Croatia

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Dubrovnik – 1 nights

Getting there:

We travelled up by bus from Kotor, Montenegro, which was about 4 hours. There are tons of buses/trains/ferries that go in-between all the cities/towns in Croatia.

Accommodation:

We only stayed here for 1 night as I’ve stayed in Dubrovnik previously back in 2011 for a few nights. The town is very beautiful and scenic. This time around, we stayed at Perak Pero – a guesthouse which is about a 10 minute bus from old town. See link: http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/Perak-Pero/Dubrovnik/5156?dateFrom=2017-08-26&dateTo=2017-08-29&number_of_guests=2

Things to do:

– Walk around old town

– Eat seafood

– Go on a booze cruise

– Walk from old town and go beach hopping along the coast

What I wish I knew/did:

Dubrovnik is very touristy in high season – June – August as expected. Book in advance if you can.

Hvar – 3  nights

Getting there:

We took the ferry from Dubrovnik to Hvar Island which took around 6 hours. The ferry company we used was  Jadrolinija. It is easy to book walk-on ferry tickets the day before at the terminals.

Accommodation:

We stayed at Youth Hostel on Hvar. It was great and had a pub crawl every night into town. See link: http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/Youth-Hostel-Villa-Marija/Hvar/40455?dateFrom=2017-08-26&dateTo=2017-08-29&number_of_guests=1

Things to do:

– Visit the different beaches

– Hike up the fortress for a stunning view of Hvar

– Go to Kiva bar, then Carpe diem (by boat at 2 AM)

– Hire a boat for the day and go dock up on the islands/beaches in the archipelago around Hvar

– Visit the shops in old town

– Eat gelato 3x a day

What I wish I knew/did:

Carpe diem 🙂

Vis– 1 night

Getting there:

From Hvar we took a ferry to Vis – couple of hours. We went to Vis to have a nights rest before Split/Ultra music festival.

Accommodation:

We stayed in a private room at Apartments Dilk for 23 euros each. It was the perfect resting place after the parties on Hvar and before Ultra music festival.

Things to do:

– walked around the island and went up to the fortress by foot

– walk the seafront and visit the beaches

– go visit the blue cave

What I wish I knew/did:

The ferries from Hvar to Vis only go certain days so we had to hop onto a tour and paid a little bit more in order to go to this island. Check the ferry schedules to the smaller islands in advance.

I also probably wouldn’t do the blue cave tour as it was very touristy and busy and in my opinion not worth the cash.

Split & Ultra Music Festival – 4  nights

Getting there:

We took the ferry from Vis to Split which was around 3/4 hours.

Accommodation:

The night before the festival we stayed in Split. The hostel was in the center and the lady running it was absolutely hilarious. See link: http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/Hostel-Split-Mediterranean-House/Split/13436?dateFrom=2017-09-03&dateTo=2017-09-06&number_of_guests=2

We camped at beachville, which is the campgrounds of Ultra Europe, during the music festival. https://ultraeurope.com/

Things to do:

– Dance the night away – the headliners come on at 3:30 AM and the festival ends at 5:00 AM.

– Go to the adventure water park next door to beachville 

What I wish I knew/did:

Beachville camping is far from the stadium of Ultra- 45 minute transportation bus which was killer at 530 AM coming home after the festival. I don’t regret it as we met an amazing group of friends who also stayed in beachville and created a home we called Club 72 :).

Sibenik – 2 nights

Getting there:

We travelled up by bus from Split, which was about 3 hours. We used this cute coastal town as a base to see the Krka National Park, as its a bit closer and less touristy than Split was.

Accommodation:

We stayed at Hostel Splendido which had amazing beds and allowed us to catch up on some sleep after the festival. See link: http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/Hostel-Splendido-Sibenik/Sibenik/77671?dateFrom=2017-09-03&dateTo=2017-09-06&number_of_guests=2

Things to do:

– Walk around old town

– Go to the beach

– Hike up to the viewpoint of the town

– Walk along seafront

– Can hire a boat here as well and see the archipelago of islands

What I wish I knew/did:

This was a great and less touristy spot than Split to visit Krka waterfalls. The waterfalls are very touristy in general so go early and be prepared!

Plitvice Lakes – 2 nights

Getting there:

We travelled up by bus from Sibenik, which was about 3 hours to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Accommodation:

We stayed at Plitvice Backpackers. The guy running the place was great. He picks you up from the two bus stations Jezerce or Mukinje and drops off/ picks up everyone into the national park every morning. See link: http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/Plitvice-Backpackers/Plitvice-Lakes/87098?propNum=87098&dateFrom=2017-09-15&dateTo=2017-09-16&number_of_guests=2#availability

Things to do:

– Spend the whole day at the lakes – there is lots of trails and treks around the lakes/waterfalls

– Outside of the national park there is not much to do – it is very much like cabin/lake life

What I wish I knew/did:

Message me privately about this spot as I have a great recommendation about the lakes I can’t make public known 🙂

Overall Recommendations:

Croatia is absolutely beautiful! I know I definitely didn’t get to see all the towns I wanted to see such as Zadar, Zagreb, and so so much more.

I would recommend hiring a car but the bus systems are also very convenient. It was also helpful to be on foot when booking our ferries between the islands. Since it was high season it would’ve been harder to make ferry reservations with a car.

If I was to do Ultra music festival again – I would’ve hired an apartment in Split to reduce the travel time in/out of beachville camping. Since the headliners didn’t come on until the middle of the morning, it was too hot to sleep during the day. No regrets though, I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat!

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