Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: West Yorks
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Dubrovnik was worth it, but you've got to avoid the Cruise Ships and their passengers in the city and visit before they arrive or when they've gone back to their ships. The scenery along the coast is stunning, blue, blue sea and sky and white white islands, its unbelievable. Inland the national parks and the waterfalls were great and everywhere was so green compared to the white on the coast.
The issue is avoiding Bosnia, most UK insurers wont insure you for the 20-30 mile strip. So instead get the local ferry about €30 one way, from Ploce to Trpanj (on the Peljesac peninsula which is famous for its red wine). We just turned up and booked in the office. They say they're going to build a bridge instead of the ferry sometime.
Andy Stothert did an article in MMM in late 2009 describing his trip in his distinctive style and we used that as our initial guide. On our way back we went to Loviste at the end of the peninsula, and were welcomed like old friends with beer and the best position by the "beach" for our 5 days there. Looking over the bay, 5 or 6 sailing boats arriving daily, clear warm water for a swim, a couple of small supermarkets shops and several restaurants with the freshest of seafood. on our last night the chef explained what seafood and fish he 'd got, and asked how we would like it cooking. We sat on the edge of the sea watching the sunset over the bay and the far headland, amazing!
When we got back up to Zadar, we headed out along Pag (island/peninsular) and crossed back on the Prizna-Zigljen ferry srrounded by an alien landscape and then north along the coast and eventually down into the Istrian Peninsula. The sites here were much bigger, with echoes of the communist past and workers holidays by the sea.
We used acsi sites almost exclusively and travelled in June/July.
I have a rather long winded diary of the trip, with camp sites, thoughts and the weather but no photos. If you want a copy, send me an email address/pm