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Location: Croatia

Day 1 - 23 Jul 2022

Croatia

Croatia, Croatia

Content: Before going to Croatia, here’s a few tips l think you should know! Croatia’s currency is not the EURO, it’s actually the Croatian Kuna (HRK). I would advise exchanging money before getting there, just to make sure you get the best exchanging deal you can. Cash and no cards!! 🙅🏻‍♀️ A loooot of places in Croatia will only accept cash payments!! Make sure to have some cash with you at all times, to avoid getting stranded! Another tip: avoid the summer months and high season! The prices are quite high (comparable to London or Paris) and the heat is tremendous! I’m sure that if you go around April or May, you will pay way less, and enjoy everything way more!

Location: Čilipi

Day 1 - 23 Jul 2022

Dubrovnik Airport

Čilipi, Dubrovnik Airport

Content: The airport is not huge to be honest! Since I was coming from Porto, I had to stop in Nantes for a small layover. The airport is a bit far from the centre of Dubrovnik, the Old Town, so you will need to drive/be driven! I was able to catch a bus from the airport to the city centre! I’m not sure how much it cost, but I remember it was not very expensive! You can find a booth close to the airport’s exit that sells these tickets! The views you get on the journey to the city centre are absolutely incredible, so enjoy!! I stayed at an apartment close to the city centre (around 20 minutes walk). It was the cutest little studio rented from the most amazing couple! It was called Studio the Sun! I can’t find it here so I can’t link it unfortunately 😭 After this, I thought it would be best, since the next day was a Sunday, to go buy some groceries to eat during the week! There are a few supermarkets around Dubrovnik to get your groceries! I went to Tommy, Konzum and Studenac which was super close to the apartment! Sleep time for the rest of the day, since it was an exhausting trip!

Location: Dubrovnik

Day 2 - 24 Jul 2022

Old Town

Dubrovnik, Old Town
Dubrovnik, Old Town

Content: If you are a fan of Game of Thrones, you are absolutely going to LOVE this place! It’s like you’re going back in time! The Old Town of Dubrovnik is where you’ll find a lot of sites from the tv show Game of Thrones, and they look just like they did in tv. It’s a medieval town, very well kept and cared for, with the big city walls still very intact! In case you have some extra bucks to spend, you’ll find a lot of hotels and rooms to rent inside the Old Town too! I woke up insanely early for photos (which was a bust, tell you why in a minute), and decided to go have breakfast!

SNEK by coNGo

Dubrovnik, SNEK by coNGo
Dubrovnik, SNEK by coNGo
Dubrovnik, SNEK by coNGo

Content: This is right on the main street of the Old Town, and it’s a very nice place to rest for a bit and enjoy the views! It was a bit expensive (check menu photo for more information), and I did not find the food to match the prices, buuuut, hey, it’s an expensive city anyway so we have to take that into account!

Dubrovnik Cable Car

Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik Cable Car
Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik Cable Car

Content: Ok, so, here’s the thing, there is a cable car that will take you to a viewpoint all the way up in the mountains, HOWEVER, the price was, in my opinion, a bit absurd! 26€ to ride a cable car is a bit much in my opinion, and the views are not the most amazing you’ve ever seen! The viewpoint is not great and the cable car wires are all in the way! The best view is, honestly, while you are ridding the car! This is not the only tourist attraction I found absurdly expensive.

Walls of Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, Walls of Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik, Walls of Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik, Walls of Dubrovnik

Content: I did not do this, so I can’t really tell you how the views are from up there. I was sooo excited to do this, however, when I got there, I was presented with the most absurd thing ever. The price to go up the City Walls, JUST go up, is 33€. This is quite a lot of money in my opinion, and I immediately decided I was not going to spend all this money just to go up a wall. I completely understand the need to charge tourists of course, I just found it too expensive for what it was.

Location: Dubrovnik

Day 3 - 25 Jul 2022

Banje Beach

Dubrovnik, Banje Beach
Dubrovnik, Banje Beach

Content: Beach Monday!!! This day I decided to go out and explore the beaches in Dubrovnik! You can get to Banje beach walking, don’t worry! It’s 5 minutes outside the Old Town. Something about beaches in Croatia! You need water shoes! Believe me! The beach are not sandy beaches, they are rocky beaches! So it’s helpful to have those water shoes at hand! This beach is not very big, especially taking into account the umbrellas area you see in the photo are paid! However, the water is absolutely beautiful, crystal clear blue, and not cold at all!! Regrettably, the showers and toilets are coin operated, so take that into account!

Location: Old Dubrovnik

Day 3 - 25 Jul 2022

aROMA Gelato Experience

Old Dubrovnik, aROMA Gelato Experience
Old Dubrovnik, aROMA Gelato Experience

Content: Ice cream stop!!! And to be honest, I stopped by this place more than once ahahah the flavours are really special and the ice cream is really tasty and creamy! There are also quite a few vegan options!!!

Location: Lapad

Day 3 - 25 Jul 2022

Lapad

Lapad, Lapad
Lapad, Lapad

Content: This was probably my favourite place to go for a swim! Lapad is full of amazing beaches! I would advise starting off with Sunset beach and just walk the bay . These beaches have beach bars, lounge areas with chair (paid of course), inflatables in the water and jet skis to rent! These beaches are also a bit bigger in size, so you won’t feel that claustrophobic!

Location: Split

Day 4 - 26 Jul 2022

Split

Split, Split
Split, Split

Content: After a few days in Dubrovnik, it was time to go to Split! To make the trip from Dubrovnik to Split I had to 1. Catch a bus to the bus station (check photos for map + timetables) 2. catch another bus from the company Arriva that would take me to Split! Local buses in Dubrovnik are quite tricky. You can’t buy tickets inside the bus with your card, so I would advise finding a Tisak newsstand, and buy your bus ticket there! About the bus ticket to Split, I booked it online. The price was actually 165 HRK which amounts to 22€. The trip was not great to be honest. It took me around 4/5 hours to get to Split, which by car would be around 2 hours. Other than how tedious it was, if you want to spare some money, it’s a great way to go to Split.

Rooms "dr. Franjo Tuđman"

Split, Rooms "dr. Franjo Tuđman"
Split, Rooms "dr. Franjo Tuđman"

Content: From the Split bus station, since I was carrying all my stuff with me and the station was quite far from the Hotel, I decided to book an Uber! In case you were wondering, yeah, Uber is a thing in Croatia!! Regrettably, the experience when arriving at the Hotel was not great. The Hotel was actually an university housing unit. The reception was insanely full. People were pushing each other to try to get to the reception first, which was pretty messy. There is one kitchen per floor, which is not even close to enough, as floors are huge and kitchens are too small. The rooms are quite comfortable though. Not the most amazing thing in the world, but hey, it was a budget place anyway.

Diocletian's Palace

Split, Diocletian's Palace
Split, Diocletian's Palace
Split, Diocletian's Palace
Split, Diocletian's Palace
Split, Diocletian's Palace

Content: This place is a must see if you are in Split. The Diocletian’s palace was built in the 4th century (AD), by the Roman Emperor Diocletian. This is not a palace per say, but more of a small little town inside Split! Very like the Old Town in Dubrovnik, the constructions are very typical for the area. Also, this was actually listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. You will be able to find amazing buildings, cute little cafes and restaurants and lots of artsy shops. It’s worth it to lose yourself here for a little while!!

D16 Coffee

Split, D16 Coffee

Content: Looking for a light snack and a cold drink? Go to D16!! It’s a digital nomad friendly place, with a “silent” room where you’ll find a lot of people working on their laptops or writing or painting. I loved the lavender juice and the hazelnut chocolate filled cookie

Location: Plitvice

Day 5 - 27 Jul 2022

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice, Plitvice Lakes National Park
Plitvice, Plitvice Lakes National Park
Plitvice, Plitvice Lakes National Park
Plitvice, Plitvice Lakes National Park
Plitvice, Plitvice Lakes National Park
Plitvice, Plitvice Lakes National Park
Plitvice, Plitvice Lakes National Park
Plitvice, Plitvice Lakes National Park

Content: Now I have mixed feelings about this! Like I told you in the begging of this itinerary, Croatia, unlike what I was expecting, is NOT a budget destination. To get a ticket to get into this park, you will need to pay 40€ per person (not joking). Because I drove there, there is also a paid car park to park your car. Overall, it’s not cheap to visit this park. However, truth be told, it is quite a beautiful place to visit! It’s HUGE, and you will even have to ride a bus or a boat depending on the route you are taking! You will spend hours here, and will hike a lot, so take some comfortable shoes with you!! Also: you cannot fly a drone here!!! You can’t even believe how pissed I was about this 🤣

Location: Trogir

Day 5 - 27 Jul 2022

Trogir

Trogir, Trogir

Content: Ending the day in Trogir, because why not! In my opinion it’s really worth it to come here! It’s the cutest little town, very similar to all the old towns visited up until now, with a cute little river that goes right up to the sea! I did not spend a lot of time in Trogir unfortunately, but would advise you to stay and enjoy, as it is really worth it!

Location: Omiš

Day 6 - 28 Jul 2022

Omiš

Omiš, Omiš
Omiš, Omiš
Omiš, Omiš
Omiš, Omiš

Content: I wish I could have stayed longer here! I was supposed to drive to Zagreb on this day, but decided to make small pit-stop in Omis really early in the morning. Because I had to be in Zagreb before 3pm, and was still going to stop in Zadar, I basically saw Omis from the car. And boy do I regret that! It’s more of a chill beachy town, not very touristy, but absolutely beautiful! The city is surrounded by the sea on one side and mountains on the other, making it like a Rivendell type-esk of city!

Location: Zadar

Day 6 - 28 Jul 2022

Zadar

Zadar, Zadar

Content: Again, because I was on a schedule, I was not able to spend a lot of time here, but from the time I’ve spent in the Old Town of Zadar, I have to say I loved it! Again, very close to the same Old Town architecture you’ll find throughout Croatia! The Old Town, also close to the sea, is a very chilled place to spend some nice relaxing days at. It’s very similar to Old Town Dubrovnik, as it is surrounded by walls (although smaller). You’ll find cute little cafes and stores and some touristy sights you must see! Like Omis, wish I had more time to explore Zadar!

Coffee & Cake

Zadar, Coffee & Cake

Content: Before leaving, I decided to go get some cake. You know me, I love cake. Found this amazing coffee shop with the beat cakes ever! I got a matcha cake and an iced coffee to help with the heat!

Location: Zagreb

Day 6 - 28 Jul 2022

Zagreb

Zagreb, Zagreb
Zagreb, Zagreb
Zagreb, Zagreb

Content: Finally arriving at Zagreb, I had to go drop off the car before going to the hotel! Zagreb looks more like an European city, in comparison to the other cities I have visited previously! I tried to find the place I stayed here, but I don’t think it’s available! So I’ll just write. I stayed at a Studio apartment names Ami Studio. It was not far from the city centre (15/20 minutes walking) and was very quiet and well located, next to supermarkets and the tram service

Location: Zagreb

Day 7 - 29 Jul 2022

Zagreb

Zagreb, Zagreb
Zagreb, Zagreb
Zagreb, Zagreb

Content: To be honest, I did not do much this day! Decided to take the day to explore the city a bit, and do some souvenir shopping! Go to the store named Kredenca, in the city centre! The lady there is super nice and they have the cutest souvenirs!!! The city centre of Zagreb is absolutely beautiful.

Botaniska trädgården

Zagreb, Botaniska trädgården
Zagreb, Botaniska trädgården
Zagreb, Botaniska trädgården
Zagreb, Botaniska trädgården
Zagreb, Botaniska trädgården

Content: I looooved this place! It’s the calm you need in the middle of a crazy busy city! Especially if you like nature and plants! warning!! This is one of those places where they don’t take card!! Bring some money with you to pay for the entrance fee!

Botaničar

Zagreb, Botaničar

Content: Right next to the Botanical Garden you will find this amazing bar! Thing is….. there is no food here! So if you’re hungry, forget it! However, the drinks are super worthwhile and really refreshing after a full day in the sun!!!

Location: Zagreb

Day 8 - 30 Jul 2022

Sankt Markus kyrka

Zagreb, Sankt Markus kyrka
Zagreb, Sankt Markus kyrka

Content: This place is incredible! The design on the roof is beautiful, and so colorful and bright! I was in love! BUT there was construction going oooonnnn!!! It was sooo frustrating because the police van was there 24/7 and there was a fence all around the church! Still, a must visit!!

Melt - Gelato & Brunch Bar

Zagreb, Melt - Gelato & Brunch Bar

Content: Stop for a brunch because I was really hungry! The food here was quite good and the prices were not crazy! It’s really close to the main town square, so it will probably be kind of full! Take that into account, you might have to wait a little bit!

Zagreb

Zagreb, Zagreb
Zagreb, Zagreb
Zagreb, Zagreb

Content: Some last strolls around the city before it was time to leave! My flight on the next day was at 6am, so I had to get up really early!

Zrno bio bistro

Zagreb, Zrno bio bistro
Zagreb, Zrno bio bistro

Content: Early dinner at the best vegetarian place in town! The food here was insane!!! Sooooo good! Everything is bio vegan/vegetarian sustainability grown and I’m here for it! Very tasty and very well served! I would be back here again! After this, I went home to pack my bag and sleep to wake up at 2am 🥲 Hope you liked this itinerary and found it useful! Let me know if you have been to any of these places and what you thought about them!! 😁😁