In May I travelled to Croatia and enjoyed a week of island hopping on board a classic boat on our 8 day Sailing Split tour. The season was just starting up, lots of restaurants were opening and the weather was in the high 20s. The beers were cold, the wine was great and the water was just the perfect temperature to cool off in. While July through September are the most popular months to visit Croatia, if you want to avoid the summer crowds late May and early October are great alternatives. Here’s my firsthand tips on what not to miss on your own trip to Croatia.
Go white water rafting
Start off the trip with some rafting. I didn’t know what to expect but I was amazed at the tranquil scenery, the great rafting and there was even an option to do try out cliff jumping at one of our rest stops. The rafting was not too strenuous and the views were amazing.
Take a cable car ride over Dubrovnik
Take a cable car to the lookout over Dubrovnik. After being recently reopened it really is the best way to see how beautiful and small the walled city is.
Walk around the old city walls
The walls of Dubrovnik are a must visit and you have to do the full walk! Get a friend plus a bottle of water, and start one of the most beautiful walled walks in Europe. Make sure you have an extra camera battery because you will be snapping lots of pictures along the way.
Wander around town
Walk into the old towns of Dubrovnik, Split, Hvar or Korcula and just get lost. You will be amazed by what you see and how many times you end up retracing your steps but that is the best thing about these old ancient towns. The streets are narrow and the pizza is the best you will find this side of Rome.
Don’t forget the smaller towns
The small towns are as equally amazing as the larger ones. Case in point – Tstenik, an ancient town, known for its wine. We met the mayor, drank amazing wine, did a wine tour and met about a quarter of the 116 inhabitants in town. I wish we could have lounged around here for days.
Follow in the footsteps of Marco Polo
Korcula is the rumoured birthplace of the most famous explorer of all time. The man who brought pasta, paper currency, silk and many other ‘ideas’ to the western world. Visit his house, see the museum and then you decide where he grew up.
Pay a visit to Zlatni Rat beach
Visit the famous Zlatni Rat beach and take in arguably the most beautiful beach in Croatia (well in my opinion). We visited here on the last day of our tour; arrive early and you may have it all to yourself.
Swim, snorkel and relax
Spend as much time in the beautiful water as you can. Whether it’s jumping in the sea, relaxing on a blow up mattress or snorkelling around the coast. It’s not just the Med that is beautiful but also the inland lakes. They are green, the water is often warmer than the sea and you will find much more sand (as opposed to the typical rocks) at places like this.
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