sun, sea, sail in Croatia - part 1Sunday, September 29, 2013
It's hard to believe that only one month ago I was on holiday with a awesome group of friends - passing our days sunning ourselves and sailing around Croatia.
We had ten days in total and worked our way through eight different towns. I could go on forever about all the swimming spots, party stops, sights and culinary delights, but have decided to keep this post short and sweet with just a highlight or two from each stop.
We started our Croatian adventure in Split...
Split is a very busy port town, where lots of tourists start their Croatia holidays. I found the share amount of Australians quite overwhelming stepping off the plane, and was very happy to head out to sea a day later to some semi-quiet waters.
Don't let me put you off Split though - Diocletian's Palace is a beautiful spot to walk around with lots of lovely craft markets and outdoor eating. When we were there a local opera company were doing a live outdoor performance, which was just magical at night. And I picked up several bags of dried lavender that kept my backpack smelling sweet all holiday.
Our second stop was Makarska. The port here was tiny - and we walked around the bay in about ten minutes. At one end is the Promenade of Sveti Petar, where couples lock padlocks to a fence and throw the keys into the sea below to symbolise ever-lasting love, very similar to other bridges and fences you see throughout Europe.
Makarska is a lovely quiet spot - with lots of local seafood restaurants close to the water for dining at night. I had one of my favourite meals here - fresh grilled squid with bread and grilled Mediterranean veges. Simple and super yummy.
The next day we headed to Stari Grad, a small port on the island of Hvar where we parked up next to local boats...
Before breaking out the G&Ts we decided to get in a bit of exercise and climbed up to the Španjola Fortress for some fantastic views on the city...
Hvar was intense, and we had very sore heads the next day. If you're in to clubbing, dancing and staying up all night then this would be the destination to do it in.
Hvar was also the mid-point in our trip.
I'll fill you in on the rest of our holiday next post.... zbogom!!! (Goodbye in Croatian.)