Croatia Beach

Croatia had some high expectations to live up to. Before visiting, countless people had told me what an amazing place it was, but I still wasn’t prepared for how quickly I would fall in love with it.

Friendly locals, picture perfect views, clear turquoise water, charming cobbled towns and delicious, fresh food – I was in my utopia. With the Summer heat of July to top it off, Croatia easily entered my top five favourite countries and is somewhere I would return in a heartbeat.

Rental Car Zagreb

After flying into Zagreb, we packed our rental car to the brim and set off to Rakovica – our small village base to explore the nearby Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lower Lakes

We spent a day walking around Plitvice Lakes and I have never seen so many shades of green, blue and turquoise in one place. Each lake is a different colour and changes constantly throughout the year. The natural beauty of the lakes, waterfalls, greenery and colours makes it a pretty special destination.

Croatia Merchandise

The following day it was back into the rental car with a quick stopover in Split before catching a ferry to Vis – Croatia’s most distant island. Split port was buzzing with tourists, merchandise stalls for those essential last minute purchases and tour boats ready to set sail for the coming week.

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As we pulled into the harbour of Vis Town I was excited by the approaching view – this was the Croatia I had been anticipating. Tiered terracotta roofs, old stone buildings and yachts lining the waterfront.

Kut_Vis Croatia

Stiniva Cove Vis Croatia

Even in peak season, Vis felt relaxed and wasn’t crowded. We spent our days watching sunrises, swimming, eating amazing food (I’m sure we ate our weight in Carpaccio), exploring the island on scooters and enjoying other beaches and sights including the blue cave by private boat.

We had an amazing few days on Vis and when the time came to leave and I watched the island disappear into the distance behind us I felt sad leaving my new found paradise. I left for Hvar with dreams of returning and building a holiday home on Vis. One day.

Hvar harbour

While I have a soft spot for Vis, Hvar is the slightly cooler older brother – a bit more vibrant, a bit livelier and likes to party. Hvar has something to offer every age, which is what makes it such a popular destination.

Bonj Les Bains Hvar Croatia

This was actually my view for a whole day while Relaxing At Bonj ‘Les Bains’ Beach Club.

After a few days of more swimming and eating our way around Hvar (notice a theme?), it was time to move on to Dubrovnik.

To see more of Croatia we hired another rental car and drove to Dubrovnik from Split (it also meant we got to briefly enter Bosnia, although they barely glimpsed at our passports and alas, no stamp either). I was amused that our rental car came with optional wi-fi. We really are becoming an instant, connected world.

Dubrovnik Old Town Rooftops

Dubrovnik old town

Dubrovnik’s old town is stunning and a walk along its surrounding walls is a must. It is the perfect way to see the old town and it’s sea of terracotta roof tops.

More to come on each of these beautiful destinations.

Cheers Hvar Croatia Bonj Les Bains

Cheers to Croatia!

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  • Hi there,

    I recently stumbled across your blog and am really enjoying it 🙂 I am living with a Kiwi in London, and he took me home to NZ last year and I absolutely loved your beautiful country, in a head of heels, I never want to leave, kinda way 🙂 Croatia is rather high on our travel list and I havent heard of Vis before, so this post has left me with a few starting point! Thanks!

    Have a lovely day,

    Louise xx

    • Hi Louise,

      Thank you so much for your comment. Made my day! Glad you loved New Zealand. It really is a beautiful part of the world. I get excited when I hear people have travelled there. I fell in love with Croatia. I will be doing more posts about it soon. Vis was lovely and relaxing. I would go back to Croatia every Summer if I could. Let me know if you have any questions.

      x

  • Dear Nicole, compliments for great post and beautiful pictures! I see you prefer quieter places like island Vis and unspoiled nature, so next time definitely hire a boat and sail around the island of Mljet, you will enjoy! Greetings from Croatia!

    • I loved Croatia. Would love to go back. I will certainly explore Mljet next time I visit. Glad you enjoyed the pictures – I will be back 🙂

  • I’ve read this post before, Nicole. But I’m doing some proper research into Croatia at the mo since it’s current favourite for a trip in May. Looks gorgeous!

    • I keep looking at all the photos too Clare! The beautiful warm weather and crystal clear water… bliss!! Let me know if you have any questions, or want advice about Croatia. Pack me in your bag with you! x

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  • Wow, Croatia looks so amazingly gorgeous! I’m hoping to go next summer and take a road trip like this too!

    • Croatia is beautiful Monica. The islands are gorgeous. I hope you do get to go. Keep me posted! x

  • Looks like an AMAZING destination, wow I really want to visit! My compliments on the great pictures, it definitely makes me want to travel there 😀

    • Thank you Jocelina! I took so many photos during our holiday there. Love re-living the memories looking through all my photos. I love Croatia in Summer. Hope to go back one day 🙂

  • ooh, lovely! It’s on my ‘to go’ list, as I’ve been told more than once (and now by you) that it’s great and not too expensive.
    I’m looking forward to reading more about your adventures!

    • Thank you Sara! It is definitely one of my favourite places now. I enjoyed reminiscing looking through all my photos!

  • Great post! Love your pictures, it all looks so stunningly beautiful. Can’t wait to read more about these gorgeous places 🙂

  • Hi my dear Nicole!
    WOOOOOW, I didin`t know Croatia is so amazingly beautiful! Thanks for the fantastic pictures and the travel tip! =)
    Have a nice day,
    Tina from http://www.ilovelotta.com

    • Thank you Tina. Croatia was stunning and is somewhere I would certainly recommend visiting.