Today is my 30th birthday and to celebrate we did absolutely no cycling whatsoever! Instead we took a coach yesterday afternoon from Split to Dubrovnik and spent the night and part of today there. It was absolutely wonderful, a perfect birthday.
The coach took the coast road, the same route we would have cycled if the ferries had been leaving from Dubrovnik. It really is a beautiful road with wonderful views but I couldn’t help feeling a little relieved that I got to see it from the comfort of a motorized vehicle as we ground up some 10% hills… We arrived as the sun was setting and headed for the old town. Having arranged no accomodation in advance I was all for checking in to the local youth hostel but John had other plans and marched me up the steps of the Hilton Grand Imperial! We had a really lovely room and I felt very spoilt.
That evening we went into the walled city for dinner and found a really nice Bosnian restaurant-absolutely delicious with candlelit tables outside in the narrow street. Dubrovnik is just gorgeous, definitely the highlight of our time on Croatia.
This morning, fortified with an amazing breakfast, we spent a couple of hours walking around the city walls. The views of the town and of the sea are really great. The buildings are a sea of terracotta roof tiles with narrow winding marble streets polished over years of wear wending in between them. The sea is very dramatic as it crashes against the city walls. Again, I was struck by how nice it is to be seeing all these things in the off season with so few other tourists.
It was back to Split and our little tent this afternoon-maybe not quite as luxurious as the Hilton but cosy all the same. Tomorrow evening we catch a ferry to Ancona and then from there it’s on to Greece. We’ve really loved Croatia and would definitely recommend it to anyone thinking of visiting. Perhaps we’ll return too as part of that round the world sailing trip… 🙂