Best of Croatia – travel guide
Fed up already with winter? Dreaming of a travel guide for a holiday where you can mix sea and mountains? Then this Croatian travel guide is your right place. Follow me in this amazing journey through the land of islands.
We landed in Split and got the ferry to Brac Island. Then we did taxi pool to the town of Bol.
Guys, sharing a taxi is a fantastic experience and we had fun hearing the other traveller’s adventures. It also costs the same amount of money than the bus, but the journey was quicker and more comfortable. It was also nice to hear the local driver’ stories.
Our travel guide starts with BOL, which is a pretty touristic location thanks to its amazing beach Zlatni Rat, just a short walk outside the town centre. Zlatni Rat has been defined the most beautiful beach of the Adriatic Sea, the Golden horn, and it’s truly a gem. Its shape changes frequently due to the wind that models it. Access to the beach is free and there are a lot of water sports options like parasailing, windsurfing, banana boat, wakeboarding and many more. The water is incredibly blue, crystal and cold.
In Bol there is lot of nice restaurants for seafood and Mediterranean yummy cuisine, but also nice bars for drinks at sunset and after dinner. My recommendation is Konoba Dalmatino for seafood (http://konobadalmatino.com/), Pizzeria Topolino (http://www.kastil.hr/it/topolino-bol.php) for pizza and Mediterranean cuisine, Varadero for a fabulous cocktail (https://www.timeout.com/croatia/bars-and-pubs/varadero-cocktail-bar ).
If you want to have some relaxing, a walk towards the sanctuary of Bol where you can enjoy a fantastic sunset view and some peace.
The second location of this travel guide is HVAR. If it’s a nice day, there is the catamaran (info here) that takes you there. If it’s a windy rough day like we had, the only way to get to Hvar island is a speed boat. The drivers are completely crazy so if you get motion sick I really don’t suggest it. However, if you don’t, it’s a lot of fun and I recommend it.
Hvar town is the most popular part of the island with its colours, walls and coves. The town is all up and down with plenty of lovely boutiques, restaurants and locals. I really suggest having a full tour and to go all the way up to the old castle where you can enjoy a breath-taking view of the Pakleni islands and Hvar bay.
For dinner, I suggest you Alviz, good price and quality, nice location. For drinks try Ka’Lavanda: personalised cocktails, nice and kind staff.
To see the best sunsets, walk to the Hula Hula Beach club along the coast. Hvar doesn’t have many beaches but from the port there are lot of taxi boats that take you to the Pakleni islands for a small fee (around 4 euros per person). Our favourite beaches were Palmizana ( http://www.visit-hvar.com/destinations/hvar/palmizana) and Mlini.
Croatia is not only sea and beaches but also lakes and beautiful parks. The third part of this travel guide will drive you through the best natural perks of Croatia!
We visited Krka National Park, located in Central Dalmatian (http://www.np-krka.hr/stranice/krka-national-park/2/en.html). After a pleasant walk inside the park you reach these gorgeous waterfalls, where you can swim!! You can’t imagine my happiness, I nearly jumped in the water with all my clothes on. So, don’t forget your swimsuit!!
Another unmissable place is the Plitvice National Park ( https://np-plitvicka-jezera.hr/it/), a world Unesco heritage site . Immerse yourself in these spectacular green-blue lakes, hike following the suggested trails, get amazed by the beauty of the nature. Respect the rules of the park. This park is suitable for any age as the trails are well sign posted. The expertise level and duration are clearly explained in the map. We spent the night in a B&B not far from the park, all booked via booking.com.
Our Croatian tour carried on with a visit in Zadar. We spent only 2 hours and just walked around. It is a lovely city and it was a warm wonderful day. Make sure you go to listen to the singing sea organ played by the sea waves!!
Our last stop on our Croatian trip was Split, a city that I never considered in my travel bucket list but which is truly amazing. We arrived in the late afternoon and left very early morning, but I just recommend that you have a walk tour all around in the Diocletian palace. Enjoy the vibe, visit the cathedral, have a seafood dinner with a glass of wine. The vibe in Split is good. Watch out for dinner though, we were there around the 10th of September and the restaurants were all fully booked at any time until 10.
I really recommend the accommodation where we stayed which is the Diocletian Wine Apartment (https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/4308219). It was super cool, and the owner was so kind that welcomed us with a complimentary bottle of wine! The apartment is clean, really central, a little bit tricky to find because Split has narrow streets and the names are not clear. The city is really nice and it’s definitely worth a visit.
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