Usually when bloggers write about travel they do so after they’ve visited that destination. But I had a thought that if I blogged in reverse (I’m not going to Croatia until next month) then perhaps you guys can recommend me any places I’ve left out. Or perhaps you’re actually reading this because you’re visiting Croatia soon and are too looking for ideas. Either way I hope this blog post helps one of us out aha!
My boyfriend and I are spending 10 nights in total in Croatia – flying out to Dubrovnik for five nights then getting a coach up north to Split for a further four nights. I’ve so far looked at day trip packages online and scrolled through Pinterest to come up with the following itinerary:
Day 1: Land at Dubrovnik at 10am
I always like to spend my first ‘holiday day’ as a chilled out one; checking-in, unpacking and then exploring the city by foot. Dubrovnik is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site so I cannot wait to just wander around with no set itinerary on this first day. Every travel forum says you must walk the city’s walls which boasts spectacular views over the Old Town, and ride on the cable car.
Day 2: Mljet National Park
The more I read about Mljet National Park the more spectacular it sounds. Situated 2-3 hours from Dubrovnik it is one of the largest islands in south Dalmatia, and it’s national park covers most of it. Your ticket includes entry to not only both saltwater lakes, but also a boat ride to the Benedictine monastery on the Isle of St. Mary, on the Great Lake. You can also visit the villages of Goveđari, Polače and Pomena on your visit, plus explore the many caves the island holds, the most famous being Odysseus Cave which you can access by a small boat.
Day 3: Lokrum
Since day two involves a fair bit of travel I thought I’d keep day three at arms reach. Lokrum is just a 10-minute ferry away from Dubrovnik and holds so much beauty that I can easily see ourselves spending the whole day there. The forested island not only homes a monastery featured on Game of Thrones, but also a French royal fortress that you can explore. I’ve also read that when in Lokrum you should ask the locals about the “legendary curse”, as well as visit the botanical garden that’s home to many peacocks. Finally I’d love to stop off at Mrtvo More (the Dead Sea) for a spot of swimming.
Day 4: TBC
I’ve done some research into Korcula and other islands but I’m still not 100% sure whether to visit another island or just stay in Dubrovnik, so I’m going to leave this day blank along with day five which is much more casual, just incase we get inspired whilst we’re there. Please do leave any suggestions though in the comments.
Day 5: Beach day and wander
I’ve seen day trips out of Croatia such as to Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina, and although they are very appealing, I’m not sure how I feel about travelling out of the country I came to visit. Unless I do some further research and find something there that’s far from anything I’m going to see anywhere else on my current trip I’m not too fussed about them. Instead I’m planning on dedicating day five of our trip to a beach day and some further wanders on foot.
Day 6: 6am coach to Split
Day 6: Arrive at Split at 10.30am
Similar to day one of our Croatian trip, we’ll most likely spend our first day in Split exploring the city and visiting Diocletian’s Palace, another UNESCO World Heritage Site and “one of the world’s most impressive Roman monuments”.
Day 7: Plitvice Lakes National Park
If you haven’t noticed already, I’m kinda obsessed with national parks and waterfalls. Plitvice Lakes National Park is about a 3-hour drive away from Split but totally worth it (judging by reviews, their website and images of course). Plitvice Lakes is also the oldest and largest national park in Croatia and yet another UNESCO World Heritage site. Unlike Mljet National Park you actually aren’t allowed to swim at Plitvice Lakes, but there are a number of hiking trails to follow and spectacular views to take in. Not to mention if you’re really lucky you may even spot a brown bear, wolf or lynx. I’m definitely taking this day trip as a photography opportunity.
Day 8: Krka National Park
After two days of dry legs in Split I’m of course planning another trip to water for me and the boyfriend. Krka National Park (yes another national park) features more magnificent waterfalls, including the famous Skradinski Buk falls. Your entrance ticket also includes a boat trip through the park, but best of all you can swim in some locations in Krka National Park.
Day 9: Hvar Island Hopping
There’s two routes I’m interested in taking from Split – both taking a detour via Hvar (known as Croatia’s Cannes). Although once we get to Hvar (just one-hour away) we may just want to stay there for the day.
Option one: Hvar to the Pakleni islands (20 mins) which is beach heaven, then head onto Vis (35 mins), a former military base that’s great for exploring. Return to Split via a direct ferry from Vis (2hr 20min).
Option two: Hvar to Brac (45 mins) heading to Bol, the island’s most picturesque town. Return to Split via a direct ferry from Bol (30 mins).
Day 10: 10.35am flight home
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