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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik September 8th 2017

Lokrum is a small uninhabited island nature reserve just 600 metres from the old town of Dubrovnik. It is well worth at least a half day visit away from the hustle and bustle. Boats leave every half hour in the high season, although you can't stay on the island overnight due to it being cursed by a bunch of monks. Yup. One of the highlights of the island was its 'Dead Sea Lake'. As the name suggests, it is a small lake with particularly high salt content, making it more buoyant than normal sea water. I just had to try it out. You could definitely feel the difference while floating on your back, plus the water had weird hot and cold pockets. There was also a really cool cave to explore that could only be reached ... read more
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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split September 8th 2017

After the majesty of Dubrovnik and Kotor, Split was a slight comedown. The old town was still impressive, but there wasn't much else to it apart from being a good base to reach other points of interest. So personally, I wouldn't spend more than one day exploring Split itself then take day trips (or just hit the beaches). We visited Krka National Park and Trogir from Split. Split's old town is made up in large part of Diocletian's Palace, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one that is free to enter, since it is full of homes, shops and restaurants no-one can charge an entrance fee. We first entered the palace through the main gate, the Golden Gate, where you will find a huge statue of Diocletian himself. I found it quite funny that to me ... read more

Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen in my life, and I live in Scotland. I've never seen so many waterfalls in one place, and even the dramatic mist rolling over the lush hills made it feel like we were in some tropical rainforest, not Southern Europe. And the colours. Oh the colours. Vibrant blues and greens, I've never seen water in these hues before. After months with no rain, there were intense thunderstorms the day we visited. Of course. It was virtually a monsoon! We had to buy plastic ponchos and walk around with our beach parasol up. Other visitors were envious of it though! The park is arranged into different routes A, B, C, etc, depending on your walking abilities or how long you want to ... read more

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik September 7th 2017

I was so excited to finally be visiting the fortified walled city of Dubrovnik. I knew that it would be popular, but nothing could have prepared me for the overwhelming crowds. I explored for a bit before retreating to a restaurant up a quiet side street to wait to climb the city walls later in the afternoon. This turned out to be the best thing we could have done as, although still busy and hot, there was some reprieve as cruise ships and other day trippers departed and spots of shade were cast. Walking the city walls was awe-inspiring and an essential part of the experience for any visitors to the town in my opinion. We spent the best part of two hours exploring the amazingly well-preserved walls and admiring the views. Then we headed for ... read more
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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Bol September 4th 2017

After 9 action-packed days in and around Dubrovnik and Split, it was definitely time for a couple of beach days to recharge. Plus, a visit to the Dalmatian coast wouldn't really be complete without some island-hopping. Catching the catamaran between Dubrovnik and Split was good as we got a glimpse of a few of the islands, and it took the same amount of time as the bus anyway (4.5 hours). The reason why I chose Brac specifically was because I fell in love with pictures of Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn) Beach. Seriously, look it up, because I didn't get any aerial shots, which are the most spectacular. On the ground it doesn't feel massively different from other beaches, but I did like having woodland so nearby, and two sides to the beach, a quieter side and ... read more

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Skradin September 4th 2017

One of the best day trips we took from Split was to the beautiful Krka National Park (I still can't get the pronunciation right, but I think it is more Kir-ka than Kra-ka). The main advantage the park has over Plitvice National Park is that you can swim here (in certain areas.) Definitely great news for us as we visited on the hottest day of our holiday at 38C, quite a shock for us pasty Scots! On entering the park at the small town of Skradin, you are taken by boat along the river to the first spectacular waterfall, Skradinski Buk. You don't get super-close to the waterfall, but even when I swam up to the barrier I could feel my legs being dragged in by the powerful force of the falls. Cooling off on such ... read more
Krka National Park
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