Cruising at our own speed... and not on a boat... except for commuter ferries
30.08.2016 - 05.09.2016
We arrived in Croatia after an uneventful flight and were whisked to our accommodation which was just down the road in a cute seaside town of Cavtat. Our room was great and had an amazing view. We had a much needed late lunch and got David's beer photo, something had forgotten to do in the Netherlands.
We waited for an hour or two for the temperature to drop a little and then set off to walk into town, which was described by our host as "15-30 minutes walk". It was definitely more than 30 minutes even downhill on the way there!!!
Cavtat was a really cute town, quiet compared to nearby Dubrovnik, but the scenery was stunning, and the water was incredibly clear. I think this may be because most of the beaches on Croatia are quite rocky but whatever the reason the water looked so inviting that David bought some togs as his were in London and we took a dip. The water was cooler than we expected and was wonderfully refreshing.
We had a lovely dinner on the waterfront and reluctantly hiked up the hill back home!!
The next morning we got a bus in to Dubrovnik. We got a morning coffee (the coffee here is really good and is about 1/3 the cost of London) and wandered through the old town. One of the best finds was a spring-fed fountain built over 400 years ago which spouted delicious cold water.
We then got a cable car to the top of the hill which had a great view of the old town.
We walked down the hill which took about an hour, The views were great but it was very hot!!! We visited the fountain again as soon as we made back
Our next stop was an old foundry which had been buried after a massive earthquake hit Dubrovnik in 1667 and was only rediscovered in 2006. Our guide was really interesting and explained a lot about the history of Dubrovnik. There was even a mediaeval sump!
After this I was in the mood for icecream which was delicious wrapped in a crepe.
We then did a walk around the city walls, which had some stunning vistas of the old city and its surroundings.
The next morning we got up really early to get a 7am ferry from Dubrovnik to Korcula, a beautiful island in the Adriatic. We had a look around the old town which was a lot like Dubrovnik but smaller and less busy, and walked to our accommodation. We stopped at a really nice bay on the way for a swim, and then got a drink as I dried off.
That afternoon we were both tired so David had a nap and I read almost an entire Stephen King book. We ventured out again that evening and explored more of the old town, tried some fantastic Italian food (Croatia's cuisine is similar to Italy's, as the two countries have a lot of historical links), and then went to a traditional swordfighting/dance.
The next day was a lazy day where we cycled between beaches on the island, stopping to swim, read or relax whenever we felt like it.
We had a long, slow lunch at a really nice restaurant which overlooked yet another beach with crystal clear blue water.
It was a beautiful relaxing day, the quintessential island holiday.
We missed out on tickets for the 6am ferry to Split as we tried booking only a couple of days in advance and so were on a 1:30 ferry. In the morning we enjoyed the Croatian cafe culture and had a coffee overlooking the water. We also explored a national geographic photo exhibition about the many different aspects to Croatia which was really interesting and made us want to return even more!!!
We took the afternoon to explore Split, climbing the 1100AD bell tower before joining up with a walking tour of the city. The city was built as the palace for one of the only Roman emperors to retire (and not have his throat slit).
Then after a fancy dinner, we caught a bus out past the airport to the ancient town we were staying at: Trogir.
The next morning we walked through the markets and old town of Trogir, before getting a ferry out to a popular sandy beach on the island connected to Trogir. We relaxed on the beach for the day and then returned to the old town for some wine tasting, dinner and bed.
Unfortunately that was our last night and after a relatively lazy morning it was back to the airport and back home to London. Not to worry - we've got trips on the horizon for a wedding in Ireland, a week in Central and Southern Italy (including an All Black's game and a visit to Laura's host family in Sicily) and for a White Christmas (hopefully) in Germany/Austria to explore Christmas markets and then skiing!