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Croatia carnage

7 days in Croatia

by atlasalAtlasGuru Contributor

EuropeCroatia8 days / July 2018

Highs & Lows

Bar crawling in Zagreb

Split wasn't really a traveller's destination

Itinerary Overview


The nightlife in Hvar is a bit dodgy. There are a few bars in Stari Grad, near the port where the ferry comes in. I was travelling alone, so joined the hostel nightly bar crawl, which started at Nautica bar every night. There are some other bars nearby but it can be a bit strange for a traveller as Hvar is really geared towards family holidays from what I could see. 

The fortress was well worth a visit, but the best thing to do is take a day trip to one of the islands right next door. Rent a little motor boat from the harbour round the corner from the main port, for up to 4 people. We did so, and pootled off to the islands nearby in search of the near empty beaches I had heard about. After a scare with the motor cutting out, and us drifing out to sea temporarily, we did indeed make it to a secluded beach on an island directly facing the main town of Stari grad. It's a good day adventure for sure. 


Split is all about the roman ruins in the centre of the city. They are huge and a functioning complex of shops and cafes exists within. Although I couldn't figure out much else to really recommend in Split. The daily "announcement" by a roman emperor, flanked by roman guards in the centre of the ruins, attracts a big crowd and is worth catching. 


Zagreb city centre is a lot nicer than you might imagine. I spent a couple days wondering round its suprisingly chilled streets, with trams chuntering slowly by. Take a short hike up to upper town and take in the gorgeous roof of St Marks Church and a great view of the city. Take a stroll in the botanic gardens. I recommend the Museum of Illusions. 

There is plenty of nightlife too in the upper town area. I must say the night life and the city in general was the best of Croatia that I came across in the trip. 


  • 3 Nights: Hvar
    Heard about it through the grapevine
  • 2 Nights: Split
    For the ferry to Hvar
  • 3 Nights: Zagreb
    Capital city

Q & A

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    Drifitng out to sea on a small boat with a faulty motor wasn't great

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Zagreb would make a good long weekend destination if you live in Europe.

  • Packing tips?

    Swimming trunks for Hvar

  • Any surprises?

    I really thought Zagreb's 20th century history would have lent it a more bleak vibe but its really quite refreshing.