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Report 1960: Walking in the Dubrovnik Area with Ramblers

By Linda Hagstrom from Pennsylvania, Spring 2011

Trip Description: April 10-18 2011. I spent a week walking in and around Dubrovnik, Croatia with Ramblers and also an evening in Paris.

Destinations: Countries - Croatia, France; Regions/Cities - Paris

Categories: Hotels/B&Bs; Sightseeing; Walking/Hiking; Package Tour; Single Traveler

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Page 1 of 9: April 10, Sunday: To Croatia

photo by Linda

Dubrovnik from the south

I had spent a month in Europe already, walking for two weeks on Malta (Trip Report 1908) and traveling on my own in Sicily and Southern Italy (Trip Report 1911). I flew from Bari, Italy to Rome, then to Zagreb, Croatia, and finally to Dubrovnik to start my next adventure.

I have wanted to go to Croatia for many years. It is heavily advertised in Italy, and I can recall seeing ads from the Croatian Tourist Board on Italian TV seven or eight years ago. The ad I remember shows the walled city of Dubrovnik, with its red terra cotta roofs, sitting at the edge of the Mediterranean. Everything attracted me - I love walled cities and the sea, and the scene is so beautiful.

I had signed up for a week of walking in and near Dubrovnik with the Ramblers, a UK organization that I had traveled with in Greece a few years ago. The goal is to walk 6-10 miles a day, enjoying the many sights, and socializing. Every walk is planned to include sightseeing, scenery, exercise, and often a beer at the end.

I took a public bus from the Dubrovnik airport to the port, which is where the man beside me had advised me to get off, and I took a taxi to the hotel, the Grand Hotel Park. The actual walled city is quite small, and most hotels are located outside the walls, many of them in the district of Lopad, which is where the Grand Hotel Park is.

The rest of the group was already at the hotel, having flown from London earlier in the day. I met our leader, Jenny, who went outside with me and oriented me to the area and suggested a walk I could take in the area. It was a good idea, as I had been sitting in airports all day.

The location of the hotel is great. It is beside a wide pedestrian walkway that is lined with bars with outdoor seating. Every day, these outdoor areas were full from 3pm on with Croatians enjoying the sun and visiting together. At one end of the walkway is the sea, beautiful as ever, and from there a path leads along the sea past other hotels and restaurants. At the other end of the walkway is a busy tree-lined street with the public bus stop, stores, and a grocery.

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