Firstly, many thanks to Sonia Moppett for leaving such detailed directions in her review on another site – it made the apartment really easy to find. I will repeat them here:
“From Pile gate - go back up the street the bus has just driven down and to your left you will see a long set of steps - go up these. At the top, turn left, then turn next right up another set of steps. This will take you to a main road. Turn left at the top of the steps. Walk along this road, past the cafe and bakery until you come to some steps with lions on the top. Go up these steps until you reach number 10 - go through the gate, until the end where you will find the apartments marked LOVRIC.”
In case anyone is wondering exactly what “a lot of steps” means, I counted approximately 320 between the shuttle bus stop by Pile Gate and the front door of the apartment via this route. Once you know where you’re going there are lots of different routes up the hill to Zagrebacka – I sometimes used different sets of steps, and counted 355 of them! The further left you go, the more steps there are.
Reviews of Apartment Ramona seem divided into 2 camps: those who get what they asked for love the place, but those who are double-booked and moved elsewhere have a less positive experience. I got the accommodation I had reserved, and loved it. The apartment was clean and spacious, and the outside terrace with a view of the sea and Lovrijenac fortress was a real bonus. It does have some quirks (such as one bedroom having two bedside lamps, where the other has none, no washing up bowl or plug in the kitchen makes it difficult to wash up, and lots of random cabling sticking out of the walls of the main bathroom), but these don’t detract from the charm of the place. Unfortunately we never actually met the owners, and so I didn’t find out the access code for the free wi-fi until the morning of the final day.
The advantage of already having had to climb up 320+ steps to reach the apartment is that you’re already a good way up Mount Srd. To reach the top on foot: continue up Ivana Mazuranica and when you reach the road go right then immediately left up Od Kriza. Where it forks, take a left through an archway and up more steps. You’ll come out to the left of a road tunnel: cross the carriageway, up some concrete steps, and cross another carriageway. There are some steps immediately opposite leading into the trees – this is the start of the zig zag path up the hillside, past the 14 stations of the cross. The views are stunning.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ROOMS RAMONA consists of two air conditioned double bedrooms with own bathrooms (hydromassage shower), shared kitchen and terrace with beautiful views on Old Town, Fort Minceta, Fort Lovrijenac and Island Lokrum. Additional equipment includes TV/DVD, DVD. ... more less