Croatia

CROATIA #3

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So here’re my Top 6 Must-Do’s in Split:

  1. Enter the catacombs of the Diocletian’s Palace
  2. Spend time on the nearby beaches
  3. Have a night out - there’s tons of cool bars in the old town
  4. Take the ferry to one of the islands off the coast (Brač, for example)
  5. Go discover Split’s little sister Trogir, which is just a short ride away.
  6. Last but not least: Stay at Hostel Emanuel!

Enjoy your weekend, folks!

CROATIA #2

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CROATIA #1

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This trip was a ‘first’ in terms of backpacking and spending the night in hostels - 2 things, which bugged me a tiny bit before our departure but that turned out to be awesome! Backpacking makes a trip so much easier/more flexible, plus when, say, climbing insanely steep medieval stairs (such as the ones that can be found all over Dubrovnik, phew!), a backpack can come in quite handy. Staying at hostels on the other hand offers you the opportunity to meet interesting people from all over the world and besides it’s obviously just much cheaper… Also, the cliché of shabby, dirty 12-bed-dorms is pretty much outdated, as some hostels nowadays literally look like design hotels! More on that in another post. The pictures above are showing Pula, a cute small town boasting with ancient Roman ruins and temples and nice beaches in the surrounding areas, as well as Cape Camenjak, a magnificent place that can be reached within 30 minutes from Pula. It’s the most southern part of Istria and a national park spread over a small peninsula, where one can hike, spend the day at one of the numerous beaches and bays or rent a bike and ride one of the adventurous trails. Also there's Plitvice National Park, which I found absolutely breath-taking! There are different trails, which one can hike past the different lakes and waterfalls, depending on your level of fitness. When going to Plitvice, make sure to bring some warm clothes as the temperatures are pretty chilly all year round (compared to the coast).