Croatia in 9 days

From red roof tops of Dubrovnik, through orange sunset of Zadar, to the turquoise waters of Plitvice Lakes, Croatia is an unmissable destination. There we’ve spent 9 days, in middle of sunny and warm July of 2017. Here’s what we’ve seen and done.
Our journey starts in Dubrovnik – without a doubt, the most beautiful, major city we’ve seen in Croatia. We stayed within the old town, which I highly recommend! If you book in advance, the price won’t be devastating. Oh, and by the way – the food also, isn’t that expensive.
Sunset, seen from the top of Srd mountain is not to be missed and a dinner at the Panorama restaurant (also at the top) is desirable. We took the cable car, which is the most convenient way of getting to the top.
A walk around Dubrovnik walls is an amazing way of seeing the city and its surroundings. The price is acceptable and the views are well worth it.
Details about Dubrovnik are available on a separate post. Check it out here.
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Dubrovnik City Walls
An early morning ferry takes us to the port of Hvar on the island of the same name. Accommodation and food isn’t cheap here, but the island is amazing! We spent two days here, enjoying our time on few lovely beaches, while on a road trip around the island. We ate some really nice food, enjoyed drinks while watching sunset at the Hula Hula beach bar and visited a historic fortress (great sunset here too). You can read all about our visit to Hvar here.
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Dubovica bar
Croatia has many islands and I’m sure every single one has something interesting to offer to travellers. Brac is just a short distance away and has one of the most unique looking beach, not only in the country, but entire Europe – Zlatni Rat. It’s within walking distance from the port and city of Bol, where the ferry from Hvar took us and where we booked our accommodation.
We are suckers for sunsets and the island is home to the highest peak of all Adriatic Sea islands… you know where I’m going with this?! Yes, obviously, we had to go up to see the sun going down! We rented a quad, not only for the trip to the top, but to go around the island, there are many nice places to see. You can read all about our visit to Brac here.
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Vidova Gora
Split wasn’t really high on our “to do” list in Croatia, but the city turned out to be pretty interesting. There’s a nice waterfront area full of tables hidden from the sun under huge umbrellas. These seating areas belong to near by bars and restaurants and we ate in one of them. The prices are inflated and food is of mediocre quality.
Inside, what’s known as Diocletian palace, is Split’s old town full of restaurants, pubs and souvenir shops. Its narrow pathways  make it for a pleasant wander around. The cathedral complex is the main attraction, with top of the bell tower being the most sought after. The view, however, isn’t spectacular.
On leaving Split, we rented a car and made our way to chase one of the most desired sunsets in Europe – the one in Zadar! As you already know, we’re suckers for sunsets and so we watched quite a few. I now consider myself to be a sort of an expert in that area, so trust me when I say: this sunset is well worth a visit to Zadar. Read all about Split and Zadar here.
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Plitvice Lakes was our next stop and what a stop it was! We stayed only one night around the lakes and had only one day to explore, but that is enough to tick of the “must do” here. Views are spectacular and water is turquoise to a point of disbelief. Since the beauty of the park is so overwhelming, any attempt to capture it in words can only be pathetic. I’ll save you reading about it. It really is “you have to see it for yourself” kind of place. Details about our visit to the park are here.
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We came back to Split to return the car, catch our flight home and do one last tour in Croatia, a boat one. The main reason for doing this was to see a blue cave. Unfortunately the sea wasn’t calm enough and we couldn’t do that. Apart from that, the tour was great; we got to visit many beautiful places, which are quite tricky to access on your own. Overall it was well worth the price and I would highly recommend it! Check out details here.
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Budikovac
That was our trip to Croatia. Come back for more tips on trips.

Croatia – How to see Dubrovnik in just 1 day

Turquoise water, orange rooftops and beige limestone streets is what gives Dubrovnik its nickname – The Pearl of the Adriatic. From Game of Thrones through The Last Jedi to new James Bond, it should come as no surprise that the city was chosen for so many scenes in so many movies! We only had one, amazing day in this beautiful medieval city and indeed, amazing it was! Summer was in full swing and sun turned up the heat to high 30s. Make sure you pack sun screen!

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Dubrovnik

NOTE: All prices are accurate at the time of purchase. The prices in UK £ are based on using Halifax Clarity Mastercard – It’s unlikely you’ll find better rates anywhere else.

Cavtat

This little town is located between Zracna luka airport and Dubrovnik city. After we landed, we took an Uber and had a little stroll around, before taking a taxi boat to reach our destination. I will recommend going to Cavtat under a condition that you’ll take a boat to reach Dubrovnik. Arriving into the city this way adds to the excitement and, as a Game of Thrones fan, I felt like I’m about to step into Kings Landing – silly, I know! Other than the boat ride, this little town is nowhere near a highlight of Croatia, but a nice little addition. Boats leave every 30-60 minutes and cost 60 KUNA one way, 100 KUNA (£11.97) return.

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Cavtat

Accommodation

We stayed in the heart of the old town in a double room/apartment with private bathroom at Rilati Palace. It’s a very small, but comfortable accommodation with a private entrance in the heart of the city. One night was £69 and it’s money well spent.

Lunch

We ate at Arka restaurant, minutes from the historic stairs. The food is tasty and fresh; I can recommend the place for convenience of good location, but it’s nothing special. Expect what you would from a tourist place with high traffic! A main dish meal with beers for two was 340 KUNA (£40.67).

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City Walls

An hour to two, walk around the old town’s walls with orange roof tops “on the palm of your hand” and stunning views of surrounding area. An abundance of great photo opportunities, so don’t forget your Canon (or an Iphone, if you’re like us). There’s even a bar half way through – drink a glass of Karlovacko (Croatian beer) while admiring beauty of the Adriatic Sea and hard efforts of kayakers below you. If you are going during summer time, make sure you have your sunglasses and a hat with you, as the sun can be overwhelming. A single ticket is 150 KUNA (£35.89) and you shouldn’t miss it.

Cable car and Srd Mountain top

A sunset is always on my “to do list”, wherever we go. What better place to enjoy it then a mountain top with Dubrovnik city and the Adriatic Sea at your feet?! Choose your timings right to enjoy the spectacle (cable car ride to the top takes around 5-10 minutes), arrive a little early and walk outside of the cable car station between some old buildings/ruins to reach the edge of the mountain and secure “front row seats”. I’m not sure about Drinking in Public laws in Croatia, but a little wine should do no harm! I’d love to describe the sunset for you, but I’m afraid the quality of it, dwarfs my writing skills. Since “a picture is worth a thousand words”, here is! Return Cable Car ride was 140 KUNA (£16.75) per person and the sunset was FREE.

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Srd Mountain

Dinner

We went big here! Panorama restaurant is adjacent to the top of the cable car and, as the name suggest, the view is great. Just to be clear here, you don’t need to go to the restaurant to enjoy the amazing sunset, but the comfort of good food and drink added to the experience. The meal and service was really good, but unfortunately the price did reflect the location. Main meal for 2, beer and a dessert to share was 670 KUNA (£80.15).

We left in the morning, taking a taxi to the port. Our next destination was the island of Hvar, where we got via a ferry from Dubrovnik. Come back to our blog on Wednesday to know all about it!