Croatia is one of my absolute most favorite places. A�The European country waves to Italy from across The Adriatic, and although still somewhat unthought of in comparison to the popularity of Its Italian neighbor, Croatia is fast becoming a hotspot for summer holidays.
The country is small and traveling between the cities and islands, by bus or ferry, is inexpensive and simple. A�The towns and cities are filled with good restaurants, museums, interesting architecture, and street cafes, while the countryside offers choices for activity including hiking, swimming, biking, and rock climbing.
I liked Croatia for more than a few reasons. A�The coastlines are dominated by jagged rocks and shorelines, creating an unapproachable beauty, offset by the warm and all consuming Mediterranean sunshine. A�Dubrovnik is nice if you accept that way too many people fill the city during daylight hours due to cruise ship visitors. A�Korcula Town carries that mix of old world europe that Dubrovnik boasts, minus the crowds, with the cobbled streets and an endless amount of stairs (Packing in a backpack was a smart choice for this trip). A�Plitvice Lakes, a UNESCO World Heritage site, located equidistant between Zagreb and Zadar is a see once in your life. A�Zadar, gave the ultimate surprise, Emily and I both not expecting to fall so in love with the city. A�The Sea Organ, The Garden Bar, the absolutely cool Hostel owner Chris, and just the feel of the city made it an easy for Emily and I to stay a few extra days. A�Zagreb, the capital, which most only consider as a stopover when entering or exiting the country, claims The Museum of Broken Relationships as its own, one of the most interesting museums I have visited, in any country. A�Zagreb’s cafes and the people are inviting, which are alive, especially at night, when the blistering sun says goodnight.
Museum of Broken Relationships, Zagreb
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Zadar near The Sea Organ
When looking for places to stay, I would recommend private accommodation, renting a room or a flat from a local. A�During Emily and my travels we had no problems finding places to stay in good locations. A�We simply stepped off of the bus or ferry at our destination and waited to be accosted by locals, who would typically say something like,A�“I have a v-rrroom forrr re-NT. A�Zit is near san-dee veeeeach! A�Verrrrry niccccee. Come! Come! I show you.” A�If you are traveling during high season, June to early September, it would be wise to book accommodation ahead of time because places tend t0 fill up. A�Another great option, and something Emily and I didn’t have time to do, but would like to someday, is sail or yacht to the various islands. A�There are budget tours, renting an entire yacht for you and your friends, or high end options available. A�Some options incude:
I could continue to go on about Croatia, and the 10 days that we spent exploring was not enough. A�I need to go back as there is so much beauty to take in, relaxing days to enjoy, and more Spinach Pie and gelato to eat. A�Next time Rovinj, The Blue Grotto, and swimming at Krka National Park are just a few things I hope to see and do.
Here are some more photos from my trip, if you are still not convinced to take a trip of your own.
Zagreb Farmers Market
Waterfall at Plitvice Lakes
Sunset at the harbor, Hvar
Kayaking in Dubrovnik