The three and a half hour drive from Split to Dubrovnik is one of the most beautiful stretches of land in the Mediterranean. It’s comparable to the Amalfi Coast of Italy, only slightly better in my opinion, because it is less congested and is not quite as dangerous. I cannot believe that I almost missed out on this because I was worried about conditions of the roads in Croatia. As it turns out, the streets are well paved and easy to navigate. I had hired a private guide to drive me through the area, but now that I’ve done it I can tell you that it can easily be driven as long as you have a valid driver’s license, a passport, and a rental car. However, I do recommend hiring a guide (like mine from Zagreb Tours) because they will know of all the secret sights to see along the way, and you can enjoy the spectacular views while leaving the driving up to them.
Our first and most magnificent secret spot had us on top of a hill overlooking a large patchwork quilt of greenery with the ocean and hills as its backdrop. I’m not quite sure why, but there was an abandoned old fruit shack and canoe up there, which worked as perfect props for photos!
Further down the coast we drooled over gorgeous views of Brac and Hvar, as well as charming small town after charming small town. About two thirds of the way down, we passed right through Bosnia and Herzegovina’s tiny stretch of coast line surrounding the city of Neum. Street signs immediately went from English to Cyrillic and multiple languages could be heard at any given time. My short time in this absolutely beautiful country made me very curious to learn about its turbulent history and how it somehow manages to now maintain peace between its three major ethnicities and three different dominant religions: Muslim, Orthodox, and Catholic.
After leaving Bosnia, we approached the peninsula of Peljesac, the second longest peninsula in Croatia. Peljesac is known for it’s olives, figs, oysters, and wine. We were told of a secret place that had “the best oysters in the world”. We stopped there and my fellow travel blogger, Vanessa, picked out some fresh oysters- right from the water- squeezed a lemon on them and gobbled them up. I don’t eat oysters, but she confirmed that they were indeed the best she had ever had. They were also insanely cheap, which was odd considering how tasty and fresh they were.
We had some extra time and our guide told us he would take us to try some award winning olive oil and do some wine tasting along the way. The moment we started to drive through the Peljesac Peninsula, I knew I had made a mistake by not planning to spend a few days in this dreamy and quiet little place. It was so peaceful and felt somewhat undiscovered by the masses of tourists that visit Croatia every summer. Vineyards, rolling green hills, and olive, apple, and fig trees spotted the land. It was surrounded by bright blue bays and oyster beds and its beauty gave me a strong yearning to explore this part of Croatia more in depth.
We stopped into the Milos winery, took a tour, and tasted some very pure and delicious olive oil, followed by a wine tasting. I wanted to keep exploring the peninsula but it was time to get back on the road and head to Dubrovnik. I will definitely be coming back to this wonderful part of Croatia.