Oh Croatia, you BABE. Croatia has been on my hit list for a long time now and I’ve been wanting to take a Croatian summer holiday for ages. I’ve been seeing more and more people visit the country and filling up my Instagram feed with beautiful travel #inspo pictures. Therefore, I was thrilled when I got the chance to visit there this week with TBP Social.
We flew into Split with Wizz Airlines in a little over 2 hours from London Luton and arrived to pure sunshine which was BLISS. Wizz has lots of affordable flights within Europe (the planes are new as well) and flying with them is a great way to get to Eastern Europe if you want to do some exploring.
Our flight was perfectly on time and we arrived into Split to head straight to The Admiral Zaton which is a stunning boutique hotel that sits on the harbour (within the Zadar Channel) in the beautiful little town of Zaton. The hotel is cute with a nice boutique feel (but also cosy at the same time) with 15 rooms and two beautiful Vizla dogs roaming around. My room had a little balcony that let in the natural light during the day and then a nice comfortable bed to snuggle into at night. If you love coffee, the hotel makes a good brew so it’s lovely to sit out on the patio at The Admiral Zaton and watch the world go by with a nice latte in hand.
I’m really into nice luggage so was thrilled to be checking into a chic hotel with my chic Lipault Paris Plume Elegance Duffle Bag in Cognac. It’s so beautiful and when I travel I like to feel good because travel can take it out of you mentally and physically so everything helps – from hydration mists on the plane (I love the Linda Meredith Hydration Mist) to beautiful bags (like my Lipault Paris bag below).
Zaton is one of those picturesque places where time slows down and you can meander about having coffee or a long lunch at one of the restaurants dotted along the stunning harbour. From The Admiral Zaton it’s a 10 minute walk to the beach (you can also borrow the hotel’s complimentary bicycles) so you can enjoy the slow life here, away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. You can also book sailing excursions to other islands at The Admiral Zaton including trips to the Kornati Islands National Park. A perfect Croatian summer holiday destination indeed.
There are lots of lovely restaurants as well in the area where you can try the typical Dalmatian food – for example, Peka. We tried Peka one night while we were there which is a baked meat and vegetable dish that is cooked over hot coals for hours and hours. The meat and vegetables are put into a pot and placed into the embers of a fireplace to cook. It is absolutely delicious as well – I tried the chicken and the meat was so tender having cooked for hours it fell off the bone.
You can also eat yourself silly with squid and mussels which are typically very expensive to get in the UK. Not in Croatia! I enjoyed HUGE plates of both mussels and squid that were delicious and really reasonable in price. So, if you do visit I would highly recommend going for the seafood and also the Peka (we ate ours at Konoba Vinko)!
Croatia is also known for its wine and I would definitely suggest trying both the local sparkling wines or the red/white varieties (although I prefer red).
If you want to head to the Skradinski Buk waterfalls within the Krka National Park, The Admiral Zaton is a good jumping off point. We headed there with Trip Advisor who took us to straight there by car and then ferry to the waterfalls themselves. You need to go to Skradin where you have to pick up your entrance tickets and then catch the boat up the river to the entrance of Krka National Park.
It’s definitely well worth visiting but gets busy the later in the day it gets so I would suggest getting there earlier to avoid the crowds. The waterfalls themselves are stunning and there are quiet pockets of smaller waterfalls scattered throughout the park so you can find yourself in solitude as well to just sit and enjoy Mother Nature. If you need other tips and recommendations of what to do in the area just have a look on Trip Advisor to see other people’s recommendations.
I packed my swimsuits from Figleaves (honestly they have the BEST swimwear) to take with me and was so excited to wear my Seafolly Australia gingham suit for the first time. I mean beautiful swimwear at beautiful waterfalls makes sense doesn’t it?
If you have time it’s well worth a visit to Sibenik which isn’t too far away from Zaton or from the Krka National Park. Again, you can have mussels or squid on the marina (highly recommended) and watch the world go by with an Aperol Spritz. I spent around £15 on my whole lunch in Sibenik and I had plenty of fresh squid! So, seafood lovers, it’s worth a visit.
Šibenik is located on the Adriatic coast of Croatia and the whole area has stunning architecture. It’s also worth a visit to the St. James Cathedral built in the 15th century. It’s a great area to take photos in as well as you can see from these pictures! And if you make it to Sibenik Cathedral, Game of Thrones fans might recognise it from one of the episodes.
We also ventured to Voldice to have a coffee and take some photos. It’s a tiny town of only 9,000 but worth a visit to simply meander through the beautiful streets. Let’s just say it’s my turn now to fill your Instagram feed with my fabulous photos from Croatia!
I was lucky enough to get to go on this Croatian summer holiday trip through TBP Social and if you are a blogger and interested in travel they are definitely worth checking out! You can check out my trip to Poland with them HERE.
Don’t forget to find me on Instagram @beautyrocksblog so you can see all my wonderful photos from this trip!