My boyfriend and I are planning to go to Croatia at the end of July for one week. I need some help to plan our itinerary please! Im keen to see Dubrovnik but don’t want to spend the whole week there. Also my boyfriend is not one for beach type holidays so if anything else could be suggested it would be appreciated. Ive thought about maybe going to Split for the other half of the week. Can anyone suggest good day trips that are worth while going on from either place or if someone has any idea of someplace better than Split? Also any tips on good places to stay/eat/drink! Travelling between places by bus probably (is this easy and regular service?)
Thanks for your help,
I recently took a trip around Croatia with my boyfriend and we absolutely loved it. Dubrovnik was our favorite! We spent three nights there in November and that was one night too much. We were there for so long because we planned on taking a day trip down to Montenegro. We didn't get a chance to because we were off season and no tours were going down there. In July.. you should be totally fine.. check it out! That is my suggestion for a day trip. There are tour companies that offer day trips to Mostar and islands as well... there seem to be a lot of options.
We took the bus up from Split. Beautiful landscape.. but I was afraid driving along those cliffs. Anyway - the buses left quite often. Very easy to figure out! We then took a taxi from the bus depot in Dubrovnik to the old town where we stayed in an apartment. I would suggest that to you since you guys don't care about the beach much.
If you are looking for cheap accomodation in dubrovnik there are heaps of people waiting at the bus station to give you a room, they are usually clean and you get a kitchen and laundry etc. Stay with Mr Begovic, you don't have to find him... he'll find you
Want Dubrovnik? OK, I assume that Dubrovnik airport will be your entering spot to Croatia.
But, be aware - Dubrovnik is a most southern spot of Croatia. Remote to the other areas of interest. Like Zagreb, Kornati, Istria, Kopacki rit.
In a week? That could be done like that:
Two or three days in Dubrovnik, one night bus ride to Split, two days in Split and surroundings, Omis, valley of Neretva, back to Dubrovnik for the plane.
But, what to see? If I were you, I'd do this:
arrive in Dubrovnik, get a small room - small owners that can be easily found even on the airport, if not in Dubrovnik streets. Visit the Old Town, every way you want, have a dinner in Gradska Kavana overlooking the old harbour (not so expensive as you might think), visit island of Lokrum (The island of love) by boat, ask for a traditional village that offers domestic food inland, pack and go.
In Split visit the Dioklecijan Pallace and Salona (romanian town), evening in some of the places that has music, or maybe just a susnet on the "riva". Maybe a visit to Trogir (old town 40 kilometres along the Kaštelanski bay), then return to Dubrovnik with a stop in Omiš (historical town, with river Cetina entering the sea), possibilty of rafting in the town of Trilj inland (Hotel St. Mihovil, owner Sime Klaric, president of the small hotels association of Croatia), or boats on Neretva, in mandarina fields of Croatia. Olives, fish, traditional dark bread "under peka" can mark your trip. Good wines and beer - also to recommend.
Go back to Dubrovnik - make one more night in Rijeka Dubrovacka - Komolac, mouth of Ombla river into the bay which looks like a pleasant fjord. Ask for locals, they can take you here and there at no cost, just happy to go to have dinner in traditional houses they work for.
In 95% of cases, local offer is true. There are some frauds, but you will be able to differ them from real tourism. Enjoy Croatian coast, and be aware that you are the person to choose.
We, travellers, always have two limitations: money and time. We want to make the most out of the funds we had prepared. In many cases the territory we had planned is bigger than both of those parametres. Do not be deceived: on the coast Croatia offers more dense experience than one may expect, so be prepared. As I was prepared in Peru, far more larger country, yet a country wit a great density of attractions.
Welcome to Croatia.
Have a nice und unforgettable time. And be prepared to come back.
dubrovnik is more beautiful than split but split is better as far as side trips are concerned. from split you can make one day trips to unesco heritage town trogir, to the island of hvar (one of the most beautiful islands in europe) or to sibenik.
for me no1 in croatia is plitvice lakes national park (3h by bus from split), which many consider to be the most beautiful national park in europe. absolutely fabulous place. any trip to croatia is incomplete without seeing plitvice.
maybe it will be helpful for you if i give you the itinerary of my 1st trip to croatia:
zagreb-plitvice-zadar(& oneday cruise to kornati islands)-split(+ one day trips to trogir and hvar)-dubrovnik.
i guess it includes more or less the best of croatia.