Monday, July 25, 2011

Gelato in Dubrovnik

On hot summer days it is hard to resist the allure of gelato (Italian style ice cream) which is sold from many shops in Dubrovnik’s Old Town and Cavat’s waterfront. The only difficulty is deciding which flavor to choose from the artfully presented mounds behind the glass case, piled high with fresh gelato and toppings. It is no wonder that every second person strolling on the Stradun seems to have a cone in hand.

There are many gelato shops to choose from and most offer good quality and service, but here are a couple of suggestions for those looking for the best (and the one to avoid):

The Best:

Dolce Vita: Located just off of the Stradun on a small side street (Nalješkovićeva 1a) this ice cream and cake shop is every local’s pick for best in Dubrovnik. In addition selling the usual cones of gelato to go, they also serve ice cream sundaes, cakes, and coffees to customers sitting inside their bright, cheery shop or at café tables lining the street.

Poklisar: This restaurant is located on the Old Port, just through an arch in the city walls leading to the Ploce Gate. They have a large display of gelato piled high and sell cones to go or large dishes for those who want to sit and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere created by the city walls and port.

Kiwi: Located right on the Stradun, this is probably the most popular gelato shop in Dubrovnik. Judging by the lines this seems to be where most of the people walking on the Stradun get their ice cream cones. Once you see the large, double display case with dozens of flavors piled high it’s hard to pass by without stopping in for one. The high turnover also helps to maintain the high quality.

The One to Avoid:

U.O. Paradiso in Cavtat: This small café and gelato shop is located along Cavtat’s waterfront promenade. The quality of the gelato varies and on one occasion when the gelato was very bad the owner was dismissive, rude, and responded to our requests to replace it with hostility. This is a good example of a business that relies on one-time visits from tourists rather than the repeat business of satisfied loyal customers.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

T-Mobile Holiday Package

For those currently traveling in Croatia or planning to visit this summer T-Mobile is now offering a great new way to stay connected. They are offering a new Holiday Package to pre-paid customers. The package includes the following:

2 SIM cards with local Croatian phone numbers
Unlimited text messages to Europe
30 minutes of talk time to Europe
2 hours of talk time to other T-Mobile numbers in Croatia

The price for this package is 198 Kuna (less than 30 Euros)*. It can be purchased at any T-Mobile shop. In Dubrovnik, the T-Mobile shop is located near the harbor in Gruz. Here is a map showing the location:

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*Please note that this package and price was on offer as of July 12, 2011 but I do not know how long this offer will last.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Dubrovnik to Cavtat Ferry Service

During the summer season there is regular transfer service by ferry boat between Dubrovnik and Cavtat. Ferries run throughout the day and tickets are priced at 50 Kuna one way and 80 Kuna roundtrip. The schedule is as follows:

Departures from Dubrovnik
: 10:00, 10:30, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 13:00, 14:00, 15:30, 16:00, 17:00, 17:30, 18:30, 19:00

Departures from Cavtat: 9:00, 9:30, 10:30, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 16:30, 17:30, 18:00

Ferries depart from the Old Port in Dubrovnik’s Old Town and from the waterfront promenade in Cavtat’s Old Town. The ferry schedules above are accurate as of July 2011.