We just can’t leave Dubrovnik, it’s so pleasant here. We left the hills of Ploce and moved to a neighborhood called Gruž, about 10 minutes away. Again, we are in love. Gruž is by the harbor, and there are many boats big and small that line the water. It is also the main port of Dubrovnik, so every few days, the streets are brimming with cruise ship guests coming and going. Anyone looking to take tours to visit other islands will most likely come here to board their boats, so there is always something going on in this area.
There’s a sweet buzz in this pretty little town; the main bus station is here, plenty of coffee shops, bakeries, a fresh market and a seafood market right in front of the harbor. There is also “Centar”, a shopping area that is about as close to a ‘mall’ as it comes in Dubrovnik. Our afternoon walks consists of walking around the harbor to the other side which is Lapad. On the way we walk through parks where children play, look at all the different boats (a few pirate looking ships!) and people fishing right off the docks.
- Walk around the harbor during sunset, the color of the water changes by the minute. It’s amazing to watch.
- It’s possible to walk to Copacabana beach on the Lapad peninisula from Gruz. There you can swim in the ocean while taking in the view of the Dubrovnik bridge, and there is a beach bar for food and drinks. The walk will take about 25 minutes depending on your pace.
- Bakeries. For some reason, there is a concentration of bakeries in Gruz. Have fun looking for a favorite. You can get a good baked snack starting at about ¢50.
- Watch the great big cruise ships coming and going from the port.
- The big “super stores” are here also in Gruz. Groceries like Tommy Market and our favorite, Konzum Market will have everything you need.
It’s been so cool being able to travel slowly and stay in different parts. The old town is only 10 minutes away, and so far, we are very happy to be in Gruž.