The now derelict hotel in Zelenica that the Prince of Wales and Mrs Simpson used in the 1930s
Local beach Zelenica

The routedoctor was recently invited to spend a few days on the Adriatic. Here is the report :

Dubrovnic Airport/ Flights

Easy Jet do fly directly to Dubrovnic but for short stays consider Lufthansa or Austrian Airlines - the timings may be more convenient but a stop in the very dull Vienna airport is not to be advised.

Car hire is easy - 100m from arrivals, all the companies are side by side. Face away from them with the shop fronts behind you and economy car hire is the last on the left. 'Marko' speaks good English and was efficient. You will be charged about 28 euros for a green card to cross the border into Montenegro. Even in July the roads were far quieter than the South of France but the border crossing , I am told can be tiresome.

An option is to drive the 20 minutes into Dubrovinik and park in the multi-story at the top of the town. As busy as any tourist attraction at the height of Summer but still relatively cheap by European standards. Try the Croatian lemonade.

When driving from Croatia to Montenegro, I would advise you to stop for an early supper at Konavoski Dvori at Gruda Konavle. It is signposted from the main road and a popular restaurant adjacent to the river. The speciality is lamb and veal baked in clay pots under an iron bell. The waiting staff wear traditional garb and are very friendly. Dinner for 6 came to about 120 euros.

Hercig- Novi

Drive north from Zelenica to this seaside tourist town. Walk down towards the harbour and when you see the water polo stadium (the national sport) head left and you will stumble across a booth selling tickets for boat trips. Choose the blue cave option- the company is 'Pajo' - 5 euros for the day trip. Take plenty of water and sun cream. After about 45 minutes you will anchor in a cave which provides fanatastic swimming in electric blue water.

Portomontenegro marina

Drive south away from Zelenica and take the car ferry across the bay for 4.5 euros to:

http://www.portomontenegro.com/marina (external link)

This place is for the seriously wealthy and beautiful. The routedoctor recalls the yachts in St Tropez in the 1970s and 80s - they look like rowing boats compared to this sparkling, beautiful marina resurrected from a former Yugoslav naval base ! Restaurant One was a reasonable choice to people watch and have dinner. Dinner for 6 with drinks and coffee - 176 euros.

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