Croatia - anybody been there?

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1. Posted by Backstroke (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi everybody,

I hear a lot that Croatia is a great place to go during the summer, anyone been there?
Any suggestions on whats the best way to have fun there?

2. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

been to Zagreb, nice town with good nightlife! Similar to most eastern cities. Im not a beach bum so I never went to the coast.

3. Posted by zaksame (Respected Member 571 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hey Backstroke,
I'm just going to add a reply I gave to another poster some time back (as I'm a bit short of free time at the moment, sorry) I hope it's of some use to you. Croatia is the most marvellous holiday, anyone I've recommended it to has come back singing it's praises. The scenery, the people, the food, the wine... (if it's nightlife you're after, well.... there is some but everything else makes up for this in so many ways.) If you have any specific questions you can PM me and I'll do my best to answer them for you. Go! That's my advice....

Here' what I posted earlier....

Where's a good place in Croatia to stay? That is a huge question, but I'll try to be as helpful as I can. My first answer would be to say, Anywhere is a good place to stay in Croatia! The whole country is just one big great adventure if you're willing to hop on a bus and see what the next town or island has to offer. If you're nervous about having something booked I would advise that wherever is your first port of call book a room for one night only. Next day if you decide to stay, use the same place, if it's booked up don't worry, honest, you'll find somewhere really easily. I've been travelling to Croatia for seven years now and have never been stuck for a place, and I like my comfort. This is true for males and females alike.

When you arrive in a town, usually at a port, train station or bus station, there will be a host of 'little old ladies' and some 'pretty young ladies' too I must add, waiting there offering rooms. If you decide you like the look of the person offering, ask a price, ask is tax included, and then ask to see the place (provided it's not too far away of course), then, if you don't like it you don't have to take it - but I've never seen one that wasn't clean and friendly (although I have heard they exist).

Beaches. Beaches in Croatia are a bit of a rarity. Sure, there are lots of places to sit in the sun by the sea and take a swim, but those long yellow sandy things covered in sand..... Not so many. But everywhere by the sea has what it generally called a beach so don't worry on that score.

If it's young crowds and fun you're after (and being in my forties I'm no expert) but from what I've experienced on the island of Hvar you really can't go wrong. The apres-swim set gets thumping about 5pm each day until people drift off to their appartments, before emerging like butterflies from their cocoons in the evening time ready to take on whatever the night can throw at them. All in good fun too.

The bus from Pula to Dubrovnik takes about the same time as the gestation period of the Humpback whale, that's quite a long time.... If Pula is your entry point, I would suggest the bus to Zadar and stop there, enjoying the town and the nightlife, which is pretty good too. And then next stop Split before taking a ferry (1 hour and about 5Euro) to Hvar. If you have time you can then take a ferry to Dubrovnik - which you will enjoy, look out for the dolphins flipping in the ocean as you go - that takes about 6 hours and is not expensive, I forget how much.

But most of all, don't limit yourself in what to do in Croatia, it's a country that's all about finding that new beach, or that new island, or that new little restaurant in the country with their own wine and lamb roasting on a spit that looks like you're the first person to discover it. Along with some of the friendliest people I've ever had the pleasure to meet, Croatia reallyl is there to be what you want it to be. Enjoy yourself and if you get a minute mail me to let me know how it was.

Bon Voyage

4. Posted by soami (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

great open country...amazing highways...friendly poeple....but.....nice for a holiday only not to move into....sorry.

5. Posted by partyjohn (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I was there last summer on a sail boat trip. I had the most amazing time of my life. The dalmatian coast is magnificent. I sailed with a group of cool people from dubrovnik north to islands Hvar and city Split.

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

6. Posted by SwissGilly (Budding Member 21 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I went to Craotia on a road trip a couple years ago, drove all the way down through the Plivitce national park (stunning waterfalls!) to Dubrovnik. Try waking up early and visiting the city before all the tousists arrive, its amazing. Hvar is great fun as is Korcula, great place for a road trip, good food, nice people (though we struggled with language, despite having 5 between the two of us..)

go before its too late!!

7. Posted by anamarija (Budding Member 43 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

It really depends on what your idea of "fun" is. Like the others have already said, there's a little bit of everything for everyone, but if the nightlife and stuff like that is what interests you, then these links might give you some food for thought: Nightlife in Croatia & Croatia's best party beaches

Have a fun summer!!! :)

8. Posted by strice (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I am going to Dubrovnik this summer.
We have heard wonderfull things about the city.

I will let You know how it went.