With its quaint villages, sapphire waters and island speckled Adriatic coastline, Croatia has emerged as a premier Mediterranean destination.
Here, The Travel Team’s, Peter Vukelic, chronicles some of his favorite Croatian destinations following a trip to his father’s homeland with 14 family members. We hope a glimpse inside his travel journal will inspire your next adventure!
“We traveled by cable car to the top of Srdj Hill for breathtaking views of Dubrovnik’s red-hot roofs and the perfectly preserved medieval stone wall that encapsulates the Old Town below,” recalls Peter. “Then, we swam in the warm, clear blue waters of Banje Beach and shopped for authentic Dubrovnik treasures like dried lavender and fruits and local brandies in Gundulic Square’s open-air market.”
Peter recommends chartering a boat to Lokrum Island. Here, he and his family feasted on local specialties including fresh oysters and grilled lamb, sampled Croatian wines, soaked in the island’s salt water pools, and visited the 15th century Benedictine monastery.
The longest and sunniest Croatian island, Hvar is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and a fertile coastal plain that nourishes diverse agriculture.
Peter suggests snorkeling at Dubovica Beach and exploring the Grapčeva Caves. On the southern shore of Hvar, Peter and his family immersed themselves in the untouched beauty of the protected nature park, Šćedro Island.
The breathtaking St. Stephen’s Cathedral and square are hot spots for history and architecture enthusiasts.
A vibrant port located between the mountains and the Adriatic Sea, Split is Croatia’s second largest city. This fascinating historic city center, with its palm-lined harbor, is brimming with culture. Peter says the cobbled streets come alive as local musicians perform and boutiques offer Split’s fine linens. Diocletian’s Palace, and the nearby medieval town of Trogir, are both designated UNESCO sites worthy of hours of exploration.
A highlight of Peter’s Croatian tour was truffle hunting in the Istrian Region of the Motovun Forest.
“Guides with hunting dogs led us through the dense and beautifully fern-lined forest where we discovered an abundance of premium white truffles,” said Peter. “Then we were treated to a three-course lunch, each featuring the truffles we gathered, at the Mondo Tavern.”