Croatia Travelogue Where to go What to do
7 years ago when I visited Prague I wanted to go & see Croatia but at that time due to visa constraints, I was unable to visit the beautiful historic country. This year ofcourse, the plan materialized, with the embassy emailing that Indian passport holders with multiple entry Schengean visa can visit Croatia.
So we set out to visit this picturesque country. We took a smartwings flight from Prague to Dubrovnik, which was for an hour and a half. The bus service from the Airport to the city center Pile Gate was 5 Euros per person and very convenient. We crossed the medieval town in 5 minutes to get to our lovely bed & breakfast just outside the Ploce Gate. Our host Sdjan of was friendly & knowledgeable and suggested all the things we must do.
The old town of Dubrovnik is among the UNESCO World Heritage sites. And yes, it is truly spectacular. With churches, narrow alleyways and stunning architecture it is a sight to behold. Walking the walls of the old town is absolutely amazing and must be done in the morning anti-clock wise. Morning as the sun is not high up and anti-clock wise as there’s less climbing up to do that way.
A city of 42000 people, the old town is a tourist magnet. Wall in the hole – Buza is a great place to have a sundowner, watch the Adriatic Sea and some cliff jumpers. You are spoilt for choice when it comes to food, but try the Gusta Me just outside Ploce Gate. The island of Lokrum close to Dubrovnik is a nice quiet place to enjoy a swim and a picnic.
For all wine lovers, peljesac peninsula is a must do. Visit some wineries like , Matusko
and Korta Katarina
Plavac Mali is the main grape grown here which we all know as Zinfandale. From there visit Marco Polo’s home-town Karcula, which is breathtakingly beautiful.
We bid adieu to Dubrovnik and headed to Split in our rent a car. Split is a bigger city and cheaper than Dubrovnik. We stayed 200 meters away from the 1700 year old Diocletian’s Palace which is an ancient palace built by the Roman emperor. The Palace still houses people and has many restaurants, bars, pubs and shops. Just outside the Palace is the Riva or the promenade to take a stroll or eat.
The Palace is so lively that you don’t want to get out of there. Zinfandale Wine Bar is a must do if you like to taste the local wines. There’s a lot to do in Split and outside, Visit Trogir, a small old town just outside Split and if you have the time go to Hvar, the island close to Split.
Our final destination in Croatia was Zagreb and on our way from Split to Zagreb, we made a stop at the Plitvice Lakes and spent around 4 hours, the entry is expensive and there’s a lot to see in terms of lower lakes & upper lakes. If you have seen other lakes and National Parks around the world then it’s not worth going, as its way too expensive for what you get to see.
Zagreb is like any other Eastern European Capital City. It’s no doubt beautiful and cheaper than the Dalmitian coast cities. The Cathedral, Parliament, Railway station, all are beautiful ancient buildings carrying history. The concerts, rock gigs all take place in Summer months and it’s a great time to be there in this beautiful country.
Dubrovnik Stay – http://www.dubrovnikbedandbreakfast.com/
Split Stay – http://www.splitsuites.eu/en/rooms
Zagreb Stay – Sheraton Hotel
Airline to Dubrovnik form Prague – http://www.smartwings.com/en/
Currency to Carry – Euro and then change it to Kuna