Croatia – Tips and Recommendations (Part 1)

Being the longer leg of our 2016 EuroTrip, Croatia consisted of 10 days of jammed pack hiking, activities, sightseeing, and gelato. We started off by flying into Zagreb, renting a car and driving down the entire coast, ending in Dubrovnik. In this post, I will summarize each location that we went to and some of the highlights as well as the … lowlights. Croatia was an absolutely beautiful country that exceeded my expectations and countlessly took my breath away. For the sake of sanity and length, I will split this post into Part 1 and Part 2.

Plitvička Jezera

Accommodation: Etno House

  • Pros: nice rooms/bathrooms, has a pool, breakfast included, nice (but not overly friendly) service, located right by Plitvice National Park
  • Cons: Expensive dinner (17-20€) and there aren’t really any other restaurants close by so you don’t have much of a choice
  • Major con: One of our rooms smelled really terrible (like dirty baby diapers soaked in vinegar). Every time you walked back in the room it would hit you like a wall. We asked to switch rooms but apparently we couldn’t and the girls who worked there didn’t seem to think it smelled like anything other than baby powder…. (?!?!?!). Someone tell me what brand of baby powder that is because I am never putting that on my child. Our other room was perfectly fine though (it was 2 floors up)
  • All in all this was a good place to stay and I would recommend it as long as all rooms smell the same

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Must See/Do: Plitvice National Park

  • This park is just absolutely stunning! We spent 7-8 hours hiking through most of the park on the easier trails. Every second was eye candy, I could go on forever raving about it. Tickets include all buses and ferries within the park too. Must do!

    Photo Cred: Laurie Anton

Zadar

Accommodation: Katarina’s AirBnb

  • Great place! Nothing bad to say 🙂 Would definitely recommend

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Must See: Everywhere!

  • The entire old city is small enough to walk from one end to the other in ~20 minutes. Explore every inch!
  • Watch the sunset by the water, one of the best unobscured views in all of the stops we did

Must Eat: Donat Gelato

  • Get the Jagoda (strawberry) flavour

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Beware: Restaurant Foša

  • Very good food but it is considered high end so it’s pricey. They also charge a 25 kuna ($5 CAD) couvert charge (tourist trap) for setting the table and appetizers. We were warned about this charge prior to going to Croatia and still fell in the trap! This was the only restaurant that charged us
  • Nice location on the waterfront

Can Pass: Restaurant Bruschetta

  • Not that affordable but decent food. If anything, get the lamb which was very good. Pass on the tuna steak, very bland

Šibenik/Krka

Accommodation: Agrotourism Kalpic 

  • One of our favourite parts of the trip! Beautiful BnB, excellent service, good food (made over a real wood fire), breakfast included, has a pool and fur friends
  • There was an odd clicking noise in our room all night… possibly an insect?
  • DEFINITE recommend.

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Must See/Do: Krka National Park

  • While we coined Plitvice “The Unicorn’s Nest”, we called Krka “Enchanted Forest”
  • We initially contemplated skipping Krka since we already saw Plitvice and figured it was just a smaller version, but we’re glad we decided to go!
  • The drive around Krka was very nice (we mostly drove around the northern parts of the park)
  • Parked once to hike to a cave and then again to hike to the main waterfall where you can swim (beware it’s slippery on the rocks there)

Click here for Part 2 of our Croatia trip, including: Split, Dubrovnik, other tips and our car rental review.

 

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