Croatia – Tips and Recommendations (Part 2)

If you haven’t already, check out Part 1 of my Croatia tips and recommendations. In this post I will summarize Split, Dubrovnik, our car rental (Sixt) and general tips.

Split

Accommodation: Petra’s AirBnb

  • Pros: Wonderful service by Petra (VERY kind and informative), great location
  • Cons:
    • Pollen? Ragweed? Dust? Our travel companions got really bad allergies in the other room not sure from what.. could be a fluke
    • If you’re traveling in pairs, be aware that there’s 2 single beds in each room so beds had to be pushed together if you so desire (not as comfy but Petra was kind enough to do so). However, it is versatile. Arguing with your spouse? Just leave it as singles
    • Shower drain kept clogging but apparently was a known fact and couldn’t be fixed
  • All in all this was a good place to stay and I would recommend it

Value ✮✮✮✮
Location ✮✮✮✮✮
Sleep Quality ✮✮✮ 1/2
Rooms ✮✮✮ 1/2
Cleanliness✮✮✮✮✮
Service ✮✮✮✮✮

Must See/Do: Marjan Hill

  • Due to hunger, time restraints and overall laziness, we only walked to the first vantage point but it was absolutely breathtaking! A great view of Split and worth the climb
  • The actual entrance we went through was kind of tucked away but it’s the sketchy stairs that everyone takes and is located near Fife restaurant. Ask any local and I’m sure they’ll be able to point you to it

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Must See/Do: Diocletian’s Palace

  • Probably the most popular area
  • Must see at night
  • Where they filmed Khaleesi’s dragon dungeon scene from Game of Thrones for any fans. You can pay 20 kuna to go in and explore the basement

Must See/Do: Green Market (Farmer’s Market)

  • Located just outside the Diocletian’s Palace
  • Great place for fresh produce
  • Don’t let the sellers pressure you into buying way more lettuce heads than you need

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Must Eat: Buffet Fife 

  • Our favourite meal of the entire trip. Sounds and looks icky, but the Black Squid Ink Risotto was amazing! Calamari and fish was also very good. Traditional Croatian food
  • Very affordable
  • Don’t be tricked by the name, it’s not what westerners define as a buffet and is infact NOT all you can eat
  • Our waiter looked like Croatian Ben Affleck if anyone cares

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Must Eat: Luka Ice Cream and Cakes

  • They switch between 100’s of homemade flavours every day

Dubrovnik

Accommodation: Apartment Festa

  • Pros: Great service, awesome location inside Old City Walls, FREE pie!
  • No real cons.. there was a creepy hole in the stone wall in one of the rooms by the headboard. Just shine your flashlight in there to check for any creepy crawlies before bed and don’t think about it too much. If you’re sleeping in there with your boyfriend, make him sleep on that side of the bed like I did.
  • Would recommend

Value ✮✮✮✮
Location ✮✮✮✮✮
Sleep Quality ✮✮✮✮✮
Rooms ✮✮✮✮1/2
Cleanliness✮✮✮✮✮
Service ✮✮✮✮✮

Must See/Do: Dubrovnik’s Old City Walls

  • Approximately 100 kuna from what I recall to walk the city walls
  • Closes around 7/8pm so make sure to plan enough time to walk the whole thing
  • I would recommend going around sunset like we did. There’s a spot where they sell fresh smoothies (a bit pricey) that’s great for watching the sun set and avoiding being kicked off the wall at closing as they have a separate exit

Must See/Do: Pier at Night

  • Grab a gelato and walk out to the pier after sunset
  • Keep walking along the wall until you make it out to the small section with the benches (as shown in photo with the red arrow) where you can sit and enjoy the night lights or darkness of the sea

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Can Pass: Cable Car

  • Didn’t ticklet our fancy and was rather pricey (120 kuna). Only so much to see at the top
  • We are biased as it was raining and chilly when we went
  • Photo from above is the view from the cable car ride

Car Rental: Sixt

  • Want to get ripped off? Want to not be cared for? Rent your car with Sixt!
  • Where do I start… things with Sixt started off well when they upgraded our car for free. Upon receiving the car at Zagreb Airport, we knew from previous experience to check the car thoroughly and take photos in case any existing damage was done. The worker who brought the car over did not do a walkthrough with us and simply handed us the car – red flag #1. We insisted he do the walkthrough as we found damage that he didn’t mark down – red flag #2. We made sure to take photos of the damage and to take photos of the entire car as well
  • Upon returning the car in Dubrovnik, the worker there apparently remembered how to do his job this time and checked the car thoroughly. He found a scruff mark on the bumper directly under the other damage spot that was marked down and it was the exact colour (a distinctive yellow colour). He said it wasn’t marked down and was our responsibility. Unfortunately, apparently that was the one SMALL section that we did not take a photo of. We tried to reason with him as it was clearly from the same incident as the damage that was marked down. Our response? “I don’t care”
  • We ended up having to pay over $200 CAD for the damage
  • Moral of the story: think you’ve taken enough photos? Take about 20 more. And a video.
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General Tips

  • Bring your student card! Your student card works for discounts on many attractions including the Dubrovnik City Wall, Diocletian basement, and the national parks. It’s a significant discount that you get so broke students should advantage of it
  • Get used to paying more for water than beer. And be aware of how much a bottle of water costs. It’s often safe to drink tap water but in certain places like Dubrovnik, they won’t serve it when the risks are too high (e.g. after a rainy day as it affects the sewage). Just make sure to ask your host or your server first
  • Keep an eye out for the “Couvert” charge. That piece of bruschetta that magically showed up in front of you? Doesn’t come free. Nothing in life does – don’t get your hopes up. As mentioned in Part 1, the couvert charge can be added to the bill unknowingly for things such as appetizers you didn’t ask for and general service such as setting the table.
  • If you are renting a car, be sure to make the drive from Split to Dubrovnik! One of the most beautiful drives along the coast we’ve ever been on

    Photo cred: Laurie/Dorothy. Liked the photos in this blog? For more amazing travel pics and current adventures in Iceland, follow Laurie on Instagram.

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