5 Reasons Croatia Should Be Next on Your Bucket List
1. It's beautiful
Split and Dubrovnik are two of the most beautiful cities I have ever seen; there is so much to look at! Diocletian’s Palace in Split is a maze of white-stoned majesty, filled with gelato and little lavender souvenir stands around every corner (the streets kind of smell like lavender too!). Dubrovnik will make you feel exactly like you would have felt 700 years ago as you circle the city atop the giant wall surrounding the city. Croatia is also where they film a large part of Game of Thrones; Dubrovnik, specifically, is the main set for King's Landing in the show. Perhaps, if you're lucky you'll spot a Lannister or two wandering around.
2. It's SO affordable
Croatia was one of the most beautiful, yet cheapest places we visited in Europe. We were there for 14 days in total, stayed in some beautiful Airbnbs, and our accommodation only cost us around $280.00 (CAD) each for the entire time. What’s more is we could have chosen to stay in hostels for even cheaper, some for as little as $17/night (this is more than usual, due to the Canada $ right now). Extras such as airport transfers and street food are relatively low cost as well, which brings me to my next point.
3. The seafood is amazing (and all the other food too!)
Croatia was also the home of some of the best food we'd had during our entire stay in Europe. Fresh seafood was abundant and super affordable. We were able to eat out for at least one 'fancy' meal per day (see above photo, *drool*) for a budget of around $22/day. Of course, you can always plan to eat out less and you could probably get by with around $12/day. The calamari was amazing, the mussels were amazing, the wine was amazing... everything was amazing.
4. There are a ton of activities
There is so much to do and see in this beautiful country. Some top experiences include: Sea Kayaking, Snorkelling, Sailing Trips, Wine Tours, Sky Diving and so much more. Even just walking through the city can be an adventure in itself. Most cities have guided history tours that you can join, which I would highly recommend. After all, one of the best parts about travel is the education!
5. So. much. history.
Everything here is so unbelievably old; the walls are made of history. From around 11 B.C. to 5th century A.D. the Romans ruled the coastal area that is now known as Croatia. The building of Diocletian’s Palace (Split) began around 295 AD and was created as a place for the emperor at that time to retire in. The history of Dubrovnik is equally as rich, as the Old City has been around since about the 13th century. With hundreds of alleyways and staircases weaving throughout the city, you really feel as though you're living in the 13th century as well! For more information on Croatia's history click here.
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