Head down to the seafront famous for its Game of Thrones scenes and you will find a little harbour packed full of boats. Some privately owned, some advertising trips, here you will find access to the islands that surround Croatia’s Dubrovnik, sights that you’ll kick yourself if you miss.
An Island Adventure
One such island is the Island of Lokrum, nicknamed (by me) Bunny Island. Buy your return ticket at the harbour on one of the organised trips and you will get your admission to the island free of charge. Otherwise, you’ll have to purchase a ticket from the ticket office when you arrive, as the island is a protected spot.
As you make your way out of the harbour, be sure to turn around and take a look back at Dubrovnik itself for a one-of-a-kind view of the city walls and that imposing fortress. Fans of the Game of thrones series will probably recognise this sight, but for others, it is equally as impressive and offers a more unusual view of the old town and city walls. Those making the boat journey would do well to head to the centre of the boat, or take a jacket to zip up during the journey as it gets incredibly windy and exposed on the trip.
Pulling up on the island, if you can tear your eyes away from the hypnotising clear waters, you will be instantly greeted by a more unusual sight. Living in glorious harmony (most of the time) the island is inhabited by two contrasting creatures. Not only is it home to gigantic bunnies (so fluffy!), it is also home to the colourful plumes of peacocks! Wandering the island, you will be greeted by a combination of these two in abundance as you explore the other sights of Lokrum Island.
Australian Archduke Maximillian once had a home on the island, crafted from the remains of a mysterious Benedictine monastary and you can tell from the grand buildings that remain that they were once quite a sight. Vitising the island offers you a number of choices of things to do. Those wanting to visit their very own Qarth will find themselves right at home in the islands beautiful gardens. With meandering paths and beautiful scenery, nature lover’s will be in their element with soothing stacked rocks on the water’s edge and a world of tree-lined paths, the one leading up to the top of the biggest hill and the impressive Fort Royal Castle being the most dramatic.
Take the Throne
One of the biggest photo spots on the island is hidden behind the ancient walls of one of the island’s charming buildings. Step inside and you will be greeted by an exhibit unravelling the intriguing history of the island. Turn the corner and you will be greeted by the Iron Throne itself. Unlike some of the cheap tourist-grabbers in the Old Town of Dubrovnik, this is a pretty impressive recreation and doesn’t have someone standing guard to charge you for taking a pew. Grab photos galore in the atmospherically lit room as you play ruler for the day and watch over the peasants below before stepping outside to enjoy the tranquility of the island. The land just outside of this building is packed with peacocks and bunnies galore so there is no chance of you missing these guys during your visit. You can even stop off at the café if you feel like all of the excitement has been too much, or if you were blown away by the boat ride there and want to take an Instagram break!
Heading off on a Croatia adventure yourself on planning to visit the incredible Dubrovnik on your travels? Check out my Dubrovnik survival guide for everything you need to know before you go and stay tuned for more coming soon.