Hiking Mount Srd in Dubrovnik is continued from Dubrovnik Cable Car to Mount Srd
After spending two hours on top of Mount Srd exploring the area and taking in the 360 degree views over Croatia’s coastline and the hills of Bosnia-Hercegovina and Montenegro, we searched for the trailhead that would lead down the hill to Dubrovnik. Since we only opted for a one-way ticket on the Dubrovnik Cable Car, we would be hiking Mount Srd down to the old town. The lengthy switchbacks stretched out below us and eventually disappeared into a forest of pines, with a field of orange rooftops appearing below the trees. We set out on the loose dirt and gravel path, having no idea how long the hike down Mount Srd might take us and woefully watched a cable car make the three minute descent.
Once we started the trek, it was actually quite spectacular. The trail was fairly easy to walk on, allowing us to gaze down at the Adriatic Sea and historic city. With our shifting perspectives and the changing light, we were stopping every few minutes to snap more photos. The sun was shining, but the winds had picked up. We didn’t notice the cable car had stopped running until we passed a single hiker and then a family of three determined to make it to the top whether the cable car was open or not.
At the hairpin turn of each switchback was an artistic display of one of the 14 Stations of the Cross and wooden crosses were placed along the path, as well. We later learned that organized pilgrimages are made from the bottom of the hill to the cross at the top.
As the path led into the trees, we were quickly enveloped in the forest, blocking the noise and the vistas of the world around us. The scent of pine and fresh blossoms was heavy in the air and I felt particularly at peace, completely surrounded and protected by nature.
An hour had passed since we starting hiking Mount Srd down to Dubrovnik when the trail ended abruptly at a two-lane highway, harshly bringing us back to reality. At a break in traffic, we made our way across and then followed the first set of stairs heading down towards the Old City and turquoise waters.
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