Traveldiary Croatia: Sunset in Dubrovnik

Sunset in Dubrovnik

 

Sunset in Dubrovnik

When the Concierge offered to help with anything I could possibly want, my first question was which place could eventually be the best to see the sunset. He was quite a bit irritated and answered very polite and quiet, why I wouldn’t like to stay at the hotel.  I thought he just didn’t care about the magic of sunsets, until I found out, 2 evenings later, why he would say something like that.

As the holiday was booked on very short notice, or even I didn’t know about that surprise act, I didn’t have much time for research. I had to deal with my Black Book for Future Holidays and my Pinterest Account. Fortunately Dubrovnik isn’t one of that destinations, who don’t believe in the power of Social Media and until I touched the ground in Croatia, I was quite informed via Twitter and Co. One of my best sources was definetley www.justdubrovnik.com

Sunset in Dubrovnik

The first night we where just impressed by the evening glow of the cultural highlight of Croatia and walked openmouthed between the 25 meters high walls. Usually you would say, that it couldn’t get more perfect.

Sunset in Dubrovnik

But hey! We all know Café del Mar in Ibiza and other Sunset Cafés. There had to be one in Dubrovnik too. Of course I knew already that there is a Sunset Café hidden behind the town walls:

The Buža Bar

Sunset in Dubrovnik

Actually it is not one but two Bars. I wanted to go for the authentic chilly place, which is even more difficult to find. Google, my friend, was of some help. And so we searched for a wooden sign on the wall that says

Cold Drinks with the most beautiful View

Sunset in Dubrovnik

to find the hole; Buža = croatian dialect for hole. You wouldn’t find the Bar by accident, but it is not difficult to reach with instructions.

Sunset in Dubrovnik

Start at the Gundulićeva poljana Marketsquare and walk up the beautiful baroque staircase to the Jesuit Church St.Ignatius (Sveti Ignacijo), which happens to be one of the biggest baroque churches of Dalmatia. When walking towards the city wall you will see the wooden sign and a few meters away you have reached the iron gate in the wall on the left side. It is a 3 minutes walk from church to gate.

Sunset in Dubrovnik

The panoramic view at the island of Lokrum and the hills of Dalmatia is unbeatable, when sitting literally in the cliffs with a bottle of local beer at this unique location. But be warned, chances are not big to see the sun set in the ocean. This is quite an impossible thing in Dubrovnik as the sun sets far behind the city.

Sunset in Dubrovnik

The only place where you can see the sun plunge into the sea would be high above Dubrovnik by taking the last Cable Car in the evening. I missed that one, but saw amazing pictures of the bird view scenery. But at least I already have a note on my to do list for next time.

Sunset in Dubrovnik

If you are up to a high class stylish and sophisticated dinner on a safe seat with the magical sea view, you should consider the restaurant 360°. An impressive big place transformed to restaurant, bar and lounge by Maltese chef Jeffrey Vella. You will pay what you get, but it was worth every Kuna and I fell in love with interior and garden, not just the view. www.360dubrovnik.com

Sunset in Dubrovnik

Sunset in Dubrovnik

Sunset in Dubrovnik

Last but definitely not least we are coming back to the recommendation of the Concierge from The Excelsior Dubrovnik.  Wishing for THE unique view over Dubrovnik in peace and private athmosphere, when the city is surrounded by the orange glow of the setting sun there is one place to visit: Prora.

Sunset in Dubrovnik

Sunset in Dubrovnik

Sunset in Dubrovnik

There must be a reason why Mario Testino had his shoot with Lara Stone for American Vogue right here on the plateau of the private beach of the Excelsior Hotel, where the restaurant is located, just two days after we left the hotel (unfortunatley). I would have loved to take some pictures from my balcony! (find pics here)

Sunset in Dubrovnik

Sunset in Dubrovnik

Everyone should visit Dubrovnik once in his lifetime. But please, don’t just go there for a day excursion and stay at least one night!

Sunset in Dubrovnik

Upcoming posts: Dubrovnik from above and our hotel soon in my Travel Secrets Diary.

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Sunset in Dubrovnik

Traveldiary Dubrovnik: First Impressions

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It was a big surprise and not planned ahead.
Greetings from my Girls Dream!
Some girls dream of weddings, others of Rockstars, many of shoes. My dream was always Dubrovnik. I love small cities and towns with a sea of red rooftops more than fashion metropoles. I have been to many big cities and every has a speciality on their own, but never touched my heart like an Italian, Spanish or Croatian town with that special mix of red roofs, small alleys, steps, a church on top of a little hill and all surrounded by the sea.
 
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Ibiza was my place in my Twenties, Toscana was great, Istria too, the South of France charming, but there was always this imagination that Dubrovnik would top all of that. Big expectations.
And now I am here. Right in the middle of my girls dream.
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And actually I cannot believe that reality is even better than my dream. I expected a beautiful old ancient town and found a huge monumental piece of history. Walking openmouthed through the creamy white stone walls. Finding breathtaking details on every corner …

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That’s why this holidays hashtag is #VANdreamscometrue
Find my instant snapshots from abroad on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag

#VANdreamscometrue

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Take care and enjoy life,
VANessa

Traveldiary Croatia. Eat and Drink in Zadar

Where to Eat and Drink in ZADAR, Croatia

Where to Eat and Drink in ZADAR, Croatia
Finding a place by the sea to enjoy a coffee or cold drink along the coast of Zadar is easy. You will have dozens of possibilities between the Old Town and Kolovare beach, like Hitch Bar or Popaj, and all have free Wifi access to check what you are actually not missing when you can have a view like that, but it could help to synchronize your photos or update your friends on Instagram with your holiday pics, which is near to impossible with the public Zadar WLAN, eben if I think that this is a great free service for tourists.

Where to Eat and Drink in ZADAR, Croatia

Fresh food and water are never a problem as you have a big daily market in the middle of Zadar next to a big Konzum supermarket. I used to choose that option every day before heading outside for my long walks.

Where to Eat and Drink in ZADAR, Croatia

And then there are many small bakeries (Pekarna), who offer traditional croatian buns filled with that special kind of cheese (sir). Just follow the heavenly smell of freshly baked dough.

Where to Eat and Drink in ZADAR, Croatia

Where to Eat and Drink in ZADAR, Croatia

But where to go, when you are in the mood for a drink with a nice view? And you definitely have to try the local beer: Karlovačko, named after the city Karlovac.

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Where to Eat and Drink in ZADAR, Croatia

For me it was quite easy, as probably the best Café to see and be seen was right in front of the Boutique Hostel Forum, where I stayed during my holidays. So, guess, where I wrote most of my blogposts? Yes! In the
Caffe Bar Forum

right next to the Sv. Donat Chathedral on the main shopping street Siroka, where you will also find the biggest liqueur store with the famous Maraška alcohol drinks (I recommend buying: Travarica).

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The Bar shares the place with the

Callegro Caffe Bar, which offers delicious ice-cream.

Where to Eat and Drink in ZADAR, Croatia

Probably the priciest drinks, but the very best place to enjoy the famous sounds of the Sea-Organ (Morske Orgulje):

Where to Eat and Drink in ZADAR, Croatia

Caffe Bar BRAZIL.

I liked the place, even if it is nothing special. The service is friendly and the seats are comfortable. Most important: the drinks are served very cold. I stayed here for hours.

Where to Eat and Drink in ZADAR, Croatia

And now to something more difficult: the restaurants. Like every touristic town you will find tons of places who offer food. Most of the time you won’t find the right place by coincidence. I had a recommendation from home and was most happy with the famous place, which offers regional, seasonal and organic food and visited the place three times. Twice for a late lunch and once for an early dinner.

Where to Eat and Drink in ZADAR, Croatia

Where to Eat and Drink in ZADAR, Croatia

Restoran Pet Bunara

is famous for their homemade Fig Cake and Jam from the own fig farm, which I, of course, bought for home too.

Where to Eat and Drink in ZADAR, Croatia

If you consider visiting the place after 7PM, you should really consider an early reservation, as the restaurant is fully packed and people are waiting in line for a table: www.petbunara.hr

Where to Eat and Drink in ZADAR, Croatia

A very nice alternative is the

Trattoria Canzona in Stromorica 8

Don’t be fooled by the word Pizzeria. They serve great croatian meals and delicious wine too. Even perfect for families, when everyone craves for something different on their plates.

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And if you are on a boat and wish for a nice place in the shades of white linen and trees, stop at Sakarun beach in the north of Dugi Otok Island.

Where to Eat and Drink in ZADAR, Croatia

And right when I was up to finish my blogpost for you, I got a mail with the words

Save your boardingcard on your iPhone!

Scream! A surprise holiday is waiting for me. So no need to be sad, that I spent just 6 days in Zadar. I have the feeling I will see even more red roof tops and ancient stones in the next days. We are heading to a childhood dream of mine. No, it is not New York, LA or Paris. Been there, done that.

Stay tuned on Twitter and Instagram for more under the hashtag #VANdreamscometrue

YAY! See you seen with a new Travelsecret Diary and many new tipps from new places in Vienna.

Where to Eat and Drink in ZADAR, Croatia