Touring Trip of Central Europe (July 2008)

Part 4: Croatia (19th-22th)

We found our apartment in Dubrovnik and were given lots of information by our landlady, Lilijana, about the town, restaurants etc. The views from the apartment were breathtaking – from the large picture windows in the lounge and the balcony off our bedroom. The town hadn’t changed much since my visit in 1967 apart from a few wounds from the war in the 90s and the many more tourists.

We put the car away in the garage for three days and walked into town. The climb back was so steep so we used taxis. Although a tourist mecca the old town was still amazing. The first evening we had a meal on the quayside and explored a little. The next morning we were out early to walk the walls before it got too hot. That evening we had a great fish meal, in a restaurant suggested by our landlady.

The following day we lazed around and watched the boats and cruise ship tenders going to and fro from the harbour. We went out at 5pm to take a boat to the island visible from our apartment, for a swim. We then had our evening meal on the way back in the Old Town, followed by a visit to an ice cream parlour for pancakes.

Next morning we set off back up the coast to Split stopping for another swim on the way. Our hotel there was very near the centre of town, but we had to park on street a little way away. The hotel did have charm, as did our room, although the view over walls and back yards did not match our view in Dubrovnik! We felt very enclosed in our room after our large apartment in Dubrovnik. We went for a walk along the promenade by the harbour.

That evening we waited for a table at the restaurant underneath our room but as soon as we got to our main course a thunderstorm broke and we had to move in doors to share the restaurant with a group of Japanese tourists.

Next morning we walked around the town visiting Diocletian’s Palace and the basements which were ‘as built’ by the Romans. The cathedral, converted from a Roman Mausoleum, is magnificent. We then drove on the motorway back to northern Croatia where we had a room in a private house close to Plitvice Lakes National Park.