Dubrovnik A Day Out, lets walk around Lapad
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 it 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 by 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, its 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.
Keep left on the main road and then left down Liechtensteinov put. This street turns in to 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 along side 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 main road entrance.
Amost time for a break and a coffee
From here we went left and up Ul. Antuna Kazall. We turned left at the end and headed down hill 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
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 cafe’s 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 sea front.
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 take 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.
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
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 prepares 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 flavor.
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’s Dubrovnik and the Old City Walls. We came across a bit of a shopping centre Atland Centar and a Tommy Supermarket, just off the water front. 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 its 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 idea’s. Its not hard, it may be long, but its mainly foreshore and there are some amazing views. Take it easy and stop for a few coffee’s and breaks. Its 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’s area.