Thursday, September 26, 2013

CROATIA: HVAR AND KORKULA

At 9 am we bought tickets for the catamaran to Hvar that left at 11am from Split. Tickets have to be purchased on the same day, and you should buy them 2 hours before the departure of the Catamaran. We came back to our accommodation in Split (Hostel Peruzovic) for breakfast and check out.



Hvar Town from one of its beaches
Hvar Town from the beach where we swam


We arrived at Hvar at approximately 1 pm, and the first thing we did was to try to buy the tickets for the Catamaran to Korkula leaving at 6pm in Jadrolinija 's office, located few meters from where the catamaran left us. We hadn't bought them before because we had to purchase them the same day (but on the islands since the previous day). Unfortunately they were sold out and we had to buy tickets for the Catamaran to Vela Luka at 16h and then take a bus to Korkula. 

At 3 pm we had visited Hvar Town and swum at one of its beaches, but if we had been two more hours in Hvar, we would have had lunch quietly.




Split Harbor


Riva and Diocletian Palace in Split
Riva and Diocletian Palace in Split from the place where we waited for the Catamaran to Hvar

Hvar Town


Hvar Town in Croatia
Saint Stephen Square in Hvar


Hvar Town in Croatia
Romanesque church in Hvar town



Hvar Town in Croatia
Another view of Saint Stephen Square in Hvar


Hvar Town in Croatia
Typical street in Hvar




Hvar Town in Croatia
Hvar Town behind some small boats


Hvar Town in Croatia
The ancient shipyard of Hvar next to Saint Stephen Square




Beach in Hvar Town
This beach is the most beautiful place I saw walking near Hvar Town


Beach in Hvar Town
Sailboats near Hvar Town in Croatia



After 1h of Catamaran and 1h30 of Bus we arrived at 7pm at the town of Korcula. In the tourist office we were told that we had to buy tickets from GV lines Catamaran to Dubrovnik for the next day at 16h in Korkyra agency. We went there but they told us that until the following day in the morning at 9 am they didn't know if they would have tickets to sell. We signed on the waiting list. We had the number 26.

Then we went to our accommodation (Accomodation Drasko), located near the bus station and with great views of Korcula.

After resting a bit and buying at the supermarket the next day's breakfast, we went to dinner in Arsenal restaurant near the main gate of the city wall. Our first day in Korkula ended with a night walk around the old town.

At 9 am we were in the travel agency but then they told us that until 10am we wouldn't know anything. There were more people in our situation and the anger was growing. In the end they only sold 20 tickets. We complained about this situation and, finally, we decided to buy tickets for a bus shuttle for 20 € coming out at 13:45 to Dubrovnik. Luckily, this was also a good choice to get Dubrovnik.

In the end, at 10:30 am we were ready to visit Korcula (very very nice, like Dubrovnik but smaller) and at 12pm we enjoyed a refreshing swim in a beach of Korkula until the time to leave.



Korkula




Revelin Tower in Korkula
Revelin Tower in Korkula



Revelin Tower in Korkula
A closer view of Revelin Tower in Korkula


Revelin Tower in Korkula
Veliki Revelin Tower in Korkula is a medieval tower which was constructed in the 14th century



Revelin Tower in Korkula
Revelin Tower is the main entrance to the old town in Korkula


Korkula in Croatia
Typical street in Korkula


Marco Polo house in Korkula
Marco Polo house in Korkula


Tower of the City Walls of Korkula
Tower of the City Walls of Korkula


Korkula in Croatia
Nice view of the promenade of Korkula from the City Walls


Korkula in Croatia
Bell tower of the Cathedral of Korkula behind two windsurfers



Beach in Korkula
Beach where we swam in Korkula



Korkula from Accomodation Drasko
Korkula from Accomodation Drasko


Korkula in Croatia from Accomodation Drasko
Bell tower of the cathedral of Korkula in Croatia from Accomodation Drasko



Korkula in Croatia from Accomodation Drasko
Korkula from Accomodation Drasko, where we had our Sobe



Ferry Korkula - Orebic


Ferry between Korkula and Orebic in Croatia
Ferry between Korkula and Orebic in Croatia


Once in the shuttle, we crossed by ferry to Orebic and drove to Ston where, luckily, we stopped. So we could see the walls. 

Ston


Walls of Ston in Croatia
Walls of Ston in Croatia



Two hours later, at 5:30 pm, we came to Dubrovnik. The driver kindly left us beside Pile Gate, where we had our accommodation. In the end, the shuttle arrived earlier and left us in Pile district. With the GV lines Catamaran we had arrived later and it had left us at the port, so we had to catch a bus to get Dubrovnik.

This was the route we did from Venice to Dubrovnik along the Croatian Coast:


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