I am back from vacation, and wanted to pay back all the good info gotten here with any help I can give.
Just a little background. My husband and I (late 40's), traveled with our 11 year old daughter. We were originally going to spend this vacation with a Croatian friend and his family who were visiting back home, but due to various family obligations, that didn't pan out. So alot of our destinations etc, were planned with that in mind. So, I guess I am saying that if I had planned it myself from the beginning, I would have done some things differently. Namely, I would have started up north and worked my way down. We ended up spending 10 days in Dubrovnik, 4 in Rome, and 2 in Split. Oh well, here goes:
We left from Cleveland, Friday June 9, and arrived in Split, Saturday afternoon. The owner of the apartment we stayed in, picked us up, and drove us down to Dubrovnik. This as everyone before has said, is a beautiful drive. It took us 3 1/2 hours, but Toni our host, said that it takes longer in peak season. It is a rather winding road right on the edge, so I agree with others who have said that they would have driven slower, and not been able to enjoy the scenery if they had rented a car.
We arrived in Dub, got our luggage to our room, and unpacked, showered and went out to explore. If we had rented a car, we would have had to park outside the walls, which is 1.80/hr. There is a free lot, but it is some distance, so if one rented a Sobe, they would need a pickup from the host to a closer location.
Our apartment, at first was a little odd to us. There were two rooms together with a door to each, and the hallway, then a private bathroom in the hallway, then stairs leading to our part of the balcony. This was a little weird at first, but our friends room had the bathroom outside it also, so perhaps this is common? Anyway, once we got used to it, it was just fine. And the views from the balcony were just INCREDIBLE! THis balcony totally made our stay. We often had lunch, late nite drinks, and coffee there, and that is the best of my memories from Dubrovnik that I will take with me.
We had dinner at a place called Amoret near the Cathedral. It had outside tables, the ambience was wonderful, and the food was pretty good. However the check was 1100 kunas! My husband selected a fish from the cooler, Red Snapper--huge, and that is what padded the bill. It was however delicious, and the site of the waitress carrying it by the gills up the steps into the restaurant to be grilled was a great memory for us. After dinner we walked around and of course had icecream, and went back to go to bed. We already love Dubrovnik!
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