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