Dubrovnik, Croatia ~ A la Hello965

‘This post is after my visit to Dubrovnik in 2012’

Dubrovnik Dubrovnik, Oh Dubrovnik.

No matter what I say about Croatia, I don’t think I’d give it justice. I’ll leave it to you, to see and judge.

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How to get there.

.. By Plane

> Dubrovnik Airport is located about 20 km to the south of the city. www.Airport-Dubrovnik.hr

> Hello965 Tip: we recommend to fly from a nearby country like Spain, England, France (as part of a multi-country trip). For example, go to Barcelona and from Barcelona to Dubrovnik/Split.

> Flight Options: Iberia, BA, Lufthansa, Vueling.

 

.. By Car

If you’re going to Dubrovnik from Split, the trip along the coastal road (Jadranska Magistrala or D8) is a beautiful scenic journey through small, quaint village and other tourist destinations. Split to Dubrovnik takes about 3,5 to 4 hours drive.

 

.. By Boat

Im not quite sure which cruises go to Dubrovnik but I’d say check Royal Caribbean. 

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Sleep. 

We highly recommend to stay as close to Old Town as possible, but dont stay inside Old Town, as the place can be noisy and crowded by tourists, Pile region is ideal place to stay in Dubrovnik, as it is right next to Old Town and within a walking distance to the city center.

Apartment and Villa renting is very popular inside Dubrovnik (Feel free to contact us to learn more on this). Hotels, specially high stars rated, can be pretty far from the city center and will require to take a shuttle/cab to get to where you want.

On another note, during one of our Dubrovnik trips, we stayed at a resort called Importanne Resort – Hotel Neptun Dubrovnik. We were a group of 8 people, took 2 rooms (super spacious, beautiful with an amazing big terrace) for 6 nights. Almost all our mornings were spent at the hotel’s, or at the hotel’s pool. There is no sandy beach, cause it’s on a cliff (The highest hotel in Dubrovnik, stunning panorama of the sea). The hotel is 3.8 km away from old town.

Another recommended hotel in Dubrovnik is The Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, you can find it on booking.com.

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Things to do.

  • Old town.
    • Roland’s Column
    • Bell Tower
    • Sponza Palace
    • Rector’s Palace
    • Placa Stradun (main street of the city)
    • Pile Gate
    • Big Onofrio´s Fountain
    • Old Port
    • Aquarium
  • City Walls – Walk on the walls around the old town, great views. It is highly recommended to visit the walls during the early morning hours or the late afternoon hours during mid-summer months as it can become hot
    • Minceta Fort – known to be one of the most beautiful cultural attractions in Dubrovnik
    • St. John’s Fort
    • Bokar Fort
  • Spend the day touring the city’s rich religious and cultural history. Visit the large Onofrio Fountain, the Franciscan Monastery, and the Rectors’ Palace
  • There are many tours you could take, depends on your interest
    • Game of Thrones fans, you could do a Game of Thrones walking tour. Not only this tour covers the locations of which the show shot its scenes, but also it covers the entire Old Town and City Wall, informing you about the history of Dubrovnik and the TV show itself
    • Biking Tour, if you like cycling, you will love biking in Dubrovnik. Tours take you to the country side of the city and nearby towns
    • Day trips to Bosnia, Montenegro, Split and others. Keep your passport handy when you’re crossing borders
  • Enjoy a cable car ride to Srd Hill for spectacular views of Dubrovnik Old Town and its entire Riviera
  • Arrange either by yourself, or with the hotel concierge for a Kayaking tour. You can kayak to one of the nearby islands and spend your day at one of the “secret beaches”
  • Safari (ATV, or Horseback riding) Be sure to bring with you a light rain coat and a decent pair of shoes!
  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking
  • Banje Beach or other beaches within beach clubs

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Eat.

High-end

Proto (Fish & Seafood)
Nautika (Classic and modern cuisine)
Restaurant 360 (Mediterranean flavors but is also grounded in classic French gastronomy)Orsan

Vegeterian

Nishta

Traditional Croatian Food

Villa Ruža
Restaurant Dubrovnik
Gusta Me
Levanat (Seafood)
Kamenice
Poklisar

Sushi

BOTA ŠARE

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Other Information.

– VISA: For you to enter Croatia, you need either 1) a Croatian visa or 2) a Schengen – There has been some debate whether a Schengen gets you into Croatia or not. For us, our two visits to Croatia were one in August 2012 and second in late June 2014, both with Schengen visas. In order for you to do so, I believe you need to enter a Schengen visa country (Spain, Paris, etc..) and then fly to Croatia. 

Having said that, please contact or email a consulate or the embassy to make sure this is still the case. In Kuwait, there is neither a consulate nor an embassy. The nearest one is in Cairo, Egypt.

– Local Currency: The Kuna (HRK) is the official currency of Croatia. Banks are the only place you can change Kuna back into hard currency. You can get a cash advance on your credit card at banks throughout the country, though Visa® credit cards are not accepted by all banks

– Travel applications that won’t work in Dubrovnik: Yelp!

– The area code is 020.

– Yacht charter website: http://www.croatiacharter.com/

– Taxi and transportation services: http://www.taxiservicedubrovnik.com/

– Best time to visit: Naturally, you want to check Croatia’s weather and climate before you plan a trip. This is what CroatiaTraveller says:

January
Brrrr.  Continental Croatia is nippy indeed and the coast, while often sunny and pleasant, is not exactly swimmably warm.

February
It’s still cold in most of Croatia but the energy level is definitely picking up.

March 
It’s great outdoors weather along the Adriatic coast and, depending on the calendar, there are the festivities around Easter.

April
Spring is here at last. The snows have melted, flowers are budding and it’s time to celebrate.

May
The days are getting long and increasingly sunny. The tourist season is gearing up but is not yet in full swing which can be a good thing.

June
We’re in prime coastal and island-hopping season now and there are plenty of interesting cultural events.

July
The tourist season is in full swing now as coastal resorts fill up and excursion boats leave the docks groaning with passengers.

August
Don’t show up on a small island without a hotel reservation or you may find yourself on the next boat out.

September
The tide of tourists has largely receded leaving the resorts quieter, if not completely empty even though you can still swim.

October
The weather is turning cooler but it’s often still possible to swim in southern Dalmatia and tourists are few and far between.

November
Think concerts, culture, and cozy cafes.

December
The mood has swung away from tourism and toward Christmas preparations.

‘This post is after my visit to Dubrovnik in 2012’
The journey is not the destination..
Cheers,
Hello965 team
‘This post is after my visit to Dubrovnik in 2012’

Our 5 Pre-Travel Tips!

Hello hello lovely readers!!

It’s a beautiful feeling when you know there is a trip coming up. That tingly excitement which lasts for weeks or even months!

A friend shared with me an article about travel tips (Thank you!), and as I was reading it, it made me realize how little tips can make a very big difference. We traveled, we made mistakes, we learned. Here are some of Hello965’s travel tips that we believe are essential and might change your life forever (given you follow them…).

Ready? Here’s your guide to a stress-free start of your trip.

1. Pack like a pro. This one is especially for the heavy packers, prepare a check list. After a long while of traveling heavy myself, worrying about luggage weight and over packing or even sometimes under packing; I finally perfected packing. As simple as this will sound, my solution was preparing a check list before my trip, and crossing it off as I pack.

Avoid this – prepare your Checklist!

This is what you do: plan your days ahead. You’re going for 5 days? How many outfits are you wearing per day? 2? So pack those 10 outfits knowing which 2 are you wearing for each day, then break it down to the little details during those days. Going on a Safari trip? Again, checklist: (Insect repellent, sneakers, personal-hygiene items, sunscreen, antibacterial wipe, etc..)

Great. You get the idea! Again, it might sound very simple, and this simple tip will make a HUGE difference for your suitcase, and for you. I promise. (#beentheredonethat)

2. Prepare your documents. Print ALL your documents (although its a digital world), but I do advise you to do so. Keep a copy of all your reservations and bookings in one folder, and keep it in your carry-on. On the flip side, keep a scanned copy of all your important documents such as your passport – it really comes in handy in the event of theft.

3. Money. Plan your budget ahead your trip as this helps you keep everything intact. Always travel with a credit card (that has a limit) in case you need it for reservations or other. Get some cash, and exchange it at the airport before you leave! Be prepared.

I noticed something, during travel that happened to friends, and once to me, banks tend to block some accounts due to “unusual transactions” for security reasons obviously. If you’d like to avoid this, it’s a good idea to call your bank, and inform them that you are traveling to XYZ country for this period of time in order for them not to block your account.

4. Keep your phone/electronics alive. Take a portable charger for your phone (make sure the charger is fully charged). Remember, put your smartphone on Airplane mode while on plane to save battery and charge faster. If you happen to forget your charger, use the TV USB slot to charge your phone. You could also be the airport hero, and travel with a power strip/cable.

– A photo taken from google

5. Be comfortable. Pack your own travel pillow and your own blanket in your carry on – always helps me sleep and be more comfortable on flights. Another thing is to prepare your on on-plane music playlist depending on what helps you sleep (and block the noise of the crying baby behind you..)

A photo I found on google, looks so comfy!

Final words: If you wanna be on the careful side, it’s always helpful to take a picture of your suitcase and its contents before you travel. Just incase it’s lost (Which happens alot) you have a picture of how it looks like, and what was in it.

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My Suitcase Tag <3 (from GANT Gifts, Mexico)

 

Safe travels!

Hello965