This Rick Steves' Travel Forum is both useful and enjoyable to read. We also use the Fodor's forum, for there is a wide range of opinion both there and here. I wanted to share our planned trip next April-May and pose a couple of questions.
My wife and I enjoy spending some time in a town, getting a feel for life in that town - apartment, grocery shopping, see attractions, hanging in plazas, as well as going on day trips to nearby towns. We like to walk and use public transportation (not rent a car).
Our plan is to
fly into Ljubljana; spend 8 nights there
take train to Zagreb and then fly to Dubrovnik; spend 5 to 8 nights there
take bus to Split; spend 5 to 8 nights in Split
fly home from Split
I'm not sure how to divide our time between Split and Dubrovnik...
We'd prefer an apartment near the old town areas and (between Ploce or Pile and old town in Dubrovnik)
? any thoughts on the area between Marjan Hill and palace in Split ?
? any thoughts on the areas between Ploce or Pile and the old town in Dubrovnik?
? which of those two towns might be better to spend the bulk of our time ?
? how much time (days) might be needed to see each town at a relaxed pace ?
? does there seem to be more day trip options from Split than from Dubrovnik ?
? Dubrovnik has the cruise ship crowds - does Split ?
Split potential day trips: Sibenik, Trogir, Solin, Omis, Hvar, Brack, Krka, Pucisca
Dubrovnik potential day trips: Lokrum, Korkula, Mostar, tour to Montenegro (Risan, Kotor, Budva)
This past spring we did something similar with a week in Cordoba, Andulusia with day trips to Montilla, Malaga, Sevilla etc and a week in Lisbon, Portugal. Last spring we stayed in Tour, France and day tripped around the Loire Valley. This - laid back, enjoy the small town,take day trips - kind of thing has proved quite enjoyable
Any thoughts would be appreciated.