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Dubrovnik is gorgeous – a truly unique architectural wonder. In the summer it’s hot, and crowded, but it’s very worth a visit to walk the city walls, wander the streets, take in the views.

We stayed about 10 minutes drive north at the **Hotel Neptun, aka “the cruise ship.” We kind of hated it, but the rooms were big and comfortable, the views were gorgeous, and the beachfront was great. Just be prepared for hanging out with dozens of tour groups. There’s a very pretty promenade from the hotel to Uvala Lapad Beach and the surrounding town, which has a range of restaurants and a more casual/beachy atmosphere. We had two meals, one at *Pizzeria Scala (nothing special, but points for a broader than average menu). The second, at *Shizuku, was not popular with everyone, but I liked the affordable sushi and deviation from the standard fare.


In the old town, Galen voted one star for the popular *Lady Pi-Pi restaurant. The food was similar to everywhere else, and the wait very long given a no-reservation policy. **Bura Bistro Wine & Cocktails was good, with a not entirely Croatian menu and excellent cocktails.

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