The Balkan Coast

Eastern Europe — Corfu & The Balkan Coast

1 month itinerary. 


Day 1 – 2 – 3 — Warming up in Corfu 



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ACCOMODATION: Angelo Del’Arte Estate


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  • Old Town, Corfu
  • Spyridon
  • Dramatic Cape Drastis

    BEACH SPOT: either Faliraki or Mon Repos and Palaiokastritsas


Corfu, an island off Greece’s northwest coast in the Ionian Sea, is defined by rugged mountains and a resort-studded shoreline. Its cultural heritage reflects years spent under Venetian, French and British rule before it was united with Greece in 1864. Corfu Town, flanked by 2 imposing Venetian fortresses, features winding medieval lanes, a French-style arcade and the grand Palace of St. Michael and St. George.

The city of Corfu reminded me a lot my country Sicily, walking around the Old Town, it seems very familiar, weather, building and welcoming people.

A lot of places to visit, Garden of the People, Spianada Liston,  even museums museums, Casa parlante, Museum of Dionysius Solomos.

A great experience was going on a boat tour around all the main historic places,  and Ionian Island. I share with you the tour.

EAT: Pane e Souvlaki

Before flying for Corfu, I was reading a lot about Greek cousin. I was very inspired by this blog and a list of 12 best Greek Food that you should try if you travel in Greece, check it out  Here 

I happened to have a coffee at Cafe Tierra  and met a group of people who were about to visit the church of Spyridon. I didn’t know much about Spyridon but he’s a very popular orthodox saint in Greece. Many people and religious cults come to Corfu for him.

Even if the best wild destination and beach spot are outside the town, you can find nice spots like Faliraki or Mon Repos. I spent a total of a weekend in Corfu, Old Town didn’t have chance to see other part of the island. 

At Old Times they offer yummy breakfast, the guys at bar gave me some direction on how to get to Palaiokastritsas.

For me this place was the best spot, (arguably the best beach on the whole island) is reachable by bus.

GREENBUS was the bus station, a little bit further from the Old Town, but walkable in easy 20 min.

Price ticket: 5 EUROBus Platform number 8, the journey it takes about 40/45 min Palaiokastritsas is the last stop.

This was actually a nice spot, I loved the high difference of temperature between the water, which very COLD even in summer (due to cold currents) and the hot sun of August. This beach was where Odysseus is thought to have become shipwrecked. Today, the island’s Greek name is Kerkyra, which originated after Poseidon fell in love with the beautiful nymph, Korkyra.

During my tour I had the chance to see dolphins and sea stars we stopped in different islands and had swims in crystal turquoise water.

Day 4 – 5 — Approaching Albania…Sarandë 




How are you — Mirëmëngjes

Good evening — Mirëmbrëma

Thank you — Faleminderit 


ACCOMODATION: Hasta La Vista Hostel



I approached Albania on the ferry from Corfu, Albania is a Muslim country, not part of Europe, is very cheap and affordable.

If you spent a long holiday you better buy a SIM card for your phone.

Also most of Albanian people don’t speak english, so conversation sometimes can be difficult in certain situation. But I found a Vodafone place right in front of the port. An Albanian SIM card costs about 12 Euro.. 

Be careful: Taxis will approach you asking for rides but in Sarande every place, hotel or hostel is like 10 min max by foot.

I spent 2 nights at Hasta La Vista Hostel, it was a brand new hostel, tidy, clean, young staff and super friendly.

I joined some a group at the hostel and went lunch at a traditional local restaurant called Te Bequa : I had casserole and meat with vegetables, delicious! Food in Albania is so delicious, is like when your grandmama cook for you every time you go see her ๐Ÿ˜€ but especially cheap.

After lunch, we headed to Mirror Beach

This is a nice rocky beach – it can get overcrowded but on the way to the beach there’s a really beautiful  panorama of a lake surrounded by mountains. 

To get there, take the bus from the city centre. It takes about 20/25 min, ask the driver to drop you close to Mirror Beach so you can walk up.

You can buy tickets on the bus for 100 LEK which is less than 1 Euro. 

After a long day at the beach, we came back at the hostel spent some time talking with travellers, had a few beers and went for a night-out. 

Nightlife in Sarandë is surprisingly eventful! 

Go strolling around the city centre, have drinks and choose a favourite restaurant for dinner, there are plenty of choices all of them offer fresh fish and traditional Albanian food.  

One cool club I liked for music and dancing yoy can go is Orange.

My second day me and 2 Dutch girls from the Hostel, Miriam and Nika, we went exploring The Blue Eye. 

Entrance costs 100 LEK. 

Blue Eye is a water spring and natural phenomenon. It’s a popular tourist attraction, with many coming to see the clear blue water bubbling up from a depth of more than fifty metres. Divers have descended to fifty metres, but it is still unclear what the actual depth of the hole is.

N.B: It can be overcrowded, especially in high season. 

We walked around and hiked up to the rocky hill, found a nice hidden spot and spent around 3 hours just talking, singing and playing ukulele. 

It was such a nice & happy day!

Wanna do something FUN?

Make a jump in the Blue Eye (from a height of about 5 metres!) before you leave! and swim for about 100 meters downstream following the strong current that take you all the way downstream to a restaurant where get out.

IT IS A breathtaking experience! 

If you go you MUST TRY ๐Ÿ™‚

The day after I left Sarandë and Headed to Vlorë.

Ticket price is 1000 LEK – Duration 3 and half hours.

Day 6 – 7 — Vlorë…Stunning Sunsets 

ACCOMODATION: Mini Hotel & Maxi Room

Once at Vlorë station, I got a taxi to the hotel. You shouldn’t pay more than 600 LEK just pay extra attention to the price because sometimes it can be a little bit confusing, especially if you’re not used to the exchange rate.

The hotel I stayed was: Mini Hotel & Maxi Room, have a look!

Vlorë was one of my favourite cities in Albania, it is just so pretty…the long path next to seaside surrounded by palm trees is very enjoyable, especially in the night, I wasn’t expecting it like that. Very very pretty. 

I HIGHLY recommend the hotel I was at for few reasons:

    • Hotel is right in front of a nice and quiet strip of sandy beach, ask to get the room with the sea view.
    • Second, you have a restaurant right downstairs with a discount on food.
    • Third, the sunsets in Vlorë! IT IS SO colourful and beautiful. I loved staying at this place especially for STUNNING sunsets!
      Grab your room before summer! These rooms get booked up fast!
      I spent 2 nights here. For the second day I recommend to go for a boat tour around the Albanian Island, they offer nice services, find them at the port.


Ticket Bus Vlorë – Tirana: 5 Euro, pay the driver when you get on the bus.

Duration: 3 hours.

Day 8 – 9 — Tirana by bike

 Tirana is Albania’s Capital City. 

I spent 2 nights at Mosaic Hostel 

The staff at the hostel were very friendly. Melissa, the receptionist, always helped me out with everything I needed. 

Tirana gets extremely hot in August. I was literally sweating all day long so just to warn you: carry water and bring a hat with you- this is a must!

What I loved about Tirana was the view from the highest part of the city. I was surprised how well organised the city is for cyclists: there are cycle paths pretty much everywhere you go.

One thing you can do is hire a bike from your hostel. At my hostel, a good mountain bike could be rented for 500 LEK all day.

With all that said, here are some top recommendations for Tirana: 

  • Explore the historic city centre by bike; 
  • If you have time, go up to the Dajti Mountain; 
  • For the best view of the city go to Lapidario (by bike for a good workout); 



  • Radio Bar;
  • Nouvelle Vague;
  • Tribeca; 
  • Komiteti; 
  • Kino;
  • Izzy living; 
  • Silver Spoon; 
  • Hemingway 

All of these are bars and pubs frequented by locals which not many tourists know about. I happened across Radio Bar By chance. I was the only tourist in there, plus the girl behind the bar couldn’t even speak English, but I love finding these kinds of places where you get a better understanding of the culture and lifestyle in other countries.

I had lunch at Teg Zgara e Tirones : with 10 Euro, I had a big Albanian lunch composed of meat, salad and some house speciality – just so yummy!

It was time for me to change country, and the morning after I left Albania in direction of Montenegro. 

You can take the bus from Tirana to Montenegro easily from a bus station. If you stay at same hostel as me, is about 15 minute walk to this station.

 Just to warn you, I did not have a great experience at this bus station.  


This was my mistake. I bought ticket online and when arrived at the bus station nobody could recognise the ticket, bus wasn’t there at the time mentioned on the ticket and they kept sending me from office to office, it was  hard to communicate and at the end, I had to buy another ticket again.

If you happen to depart from this International bus station in Tirana, buy ticket at the station and NOT online!

The bus will take you to Podgorica from Tirana in about 5 hours. 

It is a long journey, so make sure you have some music or a book to read, unless you fall asleep ๐Ÿ˜‰

Approaching Montenegro…. 

Day 10 – 11 — Virpazar, Montenegro 




How are you — Kako si

Goodbye — Dovidenja

Thank you — Hvala

You’re welcome — Molim (or Nema na cemu)

See you later — Vidimo se  


  • Crossing into Montenegro from Albania, everything change: people, food, traditions. One thing I really noticed is that people from Montenegro, Bosnia and Croatia are a bit grumpy in the way they behave, talking or helping tourists compared to Albanian people. I thought I might have just met a few arrogant individuals but later realised that everybody actually had this ‘rude’ behaviour. It seems like not smiling and not being very welcoming is a cultural thing: I’m not sure if is something about the past war, but sometimes it wasn’t that nice.       __________________________________________________

I decided to spend few days in a cute village by the mountains called Virpazar.

I arrived and checked in at: Delightful Studio Sara. 

This is a nice apartment right in the centre of the village.

Virpazar has a lot to offer, and I personally loved being here. It was a relaxing and peaceful place. 

Here’s what you can do:

  • Go walking/hiking all the way up to the small beach (about 10km round trip); you need water & nice pair of shoes. The panorama is just STUNNING! 
  • Go for a boat tour, that does a big loop of the lake and little islands around.
  • Spend some time exploring the village, it has a cute bridge and few nice restaurants;



TRANSPORT TIP: There are no buses direct to Budva from Virpazar.  If you’re going to Budva after, get the bus to Sutomore and switch bus to Budva there. Buses pass by Virpazar every hour, sometimes they are very delayed — just be patient and allow plenty of time.

I had an annoying communication mix-up on this journey: when the first bus passed, the driver told me ‘no no, this isn’t the bus to Budva’ when actually it was (maybe he didn’t know, or chose not to tell me that I had to change buses in Sutomore) so waited for 1 more hour. 

I was so angry! But after about 2 hours I was finally at Budva town.

Day 12 — Budva, Montenegro

ACCOMODATION: Freedom Hostel Budva

I spent just 1 night in Budva.

I checked in at Freedom Hostel Budva…. And went out exploring the city.

Budva has a party scene as well beach scenery.  

My best recommendations for Budva are as follows:

If you know me, you know that I love city views, so in my travels I always look for best view over the city skyline.

Here are the best Budva viewpoints:

N.B: These are places recommended by locals, some are missing links simply because I couldn’t find more information on TripAdvisor or other such websites but they exist, so ask people on how to get there.

Most are easily reachable on foot, other you may need a car or scooter.

Few very local places to eat traditional food are:

The hostel where I was staying it was very close pretty much to everything, the day after we had breakfast, walked to the station and got the bus to Kotor.

Day 13 — Kotor


Kotor is one of the most popular places for tourists to visit in Montenegro. And for a reason: its a very cute town! If you’re passing through, don’t skip it.

The Hostel we stayed was PUPA HOSTEL  

The staff are so friendly here and it also is a BRAND NEW hostel,  full of young people and travellers. We spent a few hours talking with Kristina from reception, she was very funny and told us all about the culture, traditions and little secrets place of Kotor. 


Everyone who visit seems to love Kotor, and even though it was only a day trip for me, I also fell in love with the town. I most enjoyed:

  • Walking around the Old town, little narrow streets and nice spots.
  • Walking up to the fortress to see a spectacular view of the city.
  • And the history of this city.

TOP TIP: there are different entrances to go up to the fortress. At the first two entrances, you have to pay around  8 Euro, but a Kristina told us, if you walk all the way west to the third entrance, there is a bar and a small window you can pass through to avoid the ticket fee. From there, keep walking all the way up for a stunning view of the city. It takes about 45 to 50 minutes walking from the hostel. But definitely worth the ticket price. 

After exploring all day, I went back and caught my night bus to Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The bus journey was one of the longest of my whole trip: around 12 hours.

I paid 20 Euro.  You can pay online or at the ticket office at the bus station. If you buy online, make sure to go through passport control and get the stamps before you get on the bus or the driver may refuse your ticket.

Day 14 — 15 — Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina 



MUST BOOK: Free Tour Sarajevo

Remember to change money currency, you can use TransferWise

Did you know? At one point there were more than 200 fountains spread all around Sarajevo, now you have just one which is the symbol of the city.

THE LEGEND SAYS…people who drink from the remaining fountain in the main plaza will come back again in the city sooner or later.

Sarajevo is called the Jerusalem of Europe because there are 4 Main religious buildings within 300m of each other in the centre: an Islamic mosque, a Catholic Church, a Jewish synagogue, and an Orthodox Christian church. 

This is where the first world war started after Franz Ferdinand was killed. 






The bus journey from Kotor to Sarajevo was one of the longest of my entire trip. It’s a night bus, my departure time was at 9pm I arrived in Sarajevo at 6am in the morning. So long!

Make sure you have a jacket to wear during the night, some food, a book, music and portable charger Anker for your phone.

Once I arrived at Sarajevo, I had breakfast with some travellers I met on the bus and checked in at Pansion River, an unique traditional hotel with a beautiful view from your room.

Make sure to book the room with the balcony towards the bridge and the river.

I spent 2 nights in Sarajevo, exploring the city.

This city is a must visit in my opinion, there is just so much history. This is why I booked a FREE tour for the day after. I won’t write about all the history of the city here, but the city has been heavily influenced by the war and is just beginning to open up more to people and tourism.

In 2 days you can do quite a lot: visit the main sights, get to know about the history, walk around the city and especially drink the typical Bosnia & Herzegovinan coffee, which is a highly respected tradition, they basically drink coffee everyday everywhere! It is also very strong coffee, as they put a big scoop of ground coffee at the bottom of cup before filtering it and repeat the process 3 times.

The coffee story is really interesting….

You will see that most of the shops sell coffee cups and pots. I personally loved this tradition and spending hours drinking coffee seated on a  pillow on the floor in a cool cafe around Sarajevo.

(I was told that “in the past” it was traditional for the youngest member of the family to ground the coffee every day for the other family members).

Keep walking around…and go to top of Yellow Fortress for a stunning view! This place is very close to Pansion River Hotel. Once at the top of this fortress, enjoy a 360 view of Sarajevo, you gotta take a photo here! Beautiful.

Next destination will be…

Day 16 – 17 — Mostar

Mostar – what a beautiful city.



MUST BOOK: Free Tour Mostar city


First of all, you can get to Mostar by train from Sarajevo, it takes about 1 and half hours and you have a beautiful view from the window. Sit on the left hand side of the train, where the best view is, if you can! Seats are usually numbered when you buy tickets at the station, so hopefully you get the seat on the left side!

From the station you can easily walk into the old town, it takes about 15-20 minutes.

I checked in at Apartment Nur in the old town, a room with a balcony and a beautiful view.

Have lunch at Food House; they serve traditional food at affordable price.

The old town is very small, but super super cute, it looks you’re on a movie set. Definitely go stand at the old bridge where streets artists collect money to jump from the old bridge, crazy!

I also missed the RedBull bridge divers competition which was 4 days after I was left, unfortunately….

but I really want to share this video with you, here 🎥 IMG_7909 

Nightlife in Mostar is very eventful, there are 2-3 very popular pubs where all the backpackers go. There you can find live music, cheap beers and lots of people having fun!

The best part of my trip here was when I met Irfan, a local guy who told me more about the city. Irfan told me anecdotes about the war and how badly Mostar had been affected by it, and how many people of his age are traumatised because of it, since they were children at the time.

One of the stories that left a big impression was one about his childhood in wartime, when he had to spent almost 2 years living in a basement for safety and couldn’t go play in the street because someone could have shot him. Every time one of his parents, mum or dad went out to the city to take supplies for the family, they treated it as a big Goodbye! because you didn’t even know if you would come back home alive!

Another horrible story he told me was about his grandma, who was shot in the head by a Serbian soldier right in front of him.

It was interesting get to know the culture and mindset of locals, but at the same time it was horrible for them to have lived in such times! The saddest thing is that, apart from the bad political situation they have, the young generation from Bosnia & Herzegovina find it really hard to find a sustainable job, and most of them aren’t able work abroad because their country is not part of Europe and they need the passport.

Mostar was incredible, and meeting Irfan and hearing his stories made this adventure even more interesting. I made a good friend who I will definitely visit again when I come back in this beautiful little city.

Now it was time for me to change destination and head to Croatia…

Day 18 – 19 — Split, Croatia 

I got the bus in the early morning from Mostar bus station, even here guys do not buy ticket on internet just buy at the station, because sometimes buses are late or even worse don’t pass at all… So avoid the refund email that you have to send in case you have to re-buy the tickets, like I did…. I happened to be with some Australian people all with the same problem, waiting hours for a bus that never came, so we had to buy tickets for and take another bus.

With all that said, the journey from Mostar to Split in Croatia was smooth apart from the border security control, which is very slow… they even got me off the bus and searched all my stuff from my bags in a random check, I was literally the only person to be raided..haha but everything was fine, of course! No alcohol, no drugs ๐Ÿ™‚

I finally made it to Split after 4-5 hours on the road.  Once in Split, I got a taxi  to Stobrec outside Split centre, there I met my girlfriend and chilled at our apartment Sunny Luce & Kate

We spent the day walking around Stobrec, a cute village very close to Split but less touristy and crowded. In the night we went into Split for few drinks and explore the Old Town in the night, which we loved!

The day after, we hired a car (a little white Toyota) and drove to  Krka National Park, where we stopped and had a swim. This place is an amazing national park, very well maintained, is definitely a must see if you travel in Split, the waterfalls are just stunning!

Ticket fee: 200kn (around £40 per person) “High Season”

The only problem of this park in August is that it’s just way too overcrowded & expensive. Definitely better at another time of the year.

After exploring the waterfalls, we drove back (stopping off in small villages on the way, like Grebastica, Primosten and Trogir – which is the great thing about having the car!) and had dinner at Pizzeria Orbis  at the beachfront in Stobrec.

Day 20 – 21 — Brac Island

The following day we left the car and called an Uber to Split port (by the way, you can use Uber all around Croatia, which is much cheaper than normal taxis). We got the Jadrolina ferry from Split to Supetar on the island of Brac.

In Supetar we rented a 4×4 quad, this was an exciting experience, we were nearly running out of fuel on the way but made it to Bol, and checked in at Bol Apartment. 

Tip: when you hire the quad bike, always ask how much fuel is in the tank – they told us it was enough to get to Bol but we cut it very very fine!

If you’re in Bol, definitely have lunch at Belvedere – we have a huge lunch of fresh fish, so yummy!

When we were finally re-charged and ready for our quad adventure, the next step was driving up towards the highest part and viewpoint of Bol, called Vidova Gora.

After our day of driving around on the quad, we decided to walk along the boardwalk in the evening to Zlatni Rat point (the strip of beach you can see sticking out in the picture). Plus, at night, the beach was dark and empty but still warm! A unique experience, and a nice place for an ice cream and an evening stroll.

The day after, we drove for about 1 hour to Sumartin where we left our quad and got the ferry to Makarska.

Day 22– 23 — Krvavica & Makarska

Spend the night at: Matija Apartments 

In Makarska you can either rent another motorbike to go around the city or go by bus, we preferred rent a motorbike as you are  more free to move around.

If you choose this option you can drive to Baska Voda, a very popular and busy beach but worth it to go for few hours, few drinks, have a nice walk and lunch in one of the local bars along the beach.

After stopping in Baska Voda for few hours, we drove back to our apartment in Krvavica. Makarska and Krvavica are very close, especially if you drive.

The best thing about Krvavica is the path next to the sea, where you can clamber on the massive rocks and find a spot for a swim. (Krvavica is a very small town, so to find this place you just need to walk down the road to the beach, super easy… ) There are some nudist spots amongst the can definitely have a swim naked, if you want to, it is allowed…the sensation of being naked is pure freedom and fun ๐Ÿ˜‰

Finish the day having few pints of beer from the small kiosk and staring at sunset. Sunsets here are just…wow. So wonderful!

Day 23– 24 — Peljesac Peninsula

The next day, we drove to Makarska, left our rental moto and took the bus to Ploce where we got the ferry to Trpanj.

When we arrived, we checked in to Trpanj Rooms in the old town close to the church. If you get here without a car it’s gonna be a little bit tricky to get around because there aren hardly any taxis and you need a car if you want to explore the best places of this area, unfortunately we didn’t have one and it took us a while to figure out how to get to Divna Beach

Trpanj is a small village, very cute to walk around but you don’t need more than a day there to see everything.

TOP TIP: Go to the only big restaurant on the main road called Konoba Skojera Trpanj (where we had food later on the day) and ask for Darijo’s phone number, a guy to runs a taxi service. We paid around 700 Kuna go to Divna and back, plus to go from Trpanj to Ston the day after.

He took us to Divna beach where we spent the rest of the day, having cocktails and enjoying the sun…this cute bay is a great hidden gem.

Our taxi came to pick us up in the night after spending all day at the beach. We came back to Trpanj and saw an amazing, colourful sunset over the fishing boats in the port!

As I mentioned earlier, we finished our day having a delicious dinner at Konoba Skojera … we had SO much fresh fish that night, it was so yummy! This place definitely deserves 5 star feedback, I highly recommend it if you stop in Trpanj for the night.

The next day we left our apartment, had breakfast in one of the cafes close to the port and waited for Darijo’s friend to pick us up and drive to Ston. We had a great conversation about history, Croatian/Bosnian politics all the way to Ston, until we arrived in the early afternoon…

Day 24– 25 — Ston & Mljet Island

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Once in Ston, we checked-in at KUĆA SORGETO which is next to a yummy restaurant of the same name (sorgeto). As a guest of the apartment, we had a discount on lunches & dinner. After leaving our bags, the owner of the restaurant was very nice and offered us a ride to Prapatno Beach.

Unfortunately, if you do not have a car or motorbike is very difficult to explore this little village, as there are not many buses that takes you around.

Luckily the guy from the restaurant offered us a lift and also promised us to pick us up in the evening after staying at the beach, how nice was that!

We ended our day walking around the old town, going up to the City Walls, definitely a MUST do if you travel around Ston, and had dinner.

Try Croatian Premium quality house wine, a speciality of this village. 

The day after 6am we were ready to go for a day trip to Mljet Island, an island close to Ston, Renato our driver dropped us at the ferry very early, at 7am we were at the island. Early morning in summer are the best, especially in the Balkans, you are just surrounded by mountains all the time, it’s incredible!

In Mljet Island, there is an amazing National Park, you should go for a day trip like we did, this is another place you can’t miss. (P.S: You need a car).

You can rent a car at the ferry port once arrived at the island, is very cheap for the day and you better rent a car than a motoscooter, because there’s a long way to go.

It takes about 35-40 minutes from the port to the National Park, the scenery around while driving is so beautiful and wild!

It is such a great experience! Pure fun.

The top Island’s attraction is the National Park but if you have more time to explore, there are hidden beach spot that worth to go. Just make sure to get the ferry back (if you ever want to go back XD) because there are just 2 ferry per day, so if you miss it, you’ll need to spend the night at the island.

We went back to Ston to pick up our bags and one of Renato’s friend offered us a ride all the way to Dubrovnik for a cheaper price.

Renato was a very cool and funny guy, he is such a character, we had the chance to spend some time together, he told us a lot about the culture and traditions of his country plus he helped us during our stay in Ston.

Day 26 – 28 — Dubrovnik

What a city Dubrovnik!

This city it really amazed me, it has to be explored!

Just a little warn though, it is bloodily expensive, it seriously is!

We check in at…. we arrived late in the night, but went out to the Old Town, how beautiful is here, with massive stone walls completed in the 16th century.

I loved the fact that there are not cars and you walk freely.

We had a pizza at Tabasco Pizzeria, as far as we know this place was a great location, yummy pizzas and standard prices.

That was it for the night arrival. The day after we spent almost all day exploring the Old Town.  My top recommendation about this city is to walk around the Walls price are quite expensive, but definitely worthy, also go when the sun goes down, it gets really hot up there!

Book a Free Tour, you get to know a lot about the city, you will have a better sense of orientation, on top of that is a good opportunity to meet people and make friends. Check here.

Dubrovnik is VERY popular for the movie …. who was recorder here, and the famous stairs scene ” walking ashamed ” so many stories and places around the city are based because of the movie.