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Croatia's First Battleship - Sveti Vlaho

Landed in Dubrovnik at 11-30 and although immigration was a bit slow we were out by midday as the bags were already on the carousel by the time we got through. Buses to Dubrovnik City Centre leave from right in front of the terminal and cost 35KN, just over £4. 

Great views down into the Old Town as we approached and took about 20 minutes to get to the Pile Gate. We stayed on going to the bus terminal as we were staying on the Lapad Peninsula, but the bus stopped again just as it reached the start of the port at gruz, so we bailed off to save the walk back. Armed with a map of how to find the apartment we walked round the harbour and could see where it was meant to be.

Harbour At Gruz
Finding it proved to be a completely different matter as the maps lie. Street looked like it should run parallell to the one we were on, but though the map showed it running down to the port it didn't. Map also showed  'roads' linking the  two streets, but we never came across them ( we later walked back from the apartment and these 'roads' turned out to be more like goat track paths).

We ended up walking round in a big circle for more than an hour, even after finding a local city map, and knowing we were very close to where we should be and we ended up back down at the port a bit further up. Found another local city map and saw a 'road' to the right that should take us right up to Dalmatinska, which turned out to be a very steep path with more than 100 steps up and hard going carrying full packs in 35C .

Wall Turrett

It did however take us to where we were meant to be and we found the house number for the apartment. Old guy was there and and knew nothing about us arriving, but I had all the stuff printed off and he showed us into the apartment. An older woman came down and said they hadn't been expecting anyone, and it was there son in Zagreb that did all the bookings and that she would go and sort out the bed linen  and towels. We wandered about and onto the large terraced balcony and could hear the woman obviously on the phone to her son at the moment giving him what for :-D.

Woman came back down all sweetness and light to us, and while she footered around getting stuff ready, I'd spotted folk passing in the street with poly bags  full of shopping and reckoned a supermarket would be nearby and so me and the kids set off to find it.

Big Onofrio's Fountain
Wasn't to far down the road, and we recognised a restaurant just at the end of the road ,that was offset from this one, as one we had walked past earlier, and the whole lay out bore no resembelance to any of the maps, but we knew the way to get in an out now without the stairs from hell.  

Stocked up on some food and drinks and headed back up and decided to head for the Old Town. Walking round the easy way we walked back round this side of the port as I had seen a couple of things I wanted to look at. Sitting at the end of the port was an armourd vehicle called 'Majsan' built in a local shipyard during the Balkans War, which the sign beside also said was referred to in Croatia as the Homeland War. Just along from it was a little blue boat called the Sveti Vlaho which, again according to the sign beside it, was the first battleship of the Croatian navy.

Stradun

Once we got to the main road we jumped on a bus heading back into town and got off at the Pile Gate. Quite busy with folk milling about on the proneade area beside it, but nice views. We headed in through the gates and came straight away to the Big Onofrio's Fountain, which dates back to 1438 and brings water in from a source 12km away. Plenty of people drinking from it, and we took the chance to fill up our bottles again. Wandered down the main street in the Stari Grad (Old Town), the Stradun and down to the square at the end with the Bell tower, Church of St Vlaho,the Orlando Statue and Little Onofrio's Fountain

Headed through the gates to the old port area and walked round the side of the walls to the headland there looking over to the island of Lokrum.

Orlando Statue
Went back through the gates and decided to pick random little lanes to go up and down to explore. had decided as time was getting on it wasn't worth going in anywhere today. Wanderded back up and through the Pile Gate to the bus terminal across the road and got the number 6 back out to Lapad. Sat out on the balcony enjoying the last of the sun and a couple of beers when the rumbles of thunder started moving closer and the bolts of lightning started to appear. rain never eally came to anything, not enough to make us go inside, so it was good to watch.

Headed out about 8-30pm and went up the way this time, back to where we had seen a tourist information office earlier. Enquired about the Dubrovnik Card, which cost 130KN, but also gave you entry to 8 things in Dubrovnik as well as a days unlimited bus ticket,which cost 25KN on it's own.

View From The Old Port Of Dubrovnik
Had seen the cost of getting up on the City Walls was 70KN, so we decided to buy some, as they aren't activated until you stamp them on the machine on the bus.

Carried on walking down that street which was lined with restaurants an bars, and tour operators. Stopped to look at one and a girl came over and started telling us about trips to islands, which we weren't interested in, but we were interested in the one to Montenegro, as Marius1981 had suggestd it to me before we left. Girl wasn't pushy in trying to sell us the trip, and we decided to go for it, but it was full for the following day so we booked it for Saturday, another early start as it departed at 8am.

Went on down the road until we came to the end of the road at a little bay with a stoney beach and turned back up and found a restaurant to have dinner.

Stoney Beach At Lapad
Not the greatest place, and the beer was pretty rotten, so we moved on as soon as we were done and found a bar across the street a bit further up and went in there for a few. After that we headed back to the apartment which was a damn sight easier to find this time :-D

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Croatias First Battleship - Sveti…
Croatia's First Battleship - Svet…
Harbour At Gruz
Harbour At Gruz
Wall Turrett
Wall Turrett
Big Onofrios Fountain
Big Onofrio's Fountain
Stradun
Stradun
Orlando Statue
Orlando Statue
View From The Old Port Of Dubrovnik
View From The Old Port Of Dubrovnik
Stoney Beach At Lapad
Stoney Beach At Lapad
Flying Into Dubrovnik
Flying Into Dubrovnik
Croatian Airlines
Croatian Airlines
Dubrovnik Airport
Dubrovnik Airport
Stari Grad From The Bus On The Way…
Stari Grad From The Bus On The Wa…
Masjan Armoured Vehicle
Masjan Armoured Vehicle
Port Of Dubrovnik
Port Of Dubrovnik
Fort Lovrjenac
Fort Lovrjenac
Pile Gate
Pile Gate
Map Of Damage to Old Town in 1991-…
Map Of Damage to Old Town in 1991…
Church Of Sveti Spaso
Church Of Sveti Spaso
Bell Tower
Bell Tower
Sveti Vlaho Church
Sveti Vlaho Church
Statue Of Marin Drzic
Statue Of Marin Drzic
Old Port
Old Port
Lokrum Island
Lokrum Island
Sea Walls
Sea Walls
Hills Above Dubrovnik
Hills Above Dubrovnik
Back Streets Of The Stari Grad
Back Streets Of The Stari Grad
Sveti Ignacije Church
Sveti Ignacije Church
Lane In The Stari Grad
Lane In The Stari Grad
Pedestrian Street In Lapad
Pedestrian Street In Lapad
Bay In Lapad
Bay In Lapad
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