FROM DUBROVNIK BY BOAT TO SPLIT
Croatian is a small country compared to some other European ones. However, in our small country we have nature wanders as well as some of the most beautiful beaches and such a long history line. Those are just 3 of thousands things we can say about this 56,594 km2 country. You could also divide Croatia by its parts, one of which is Dalmatia (where we are located). Dalmatia is unique region with history scattered around this area that takes around 21% of whole Croatian territory. This region is a combination of natural resources, history legacy and work mixed with pleasure. It is also divided into counties, starting from the South to North; Dubrovnik-Neretva county, Split-Dalmatia county, Sibenik-Knin and Zadar county. All of the counties have in common some of the most majestic sights you wouldn’t believe to be in the same spot. Mountains on one side, lakes and rivers within the woods, then at the seashore you can find diversity of islands with pristine hidden bays. What we’re trying to portrait is that this is a part of Croatia you must visit when in the country.
Once you’re in the region of Dalmatia and wandering how to get from one point to another, specifically from Split to Dubrovnik and vice versa. That is the most common question we get and are happy to answer it for you. This route is also probably the most popular one in Croatian coast. There are several different ways to get from point A to point B in our case, but it all depends on the time of the year. Distance itself from one UNESCO World Heritage town to the other is 230 km. It doesn’t seem that far away and if you have a look on the Google Maps it will seem pretty straightforward. Google Maps actually quotes it to be around 3 and a half hour drive, but, there is a big overlooked but and that is the border. Dubrovnik is in Croatia as well as Split town, there is a part of the land in between these two top Dalmatian coast destinations that belongs to our neighbor country Bosnia and Herzegovina. The town of Neum is where you’ll be crossing the border and you’ll need to pass the town to reach the other border to enter Croatia again. Those are the facts, now let’s talk about different ways of reaching your destination. Most of the time there is one option that is the best, but we are going to explain all, so you do have a choice.
- Driving from one point to the other
Prepare your documents for the border control. During the summer time this way of traveling from one town to the other can get you a bit frustrated. Unfortunately, sometimes long waiting lines and summer heat gets to be too much. If you’re a citizen of EU you will be able to cross the border with just a passport or an ID card, residents from other countries will need a passport and in some cases visa entry pass. It all depends on the hour you start your trip, time of the year and your preparation.
- Driving from one point to the other without border
This is one alternative if you truly want to go with the car. Starting from Dubrovnik you need to pass Pelješac peninsula to reach the spot called Trpanj where you board a ferry. The ferry then takes you to Ploče town from where you continue your trip to Split. This one is of course longer and as a lot of people are trying to avoid getting stuck at the border, this choice might be as frustrated as the first. Just because if the first ferry is already full, you wait for the second one, also if you’re driving by yourself the route on Pelješac peninsula will take you longer than Google Maps says.
- Taking a boat ride
Option no 3 is our favorite and let us explain why. First there is no border lines, no car heat, no traffic jams, no schedule for the ferry, etc. With this option you have to let us know the pick up place you wish for us to meet you. Then we drive you to the yacht, you get to meet the crew while we carefully transfer your luggage from the vehicle to the boat. Your task is to let our crew members know which drink would you like to have in your hand while sailing away and pick your spot to lay back. What happens is that you start your journey and the captain or sailor whichever one you’re closer to, starts to explain what you’re seeing. Lets you know all about each island you’re passing, might even stop for a swim along the way. After you reach your final destination the transfer waits for you again to drive you to your next stop.
There are also some catamarans and ferry boats that goes from Split to Dubrovnik and the other way around. However, they do a lot of stops on the islands along the way and the journey becomes a whole day journey where you’re stuck in the boat with a lot of other passengers. In total the option we’re thinking is the best and we would definitely recommend to all who wish their journey from one point to the other, not to be just a journey but an experience