region and its facilities
The shopping situation in
area is excellent. There are supermarkets, a
restaurant and a petrol station within 10 minutes drive.
If you take the main road at
the top of the hill in the direction of Split and Mekovic, at the
bottom of the hill, you will find a small supermarket , a
petrol station and a small market kiosk.
There is the Hotel Merlot - where they have a coffee shop where you can
sit outside and Pizza
oven in the large restaurant. The food is good (even the Pizzas!)
and the owner has his own vineyards.
This might be a possible hotel to stay for the odd night if required -
although we have not sampled it. The price of restaurants
seems to have gone up since Brexit from around £12 per head, and fish is becoming more expensive every year. This is in
of Opusen, but the main part is on
the way to Metkovic. At the traffic lights as you are heading for
Metkovic (just before the turn-off) there is a Tommy supermarket with an
attached cafe - where all the locals seems to meet. Beyond this
there is also an ERA DIY and builders merchants store on your right.
Further on, by taking the turn
to Metkovic, you will find another Tommy supermarket and a health
centre with Doctors and chemist the old part of Opuzen. There are
also some useful DIY
homestores where you can buy things like electric plugs and kitchen
equipment - ERA mentioned above is one. Another is SOLIN -
a great big yellow hanger, which you see on the main road from Ploce
towards Dubrovnik, but approached
only from Opuzen (go past with the Tommy supermarket on your left, then
turn left and follow the potholed road around until you nearly hit the
main Dubrovnik to Split road and turn into gates on your right).
Metkovic (promounced Metkovits)
is the regional
centre. Before you get there, you can see a new Lidl store on the
right and also a large Konsum supermarket. At the traffic lights
(turn right and right again into the carpark), there is a large new
shopping mall area which includes another
large Konsum supermarket, clothes shops, perfumery, electrical
restaurant and cafes. The car-park is now getting rather full, but
initially it was an excellent place to park for any shopping in the
centre of the town. There is also a T-mobile shop, 2 other
large supermarkets and an open-air market. The old part of
the town contains a bakery and similar type shops and cafes and there
is an excellent hardware shop (over the bridge near the big Tomy
supermarket). There are at least 2 bank cash dispensers in the
town, one is near the Mercator carpark. The open market is
somewhat difficult to find as it is in
between lots of buildings and quite near the river - but it is well
worth it - even if you don't speak the language you can always point to
things and for fruit and veg, it is much better value than the
supermarkets - and it is fun too!
On the way to Ploce from
Metkovic, there are lots of stalls selling local fruit and veg in season and
you can usually buy honey and, sometimes local cheese, from these
stalls. Ploce itself has
several restaurants (which we have not sampled yet) and a few other
shops (untried as yet). The biggest restaurant is Monaco on the
main road to Split where the service is friendly, but you are not
overlooking the sea. The main importance of Ploce is the
takes your car and goes over to the Peljesac peninsula.
other places locally are
worth visiting... one is Blace (pronounced Blatse) and this is a
typical seaside Dalmatian village built around a bay with fishing boats
moored in it. It has a cafe or two but not much else. You
can reach it from a side road off the main road at the traffic lights
near Tommy/ERA in Opuzen, or you
can walk to it from Kremena (1 & 1/2 - 2 hours).
From there is a straight road to Ploce (if you can find it!). The other
place is Klek which is
along the main road in the direction of Dubrovnik. This has a
nice hotel restaurant on the beach and there is a tourist complex there
- so it might get crowded in summer. On the way to Klek is another
seaside village called Duboka
- which is charming and you might
being sold from fishing boats there. The restaurant and hotel is
on the main road and it is called Villa Malo Misto and it is
family run and most of the family speak English. They usually
have good fish there.It would be a good place to stay in the
event of being unable to sleep at Kremena. There are also two
restaurants in Komarna, one of which you must book in advance.
This also applies to a new restaurant (our nearest) at Duba.