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Dubrovnik Review

Dubrovnik Review

This year’s holiday in the historic city of Dubrovnik probably hit every mark for us vacation-wise.

Bombed during the Balkan wars of the early 1990’s, this city sits imposingly on the Dalmatian coast. With its history, architecture and people, it’s a place that needs to be included on European bucket lists, for sure.

We enjoyed a ten day stay at the 3* Hotel Tirena in Babin Kuk, approximately 4km from the Old Town. This was a perfect location for our stay. The hotel features all the usual amenities: dining rooms (indoor and out), air-conditioning, bar, entertainment and activities for children, if you’re travelling as a family.

The range of food on show is of a buffet style, with a multitude of options. Both myself and my wife were never short of choice. The only problem was deciding when to call it a day, the food was so good.

For myself, the wine with our meals was simple: a good House Red was on offer, and this didn’t disappoint.

The staff were all friendly and accommodating. Any enquiry was dealt with swiftly and efficiently. My wife, who is fluent in English and Croatian, was able to communicate freely in both languages, but I had no problem with English and a smattering of Croatian. The staff seemed to be appreciative of the efforts I made in their native tongue.

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The hotel is close to the pleasant Copacabana Beach; no more than 5 minutes walk away. The beach is of the pebble type and quite long and narrow. Sun loungers and umbrella’s can be hired. However, we found that if I paid, I was charged “tourist rates,” but if my wife paid (and spoke in Croatian) the price dropped by some 40%. The curse of the tourist! We enjoyed many days lounging in the sun and swimming, I say swimming loosely, as mine was more of a quick dip to cool down. It is a calm beach with no revellers in sight. A perfect place to relax and unwind.

If you want to travel to the Old Town, which is highly recommended, there are frequent buses, which are jam-packed during the peak periods. At a casual walk, you would be talking up to two hours from Babin Kuk into the Old Town. On the bus, it takes about fifteen minutes depending on stops.

Dubrovnik Review

Prices are acceptable for such a historic tourist area. We found that if you eat or drink in the Old Town, it was more expensive than outside the walls. You would however miss the ambience of such a beautiful town. We found a cafe-Bistro on the Stradun in the Old Town, Orlando, which we enjoyed sitting in and watching the world go by.

Just one word of caution about the Old Town. It can get very busy when the cruise ships are in town. It does, however, clear very quickly.

A trip around the old walls is a must. It is quite a long walk above the town. It’s beautiful and scenic, so make sure you've got you're camera handy. There’s a cafe to rest and have a drink half-way round, which is really needed when it’s warm.

You can purchase a pre-payment card, called the Dubrovnik Card. This, depending on how many days you want to use it, gives you access to the walls, museums and local transport. We found it very reasonable and we used it to its full extent.

We would certainly recommend a visit if you've never been to Dubrovnik. For more information, you can visit the tourist board website here.

 

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