Travelling further from Dubrovnik, we visited Trsteno Arboretum. These gardens were set up over 500 years ago as a place to grow seeds recovered from Dubrovnik merchants’ travels. Like with a lot of places in the area, I wasn’t overly impressed, and I could think of lots of places I’d visited which I’d thought were better.
There were a few building to explore, like this olive press room, and a charming summer house which housed an art exhibition, but I can’t say that I was overwhelmed by a huge variety of plants. But I hadn’t yet spotted the elephant in the room. That would come a few days later.
Meanwhile, it was a nice enough place for a walk on a summer’s day. We had great views of the sea and the Elaphite islands off the Dalmatian coast. We had that fuzzy feeling you get from being a little too hot and thirsty, and the cacophony of those tree beetles you don’t get in England.
So, once we’d looked around the place, we headed down to the harbour which we’d seen from above. And, after stepping though strange archways, happened across a weird and seemingly old open air spa down in the rocks by the sea. I immediately recognised it as the place where Game of Thrones characters practised sword fighting. There’s no getting away from the TV.