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Review: Dubrovnik


Dubrovnik, Croatia

Discovering Dubrovnik, Croatia and Montenegro

  • By SilverTraveller Rowsie

    136 reviews

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  • May 2014
  • Adult family

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Wanting an early sunshine break my sister and I looked at the Travel Zoo website on line and found a 7 day holiday in Croatia. This was booked through Broadway Travel. Our package was half board and included transfers from the airport and was very reasonable priced.

We flew from Gatwick to Dubrovnik and out hotel, The Vilamar Argosy was a 30 minute drive away. As our rooms weren't quite ready we went off to explore the hotel grounds and we couldn't have been more delighted! The newly refurbished Argosy is situated high on a headland and there are superb views all around. Croatia is called "The Land of 1,000 Islands" and from the swimming pool area you can see some of these islands situated in the sparkling blue Adriatic. The swimming pool was an infinity pool in which, if the water hadn't been freezing cold, you could have floated leisurely just taking in the wonderful views. (I did actually take a dip in there but couldn't float for too long as I started to lose feeling in my lower extremities!) Luckily there is an indoor pool as well (inside a conservatory like structure so you could still see the wonderful views) and this one was heated so that it was more attractive to anyone but penguins!

The restaurant where we had breakfast and dinner also had stunning views. In the evening the sunsets were some of the best I have ever seen. I am not usually keen on half board but I have to say that the array of buffet dishes was very extensive. (The desserts corner sent us into a dilemma each evening and is probably the reason we both arrived home a few pounds heavier!)

Around the hotel is a scenic walking track which unfortunately was having some work done on it when we were there but we still managed to walk along it for an hour or so. We passed the nearest beaches, Cava and Copacabana. Unfortunately, in Croatia the word 'beach' does not have the same meaning that we might presume. Most of their beaches are craggy rock areas with sun loungers placed on a concrete terrace with a ladder into the sea. The Copacabana Beach is nothing like what you might imagine from the exotic name!

Near the hotel was a small shopping mall and we discovered a small family run travel company 'I Travel'. We joined Mario, the owner, for a mini bus tour into nearby Montenegro. We visited Kotor, a lovely old town with a city wall that climbs right up the Black Mountains. (Tip: Make sure you have enough time to do the climb, it takes about 45 minutes each way we didn't get a chance to do it.) We then went further into Montenegro to some picturesque Fjord like areas and ended up in Budva. This coastal town is very commercialised and is a favourite resort for Russians. Even some of the street signs were in Russian. Although, again, it boasts 'beautiful beaches' these, for the main part, were pebbly and not at all attractive. If given the choice we would have preferred more time in Kotor and skipped the noisy commercialised Budva altogether.

Once back in Croatia we caught a bus (No. 6) into the old city of Dubrovnik. A walk around the city walls takes about 2 hours and the views are spectacular. It is well worth doing and if you should tire you can always leave the walk and find a café before carrying on. There is also a cable car that goes up the mountain giving great views of the old town and the many islands.

Another day Mario's son took us on a boat trip to 3 of the islands. This is no big commercial boat trip. He had room for just 8 of us and the 'unlimited drinks' he offered were litre bottles of wine and soft drinks that he had obviously brought from the supermarket. He was however more than generous with passing these out! We visited 3 of the Elaphite Islands. Kolocep, Sipan and Lopud. It is difficult to believe that people live on these islands as they are tiny and everything has to be brought in by boat. It was lovely to see these small communities. Lopud has a large couples resort hotel but I think it might be a bit isolated for some people.

The Croatian people are very friendly (albeit with a rather abrupt manner). Any kind of food is available and they do very good pizzas and pasta dishes. Most of the food we bought was quite reasonably priced but we found the wine a little pricey.

All in all it was a wonderful break, with great weather, beautiful sunsets and friendly people. What more could we have wanted? (Oh, Yes, heating in the infinity pool!!)

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