Dubrovnik is really such a wonderful place to visit. You can be one of those upper class people and eat at overpriced restaurants, or you can walk around for free all day and even climb a mountain. At the top there is a panoramic restaurant, so you can combine the two possibilities also. Niklas and I chose the cheaper option. We hiked up Mount Srd Dubrovnik. There are cable cars which run very frequently taking you up and down in a matter of a few minutes compared to the 45 minutes it took us to hike up. But why drive when you can hike?
Mount Srd Dubrovnik.
Niklas and I aimed to see the sunset on Mount Srd Dubrovnik. Spoiler: We achieved this goal and we were not disappointed. However, we nearly missed the whole experience by not hiking up in the first place. From our apartment we followed google maps to the base of the mountain where you hike up from. This in itself is a hike and a half. We had to climb so many stairs and with each stair behind us I became more and more grumpy. It didn’t help that Niklas would constantly ask me how grump I was.
Grumpiness aside, we conquered all the stairs. Just as we thought one battle was won… there came a new challenge. We were at a crossroads, literally! To get to the base of Mount Srd Dubrovnik you have to walk along a highway. There are no pavements for you to safely wander along, only speeding cars to dodge. Niklas even witnessed a near crash. It was crazy. As we stood at the top of the stairs and looked at the motorway we had to make a decision; keep walking or turn back.
To Walk or not to Walk?
A quick discussion occurred. Niklas and I decided that if we go back we will miss this amazing opportunity, but we will be safe. We opted for the experience and braved the road. On the one side, though, there was more space for us to walk, so we crossed at a safe time. This might seem like a small thing, and most people would continue on. However, safety first! We could have requested an Uber and ride to the bottom of Mount Srd Dubrovnik, but I only thought about that now. Hindsight is always 20:20.
So let’s talk about the actual assent. It is so beautiful and easily climbed. You don’t even climb to be honest. It is steep, but not as steep as normal roads in Gozo (an Island near Malta). We had a guy in loafers pass us. We crossed paths with a woman in stilettos making her way down and even a runner who passed us 2 too many times! So this is a hike accessible to almost everyone. They need to make it smooth without loose rocks, then even wheel chairs could ride on up.
The hike is so beautiful that you have to stop and take photos all opportunities you can. And once at the top you have the most breathtaking view over Dubrovnik. Or your breath is gone from the strenuous hike. At the very top you are able to go off road, climb through the barrier and take a seat somewhere on the side of the mountain to watch the sunset. This is so magical! From here you can watch how the red roofs of Old Town Dubrovnik change to a softer pink. You can see how the sky changes from day to night. I loved it!
Niklas loved it too, he took so many pictures and as the sun set and left us, it didn’t leave us with just a dark abyss to look at. The city lights all came a blaze and it looked like a glitter city. Just like Cape Town from Table Mountain. That is another mountain I would go up again! Want to come too? By the way, the top I am wearing was made for me by the wonderful Sarah. Go check out her blog for more on this top! Sarah Kirsten website.
Making our way down.
On the way down, Niklas and I were again faced with the road we would have to walk on if we hiked down. By now the sun was fully set and the air was dark. That and the trail is covered by trees so it would be even darker for us to just meander on down, no moon or stars to light the way. There are loose rocks too, adding to the problem. So we decided to join the queue to take the cable car down. Waiting in the queue is torture, when all you have to eat are dry buns with cheese and you can smell the delicious food from the panoramic restaurant.
The Cable Car.
It takes only a few minutes to go up and down in the cable car and is also pretty epic to see how the view changes. The only problem with this is, as with most things in Dubrovnik, it is expensive. It would probably have been cheaper to take a taxi down. The Dubrovnic cable car price is near 20€ up and down, but you can buy singles too.
All things considered. When you hike up Mount Srd Dubrovnik, you will not be disappointed. It is one of the high points in Dubrovnik. Ha, high because it is a mountain. Anyway, for less corny jokes and more stunning pictures, check out Instagram!