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Croatia & the Makarska Riviera
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I have recently returned from a very enjoyable week in Croatia. Our first hotel in Petracane was right on the coast with beautiful sea views. My room was a good size with balcony and there was also a fridge, safe (at no extra cost) and air con. The large buffet style dining room provided a good selection of both breakfast and evening meals. We had a local guide in Zadar who took us to the Roman forum and Cathedral. I think the highlight was listening to the sea organ, with its strange sounds being made by the waves. I could easily have stayed here longer. The Krka National Park is definitely worth visiting as the waterfalls are stunning. Some of us took the opportunity to swim there but be warned it is quite uneven underfoot but still worth doing for the experience. We went on to the Bibich Winery where we sampled several wines and enjoyed a delicious tapas lunch. On the way to our second hotel in Tucepi we spent the day in Split. The visit to the Diocletians Palace was very interesting and again the local guide was very good. There are lots of good places to eat lunch and time for a visit to the market or local shopping. Dubrovnik was definitely one of the highlights of the holiday. The first interesting thing is that you have to go through 7km of Bosnia to get there, but all very easily done. Our local guide gave us a very good overview of the ancient and more recent history of the town after which there was the opportunity to take a boat out to a nearby island, take the cable car for fantastic views over Dubrovnik or walk around the city walls. Some of us just about managed to do all three! On another day we took a boat trip out to the islands, unfortunately we did not stop at Hvar as originally planned, but after lunch served on the boat, we arrived at Bol on the island of Brac where we spent some free time. Some of us chose to go to the beach at Zlatski Rat where we were able to swim in the beautiful clear water. The beach is definitely worth going to but is further than the suggested 20 minute walk and this misinformation almost resulted in a few people missing the last boat and being left on the island! The second hotel was also good, with similar room facilities and balcony, again right on the coast with a long promenade with gift shops and places to eat. There was also a morning tour to Makarska which those that went on seemed to enjoy. Our tour guide Alen was very helpful and knowledgeable and for all the guided tours we had an earpiece so that we could easily hear the commentary without having to be right by the guide. Some people were surprised about how long some of the journeys were but a quick look at a map will give you an idea of distances. The coast line is very long and thin, and apart from the late journey to the first hotel, when it was dark, I found there was always plenty of gorgeous scenery to look at or time for a snooze on the coach. In short Croatia is a stunningly beautiful country and coastline, I had a very enjoyable holiday, met some lovely people, and I would definitely recommend Croatia and the Makarska Riviera. I'm sure there is much more that I could have included in this review. If you are contemplating this holiday and would like to know more, please ask.
Cathy
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Hi Cathy,

I'm so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your trip to Croatia. I completely agree with you about it being a stunningly beautiful country.

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with the community.

Kindest regards,

Julia
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Hi Cathy. Thumbs Up

Glad you had a great time. Finally hoping to do this next year!
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Cathy

Thanks for the review. I've already booked this trip for next year so it was interesting reading your review

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Thanks Cathy for a great review. I am booked on this holiday on 20th May next year and it is the first one I have done with a two hotel itinerary always preferring to stay in one place. But it was the Krka Park which tempted me so I am really glad to hear it is as beautiful as I imagine. .
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Hi Cathy

This is a great review. I am planning to do this trip one day and reading your review has made me want to go there asap!

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Post: #7
Hi Cathy,
I think I was on the same weeks holiday as you and would completely endorse all the good things you have to say about the holiday. Croatia is a beautiful country with absolutely stunning scenery. Both hotels were really good, the food was ample, and a great choice, the locals were very friendly and travelling companions were varied and interesting. A thoroughly enjoyable trip which I would heartily recommend to anyone considering it. Can't wait for my next one (Mykanos and Santorini in September).
Great review.
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(03/07/2015, 08:00 PM)Siouxperhero Wrote: Hi Cathy,
I think I was on the same weeks holiday as you and would completely endorse all the good things you have to say about the holiday. Croatia is a beautiful country with absolutely stunning scenery. Both hotels were really good, the food was ample, and a great choice, the locals were very friendly and travelling companions were varied and interesting. A thoroughly enjoyable trip which I would heartily recommend to anyone considering it. Can't wait for my next one (Mykanos and Santorini in September).
Great review.
Lesley

Absolutely love this country! Am going on this holiday in May!

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Great review.. Thanks for sharing
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(01/07/2015, 02:17 PM)CathyG Wrote: I have recently returned from a very enjoyable week in Croatia. Our first hotel in Petracane was right on the coast with beautiful sea views. My room was a good size with balcony and there was also a fridge, safe (at no extra cost) and air con. The large buffet style dining room provided a good selection of both breakfast and evening meals. We had a local guide in Zadar who took us to the Roman forum and Cathedral. I think the highlight was listening to the sea organ, with its strange sounds being made by the waves. I could easily have stayed here longer. The Krka National Park is definitely worth visiting as the waterfalls are stunning. Some of us took the opportunity to swim there but be warned it is quite uneven underfoot but still worth doing for the experience. We went on to the Bibich Winery where we sampled several wines and enjoyed a delicious tapas lunch. On the way to our second hotel in Tucepi we spent the day in Split. The visit to the Diocletians Palace was very interesting and again the local guide was very good. There are lots of good places to eat lunch and time for a visit to the market or local shopping. Dubrovnik was definitely one of the highlights of the holiday. The first interesting thing is that you have to go through 7km of Bosnia to get there, but all very easily done. Our local guide gave us a very good overview of the ancient and more recent history of the town after which there was the opportunity to take a boat out to a nearby island, take the cable car for fantastic views over Dubrovnik or walk around the city walls. Some of us just about managed to do all three! On another day we took a boat trip out to the islands, unfortunately we did not stop at Hvar as originally planned, but after lunch served on the boat, we arrived at Bol on the island of Brac where we spent some free time. Some of us chose to go to the beach at Zlatski Rat where we were able to swim in the beautiful clear water. The beach is definitely worth going to but is further than the suggested 20 minute walk and this misinformation almost resulted in a few people missing the last boat and being left on the island! The second hotel was also good, with similar room facilities and balcony, again right on the coast with a long promenade with gift shops and places to eat. There was also a morning tour to Makarska which those that went on seemed to enjoy. Our tour guide Alen was very helpful and knowledgeable and for all the guided tours we had an earpiece so that we could easily hear the commentary without having to be right by the guide. Some people were surprised about how long some of the journeys were but a quick look at a map will give you an idea of distances. The coast line is very long and thin, and apart from the late journey to the first hotel, when it was dark, I found there was always plenty of gorgeous scenery to look at or time for a snooze on the coach. In short Croatia is a stunningly beautiful country and coastline, I had a very enjoyable holiday, met some lovely people, and I would definitely recommend Croatia and the Makarska Riviera. I'm sure there is much more that I could have included in this review. If you are contemplating this holiday and would like to know more, please ask.
Cathy
Dear Cathy, advice please, how much Croatian money will I have to take! Lunches, drinks, also do they take euros? As I was told by someone I met on another holiday that this may be possible. Glad you enjoyed yourself and thanks for the holiday advice, I'm really looking forward to how having read your descriptions.x
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