We had arrived to the Island of Korcula via a Jadrolinija ferry from Split but to get to Dubrovnik there were fewer options since we were there in May during the off season. Following the advice Rick Steve’s gives in his guidebook we visited the tourist office across from the main gate in Korcula town and reserved a shuttle bus which turned out to be a great way to go. I believe there is also a public bus which costs about the same but is not as convenient.
The shuttle picked us up in front of the Monastery at 7:30 am and dropped us off at the harbor where we boarded a small boat.
On the boat we crossed the channel to Orebic, on the Peljesac Peninsula, where we were met by a minivan.
The trip took about two hours through beautiful countryside
with a pit stop in the town of Ston.
The shuttle dropped us off at our apartment before noon.
Our apartment was located between Lapad and Pile. After we settled in we walked to the Old City, an easy downhill walk that took 20 minutes.
Our host told us about the City bus which we often would ride back to our apartment at the end of the day. The buses run frequently and you can buy a ticket on the bus (exact change) or at the kiosk (tisak) at Pile Gate.
We had intentionally planned Dubrovnik for the end of our trip as we had read that it was the “must see” place in Croatia. Thinking this meant that other places might pale in comparison we saved the best for last. Our first impression of the Old City of Dubrovnik, however, took a little getting used to after experiencing the smaller, less touristy cities of Korcula, Zadar, Zagreb and even Split. Walking through Pile Gate into the Old City felt a little Disneylandish at first with custumed vendors, souvenir shops and bigger crowds. Restaurants were noticeably more expensive as well.