I left Dubrovnik (again) to visit a botanical garden, see the village of Ston, and eat some traditional Croatian food. Nikolai, a student at DIU from Germany, offered to drive myself and three of my roommates to Ston, stopping along the way at the gardens and then eating at a restaurant he found on Trip Advisor.
First, the gardens. The Arboretum Trsteno is the oldest renaissance garden in Dalmatia, and were believed to have been constructed during the 15th century. Filled with beautiful plants, a beach, an old villa, and fountains, the gardens reminded me a lot of the Villa D’Este in Italy (read my post from January here). It was unfortunately raining when we visited, so we’re definitely traveling back soon.
The village of Ston is very small, but is well-known for its walls. Ston hosts the second-longest stone walls in the world, right behind the Great Wall of China. The Walls of Ston were originally more than 7km long, built in the 14th century by the citizens of Ston and Dubrovnik to protect the region.
Visitors can purchase tickets (40kn for adults, 20kn for children/students), to walk part of the walls. We chose the shorter walk due to the rain and our growing appetites, but also because of the never-ending stairs we would have to climb to complete the longer walk (although I will return to walk them soon).
We left Ston to find a restaurant Nikolai found on Trip Advisor, but we quickly realized said restaurant no longer existed when we stumbled upon three isolated (very expensive) restaurants on the coast where the original used to stand. We made the executive decision to save our wallets and return to Ston to eat at Bakus (which was a good decision in hindsight). Bakus was better-priced, and still offered traditional Croatian seafood (and other meals for the other vegetarian and I).
Places we've gone, things we've seen, stories worth telling