Having thoroughly explored Dubrovnik’s Old Town over the past couple days, we decided to embark on a self-guided tour of the city’s spots for sunbathing and swimming. Dubrovnik offers a considerable amount of public beach areas scattered from the Old Town in the east all the way to the less touristed residential and business districts to the west. We spent the day walking from one to the next, eventually settling at the cliffside waterhole pictured above. At the bottom of a steep set of stairs descending toward the water from a small unassuming park we found a concrete lounging area nestled in the rocky shore. We enjoyed soaking up the sun, reading and diving from various boulders into the refreshing emerald waves.
We capped off the day by heading back toward the Old Town area to check out one of the only major attractions we hadn’t seen yet, Fort Lovrijenac (St. Lawrence Fortress). In addition to being featured in many scenes of Game of Thrones, the fortress serves as a theater in the summer, is the location for the Croatian leg of the Red Bull Cliff Diving Tour and was historically of great importance in the Republic of Ragusa’s efforts to resist Venetian rule. We wandered casually around the fort for a few minutes before catching the sunset over the Old Town Walls, the island of Lokrum and the rugged Adriatic coastline fading into the distance beyond.