Suzy got itchy feet again and we found ourselves on the road again . This time leaving Dubrovnik to head northwards. The journey was only going to be a short one from Dubrovnik to Orebic to a camping site Camping Nevio which overlooks the island of Korkula and the town on Orebic.
The roads out of Dubrovnik were packed with early morning commuters fighting their way into work. We crawled down the streets from our campsite along the harbour passing the cruise ships newly arrived and an replica wooden sailing ship. Above us the bridge looked high up in the sky and we had to get to it to cross it. We could not pick up any speed at all and the road in was gridlocked.
Luckily we were going the other way and avoided most of the bottleneck.. It was a sad farewell that we bade to Dubrovnik but time was moving on and we only have another two weeks to start heading home. It's a long way 7 days of driving and we have a bit more of Croatia to see before we head out to Italy.
Our journey to Orebic took us round very mountainous
A view of the bridge
scenery, still that grey/pink limestone karst which never varies. Vines grow along the hillsides - this is wine growing country . We passed villages dotted in what seemed endless miles of nothingless. We stopped for a quick break in a pull in and sat amongst the grasses and pretty flowers which were full of white and black Swallowtail butterflies. The sun was shining and the temperature up in the high 20's at such an early hour. And there wasnt much trafffic on the road.
Our second stop was in the tiny town of Mali Ston where we could see the Great Wall of Ston climbing along the hillside between the town and the bigger town of Ston itself. It looked like the Great Wall of China from a distance. There was a car park in the town but this was clearly signed no motorhomes between midnight and 7 am clearly warning off any potential wild campers. The car park was set on an inlet to the sea and it would have made a lovely wild camping spot. There was one hotel in town and this could have benefited from the motorhomers spending money. We tried to get a coffee
The Wall of Ston
but there was no-one at home and the only other people about were a couple of French motorhomers with whom we shared a bon jour.
We walked a little up the steps which were clearly being renovated. I think this may have been another site where the War spilled over into and the walls were damaged by the onslaught of bombs. Having said this the town was making the most of the walls and as we left a coachload of tourists turned up. Thats always a sign to move on.
A little bit about the walls. They were built on instruction of the city of Dubrovnik Ston was a major fort of the Ragusan Republic and the defensive walls Gwere regarded as a notable feat of medieval architecture. The town's inner wall measures 890 metres in length, while the Great Wall outside the town has a circumference of 5 km. The walls lie at the end of the Bay of Mali Ston on the Pelješac isthmus.
Our camping site was reached after yet more butt clenching driving along coastal roads with drops over the side to the Adriatic beneath. Not for the faint hearted at times. But
The Great Wall
when we arrived the campsite was the best we have been on this trip and probably is one of the best three we have been to on all our trips. It is large but well spread out. Pitches are a large size and are either partially or fully shaded and some are in full sun. Each plot had its own electric and water supply. There was a restaurant on site and a lovely swimming pool that I had to have a go in. And welcome it was too in the afternoon heat. The toilet blocks were spacious and immaculate and we believe the site won an award last year. Well deserved it was too. Our view was across the sea to a lighthouse on a tiny island and to the town of Korkula our planned trip tomorrow.
The only downside of the site is the distance from Orebic. 30 mins hard slog in the hot sun downhill most of the way. We were shattered by the time we walked there and dreaded the walk back uphill. There was nothing open in Orebic much just a few restaurants and a welcome ice cream shop. Cherry for me and Vanilla for
The Great Wall
Glenn to fortify us for our walk back to the campsite.
All in all a good day and we were all looking forward to spending a couple of days in heaven.
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