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A Guide to Hvar Island, Croatia

October 22, 2016

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Hvar is a small bay town that attracts a lot of tourists. Visitors can explore the winding stone streets, old Venetian architecture, crystal clear waters and crazy nightlife. It’s easily accessible for a day trip or for a longer stay. The only way to get to Hvar is by ferry, I got a ferry from Split with Jadrolinija. Its not too expensive either it was around £5-10.  This island is perfect for a fancy getaway but is also suitable for backpackers with a number of hostels available. Here is a list of of things to do in Hvar.

St Stephens Square

This is the main square filled with restaurants, supermarkets, bakeries and St Stephens cathedral.

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Hvar’s Fortica

The fortress is perched on a hill above the old town. To get here walk up the steps off the main square and continue until you get to the top. It’s a steep walk to the top but well worth it with stunning views over Hvar town and the sea. It costs 30kn (£3.60) to get in and there’s a small museum and shop. It would also be a amazing to visit during sunset.

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Beaches

Near the town centre most of the beaches are rocky but if you keep walking to the right of the centre you’ll get to a nice beach near some hotels. There is also a closer beach by the Franciscan Monastery.

Party

Hvar has a great nightlife and was super busy when I was there in August. Carpe Diem is a big nightclub in Hvar and you have to get a water taxi to there.Entrance to the club is £20. If you like partying this is definitely worth going to at least once. The water taxi’s are free but stop running around 2.30am.

Boat trip to the Palenki Islands

There are many companies offering boat trips so have a look around for a good deal.

Wine Tour

Hvar has been a city of wine since the ancient Greeks sailed into the bay at Stari Grad. Have a look in the tourism shops for a different range of wine tours.

Accommodation

Try to book in advance especially in peak seasons as when I went I had to move hostels as the first one I was staying at was sold out on the second night.

Hostel Villa Skansi

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  • Good for solo travellers as has a bar
  • Has a free pub crawl, this only consists of one bar then your’e left to do your own thing but its still a good way to meet new people and you get a free shot
  • Free pizza

The White Rabbit Hostel

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  • Centrally located near shops and restaurants
  • Also a good place to meet people as has a small cheap bar upstairs
  • Air con
  • Lockable storage

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Information

  • Hvar can be quite expensive so budget accordingly
  • Some of the beach is quite rocky so bring the right footwear
  • The streets are marble which can be quite slippy
  • There are a few ferries running daily and you can book a ferry by the port

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What to do in Split, Croatia

October 16, 2016

what-to-do-in-split-croatiaSplit is the second largest city in Croatia. It is full of history and culture it is a very popular tourist destination. Here is a list of what to do in Split.

  • Visit the Old Town

The old town is a UNESCO world heritage site

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  • Wander through Diocletian’s Palace in the Old Town

    Some of game of thrones was filmed here!

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  • Explore the Markets

Selling a variety of souvenirs and food. Croatia is one of the largest producers of lavender so be sure to pick up a lavender gift or try out the lavender ice cream.

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  • Go to the beach

Bacvice beach is closest to the city centre.

  • Day trip to Krka National Park

I did a day trip with Gecko tours, the trip started at 8 in the morning and took about 1 hour to get there in a mini bus. It is a good idea to get to the waterfalls early as it gets super busy. When its busy its hard to cross the bridge which is the best area to take photos.  We went on a walk around the park and to some small museums. If you go swimming it is a good idea to wear wet shoes as there’s lots of rocks to climb over. The Krka National Park is definitely worth a trip the waterfalls are stunning!

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  • Island Hopping

Split is a great destination for island hopping. I got a ferry Split to Hvar it only takes 1.5 hours. You can book tickets at the pier in Split with Jadrolinija. Some other options would be to get a ferry to Vis, Brac or Solta.

  • Relax with food and drink by the seafront

  • Enjoy the night life

Split has a great night life with many different bars. I went on the tower pub crawl you get to drink as much as you want for two hours.Theres also free pizza and beer pong and after the two hours drinking you get taken to a massive club.

Accomodation

Split Hostel Fiesta Siesta

  • This hostel is great for solo travellers as they have nightly dinners which are a great way to meet new people
  • Staff are friendly and helpful trying to make sure all guests are having a good time
  • Located abover Charlies backpacker bar which is a good bar to meet people
  • Centrally located near restaurants and bars
  • Free towel and linen
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Information

  • Language: Croatian – easy to get by with English though
  • Currency: Croatian kuna (10kuna = £1.21)

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Why visit Croatia’s Capital Zagreb

October 10, 2016

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Many travellers often overlook Zagreb and head straight to Croatia’s Dalmatian coast. I decided to stop here for one day before heading to the coast and I am so glad I did as its a lovely city with plenty of shops, museums and buildings to explore.

St Marks Church

This church has an elaborate patterned roof representing the coat of arms of Zagreb. It is just around the corner from the museum of broken relationships.

The Museum of Broken Relationships

I thought I’d try out this museum as it has good reviews and is different to any other museum I’ve seen. The concept is that people around the world send in items from previous relationships with a message about that relationship. Some of the items and letters are very sad and moving and others are funny.

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The Museum of Illusions

Fun museum that kids will enjoy as there’s lots of different activities. It’s not very big so you don’t need to spend that much time here.

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Cathedral

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View from Upper Town

You can get the shortest funicular in the world from lower town to upper town. It costs 4 kuna (£0.48) Alternatively you can walk to the top this is what I did and its not very far. Once at the top you can admire the views over the city.

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Trg Josipa Jelacica

The main square in Zagrebs lower town with beautiful coloured buildings this area is ideal for people watching.

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Accommodation

Chill Out Hostel Zagreb

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  • Very close to main square and shops
  • Check out at 12pm
  • Each bed has a locker
  • Free towel and wifi
  • Pub crawls
  • Bar and restaurant downstairs but wasn’t loud so could get a good nights sleep

Information

  • Currency: Kuna
  • Tram line runs throughout the city 30 kunas for a day ticket (£3.60) or 10 kunas for 90 minutes (£1.20)
  • Good times to go: July & August’s hot climate attracts the most visitors to Croatia November & December are good for the Christmas markets

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