Sunday, 2 September 2012

Croatia: Hvar, Korcula & Dubrovnik

Clear blue water and not a cloud in the sky...Croatia was an incredible paradise holiday to end our summer travels. I'd never really thought of going there before we moved to London, but we'd heard so many people say great things about it that we just had to check it out for ourselves. It's similar to Italy and Greece with the relaxed vacation vibe and delicious food, but it also feels a bit exotic. Our trip started out in Split and we moved our way south through the islands of Hvar and Korcula, and then down to Dubrovnik. 
The view from Hotel Amfora...it's got an amazing pool for lounging and cocktails!
Our first day in Hvar, getting ready to hit the town and then the Pakleni islands
Our hotel had a path that led all the way to Hvar harbour where there's tons of cute shops and great restaurants. Our fave was Dalmatino...you MUST go if you're there! They make the best homemade gnocchi and Jim said the steak was amazing
We took a water taxi out to Palmizana, a small island off the coast of Hvar with a rustic beach, clear blue water and a cafe where we grabbed lunch and a beer
This is the Korcula harbour, the second island we visited. Love the red rooftops and palm trees!
Enjoying the gorgeous view of the mountains and the sea before a pizza lunch in Korcula's old town
Dubrovnik was our last stop, and these breathtaking views were worth the climb up the fortress walls!
My handsome husband posing in the old city
I obviously had to colour coordinate with the buildings...

The fortress has amazing views of the ocean and city. It's also dotted with historical artifacts like these canons
 Cooling off from the 34C degree weather on one of the waterfront bars tucked in the wall of the old city

Here are a couple of travel tips if you're heading to Croatia anytime soon: Note that the ferries only come in and out of any city or island once a day so plan your trip accordingly. If you're going from Split down south, the ferries will be in the evening, whereas if you're coming from Dubrovnik, they'll be early in the morning. It's relatively cheap everywhere on the coast especially compared to Italy or Greece, so a trip won't break the bank. The food is pretty delicious and you'll find pizza and pasta everywhere you go - I loved this part! You could probably spend 2 or 3 days in any town or island you visit and feel like you've seen it. One thing that seems appealing is taking a boat cruise along the coast so you can visit more islands...I've heard that Vis and Mljet are really nice, and I'm sure there are loads more. As for timing, we went at the end of August and it was hot and semi-touristy. I'm sure June and July are very busy as well, but I think May and September would be less crowded and temperate. 

We're taking a little break from traveling for a month or so, so this is the last jetsetting post for a little while. Until next time!

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