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Split Dubrovnik Croatian coast

May 10, 2015 by David Herd

Leaving Split

Split Dubrovnik Croatian coast Split Dubrovnik Croatian coast, five hours hugging the coast by bus. You must cross Bosnia around the coastal town of Neum just north of Dubrovnik.

The fleet

Split Dubrovnik Croatian coast The coastal route takes a little longer but I’m guessing it is more interesting.

Mountains hug the coast

Split Dubrovnik Croatian coast

I’m certainly glad I decided on the coast road to Dubrovnik, the scenery is excellent.

Split Dubrovnik Croatian coast

Split Dubrovnik Croatian coast

Lots of small villages squeezed between the mountains and the sea.

Halfway between Split and Dubrovnik

Split Dubrovnik Croatian coast

So far no traffic problems and the bus driver seems quite competent. 🙂

Small rail big drop

Split Dubrovnik Croatian coast

That safety rail does nit seem high enough for my liking.

Neum in Bosnia

Split Dubrovnik Croatian coast Neum is the only coastal town in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It comprises 24.5 km of coastline, the country’s only access to the Adriatic Sea. In 2009 the municipal population was 4,605 and in 1991 the population of Neum town was 4,268.


 photo Neum in Bosnia 3.jpg Neum has steep hills, sandy beaches, and several large tourist hotels. Prices tend to be lower than in neighboring Croatia, making it popular with shoppers. Tourism, and the commerce it brings, is the leading contributor to the economy of the area. Border formalities with Croatia are relaxed at peak times. Neum has around 5,000 beds for tourists, 1,810 in hotels with the remaining capacity in motels, villas, and in private accommodation. Tourism in Neum is active only in the coastal region. The inland area behind Neum has a rich archaeological history and untouched wilderness and is starting to develop agricultural tourism.

Lunch break in Nuem

Neum in Bosnia

Time for a sandwich and a coffee before the final leg to Dubrovnik.

Neum in Bosnia

Split Dubrovnik Croatian coast

The scenery so far has not varied too much at all.  It seems like a nice quiet place to live.

Franjo Tuđman Bridge

Franjo Tuđman Bridge On the edge of Dubrovnik is this wonderful structure. The original bridge design was developed in 1989, however construction was stopped at the onset of the Croatian War of Independence.

Franjo Tuđman Bridge

Franjo Tuđman Bridge

This bus trip will finish a couple of kms over the bridge.



My first glimpse of this ancient city, I’m getting excited.

Pile gate Dubrovnik

Pile gate Dubrovnik

                       Well here I am, now if I can only find my apartment. Many thanks for visiting my Split Dubrovnik Croatian coast photo blog.
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Split Dubrovnik Croatian coast

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Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city

March 12, 2015 by David Herd

The Pile gate to Dubrovnik

The Pile gate DubrovnikDubrovnik medieval Croatian city, first impression certainly lived up to it’s reputation. It’s no wonder it is one of the most popular European destinations. This is the 3rd Croatian city I have visited starting with Zagreb then onto Split before taking a 5 hour bus trip down the coast to Dubrovnik.

Neum in Bosnia

Neum in BosniaJust north of Dubrovnik you have to cross the Bosnian border at Neum. They check your passport going in and going out.

Just inside the Pile Gate

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city

Here is the first thing you see when you enter the city through the Pile Gate.

Lots of bars and restaurants

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian cityThere is a big choice of places to eat and drink in Dubrovnik, being the low season they are all screaming for customers.


 The amazing walls.

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian cityI walked right around the entire city on top of the walls which costs about $20 and is well worth it. It really gives you a sense of this majestic city.  Dubrovnik’s Old Town is completely surrounded by enormous stone walls that date back to the 10th century. Up to 6m (19ft) thick and 2.5m (8ft) high in places, Dubrovnik’s Ancient City Walls were built to protect the city and deter would-be invaders. You can walk along the entire (2km/1.2mi) length of the ancient walls today and it is one of the best ways to appreciate the majesty of the Old Town plus get some great views over the Adriatic sea. There are 2 towers and 2 forts incorporated into the walls that were built and strengthened in the 15th century to bolster the city’s defenses. The Minceta Tower protects the city’s northern edge; the Bokar Tower protects Pile Gate (the city’s main entrance); Lovrjenac Fort protects the west, and the Revelin Fort protects the eastern entrance.

The harbour

  Dubrovnik medieval Croatian cityThe walk started at the harbour end of the city an continued anti-clockwise taking about 90 minutes to finish.

The narrow walk way on top of the wall

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city

This is a great way to explore Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city.

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city


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Many wonderful views from the top of the wall.

Dubrovnik, a red roof city

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city

This fabulous Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city is totally unique.

Minceta Tower

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian cityThe rounded Minceta Tower where the walls are 6m thick, the better to protect Dubrovnik from attacks by land.

Minceta Tower

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city

The tower was built in 1464 and was once used to store water. It was named after the Mencetic family who probably contributed financial support to its construction.


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I would have to say Dubrovnik is one of the best cities I have ever visited.


Dubrovnik medieval Croatian cityShe found a nice spot out out of the wind and started working on her tan. Trust me the wind was quite cold that day. 🙂

Marin Držić

Marino DarzaMarin Držić  also Marino Darza or Marino Darsa; 1508 – 2 May 1567 is considered the finest Croatian Renaissance playwright and prose writer.

Clock Tower Luza Square

Clock Tower Luza SquareDating from 15th century The clock tower overlooks Orlando’s Column and Sveti Vlaho Church.

Dubrovnik harbor at dusk

Dubrovnik harborA great time of the day to take photos, the blue sky seems to highlight the shot.

Orlando’s Column

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian cityThe knight carved in the column is Orlando. According legend in the 9th century Orlando and his fleet saved Dubrovnik from a 15 month long Saracen siege.

Fantastic Dubrovnik walls


Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city

Make sure you put this city on your bucket list.

  Karmen fabulous 2 br apartment

Karmen apartmentsIf you visit Dubrovnik and want a fantastic apartment look no further than Karmen apartments. 

For a very good discount just book through THIS LINK.

View from the 2 bedroom Karmen apartment

Karmen apartmentsThe location is perfect and the price is very reasonable indeed. Marc the owner is very helpful and a hive of information. Staying here is like staying in your own home, the furniture, atmosphere and comfort is simply fantastic.

Marc van Bloemen owner of Karmen apartments

Marc van Bloemen Karmen apartmentsMarc is a friendly Englishman who will point you in the right direction for restaurants and has a great knowledge of Dubrovniks history. Dubrovnik was significantly affected by the break-up of Yugoslavia. In the early 90s, Greater Serb aggression resulted in Dubrovnik suffering its most serious existential threat. Over two thirds of the historic town’s buildings were hit by artillery. The town’s cobbled streets were struck by hundreds of direct hits. For the first time in history, the medieval city walls themselves received over a hundred direct hits. Many historic palaces were badly damaged by the resulting fires. The renowned Sponza and Rector’s palace, St Blaise’s church, the Franciscan monastery and the Amerling and Onofrio fountain all suffered severely. The total reconstruction cost was said to be some $ 10 million.

The soldiers come to town for a movie.

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian cityShooting a movie can be very tiring so naturally a soldier needs to relax in the shade. 🙂

Breathtaking Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian cityI took the cable car to the mountain top and saw this wonderful view of Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city.

A slightly longer view

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city

The city looks rather small from the top of the hill.

From the cable car above Dubrovnik

Dubrobnik cable car

Snow capped mountains in the distance.


Black Risotto at an Irish pub

Irish pub DubrovnikThankfully it tasted better than it looked. 🙂

Azur restaurant

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian cityThis is certainly the best restaurant I found in Dubrovnik, a little hard to find but well worth the effort.

Azur Wonton soup

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city

Wonderful city

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city


Here is the first of two photos I found online.

Here is the 2nd one

Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city

Both these shots are rather stunning.

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Check out my post on Zagreb


Before you go please have a look at my post on Split


Here is a short video from the cable car.

Here is a promo video on Dubrovnik featuring Marc from Karmen apartments.

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Split Croatian coastal city

March 10, 2015 by David Herd

Split Croatian coastal city

Split Croatian coastal citySplit Croatian coastal city impressed me from my first glimpse, even more impressed when I got to my apartment. Two bedrooms and a good kitchen in a great location for $70 aud per night. Also the landlord Neven, could not be more helpful.

Harbourside Boulevard

Split Croatian coastal city

Spectacular at dusk

Split Croatian coastal city

No cars in the middle of town.

 photo IMG_7245.jpgThis nice street leads to my apartment.



   photo IMG_7230.jpgMy favourite time of the day and a great time to take photos.  

Cathedral of Saint Domnius

  Cathedral Saint Domnius   The Cathedral of Saint Domnius, consecrated at the turn of the 7th century AD, is regarded as the oldest Catholic cathedral in the world that remains in use in its original structure. The structure itself, built in AD 305 as the Mausoleum of Diocletian, is the second oldest structure used by any Christian Cathedral.  

Cathedral of Saint Domnius

Cathedral of Saint Domnius

Cathedral of Saint Domnius

Split Croatian coastal city

Bokeria restaurant

  Bokeria Restaurant SplitRated 25 from 219 restaurants by TripAdvisor.  

Bokeria restaurant

  Bokeria Restaurant SplitI ordered Ribs and potato salad and I must say they were the best ribs I have had in many years.  

Inside the Golden Gate

Split Croatian coastal city The northern gate of the Palace (called the Golden Gate) had been conceived as the main entrance to the Palace and so it had been elaborately decorated with statues of the Emperor Diocletian and his co-regent Maximilian.  

The Golden Gate

The Golden Gate Split

Croatian National Theatre

Split Croatian coastal cityOriginally opened in 1893, the theatre is owned and operated by the City of Split and is one of the oldest surviving theatres in Dalmatia.

The Prokurative

  The ProkurativeProkurative, or officially the Republic Square, the famed Mediterranean Square in the center of the city.  

Coffee by the harbour

Split Croatian coastal city

Model of the city

  Split Croatian coastal cityThis model of the city gives you a very good idea of the layout.  

Narrow streets of Split

  Split Croatian coastal city  

My apartment, a great location

  Split Croatian coastal cityCalled the Apartments Marmont it is the yellow building on the left. Two bedrooms and a good kitchen in a great location for $70 aud per night. The friendly landlord Neven could not be more helpful. Book it through Agoda as I do for a terrific rate.  

My apartment is on the first floor.


Split Croatian coastal city


View from my apartment

Split Croatian coastal cityFrom my balcony you look down on some of the cafes and restaurants. The location is perfect just a short walk to all the shops and attractions.

Street art

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Morning coffee and a cigarette

  Split Croatian coastal cityMy biggest and only complaint in Croatia is they smoke everywhere, worst of all inside restaurants.

 “No Stress” cafe

Cafe No Stress SplitI love the name of this cafe, it really sums up my main goal in life.

Best breakfast

Split Croatian coastal cityEasily the best breakfast I have had in Croatia, very good food, service and coffee.

Overlooking the harbour

Split harborI hope you enjoyed my post on Split Croatian coastal city, I’m taking a 4’5 hour bus trip to Dubrovnik tomorrow. Split is a very nice city, put it on your bucket list. Split Croatian coastal city

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