Croatia is a land of beautiful beaches, well preserved historical sites, and delicious fried calamari.
In today’s episode, Heather and I take a look back at our 3 weeks in Eastern Europe, most notably, the time we spent on the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia from Split to Dubrovnik.
From walking the walls of a historical city to exploring abandoned resorts and delicious mini pizzas to giant meat platters, this episode is a great overview of the sights and tastes of Croatia.
We’ll share some of the best places we stayed, ate, and adventured, and make you long for the clear waters and brilliant views that make up the Dalmatian Coast.
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Links for Things We Recommend in Croatia
- Our itinerary: Split – Brac – Makarska – Dubrovnik – Kupari
- Natasa’s Apartment – Our wonderful host in Split found through AirBnB.
- Popaj – Food cart – Great fast food outside of our apartment in Split. $1 Mini Pizzas!
- Buffet Fife – Highly recommended restaurant in Split, delicious fried calamari.
- Konoba Korta – Restaurant in Split with delicious giant meat platters
- Konoba Matejuska – Good, fairly cheap wine in Split. The Fish platter for two was really unique.
- Guesthouse Vicelic – Our guesthouse in Dubrovnik. The owner Darko was amazing.
- Nishta – Vegetarian restaurant with great tali & falafel in Dubrovnik
- Wanda – Best bread and pesto in Dubrovnik, if not the world.
- D’Vino Wine Par – Great wines in Dubrovnik
- Pizza Mirakul – Good pizza if you’re in Old Town. Not cheap, but delicious.
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I know I am bringing up the caboose here, but we are looking to head to Croatia in a month and we were looking into a rental car. What rental car company(ies) did you use in Croatia?
Also as an episode idea, since I know you guys rent cars all the time, if you have any horror stories or great experiences with certain companies or locations would be entertaining and useful, especially if you have any more stories like the one with Gold Car in Italy.
My wife and I listened to this just two months before we honeymooned in Croatia this past summer and it was great preparation for us – thank you! We spent three days in Dubrovnik and three days in Split. Both cities were amazing, but Diocletian’s Palace just blew us away and Split was our favorite of the two…not to mention being lighter on the wallet. If I could make one recommendation to your Croatia itinerary (and for anyone else who’s thinking of visiting Croatia in the future), it would be to travel to Plitvice Lakes National Park. It is absolutely amazing! The waterfalls and the crystal clear ponds are otherworldly and it’s a unique experience that we couldn’t recommend highly enough. For those thinking of visiting the lakes, my piece of advice is to stay overnight in the park or in a town nearby because that allowed us to visit the park in the evening and early morning when it was a) much milder temperatures; and b) MUCH less crowded. Again, thanks for the great information about Croatia and thank you for the great content you both produce. We’re huge fans of the podcast! Happy free travels
@Grant De Roo- SOOOOO HAPPY you had such a great time. This is exactly why we did the podcast – to help others have an incredible trip. So thanks for letting us know.
And yes, the one major things we missed (well, one of the major things) was Plitvice. We wanted to get up there, and just never did. really glad to hear it was as amazing as it looks, and time for us to head back!
One of my favorite places in the world. I’m dying to go back. Yacht Week 2015? http://www.theyachtweek.com/croatia/
@Fred Perotta- Steve over at Nerd Fitness went this year and said it was AWESOME! I’m definitely going to try to go next year. Wanna rent a boat?
I already own boat shoes and a swimsuit. Can’t imagine I need anything else.
@Fred Perrotta- Just a ready and willing liver and some suntain lotion.