Buža means “hole in the wall” in the Dubrovnik dialect, and fittingly, there are a few holes in the walls surrounding Old Town Dubrovnik. Are they original to the wall? Were they added centuries later? I’m not sure but some enterprising souls knew that beyond the wall was the perfect setting to kick back with a drink and while away the afternoon. They opened two bars – the original Buža and Buža 2 – along the western wall of the Old Town. Both have unobstructed views of the Adriatic and Lokrum island.
I stumbled on both Bužas by accident. I can’t remember how I found the first, and I stumbled into the second one as I searched in vain to locate the original.
The picture below was taken just below Buža 2, on a rocky patch where people launched off into the open sea for a refreshing dip. I hesitantly joined the bathers, slowly inching my way off the rocks. Once in, I swam out past the other people and took in the vast expanse of sea in front of me. A boat passed by. I turned around to look at the sheer wall that stood in front of me, blocking the Old Town from view. Floating in serenity.