There is bar called Buza that is on the outside of the Old Town fortress wall on the Adriatic Sea side. Through a narrow opening in the wall and down some narrow twisting stairs is Buza - a small bar that serves wine and beer. Croatian folk songs and Dean Martin play softly in the backgorund. The view is spectacular - the sun glittening of the Adriatic, sailboats drifitng by. And if in the mood, further down some more stairs you can go for a swim. The view looking back at the Old Town while in the water is terrific.
Old Town Uniformity
When the Old Town of Dubrovnik was being rebuilt after the destructive earthquake in 1667, a decision was taken to keep public and residential buildings largely uniform in size and ornamentation. Walking along the main Dubrovnik thoroughfare of Placa, you will notice this uniformity in the buildings along the length of the street. The buildings are all the same height, built with the same stone and are not painted or coloured any way, apart from the wooden, window shutters...which are also all the same size and colour. Reminds me of the Venetian gondolas which all have to be painted uniformly in black to avoid flamboyancy!
Damaged building instead of cafe, watch for mines!
We drove up on the main road towards south and wanted to stop to take some pictures. We had also seen a nice looking place up on a hill; it looked like a panoramic cafe. We drove there and noticed everything was silent, no people anywhere. But no "no entry" signs either.
Soon we realized that this place was used as a shooting spot and shelter during the war. The other party had destroyed it quite badly, and when inside, I started to think more carefully where to put my feet.
Only when we came outside the building, we saw a sign warning about mines (at least outside the building in the yard).
Dubrovnik's other port
A ten minute bus ride, or a pleasant half hour walk, from Dubrovnik's old city (catch a number 1A, 1B or 8 bus outside the Pile Gate. A ticket for a single trip costs 10kn if you buy it in a news kiosk, 12kn if you buy it on board. You must stamp your ticket on entry) you'll find the main port and bus station in the area known as Gruz. Lots of visitors will simply make their way through this area from their cruise ship's docking place along by the water in a tour bus, not taking much notice of it at all.
Those who take the time to explore a little will find lovely old mansions - many dating back to Renaissance times, the city's main Green Market - full of colour and vitality from early morning - the fish market is in a covered hall next door, and a replica of a Dubrovnik wooden galley to remind us of the time when the bay of Gruz was the centre of the Republic's ship-building industry. Although the harbour is full of yachts and cruisers and the only fishing boats here are for sport, this is not just another tourist haven - cafes and bars are full of locals, there's a supermarket in a shopping mall and a whole row of shoe shops down by the harbour. A walk around the head of the bay will take you past a Croatian patrol boat - a reminder this time of the bloody years of the recent war. This is where people live and work. It's also where you'll find
hire car and ferry line offices and tourist agencies.
Gruz Bay is sheltered by the Lapad Peninsula, where lots of Dubrovnik's big holiday hotels are to be found.
It's a pretty, green mound at present - shame about the huge scar being inflicted on it by a monster new hotel being built there. Someone must have been asleep when that one got planning permission.
In the distance further up the coast you can see the soaring steel Tudjman suspension bridge .
Local Bars - most of the above place are a little too spendy for the locals who tend to cluster at smaller places tucked into the back streets. Africa on Vetroniceva street attracts a very young set. Casablanca on Zmanjina, Carpe Diem on Svetoga Josipa and Fresh also on Vetroniceva are current favourites of students and recent students