The seashore in Croatia is wonderful, anyway, the most of beaches have Not sand. There are a lot of beaches with pebbles and others have only the rocks. So if you only want beaches with fine sand, take care about your choose.
Anyway, you can find some sandbeaches, in Brac island, Lopud island, and a few others small islands.
I must immediately state that my visit to Croatia was limited to the coastline between Split and Dubrovnik. While the coastline undoubtably is fantastic, be aware of the following: (a) if the weather turns on you there is little else to do (b) the food is limited to pizza and pasta (c) the hotels are generally run down and expensive - we found better value in London than Croatia (d) Hvar was, simply put, boring.
Unique Suggestions: What seems to be the best proposition is to take one of the multi-day sailing trips from Split. At least there you will really experience secluded beaches on deserted islands.
In my opinion, the national Park of the Plitvice Lakes is somewhat overrated. It is certainly a place of stupendous natural beauty, full of lakes with turquise water and many cascades. However, it is like many other beautiful national parks around Europe, not something really extraordinary.
Besides, it was so crowded (it was high season), that the visit was even unpleasant at times. In any case, everything was perfectly organised, with public transportation (electric trains and boats) to move tourists around efficiently.
At the time, the Krajina was a sad area to cross, as you could still clearly see the wounds of war: it was full of empty villages with homes burnt down after they had been abandoned by the Serbians forced to leave the country after the war.
It's costume in Croatia for some kinds of food to put the price on the menue, not by the porion, but by the KILOgram.
First time we saw that, we were sorpriced, and order something elsr. Second time, we were braver, and asked, how much is the portion, and the waiter said:"about 350 grams". That's of course what was on the bill. Next time we ordered a portion for 2 without asking, and they put on the bill 700 grams. We thought we got the idea - the price is per kilo and the portion is about 350 grams. Third time in a small village restaurant we ordered again a portion for 2. It was prety small(although tasty) but on the bill they charged us with 800 grams.
Unique Suggestions: Beware, and always ask in advance
FOR ANY BUDGET TRAVELLER THIS COUNTRY IS ONE GIGANTIC TOURIST TRAP- AT LEAST IN THE SUMMER. CEILING HIGH PRICES FOR EVERYTHING.
Unique Suggestions: TALK TO LOCALS AND ASK THEM TO GIVE ADVICE. SOME WILL HELP FINDING SOLUTION TO ONE'S PARTICULAR PROBLEM (OTHER THAN HIGH PRICES AT A RESTAURANT OR A HOTEL...).
Fun Alternatives: GO TO OTHER COUNTRY AND ENJOY YOUR HOLIDAY THE WAY YOU SHOULD.
Trogir can become crowded, especially in the evenings.
Unique Suggestions: But it's just about possible to sneak around during the day to enjoy getting lost in the narrow cobbled streets.
Fun Alternatives: Alternative? See 'Off the Beaten Path' island tip.
DO NOT PARK YOUR CAR IN THE CITY BECAUSE YOU GONE HAVE A TICKET. PUT YOUR CAR IN A PARKING ARE OR IN THE HOTEL PARKING.
PARKING IS EXPENSIVE ALMOST 5 KUNAS PER HOUR EVERY WHERE DURING 24 HOURS BASES
Unique Suggestions: IN THE HOTEL ASK FOR A DAY PARKING CARD.
Fun Alternatives: THERE IS NO OTHER WAY BELIEVE ME. IF YOU NEED A PARKING PLACE IS LIKE THE LOTTO GAME 1 IN 1000000000%
In the hotel restaurants of low class you may be served by cold soup and hot bear, sounds like joke but still it can happened to you.
Take good care what your money worth when changing in Kuna (loco currency) and check invoice carefully before paying it.
Unique Suggestions: 1 Euro worth approx. 7,50 kn
Fun Alternatives: Do not pay in Euros, although accepted in some shops, restaurants etc., change your money in the banks and pay in kuna.
In the heart of the Kornati Islands lies the beautiful island of Mana. Atop cliffs on the northern section of the island lie ruins evocative of much earlier times. Byzantium, Ragusa, Rome, Greece, Illyrium all run through your mind as you float along the island shore. Walking through the silent ruins, you can almost feel the ancients. Too bad the ruins actually only date to the 1960's when the site was developed as a movie set.
Unique Suggestions: It is still fun to wander among the old ruins, taking pictures. Your friends back home will not know any different:-} On the seaward side, cliffs invite you to prepare yourself for Acapulco. A nice side trip is to hike up the crest to the peaks to the south gianing more views to more Kornati dreams offshore.
Fun Alternatives: The tourist trap is fun so forget the alternative.
Croatian bars (in the season) are exciting: full of nice people, delicious beer, wine, spirits, drinks etc. And they are opened looong (sometimes till sunrise).
So better not to drink too fast not to loose great party.
Unique Suggestions: .
Get a taxi to your hotel. Drink as much mineral water (no gas) as you can before sleeping. Sleep looooong not to have hangover next/the same day :-).
Fun Alternatives: .
If you have hangover drink fast 1 Karlocacko beer :-).
Try soft drinks.
If you are looking for vast sandy beaches on the Adriatic coast of Croatia please change your mind.
The coast is fantastic and beatiful even on shingly (stony, rocky) or gravel beach.
There are very few places with sandy (and usually narrow) beaches here. And even if you read in your renowned travel book that is the sandy beach it maybe the gravel one in fact.
When I got to St Mark's church I was a bit shocked to see how tatty the outside of the main building was even though the roof was a really nice sight.A lick of paint and a couple of guards (as in the famous picture in all holiday brochures) would go down a treat.
Do not buy too much kuna - cos you cannot trade them back anywhere and I mean it. I cannot remember if the Euro is here now - if yes - then it is great - no worries.
Along the meanderings thru the harbour and shipping areas...watch for old sea dogs and watch your belongings - only because.
Cres is not large so it doesn´t take a long time to get from one end to the other, but you should know that the nothern part is more beautiful. The more south you are the more hotels, tourists and trash there are. And I am not talking about Maly Losinj island... We went there and dived and it was the first time there I saw trash in the sea.
On the picture is Osor, the town between Cres and Mali Losinj islands.
Go late May/early June or even September to avoid the crowds.Most mornings it was just me and this seagull.
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