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.
Eastern European Odyssey plus London was a hectic 4 week trip to a number of cities I had never visited before. First stop was Istanbul on February 25 2015 then on to Londonfor a few days before flying to Zagreb in Croatia. A 3 hour bus trip took me to Split on the coast for a couple of days followed by 5 hours on the bus down the coast to Dubrovnik.
From Dubrovnik I traveled to Mostarin Bosnia-Herzegovina then onto Sarajevo. Finally back to Zagreb for one night before a horror train journey to Budapest due to construction work on the railroad.
A stand out feature of this trip was my selection of hotels and apartments, everyone of them was in a perfect location with a very reasonable price when booked through Agoda,
St Pauls CathredalThe cathedral is one of the most famous and most recognisable sights of London, with its dome, framed by the spires of Wren’s City churches, dominating the skyline for 300 years.
Enoteca da Luca
Very close to St Pauls is this delightful Italian restaurant, put it on your list, it’s a breath of fresh air in a city not known for its fine food. 🙂
The Villa Kensington 10-11 Ashburn Gardens SW7This excellent budget hotel is in a great location, only 2 blocks from Gloucester Road underground and surrounded by dozens of good restaurants. I booked through Agoda as usual and stayed in a newly renovated room for only 50 Quid or $98 usd including breakfast.
The Walkie Talkie and The Gherkin
Plus of course we have the Tower of London in the foreground.
Third stop Zagreb
My hotel the Dubrovnik, looked over Zagreb’s Main Square, the perfect location for exploring this interesting city.
The Corner Bar
This hidden away little bar was a gem, drinks, snacks of simply good coffee.
Next stop Split
A three hour bus ride through the mountains to the coastal city of Split. My two bedroom apartment was terrific, only $60 per night in a perfect location. Book it through Agoda for this great rate.
Part of the old city
There seemed to be a surprise around every corner wandering through the old part of the city.
I was so pleased I was here in the “off season” as the crowds of tourists in the summer would be a real turn off.
Amazing city walls
You can walk around the entire city on top of the ancient walls, it takes about 1.5 hours and is well worth the effort. If you visit Dubrovnik and want a fantastic apartment look no further than Karmen apartments. 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.
Outside the walls
Bosnia was never part of my original plans until a couple of people suggested I should go as it was so close to where I was in Dubrovnik. I’m pleased I took their advice as Mostar turned out to be a real surprise packet. The Old Bridge was the jewel in the crown, it was destroyed in the war around 1993 and rebuilt.
Opposite the Bella Vista restaurant
This reminded me of a mini version of Table mountain in Cape Town, in fact it was exactly one year ago when I was there. My hotel by the river is in a terrific location and the nice couple Arnela & Adis running the hotel booked me a car to do a 3 hour tour of the area for $70 aud. The funny thing was they said “we are not busy today can we come with you?” So as it turned out I had 3 personal translators and tour guides including Admir the driver. The Vila park only costs about $35 per night if you book through Agoda.
Adis, Arnela & Admir
Next stop Sarajevo
Another bus trip, unusual for me when travelling to take so many busses, however you certainly see a lot more of the country. These guys gather every day to play chess in the square, lots of shouting from the spectators as they give advice to the players.
Avaz Twist Tower
The tallest building in Sarajevo, they have a lookout on the top floor which gives you a great view of the city. My hotel in Sarajevo was in a perfect location with a good price, even though the rooms & breakfast were average I would stay at the Kovaci Hotel again.
The final stop Budapest
What a fabulous city, so many photo opportunities particularly at night with all the lights. Buda Castle above is a beautiful example.
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.