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Review: Dubrovnik

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

A week in Dubrovnik

  • By SilverTraveller margaret61

    2 reviews

  • Oct 2013
  • Husband

25 people found this review helpful

We booked with Travel Republic and stayed in Hotel Lapad, very comfortable and at sea level. Pickups were excellent by private taxi. A 7-day visitors ticket is a must. It gave us free bus travel, a stop outside the hotel and free entry (once) to many museums, galleries and the walls. The old city is very compact, but one needs to be aware that it is a stop for cruise ships, so the mornings can be very crowded. On one day there were 3 cruise ships in. Afternoons are better for old town visits. English is the first foreign language you will read in all places and to make the most of your visit you need to be aware of what is on offer as well as the usual sites. We found a classical guitar recital and on the Saturday was a jam and marmelade festival, lots of national costumes and beautifully decorated jars of all kinds of preserves. We did one day tour to Montenegro with the best coach driver ever. We were taken round the enormous bay of Kotor then up the mountains to where dried ham and cheese were produced. There was a series of 25 hairpin bends, numbered so you could count them, on a road that was really a single track. The coaches use another route to descend, but for the unsuspecting hire cars coming the other way, quite an experience. It was interesting to do this tour as it helped immensely to understand the history of the area and how political change can cause great problems for a small country. Personally I was hoping to meet craft people, and was warned by a friend that there was no chance in Dubrovnik. I proved her wrong, I met a quilter selling lovely silk work, and a small shop dealing with various craft people. Here I gave the lady my website detailed card, and she immediately opened her laptop and looked it up. We spent quite a time discussing what was on the site and she said she would show it to her friends. Unfortunately there are no basis fabric shops in Dubrovnik, she said things had to be ordered from Zagreb. I did come back with stronger legs from all the steeply-stepped streets. A tip up the mountain in the cable car is a must if you get a clear day. We were very fortunate, and had great views over the old town and the sea with the small islands beyond. I think we could have covered most of the visit in 5 days, but we appreciate the leisurely pace.

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