CROATIA, WHY SO BEAUTIFUL?

Welcome to my first travel blog. This blog will be full of photos, so slightly different to my other blogs. I believe it’s easier for you to see my adventures in Croatia in photos and a brief description. I would recommend restaurants to eat and things I’ve done and absolutely loved along the way.

We went to Croatia for 7 nights and 6 days back in October 2017. We left for Croatia on the 7th of October last year. The city we explored were Zadar, Split, and Dubrovnik. We used bookings.com to book most of our accommodation’s because it worked out a lot cheaper compared to hotels and we were going to be out and about for most of the day so we just needed somewhere to sleep for the night.

We arrived at Zadar quite late on Saturday, however, good thing there was a bus outside the arrival of the airport which took us outside of the old town, Zadar. The next morning, we set off to Plitvice Lakes National Park for a guided tour. Remember to bring your student card you might get a discount on your entrance ticket.

In 1979, Plitvice Lakes National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage register. Currently, 16 lakes can be seen from the surface and a number of waterfalls. This was the first mini waterfall we came across. The water is very clear, I wrapped up because it was breezy due to the higher altitude of the national park

As we were walking through the park, the view was spectacular, and the water was really clear.

We came across the biggest waterfall in the National Park called Veliki slap (Large Waterfall) 78m in height towards, the end of our tour. It’s so beautiful!

A close up of Veliki slap. 

We had a late lunch with our tour and got to see some bears. I love this bear because that’s how I sleep as well but not so much of the fish.

We got back to Zadar old town just in time for the sunset. It was the most beautiful sunset I’ve ever seen.

The old town is great for photos too, oh hi.

After the sunset, we went to dinner at a restaurant called Konoba Stomorica Tavern in Zadar Old tow. It was recommended by our accommodation host, and he was right, the food was super good and affordable. For the starter I ordered mussels and for mains, I got the lamb chops.

The next day we made our way to Split. We took a coach from Zadar to Split. We ended up walking the Marjan Hill, which was spontaneous and I didn’t wear the right footwear. The view from the Hill was beautiful and the sky was actually pinky purple!

We then stroll along the Split seafront promenade (Riva).

The next day we went we joined a tour to visit Krka National Park. I really enjoyed this National Park, although it’s much smaller compared to Plitvice Lakes. We did two laps of the park and it didn’t take long to be honest. We didn’t get to swim in the lake because we went in October. I wasn’t too impressed because I was ready to get into that water.

We went back to Split and had dinner. The next day we travelled to Dubrovnik by coach. If you are traveling in a coach to Dubrovnik, make sure you bring your passport with you because you will enter Bosnia and Herzegovina and then back into Croatia. There were border checks. It’s a long journey 4hrs on the coach, so make sure you bring snacks and water on you. We rested for the evening and the next day we were up and early.

We walked from our accommodation to Old Town Dubrovnik. It was a 20 mins, walk one way because we didn’t stay close to the old town. We had lunch at one of my favorite places to eat called Kamenice.

The reason why I love this place. Look at the size of this plate of Mussels! It was 74 Kuna = £9. £9 for this plate of Mussels, just take my money already. It was super delicious and affordable.We decided to do the Dubrovnik wall walk. Make sure if you have a valid International Student Identity Card (isic) behind your NUS student card, you get 100 kunas off the original wall tour ticket. The view from the wall was something else! 

We finally got a decent photo together.

After the walk around the wall, we took a boat to Lokrum island.

When we arrived at Lokrum island, I’ve never seen so many rabbits in my life. They’re so fluffy!

We went to the lake on the island to swim. However, it was freezing! I couldn’t bring myself to it.

I miss this glow, I don’t see much of the sun in London.

If you watch the Game of Thrones, you’ll properly recognise this seat. This was on Lokrum Island.

The next day, we went kayaking and it was so much fun. Before I even went Kayaking I was clearly thinking what I was going to have for dinner because food is life.

If you’re ever going to Dubrovnik I would highly recommend doing this, well if the weather is warm obviously.

In the evening, we explored the town at night.

I hope you enjoyed this photo blog and Croatia is a beautiful country to visit. If you have any questions about my trip, please feel free to ask.

Cindy xo

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