I was on a nice holiday in Cyprus and Lebanon in 2000 and made my way to the airport to return back to England after a very nice time. While I was still in Cyprus I had picked up several British newspapers that warned there were fuel protests in the UK. Higher oil prices and automatic tax increases had driven up petrol prices. A group of astute farmers realised there were only 3 refineries in the UK and they successfully blockaded them. Throw in panic buying and the UK had real shortages.
I assumed that, due to generally high fuel prices anyway, that the airline would refuel in Cyprus before we left.
And so I blissfully got onboard with this assumption and we took off.
A little while later....
....an announcement was made that we would be stopping Croatia for fuel. Obviously the airline had not been reading newspapers, watching TV or looking at the internet for a week.
So we landed, sat around for almost 2 hours and off we went. It looked nice. That's about it from me and modern Croatia. (Was around here when it was still Yugoslavia in 1986).
Slavonija ans Baranja comprise the bread basket of Croatia, and so white bread, flat cakes and many other cakes filed with walnuts, with poppy seeds or plum jam, have been baked here since ancient times, made from the most representative pastry made from green wheat.
Pasta, potato, beans, dairy dishes and fat meat dishes (cottage cheese with sour cream, dried cheese). Such types of food were once cooked to provide the energy required for heavy work, although these days their preparation is considered too time consuming and requiring too much effort.
In Croatia you do not have many sandy beaches as they are mainly rocky beaches and the water tends to get deep very quickly.
This is something that i personally prefer, but it might not always be the most ideal for families with small children.
But for someone like me who love to jump straight in to the deep sea then it´s perfect.
The Illyrians and their bunjes are a visible but mysterious presence in Dalmatia. For a structure that is some 2000 years old, this rebuilt bunja on Hvar is in amazingly good condition though I don't think you'll find it listed on a local realtors lists as a potential holiday home, no matter how historic it may be.
We saw our first bunje on Brac and became intrigued with the lost Illyrians who built them. The name rang bells - echoes of Shakespeare studied at school - wasn't Orsino the Duke of lllyria? The bunjes we saw didn't look like ducal palaces. Wikipaedia to the rescue - the Illyrians were the ancient tribes who inhabited the Western Balkans in Classical times.
What is a bunje? A dry-stone walled house, typically round with a stepped stone roof, quite large inside. It seems on Hvar they're known as "trim". The one in the photo here is in a field right at the turnoff for Vrboska.
Photo 2 shows a bunje on Brac - definitely "ripe for renovation".
Pint of bear is 15-20 kuna = 2 - 2.5 Euro
meal normally around 40-60 Kuna = 5-8 Euro
Taxi is quite expencive from Trogir to Split taxi would cost you 40-50 Euro
Early evening, you go to old town, where you find the bars, Fluid, Puls, Gaga, Red room which all are open till around 1 AM
For rest of night you have 3-4 places to go, Basvice, Vanilla Club or Hemminway
From Split there is also a party bus leaving to Aurora the biggest Disco in Dalmatia, www.aororaclub.hr, the bus leaves at 11 PM on Fridays and Saturdays and is back in Split around 5.30 AM.
Favorite thing: I used marenauta.com charter service for my last sail adventure. It is cheap and they offer services like skipper, hostess and provisioning on-line, that is quite usefull if you want to take off the same day of your arrival.
After living here in Croatia (Dalmatia) 4 years, September would be my first month to recommend for visitors.
Temperature is normally around 25, and the sea temperature is normally even higher then this, it is not so crowded here as in July/August and accommodation, flight etc are cheaper.
National Park Plitvice
Fondest memory: In this park, there were wonderful waterfalls. They are one of the most beautiful and oldest in Europe. You ban walk around the park over small bridges and you will be amazed by this very nice nature. This is really a "MUST"
Favorite thing: Zadar's center is located in an island with a recently refurbished seaside walk. This plasanr area gives you the opportunity to enjoy some amazing sunsets near the "Sea Organ" while you listen to the sound of the tides through the organ tubes...
Favorite thing: Opatija, in north croatian Istria peninsula (near Rijeka) was in the 18-19th centuries the favourite holidays retreat for the austro-hungarian and german high classes. Here spent his holidays the Emperor, Empress Sissi and many cultural references of those years, such as GUSTAV MAHLER. You can find a sign about him in Opatija (see pic).
Favorite thing: Split city amazed me for its well preserved roman ruins. Not like most of roman ruins, these are still IN USE, as the modern Split has grown around the original roman city and has adapted its original streets, so you can live "inside the palace" area, surrounded by the original temples and roman archs...
If you plan to visit some croatia restaurants during your visit try new Croatia Gastro guide - www.croatia-gastro.net . The site is based on google maps tecnology so beside information and descriptions there is also the exact geolocation of the restaurants, taverns, agrotourisms etc...
This site is part of the Croatia Map project (www.croatia-map.net) where you can find many other accomodation facilities(hotels,vilas,appartments,rooms,campings,hostels,agrotourism) and informations with direct contact with owners. Also there are national parks,tourist attractions, marinas with yacht charter offer,weather forecast for 7 days, diving centers etc...all with exact geo location...very usefull and interesting
In this area, formerly inhabited mostly by Serbians, the scars of war were still more than obvious: burnt houses and locals who stood in aloof reticence seemed to be quite common. We stayed in one of the state-run hotels within the National Park, built in a "socialist" style. The park was a bit of a disappointment for us. Maybe we had set our expectations far too high and the number of visitors was really excessive. But still, the scenery was truly beautiful.
From there, we drove on to the Kvarner Bay, where we visited Rijeka, the port city which was a really surprise for us, and Opatija, a classy resort during the time of the Habsburg reign but which, like most of the rest of Croatia, did not have any sandy beahes. However, we found enough to do for a couple of days before we went to the peninsula of Istria, our next destination.
Our Istrian base was the historic town of Pula, which did not impress us too much. Excepting the amphitheater, we did not find a lot of exciting things in this small town. We made daytrips to some of the picturesque towns along the coast and in the hinterland. Our highlight was definitely Rovinj, one of our preferred towns in all of Croatia. The quaint streets on a promontory jutting into the Adriatic sea and the Venetian style huge campanile in the middle of the maze is as picture-perfect as it can get. Sure the place was touristy and the old town and the port area were starting to become a T-shirt hell, but there were also a number of art galleries and quirky shops that made for a good atmosphere.
We arrived in Dubrovnik after an overnight ferry-cross from Bari. Several people awaited the tourists on the port and offered rooms for hire in their homes. We stayed with a very nice family who lived up on the hills dominating the old town. At sunset, the view from up there was really awe-inspiring. The room was simple and the return up-hill from downtown was quite a trek, but still, a fantastic deal for the price we paid.
By that time, there were no signs at all of the bombings that the city had suffered a few years back and the old city could be enjoyed in its full glory. We toured the ramparts, had romantic dinners in local restaurants and made day-trips to the National Park of the island of Mljet and Cavtat. In the absence of sandy beaches, we enjoyed the sunshine on some of the many rocky islands that lined the coast, which were easily accessible by small boats.
When we had enough of Dubrovnik, we took a Jadrolinija ferry towards the island town of Korcula. Nor so monumental as Dubrovnik but equally charming. Again, we did not have any difficulty to find a family who rented a room. This time, the family lived in the very old town and they were also very friendly.
Our next destination was Hvar and finally Split (we travelled to both by ferry too). In Split, we did not stay with a family, but with an old couple who lived in a simple appartment in the outskirts of the town. This was, by far, our worst accomodation while in Croatia.
In Split, we decided to rent a car and drive all the way to Slovenia. We stopped in the beautiful towns of Trogir and Primosten and past quickly by Zadar and Sibonek until we reached the National Park of the Plitvice Lakes.
There is a non-commercial web service that might be useful to travelers.
Based on the entered address or GPS coordinates you get the list of the
'points of interest' that are the closest to your location.
Among the currently supported categories ATMs, Banks, Pharmacies,
Post offices and Gas stations could be the most useful.
Web service is reachable at:
and version optimized for cell phones and hand held computers is at:
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