How to Interail Europe: Croatia

I’ve always dreamed of visiting Croatia. Along with most of the countries I visited, it didn’t disappoint. It definitely had that ‘holiday’ feel, y’know when you can really feel the heat and everything is very slow-paced.

First stop in Croatia was Zagreb, the capital city. It was about a half an hour walk to our accommodation from the train station and it was perfect for what we needed – a balcony to sit out on, a traditional bakery across the road and only a 15 minute walk to the centre of Zagreb.

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Zagreb Higlights

Taking an evening walk around Zagreb is a beautiful way to see the city, we found an incredible pizza restaurant for dinner and in the centre, there was a music festival.

Museums – similar to our experience in Vienna, there are plenty of museums to choose from. The Museum of Broken Relationships tends to be a favourite within tourist information as it is a really interesting and ‘different’ museum, it displays artefacts, memories and stories from “broken relationships”, showing the many different layers of relationships. The Museum of Illusions is also worth a visit, there are so many different illusions to figure out – probably more aimed at children but nonetheless they can require quite a bit of thought!

Botanical Gardens – Zagreb is home to the oldest botanical gardens in Croatia, as it was founded in 1889, making it well worth a visit. It is definitely one of the best botanical gardens that I have visited and as it homes more than 5000 plant species, there is more than enough to explore. The greenhouses are really impressive, one was dedicated to lily-pads which is amazing!

Next stop in Croatia was Split, where we were based for 4 nights. It was planned as a relaxing end to our trip, easy to access the beach and the bars. But it was too hard to resist exploring so took day trips to Trogir and Braç.

Food & Drink

Bacvice beach has plenty of bars and restaurants along the promenade but the best one that we visited was Karaka, for our final Mediterranean meal.

Firule beach is slightly smaller, but the harbour is beautiful. Another good spot for beach bars and Mediterranean food. The best restaurant we visited in this area was called Kalafatić, the pizzas are DIVINE and as it is located so close to the harbour, its the best place to watch the sunset.

Split Old Town – The city of Split is rich in history with Saint Domnius Cathedral and Diocletian’s Palace, which is perfect to explore when the weather is cooler in the mornings and evenings. It is pretty touristy (as expected I guess, it is beautiful) so going at ‘quieter’ times is probably the best way to explore.

Trogir

A half an hour bus ride from Split makes Trogir a simple day trip. Similarly, there is plenty of history to explore here as Trogir is a UNESCO site. You do have to pay to explore the historical monuments such as Kamerlengo Fortress in detail, but taking your own walking tour still means that you can see the monuments and experience through history information boards how the two sides of town walls interconnected. We did manage to sought out one of the beaches along Trogir’s coastlines, but thunderstorms hit.

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Split is well connected to Croatian islands as there are plenty of islands which leave from the port in Split throughout the day. Visiting the island of Brač worked well for price and ferry time wise. The ferry goes directly from Split port to the city of Supetar, taking about 45 minutes and as we caught an early morning ferry, this maximised our time to explore. There is an ‘informal’ walking tour around the city, with history boards directing you from one place to the next, along the historical cobbled streets to monuments such as Church of the Annunciation.

Supetar’s pebbled beaches are just a stones throw (ha) from the centre and offer stunning views of the mountainous landscape and Split in the distance. This makes the beaches perfect for a chilled afternoon, but I would recommend some kind of water shoes to protect your feet if you plan on going into the sea – the rocks are PAINFUL.

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