Dubrovnik's Old Town in Croatia
My first impressio of Dubrovnik's Old Town was surprise and then delight at the beauty of the place. Perched on the edge of the Adriatic, this medival walled town is superbly preserved.
Sights of the Old Town
The Dubrovnik city walls offer fabulous views of the Old Town from all angles (although I'd recommend you avoid the midday heat for the walk), but you're likely to arrive via the Pile Gate - outside which city buses drop off - onto Stradun. This is the main street, and like the rest of the Old Town it is traffic free. You are immediately struck by this limestone road. It has seen so many footsteps over the years that it is now a smooth, reflective surface... and very beautiful indeed.
The town is carefully maintained to the extent that all painted window and door frames use the same colour green paint and the only corporate logos are allowed on small lanterns above the shop entrances.
There are numerous places of interest, including the St John's Fortress, Luza Square, the Rector's Palance and the cathedral but the Old Town is simply a great place to wander and get lost. Every corner brings more charm, and the narrow alleys provide welcome shade from the hot summer sun.
Swimming is possible from the rocks below the St John's Fortress, or from the beaches on the small island of Lokrum which is a short 1km boat ride away.
A few restaurants to mention; Mea Culpa is a good value pizzeria, Club Nautika offers an classy experience with a sea view and for something different the Taj Mahal serves Bosnian generous cuisine including cevapi, delicious meaty rissoles served on thick bread.
By the way, while you're in the Old Town make sure you stop for a drink at Buza Bar, perhaps the best place for drinks at sundown you'll ever find.