Dubrovnik's maritime past
In the past, Dubrovnik was always a threat to Venice. When the city was liberated in 1358, its maritime fleet grew to such prominence that Dubrovnik became the most important port on the eastern Adriatic coast. Dubrovnik also became famous for its shipbuilding and had an excellent reputation for building seaworthy ships in the 16th century. This picture was taken in the famous Dubrovnik harbor. In the background is the island of Lokrum. I was told in 1986 that is has a naturist beach, but I didn't check it out in 2004. A very, very good VT friend once asked me if I had a picture of this beach. The answer is no, but if I did, I would have sent it.
Don't have a room?
If you happen to arrive in Dubrovnik without having booked a room, I would recommend walking up the hill above the Old Town. Just look for signs like this one that advertise rooms for rent. The signs might use the Croatian word for room, "sobe," or they might use the German word "zimmer" or the Italian "camere" or even the French, "chambre." Just inquire if there's a room available wherever you see such a sign. The rooms are slightly cheaper just outside the walls, and most are located less than a ten minute walk from the Old Town's main square, Luza. Plus, the views from up here are amazing.
If you come in the off season, this will be really easy and you'll benefit from a little friendly bargaining. In the summer months, if you can't find a room, just go to one of the tourist information offices along Stradun in the Old Town and book one. Just keep in mind that this is going to cost you a little extra. You can save some money by booking a room outside of the Old Town, but most of what you are likely to want to see is inside the city walls.
I absolutely recommend people visiting Dubrovnik to also visit the city of Split.
It's also a very nice old town with a beautiful architecture.
There are daily buses and ferries between Split and Dubrovnik.
This is the photo of the captain, taking side way...
Excellent meal because he's also a cook at one of the hotels, he said.
The photo is showing him throwing our left over meals to the sea & the fish down below gobbled up the fish from our meals.
Hhmm, fish eating fish...
He was joking & telling stories...Kept the ladies laughing all the times !
A ladies man...
We were staying in Herceg-Novi, Montenegro, so to get to Dubrovnik, we drove up the coast and into Croatia. The border crossing is not a big deal, although going into Croatia is much quicker than coming back into Montenegro. There was no wait at all going north into Croatia. Croatian customs merely looked at our passports, stamped them and told us to have a pleasant stay.
Entering Montenegro (and this happened to us twice) is a bit more time consuming. At both the Bar and Croatia-Montenegro border frontiers, there was a wait – 3 hours in Bar at the ferry terminal, and about 20 minutes between Croatia and Montenegro.
Montenegro Customs will examine all the documentation you have for your car as well as your “Proof of Insurance”. No, your wallet sized Allstate card will not suffice. Before we got here, I had heard mixed things about whether you needed this so-called insurance or whether you didn’t. Trust me, you do, although I suspect it would not have done me a damn bit of good if our car had gotten smashed up in Montenegro.
In Bar, we couldn’t get out of customs without purchasing it on the spot, and at the Croatian-Montenegrin border, they asked for the proof again. The price for this piece of paper that has nothing to do with insurance, but everything to do with an entry fee to Montenegro, was $15 Eurodollars.
On the bright side, some things in life are free. While we were waiting at the Montenegrin border, some young girls were passing out tourist guidebooks for Montenegro, which were about 75 pages in length and quite helpful with nice maps.