cruise ships, it wasn’t a problem. Plan your trip to avoid the busiest times, and don’t let these complaints prevent you from visiting the amazingly preserved Dubrovnik. It’s a unique, fairy tale city and you won’t be sorry. We’ll let you know what we find on Kotor Bay in Montenegro.
James & Terri