Travel Around Croatia: Initial Planning

A hello965 friend was inquiring about Croatia the other day and to have some suggestions on planning for multiple destinations in Croatia. For me personally, I’ve been to Dubrovnik, Split and Hvaar.

I did some research and advised her to check out the following route:

Croatia’s Season: June – September

As a first stop; I’d say let it be Zagreb since it’s closest to any stop you’d take in Europe.



  • Zagreb & Plitvice Lakes (2 night in Zagreb)  

First night is when you arrive, one day to see Zagreb and the other to leave to to Plitvile Lakes National Park (two hours car ride – or there are rides through the bus to take you there)

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park

– From Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes, checkout:

– Read this to give you an idea of Zagreb –

You could spend the night in Plitvice lakes, if you like.

  • Ljubljana

Ljubljana could be accessed also from Zagreb by car or train. So if you do want to do it also, stay another night in Zagreb and fit Ljubljana in that day:



  • Plitvice lakes

– Spend the day in the Plitvice lakes, or spend the night here.

– It is recommended to see it in the morning not the afternoon to avoid the crowds (hence the one night there makes sense, to wake up early morning and see it)

– Your next stop from here could be Split

– Check this out:


  • Split

– Second largest city in Croatia



– From my personal experience I don’t recommend you stay here, half a day to see the place and have lunch maybe there should be enough. Yet again, do your own research then decide if you’d like to stay more.

– An option is to rent a catamaran between Split and Hvaar

– Another option is to take the ferry to Hvaar  and stay in Hvaar (Get a round trip, or one way ticket up to you)

– If you’re driving, you could go with the car on the ferry to Hvaar (which is what I did)

– If you feel like staying in Split for a night or so: or

  • Hvar (2 nights)

– Hvar is the Ibiza of Croatia – sandy beautiful beaches in the morning, and parties in party islands at night



– Back to split from Hvar, there are daily buses that take you from Split to Dubrovnik or if you have your own car, you drive to Dubrovnik
  • Dubrovnik: (3-4 nights stay would be ideal in here)

Other than the hotel mentioned on my blog (Neptun), check out Bellvue Hotel ( Keep in mind, Dubrovnik’s beach is not sandy, it’s rocky.



– From Dubrovnik you could go on a full day excursion to Montenegro Bay (Kotor)

  • Montenegro Bay (Kotor)


Generally, renting a car would sure be easier than taking buses as I always prefer driving, though Croatia has a good bus system!

Obviously, you could do the whole thing the other way around – first stop being Dubrovnik – Last being Zagreb.
Enjoy and send us pictures!!!!

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.



How to get there.

.. By Plane

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

> 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. 



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


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





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



Traditional Croatian Food

Villa Ruža
Restaurant Dubrovnik
Gusta Me
Levanat (Seafood)




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:

– Taxi and transportation services:

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Think concerts, culture, and cozy cafes.

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..
Hello965 team
‘This post is after my visit to Dubrovnik in 2012’