Croatia 2016

The holiday blues are real. I’ve just come back from an amazing holiday in Split, Croatia. I went with my three best friends Hannah, Beki and Sarah – and I’d do just about anything to go back right now.

If anyone is thinking about venturing to Croatia I would whole heartedly recommend it. There is so much to do and see you could stay there for months. But even in the 4 full days we had there we squeezed so much in! We split our time between beach relaxation and being real tourists on excursions. My friends and I had been talking about this trip for a good couple of years, and we all decided that this year was the time to do it. So a few hundred Whatsapp messages later trying to organise ourselves we were on our way from Luton airport.

The first day consisted of the beach, which was beautiful. Although I do have to warn you sand lovers out there – Croatia seems more partial to a pebbled beach. On our first full day we managed to find a space on the sand thankfully and spent our day lounging in the sun and cooling off in the sea. Going there at the end of July meant that the temperatures were soaring and it pretty much hit 35 degrees everyday.

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On our second day we embarked on the first excursion which was to Krka National Park. Wow. It was honestly breathtaking and one of the most different and best experiences I’ve had. The coach took us straight there and gave us a good 4 hours of free time to explore as we wished. Of course we headed straight for the main attraction – the waterfalls. It was surreal to be able to swim so close to them, but I’d highly recommend taking some kind of jelly shoes or even flip flops as there were lots of sneaky rocks as you’re trying to get in and swim. If you’re thinking of doing anything like this we simply went to an tourist information point and booked the transfers there and then bought the tickets to the park separately. Very easy.

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We wanted to experience the nightlife next. We’d been badgered a few times about organised bar crawls that they hold every night, but decided we could do our own and ended up having a fab night. After one too many Gin and Tonics we stumbled home in the lovely weather which was still hot in the early hours of the morning.

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Our third day got off to a much slower start than the rest. We can blame the free shot on entry into Tropic Club at the sea front for that. But once we’d emerged from our apartment we headed down for a well deserved chill out day by the sea again. On the walk down we fed our hangovers with the delicious pizza slices that are served in their bakeries on pretty much every street. The ice cream sold there was mouth watering too.

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Once by the sea we headed further round the coast and found a place on one of the pebbled beaches. There are plenty of places to swim and I’m not normally one for loving the sea but this was just too beautiful to miss out on!

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For dinner we sampled some of the amazing delicacy which was Dalmatian Ham. If I had to live off that ham, with crusty bread and balsamic vinegar for the rest of my life I would die happy. This might sound irrational, but just wait until you’ve tried this stuff!

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For our final full day we wanted to fit in another day trip – this time on a boat. There are lots of islands surrounding Croatia just waiting to be explored. We set off on our boat tour and the views were incredible. Our first stop was Trogir which was a lovely harbour town with winding back streets.

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Next we headed to the Captain of the boats house for lunch. Yes, his house. I was slightly sceptical when he said this, but all worries melted away when we arrived. A lunch with a pretty amazing view…

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After we were fed and watered we went to the place we were all most excited about. The Blue Lagoon. It was stunning, and of course we just wanted to get straight in the water.

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Our trip ended in a lovely little harbour town where we popped off the boat and stopped for a drink and about my hundredth ice cream of the holiday.

The day was amazing as I’ve never really done anything like that before and it’s definitely something that will stay with me forever. We then set off back to Split sat on the back of the boat being cooled down by the spray of the sea. A moment where I was truly content with life.

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I couldn’t of enjoyed the holiday more. With my favourite people in an amazing country, experiencing new things.

Hope everyone else is having a lovely summer!

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