CROATIA

Dubrovnik to Split and back again 

FIRST, the bad news: Dubrovnik is no longer anyone’s best-kept secret. Some 17 years after the end of Croatia’s war of independence, the city’s medieval walled Old Town is gridlocked with tourists during the summer.  Jutting out on a peninsular chunk of the Dalmatian coastline, the former Republic of Ragusa is a Venetian Gothic marvel. Columned porticoes and loggias rim marble-paved Renaissance squares buffed to a sheen by centuries of foot traffic. Yes, many businesses unabashedly cater to cruise ship passengers and other mainstream tourists, but there are plenty of creative local standouts.

 

 

Split is the second largest city in Croatia and the largest city on the Adriatic coast. The city of Split emerged from an ancient Roman settlement around a palace built by Roman emperor Diocletian.  Step inside Diocletian’s Palace (a Unesco World Heritage site and one of the world’s most impressive Roman monuments.  this ancient city sure is worth a visit, however brief.  Seeing as it’s something of a transport hub – with great air, bus and ferry links (and even some train services) – you’re bound to end up here at some point on your travels in Croatia.

Diocletian's Palace

The ancient Roman palace was built between 295 and 305 ad in Split, by the Roman emperor Diocletian as his retirement palace. 

While we were driving we somehow stumbled across this cave... It was awesome. Unfortunately I don't remember the name of it but I just couldn't resist adding a few photos.  

Plitvice Lakes National Park

The Plitvice Lakes National Park, is one of Croatia’s most popular tourist attractions, and for good reason. I just loved this place.  It's located roughly halfway between capital city Zagreb and Zadar on the coast, the lakes are a must-see while visiting Croatia. This park is a series of sixteen stepped lakes, inter-connected by waterfalls and wood planked walkways all while being surrounded by dence woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species.  

The waters flowing over the limestone and chalk have, over thousands of years, deposited travertine barriers, creating natural dams which in turn have created a series of beautiful lakes, caves and waterfalls. These geological processes continue today.