10 days of road trip from the north of Croatia to the south of Croatia.
Highs & Lows
It's possible to do a road trip with a car thanks to the little size of Croatia.
Croatia became more and more touristic each year so there are many people in the summer.
We arrived with my boyfriend on Friday morning by plane in Dubrovnik, in the south of Croatia, then we took an internal flight to arrive in the afternoon in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, in the north. It is here that we picked up our rental car in order to start our road to cross Croatia from north to south, from Zagreb to Dubrovnik in 10 days. Croatia is a country of Eastern Europe and it is part of the European Union since 2013, which explains the growth of the tourist influence within this country these last years. During this road trip we visited some cities of Croatia: Zagreb, Split, Zadar, Dubrovnik. We were on an island off Dubrovnik where we could snorkel. We also have visited two big natural parks: Krka and Plitvice lakes that we visited on foot. In this season the water temperature is mild and the sun is always shining, which allowed us to enjoy the beaches of the Adriatic Sea as much as the paths in the natural parks far from the seaside.
We arrived by car from Zagreb after about 4 and a half hours in Sibenik towards the south. This city is located near the national park of krka and thus makes it possible to go to the park rather quickly by car or bus. The day after our arrival we went to the natural park of krka. We visit the park on two days. The park is located along the river Krka, in the south of Croatia and measures approximately 100 square kilometers. We discover there enormous and numerous waterfalls more sumptuous the ones than the others of a magnificent clear blue. We decide to visit the park early in the morning as soon as it opens to avoid the crowd. Inside the park the alleys are very well arranged to go from one waterfall to another. One of the waterfalls is located on another part of the park on which there is a monastery that we visited. The monastery is still inhabited by clergymen and some students come to study there. Inside the park there is a big lake on which it is possible to take a boat to go to an island in the middle of the lake. You don't have to fear the crowds in high season but missing this park would have been a big mistake. The nature there makes us feel very small.
Arrived in Dubrovnik, we took the boat to go to the island of Sipan. It is located 17 km northwest of Dubrovnik. It measures 16.5 km2 and is the largest of the Elaphite islands. In 30 minutes of crossing, we disembark on the island and join our hotel at the edge of water, with sight on the Adriatic sea. On the island no car can drive, indeed, people move there by bike or on foot. To cross the island from north to south on foot it takes about 45 minutes. We brought our snorkels and masks to snorkel. We were able to meet a lot of small colored fish and saw a lot of sea urchins. We didn't have any diving shoes to protect us from the sea urchins' spikes and my little friend got injured with sea urchin spikes in his foot... After our snorkeling session we went to the hotel restaurant where we ate Mediterranean food with fish. We accompanied our meal with white wine from the vineyards cultivated on the island. The next day, after a strong storm, we went for a walk to the other end of the island where we discovered a very small fishing village, a church and a very colorful little port. The island has no need for hotels or rooms rented by tourists, so we feel privileged and almost alone in the world. The island is classified as a world heritage site by unesco for its record number of olive trees per square kilometer.
We take the boat two days after our arrival on the island to return to Dubrovnik. This island seemed to us like a small paradise, calm, cute, full of nature and very relaxing.
Q & A
Anything go wrong during the trip?Many tourists
Restaurant recommendations?Restaurant of the bozica hôtel on the sipan island
Tips you would give a friend?Buy shoes to go to do snorkeling.
Packing tips?Take shoes for snorkeling
Transportation Tips?If you want to go to natural parks in Croatia, rent a car it's more easy and fast.
Any surprises?We were surprised to see there are so many olive trees on the island.
Booking details?Hotel bozica Dubrovnik Island Airbnb Studio apartman Luka in Sibenik