Croatia: Road Trip Leg 7 & Dubrovnik
The epic views of the Dalmatian coast continued on our seventh and final leg of the Croatian Road Trip. The Dinaric Alps kept crashing into the Adriatic, and a smattering of little islands were always to the west. A new element in this section was the introduction of agriculture to the delta of the Neretva River just after we passed through the small coastal section of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The river has been damned in multipleÂ locationsÂ upstream to take advantage of its flow for hydroelectric power, and it has been distributed throughout the delta for irrigation resulting in a green and blue patchwork of farm land.
At the southern tip of the country, Dubrovnik isÂ our final destination in the Mediterranean. Every day has been sunny and mostly dry with average daytime temperatures of 80-85ËšF so we spent the first fewÂ days ducking into the shadows of the old town with frequent stops at mini markets for cold beverages and ice cream. Then we spent a couple days in the sea swimming and kayaking. Then we spent a day walking aroundÂ the newer sections, and today we have stayed put in our air conditioned apartment.
The old town is better than I expected, but the city as a whole is geared to tourism much more than I expected. This made it easy to get around and comfortable to be in, but it certainly wasn’t a glimpse into the average Croatian life.
I have a feeling that this might have been the last time I will swim in a huge body of water this year.Â I’m going to miss it.