Traveling on to Dubrovnik..

When you talk about Croatia, you first think of Dubrovnik. And there are enough reasons for that. But for us our happiness, more than the stories, was about traveling back to the sea. We love water and the excitement was quite at it’s peak, after seeing the pics of this beautiful destination.

The Adriatic sea, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Adriatic Sea

The reception at ‘The Loop Hotel’ had arranged our car drop to Zagreb airport at a very reasonable price. A little less than what we had paid to reach here couple of days back. We entered, I talked around a bit and then immediately classified it as a category A+++ airport. The criteria? Just one. It had a smoking room in the departure lounge πŸ’•. And when the lady at the Croatian Airline check-in counter waived off a kilo or two from our checked in luggage, I fell in love a second time. No no, not with her. With Croatia πŸ˜€

Dubrovnik Airport, Croatia

The flight landed almost half an hour later than the scheduled arrival, probably because the weather was not too good. But when we landed the sky was clear and blue. Dubrovnik Airport named Cilipi Airport is located at Cilipi, approximately fifteen and a half kilometers from Dubrovnik city center. The best and most economical way to reach town is to avail of the Airport shuttle bus which leaves for the main bus station at Gruz Port normally every half an hour and takes around thirty to forty minutes. The first stop is at Pile Gate in front of Old Town where you could get down depending on the location of your place of stay.

The Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik, Croatia

But for us the journey took more than an hour because of the sudden change in weather and heavy traffic just before reaching town. The sky had become dark again, the rains came down heavily and soon it cleared a bit too as we alighted and walked to our guest house amidst a slight drizzle, five minutes away from the nearest bus stand. It was past five in the evening when we reached.

Guest House Raguz, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Situated in Old Town district, Guest House Raguz apartment offers accommodation with a sunbathing terrace. It is about fifteen minutes relaxed walk from Old Town and just a ten minutes walk to the center of Dubrovnik. There are no food options within the guest house but few good eating options like Caffe-Pizzeria El Toro and Nevera Beach Restaurant are within five minutes walk. Also there are other restaurants, bars, cafes, bakery, 24 hour shops all within a few minutes walk and also next door a departmental stores, where you would find enough options for your breakfast. The owners Inka & Evan are a very nice and simple elderly couple, who are not too good when it comes to speaking English but we managed and they made it up with their hospitality.

We love nature and if you too, you would fall in love with the place. Let’s take you around.

Guest House Raguz, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Guest House Raguz, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Guest House Raguz, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Guest House Raguz, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Guest House Raguz, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Guest House Raguz, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Guest House Raguz, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Guest House Raguz, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Guest House Raguz, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Guest House Raguz, Dubrovnik, Croatia

As we sat on this terrace with it’s beautiful view sipping our cup of coffee, the calmness and peace of the place was mesmerizing. Our long awaited trip to Dubrovnik was now real.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik has a long history but in the last century with the fall of Austria-Hungary in 1918, the city was incorporated into the new Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes which later became the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. When in 1929 Yugoslavia was divided among nine Banovina, the city became part of the Zeta Banovina. In 1939 Dubrovnik became part of the newly created Banovina of Croatia.

During World War II, Dubrovnik became part of the Nazi-puppet Independent State of Croatia, occupied by the Italian army first and by the German army after September 1943. In October 1944 Yugoslav Partisans occupied Dubrovnik, arresting more than 300 citizens and executing 53 without trial. This event came to be known, after the small island on which it occurred, as the Daksa Massacre. Communist leadership during the next several years continued political prosecutions, which culminated in April 1947 with the capture and imprisonment of more than 90 citizens of Dubrovnik. Under communism Dubrovnik became part of the Socialist Republic of Croatia and Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia till the fall of Yugoslav rule. In 1979, the city joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

In 1991 Croatia and Slovenia, which at that time were republics within Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, declared their independence. At that event, Socialist Republic of Croatia was renamed Republic of Croatia.

Panoramic view of Dubrovnik Old City, Croatia
Mediterranean panorama of the complete old city of Dubrovnik including city walls and fortifications. Source – Wikipedia

The rain had stopped. The blue sky was visible in bits and pieces. So it was time for us to do what we always love to. A relaxing walk to explore. Walking around through the neighborhood on to nearby Pera Cingrije street, we decided to venture to the closest beach just two hundred meters away, Bellevue Beach. Come take the walk with us and get lost in the beauty of Dubrovnik.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

The Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik, Croatia

The Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik, Croatia

The Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Bellevue Beach, Dubrovnik, Croatia

The Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Bellevue Beach, Dubrovnik, Croatia

The Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik, Croatia

The Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Bellevue Beach, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Bellevue Beach

The Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik, Croatia

The Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Bellevue Beach, Dubrovnik, Croatia

The Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik, Croatia

The Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Bellevue Beach, Dubrovnik, Croatia

The Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik, Croatia

The Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

As we reached back to our hideout, it was time to sit back, relax and marvel at these beautiful cool views from our terrace sit out before moving out for dinner.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik. The Old Town, the mountains, the sea, the beaches, the islands and much more fun to come your way as you travel with us πŸ’ƒπŸ•Ί

And then travel on to Dubrovnik. Experience God’s magical creation.

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81 Comments Add yours

  1. True happiness is travelling

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes for me too. And hence keep planning something or the other 😊

  2. NILANJAN BASU says:

    Your writings with pics give tremendous positive and refreshing energy. Pls continue creating such treasures.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you Nilanjan so much 😊

  3. There is a fascination about Dubrovnik that appeals to me. I haven’t heard much about this place, but your photos and writing has given me an interest!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Brianne. More on Dubrovnik soon 😊

  4. Jaana McEntee says:

    Very beautiful! I would love to go there one day.. Your pictures are amazing, thank you for sharing!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you so much Jaana 😊

  5. The water is definitely beautiful so I can see why you’d love it and that terrace’s view was sooo beautiful! I literally wanna go there just to have my own cup of coffee on that terrace!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Croatia is definitely worth a visit. I bet you would fall in love 😊

  6. sjd68 says:

    What beauty Dubrovnik has to offer! The water, the flowers it’s all so beautiful. I had no idea of th ehistory fo this area as well. I said in a previous post the people of Croatia are so nice. You ever really hear about these smaller areas as opposed to the large cities but they offer a certain charm.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      We loved it Scott for all it has to offer. Beauty, great food and amazing people.

  7. emman damian says:

    Dubrovnik, Croatia is where my favorite tennis player was born. I have always wanted to see Croatia and I think apart from Zagreb, I’ll choose Dubrovnik as my destination!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes you must plan and visit sometime. You will love it for sure

  8. You travel posts and pictures are awesome. makes me want to pack my bags and go, go, go.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Sonia. And you must go, go, go 😊

  9. Kristine Nicole Alessandra says:

    You are so fortunate to be able to travel to beautiful destinations like this. I can just imagine how beautiful the sunsets would be in Dubrovnik. Thank you for the virtual tour.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Kristine. Yes it was a wonderful journey 😊

  10. what a gorgeous view from the terrace! i could probably stay up there all day long. keep up the great writing,

    Joy at The Joyous Living

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you so much. Your encouraging words mean a lot to me 😊

  11. Lohas Canada says:

    thank you for showing your travels. That is very interesting seeing another part of the world and getting some history behind it.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you so much Lohas 😊

  12. I would love to travel to Croatia one day. I’ve heard it’s beautiful there!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes it’s a beautiful country with very good people.

  13. cinny says:

    Cute hotel that you guys stayed at. I’ve not yet been to Croatia but it’s another place on my list!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes the guest house was a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.

  14. Laura says:

    This article brings so many memories. I visited Dubrovnik a few years ago, and loved every second.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      We too just loved it Laura 😊

  15. I’ve actually never thought about travelling to Croatia, but your post is certainly making me wonder if I should add it to my list.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      You must Amy. You will fall in love 😊

  16. Emily Fata says:

    Wow, it looks like you had an amazing time in Dubrovnik! I’ve never been myself yet, but it’s a place that’s on my Travel Bucket List, for sure.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes we truly had a great time Emily 😊

  17. This place looks so peaceful and very relaxing. I bet you had such a great experience while staying here! That terrace view is so lovely!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes we had a great time truly 😊

  18. Alexandra says:

    I absolutely love this clear water and the beauty. I honestly hadn’t heard of Croatia except in the very old TV series ER where there was a doctor from Croatia. It’s absolutely gorgeous! I also love how you ad some history to your reviews.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks so much Alexandra 😊

  19. Kaye says:

    I enjoyed your pictures. What a beautiful place in this world. The pictures, especially the terrace ones, are inviting. Can’t wait for your next post!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you Kaye. More on Dubrovnik & Croatia soon 😊

  20. Lindsay Rae says:

    That terrace view is stunning! I am a great lover of flowers and gardening and the photos you have of the plant life are absolutely breathtaking!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Love it that you loved it Lindsay 😊

  21. Betsy Carter says:

    Such a beautiful place. After seeing your photos I can just imagine waking up and having my coffee out on the terrace. And, I bet the sunset is just as pretty as the sunrise.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Betsy it’s a wonderful destination to spend some time holidaying 😊

  22. ashleynicolerice says:

    I love all the pics! Everything looks so beautiful! Thanks for including a bit of the history too!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Ashley.

  23. Trish says:

    Dubrovnik looks beeautiful – spectacular flowers! and such an interesting, complicated history too

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Plan out and visit sometime Trish. You would love being there.

  24. Amanda M says:

    I went to Dubrovnik many years ago. Reading this now I realise I was too young to appreciate the beautiful scenery and rich history. Revisiting is something I intend to do and for longer. I think we went for a day while traveling and it really wasn’t enough!!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Time to plan again Amanda 😊

  25. I loved Dubrovnik, it also looks beautiful at night from your photos! I wish I could visit again now, to check the GoT filming locations there!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Till you are there & visit the GOT locations personally I would shortly take you there. Keep following me 😁

  26. Snehal says:

    It was nice learning about some history of Dubrovnik. The place looks so beUuuuutiful I would like to get lost there some day 😍

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Get lost for sure Snehal. It’s beautiful 😊

  27. That sounds like a great place to visit someday. The view is beautiful and the flowers look amazing.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Angela. Do plan it out sometime and come back refreshed.

  28. Dubrovnik would be the perfect destination in Croatia for me! Not only is it rich in history, but it looks so relaxing. The water certainly calls to me in this post. I could easily get lost here exploring such a beautiful place.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Erica. It’s a place and country to fall in love with. Plan out sometime.

  29. Kristine Nicole Alessandra says:

    Your photos made me want to pack my bags and go there. Those pretty flowers! I wish I can visit Croatia someday. Dubrovnik is now on my travel bucket list.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      You must visit Kristine. It’s a wonderful country and you are bound to fall in love.

  30. Gervin Khan says:

    I have never been in this place but by seeing those photos and reading these experiences of you I can really that it was a great and an absolutely a nice place for me to visit on my next travel. Such a wonderful place for me to see.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      You must Gervin. You’ll fall in love for sure.

  31. This is somewhere we would love to visit, such a pretty country to visit and the views are amazing x

    1. travelwisesr says:

      You must. You’ll fall in love too.

  32. Lyosha Varezhkina says:

    Dubrovnik must be super exciting! I can’t really think I visited Croatia if I haven’t put a step onto it.
    P.S. those flowers in the hotel are so so beautiful!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Lyosha you must visit. And it is so close to Russia.

  33. i’ve been hearing Croatia a lot of times before and with pictures you’ve shared I can say the rumors were true. Croatia is one place you should visit out of the country. Thanks for sharing.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks. Yes it’s a country worth visiting.

  34. Khushboo says:

    I have never heard about this place before but it looks amazing. All the clicks are so beautiful and nice

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Khushboo

  35. tcleland88 says:

    I am also drawn to water–it soothes my soul. I love the rooftop terrace–the view is amazing, and the flowers are gorgeous!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes it was a nice and small lovely place to relax.

  36. Viano Dee says:

    I like how you don’t just travel to share only the experience but also the history and you legit remember them allβ€” it’s amazing. It’s really a passion. Great. Awesome pictures.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Viano. Yes history of a place is of great interest to me and I study before I make my trips and experience when I am there.

  37. dreaming.loud says:

    I love how you written this post with your beautiful pics.. It’s so engaging. Hope to see more of it.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you so much. Happy that you liked.

  38. Jade Braham says:

    My sister and I are planning our trip to Croatia right now so this has been so helpful! I really want to go to the old town district and I love nature – you’re photos have sold it to me! I also love history and I’m fascinated by just how much has happened here! I can’t wait to visit now!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      You both will just love it. Wait for my post on Old Town in a couple of days which should again be very useful 😊

  39. I would love to visit Croatia one day. I have so many good things about the place.

  40. Great trip report and photos Subhashish πŸ™‚

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Mia 😊

  41. EmmanDamian says:

    I want to see Dubrovnik! It’s so cool! It’s also one of the places in my bucket list.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes you must visit Emman.

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