Where to stay
While planning accommodation in Dubrovnik, we stumbled across Apartment Mariana and was instantly drawn to it. Upon arrival, we were greeted by Ana who was extremely helpful. We did a tour of the apartment and came on to the balcony where we were met with beautiful views of the Old Town. It was hard to be dragged away from this view, being as breathtaking as it was. The apartment was a short walk away from the Old Town, however there were quite a few stairs you needed to climb, leading you to and from the city, but it was well worth it! It allowed me to get my daily cardio in, and also pointed out how unfit I was, which wasn't something I wanted to deal with at that moment. We visited in the summer, so we left the air-con on during the day and was met with a refreshing apartment when we returned from a day of exploring and climbing those stairs.
Where to eat
Being a self-contained apartment we ate breakfast and lunch at the apartment, on the balcony (Guys! that balcony and the view had some sort of power over me) and at dinner we ventured out to the Old Town and enjoyed food at Konoba Amoret. This outdoor restaurant is situated next to the Dubrovnik Cathedral, which serves a selection of meat and seafood dishes. The food was that good we came here twice for dinner. I absolutely loved the relaxed atmosphere of this restaurant. While enjoying your meal you have people walking by enjoying the Old Town, and we were lucky enough to have a street performer set up right opposite the restaurant and play music, making me fall madly in love with the city.
Things to do
Walk the Walls of Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is one of the most breathtaking city's along the Adriatic Sea in Croatia. It's best known for the Old Town surrounded by the stone walls which run for 1,940 meters around the city. Entry to the wall is 30kn (Kuna). As you walk the walls, you have the opportunity to see how it was built to protect the town and it's people. This takes a couple of hours to complete, and gives you different vantage points of the city, allowing you to take beautiful photos.
Swimming at Banje Beach
On the outskirts of Dubrovnik's Old Town is the main beach; Banje Beach. On this beach you're able to use beach chairs or hire sunbeds and enjoy food and drink at the cafe by the water. However it does get quite busy during peak season, so I would recommend getting there early. I was lucky enough to travel here with my family the last time I visited, so one morning my mum and I got up to go for a run through the town and finished off at the beach, and it was quite enjoyable with only a few people around that early in the morning. For those adrenaline junkies you also have the option of enjoying some water sports such as jet skiing.
Relaxing on the Island of Lokrum
If you're looking for a day of rest and relaxation, I would jump on a ferry which you can catch from the Old Town to the island Lokrum. This takes around 15 minutes and costs you 40kn. We bought our tickets on the day, and ferries are quite frequent to the Island, around every half an hour. Here you can spend the day swimming in clear waters and exploring the island. We set up on a rock next to the water and enjoyed the beautiful summers day. Just a word of caution, there are quite a few rocks that lead you to the water, so I would recommend investing in water shoes, which will protect your feet when entering the water.
Have a Mojito on-the-go
Also while you're wandering around the Old Town you will come across a cafe called Gossip where you can order a Mojito on the Go! Yes you can actually leave the store, walking around with an alcoholic beverage. For an Australian, this is something quite unusual, since there is no way of leaving a pub or any store with an open bottle of alcohol. So it was lovely to experience, without being arrested.