Copacabana Beach … one had no idea Barry Manilow was actually singing about Dubrovnik

Having spent my first of two days in Dubrovnik fighting the crowds to explore its beautiful Old Town, I decided to spend my second day discovering Lapad, the most westerly and less tourist-riddled part of the Croatian city. As I was walking around this quiet, residential peninsula I came across a map of the area and was rather surprised by one location indicated on it.

A local map of Lapad, not only suggesting I was presently standing several metres out at sea (bottom right) ...

A local map of Lapad, not only suggesting I was presently standing several metres out at sea (bottom right) …

... but apaarently I was only walking distance away from one of the most famous beaches in the world!

… but apaarently I was only walking distance away from one of the most famous beaches in the world!

One simply cannot pass by the hottest spot north (east) of Havana, so off I went to find it.

Not far now

Not far now

Here it is! Disappointing to see there is only one deckchair and one parasol to go around according to the sign. It does promise an abundance of 'tubes' though (thank goodness for that)

Here it is! Disappointing to see there is only one deckchair and one parasol to go around according to the sign. It does promise an abundance of ‘tubes’ though (thank goodness for that)

I would have thought the prohibition of guns would have been included on this sign considering the beach's history (RIP Tony)

I would have thought the prohibition of guns would have been included on this sign considering the beach’s history (RIP Tony)

Welcome to Copacabana beach, although it's not quite how Barry described it

Welcome to Copacabana beach, although it’s not quite how Barry described it

I wonder whether one of those lovely ladies is Lola. It's difficult to tell without any feathers in their hair

I wonder whether one of those lovely ladies is Lola. It’s difficult to tell without any feathers in their hair

Well, I found the deckchair but where is the promised parasol? And where are those tubes?

Well, I found the deckchair but where is the promised parasol? And where are those tubes?

The Copa looks a little quiet. May be the disco will start later on

The Copa looks a little quiet. May be the disco will start later on

I looked around for the watersports but all I could find ...

I looked around for the watersports but all I could find …

... was this Wibit water park

… was this Wibit water park

Clearly it has been some time since Barry Manilow was here

Clearly it has been some time since Barry Manilow was here

All these years I never knew Barry Manilow was actually singing about a beach in Croatia. One learns something new everyday on one’s travels.

TLT x


One of the sixteen surviving original carved masks of the Onofrio fountain. The water from it is still drinkable

Finding true love in the heart of Dubrovnik’s Old Town with the help of a gargoyle

 


 

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