We arrived in Dubrovnik weary after a long day traveling. On our itinerary for the day was:
– A three hour train ride from Sevilla to Madrid on AVE, a long distance Renfe train.
– A 25 minute Cercania (circuit train) to the airport. The C1 connecting Atocha railway station to Madrid airport Terminal 4 is free with your long distance train ticket.
– A 15 minute trip on the shuttle bus, from T4 to T1 where Norwegian airlines is situated.
– A three hour flight from Madrid to Dubrovnik with Norweigian airlines, which was rather bumpy at take off (we were in the last row so ALL the turbulence was felt) but generally a very comfortable and enjoyable flight.
– A 30 minute shuttle bus from Dubrovnik airport to the main bus station in town. It seems to be the only public shuttle and is named simply Shuttle Bus. Tickets are bought at a kiosk on the right as you exit baggage collection. It’s rather costly at 40 Kuna (E5.30) but expect an absolutely breathtaking view as the bus winds down towards the fort-like city of Dubrovnik old town.
– A 15 minute walk to our AirBnB accommodation. We stayed on Padre Perice road which is near to the beautiful harbour where the ferries for Split, Hvar and other islands departs. Our host, Romana, and her family were so welcoming and greeted us with coffee and fresh lemonade on arrival. She had breakfast prepared for us in the morning, and helped us with travel tips.
We took a march up the Babin Kuk area of Dubrovnik, which didn’t amount to much but big hotels. Much more entertaining is Setaliste Kralja Zvonimira at the base of the hill. It’s a long street lined with restaurants and bars, that gently leads down to a beautiful bay. We chose Taraca restaurant because of the lovely hostess, traditional menu and live music. Well, the joy of the music was short-lived as the one man band began a particularly mournful version of Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On… anyway the food was delicious and averagely priced. We ordered a fresh salmon salad for 60 Kuna (just shy of 10E), a ribeye steak with a dalmatian sauce for 75 Kuna (just over 10E) and 30ml Lasko draughts for 18 Kuna (over 2E).
Although slightly expensive (gotta stop converting to SA rands!) the atmosphere was lovely and chilled, probably more so than that in the Old Town where tourists literally swarm. We took a bus into this area the next day, Sunday, for 15 Kuna (2E). It was utter chaos! People everywhere, but really beautiful. We didn’t have much time as we were to catch a ferry to Hvar at 16:30, but we had a decent stroll around the city and of course managed to squeeze in an ice-cream, beer and local snack tasting. Okay, not our healthiest moment… but we lunched on wholewheat sarmies compiled with groceries from the local supermarket Konzum. 110 Kuna bought sarmie ingredients, a bottle of okayish wine and some fruit for two people. So much is said about the soul of a place from the taste of it’s food, and this is why meal times in foreign countries are so important. It’s possible to have great, affordable and healthy culinary experiences, it just requires a little planning 🙂