10 days in Dubrovnik area
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Apr 2, 2013 9:29 AM Last Post By: ii40747
Feb 10, 2013 12:22 PM
10 days in Dubrovnik areaHi all,
We've booked out tickets for Dubrovnik (from Dublin) in June - 10 days.
We have always both wanted to go there and we wanted a close enough place to spend these holidays.
We also wanted to dive - and my husband loves sailing (but I don't know if we'll be able to).
Now, we need to organise the accommodation with a budget of 60e / night maximum.
Ideally, I would like to have part of the trip in a little studio with a kitchenette to avoid eating in restaurants for 10 days.
We have seen that the island of Mljet is very close and very nice, so we are thinking of splitting the trip into Dubrovnik and Mjlet.
What would you think?
There is apparently a good diving center at the Dubrovnik Palace on Lapad, 40 minutes walk from the old town - 10 minutes with city bus.
Where would you advice us to stay? Old Town? Between old town and the diving center?
We don't mind having to walk 20 minutes to get to the heart of the city. But is it safe at night?
It's difficult to choose a place to stay without knowing the city at all.
And what about Mljet? How many days would you recommend? We would love to cycle and just relax.
Any recommandations on a place to stay? There don't seem to be a lot of hotels etc.
We saw that the ferry to go there was pretty cheap. So maybe it's better to do day trips?
Feb 11, 2013 3:41 AM
I've been researching a bit more and I was wondering if it was worth going to Split? And seeing an other island?
We usually do a lot of travelling around when we go somewhere but this time I think I would have liked a more "relaxing" holidays.
But if we're not going to come back to Croatia before 10-20 years, I'd also want to see a little bit of the country :)
Regarding Mljet, I really think this would be a great place for us to stay 4-5 days.
I saw that there was a few place to stay in Pomena. Which would be handy for us as we don't intend to rent a car. But I also read people on this forum asking "Why do you want to stay in Pomena, there is nothing great there."
So I am wondering where would the best place to stay be?
Pomena has accomodations, supermarkets, diving centers... I am sure we can rent bikes to visit the National Park as well.
I read that we only have to pay into the National Park once in our stay - is that true?
Thank you very much. And sorry for all the questions.
Feb 12, 2013 2:52 AM
2If you don't plan on going back to Croatia for some time, its best to see a few places.
You can easily drive into Plitvice from Split or Zagreb (taking about 2 1/2 hours) if you're okay with hiring a car.
The lakes are worth seeing.
Then for the relaxing component of your break. I'd recommend Hvar and / or Korcula.
Korcula was my favourite island.
Dubrovnik too is very nice, save for the middle of the day when the thousands of cruise ship passengers are ashore.
As for diving, I looked into it but I didn't read of too many outstanding dives, so for the cost I didn't see it as being worthwhile.
Feb 12, 2013 3:36 AM
3Thank you for your reply!
As we are landing and taking off from Dubrovnik, you would still advice to go to Plitvice?
I saw it's at least 5h30, and I suppose we would need to rent a car (we won't really have the budget).
Unfortunalety, we can't spend too much on this trip... and I was thinking it would be the occasion to really discover a place rather than run everywhere for 2 weeks...
But this National Park looks amazing!!
Yes, I think this time we'll take a different route and relax a bit and really enjoy everyday without driving too much.
Dubrovnik & Mljet
or Dubrovnik & Korcula
or Dubrovnik & Hvar
So we just have to select the "best" island for us. And also accommodation area for Dubrovnik.
Mar 8, 2013 6:53 AM
4Instead of spending all that time in Dubrovnik, go to Montenegro. It's gorgeous, less crowded, and more affordable. My husband and I spent a month along the Croatian coast (September 2012) - from Zagreb, to Plitvica, Zadar, Sibenik, Trogir, Split, Korcula (side trip to Mostar & Sarajevo), Mljet, and Dubrovnik before heading to Montenegro. We couldn't WAIT to get out of Dubrovnik although a day trip to Cavtat was pleasant. Unfortunately, we did not have enough time to go to Hvar.
True, Dubrovnik was one of those places we could not NOT go to, but after all the other charming, relatively deserted, places we visited, Dubrovnik was a dreadful let-down. It was also the most expensive place we stayed. I can't help you with good diving spots, but I'd surely suggest you reconsider spending so much time in Dubrovnik, particularly if you need to save money.
The Bay of Kotor is wonderful, and we hated to leave after five days there.
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