It seems that over recent years Croatia has been gaining more popularity as a summer travel destination. So naturally, me and my brother hopped on a plane and went to see what all the fuss was about.
We booked a room at a place called ‘Hotel Vis’ which is located in Lapad, around a 35 minute walk from the old town of Dubrovnik. This turned out to be a really good choice as Dubrovnik was very crowded and Lapad offered a little more relaxed atmosphere. Right outside of our hotel there was a private beach area with the most clear sea water we had ever seen, a 3 mile long scenic walk right around the bay and a long strip of restaurants offering every type of food.
We were in Croatia for 5 days in total, and managed to fill the time with a lot of exploring, drinking coffee and swimming in the sea. A list of musts if you are to visit this area are:
- Stay outside of Old Town Dubrovnik as it is very busy and you can walk to it from most surrounding areas.
- Hike up Mount Srd for the best view of the city, although I would recommend doing this early in the morning before it gets too hot.
- Book yourself onto a guided kayak tour around the old town, this was hands down the highlight of the trip and we even got to visit a private beach only accessible by kayak to try some cliff jumping.
- Use Uber to get to and from the airport, we tried their shuttle bus service one way and Uber the other way. Uber only worked out about £5 more expensive but was an hour quicker and the car had air conditioning which the bus did not.
- Buy coffee and food before you get inside old town, it will be almost half the price.
I can see why Croatia has been gaining popularity over the last few years, and can definitely say I would recommend it to anyone, especially a stay in the area of Lapad which seemed to offer it all.
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller