Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Dubrovnik A Day Out, Walk around Lapad

Dubrovnik A Day Out, let’s walk around Lapad

Rixos Premium Hotel Dubrovnik
Rixos Premium Hotel Dubrovnik

Lapad Dubrovnik, Here we have a glorious walk that is about 12 KM or 7.5 miles around Lapad from Dubrovnik Old City. Walking at about 3 – 4 miles an hour will take about 2 hours. But we are not here to speed walk. We are adding in coffee shops, lunch and a look around some shops which makes this walk about 4 – 5 hours or thereabouts. We are on holiday so enjoy it. There are get-out points along the walk where you can use your local bus tickets (If you bought a Dubrovnik Card ) to get back to the Old Town. If not then the busses are cheap enough to buy a ticket on the spot.

The Start of the walk

Start the walk at the Ploče Gate and head through the Old Town main Street Stradun all the way to the end and through Pile Gate. This takes you to the Tourist Information and the Bus stop area. Look to your right and walk through the car park to find a small back street Ul. Izmedu vrta. Continue along this path, it’s a narrow pedestrian street that gently rises as you go. You will be able to see over the wall to your left and the views of the sea and behind Dubrovnik as you go. You will pass a school and an old cemetery. We had a walk around the cemetery, from here you have fabulous views of the mountain Srd. Continue along and look for an exit back to the main street. We went right around a block and then down to the main road.

Statue near the Cemetery
Statue near the Cemetery

Keep left on the main road and then left down Liechtensteinov Put. This street turns into a path that takes you through a no-go area for cars, you may see the odd moped using the route. Take the 3rd left Ul. Dr. Roka. Misetica. Follow this road to the Lapad Hospital at the bottom. We walked around the Hospital alongside the Forrest, Park Suma Velika I Mala Petka. You can climb this small Forrest mountain to the top from the base of the Hospital. We declined and walked towards the Hospital’s main road entrance.

Almost time for a break and a coffee

Sunset Beach Dubrovnik
Sunset Beach Dubrovnik

From here we went left and up Ul. Antuna Kazall. We turned left at the end and headed downhill towards the beach area. Walking straight across through a small park to the beach and a rather posh-looking hotel. we turned right and along the foreshore to a Cafe Bar, Sunset Beach Bar. We had a rest here and a well-deserved coffee at a good price, cheaper than the Old Town Dubrovnik.

Walk around the Foreshore of Lapad

Sunset Beach Dubrovnik
Sunset Beach Dubrovnik

After our coffee, we headed for the path along the foreshore and stayed on this path for quite a while. Depending on what time you get here you can plan your lunch. Along this path you will pass a few cafes and hotels all serving food, do some research before you go. They all looked good and all of them had amazing views of the Harbour and seafront.

When you reach the end of this path you kind of loop around a few hotels that are right on the front. The aim is to get to the last of the big hotels Valamar Dubrovnik President. You will see a path ahead Ul. Iva. Dulcica that takes you back to the coastal path. Keep on this path all the way now, the name will change but it basically takes you all the way along the foreshore. You will pass lots of hotels and beach bars, they all look good and they all serve food and drinks.

Foreshore across from the Cruise ship port
Foreshore across from the Cruise ship port

Continue along this route, as you get around the bend to your left you will now see the Bridge Most. dr. Franja Tudmana. After this Bridge, you will start to see cruise ships and the Cruise ship Port. We took a slight detour from this little circular walk and headed to the Dubrovnik Beer Company It was the start of Dubrovnik Food Festival week, Day One. I had heard that they had a Barbecue set up from one of the best Croatian BBQ Smokers. Loving good food We just had to pay a visit, and the bonus bit, it was set up at a Craft brewery.

Barbecue and a Craft beer lunch break

Food Beer and Wine Festival Dubrovnik
Food, Beer and Wine Festival Dubrovnik

BARBAQ & DBC Craft Beer, Mojmir Žuvela, the owner of the BarBaQ brand specialising in making BBQ smokers and BBQ dishes, will bring his travelling kitchen to the Good Food Festival and prepare dishes from the smoker. This world-class traveller, accomplished pizza master, and lover of succulent steaks prepare incredibly soft meat using a smoker in his trailer (a closed barbecue in which large pieces of meat are baked very slowly). The temperature in the oven must be from 107 to 110 degrees Celsius and the proper amount of heat and smoke must be maintained in order for the meat to be properly cooked. Hard-smoked wood with little moisture is used to smoke the best quality meat, while the most desirable is walnut, which gives the meat a special flavour.

BarBaQ’s amazing Food
BarBaQ’s amazing food

At the Good Food Festival, BarBaQ’s trailer will serve excellent burgers, pork ribs, shredded pork and beef, and good craft beer goes very well with delicious meat. The Dubrovnik Beer Company has as many as 7 types of Craft Beer, which pair well with the grill specialities. Try Maestral, Fortunal, Grego, Goa, Hugo, Libertas and Chola chicana, beers produced in the heart of the City, all in the atmosphere of great music and fun. Spoil your palate! Live music from 8 pm

We had timed the walk to arrive at the Dubrovnik Beer Company about 30 minutes after opening. We Stayed for the BBQ food, which was amazing and also a Craft Beer.

Back to the City Walls

After leaving the Brewery we backed-tracked to the circular walk. Heading back toward Dubrovnik and the Old City Walls. We came across a bit of a shopping centre Atland Centar and a Tommy Supermarket, just off the waterfront. We had a look around the shops and the Supermarket. If you do not fancy the walk back, you can catch a bus from the Cruise ship Port. There is also a Bus Stop near the Supermarket Tommy. (1 street over as it’s one-way traffic past the supermarket).

If you are walking then you can choose to stay on the main route from the shopping centre or take the same path you came along at the start. You will soon be back at the city walls. I hope this walk gave you some ideas. It’s not hard, it may be long, but it’s mainly foreshore and there are some amazing views. Take it easy and stop for a few coffees and breaks. It’s a good walk to do when you know the City has a lot of cruise ships arriving, it gets you away from the Cruise Ship Tourists, and into a lovely local area.

Exploring Lapad: Dubrovnik’s Tranquil Gem

Lapad’s Coastal Charms

With its picturesque promenade hugging the shoreline, Lapad boasts some of the most breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea. Take a leisurely stroll along the palm-lined pathways, breathing in the fresh sea breeze and soaking up the mesmerising vistas. Whether you’re lounging on one of the pristine beaches or enjoying a seaside meal at one of the quaint cafes, Lapad’s coastal charms are sure to captivate your heart.

Hidden Beach Havens

Escape the crowds and discover Lapad’s hidden beach havens, where tranquillity reigns supreme. From secluded coves nestled amidst rugged cliffs to serene stretches of pebbled shores, there’s no shortage of idyllic spots to unwind and soak up the Mediterranean sun. Grab your towel, slather on some sunscreen, and get ready to bask in the beauty of Lapad’s pristine beaches.

Cultural Treasures Lapad Dubrovnik

Lapad may be small in size, but it packs a punch when it comes to cultural treasures. Explore historic landmarks such as the charming Church of St. Nicholas, with its distinctive red-roofed bell tower standing as a testament to centuries of architectural splendour. For art enthusiasts, a visit to Lapad’s Gallery Dulcic Masle Pulitika offers a fascinating glimpse into the local art scene, showcasing works by renowned Croatian artists.

Culinary Delights

Indulge your taste buds in the culinary delights of Lapad, where traditional flavours blend seamlessly with modern gastronomy. From fresh seafood caught daily from the Adriatic waters to hearty Mediterranean fare bursting with seasonal ingredients, there’s something to satisfy every palate. Don’t miss the opportunity to sample local delicacies like black risotto, grilled octopus, and decadent Croatian pastries – your taste buds will thank you!

Outdoor Adventures Lapad Dubrovnik

For adventurous souls, Lapad offers a plethora of outdoor activities to get your adrenaline pumping. Kayak along the rugged coastline, exploring hidden caves and pristine bays along the way. Or, embark on a scenic hike through the lush greenery of Petka Hill, where panoramic views of Dubrovnik and the surrounding islands await at the summit. With so much natural beauty to explore, the possibilities for outdoor adventures in Lapad are endless.

In Conclusion

From its tranquil beaches to its rich cultural heritage, Lapad is a destination that truly embodies the essence of the Dalmatian coast. Whether you’re seeking relaxation, adventure, or simply a taste of authentic Croatian culture, this charming neighbourhood has it all. So, why not add Lapad to your travel itinerary and discover the hidden treasures waiting to be uncovered in this coastal paradise?

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