As a good traveller who finds so difficult to stay at home more than two weeks in a row, I took advantage of the summer and I went with my family somewhere around the world on holiday. This year we decided to spend eight days in Croatia going on a road trip from the north to the south. The route began in Zagreb and ended in Dubrovnik.
It wasn’t this the first year that we thought about going to Croatia but other years, always for some reason, it was impossible for us to go there. So this summer we finally went to this beautiful country. We received very positive feedback about Croatia, its landscapes, its towns and cities and its people so we wanted to check it ourselves. After the journey we can just say that what we’d heard is all true.
Despite the scorching heat (it was July so it would be strange if it wouldn’t have been hot), we fell in love with both the cities and the landscapes. It’s a Mediterranean country so everything reminds us to Spain (the vegetation, the houses, etc.). What we found the most surprising were the remnants of the war from 20 years ago. We could see lots of shots on the houses’ facades and it was astonished. The crystal water from the lakes and the sea, and the architecture of the cities on the coast didn’t leave us indifferent, neither.
Today I’ll show you some interesting and important facts you should know before travelling to Croatia, and the route we took around the country.
How to get there and how to move around
You can find very cheap flights to Croatia. Depending on the season, you can buy a return ticket from 40€. Zagreb and Dubrovnik are the cities with the cheapest tickets, but there are also flights to Venice or Trieste (Italy) and you can start the route over there.
We bought tickets from Barcelona to Zagreb (with Vueling) and we came back from Dubrovnik to Barcelona with Norwegian.
The best way to move around Croatia is with your own vehicle, I mean, with a car, a motorbike or whatever you want. You can also use the public transport, because there are trains and buses that connect all the important cities and places but you’ll spend too much time in this kind of transport. I don’t recommend the public transport because it’s also possible that you spend the same or more money that if you rent your own car.
We rent a car with SIXT and we paid 447.04€ for 8 days. We paid for the insurance once we were in Croatia and we paid 237€. There was another kind of insurance, cheaper than that one but with less coverage.
If you finally decide to rent a car, it will be difficult to park it in the cities. It’s difficult to find a free car park in Croatia and it’s also hard to find a place to park the car in the city center. So you should park it far from the center and go there on foot.
That’s why I recommend you, when you have already rented an apartment, hotel, hostel, etc., to ask the host if they have a place to park the car (even better if it’s for free). This way you’ll save time and money.
ADVISE: You can also use the App: Parkopedia. It’s so useful if you want to find a car park and you can check there the schedule and the price of all the car parks in a city. The bad thing is that you need Internet to make it work.
Is one week enough?
As I said, we went only 8 days and it was enough to see the most of the country but not enough to see everything. It’s impossible to see all the country in one week, so I recommend you to select all the places you want to go before the trip. There are lots of routes and it depends on what you want to see and how much time you have.
Croatia has a Mediterranean weather so, if you go in summer it will be so warm (between 25ºC and 35ºC). It’s also during this season when you’ll find more tourists. On the other hand, in winter is so cold, so I recommend you to go in spring or autumn.
We went in July and it was so hot, even more when we had to go sightseeing in a city at 2o’clock in the afternoon. It would be great to have an umbrella to protect us from the sun.
In July 2013, Croatia joined the European Union but this doesn’t mean that they also joined the Eurozone (where all the countries with Euro are), so Croatia has its own currency Croatian Kuna.
The change is 1€ = 7.47 HRK and 1 HRK = 0.133€ (August 2016). In general, Croatia is a cheap country, but the southern you go, the more expensive it is. For example, in Zagreb you can easily have dinner from 25€ (four people), while in Dubrovnik could be until 75€, all depends on where you eat.
Croatia has got only one highway that crosses the whole country from the north to the south (or vice versa). But all the cities and towns are connected by other roads that, although they are smaller than the highway, are very good roads. I recommend you to leave the highway (you will save lot of money) and to see the country driving on the secondary roads. If you do it this way you’ll discover amazing places and landscapes.
There are many different possibilities if you’re going to Croatia in a road trip. You can start the route in Italy and see all the northern part of Croatia, or you can also take the route that goes along the coast or stay more in the countryside, all of them will be beautiful.
The route that we decided to take was the one that goes along the coast, from the north to the south, starting in Zagreb and ending in Dubrovnik. Here you can see the whole route, day by day. I’ll post all the days that we spend in Croatia, with recommendations and amazing places.
DAY 4: SIBERIK – TROGIR – SPLIT
DAY 5: SPLIT – OMIS – KRKA NATIONAL PARK
DAY 6: BRAC
DAY 7: MOSTAR – DUBROVNIK
DAY 8: DUBROVNIK
DAY 9: COME BACK HOME
Have you ever been to croatia? let us know at the coments which route you took.