A long weekend in Croatia

In August I was fortunate enough to visit one of my favourite places in the world, Hrvatska (or Croatia for us English speakers). Almost three years to the date of my first visit, I felt a certain excitement as I boarded the plane in London to set out on my little weekend getaway.

If you have the opportunity to get a window seat flying into Croatia, take it! I was lucky enough to have one this time around and was spoiled by the wonderful views of islands and bright blue water.

 

Croatia is getting quite the reputation as the place to visit, and deservedly so. I would say 90 per cent of people who I told I was going to or had been to Croatia expressed some kind of jealously and interest in visiting themselves. Why? I think most people have probably seen beautiful images of Croatia’s coastline, beaches and islands. And that’s probably enough to entice anyone!

For me it’s a magical combination of that beautiful scenery, be it the coastline of clear blue water, the intriguing collection islands or inland hidden gems like Plitvice National Park; the blazing summer sun and heat (I’m such a summer kid!); the delicious food, from the fresh seafood to delicious meats; hearing the language and meeting some lovely people. I saw a lot more on my first visit, spending about two and half weeks exploring, but this time around I was more than happy to focus on relaxing for the few days I was there.

My long weekend pretty much consisted of sleeping in, swimming morning and afternoon (at a variety of beaches), eating delicious food and hanging out with my friend and her folks. More than once I thought to myself “I could get used to this!”.

As always, the best way to share my experience is through some of the pictures I took when I was there:

After arriving our first stop was into Dubrovnik's old town for lunch and a wander.
Our first stop was Dubrovnik’s old town for lunch and a wander. That bright blue sky and marble tiles… wonderful!
#nomnomnom
Little salmon pancakes for entree #nomnomnom
I love seeing all the boats docked in the little marina, set against the surprisingly rugged backdrop of the mountains.
I love seeing all the boats docked in the little marina, set against the surprisingly rugged backdrop of the mountains.
The view from where we were staying, in the small village of Hodilje (about an hour's drive north of Dubrovnik).
The view from where we were staying, in the small village of Hodilje (about an hour’s drive north of Dubrovnik).
Old boat alongside one of the roads
Old boat alongside one of the roads
This was one of the beautiful spots we went swimming, a 2 minute walk from where we were staying.
This was one of the beautiful spots we went swimming, a 2 minute walk from where we were staying.
The same spot from a different angle. Loved the stone chairs and table and the brod boats)
The same spot from a different angle. Loved the stone chairs and table and the brod (boats)
The other local beach we went to. A bit further away at 4 minutes walk! Be careful of sea urchins.
The other local beach we went to. A bit further away at 4 minutes walk! Be careful of sea urchins.
We were lucky enough to be there when there was a little festival in Mali Ston, the bigger town up the road from Hodilje. There was a parade with these amazing ox costumes.
We were lucky enough to be there when there was a little festival in Mali Ston, the bigger town up the road from Hodilje. There was a parade with these amazing yak costumes.
...and fireworks!
…and fireworks! (Not the best picture!)
On a wander through Mail Ston, Ls parents showed us the old mill. Only the shell of the building and the big stone of the mill remain.
On a wander through Hodilje, Ls parents showed us the old mill. Only the shell of the building and the big stone of the mill remain.
Night time view of the ocean from the church in Hodilje.
Night time view of the ocean from the church in Hodilje.
Yet another beach! This one is a lot bigger and more popular as it is a sand beach. It can be slightly scary driving down the narrow road on the side of a cliff to get down there, with people having to drive up steep driveways to the side to let others pass!
Yet another beach! This one is a lot bigger and more popular as it is a sand beach. The view is pretty amazing! It can be slightly scary driving down the narrow road on the side of a cliff to get down there, with people having to drive up steep driveways to the side to let others pass.

I’m not going to lie, now it’s getting into winter in London-town I do wish I was back here! Has anyone else been to Croatia before? Anyone planning to go?

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