Because I only spent one brief day in one city of Croatia, I won’t do my usual “Observations” post. Instead, just a few short notes that didn’t make it into either of the preceding entries…
First, Dubrovnik really is a tourist mecca. Virtually every home you see has a sign that advertises “apartment for rent” or “rooms available” or “sobe”; this is part of the reason I regretted choosing Ivan’s villa so quickly, as there were about a thousand other options I passed on my walk to and from the old city.
There are also loads and loads of tour buses and cruise ships and tour groups EVERYWHERE you go.
Anyone you ask will tell you that Dubrovnik is the place to see in Croatia, plain and simple. I guess such popularity doesn’t come without its price.
Still, considering that it’s a seafront resort which you’re probably visiting for its beautiful appearance and water activities, this isn’t as much of a problem as you might imagine – except for one thing. I recently wrote about how one of the best aspects of traveling is the opportunity to meet interesting and different people from all around the world. Well, in a place like Dubrovnik, the tourists are so overwhelming that it feels almost impossible to find a genuine local to befriend – as even the few you do encounter are so used to dealing with tourists that you can’t help but doubt the genuineness of the encounter. You feel like they’re probably just giving you the same lip service they gave the German before you, or the Italian after you.
Beautiful, yes. But I don’t think Dubrovnik is really a place to go and experience the “true” culture of Croatia.