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TWO WEEKS IN CROATIA
A follow up to my recent blog post and I’m certainly feeling even more inspired, full of wanderlust and gathering more ideas of new places to visit and explore!
Whilst browsing through photographs of my trip to Europe with Adam a few years ago, I stumbled upon our visit to Croatia, which I had to share. The whole country was full of the most beautiful national parks, crystal clear turquoise waters and historical castles, caves and monuments.
Throughout our two-week stay we explored three different towns within Croatia. Split (Meje), was first on our list, and we stayed in another "Airbnb" see it here, in case it's of interest. The Apartment had amazing sea views and was roughly a ten-minute walk from Bacvice Beach.
We had come from Switzerland and, despite being one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to, it rained for our entire time there. As soon as our flight landed in Croatia, and we stepped into the warm air and saw all the palm trees, we instantly felt like we were on holiday, especially staying so close to a beach.
On our first night there we ate at a restaurant called “Teraca Vidilica” which is on the edge of Marjan park, about half-way up the hill – but nonetheless a bit of a climb, which definitely built up our appetites and isn’t for the faint-hearted... we were very glad to be doing it in the cool evening air! The panoramic city views however, are so worth the trek and I honestly felt the most relaxed I ever have done (the picture on my “about page” was taken there actually!).
The next day we visited a little terrace restaurant called “Pizzeria Portas”, which was terribly romantic and where I had the best pizza I have ever eaten, which I think, paired with a large glass of iced lemonade, cost about seven pounds - so very good value and definitely worth a mention!
For the remaining days left in Split we visited Diocletian's Palace, The Cathedral and Bell Tower of St. Domnius, The "Riva Hvar" Harbor, Marjan Park, Paklenica National Park (which had stunning mountain views and looked like something you'd see on Instagram) and Klis Fortress - which for any "Game of Thrones" fans, acts as the city of Meereen in Season 4!
After what felt like too little time, we left Split and headed to our next stop and the capital of Croatia – Zadar. We stayed in another “Airbnb” (see it here, again, in case it's of interest), which was a three-minute walk from a beautiful stone beach that we could even see from our balcony– with breeze to die for and perfect for cooling off.
It has to be said however, that my favourite beach, in the whole of Croatia, was “Ninska Laguna” also known as “Nin’s Lagoon” or “Queen’s Beach”, with its stunning mountains in the distance, clear still waters and soft sandy coastline – it was pure perfection. Apparently, the salt black mud marshes, at the lagoon, contain mud with healing and moisturising properties, which we did indeed try – but those photos do not need to be shared (I will spare your eyes, do not worry)! We also loved the vibes in the old town of Zadar and had one of the most peaceful nights listening to the "Sea Organ" and watching the sunset - another must see (or must hear?)!
It was then time to head to our final destination in Croatia, for the last few days of our time there. On the way to Zadar, our final stop in Croatia, we visited Plitvice Lakes National Park and Krka National Park, which was probably my favourite place of the whole trip and the most beautiful place in Europe that I’ve seen to date - you must go (even googling the pictures, you'll see what I mean)!
Once in Zadar we stayed at our final “Airbnb” and during our trip, we visited the Illusion Museum, Maksimir Park, and ate our own body weight in (superb) pizza before catching an eight-hour train to our next country… Hungary – Budapest *see previous blog post.
Croatia is definitely a must-see place, and extremely easy to explore, even on the tightest of budgets. I’m certainly going back to explore the beautiful national parks, eat even more pizza/ice cream and let the sun kiss my skin on the most heavenly of beaches.