Once finally getting through the border towards Croatia, I stopped in a small town about 20km after called Cavtat. Initially I was supposed to stay in Lapad, right next to Dubrovnik, but after the whole adventure at the border I just stopped in the first place I could find. And I was very happy I did.
Cavtat is a small little seaside town which as opposed to Dubrovnik, it feels quite chilled out with a lot less tourists. It’s full of little restaurants by the sea and a boat goes every 30 minutes to Dubrovnik for only a few euros.
So that’s exactly what I did in the morning after breakfast – I boarded one of these boats and spent the day going around Dubrovnik, remembering my visit there when I was only 12 or 13. It’s still a beautiful place, but it’s definitely busy. The streets are teeming with tourists and when a cruise ship is in town, it gets even busier.
I got back to Cavtat around 5pm and from there I drove to Lapad, for one more evening in the area. I had spotted a few places I wanted to try for some evening photographs so I checked into the hotel and then drove up the coast above Dubrovnik to wait for the blue hour (picture above in the header).
The next day I spent it driving along the coast checking out the small villages and towns along the way, making my way towards the start of the highway going inland. I briefly passed through Bosnia and Herzegovina which is quite funny because you are driving through it for only about 15 minutes. Once on the highway, I headed towards my next stop the Plitvice Lakes National Park.