TWO WEEKS IN CROATIA
January 21, 2018
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 a few years ago, I stumbled upon my 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" (here's the link - again if any of you are interested - https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/434163?s=51) which has 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 – but nonetheless a bit of a climb, which definitely built up our appetites, but isn’t for the faint hearted and 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 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 Harbor, Marjan Park, National Park Paklenica, which had stunning mountain views and looked like something off 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 capital of Croatia – Zadar. We stayed in another “Airbnb” (https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/12404552?s=51) which was a three-minute walk from a beautiful stone beach that we could even see from our balcony– creating a 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 cost line – 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!
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, we visited Plitvice 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.
Once in Zadar we stayed in another “Airbnb” (https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/6938209) and during our trip, we visited the Illusion Museum, Maksimir Park, and ate our own body weight in (really good) pizz
a before catching an eight-hour train to our next country… Hungary – Budapest.
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.