If you don’t drive, the only way to get from Split to Dubrovnik is by bus, as Dubrovnik doesn’t have a train station. You don’t need to book in advance but it would be good to get a ticket the previous day, if you would like to be there a particular time. It is again a long ride lasting about 5 hours. A pleasant trip though, with nice views, a quick passing through Bosnia & Herzegovina and a 15 minute break. The latter was very welcome as at that point, I desperately needed the loo. Stopping at Cafeterias on the highway has always been my favourite part of bus rides. It was very common in Greece up to a point and I’ve always thought it enhances the holiday feeling.
We arrived in a very hot and sunny Dubrovnik at around 15:00 and after unloading at our hotel, we went immediately for the beach which was within five minutes walk. Weren’t we lucky!
Dance beach is a rocky beach forming a small bay where the land meets the sea. On the first day there was an actual water polo match, live commentators on a boat and loud music.
Banje beach is the beach on the other side of the city again within walking distance from anywhere around the city.
Similar to Split the old town of Dubrovnik is situated within the city walls. I found it very sophisticated and stylish, combining the modern with the traditional very successfully.
The city walls are truly amazing and should you decide to take the walk, the views are spectacular. It costs 70KN and it took us an hour and a half to go around them. We were lucky, it was a bit cloudy on the day we decided to walk them as the sun with a temperature of 33 degrees would have made the whole experience pretty exhausting. Don’t throw away your ticket, as you will be asked to show it at various stages during the tour.
Two of my favourite spots in Dubrovnik (I absolutely loved the whole place) were the little port with the small boats, some of them with glass bottoms, and the fish taverns, which gave it an old time feeling and Buza bar. The latter’s entrance is literally a whole in the wall. Upon crossing it you are greeted by the sea and the skies. The bar is on one side of the rocks surrounding Dubrovnik and despite what our travel guide said, it is open both in the morning and at night. The atmosphere is so calm and relaxed that I admit it, fell asleep on our first night there. It might have been, however, due to the boring monologue of a French man sitting next to us.
If you are a seafood lover Dubrovnik is the place to be. One of the two nights there, we had dinner at Kamenica. The restaurant is more like a taverna, very simple and completely unpretentious. The portions are big and not expensive. I spent all day dreaming of eating calamari and there my wish came true. Just like my mum’s. We also tried the scampi (no relevance to the UK one) and the whitebait, both were delicious.