Croatia

Croatia is an Eastern European country with long coastlines on the Adriatic Sea, encompassing more than a thousand islands, crossed by the Dinaric Alps and dotted with castles. Its inland capital, Zagreb, is distinguished by its medieval Gornji Grad (Upper Town) and diverse museums. The major coastal city Dubrovnik has massive 16th-century walls encircling an Old Town with Gothic and Renaissance buildings.

HOW TO GET THERE

Zagreb Airport is connected with all major cities and airports in the World so by air is one of the options for getting in Croatia. Another option is by land. Many train and bus connection as well as good roads for driving with your private car. Also there is separate small roads where you can drive a bicycle and thats also one of the option if you are more adventuress. Having the amazing Adratic sea open a another option to get to Croatia via sea. There is lot of ferries going from Italy to Croatia , from Montenegro to Croatia and inside connecting mainland with lot of lovely islands.

WHAT TO DO AND WHAT TO SEE 

I decide to make a another tour around Croatia like many times before this time i took a flight to Zagreb and rent a car there. Driving around Zagreb is nice , city is modern and look like every other European city. Vibrant night life , good restaurants amazing food and lot of friendly people always ready to have fun till the dawn. Ban Jelacic square is center of artistic people who show their skills, people who just drink coffee in near by bars and some nice museums where you can learn bit more about their history. For me Sjeme the mountain near the city which overlook the capital is the place where you should go.Nice for hiking and perfect view on Zagreb from up there. In winter great place for skiing.

From there i decide to drive to one of the most beautiful lakes in the world- Plitvice. Plitvice is a chain of lakes and amazing nature that will gave you a totally another dimension of your travel. Turquoise water of the lakes, nice forest and great hiking trails and place to rest from walking is just some of the things you can see there.

Coming to Croatia and not to see the coast is really shame 🙂 So i head to visit some friends in Rieka that was my first stop in the Istra area. Rieka is a typical port city , building of ships is main source of money for the people as well as tourism.Some nice beach to lay around all day long and to enjoy .

Pula was my next city , this city has same amazing amfi theater like Rome , during the season there is plenty of events there but also off the season is open for tourists.Because is close to Italy and was long time under the Romans this place looks like Italy more than others. Just to walk around the old city is amazing .

More south from Pula is Zadar i stop a bit here , lot of tourist also here Zadar is becoming one of the most visited when some of the cheap Ryan Air flights start bringing people from all over the Europe.

Croatia has lot of islands all of the so beautiful that you will not want to leave the place .Great food amazing wine and friendly people. Some of the islands are just for clubbing and fun.

Vis -A Yugoslav military naval base and no-go zone for foreigners until 1989, Vis was invaded by yachties the moment the last submarine left. Now a hippy-chic summer hideaway, its informal konobe (taverns) serve Dalmatian seafood dishes. At Mola Trovna, Senko Karuza takes guests on fishing trips then shows you how to clean and cook your catch. Don’t miss Vis’s organic wines – white Vugava and red Mali Plavac – and rogacica, a potent tipple made from carob, which grows in abundance here.

Stay at the 12-room Hotel Paula, in a cobbled side street in Vis Town, doubles €106 (£85)

Hvar – Centring on Venetian-era Hvar Town, Croatia’s most fashionable island destination warrants exploring beyond its capital’s 16th-century fortifications. Leave the design hotels and chichi cocktail bars behind to hike or mountain bike through a rugged landscape of silvery-purple lavender fields and the hillside vineyards that produce velvety red Plavac. Or dodge the celebrity-spotters on the palm-lined seafront promenade to take a sea-kayaking trip round the nearby Pakleni islets.

Stay at Palmizana, an upmarket bohemian retreat, with bungalows and villas painted in bold colours and decorated with contemporary Croatian art, set in lush gardens on the island of Palmizana, a 10-minute boat ride from Hvar town. Doubles €60-100 (£48-80) (minimum stay one week)

The Kornati archipelago is a scattering of 89 islands, islets and reefs, which has been designated a national park. There’s no fresh water here, and the islands are rocky and arid. In the past, their scanty vegetation was used for summer grazing, and shepherds and fishermen from Murter built stone cottages to use as seasonal accommodation. With a nod to sustainable tourism, several of these dwellings are now available to rent for a no-frills, environmentally friendly holiday.

Stay in a fisherman’s cottage, with water from a well, low-voltage solar electricity, and an outdoor shower and barbecue. Expect to pay €80 (£64) a day for a house sleeping two (transport there and back included)

Mljet – Through the centuries, Mljet remained something of a backwater, its dense pine forests encroaching on its pair of interconnected emerald-green saltwater lakes. In fact, little on record ever happened here, but for the arrival (1151) and departure (1345) of a group of Italian Benedictine monks who built an Apulian-Romanesque monastery on an islet on the larger of the two lakes, and the introduction of a family of Indian mongooses (1910) intended to wipe out Mljet’s snake population (which they did). While the western, forested part of Mljet is a now a national park, the eastern coast hosts a lovely sand beach, Saplunara.

Long renowned for its delicious Paski sir (Pag cheese), made from sheep’s milk, Pag is now also Croatia’s top spot for summer beach clubs. As of 2007, Zrce beach, near Novalja, is the only place in the country where bars and clubs are granted 24-hour licences. Long summer days end with after-beach-parties at Kalypso, Papaya and Aquarius, transforming into full-on dance clubs after dark, hosting international DJs such as Joe Montana, Tiesto and Armand van Helden.Long renowned for its delicious Paski sir (Pag cheese), made from sheep’s milk, Pag is now also Croatia’s top spot for summer beach clubs. As of 2007, Zrce beach, near Novalja, is the only place in the country where bars and clubs are granted 24-hour licences. Long summer days end with after-beach-parties at Kalypso, Papaya and Aquarius, transforming into full-on dance clubs after dark, hosting international DJs such as Joe Montana, Tiesto and Armand van Helden.

Brach is the best place for you if you enjoy in water sports and there is also plenty of it where you can enjoy in a bit more extream sports like climbing

Back to the mainland i visit Split , one of the most vibrant city in Dalmacia. Split, a town on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, is known for its beaches and the fortresslike complex at its center, Diocletian’s Palace, erected by the Roman emperor in the 4th century. Once home to thousands, its sprawling remains include more than 200 buildings. Within its white stone walls and under its courtyards and galleries are shops, bars, cafes, cathedrals, hotels and several houses.

For rafting , hiking and mountain expirience you can go on Dinara witch is on the border with Bosnia not far from Split . Some lovely waterfalls , great nature and good trails with amazing view on the Adriatic sea. Go there mostly in spring when forest is amazing and river has water during the summer some of the smaller rivers are dry.

Dubrovnik is a city in southern Croatia fronting the Adriatic Sea. It’s known for its distinctive Old Town, encircled with massive stone walls completed in the 16th century. Its well-preserved buildings range from baroque St. Blaise Church to Renaissance Sponza Palace and Gothic Rector’s Palace, now a history museum. Paved with limestone, the pedestrianized Stradun (aka Placa) is lined with shops and restaurants..

ACCOMMODATION 

This depend from the season and from the place where you go. In the season that in the summer prices are very high , off season from September to May is less expensive so have this on your mind when you plan your trip to Croatia.

WHEN TO GO

Best time is off season, less crowded less expensive and more lovely nature. That the period from September to May

 

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