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Review: Camping Solitudo - Dubrovnik

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The nearest and the largest campsite to the old town of Ragusa, better know as Dubrovnik, the pearl of the Adriatic. The site consists of four camping fields, A, B, C & D. C is primarily used for tour groups such as Kontiki, Top Deck etc. Field A is popular with tent campers, as it is a little rugged (after all this coastline is all rock!) but has plenty of shade. We prefer this field as it is nearest to the restaurant and to the bus stop into town and it is no problem to use a couple of levelling wedges, which may be needed on many of the pitches in this field.

Field B is the largest and has the best facilities with many pitches giving full service. There are a few 'bungalows' in the corner of this field but they are quite unobtrusive. This field is the nearest to the Copacabana Beach, which is shingle and about 150/200m away. That has a restaurant, coffee bar and the usual beach facilities - campers on Solitudo also may use the large swimming pool in the adjacent Hotel - Valamar Club. The last field D is in the final stages of being upgraded with large serviced flat pitches and some pitches with great views across the bay entering Dubrovnik harbour.

The toilets are very clean and plenty of hot water. Staff are very helpful. We love it.

 

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What a contrast to the review I posted in December 2012 which I quote

 

This is the only site within the boundaries of the city of Dubrovnik and is very handy for both the city and the port. EHU is 10 amp standard CEE plug and WiFi across the site is free (although the signal was weak). Reception staff are friendly and helpful. There is a very nice public beach about 500 metres from the site (a bit of a pull back up the hill afterwards), and the hotel facilities (pool, bar, restaurant and entertainment) are available for campers. The launderette was well equipped. There is a small supermarket on site and the site restaurant is just outside.

The site caters for 300 tourers and is split into four sections. Two of these sections were closed when we were there. One section was for premium pitches, which where flat and of reasonable size. The final section was where you are sent if you produce Camping Cheques. Here all the pitches are of similar size, marked out by lines on the site roads, but the markings take no account of the contents of the pitch. One might be quite clear, another so full of rocks boulders and bushes that you would be hard pushed to pitch a tent. All pitches were rough and boulder strewn, and where the soil showed through this was thick red mud following recent rain which was unable to drain away. The red mud stained everything it touched. There was rubbish under many of the bushes too. Many of the pitches would be completely inaccessible to caravans.

Electric points were few and far between and long leads are required. The lead will almost inevitably have to cross a site road to get from caravan to plug. There was a water tap at the foot of this area which sent water out horizontally, making it very difficult to fill bottles or aquaroll.

The toilet block, which was shared by our area and the premium area, was very dated. Outside washing up areas had been spruced up several years ago by painting over the Formica, and this was peeling off. The showers were poorly designed in that water, instead of draining away where it should, flowed freely across the central floor area, which was perpetually wet and muddy, even within minutes of being cleaned. Our neighbours warned us there was no hot water, they were using their own on board facilities. We found warm water on the first day but no more after that. Reception advised that there was a problem with the boiler and it was to be fixed that day, but next day it was cold again.

Having said all that, it is such a convenient site I would be tempted to use it again, but paying the extra for a premium pitch.

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What a contrast to the review I posted in December 2012 which I quote

 

This is the only site within the boundaries of the city of Dubrovnik and is very handy for both the city and the port. EHU is 10 amp standard CEE plug and WiFi across the site is free (although the signal was weak). Reception staff are friendly and helpful. There is a very nice public beach about 500 metres from the site (a bit of a pull back up the hill afterwards), and the hotel facilities (pool, bar, restaurant and entertainment) are available for campers. The launderette was well equipped. There is a small supermarket on site and the site restaurant is just outside.

 

The site caters for 300 tourers and is split into four sections. Two of these sections were closed when we were there. One section was for premium pitches, which where flat and of reasonable size. The final section was where you are sent if you produce Camping Cheques. Here all the pitches are of similar size, marked out by lines on the site roads, but the markings take no account of the contents of the pitch. One might be quite clear, another so full of rocks boulders and bushes that you would be hard pushed to pitch a tent. All pitches were rough and boulder strewn, and where the soil showed through this was thick red mud following recent rain which was unable to drain away. The red mud stained everything it touched. There was rubbish under many of the bushes too. Many of the pitches would be completely inaccessible to caravans.

 

Electric points were few and far between and long leads are required. The lead will almost inevitably have to cross a site road to get from caravan to plug. There was a water tap at the foot of this area which sent water out horizontally, making it very difficult to fill bottles or aquaroll.

 

The toilet block, which was shared by our area and the premium area, was very dated. Outside washing up areas had been spruced up several years ago by painting over the Formica, and this was peeling off. The showers were poorly designed in that water, instead of draining away where it should, flowed freely across the central floor area, which was perpetually wet and muddy, even within minutes of being cleaned. Our neighbours warned us there was no hot water, they were using their own on board facilities. We found warm water on the first day but no more after that. Reception advised that there was a problem with the boiler and it was to be fixed that day, but next day it was cold again.

 

Having said all that, it is such a convenient site I would be tempted to use it again, but paying the extra for a premium pitch.

 

There you go, John! I am sure that is how you perceived/found the site (when?), and I agree there have been complaints over the years. This year, there was plentiful hot water at all times, even when showers were in demand with the arrival of tour busses and loads of young people having showers at all times of the day (and night?). As to the drainage problem you found, this has been overcome in two ways, by improving the drainage and by leaving squeegees for customer use to mop up/direct any overflow into the drains.

As to the choice of fields, you have pointed out the different price levels for different services and Field B is the most expensive with a high level of services on most of the pitches that attract the higher tariff. There you get water (shared between two pitches,) and new CEE17 electricity connection.

The new Field C opposite the entrance to Field B is in the course (nearly finished) of being upgraded with new pitches overlooking the entrance to Gruz harbour. Those pitches are fully serviced with water, electricity and lighting.

I have been going to Solitudo to inspect it since it opened after the end of the Balkan war and I have never seen formica in the washing up areas. All are regularly painted a-fresh in blue for the men and pinkish for the ladies. There is also two new toilet blocks behind the Reception with a new Chimnea and a cooking area for guests.

There are some long leads needed, particularly in Field A and these are readily available from the office without charge. There was also a previous problem with some leads crossing roads (a safety hazard) and most of this has now been overcome - certainly there is no need, but some campers are not that well trained.

There has been no supermarket on-site for some three years, but there is a privately owned one between fields A & B on the road leading to a Private estate behind Field A. There used to be one owned by the campsite on Field A, which was closed down due to lack of demand.

You don't say when you stayed there in your quote, but maybe you do in your original post.

There is also a small shopping Mall called Mini Stradun

As well as the Copacabana beach, there is also a quieter one further along the coast, which is used a lot by Argosy and Tirena hotel guests. Hotel President has its own beach. Of course there are also many in and around Dubrovnik and further North and South on the coastline.

It is still a lovely destination to visit - if you can bear the distance.

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Thank's Graham. We were there late September 2012. We did feel we would go again, perhaps next time trying the ferry to avoid that Neum stretch through Bosnia. Croatia is certainly now our preferred destination.

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Thank's Graham. We were there late September 2012. We did feel we would go again, perhaps next time trying the ferry to avoid that Neum stretch through Bosnia. Croatia is certainly now our preferred destination.

 

At the risk of overkill, don't forget that Croatia joined the EU on the 1st July this year. The border crossings into and out of Neum have now changed location and we found checks were more thorough, but no long queues as we had expected. The only problem over the years in crossing that enclave, has been getting the appropriate vehicle Green card insurance. There could be more, but the only Insurers currently providing it (since Saga tried for one year then dropped it) are the NFU and the Caravan Club insurers. We understand the bridge is still likely to go ahead when the money is found, but probably not in my lifetime! So the only other option is the Ferry from Ploce to Trpanje on Peljesac.

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