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poppym12 Wed 08-Mar-17 12:01:39

Thinking about Croatia later this year but undecided about where to stay. Would love to see Dubrovnik but Split looks lovely too. It will only be for a week maximum so I don't really want to spend time travelling to different cities and spending a couple of days in each.

Could anyone offer any advice on these destinations? And hotels? (Child free would be preferable). Also, food-wise, are vegan dishes easy to find?

Timefor2 Wed 08-Mar-17 22:12:49

It's been about ten years since I last went to either but if you only do one do Dubrovnik. Split is ok but Dubrovnik old town is just sensational.

poppym12 Thu 09-Mar-17 07:36:44

Thank you. I'll look for a hotel with easy access to the old town. I found a couple within it but they're fully booked for each of the weeks we could go.

Crumbs1 Thu 09-Mar-17 07:43:57

We stayed outside Dubrovnik in a nice resort hotel that was a very easy 10 minute bus ride into the town. Buses were regular and cheap. Hotel was a group of, I think three together. Val something or other. I'm going to,Google now. We stayed in the President but could use other hotel facilities. Small beach, nice pools, gym, reasonable restaurant.
www.valamar.com/en/hotels-dubrovnik?geo=uk&faza=DrivesSales&promo=&campaigntype=BrandSearch&network=g&gclid=COHjhIz2yNICFTgo0wodWYgCsA

poppym12 Thu 09-Mar-17 14:09:38

Thank you crumbs, I was looking at the valamar lacroma yesterday and it said it was easy to get to the old town but I wondered how easy. Good to know it's realistically accessible. One of the other hotels mentioned on that link looks nice too so I'll suss that one out. Is a taxi from the airport doable to these hotels do you think or would it be ridiculously expensive?

Chaotica Thu 09-Mar-17 14:11:26

Lapad is nice (the area) -- about 10 mins from Dubrovnik by bus and a bit quieter. It has lots of hotels.

Northumberlandlass Thu 09-Mar-17 14:16:34

No.6 Bus goes from the main road just above the Valamar hotels. No need to get taxi's! It takes about 20 mins to get to Pile Gate. Bus costs 15kn for an hours travel (12Kn if you buy from stands).

You can easily get transfers from airport to Babin Kuk / Lapad (where the Valamar hotels are situated). They are fancy hotels, surely they offer transfers? I never use taxi's in Dubrovnik - the bus service is great!

Northumberlandlass Thu 09-Mar-17 14:22:29

I did look at getting a taxi once from Airport to Old Town and I think it was about 250Kn ...so roughly £25 (although probably more now with rates) - not really expensive! The airport shuttle bus is really good value, but you would have to then get another bus from Old Town.
Any questions just shout smile

poppym12 Thu 09-Mar-17 15:15:03

Thank you, this is all very helpful. just trying to convince my partner that July won't be too hot for him......I don't want to wait until September.

Chaotica Thu 09-Mar-17 15:22:39

The weather starts to turn in September and it gets a bit stormy. Can be nice, but I have also seen rain so heavy it was hitting the walls and going upwards.

Northumberlandlass Thu 09-Mar-17 15:22:41

I go in August most years - this year I'm doing 3 days in Dubrovnik, 2 in Mljet, 2 in Korcula and 3 in Split at end of August.

It IS hot. But if I can cope anyone can - I'm a factor 50 type, but happy when I can swim in the sea smile

poppym12 Thu 09-Mar-17 15:25:07

Looking at flights and they're cheaper in July than September. I need to be very persuasive.

Northumberlandlass Thu 09-Mar-17 15:28:56

I went mid June one year and flights were very reasonable, weather was warm & sunny but not hot.

Crumbs1 Thu 09-Mar-17 17:44:27

Not sure about taxi from airport - we had car arranged as we went partly for a conference. We used taxis a couple of evenings and they weren't expensive but daytimes we used the bus from across the road. We went late September and weather was definitely turning cooler. It was nice but not hot, hot.

WandaBack Thu 09-Mar-17 17:55:39

We visited both last September and it rained.

Admittedly only day trips but I have been before.
We took 18/20 year old DC as well and while we did like Dubrovnik we were blown away by Split.
DS is going back this year with friends.
Dubrovnik is spectacular but what I didn't like about it was the unremitting commercialism. I bought the world's most expensive coffee there (and I've been to Venice as well).

SnowBallsAreHere Thu 09-Mar-17 18:00:51

We prefer to stay in the old town. There are some amazing apartments on airbnb. Just ensure they have triple glazing if you want sleep.
For swimming we would either walk to Banje Beach club or catch the boat to Lokrum.

poppym12 Thu 09-Mar-17 18:07:40

shock coffee more expensive than venice?!?! I may have to rethink or sell a kidney.

It's my partner who really wants to go to dubrovnik. I'd settle on any part of croatia but unless we do a few days here and there, we need to be based in the dubrovnik area I think as it's huge. Not fancying the commercialism aspect though.

The islands look gorgeous but I won't go anywhere by boat blush. My favourite places are dotted along the Adriatic side of italy but he fancies seeing the other side of the water.

So, a week in Dubrovnik feasible wth hand luggage only? I really can't be assed having to wait around for a case full of stuff I probably won't use anyway.

poppym12 Thu 09-Mar-17 18:09:38

Oooo I've never used airnb. I might book the flights and have a look. Is it relatively easy to find restaurants that serve vegan food ?

SnowBallsAreHere Thu 09-Mar-17 18:27:52

hand luggage will be fine for a week. Carefully choose shoes as the pavements in the old town are very very slippery.

Can't recommend any vegan restaurants as I go there for the seafood (and amazing pizza slices on every other corner). But tripadvisor lists some.

It's only 15 minutes to Lokrum, really easy even for those without sea legs. envy (<-seasick face)

poppym12 Thu 09-Mar-17 18:38:02

It's not that I get seasick snowballs, more irrational terror at the mere thought of getting on any kind of boat.

poppym12 Thu 09-Mar-17 19:14:50

Flights booked. Now to find somewhere to stay grin

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