Whenever I hear someone mention that they are going to Croatia or thinking of visiting I’m always instantly jealous! If you have never been it’s definitely one for the bucket list, if you’re lucky enough to have experienced the Dalmatian coast you will understand why I love it so much.
My first introduction to Croatia was a family holiday in Dubrovnik. We spent two weeks relaxing, exploring and soaking up the sun. Our time was split between a self catering apartment close to the beach and town and the Radisson Blu resort just outside Dubrovnik centre. Both were so different but perfect and it was great to have contrasting places to stay. I love air bnbs but the Radisson resort was a real luxury, with private pools, restaurants and a beach it was truly incredible. Our apartment was modern and spacious with a huge terrace. If you’re looking for luxury this is it.
When I returned to Croatia a few years later, my stay wasn’t half as luxurious but I got to see a different side to the country and really fell in love with it.
During my erasmus we travelled a lot and took advantage of cheap Ryanair flights, so when we spotted €40 return flights to Zadar, Croatia we booked them without giving it a second thought. Nearly 15 of us went and we were lucky to have a willing volunteer who sorted the accommodation – a hostel for less than €15 a night.
It was in Zadar I realised how cheap Croatia could be, we lived like Queens, with 3 course dinners and eating out for every meal. Our money went much further in Croatia than where we had come from in the south of France!!
If you head to Zadar you cannot miss the sea organ it’s incredible, if you can’t physically get there look it up on YouTube, it’s very cool.
Also watching the sunset is a must, it’s breath taking.
Before finishing my erasmus year myself and my sister once again took advantage of the cheap flights to Zadar. However this time we then took a bus and headed further south to Split. Our accommodation was perfect, an apartment located just off the riva (the promenade) , so less than a minute to bakeries, restaurants and shops and only a few minutes to the beach.
For more detail on Split, accommodation and things to do, check out my sisters post on her blog:
While in Split we also spent a night out in Hvar , a small island only a ferry ride away. Again I would recommend it, we stayed in a hostel explored the island and tested out the local drinks – the honey and cherry liquors are just delicious.
Croatia has something for everyone and every budget.. writing this has me dreaming of going back.