I have wanted to go to Croatia for some time now. My brother raved about it when he returned from his European travels and I’d heard of the stunning landscapes from many others who had holidayed there.
I put the idea to James as a potential summer holiday. He had already been to parts of it but was more than happy to make the trip again – that’s got to be a good sign!
We decided to visit Split, Zadar and Dubrovnik with three days in each. Bristol Airport has flights direct to Split so we began our trip there.
We arrived at our Apartment around 6pm, enough time to freshen up, go for an evening explore and get some dinner. We were staying in an Airbnb apartment, something neither of us had done before but it really enhanced our trip.
The owner of the apartment provided us with maps, cultural insight, directions and even restaurant recommendations – all very valuable information for a couple of tourists.
We were in the perfect location, just two minutes walk from the Diocletian’s Palace.
We settled down for our first Croatian meal in a lovely restaurant. We enjoyed the first of many bruschetta’s and James kickstarted his new truffle obsession.
The next morning we got ourselves in full holiday mode by spending a few hours at the beach.
Later that day we took a walk up some side streets that eventually led to a park high above Split, giving us incredible views of the city.
We took a break on the way down and patted ourselves on the back in the form of cocktails – before stopping for dinner.
The food is mostly Italian inspired, with fish dishes also very popular. We struggled to find many leafy salads, which we were craving after several days of carb-filled food however they were few and far between. But, hey, if you can’t indulge on holiday, when can you!
Our final full day in Split, we opted for an excussion day to Hvar Island. Only an hour on the ferry, it really is worth the trip.
We stopped for a drink to hydrate, giving us a chance to get our bearings. The town, as with most of the cities we visited, is full of these small sidestreets that hold great restaurants and trinket shops.
We found out there was a fortress that offered great views of the island so decided to take the inclined (and very hot) walk to the top. It was worth it.
As soon as we reached the bottom we cooled off in the crystal clear waters before heading back to Split.
We found a great place to eat for our last night before heading back to our apartment to pack for the second part of our holiday.
Next up Zadar and the beautiful Plitvice Lakes – stay tuned!