In the hotel restaurants of...
In the hotel restaurants of low class you may be served by cold soup and warm 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, cafe-bars, restaurants etc., change your money in the banks and pay in kuna.
Official price list is stated in local currency, ie kuna, and conversation rates in Euro, which aren't official but made by the seller, may be disadvantageous to the customer.Related to:
- Family Travel
Be aware Croatia isnt in the Euro zone so make sure you take Kunar also some of the old 5 Kunar notes have been taken out of circulation but are still being passed on to unsuspecting tourists I think it is mainly the 5 Kunar noteAdd to your Trip Planner
Slip Split for here
Stay in Trogir, half an hour from split. smaller and more beautiful. Of all the places you are staying Split is the least appealing, but Trogir is just up the road and gorgeous
You can pop in and see old Split in half a dayAdd to your Trip Planner
Stay off the Stradun!
The stradun is the main road you walk down through town. Do not buy souvenirs, etc. here. There is a market at the end of the stradun and to the right that sells locals things and the prices are better.Add to your Trip Planner
Ask to write down the price
If you get out of the tourist region and English speakers, be careful when you ask for the price. Take some paper and pen with you so they write down the price.
We found a nice hotel in Porec, the manager told me in the evening that the price is 48 Euro. The hotel was really nice for that price. Next morning the manager showed me that I have to pay 84 E, and everybody else had paid that, he showed me his book of receipts, I don't look at all as someone who tries to cheat. I found out that he translated from German Vierundachzig 84 to English Forty eight 48 but he didn't know that the two languages have a different order.
That was about 2-3 years ago, and I learned the lesson (and paid for it - so I must remember it)
Now in Crete we were offered to buy some honey (not practical for luggage), the lady said 12 Euros. I thought that I didn't hear well, because this was quite expensive. So I asked her to write it down, she wrote 20 Euro.
Unique Suggestions: There are so many mistakes that can be made, we really shouldn't make the same mistake twice.Add to your Trip Planner
Monastery at Visovac
As part of the guided tour offered at Krka National park you'll get to visit this secluded island retreat used by Franciscan monks.
Unique Suggestions: Pay extra to take a boat up to Visovac - tickets purchased at the booth at Skradinski Buk.The boat trip is extremely pleasant as it takes you there along the lake.When you arrive you'll be met by a tour guide who will give one of best no-nonsense tours I've had (ie. low on useless information and keeping to the most interesting facts). It may even be too brief as it doesn't leave you much time to absorb the tranquil atmosphere or foind out more about the interesting exhibit on the fate of many churches in the Dalmatia region during the Balkan War.Add to your Trip Planner
Krka National Park
If you're based in Sibenik or thereabouts a day-trip to the Park is well worth it.Hop on a bus, which will drop you off at the entrance to the park or in the town of Skradin,where a boat can take you further up to the entrance.
Unique Suggestions: Enjoy a spot of hiking through pleasant woodland and across bridges overlooking the impressive falls.You can even go for a dip and visit an island monastery.
Fun Alternatives: There are other national parks in Croatia to visit,such as Plitvice further north,but Krka is a great day out.Add to your Trip Planner
Zadar's Solar System
It's a replication of our Solar System built using solar panels in the quayside that store up energy by day before lighting up at night - a sunshine powered treat while enjoying the night air and the nearby 'sea organs'
Unique Suggestions: Expect it to be crowded.
Fun Alternatives: There's nothing else like it anywhere as far as I know.Add to your Trip Planner
Swimming in Zadar
Puntamika! It's near the hostel.Just head away from Zadar's old town along the 'harbour' road northwards following signs for the Puntamika hotel complex.
Unique Suggestions: Once you've found the complx,enter the gate from the road and walk through to find a spot somewhere,perhaps free of kids if you prefer. If using a 'recliner' while sunning yourself be prepared for the fee - about 15 KN I think.
Fun Alternatives: Keep walking til you find a spot you like,but there's plenty of room in early June.Add to your Trip Planner
We've all done it. Accepted the complimentary drink at the end of a meal, sipped it and thought "This is lovely" and bought a bottle to bring home with us - a luvverly reminder of that balmy summer evenings on the terrace of whatever restaurant we happened to find a particular favourite of a wonderful holiday.
What happens to this stuff between buying it and opening it at home? That "delicious" pear brandy - or whatever it was, just doesn't taste the same without the moon on the water, the boats bobbing by the dock, the candlelit shadows on the konoba wall.
Unique Suggestions: It does a great job of mascerating the fruit for the Christmas cake. A bottle should see you through about 10 ChristmasesAdd to your Trip Planner
Eating in Dubrovnik
If you walk along the main street in Dubrovnik you will often be assaulted by sticky waiters "capturing" you for their restaurant. I found this very annoing, and tried to not pay any attention to them.
Unique Suggestions: Walk around the side alleys where there are many nice terraces out of the rush of the mainstream.Related to:
- Beer Tasting
- Food and Dining
Private accommodation in Croatia - tips
Croatia is a little bit special with that kind of accommodation offer. The number of facilities in that category of accomodation is really huge. If you are looking for apartment, holiday house, room or villa in Croatia you need to know several things...
First, you must know that there are many accommodation facilities in Croatia which is really ok. and the owners are in tourism for many years and they act like profesionals. But, you also must know that it is the same number of owners who are not profesionals and don't know (or don't care) about anything exept money. So, if you have good intuition(6th sense) you can try to find accommodation in Croatia by yourself on the internet.
This is one story......Four people would like to come in Croatia so they found one apartment on the internet with pictures and everything. Great. They pay some 30% of total price. When they came they hardly recognise the house. Pictures of house and apartment shown on internet were fake, apartment was dirty and almost in the basement..... great start of holiday.....
Unique Suggestions: I suggest that you find trusting travel agency and book your holiday without using mystical power.Add to your Trip Planner
Big offer = good agency?
Do you think that the agencies with the biggest offer are the best?
Wrong again. It is not problem to have the big offer on your website. Many agencies have affiliate and exchange programs and it is simple to put it all on website even you are not an travel agent at all.
Unique Suggestions: At least try to find the real travel agency. In Croatia every agency must have the agency code and it will be somewhere on their webpage.
Fun Alternatives: Try to find the local travel agency from the destination in which you are going to travel.Related to:
- Family Travel
- Budget Travel
Something that you must know about...
This is one of the usual mistake :
The biggest agencies are the cheapest.
Maybe that statement has some point if you are looking for some big hotel accommodation but otherwise is not true. Specially regarding private accommodation(apartments, holiday houses, villas but also small hotels...). You must know that many big agencies(especially if they are not croatian agency) use smaller croatian agencies as a supplier of accommodation and services for their guests. That means that big agency must pay commission to smaller agency......no,no.... the true is that you will pay that commission :(
I have the information that some of the biggest agencies in Croatian travel market (that includes foreign travel agencies as well) has a 20-30% higher prices from some smaller agencies....... it looks impossible but it is true.
Unique Suggestions: Find the right croatian travel agency. Also, compare the prices from several agencies ...
Fun Alternatives: You can find the direct contact (you can try on www.croatia-map.net ) of the hotel or the owner of the private accommodation and you will probably save some money. Find somebody with the experience when choosing your accomodation.Related to:
- Budget Travel
- Family Travel
Online booking sharks....
Many people think that the travel websites(online agencies) with good search engine position and most banners and ads on Google, Yahoo etc are the right choice.
Wrong. They just have the biggest marketing budget. Some agencies take whole offer from several smaller agencies and put it all on their websites. They raise prices 20% and wait for you. I believe that some of them even don't know where Croatia is......
Unique Suggestions: Take some time and surf the web..compare the prices.....and read few travel forums as well...Related to:
- Family Travel
- Spa and Resort
- Budget Travel
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