Car Hire in Dubrovnik
This information is correct as of August 2015.
The beauty of the Old Town of Dubrovnik almost never fails to awe visitors setting their eyes here for the first time. The baroque buildings, marble streets, and the glimmer of the Adriatic waters make their mark as one of Eastern Europe's splendid urban sights. Its city walls and forts, said to be the finest in the world, were first built in the 9th century, making it one of the sights not to miss here. Add to that is the view from the top of Mt Srd, which can be reached by cable car.
Where to hire a car in Dubrovnik
When it comes to transportation, there are times when it is more convenient to rent a car. Various car rental companies can be found in different parts of the city of Dubrovnik, most of them being local brands. Sixt Rent a Car is the only the internationally known brand offering a selection of vehicles here, as of the time of writing. You can contact them some time before going on your flight, so the details are well set up for your arrival.
Upon deciding to travel in Dubrovnik and the surrounding area by car, you need to ensure that your driving licence will stay valid on the duration of your trip. An authorised or official copy of the rental agreement, as well as a green card (certificate of insurance) should also be kept in the car at all times. You should also clarify with your provider the terms and conditions, as well as the procedures for crossing borders of other countries when heading to the northern part of Croatia.
What to expect when hiring a car from Dubrovnik
The motorway system in Croatia, especially in Dubrovnik, has greatly improved in recent years, with many highways linking the major cities. The Adriatic road connecting Rijeka and Dubrovnik is often said to be the most picturesque route in the country. The roads can be especially overcrowded on border crossings and during summertime, which makes it essential to avoid the rush hours in the mornings and afternoons.
Toll roads in Dubrovnik can be found when traversing the way to Zagreb. The A1 motorway extends at a total of 456 kilometres between Zagreb and Ploce. Other highways such as A1/A6 which lies between Zagreb and Rijeka also charge tolls, making it necessary to prepare additional money for the fees. Congestion charges are not implemented here, though, which makes it easier to traverse the area. One-way systems are also to be expected, especially in the old parts of the city. Trams are not available here, with the rare bicycle going around. Parking can also be difficult to manage, so you will need to reserve a space with a hotel beforehand.
Getting to your destination
Lying on the southern coast of the Peljesac Peninsula, Orebic has some of the finest beaches in the southern Dalmatian region. Sandy coves, as well as groves of tamarisk and pine can be found here. Mt Ilija presents hiking opportunities, with the town itself offering museums and a couple of churches. When visiting here from Dubrovnik, you will have to head southwest towards Vukovarska ul. and then follow it to D8 and D414 to Ul. kralja Tomislava in Orebic. The trip can take around two hours, making it necessary to prepare to leave early, so you can get back before dark in Dubrovnik.
Cavtat, although not as popular with tourists as Dubrovnik, presents its own charms. It is wrapped around a pretty harbour that is also bordered by beaches. Imposing hills also crowd the setting, making it lovely to behold. If you decide to add Cavtat to the itinerary, you will have to get on Jadranska cesta to head to D8, the main highway leading to Cavtat. It can take about 35 minutes to get there, as long as there are no traffic disruptions along the way. There are roads that might have restricted passage, which can impede your progress and make the trip longer, however.
Although Sibenik is not as polished as other parts in Croatia, its shabby outskirts hide its medieval past well. The architecture of this town can be breathtaking to behold, especially the St James' Cathedral, the crowning glory of the Dalmatian Coast. You can also make Sibenik a base point for Krka National Park and the Kornati Islands. Getting here can be possible if you pass through D8 and E65. This route has tolls, with some parts of the way going through Bosnia and Herzegovina.