Split & Dubrovnik

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Croatia, Europe, Travel | 0 comments

Split & Dubrovnik

Now commonly known as places where Game of Thrones was filmed, I find out what else these Croatian cities have to offer.

 

Split

Split is buzzing with people walking along the boulevard and manoeuvring through the Diocletian’s Palace, headed to one of the many cafes, bars, restaurants or shops.

Business is thriving in and around this UNESCO site, but that has been the case for thousands of years now.

The city is unquestionably beautiful, with the sparkling turquoise waters of the Adriatic sea dancing in the sunlight across from one of the world’s most spectacular ancient Roman monuments.

I like the way the ancient remains of the palace have been completely incorporated into modern life with restaurants, bars and shops operating from within it’s walls.

 

Palace Square

 

At night the main square is filled with people listening to a talented musician do covers of well known songs.  A young boy dances jovially with his mum, and when she tires continues on his own.

We wander the labyrinth of cobble stoned streets until we pop out another side, and then head down to the water.

The next day we walk down to Bacvice Beach and follow the path along to other nearby beaches, they are all lined with bars and good for swimming.

 

Beach

 

Bistro Toc is about a 10 minute walk from the palace and is a quiet spot for a freshly made mojito with lime picked from the plant in front of you, however the food is pretty average so best eat somewhere else.

Vege is a small shop tucked down a market street close to the palace who do vegetarian fast food, they make a great grilled vegetable with quinoa bowl and freshly squeezed juice.

We stayed at Apinelo hostel which is located an easy 10 minute walk to the palace, our private room was spacious and comfy with everything we needed.

 

Bar Toc

 

From Split it’s an easy ferry trip out to the islands, we checked out Hvar and Korcula.

 

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik has the most beautiful old town I’ve visited, it’s sprawling yet still feels intimate, with large and small walkways that beckon you to explore them.  The backdrop of the shimmering Adriatic does’t hurt either!

It’s a popular destination and the old town quickly fills with tourists each day, the Australian accent definitely one of the most prevalent.

 

Old town at night

 

Glam cafe is located down a side street in the old town and do a well priced breakfast.

We stay in an apartment a solid half hour walk from the old town, but it is peaceful and located close to a beach, supermarket and some cafes, not to mention has a large balcony great for lounging about!

The most well known beach is Banje Beach and rightly so, it has a postcard perfect view of the old town from it’s shores.  Closer to our place is more secluded beach which is also great for swimming and a bit quieter.

 

Banje Beach and the old town in the background

Banje Beach, and the old town in the background

 

Up the road from our apartment is a fantastic restaurant called Magellan, the tuna tataki is excellent, house wine reasonably priced and the chocolate souffle absolute heaven!

You can walk the city walls or take the cable car up Mt Srd, both will set you back about $20 AUD each.
It was stinking hot so we decided not to do these activities and spent our time wandering the old town and cooling off at the beach.

Both places are impossible not to like with their seaside charm and all the conveniences of a big city, but neither steals my heart.

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