This Could Be My Place On Earth - Dalmatia

Dalmatia was my second amazing experience with Croatia. It is a historic land, on the Adriatic coast, it is almost 400km long and has more than 1000 islands! On our 2 weeks trip, we visited a few of its biggest cities and towns like Dubrovnik, Split, Makarska, Trogir.
- Aug 2018 -

DURATION:

12 DAYS

TYPE:

FRIENDS HOLIDAY

MAIN ACTIVITY:

EXPLORATION

BUDGET:

€850

Podaca

Podaca

Our base was Podaca, touristic small village in Southern Dalmatia. We got there by car, after around 18 hours driving from the south of Poland, but you can easily get to Dalmatia by plane (to Split, Zadar or Dubrovnik) and rent a car (it is not so expensive in Croatia).

Podaca is located on the hill, so wherever you stay, you will have an amazing view of the sea, it has a really nice beach maximum 15 min walk from anywhere you stay, and promenade with a few bars and restaurants.


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Old Podaca

Old Podaca

The interesting thing about this location is that really the tourist part of the village is new, the old one is located up the hill and now abandoned. Walking between ruined houses, we discovered the tower, remainder of the castle, and a small chapel. Location is really worth visiting also because of the amazing sea view from the hill. 


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Split

Split

Split is the second biggest city in Croatia, mainly known as the location of Emperor Diocletian residence. 

This place made a huge impression on me! It is just perfect destination for architecture and history lovers.


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Diocletian’s Palace

Diocletian’s Palace

Diocletian’s Palace was built between the 3rd and 4th century as a defense villa after his abdication. Today the remains of the palace are woven into old city center. Must see in Split is undergrounds of the Palace, really well preserved and open to the public as a museum and market.

Split is literally packed with tourists, so to get some rest from the crowds we choose to turn into the side streets of the city, and we found really charming small restaurants and cafes, where you can relax a bit.


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Trogir

Trogir

Trogir is another small and charming town in Dalmatia. Its whole old part is on the World Heritage of UNESCO. This place compared to other towns we visited seemed calm and not overwhelmed with tourists. Worth visiting place would definitely be Kamerlengo Castle, 15th-century fortress, from where there is a nice view of the city and Čiovo Island.

Trogir is also...  the best icecreams I've ever eat.


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Makarska

Makarska

Makarska is another very tourist-focused town on the Dalmatian coast. It is perfect if you want both sunbathing and a party. It has a lot of beach clubs and bars. The old town center is a bit calmer with tiny handmade souvenirs shops, cafes, and restaurants on its promenade.

For me Makarska wasn't special when it comes to architecture or history, it looks like houndrets of other towns on Croatian coast, but... if you are looking for the best place to have fun, drink and dance that is the right place!


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Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

Our last stop was majestic Dubrovnik. The settlement center and the oldest part of the city (and at the same time its biggest tourist attraction) is Stari Grad - the Old Town.

In Dubrovnik I felt like in "The Witcher" game, and if you've ever played it, you know that the best review I can give to that city.


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Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones

But Dubrovnik is not "The Witcher", it is 100% "Game of Thrones".

Nowadays Dubrovnik does not only attract fans of history but also fans of the famous series, in which its huge defensive walls played a part. Today the city walls are available for tourists, unfortunately it is not the cheapest enternainment, but its really worth it. 

Because of "Game of Thrones", Dubrovnik became very expensive (I think the most expensive city in Croatia), so if you are travelling on budget, it is much cheaper to stay and eat outside the Old Town. Stari Grad is now also full of stores (even marked as official), selling "Game of Thrones" gadgets, but watch out, because usually you can buy the same gadgets on eBay or Amazon 50% cheaper.


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Shame!

Shame!

Another place in the city, which is now occupied by Game of Thrones fans are the stairs from the famous “scene of shame”. 

Small Tip: Going to Dubrovnik from the upper parts of Dalmatia, you need to be aware that to get there, you need to cross Bosnia and Herzegovina border. Bosnia has an agreement with Croatia, so you just need your European ID, but if you are not EU citizen you will need your passport and green card for your car (for both EU citizens and people from outside EU).


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