In the middle of May I decided to be about as nearly spontaneous as you can get and get a last minute flight to Dubrovnik without arriving at the airport and going there and then. I booked tickets on a Monday morning and left Wednesday night to fly out to somewhere I have wanted to visit for many years for one week to get a glimpse of this pearl on the Adriatic.
The entire coastline glows beautiful colours each evening as scenic sights of yachts and galleons dot the horizon, while visitors can catch the sun setting with a glass of wine in hand on a little secluded rocky patch.
Most of my time was spent in the Lapad region of the city. It hosts a beautiful beach and coastal walk with various man-made jetties that you can relax on, and some include handy steps out of the water back to the rocks. The water was a beautiful azure colour and a reasonable 20 C for the end of May.
Dubrovnik hosts some beautiful architecture, with much of it embracing the renaissance period. The extensive use of sandstone really compliments the slightly arid land it sits amongst, while emphasising the soft glow of a sunset more so than other stonework.
Being a coastal city, Dubrovnik has it's fair share of marine vessels, the vast majority of which are as beautiful as the surroundings they sail within. From small fishing boats to large pleasure yachts and the odd galleon, there were plenty of beautiful marine craft to enjoy around the marina and local beaches.
Many evenings were spent within the walls of the old city. The atmosphere here is full of subtle vibrance around dinner time with plenty of live music, much of it instrumental, complimenting diners as they sample the wide variety of Mediterranean dishes. The architecture here is absolutely stunning and the city's relaxed pace is reflected in its visitors as they meander down side streets and discover unique ice cream stalls or street music.
One week was far too short to really take in all of what Dubrovnik has to offer. The weather was perfect for the time of year and the level of tourists was very manageable considering the city's popularity. Friends of mine were attending a mutual friend's wedding during my visit and it would be incredibly hard to beat the incredible scenery and relaxed atmosphere for anyone considering a destination wedding.
Next time I hope to visit some of the other beautiful areas of Croatia including the stunning Split and the incredible arena in Pula. I hope that these images inspire you to visit and maybe even do so spontaneously!