For those planning to take some time off, having in mind hot weather, lying on the beach and great suntan – Croatia will be perfect. Every year, the stunning coastline of this country invites numerous tourists to come and rest.
We visited Croatia in August, so this time, we were not spared the heat, however, it was not that bad. The temperature did not exceed 36 C degrees. As I have already mentioned, I am not a fan of temperatures higher than 30C, so I prefer sunbathing off season. That year however, due to leave issues, I had to take my time off in August.
For the first 4 days, we stayed in a resort near Dubrovnik, where we landed. Since we wanted to see more of Croatia, we decided to rent a car.
We spent our days lying on the beach (unfortunately, Croatian coasts are rocky, so it’s better to sunbathe in deckchair), and once we got bored of the beach, we could always choose from 3 pools where we could rest as well.
During the evenings, we took trips to the town. Dubrovnik is an astonishing city; especially it’s very charming old part. The amount of tourists can sometimes be overwhelming; however, we could not resist walking the alleys of this “stony” town. Pictures from Dubrovnik are below.
We planned as well a visit to two National Parks – Plitvice and Krka. Those parks are known for their beautiful lakes and waterfalls. They are very well prepared for the tourists. The routes especially designed for the purpose, do not let you lose yourself and guarantee that you see the most interesting places. There are designated places in which you can take the bath.
From Dubrovnik we went to Split, a small town that was full of groups of young people. Because of that, it reminded me somehow of Golden Sands in Bulgaria from where we flew back home.
On our way to Split, we passed through Bosnia and Herzegovina, where we stopped for a couple of hours in Mostar that is famous for the so called Old Bridge – a bridge connecting two parts of the town that Neretva river crosses through. The bridge exists in its present stone form since 1566.
The influence of numerous cultures gave Mostar a unique character. These lands used to be under Turkish reign, then Austro-Hungarian and then became a part of Yugoslavia.
The traces of civil war in Yugoslavia are still visible there. Bullet holes in walls of the houses or mementos of war such as gas masks, badges or ammunition, sold at local stalls, still remind of the conflict. Probably the most poignant moment for me, was a visit to a cemetery near the old town where the ones that died during the fights were buried. I really like visiting cemeteries. I am always curious whether the descendants take care of their predecessors, as it is a custom in Poland.
Unfortunately, I do not have pictures from Split. We spent only one night there, and I did not manage to take a good shot. A very interesting thing in Split is Diocletian’s Palace, built by the aforementioned Roman Cesar. Nowadays, the remained walls are bustling with life since the city center is built in them. That is why, I can say we had dinner in the palace since the restaurant was located in its walls.
I think the pictures speak for themselves. Croatia is stunningly beautiful and definitely worth recommending.