Hi, I am planning a trip for myself and my boyfriend for May 2008 in Croatia. Any information or advice would be appreciated! We will have about 2 weeks to spend there and would like to do some hiking as well as maybe go to an island. We don't want to miss Plitvice but aren't sure where else we should go in that time period. Thanks!
If u go to Zagreb, which I recommend - try to find the hostel, Downtown Hostel
+381 64 192 03 42
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We had a hard time finding a place to stay as this hostel was not listed in books. We finally found it after a web search.
Its a great place, the staff are wonderful and a good bar downstairs.
i suggest you go see Split, as well. i heard it's amazing. Mostar is neat, too, but it's not in croatia. lots of history.
It depends on what you want to do in Croatia. I can only speak for myself and I really enjoy the quiet places, if that's what your after try the island of Mljet - there's a daily ferry in the morning from Dubrovnik. You'll find a place to stay once you get there. There's not a lot to do except chill out, eat, walk in the woods, take a boat to the monastry on the inland lake, have fun, enjoy yourself and all in the peace and quiet of one of the most beacutiful islands.
It also happens to be a national park and if you're lucky and hire a boat you can see dolphin and sea turtle etc.
If you like it a bit more lively you can take a ferry from split to the island of Hvar and hvar town. It's easy pick up cheap accomodation there also in the tourist office in the square. If you like hiking, follow the coast south out of town and just keep going along the rocks - even when you think you're lost - and you'll come across the most beautiful secluded beach and restaurant where they'll cook fresh fish on a barbeque for you. The place is called Robinson's. I can't recommend it enough. I think there's a water taxi goes there from the town also but I've never taken it. Ask in 'Archies Bar' they might be able to tell you.
Basically, just go and explore. The buses will take you wherever you want to go and I promise you'll never be far from the most amizing places.
If you need more advice PM me anytime.
Thank you everyone for your advice. We do want to go to one of the islands and Mljet sounds great. Picking one island to go to from so many choices would be much harder without your help! More advice is still welcome, of course.
I will definitely check out the downtown hostel in Zagreb as well.
how much english do they speak there?? I speak german and dutch as well, and i want to go there too in the summer, and while i dont mind having language barriers, Im wondering if any of the languages i speak will come in handy! pretty sure dutch wont, unless i meet someone dutch :D but german or english im thinking would be the ones!
no I think Russian would be better to have than German. Many words are the same.
Right now I am looking at spending a couple days each in the following places: Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes, Split, Hvar, Brela, & Dubrovnik. It looks like some of this can be done as a day trip so I would like to fit in a trip to Plakencia National Park as well. This is just a rough idea and may need to be changed depending on how much time I end up having.
Does this sound alright? Are there any 'must see' places that I have left out or any of the above places I should skip?
hmmm well im not gonna learn russian then! might as well learn some croatian lol but do many ppl speak either english or german?
i found in areas of italy eg ischia and in tirol, ppl speak german... in tirol its just the language they speak, a strange form of german, but in ischia, they spoke hardly any english, rather german...
so im wondering which language im going to use most of the time if im there?
Oops! I also am going to try to fit in a quick trip to Mljet island.