Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Slovenia – Enjoying a sampling of World Heritage Sites

By Carol Probst
This article appears on page 16 of the June 2020 issue.
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In May of 2019, my husband, Lynn, and I met his sister and her spouse in Dubrovnik, Croatia, to begin a 2-week independent road trip. While planning this adventure to Croatia and Slovenia, everyone wanted to focus on UNESCO World Heritage Sites, so we decided to add an overnight at Mostar, in Bosnia & Herzegovina, as well.

Direct to Dubrovnik

The city walls of Dubrovnik. Croatia.

Our direct flight from Frankfurt, Germany, arrived in Dubrovnik in the late afternoon, and the first glimpse of this ancient, walled city almost took my breath away! Streets of marble, slickened by age and adorned with Renaissance fountains, meandered through a warren of medieval buildings and churches. With access to the walls closed at the hour of our arrival there, we enjoyed a “cocktail hour” at the outdoor Café Buža, nestled against the western city wall on a rocky cliff above the sea, with a fine view of the sunset.

Our dinner of fish at the upscale (but pricey) Posat Restaurant (ul. uz Posat 1; posat-dubrovnik.com), with its open terrace overlooking the historic city, was enhanced by a full moon. (Entrées averaged HRK200, or $30, each.)

But the highlight of our city visit came the next morning when we walked atop the massive 13th-century limestone walls. To avoid crowds, the four of us were waiting when the wall-walk gate opened at 8 a.m. The admission price — 200 kunas (no senior rates), payable only by local currency or credit card — was well worth the cost, as the walls and watchtowers, in some places reaching 80 feet high and 20 feet wide, offered staggeringly beautiful views of the red-roofed Old City jutting out into the Adriatic Sea.


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