I'm planning on visiting Croatia around the time of the August bank holiday weekend. I was wondering if anyone could give me advice on which part of Croatia to go to and, especially, where abouts to stay?
I've already been to Zagreb when I was backpacking but I'd really like to visit the coast this time.
I want to get the most luxurious experience I can for the most reasonable price and I'd like to be near the sea but I'd also like to be able to see some nice buildings and have interesting things on offer to do if possible (ie. if some parts of Croatia are already infected with the British strain of beer-swilling, lobster-skinned yobbery then please tell me so I can avoid them like the plague.)
Any comments appreciated!
Dubrovnik is definitely the place to go. You have lots of stuff to see and lots of luxurious hotels to chose from. Prices are a bit high though. Make sure you book in advance, cause as I heard all the hotels are full. If you go there, visit the "Konavoski Dvori" which is a great place near Dubrovnik a bit less know to tourists. You can also find a nice hotel in Cavtat and go to Dubrovnik on a daily basis from there (Cavtat itself is a nice place to explore).
Split is a bit cheaper and a bit less interesting (only a bit). Haven't been there (just passed through and spent a few hours) but I heard they have nice night clubs.
I´ve known a lot of people that like more Dubrovnik, but i found it a little bit too touristic, for that i prefer Split as its old city is more like a normal city, i mean that people don´t seem to be using it just a touristic place, and i had the impression that much more young poeple was there than in Dubrovnik.
About where to stay it´s up to you to choose hotels or a private room in a family house, you´ll see signs saying SOBE and/or ZIMMER(is it german?), what´s cheaper and also interesting.
All the best!