After positive feedback following the last ‘what I did on my holidays’ post, I think I’m just going to go right ahead and do another.
This last weekend I was in Croatia, road tripping up the Dalmatian Coast and staying in a seaside resort. It was a pure R&R holiday, which my husband and I don’t traditionally do too well at. We like seeing and doing things, you see, not sitting and reading. However, we decided what we really needed was to sit and read, so the challenge was on. Did we manage it? Well…
After a civilised lunchtime flight, we landed late afternoon and picked up our hire car. We drove to the resort as the sun set, taking in stunning coastal views from the road.
So much sea! So much sky! So many cars taking the corners at scary speeds…!
It was a little cooler than we’d have liked, but no matter. I put my leggings on under my sundress; it was the evening after all. We made it to the resort, checked in, and headed straight to dinner then bed. Not much to report from Day 1.
Having totally missed breakfast on account of still being on English time (rookie error), we decided to make up for it by heading out to Zadar for the day. We joyfully discovered the free parking on Sundays around the city perimeter, and went for a wander. First up was the Sea Organ and Greetings to the Sun which I found thanks to Mamma Loves Travel’s post. It was beautiful! S and I both loved the sea organ. It was hauntingly beautiful and in a way quite fitting for me, as my Dad played the organ. I wonder what he’d have made of it. I think he’d have quite liked it, despite being a traditionalist at heart.
After sitting and enjoying the view and the organ for a bit, we wandered on and found the beautiful Crkva sv. Donata which had some archaeological remains studded around the surrounding grass.
And we met this guy.
What a dude.
The city is quite small, so we managed to wander around most of the old town without really realising. Of course, it was all beautiful and reminded me a lot of Split, unsurprisingly. Not least the marble pavements, which were just as slippery as I remember!
When we did realise we were hungry, we dived into an interesting looking grill restaurant based on the fact I thought I could probably eat something there. There were a lot of pizza and pasta based joints, which is not so fabulous for a coeliac. We ended up eating at Malo Misto, a grill type restaurant, and it was delicious. Our positive experience of the restaurant was definitely helped by the family of tiny kitties that gambolled around our table while we ate.
Further potterings around Zadar happened after lunch, then we headed back to the resort where the receptionist told us about a lookout above nearby Lake Vrana, which is the largest lake in Croatia. On the way, there was a ruined castle (11th century, I believe) to be explored – we love Unexpected Castles.
We drove along little roads, often wondering whether we’d strayed down footpaths by accident, and wound our way to the top of an outcrop. Via some stations of the cross we found a tiny chapel on the top of a hill,
with the most stunning outlook.
The large body of water closest to the camera is Lake Vrana, and behind it you can see the Mediterranean. It’s only separated by a thin strip of land, but the lake is still lower than sea level. I’m no geographer but it’s something to do with glaciers. Anyway, behind it you can also see some of the beautiful islands that are strung along the Dalmatian coast.There was a little walk further around the outcrop, where we found this view waiting for us.
We decided to stay and wait for the sunset, while we played around with camera settings and grew increasingly chilled by the wind.
The sunset turned out like this:
And we thought that was a pretty good note to end things on.
At this point I realise this post is far too long already, so I’ll be recapping days 3 and 4 in another post. Check back to find out what Weather Drama we encountered, and whether we ever did do any of that sitting and reading (you’ll notice a distinct lack of it in the post you’ve just read)….
Have you ever been to Croatia? Have you seen any decent sunsets recently?
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