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 coastal route takes a little longer but I’m guessing it is more interesting.
Mountains hug the coast
I’m certainly glad I decided on the coast road to Dubrovnik, the scenery is excellent.
Split Dubrovnik Croatian coast
Lots of small villages squeezed between the mountains and the sea.
Halfway between Split and Dubrovnik
So far no traffic problems and the bus driver seems quite competent. 🙂
Small rail big drop
That safety rail does nit seem high enough for my liking.
Neum in Bosnia
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.
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
Time for a sandwich and a coffee before the final leg to Dubrovnik.
Neum in Bosnia
The scenery so far has not varied too much at all. It seems like a nice quiet place to live.
Dubrovnik 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
Just 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
Here is the first thing you see when you enter the city through the Pile Gate.
Lots of bars and restaurants
There 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.
I 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 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
This is a great way to explore Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city.
The 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 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.
Shooting a movie can be very tiring so naturally a soldier needs to relax in the shade. 🙂
I took the cable car to the mountain top and saw this wonderful view of Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city.
A slightly longer view
The city looks rather small from the top of the hill.
From the cable car above Dubrovnik
Snow capped mountains in the distance.
Black Risotto at an Irish pub
Thankfully it tasted better than it looked. 🙂
This is certainly the best restaurant I found in Dubrovnik, a little hard to find but well worth the effort.
Azur Wonton soup
Here is the first of two photos I found online.
Here is the 2nd one
Both these shots are rather stunning.
Thanks for visiting my Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city photo blog.
Split 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.
Spectacular at dusk
No cars in the middle of town.
This nice street leads to my apartment.
My favourite time of the day and a great time to take photos.
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.
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.
Prokurative, or officially the Republic Square, the famed Mediterranean Square in the center of the city.
Coffee by the harbour
Model of the city
This model of the city gives you a very good idea of the layout.
Narrow streets of Split
My apartment, a great location
Called 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.
View from my apartment
From 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.
Morning coffee and a cigarette
My biggest and only complaint in Croatia is they smoke everywhere, worst of all inside restaurants.
“No Stress” cafe
I love the name of this cafe, it really sums up my main goal in life.
Easily the best breakfast I have had in Croatia, very good food, service and coffee.
Overlooking the harbour
I 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.