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First Day: Arrival and Explore
Dubrovnik was the main purpose of my Dalmatia trip. In other words, it was the real dream destination of this journey. From Split, it is possible to reach Dubrovnik either by bus or ship. (Maybe you can reach by plane, but I have no info about that). The town located 5 hours away from Split by bus, and this bus trip provides an amazing view.
The ride has started good for me, until I realized that I was travelling with one of the most annoying community of the world: A bunch of Fraternity Boys and Sorority Girls. OK, I need to be fair, girls were pretty gentle to everyone, but those frat guys, why you exist??? You not only insult yourself, but also you embarrass your country and nation with your ugly behaviour.
Anyways, the view were still good, and I tried to enjoy it. Before arriving Dubrovnik, you pass through the Croatia-Bosnia Herzegovina border twice, and the bus takes a 30 mins break in the town Neum. After the break, approximately 1 hour later you arrive Dubrovnik. And when you see the fancy Franjo Tudjman Bridge, you're in Dubrovnik anymore.
A Dalmatian classic, when you hop off the bus, a bunch of local people surrounds you to rent a room. If you have no place to stay, you can deal with them, but during the high season of June,July and August, do not expect remarkable discount. Because, they prefer to wait for the next bus to find new tenants =) My advice is, try to find a decent room which is close to Stari Grad (Old Town), or you may consider somewhere close to the bus station or the port. Public bus service in Dubrovnik is pretty good and reasonable.
As always, I recommend you to stop by the tourist info office, it's located just after the entrance of the old city (Pile Gate) and the beginning of the Stradun. You can grab some flyers, and also you can get some info about daily excursion to the islands, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro etc. If you need to exchange money there are bunch of exchange offices around, but be careful and ask about do they charge for a commision before you exchange it.
The day I arrived Dubrovnik was the the day the World Cup'2010 Final between Spain and Netherlands. So I was looking for a place to have dinner while I can watch the game. I need to say that Dubrovnik is more expensive than Split for restaurant prices, especially inside the walls. Even pizza is not that cheap. However, seafood is pretty good here, but (after my Croatian friends' suggestions) you need to ask that if it's fresh or frozen. Also, Dubrovnik locals highly recommends about Zubatac, Brancini, Lokarda (Grilled) and Kalimari in terms of seafood of Dalmatia.
My houseowner recommended me the beach of Hotel Bellevue which is close to my location and clean. So if you're gonna stay Gruz or East Lapad zone, you may consider this.