We were two couples who caught a taxi across from the ship for 50 Euros. He drove us around a little, we went up to the top of the mountain where we got a panoramic view of the old town Dubrovnik. It was a great way to see the city from above and know where we would be walking later. The views were awesome, lots of pictures taken. The mountain was where the cable car came up. I think the drive was better as we were able to stop and take pictures along the way. He then dropped us off at the top of Old Town. I think it was called the Ploce gate, not the one where all the buses drop everyone off. This way we wondered through the city making our way to the front gate. We almost said no to the taxi in favor of the ship's shuttle bus. We had already bought a ticket 12 euros each. So glad we didn't though. The taxi gave us a great feel for the place and no waste of time. We caught the Royal Caribbean shuttle back. I would recommend just taking a taxi back. It would cost less and no waiting in line. Don't stop at the first restaurant you see. Much more and I am sure better further inside the city. Do stop for gelato!
We rented a car at the terminal for 55 euros plus 5 extra for GPS. We had reserved one from Top Cars over the Internet before we left and wasted 30 min looking for them. No deposit at least. It wasn't necessary to book ahead. We drove to Lakones about 30 min northwest. Beautiful little village, narrow streets. Watch out for the buses but my husband loved the challenge. Drove to the castle and walked up some of the steps. Then Monastery of the Virgin Mary. Wonderful. Then down to Paleokastritsa. Too cold to swim but beach was nice. Ate at the nice restaurant overlooking the beach. Would have like to do the yellow submarine but outvoted. Drove back through Corfu. When we saw how crowded it was and no parking space, was glad we rented the car. Would have spent more time in Lakones.
We were probably too tired to make plans by this point. We took our time getting off the ship and only wandered through the streets of Katakolon. We bought a few gifts for family and visited with shop owners. We ate lunch at the larger restaurant at the end of the street that overlooked the water. Great gyros, mouth watering tomatoes! Service was less than ideal. They just kinda threw the food at us, but they were very busy. If you catch it right, the musicians serenaded you. Our friends took a taxi to the beach and enjoyed their day as well.