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Croatia...Van or no van

We fancy Croatia but are in two minds whether to go in the van or fly there for just a week....... we want to see it but have seen many places en route to it.

Which is better to see Dubrovnik or Split.

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On purely cost grounds I would fly and perhaps hire a car unless you plan to stay a long time. It’s a bloody long drive, AA route planner says from Calais to Dubrovnik is 1266 miles!!

Not done Split but Dubrovnik is lovely. Even better are some of the coastal villages that are accessed by water taxi’s from Dubrovnik, one of our favourites is Cavtat (pronounced Savtat) Leisurley boat ride down along the coast, admiring the scenery (and the shelled hotel ruins) lunch on the quayside admiring the gin palaces moored up followed by a stroll around the pine forested peninsula, and leisurely boat ride back.

If you are looking to go in July etc don’t forget that Dubrovnik is the worlds biggest night storage heater. Millions of tons of solid rock soak up the sunshine ALL day, and then release it back into the air once it goes dark! It can be stifling so it’s worth staying just OUTSIDE the ancient bit.

There is excellent public transport so a car isn’t essential.

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Not driven but flew and hired a car (not cheap compared to other countries) last year.
2 Weeks - Flew into Split, stayed Omis, visited Trogir a heritage site worth visiting. Then stayed Plitvic Lakes which are fantastic and needed two days. Then back down to stay Makarska which is a town of two halves one end very touristy other end lovely town square and boats, we did a boat trip to the islands which was good (beware some boats loud music and drinking, other more sedate. Then stayed in Cavtat and visited Dubrovnik. Agree with Mr Plodd Dubrovnik is a must to visit, can be very very busy if cruise ships are in, we went in August and were lucky not too busy. Took boat taxi to Dubrovnik, apparently parking is awful there. From Cavatat we also drove to Tresteno Arboretum which is very quite and nice, they filmed scenes for Game of Thrones there, also if you go there drive right down to the bottom of the windy road to a small old fishing port, pretty and an interesting deserted building. Then from Cavtat we drove back to Split Airport.
Didn't go into Split, looked very industrial.
Loved Croatia and planning to go back, this time with van and visit the north west, Rovinj, visit Zagreb and probably back to the lakes but would plan about 3 week trip.
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Definitely go in the van. Forget the 1200 miles from Calais but do factor in the 'Romantic Road' down through Germany, a drive across Austria into Slovenia (Lakes Bled and Bohinj, Ljubljana) then into Croatia. Plitvice Lakes, a bit of island hopping, Trogir, Split, Dubrovnik and then a different route back. Or come back via Italy using the Dubrovnik/Bari ferry or Split/Ancona. Great trip for May and June.
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I guess a lot would depend on how long your MH trip was likely to be.

For me, I wouldn't consider that distance unless I had at least a month - and preferably 2 or 3.

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Mind you, I'm travelling from Belfast. I guess if you're near the channel ports it's easier - and cheaper!

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Definitely go in the van. Forget the 1200 miles from Calais but do factor in the 'Romantic Road' down through Germany, a drive across Austria into Slovenia (Lakes Bled and Bohinj, Ljubljana) then into Croatia. Plitvice Lakes, a bit of island hopping, Trogir, Split, Dubrovnik and then a different route back. Or come back via Italy using the Dubrovnik/Bari ferry or Split/Ancona. Great trip for May and June.
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hi Tony, have you done this trip? i am thinking off a 6 month trip ending in Greece and looking for routes atm

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We went by van 20016

Absolutely beautiful

But a long way

I preferred split, Dubrovnik , well the weather wasn’t great, the tourists were too many , I wouldn’t drive that far again

But the Adriatic was amazing, loads of little sites right on the sea

But some care needs to be taken , many roads down are not suitable for a MH

Possibally ok down, but make sure you can get back up

A little walking to check it out would be in order

The lakes fantastic, but you need to be able to walk on uneven terrain , with a lot of uphill walking

We drove the whole of the Adriatic coast and returned inland

Shadow swam each day in the ocean

Younger fitter it would be amazing

Sandra
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I did follow your trip at the time Sandra but can't remember - how long were you away?

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