We flew into Dubrovnik; first stop was the Valomar Lacroma Hotel. So many tour buses, but this hotel can handle the crowds. Great facility with the best breakfast buffet of our trip. Enjoyed wandering around downtown; we’d been here in 1985 and could certainly tell a difference in the town as seen from the wall. And a big difference in the number of tourists! One day we took the ferry to Cavtat and had a nice, relaxing lunch at the Poseidon Café, with a good view of the harbor.
We’d planned ahead for a day trip to Mostar with Cheap Dubrovnik Tours. Our driver/guide Marijan Scapec was outstanding in giving us information on the 90”s war and subsequent recovery; we were surprised at the number of places that were still showing damage. Marijan was accommodating to our needs, at a very reasonable price. We highly recommend this service.
Diocletian’s Palace in Split was a very interesting stop. The story of its origin and its later “conversion” made it more than just seeing a museum. Fun to wander in the area.
Next stop was Opatija with its classical buildings and beautiful gardens. From here we took a day trip to Plitvice Lakes with an excellent driver from DaRiva tours. The national park was beautiful though the water level was lower than usual. Had a great grilled chicken meal at boat dock 3. And speaking of great food, we had great pizza at Rozmarin Restaurant in Opatija.
A highlight of Croatia was our time in Rovinj. Instead of staying in a hotel, for 5 nights we rented an apartment, Casa Bella, in the old town (through Home Away). Strolling around Rovinj was a pleasure, and we found the story of St. Euphemia in the cathedral to be interesting. We wished that we had not spent the time to go to Red Island as it had little exceptional to see other than a small pebbly beach and clear water.
We enjoyed doing a bit of shopping at the market, doing some of our own cooking, and going on day trips in the area in a rental car. We found the driving to be easy, as long as we knew the next city in our route. Loved Pula and its amphitheater and forum area and were surprised how much we enjoyed seeing the mosaics and artifacts in the basilica at Porec. . A pig roasting on a spit was common outside restaurants by the Limski “fjord” so we had a favorite meal there. Wish we had a longer time to visit more of the hill towns. Groznjan was our favorite; we also went to Buje, Zavrsje, and Motovun, with a truffle meal at Livade.
September was perfect for us, with lots of sunshine and minimal rain. Now when can we come back????