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Driving from Dubrovnik to Istria via Pag

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Driving from Dubrovnik to Istria via Pag

We are renting a car in Dubrovnik and driving up to Istria via Pag. How much time should we allow for this trip? We want to get to Rovinj before it gets dark, but want to make time to see the ladies making lace, take in the Pag scenery, and stop for a meal. We will be going in late September, elated to leave this Texas HEAT! Thank you in advance for any suggestions.

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1. Re: Driving from Dubrovnik to Istria via Pag

Correction: we are driving from Split to Istria via Pag. That should help the timeline a bit. How long should we plan on being behind the wheel?

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2. Re: Driving from Dubrovnik to Istria via Pag

Hit it as early as you can.That way you can have quick run through Trogir,Primosten, Šibenik,Zadar,Nin.Add to the chow list Pag cheese and/or lamb.

Do not be afraid of the dark.From Rijeka jump on the toll highway.

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3. Re: Driving from Dubrovnik to Istria via Pag

This is a very spectacular trip, both for views and experiences on the way. It can be done in one day, but getting to Rovinj before dark will be tight and require the following:

1. Leave Dubrovnik very early (7-8 am).

2. Drive via highway in Dalmatian hinterland (this part is slightly monotonous, but the only way to pull this off) bypassing all the Dalmatians towns on your left.

3. Assuming no significant traffic (likely in this part of year, no delay at boarders to Bosnia-Hercegovina), minimum stopping for quick bite and gas right on the highway, you could be by the Posedarje (16) exit in 3.5-4 hours, assuming speed limit or slightly above driving speeds.

4. I am almost certain you will be stopping on the Pag bridge when you get there, the views are too spectacular to be ignored. Try not to waste too much time there, though to me that is not time wasted, actually.

5. If lucky, you may be in Pag town some 4.5-5 hours after leaving Dubrovnik, which is fast.

6. Leaving Pag town going north towards ferry to mainland (Zigljen-Prizna ferry) and on to Rovinj you will likely need another 5 hours minimum. To get to Rovinj before dark you will not have too much time to spend in Pag.

7. BURA WIND: if this one is blowing strong the Pag-mainland ferry service can be disrupted and this will totally mess with your plan. Off note, the Maslenica bridge is closed sometimes for the same reason, so even going to Rovinj via the highway north of Velebit mountain towards Rijeka can be quite delayed.

SO, as in the good old days of travel with carriages and by foot, your plan will be weather-dependent.

But if pulled off as planned, you will have an unforgettable experience, GUARANTEED.

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4. Re: Driving from Dubrovnik to Istria via Pag

Just saw the plan change to go from Split.

Much easier to do now. Split-Pag is doable in 2 hours, which leaves you enough time for stopping in various places on Pag, and still get to Rovinj before dark.

Cosider driving to Lun on northern tip of Pag. Spectacular place, very old olive trees by the road. Will cost you 20-25 minutes driving north of Novalja, latter is on the way north from Pag towards ferry. So for total additional time of about 50 minutes driving or less, you will see something truly off the beaten path not visited by many tourists, and you may be the first Texan there.

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5. Re: Driving from Dubrovnik to Istria via Pag

Thank you kefa and supereks! Hvala ljepa! We appreciate the suggestions and will definitely enjoy some cheese, lamb, and olive trees. Yay to being the first Texan there (I am going to assume as much). Fun stuff.

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6. Re: Driving from Dubrovnik to Istria via Pag

when on Pag, definitely visit Kolan and one of the best Croatian sheep production artisans Gligora...

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7. Re: Driving from Dubrovnik to Istria via Pag

Thank you. We will do that. Is the cheese something we can bring back to Texas? Will it travel okay or does it need to stay cold?

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8. Re: Driving from Dubrovnik to Istria via Pag

Hmm, good question, but there may be issues with US customs, as it may not be vacuum packed, so you should check with US customs re this, also, cooling would likely be needed also.

I am getting it here locally in Brooklyn, that cheese, so you may be able to order it somewhere in the US.

Interestingly, I found it on amazon.com just now being sold by a company called iGourmet...

Edited: 6:27 pm, September 08, 2013
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9. Re: Driving from Dubrovnik to Istria via Pag

if you take mature chees, particularly the famous 'Paški sir' or 'Pag cheese', it can travel ok, but don't know about the US customs...

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