Yes travel: Exploring Croatia

EmmaBy Emma  •  14 Sep 2015 at 7:00am  •  Places, World Travel
Emma

by Emma

One of the pitfalls for friends and family of team Year of the Yes is that we are constantly badgering them to share their latest exploits to inspire you lovely lot with things to add to the yes list.

I knew before my brother Joe and his lovely wife Vicky had even returned from their Italian / Croatian adventure that I wanted to share it with you all.
It was the sneaky mid-trip holiday snaps boasting ‘a little piece of heaven’ that did it…beautiful sunsets, epic scenery…you know the score.

Needless to say that after seeing the photos in all their glory, I now want to do it all myself. So I am preeeetty confident that when you all see them and read Vicky’s fabulous account, you will be scrambling to book next year’s holiday exploring this gorgeous pocket of Europe as well…

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Destinations: Italy (Perugia and the ferry port in Ancona), Croatia (Zdar, Pag, Plitvice, Split, Hvar, Vis and Dubrovnik)

Our holiday included everything! We had time in the city, by the beach and in a national park.

We had evenings partying until the early hours, dinners and lunches in bustling cities and drinks with friends, reading by the pool, games in the sea, lazy brunches on the balcony and romantic evening in a picturesque restaurants.

We used almost every mode of transport we could think of. In fact I’m not really sure what more we could have fitted in. We travelled by plane, train, overnight ferry, catamaran, hire car, bus, scooter, speed boat, land rover and cycle!

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In Italy we met with friends who we’d stayed with last year, in Pag we partied in a big group and the rest of the holiday was just me and Joe.

What made you decide to visit there?

Joe went to Split and Hvar for his stag do two years ago and once he finally recovered from the trauma of a three day drinking binge he couldn’t stop telling me how amazing the country was, far too nice for a stag do! That placed it firmly on our hit list so when one of the stags decided to go back there for a festival to celebrate his 30th birthday we decided to make the most of our flights and turn a long weekend into a two week holiday to explore as much of the country as we could fit in.

Highlights from the holiday:

• Watching the sunset and sunrise aboard the boat taking us from Italy to Croatia

Exploring Europe, travelling around Croatia, holiday planning, via Year of the Yes
• Partying in a plunge pool at Zrce beach

Exploring Europe, travelling around Croatia, holiday planning, via Year of the Yes
• Wandering around the Plitvice Lakes national park and admiring the beautiful lakes and waterfalls

Exploring Europe, travelling around Croatia, holiday planning, via Year of the Yes

Exploring Europe, travelling around Croatia, holiday planning, via Year of the Yes

Exploring Europe, travelling around Croatia, holiday planning, via Year of the Yes
• Climbing the very precarious bell tower in Split (the best £1.50 I spent all holiday)

Exploring Europe, travelling around Croatia, holiday planning, via Year of the Yes

Exploring Europe, travelling around Croatia, holiday planning, via Year of the Yes

Exploring Europe, travelling around Croatia, holiday planning, via Year of the Yes

Exploring Europe, travelling around Croatia, holiday planning, via Year of the Yes
• Hiring a scooter to cruise around the beautiful island of Hvar

Exploring Europe, travelling around Croatia, holiday planning, via Year of the Yes

Exploring Europe, travelling around Croatia, holiday planning, via Year of the Yes

Exploring Europe, travelling around Croatia, holiday planning, via Year of the Yes

Exploring Europe, travelling around Croatia, holiday planning, via Year of the Yes
• A day long speed boat ride around the islands of Hvar and Vis

Exploring Europe, travelling around Croatia, holiday planning, via Year of the Yes

Exploring Europe, travelling around Croatia, holiday planning, via Year of the Yes

Exploring Europe, travelling around Croatia, holiday planning, via Year of the Yes

Exploring Europe, travelling around Croatia, holiday planning, via Year of the Yes
• Taking a leisurely bike ride round Vis waterfront and heading back to our private pool

Exploring Europe, travelling around Croatia, holiday planning, via Year of the Yes

Exploring Europe, travelling around Croatia, holiday planning, via Year of the Yes

Exploring Europe, travelling around Croatia, holiday planning, via Year of the Yes
• Going on a military tour of Vis Island and feeling like a wannabe James Bond in a nuclear bunker
• Exploring Dubrovnik at night (arrive at night for the most spectacular introduction to the nation’s capital)

The food:

We mainly travelled along the coast so it was all about the seafood, prawns, crab and fish that we couldn’t even pronounce.

The restaurants were fantastic epitomised by the discovery of probably one of the best restaurants we have ever visited “Pojoda” in Vis – simple, delicious food and a really relaxed atmosphere.

Top tip for anyone visit Croatia:

Explore. There is so much to see, do and eat. Learn about the history of Croatia. It’s not easy to understand but it’s incredibly interesting and sad. It really makes you appreciate the culture and beauty.

Exploring Europe, travelling around Croatia, holiday planning, via Year of the Yes

Exploring Europe, travelling around Croatia, holiday planning, via Year of the Yes

Anything that you didn’t get the chance to do that you would do next time?

Travel to the North of the country. Croatia has so much more to offer. We’d also love to have spent time in Bosnia. We had some Bosnian food in Dubrovnik, which was awesome but the wine definitely wasn’t as nice as the Croatian wine we indulged in!

Exploring Europe, travelling around Croatia, holiday planning, via Year of the Yes

It sounds totally amazing, doesn’t it?! If this has lodged Croatia firmly on your travel wishlist, then you are in luck. Our very own Year of the Yeser, Christina, has recently returned from her honeymoon in Dubrovnik and will be taking a closer look at the beautiful city on the blog very soon…

I for one can’t wait.

(At this point I should say that the pictures are courtesy of my brother who is really rather talented at photography. I don’t just say that because I am biased, you can see for yourself here).

YES LINKS

VISIT CROATIA // “POJODA” RESTAURANT IN VIS // JOE KINGSTON PHOTOGRAPHY

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Emma loves sunshine and flip flops, prosecco, chocolatey treats, things that sparkle, trips to the beach, reading and blogging.

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