Dubrovnik Travel Blog› entry 3 of 23 › view all entries
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.