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Title: Croatia
Post by: captainkurtz on March 07, 2012, 16:54:33 pm
Anyone been?

;D
Title: Re: Croatia
Post by: Fishy on March 07, 2012, 16:58:22 pm
no
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Post by: captainkurtz on March 07, 2012, 17:10:03 pm
cheers.
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Post by: Fishy on March 07, 2012, 17:14:34 pm
no worries..
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Post by: döm on March 07, 2012, 17:19:21 pm
not too far from Vienna, I think
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Post by: Fishy on March 07, 2012, 17:23:01 pm
is there such a thing as Croatian Whirls..?
Title: Re: Croatia
Post by: Andrew_Haldane on March 07, 2012, 17:47:01 pm
Yes and it was brilliant for me and the missus as a quiet relaxing holiday it was fabulous but we went in half term about the end of March last year to Pula which is a quiet coastal town in the North East with a modern holiday resort. We got lucky with our hotel which was big enough but a little more isolated from the bigger resort a few minutes walk away. It was so unbelievably clean, No graffitti....absolutely none and no litter! The sunsets were truly unbelievable!  They don't have sandy beaches on that part of the coastline but the water was crystal clear as if someone had left the tap running for a couple of thousand years. Apart from their native tongue the locals all seemed to speak English as well as German and Italian. Most of the tourists are from the European mainland and are families or retired couples. We hardly ever saw any large groups of singles, hardly any Brits (which was heaven!) and no drunks, but it was early in the season.
The main town is a pretty little old fishing village with some interesting local shops and a couple of art galleries. We took a coach to Porec harbour (25minutes) from there we took a day trip to Venice (2 and a bit hours) on the ferry (very cheap duty free £9 for a litre of Ron Bacardi) We did a couple of coach trips and a ferry along the coast and visited several very pretty historic towns. A couple of them were medieval some of them date back to roman times. If you want more of a cultural sight seeing holiday without having to rely on organised day trips maybe you'd be better off heading East where they have some world heritage site national parks but you'll need to hire a car. Being a former communist country the public transport system is virtually non existent  and not integrated. Large parts of the country are cut off unless you go by road. I would definitely go again. Prices were quite a bit cheaper than Italy and they are Not in the Euro zone the good exchange rate was pretty good. Food in big hotels was international with a lot of unusual and fantastic fish but some odd cuts of meat. Everything fresh though and people generally very helpful and friendly. Restaurants and Cafes and Pubs were generally good but as with everywhere on holiday you have to be a bit careful not to get ripped off and not to go too far off piste late at night. Having said that we never felt conspicuously foreign/British or in danger  at any time except in Venice. Highly recommended Hass! :)
Title: Re: Croatia
Post by: captainkurtz on March 07, 2012, 18:10:27 pm
Thanks Andrew - thats really very helpful.

I think we are planning to go first week of June and what you've said has reinforced that.  Sounds like a chav-free zone.

Lovely.
Title: Re: Croatia
Post by: Dixkot on March 07, 2012, 20:50:49 pm


Went to Dubrovnik in 1990, before the war.

Toured up and down the coast and it really is a beautiful country.  Wonderful scenery, food, drink, culture.  People were a bit 'Soviet' when I was there, but I'd assume that has changed.  As Bisto says in some areas the beaches are shingle rather than sand, but not a great drawback.  I go again, for sure.
Title: Re: Croatia
Post by: Bez on March 08, 2012, 09:01:32 am
Slim went a couple of years back....he was looking for a Euro-zone free destination.....there's probably a thread somewhere...
Title: Re: Croatia
Post by: captainkurtz on March 08, 2012, 10:25:07 am
Lack of sandy beaches is causing concern for the better half.
Title: Re: Croatia
Post by: Andrew_Haldane on March 08, 2012, 11:14:34 am
Quote from: captainkurtz on March 08, 2012, 10:25:07 am
Lack of sandy beaches is causing concern for the better half.


we used this guide its pretty reliable!

http://www.croatiatraveller.com/Istria/beaches.html


http://www.croatiatraveller.com/BestBeaches.htm
Title: Re: Croatia
Post by: Slim on June 05, 2012, 13:32:56 pm
Quote from: captainkurtz on March 08, 2012, 10:25:07 amLack of sandy beaches is causing concern for the better half.


We went to Lapad bay - really nice place, very hot in July although I was told the temperature was unseasonally high when we were there. The beach wasn't sandy, true - but the upside of that is that the water was beautifully clear (and warm). Lots of cute brightly-coloured fishes.

Good restaurants and bars round the coast. Dubrovnik is a wonderful place to visit, full of character and still bears the scars of the war.
Title: Re: Croatia
Post by: captainkurtz on June 05, 2012, 18:15:16 pm
Here now - last day.

Wonderful place - really really beautiful.  Highly recommended.


Title: Re: Croatia
Post by: Slim on June 05, 2012, 21:33:00 pm
Nice. Whereabouts are you?
Title: Re: Croatia
Post by: Nick on May 21, 2016, 14:35:45 pm
Booked to go in July, 10 miles from Dubrovnik, hiring a car, looking forward to it.
Title: Re: Croatia
Post by: captainkurtz on May 21, 2016, 22:04:21 pm
Went a few years ago.  Absolutely loved it.  Dubrovnik is beautiful.
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Post by: captainkurtz on May 21, 2016, 22:04:53 pm
Oh, I've already said that, I started this thread...
Title: Re: Croatia
Post by: Slim on May 27, 2016, 14:38:17 pm
Dubrovnik

(http://truth.justdied.com/images/dubrov_rooftops.jpg)

(http://truth.justdied.com/images/dub_pic.jpg)


Title: Re: Croatia
Post by: Nick on July 20, 2016, 19:52:25 pm
Enjoyed Croatia very much, fantastic coastline, breathtaking in places. Managed to do Dubrovnik , a few island hops and a hit and run into Bosnia for a fridge magnet.
Title: Re: Croatia
Post by: Richard_2112 on August 03, 2017, 00:11:37 am
Me and the Mrs are going to Zadar in September. Very much looking forward to exploring the lakes in the north
Title: Re: Croatia
Post by: Slim on August 03, 2017, 00:17:35 am
I liked Croatia. We did Montenegro the last couple of years, but flew into Croatia both times.
Title: Re: Croatia
Post by: The Letter R on May 30, 2018, 09:56:49 am
Just back from 16 days in Croatia - flew into Pula and spent a day there - then drove to Motovun ( most famous for Mario Andretti being born there ), an old hill top village in the North and hiked to a vineyard for some tasting. Then drove to Cres and Losinj 2 Islands - via the ferry - Losinj is beautiful. Another Island hop to Rab then onto Zadar and finally into Trogir about 10 mins from Split airport for our return. Happened across Nikola Tesla's Birthplace, where there is a museum and some working replicas of his inventions.
Overall a great experience - driving is dead easy as roads are good and traffic is light, Ferries were all on time, streets were clean, food was good and people were very nice. Some of the areas we visited we were pretty much the only people there and the coast lines and walks are well worth it.
Title: Re: Croatia
Post by: Richard_2112 on June 01, 2018, 11:58:34 am
I thought Zadar was stunning when I went there last year. I loved the sea organ and the salute to the sun down by the water side. But the big highlights for me were the national parks. We went to both Plitvice and Krka and they were both breathtaking.
Title: Re: Croatia
Post by: zoony on June 01, 2018, 18:16:48 pm
I'm tempted to look at going to Croatia next year, but I've been told all the beaches are pebbles?
Title: Re: Croatia
Post by: Nick on June 02, 2018, 16:36:33 pm
As far as I am aware it's not a beach country. However its a great place with good food. The sea is clean and there are incredible islands and coastal drives and some amazing inland national parks.
Title: Re: Croatia
Post by: The Letter R on June 07, 2018, 09:26:46 am
Quote from: zoony on June 01, 2018, 18:16:48 pm
I'm tempted to look at going to Croatia next year, but I've been told all the beaches are pebbles?



Most of them are Rob but I think there are a few areas that are sandy.



Title: Re: Croatia
Post by: The Letter R on June 07, 2018, 09:31:03 am
Quote from: Richard_2112 on June 01, 2018, 11:58:34 am
I thought Zadar was stunning when I went there last year. I loved the sea organ and the salute to the sun down by the water side. But the big highlights for me were the national parks. We went to both Plitvice and Krka and they were both breathtaking.



Yes the sea organ is something else - very ethereal sounds and the sunsets there are pretty good and that solar coloured disco pavement :) [size=78%]. We visited the waterfalls at Krka which were stunning but that was the only place we visited that was full of people which was a bit of a shock after going other places that were quite empty - we weren't prepared for the coach loads being bused in!![/size]
Title: Re: Croatia
Post by: The Letter R on June 07, 2018, 09:32:28 am
Quote from: Nick on June 02, 2018, 16:36:33 pm
As far as I am aware it's not a beach country. However its a great place with good food. The sea is clean and there are incredible islands and coastal drives and some amazing inland national parks.



Spot on - well worth a visit imo - will probably go back and do a bit more now - lots more to see.
Title: Re: Croatia
Post by: zoony on June 07, 2018, 22:23:11 pm
It sounds like me and Wendy would enjoy it then, but maybe it wouldn't be Alicia's cup of tea?
Title: Re: Croatia
Post by: Slim on June 27, 2018, 13:41:17 pm
The beaches are pebbly but that helps to keep the water really clear if you're into swimming underwater - lots of quasi-tropical fish around.

Montenegro has sandy beaches and it's not far from there. Budva is a nice traditional beach type resort with lots of bars and restaurants next to long stretches of sandy beach.
Title: Re: Croatia
Post by: zoony on June 28, 2018, 13:46:28 pm
Thanks Slim.
Title: Re: Croatia
Post by: The Letter R on February 15, 2019, 09:51:46 am
Booked to go back again this year - flying into Split and staying in nearby Trogir for the first night then Island hopping down the Coast a bit - still planning the route but flights and first couple of hotels sorted.
Title: Re: Croatia
Post by: Bez on August 19, 2019, 11:47:23 am
Just back from a week on Rab Island.

Lovely countryside, no litter or graffiti, friendly people, good beer and food.

We'll definitely be going back to Croatia :)
Title: Re: Croatia
Post by: Nick on August 19, 2019, 12:48:08 pm
Just back myself from the Dalmation coast, second time, amazing scenery.