King’s Landing (Dubrovnik)

King’s Landing (Dubrovnik)

We were pretty psyched to head to Dubrovnik, the city that King’s Landing from Game of Thrones is based on. We weren’t disappointed. Dubrovnik is a beautiful city surrounded by beautiful water and mountains.

Dubrovnik is located in a part of Croatia that is separated from the rest of Croatia by Bosnia and Herzegovina. We opted to take a bus down there, and we ended up getting to stop in B&H for ten minutes (cool!).

Bosnia & Herzegovina

After our four and a half hour bus journey, we were a bit tired, so grabbed a quick bite near our Airbnb in the old city. Despite being beautiful, Dubrovnik is lacking in the food department, and restaurants are also really overpriced. Being that it is the off-season, a lot of restaurants were closed. We found a Bosnian restaurant called Taj Mahal (what?!) that was open and had fairly priced food. We were pleasantly surprised by our delicious meal! We had chicken stuffed with dried beef, a salad, and grilled veggies. And the flat bread was yummy! We were so hangry that we forgot to take photos.

The next day, we met up with our friends Eric and Lishan for the third and final time on our round-the-worlds to walk the walls of Dubrovnik. For ~$20 each, you can walk along the walls of the old city. It’s an awesome thing to do and very beautiful, but a little annoying how much they charge to do it. Dubrovnik is definitely a tourist town.

Red rooftops
Another manhole cover
View of the fortress
Apparently Daenerys ran through here, I think in season 3
Team selfie (or wefie) – thanks for the photo Eric!

We had an awesome day walking the walls, taking in the views, and hanging out. We had a sub-par lunch (typical Dubrovnik) and we headed to the fortress, which has the best views of Dubrovnik and the old city.

Lishan, making us all nervous!
Another team selfie/wefie (photo cred: Eric)
The dock!
A very large (2-litre!) bottle of beer I found in the grocery

After an afternoon siesta and some trip planning, we met up with Eric and Lishan for dinner. Every restaurant we had wanted to try was closed, so we ended up back at Taj Mahal, and it was fun to get to try more yummy dishes. We had beef sausages, a traditional bureka-style pastry-ish thing, mixed grilled veggies, and another delicious salad. After dinner, we said our goodbyes to Lishan and Eric. We are so happy we got to meet up with our friends three times on this journey!

Yummy Bosnian food from Taj Mahal restaurant

The next day, we wanted to visit the synagogue, but it was closed until late March. We had also considered going to the top of the cable car, but didn’t want to spend another $20 each, so thought we might hike it, but we were both feeling tired and didn’t really want to hike. Instead, we had lunch, wandered around, and went to the beach. Even though it was cold and we couldn’t wear our bathing suits, it was so nice to lie in the sun and enjoy the beautiful water. The water in Croatia is so blue and clear!

Closed, despite the open door (they were renovating)
A bridge used in Game of Thrones
Chillin’ on the beach
Pretty Croatian water

The next day, we got back on the bus to Split to pick up our rental car and head to Zadar. More on that next.

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