Like most people who live in Notting Hill, when the Notting Hill Carnival is on I get as far away as possible. I have been to the Carnival once and had a great time but living in the middle of it for three days with a sound stage outside your bedroom window is not particularly fun. This year MTV boyfriend and I made it as far away as Croatia and Montenegro for a jam packed long weekend. Tips on Montenegro coming up in a later post.
|Dubrovnik old town walls|
We flew into Dubrovnik, with its perfectly preserved walled old town perched on the edge of the dazzling azure Adriatic sea. The old town is crawling with tourists but is still undeniably beautiful and when the heat and crowds get too much there is always the sea to escape to.
You almost have to be lost to find this small, family run eatery in the Old Town. It serves up Croatian fare which means lots of seafood and local sausages. Seating is at an outside terrace and the grilled squid (85kn) was dazzlingly fresh. Deep fried octopus (80kn) was also a highlight with a great crisp crunch to it.
Details: Ilije Sarake 10, Stari Grad, Dubrovnik, Croatia (Ph 020/323-633)
|Grilled squid at Konoba|
Despite Storia’s beautiful setting overlooking the harbour in Dubrovnik and friendly service it is one to avoid as the food was disappointing. The menu is Italian but features lots of seafood. Our table of ten shared plates of Caprese salad and ceviche which were both inoffensive but not memorable. However, I left most of my seafood risotto (79kn) uneaten as it had a claggy texture and was over salted.
Details: Kneza Damjana Jude 4, Stari Grad, Dubrovnik, Croatia
|Seafood risotto at Storia|
You can’t actually eat at Buza but I have included it here as it is such a great place. A little bit magical, a lot of fun you enter through a hole in the old town walls to find a bar spread over terraces down the cliff. You can swim or just soak up the sun with a drink.
Details: Follow the old town walls until you find an unmarked door, Stari Grad, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Damage: Pricey. They sting you on the drinks, but it is worth it.
|Pop out the hole in the wall and you are at bar Buza|
Gourmet Travel Tips
- We flew to Dubrovnik return from London with Wizzair (£190). You can catch a bus from the airport to the old town which is just as convenient and cheaper than a cab as no cars are allowed in the old town.
- We stayed at Old Town Apartments (€100) which were, as the name suggests, right in the old town (rare in Dubrovnik), simple and clean and included wifi. Worth it for the location alone.
- Highlights included walking around the old town walls in Dubrovnik, drinking at Buza and exploring the old town.