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Driving from Split to Dubrovnik

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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.

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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!

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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Please stay tuned for my future posts on Dubrovnik and Split, and follow my journey on Instagram @Wildluxe_MishaIX8A8359

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COMMENTS
  • Karen Cunningham

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    Hi Misha,
    I am trying to plan a trip to Croatia next September and after reading this article I think we should hire a car and explore this area in more detail love your photos. Any tips on must see or places to stay in Croatia? Also thinking of visiting Budapest and Romania, oh and I loved your article on Lake Beld, so we should fit that in to?? I hope you are well. Cheers Karen

    October 18, 2014
  • Morgan Musgrave

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    Hi Misha- Awesome blog. I’m heading to Croatia in September/2015 and am contemplating doing the drive from Dubrovnik back to Split to catch my departing flight. Two questions for you: (1) Do you feel it’s safe for a woman to drive alone (as I will be traveling solo) on the drive from Dubrovnik to Split?? ….and (2) Those are gorgeous pictures!! What camera do you use??

    June 30, 2015
  • Martin

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    Hi Misha….

    Off to Croatia in a couple of days with my wife & 2 (adult) daughters! Picking up a car in Split & doing the drive to Cavtat in the south! Great tips & photos Misha, I too have the 5D Mk3 & hopefully will get some good shots?! Was going to take the coastal road all the way but I believe there is now a small part of motorway if I want that option too? Keep up the good work!

    September 3, 2015
  • Danny

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    Hi Misha,

    I will be in croatia driving from Split to Dubrovnik next week. Were the stops you made along the trip pretty easy? Did you have to navigate far from the main coastal road or can you basically just pull over for a picture of the coast/islands? Any suggestions on little towns to grab a meal or two along the way?

    September 30, 2015
  • Zeljko Mihic

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    Hi Misha,if I look map I can see that you use big part of dis trip driving on highway.Then you missed great part,Split to Makarska via Ploce.If not then dis post is confuising for other people.

    November 8, 2015
      • Christina B

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        Is the map above the route you took where these photos are taken or did you take the coastal road referenced above?

        May 10, 2017
  • masha

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    Misha, do you need some special paperwork to enter Bosnia?

    February 29, 2016
  • Miranda

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    Hello Misha , did u have to go through Bosnia ?

    March 13, 2016
  • Ananth Ramachandran

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    Hi Misha,

    Loved your blog. a few quick questions:
    1. How many days in Split, how many in Dubrovnik if we had only 4 full days
    2. Ok to drive Split to Dubronvik? What time should we start morning drive or afternoon drive
    3. Dubronvik explore by car or foot?

    Thanks

    Ananth, Singapore

    May 16, 2016
  • Megan McDonnell

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    Hi Misha,

    This blog is amazing <3 Myself and 4 girlfriends are going flying into Dubrovnik in 4 weeks time, doing a day trip to Montenegro and then driving from Dubrovnik to Split. We were going to get the bus but your this blog has 100% convinced me to get a car.

    Just a quick question, did the company that you mentioned above, Zagreb Tours, take you on a lot of sight seeing trips or just the drive from Dubrovnik to Split? Would do the drive myself but would hate to miss all the little secret places for the fab photos.

    Megan

    June 9, 2016
  • James

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    Hi Misha,

    Your blog is fantastic I am so glad that I stumbled upon it.

    Just a quick question, around where on the coastal road was the first picture of this post taken? It is amazing.

    Hope you’re well,
    James

    July 1, 2016
    • James

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      To be clear, the featured image of this post with the vast pastures of land in the background!

      July 1, 2016
  • TS

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    where is your patchwork quilt of greenery photo taken from

    July 5, 2016
  • Zarmyg

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    Hi Misha,

    We will be travelling from Split to Dubrovnik by bus and we are little bit worried about the road. We heard that there it is full of curves, narrow and little bit scary?? Is it true? Is it safe and in good condition? Appreciate your reply.
    Thanks
    ZB

    July 29, 2016
  • Jon

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    We did the drive yesterday and i had been trying to find the best places to stop along the route when I came across your post. Thanks for the tips. We found a fabulous statue called ‘Ivan Meštrović – Mila Gojsalić statue’, then we stopped at Punta Rata beach for lunch. This route took us down to the coastal road just south of Ploce where we stumbled upon the same shack with canoe on top of the hill! For anyone curious to find it, it is right on the route 8 road near Raba. If your google maps route takes you south on this road, you’ll see the patchwork fields as you start up the mountain. Then just keep your eyes open for the canoe and shack as you head up. It’s right on the side of the road.

    August 6, 2016
  • Clara Mulligan

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    Hi Misha!
    Where should we stop for a great oysters and mussel lunch on the Peljesac Peninsula? Where did you stop to eat?

    Thanks,
    Clara

    August 11, 2016
  • Maria Monares

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    Hi Misha,

    I stumbled upon your site by accident, and I’m glad I did. Your pictures are stunning and many of the places you have visited are places that I’ve either been to or are on my bucket list (most are on my bucket list).

    I know this is probably an impossible question to answer but I will ask you anyway since I’m interested on your take.

    I’ve never been to Europe and this year my partner and I are planning a 15 day trip. She’s been to Italy before (Florence / Tuscany region) and we were thinking of going to Italy (a few days in Rome, few days in Lake Cuomo, few days in Dolomites and a couple of days in Matera) but every time I do research and someone mentions Croatia, 55% of me wants to go there instead or at least split the trip up. (Splitting the trip up would not allow us to fully experience the places though…)

    If you were in my shoes (never having been to Europe) and had 2 weeks, what would you do? (No pressure and doesn’t mean we would alter our very up in the air plans) I just want to have an idea especially since you’ve been to both places.

    Thanks and thank you for your awesome website. 🙂

    Maria

    January 21, 2017
  • Phil

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    Hi Misha

    Do you think driving from Dubrovnik to Split will not be as good given it will not be hugging the coastline?

    Thanks
    Phil

    February 18, 2017
  • My wife and I did this trip from India in July and totally agree with Misha. What a scenic beauty the drive from Split to Dubrovnik along the coast was! We hired a car from Zagreb driving to Zadar (one night), Split (one night), Dubrovnik (one night) and Plitvice (one night). We avoided the fast highways even when driving from Dubrovnik to Plitvice – we turned off main highway over hills to avoid long tunnels(feel claustrophobic). We stayed in hotels.
    I might go alone in mid September and this time experience living amongst people (and not just be tourist) maybe in airbnb places – thinking of Dubrovnik and Split and not hire a car. I am senior citizen.Any suggestions and advice not just for this visit but otherwise as I have travelled too much (77 countries) as a tourist. Are there ways to share rides with other people?
    An unusual thought?????
    Swarn Kahlon, Chandigarh, India. email. swarnsk@gmail.com. http://www.sikhglobalvillage.com.
    Misha, have you visited India – challenging travel but worth experiencing. Swarn

    August 31, 2017
  • Chris carmody

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    Driving from Split to Dubrovnik tomorrow will go coastal route. We have had two nights in Split, quite enjoyed the ambience and facilities here. We did a guided tour this morning that mainly centred on Diocletians Palace and it was fantastic. We have been driving all down the coast of a Croatia, this is easy in winter but would not like to attempt in summer due to the traffic and parking is often a challenge to find even in winter.

    January 11, 2018
  • Paolo Salamone

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    Misha,

    I am a travel planner and design special trip for special people. I want to send my clients (a family) to Croatia for one week (4-12 Aug).
    They fly from Houston, TX. My recommendation is :

    fly to Split or Dubrovnik or Split ( via Zagreb or other European gateway)
    rent a beautiful seaside villa (2-3 bdrms).

    3 nights in Split, 3 nights in Dubrovnik, drive along the coast, sightseeing along the way. they may want to drive
    themselves or I can hire a car & driver. What do you think? Thank you kindly,

    (Paolo)Paul S. Salamone, CTC, DS
    Managing Director
    Professional Travel Consultants Inc.
    18707 Forest Bend Creek
    Spring ( Houston), TX 77379
    paulsalamone8@gmail.com
    http://travelbypaolosalamone.agentstudio.com
    832-761-0420 –office, 571-331-1903- mobile
    ‘ Specialists in Adventure, Culinary, Cultural, Exotic, Luxury & Sustainable Tourism ‘
    also handling meetings & events
    Member: ASTA, PATA, CTO, APTA, CLIA, The NEST, Certified by ICTA

    January 12, 2018
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