If you didn’t know, there are mountains that line all of Dubrovnik separating the city from the rest of the country. I believe that all of the coastal cities of Croatia are like this. That being said, there is a cable car that takes you to the top of the closest mountain and you can overlook the entire city. And when I say mountain, I mean giant mound of dirt that is larger than a standard hill but definitely not as tall as other mountains you would find so to be honest, I’m not 100% sure what to call it. Just the outside of the walls of Old Town, you can buy tickets to the cable car and take the tram up to the top of the mountain where they have essentially built a visitors center. The car costs about $14 USD and you can buy the tickets right at the entrance to the tram.
There is an alternative if you don’t wanna take the cable car. You can walk up the mountain. There is a path that is full of switchbacks and probably not terrible because of how long the distance is between the switchbacks so it looked like a gradual incline up to the top of the mountain. Maybe similar to the fire roads you find in Los Angeles around those hikes.
I decided I did not want to walk because I had walked the 45 minutes into the city center and would have to walk the 45 minutes back out to my little bay so I deserved to have a cable take me up the mountain. I paid my $14USD and sat down in the waiting area until it was time to load into my cable car.
I actually ended up take the car with someone from my Montenegro tour the day before which is was funny to actually recognize someone on this excursion but I guess not that rare since we were both tourists so it makes sense that I would see him doing the same tourist things as me in a small city. We loaded into the car and it took us up to the top of the mountain.
The little cable cars that you ride are glass all around and so you can watch the mountain pass you by or you can watch the city and the rooftops start to magically appear as you make your way higher and higher above the city. I opted to watch the city appear instead of looking at the mountain, until that is, everyone decided to come to my side of the car and we had to rebalance slightly so I moved.
We unloaded at the top of the mountain and to be honest there wasn’t much to do at that point. There were a few look out points, a few areas that you could probably hike a little bit and then a restaurant. I opted to check out the look out point first and stood out over the entire city staring at the water, the red rooftops of Old Town and looking up and down the coastline of Dubrovnik. To be honest, standing there by myself in the perfect weather with the light breeze, it was one of the more peaceful moments. I had the lookout area to myself for a bit there and I was able to have peace and quiet as I stood there and stared out over the city. I was able to really see just how far I walked, or at least a good portion of it because I could see almost to edge of the main portion of Dubrovnik before the coastline takes a turn into the bay I was staying at. The sun was reflecting off of the water, against the red roof tops of Old Town and the newer architecture just a bit more inland. It was unreal and felt like something you would only ever really see in the movies but here it was. Real life. It was wonderful.
From where I was standing, I could see people trying to hike up the mountain and I knew that I had made the right decision paying the $14USD for the round trip tram ride. It probably would have been fine to walk by down the mountain but I wasn’t really envious of the people walking up so I had zero regrets. After taking in the sights up and down the coastline, I decided it was time to get some food so I wandered into the one building that housed the tram and the restaurant looking for a snack.