sun, sea, sail in Croatia - part 1

Sunday, 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...

Sailing out of Split, Croatia

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.

Me and hubby enjoying the sun in Split, Croatia
 hubby and me :)

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.

Looking back towards Makarska from the Promenade of Sveti Petar, Croatia

The next day we headed to Stari Grad, a small port on the island of Hvar where we parked up next to local boats...

Stari Grad, Croatia

Ice-cream sign in Stari Grad, Croatia
...the locals in Stari Grad had a great sense of humour...

Walking through the lanes in Stari Grad, Croatia
...and we had some gorgeous meals and coffees down winding brick lanes.

Stari Grad is the oldest town in Croatia, dating back to 384BC, and has some beautiful lanes for exploring day and night. 

My highlight in Stari Grad was heading away from the water to a local winery for dinner and drinks. 

View from our table, drinking wine in Stari Grad, Croatia
the view we enjoyed while sampling local wine

Lady bug, Croatia

A lovely rose - Croatia
a local rosé

Dog, Croatia

Our next stop was Hvar city - party time! Hvar is pretty much one of the busiest spots in Croatia during summer. It has become more popular in recent years due to several A-list celebrities being spotted on holiday here.

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...

View of Hvar City from Španjola Fortress, Croatia

...bathroom sign at the Španjola Fortress. Made me laugh.

On the way back down into town we stopped off for a feast of a meal, which included local specialities - goats cheese in olive oil, seafood salad and more. One of the best meals of our trip.

Dinner in Hvar, Croatia

Hvar, Croatia

Hvar town square - gearing up for a night of fun.

Sign - Hvar, Croatia

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.)

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