Hi all, travelling to Croatia (and Slovenia) in early Sept. Finally have first part of trip planned so working on the last 7 days along the Croatian coast. Will have a vehicle to visit Plitvice and will drive it to coast. From there, should we ditch the car and just travel via ferries or keep car and travel down coast via car? Also, when looking at places in Dubrovnik there seem to be some really affordable nice places about 5-7 miles from city center with access to beaches and pools (we don't mind walking up steps) but we also don't want to worry about parking in Dubrovnik or driving home after drinks. I see a lot of the places say short boat ride to city center but unsure how often or how late these boats run. Does anyone have any thoughts on where to stay in Dubrovnik? Mainly we want to be able to access the old town for dinners and drinks but wouldn't mind having a cheaper place with beach or pool. So if anyone has specific suggestions that would be great! Any suggestions for korcula, hvar and split for similar type of place would also be appreciated! Thanks!
Trying to fit Split, 2 islands and Dubrovnik into 7 days is a lot. I suggest staying on either Hvar or Korcula but not both. If you plan to keep the car and head down the coast, then I would drive to Orebic (short ferry ride to Korcula from there) and drop off the car upon arrival in Dubrovnik. If you plan to return the car in Split, then you could travel to the islands and on to Dubrovnik by catamaran. You could go directly to the island of your choice or possibly stop in Hvar for a short visit on your way to Korcula. I don't believe a short stop in Korcula is as easy, if even possible due to schedules.
In Dubrovnik, there are some nice places just outside the Pile Gate (I stayed in Bennassi Rooms and really liked it), but they may not come with all the amenities you mention. They are however a short walk from the old town center and don't require a car. The places you mentioned might be in Lapad, which has bus service to and from the old town. I'm not sure how late buses run as I've only stayed close to the old town.
Thanks, we were thinking one night Split, one night hvar, 2 korcula, 3 Dubrovnik but maybe we skip hvar and do 2 nights in split or 3 in korcula. I am leaning towards dropping the car in split and using just ferries. Thanks for suggestion as to room, will look into it now!
There are 2 companies that run catamarans between Split and Dubrovnik, Krilo and Jadrolinja. They should still be on high-season schedules in early September. Working with their competing schedules, you can play around with arrival and departure times to adjust your time in your various destinations and can likely plan a 4-5 hour stop in Hvar town if you wish on your way to Korcula. The Krilo website is straight-forward, but on the Jadrolinija website you have to go to Local Lines and then to both District of Split and District of Dubrovnik to find all your options (catamarans have 9 as the first digit of their number). Also note that one of the Jadrolinija catamarans only goes to the northern tip of Korcula (Vela Luka), but there's a connecting bus from there to Korcula town.
Jumping in here. We will be ending our 33 day trip with 7 days after Split. We were thinking Hvar or Kochula for 2 and 5 for Dubrovnik. We won't have a car at that time, so how is transportation around the islands? What town to stay? Also having a problem finding an apartment with a minimum of steps. We are in our mid 70s, very active, but many flights of steps could be challenging. Checked the cruiselines schedule and plan on our day trips on the heavy cruise days. Any suggestions on what part of Dubrovnik would be accessible to busses, etc. I have been looking in the old town. Thanks for any information.
It's best to start a new post so that responses are tailored to your specific questions. Briefly, many lodgings in Hvar are up steep stairs as are many lodgings within old town Dubrovnik. The area outside the Pile Gate between the main road and the sea is relatively flat, and buses for day tours generally pick up by the Pile Gate. That might be a good area to look for a sobe (private room) or small apartment. If budget is no object, the nearby Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik might work. Island transportation is addressed in my post above.
If budget is no concern stay at the Sheraton couple miles south of Dubrovnik. Unbelievable place with a great beach and breakfast. Very quiet. And lots of cheap restaurants near by.
Appreciate both responses and find this forum very helpful. Thanks for the suggestion about posting too. Have booked a small apartment by the pile gate and in a ground floor stone building with a small garden. Used the Dubrovnik source apartments service mentioned in RS book on Croatia. It is licated in the area of the Hilton. Will be nice to be close to bus tours as we plsn several during our 8 days especially when thr cruise boats are there.
If your apartment is refundable, I would recommend staying in Cavat, across the bay. There are indeed boats that take you to Dubrovnik, and while they do stop running relatively early, there's also a bus that runs until late at night. We really appreciated the nice pebble beach in Cavat, the lovely 50 euro/night apartment we stayed at, and being away from the hordes in Dubrovnik proper.
Hi Sarah I’ve thought of that. We are ending trip in Dubrovnik and it looks so crowded! I was thinking if there are busses or even uber or taxis that we could take at night home might be nice to wake up and enjoy beach rather than crowds. Either way I have feeling we’d be leaving Dubrovnik during day to get away from crowd and enjoy beach. I do want to see it of course but feeling like 3 nights there may be too much. Other option is to do only 2 nights there and ads and extra in split so 3 split 2 korcula 2 Dubrovnik or 2 split 1 Hvar 2 korcula 2 Dubrovnik. So many decisions!