Sunday, 16 March 2014

Dubrovnik city break

I think for short break you have to maximise what you can do in the short period of time in the location you have chosen, as typically because it is a shorter holiday than normal the cost per day is higher. With this in mind we chose Dubrovnik as our destination for a three night stay. 

Arriving late due to a malfunctioning curtain rail on the BA Airbus 320 our afternoon was shortened to a stroll around the Gruz harbour. Our hotel was the Hotel Berkeley, great hotel situated near the harbour but with good bus links to the old city.

Our first day a short bus ride direct to the cable car station and a great ride up to the top of hill overlooking Dubrovnik. You can walk up a twisting path but for only 124 kuna you have bought a return ride and entrance to the Homeland War ( 1991 -1992 ) museum,which is a reminder of how Dubrovnik suffered during the unrest in the Balkans at this time. The view on a clear day is spectacular.

 After lunch at one of many restaurants available, we took to the City Walls for 100 kuna. Once on the walls you can circle the entire old city getting a totally different perspective from what is sometimes a very high viewpoint, if you fear heights or have a weak heart do not try this.

Our second day we spent just wandering the old city checking out the shops and restaurants. As it was very early in the year it was quiet but as we had really good weather it was a great way to idle a day away.

Eating out in Dubrovnik in the old city or in the harbour area in general was good value, quality and service. One restaurant did disappoint it was almost as if we were not there, the level of customer service was virtually zero. All our other selections worked out well. A good meal for two with drinks expect somewhere between 200 to 300 kuna.

Overall we had a fantastic time in Dubrovnik which was made so much better by our choice of the Hotel Berkeley. The service and quality of accommodation exceeded our expectations representing superb value for money. The holiday was booked online through British Airways Holidays, very easy to do with exception of having to wait on the site confirming. 

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