It’s a much more lived in city than Dubrovnik, much more intense. A lot more graffiti, a grittier atmosphere and a lot less restrooms! While the shops do cater to the cruise tourists, there were a lot of locals shopping in the area as well. Some of the miniature bronze and copper statues were simply incredible in detail and beauty. I could have spent hours talking Greek mythology to one of the shop keepers.
The bus to town was 1.50E, but it is easily walked. Car rentals, scooter rentals and ATV rentals abound all around the port. Taxis are waiting in a long que for that day long guided tour. Almost all the taxis are modern, clean and look relatively comfortable.
The weather was absolutely beautiful with just a slight mist in the morning, but a nice breeze and sunshine later on. Probably got up to 75-77F, but it was cool in the shade, especially with the breeze through the alleyways.
We got dropped off the #16 bus in the park area on the north side of old town, between the two fortresses. We wound our way through the shopping areas, checking out stores and goods as we went, towards the cricket pitch area and the old fortress.An incredible piece of fortification engineering aided by a great strategic and tactical location. I love this castle stuff, and this one was definitely built during the cannon age with very thick walls of concrete and earth. Old mortars and cannon were on display around the grounds. The church was also interesting, more so from the outside as the inside was rather sparse.
We climbed to the top of the fortress to the old lighthouse which offered the best views in town, down across the parks and all the way to the port. The path up is steep with many steps and is very slick when wet, so it pays to be careful going up and down, but they view and scenery is definitely worth the effort. Best of all, it was free on this holiday!
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