Shopping in the Neretva and Dubrovnik area
There is just a mini-market in Komarna. It is about 100 meters down the road from Apartment Tedo when you head for the beach. The house is painted red so it is impossible to miss it.
The mini market sells all daily conveniences such as bread,
vegetables, drinks and ice cream and a few things that
holiday makers always forget to bring, such as sun cream. It opens at
7:00 and closes
at around 12:00 for a siesta. And opens again from late afternoon until
21:00 depending on the turnover. Off season, it is advisable to shop
before 12:00 because opening hours seem more unpredictable.
Neum is not in Croatia, but in Bosnia- Herzegovina. Bosnian taxes are lower, so there is something to be saved on almost everything. You can pay in Croatian Kuna almost everywhere in Neum, but do NOT use an ATM. You will get Bosnian Convertible Marks! (a currency that is linked 1:1 with the former German Mark).
Clothes and shoes are cheaper in Neum, but the Bosnians do not care much about copyright issues, so don't trust the labels. That said you can still get good quality at a reasonable price.
The area around the beaches in Neum and Klek respectively are the places to go for beach wear and other holiday essentials, such as snorkels and flippers.
There are a couple of supermarkets in Klek. One of them is open all year. To find it from the central parking place keep right and walk past the old tower (kula), and you will see the shop that is open all year.
We recommend the Tommy supermarket on the main road by the traffic light.
Inside the centre of Opuzen, there is another
small supermarket, Studenac and a good butcher at the first road to the
At the marble paved main square with its cafés and Roman relics, there is a good bank where they can speak German and some English. The square is a nice place to sit and have a drink or a coffee.
If you want a greater choice of shops, you should go to Metkovic. There are several big supermarkets, and many small specialized shops. The three biggest supermarkets are all on the right side of the road leading into town from Opuzen. The first one you will arrive at is Lidl, then Konzum and finally Mercator on your right just before you reach the first traffic light in Metkovic. Mercator is also a mall with many small shops.
Dubrovnik has everything, and this is the place to go hunting for souvenirs because the selection and the competition - and thus the quality - is much greater than anywhere else on the Southern coast.
Down by the new harbor where the cruise ships are there is a big department store and up by the town hall and court building, there are shopping malls.
When you shop in Dubrovnik then remember to keep your receipts. You will pass through Neum (Bosnia) on the way home and there are some import/ export regulations. We have never heard of them being enforced, but there is no guarantee against a grumpy border guard.
Mostar is not just a tourist attraction. It is a big lively commercial town with 180,000 inhabitants and a growing number of shopping malls and warehouses. On the outskirts of the town along the main roads, you can find large warehouses offering a selection that is as good as anything you will find at home.
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