Thursday, June 07, 2018

Dubrovnik (Croatia): Day 5 - A Walk around the Headland

Arrival in Dubrovnik
(Saturday, 2nd June)

The Old City Walls
Day 1 (Sunday)

Cable-Car and a Hidden Gem
Day 2 (Monday)

M&M&M&M!
Day 3 (Tuesday)

Island Tour of Lokrum
Day 4 (Wednesday)

Day 5: THURSDAY

Back again Reader? It’s good to see you!

Today is the ‘big one’. Well, it is for me! In a break from our daily No. 6 Bus journey routine, instead, how about an invigorating walk in a complete oval around the Headland?



It’ll take in the area where we discovered all the Restaurants a few days back, Copacabana Beach (no, not that one, this one) and some stunning views out to sea.

We’ve taken photos as often as we can, to give you an idea of the views, and where possible provided some comments along the way.

All-in-all, here are the stats:-



The total distance covered was 3.2 miles, and it took us just over two hours to complete (obviously no running but the climbing part will become obvious later! - ooo err!)

09.58am: We set off later than usual this morning, and it was already 24 degrees as we hit the trail.


10.05am: Through the shortcut, five-minutes away…


10.15am: A quick study of the local map (Click on it for a larger view)


10.15am: Heading in the direction of the gazillions of restaurants…


10.17am: Past the rather swanky Hotel Zagreb

  
10.20am: Followed by some more modest affairs…

  
10.22am: …and then the fantastic views began…

  
10.29am: …and there’s more..!


10.35am: …and more…

But then it all went wrong!

Even though the map showed the route round the Headland back to our Hotel was direct - they’d missed one piece of vital information!!

10.45am: This direct pathway wasn’t finished yet.

How do we know this? ‘Spiros’ the Lounger Attendant at one of the posh hotels where we paused, told us (as we prepared to walk on) that we had a dead-end coming up, and we had to ‘turn round’ and ‘go to the top and find the road…’. More easily said than done, as most of these Hotels are built into the rock-face, so ‘up’ is normally a VERY long way err, up! …especially if you’re not a hotel resident and therefore can’t go through the Hotel!!

It’s not easy to be exact about where it all ‘stopped’, but it was near the Beach for the President Hotel.
Actually, now where I’ve zoomed into Google Maps, there is an unfinished path showing! Doh!

We eventually found our way to the ‘summit’ (via a car-park and un-made track) and swapped notes with a couple of other Brits (also lost) but were heading in the opposite direction to us. Ten minutes later, we now had a plan… and a route too!

Coincidentally, the route led us directly past a local Bar!


 


11.05am: …well, it would  have been rude not to try out the ale!


11.35am: Next stop Dubrovnik’s own Copacabana Beach

Superb white sand that almost looked artificial (but wasn’t) with plenty of Umbrellas and Loungers. Be careful though, some visitors have reported very expensive prices for the hiring of this stuff!


We now knew we were on the right path, having passed by Copacabana Beach, but it was comforting to see a sign-post too!

11.40am: The beautiful views of the sea and varied foliage returned, as we continued round the Headland. We were now over halfway - and it was beginning to feel like it! The temperature was now up to 28 degrees (but at least there was a cool breeze from the water).


11.45am: Beautiful!

As we got closer to our Hotel, the view changed. As our path moved more inland, we started to see more houses as the route turned towards the road that would lead us back to our Hotel. Still, there was just one last chance to admire the view from the comfort of a conveniently placed seat…


11.50am: A stunning view of 518m Franjo Tuđman Bridge.


11.55am: Almost there…


12.10pm: Phew! We’re home…

Duration: 2 hours, 10 minutes

Temperature: 28 degrees (mostly)

Distance: 3ish miles

Smug Factor: 11


Just time for a siesta in our Room before heading for a sun lounger in the Hotel’s Garden for the rest of the afternoon.


The View from Sun-lounger No.14

7.25pm: For eats, it was a welcome return to Casa Restaurant (just round the Headland).


…a great view (again)…


…with great food (again!)


…and a Cat for company (again!)


10.05pm: That’s it for today!

It’s our last full day here tomorrow before we fly home early Saturday morning - we’re going to spend it in the Hotel’s Garden soaking-up some rays and catching-up with our reading.