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Old 30th Aug 2019, 01:28
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Anyone familiar with Croatia (Vacation related)

I figured I would ask the learned masses of Jet Blast, as I am sure some will be able to point me in the right direction.

I am headed to Croatia in about two weeks to Captain a sailboat Catamaran out of Split for 7 days. (I know, it does not have a tail rotor and will not fly). Itinerary is Split for 2 nights, Vis Island--both Vis town and Kormiza, then Maslinica on Solta, Havar town then Stari Grad, Milna on Brac, then back to Split. The group is me and SWeMBO and 3 other couples, all mid-50's ish.... Looking for any info on:

What to see, what to avoid
Must places to eat, where to avoid
Anything else that you wish to share.....

The group is me and SWeMBO and 3 other couples, all mid-50's ish....
Thanx in advance...
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Old 30th Aug 2019, 06:40
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Would you not get more information if you asked your question on the Croatia forum on Trip Advisor?
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Old 30th Aug 2019, 06:49
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Would you not get more information if you asked your question on the Croatia forum on Trip Advisor?
Probably.... but there is a certain trust that goes with getting information from fellow PPruners. I have been a member here many years, read many posts....if no-one has first hand knowledge then so be it....I will forge my own path.

I note you gave advice on the Lincoln thread...... FWIW....I was just there earlier this year......
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Old 30th Aug 2019, 06:55
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Surely with all the flying boaties it's worth a punt here as well as Tripadvisor?

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By a complete fluke one "of mine" is on holiday in/near Split ATM...from what I've heard via Whatsapp she may have info on at least one pub or part of town to avoid at certain times of day (something about Stag parties...) and maybe info one or two places to go...anything definite I'll certainly feed it back.
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Old 30th Aug 2019, 07:04
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(something about Stag parties...) and maybe info one or two places to go...anything definite I'll certainly feed it back.
In my younger years I may have joined said stag party....these days I am content to have a cocktail or three and retire...

Thanx for any feedback you may get.....
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Old 30th Aug 2019, 07:36
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Havar town then Stari Grad
I will drop Hvar for Korčula. Hvar is too expensive and full of associated group of tourists...
Korčula is far better, more affordable and at middle of September there is no too much ( if any) nautical tourist, apart from fact that you may sail two way from Vis .Dct route or via Pelješac chanel( recommend it) . Also in that area Lastovo is more excited than Šolta. A few years ago there were even no internet.
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Old 30th Aug 2019, 07:40
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We had our Christmas office party in Dubrovnick last year (office in Munich so not far away) staying at the Hilton Imperial in the old town, and we all really enjoyed that. and would recommend even in winter. Other areas I sailed in the late 1970,s were the Green Islands I think they were called, and Korcula which were good with some reasonable diving and snorkelling back then not been back since. Pretty girls as I remember as well as a bonus !!

As for using PPRuNe to ask for travel advice, I would say its as good as anywhere, as given the occupation of many of the posters the travel experience is very up to date, and with a lot of knowledge of countries and cities, (outside the normal airport hotels !) I find when I have asked the same questions as you on the Night stop section of the site.

Have a good trip
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Old 30th Aug 2019, 12:42
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We stayed in Starigrad last year, thought it was lovely. The place was clean, loads of places to eat around the marina, had car/boat hire (we didn't use either), a reasonable supermarket and a regular bus service. Hvar was good too - we spent a day sea-kayaking and another day sailing on a small yacht to Vis and back from there - both very relaxed and enjoyable. All the locals were helpful and friendly.
The ferry terminal for services to Split is a short bus ride from Starigrad.
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Old 30th Aug 2019, 13:08
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We popped over the border from Slovenia once, to find somewhere to have dinner, just to be able to say that we'd been to another country.

With no planning, no preparation, and in particular no local cash.

We decided to worry about paying after we'd eaten, as our children were too hungry for us to want to spend any more time driving around looking for a cashpoint or a pub that took credit cards..

When it was time to pay the one pub we had found didn't take plastic, so we offered them a choice of the banknotes in our wallets. They seemed perfectly happy to take a 20 note for dinner for four. But that was a while ago now.
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Old 30th Aug 2019, 13:40
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It's easy enough to check when and where large cruise liners are due in to port, those areas are the ones to avoid. Dubrovnik is a beautiful city, blighted by 2,000 cruise line passengers between 9 and 4 every day.
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Old 30th Aug 2019, 15:31
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It's a while since my last visit, but from memory, the sea is as clear as tap water making it very attractive for swimming and snorkeling.
It is worth visiting many of the open-air food markets in Split for fresh fruit to stock the boat with (I know you will be stopping regularly, but a trip to the markets - early morning - is a treat in itself). Take time to get lost in the tiny alleys of the old city - and you almost certainly will get lost - but it's fun getting back out to the coastal side.
The islands are lovely, although Hvar is a little blighted by tourist groups. If you have time on Brac, take the bus trip from Supetar to Bol return, that is an eye opener for sure;don't look down if you are of a nervous disposition though. I think you will enjoy the whole thing overall, good luck and have fun.
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Old 30th Aug 2019, 15:56
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May be a bit far south for you, but Ston is well worth a visit, roughly midway between Spilt and Dubrovnik. Mainly built in the 15th century, it managed to avoid getting shelled by the Serbs in the 1990s, and has the second longest defensive wall in the world, stretching up hills and across to the south-east. There are interesting salt pans and excellent sea food.
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Old 30th Aug 2019, 16:52
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getting shelled by the Serbs in the 1990s

Montenegrins ( Croat allies from NATO) to be more precise .
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Old 30th Aug 2019, 20:20
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Thanx for all the recommendations. and keep them coming if you think of anymore.

I actually do this with the Sailing Club I am a member of. I have my own Beneteau 343 but too far to sail to get to Croatia. We do a flotilla sail each year to a different location, renting the boats once we get there. This year we have seven boats and a total of 49 people. I will be having a briefing with the other 6 skippers next week to firm up an itinerary.
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Old 30th Aug 2019, 22:03
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That's what I love about this place people are so helpful.

I have never been myself Gordy, but my sister has visited Dubrovnik and she loved it, incidentally as a side interest, if you are / were a fan of Game of Thrones, a lot of it was filmed around the city, see

https://www.thewholeworldisaplaygrou...ons-dubrovnik/
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Old 30th Aug 2019, 22:55
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Utterly gorgeous area to visit 45 years ago!! Probably still is. We drove down that coast from North of Dubrovnik and then over the mountains on to Greece on posting to Cyprus in the 70s. Two overwhelming memories, the Plitvice National Park with its glorious forests and crystal clear lakes and cataracts and Dubrovnik old town, inside the walls, no vehicles allowed. The Cathedral main doors were open and there was an organ recital in progress - spiritual (non-religious) bliss! We stayed at a small hotel, South of the city (can't remember the name) built on the coastal cliffs, with a balcony over the sea and sleep to the wash and surge of the waves. Stayed there again 3 years later, driving back. Haven't gone back since - experience says going back spoils the magic!
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Old 31st Aug 2019, 06:23
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Spent a few days in northern Croatia this summer, highly recommended!
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Old 31st Aug 2019, 10:50
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Literally hundreds of lovely anchorages to use. Some shorelines shelve steeply. Korcula and Hvar worth visiting. If you want a shore side mooring in Hvar get there early (by lunchtime) otherwise it’s anchoring in the bay. Primosten worth a visit. Most yacht charters start at marinas a distance from Split, so make sure you visit the city itself.
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Old 31st Aug 2019, 17:11
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Never been but various relatives rave about it. As you can see from the above comments.

Definitely on my list of places to visit.
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Old 31st Aug 2019, 19:08
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Thanks again for all the advice....I will post pictures and a full report once I get back..... Here was me and my "crew" in Tahiti last year.... Not that we have too much fun or anything...

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