I’ve been lucky to visit Croatia 3 times and it’s one of my favorite places in Europe! My first visit was in 2003… before it was “put on the map” by GOT. 😉 With its red tile roofs and gorgeous coastal scenery – I fell in love with Dubrovnik.
The second time my husband and I roadtripped from The Netherlands to Croatia. Seeing more of the countryside and driving along the Adriatic coast is breathtaking!
On my latest visit in 2021 – I again arrived via ship into Dubrovnik…in style on the new Celebrity Apex. 🙂 Even though much busier – this walled city lived up to memories from 18 years ago!
Croatia is also a client favorite! I’ve organized numerous custom trips there and also planned Mediterranean cruises with port stops to Split and Dubrovnik.
1. Beautiful Cities
Don’t miss a walk around the top of the walls in Dubrovnik (a portion is free but I suggest paying the fee to walk the entire length). The views are out of a storybook! In Split I recommend a stroll on the cobblestone streets in the old town that surround Diocletian’s Palace. Pack sunscreen and a hat if you’re visiting during the summer months – it’s hot and sunny!
2. Ease of Visiting
As Croatia has gotten to be a more popular destination from the U.S. – there are quite a few flight options. It’s also fun to visit Croatia as a port stop on a Mediterranean cruise. During my travels to Croatia I’ve found the locals very friendly and I’ve also always felt it’s a safe destination. Even though prices have gone up in the past years – it’s still relatively inexpensive compared to other European countries. Croatia doesn’t use the Euro – their money is the Croatian Kuna.
3. Gorgeous Coastline
Croatia has one of the most beautiful coasts in Europe (think Amalfi Coast caliber!) It’s especially picturesque in the southern Dalmation Coast between Split and Dubrovnik. With numerous small islands and beaches – Croatia is a water lover’s dream (and it feels like none I’ve ever felt – like silk on the skin!).
Croatia – I still haven’t had enough… I look forward to my next return. 🙂
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Until the next adventure – bon voyage!