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.
Unforgettable 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.
The cathedral towers over the city.
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.
The square has long been established as an excellent stage for cultural events, especially the pop music festival, and the local bars and restaurants made it a popular venue for the citizens of Split.
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
You can see why some scenes from Game of Thrones was filmed here.
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
Admir is a great taxi driver who will charge you the correct price, he speaks German & the local language but only a little English. You can phone him on +387 62 600 260, or if you are local 062 600 260.
Another bus trip, unusual for me when travelling to take so many buses, 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.
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I bought a nice leather bag for only $15.
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.
Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city has amazing stone 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 harbor 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.
Dubrovnik medieval Croatian city
The city looks rather small from the top of the hill.
From the cable car above Dubrovnik
Snow capped mountains in the distance.
Only the lonely
Let’s hope his girl finally turns up. 🙂
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
In fact I went here 2 nights in a row. 🙂
Lots of very narrow steps.
It’s hard work getting up these steps.
Here is the first of two photos I found online.
Here is the 2nd one
Both these shots are rather stunning.
A fitting end by 2CELLOS.
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Split Ancient 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.
A beautiful boulevard with no traffic,
Spectacular at dusk
Lots of cafes & restaurants to relax & watch the passing parade.
No cars in the middle of town.
This nice street leads to my apartment.
Split Ancient Croatian Coastal city sunset
My favorite time of the day and a great time to take photos.
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
Emperor Diocletian walked through them as he entered the Palace on the 1st of June 305. They were built in the shape of a rectangle, with double doors, as part of the defensive military tactics (propugnaculum).
The facade was decorated with niches containing figure sculptures of the four tetrarchs (Diocletian, Maximian, Galerius and Constantius Chlorus). Wikipedia.
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Coffee by the harbour
A perfect place for a morning coffee before exploring Split Ancient Croatian Coastal city.
Model of the city
This model of the city gives you a very good idea of the layout.
Split Ancient Croatian Coastal city
One of the many stunning ancient alleys.
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.
The location is perfect just a short walk to all the shops and attractions.
View from my apartment
From my balcony you look down on some of the cafes and restaurants.
One man’s street art is another man’s graffiti. 🙂
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.
One of my favorite European dishes.
Early morning and the market is buzzing.
How European is this?
It has to be a quintessential European snapshot.
Overlooking the harbor
I hope you enjoyed my post on Split Ancient 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.
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Josip Jelačić was the Ban of Croatia between 23 March 1848 and 19 May 1859. He was a member of the House of Jelačić and a noted army general, remembered for his military campaigns during the Revolutions of 1848 and for his abolition of serfdom in Croatia.
Buskers in Zagreb
Three buskers doing their best to earn some money in Zagreb.
Standing in a small square filled with flower stalls is a mischievous looking statue of Petrica Kerempuh, the work of sculptor Vanja Radauš. A much-loved character from Croatian literature, Petrica Kerempuh is a plebeian prophet, rascal and cynical commentator on contemporary events, a sort of predecessor of modern standup comedians. His most notable incarnation can be found in “The Ballads of Petrica Kerempuh” (1936), written by Croatia’s leading 20th-century writer Miroslav Krleža.