Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Croatia.....!


So, the girls and I have just returned from 10 glorious not-a-cloud-in-the-sky days hopping the Croatian islands around the Adriatic Coast.  It’s one of the most beautiful, historical, party places I’ve ever been to and I’m still trying to work out why I’ve been to Ibiza 8 times when this stunning part of the world has taken me this long to get to!


There’s 1000 islands, although we only managed to make it to 4 – Pag Island, Stipanska, Hvar and Korcula.  But we also squeezed in a visit to Split and Dubrovnik. 
So whatever you might’ve heard about Croatia simply hasn’t done it justice if you haven’t been forced to book your budget tickets already. 

Pag Island’s Zcre Beach is the ‘party capital’ – white pebbled beach, crystal clear seas and 4 huge open air nightclubs.  The most well known are Papaya and Aquarius, but we headed to the club furtherest away – think Es Paradis when it was cool, and with no roof on!  It also has a swimming pool (which I got thrown out of…. Apparently it’s for display…ahem).

We stayed in Novalja on Pag Island, which is the prettiest little village and does Croatian wine by the glass for £1 – yep £1 – bargain!  (She says, ordering 10…)

From Novalja, we travelled by bus (long long journey, but pleasant and air conditioned) and then via a ferry from Split to Hvar… Ahhhhh Hvar – the jewel in the crown and the most romantic island I’ve ever been to – the 3 girls I was travelling with thought so too ha ha.  The beaches were just A-mazing, the Venetian architecture – breathtaking.  It was also Yacht Week, so lots of fabulous yachts to gawp at (and their crew weren’t bad either ;-)).  The crowd is super diverse – from supermodels (saw 2 of them – legs were far too long….) to backpackers, to millionaires aboard the ‘Lady Candy 3’ – what a name for a yacht…Not sure what goes on aboard that one.  Not sure I wanna know.  Yeh actually I do… Ermm anyway….so as if it couldn’t get any better, there’s an island called Stipanska in the middle of the sea which is home to ‘Carpe Diem Beach Club’  - the most amazing open air club I’ve ever been to!  On the beach, but in the woods, with swimming pool and the sea, and some banging tunes from DJ’s you’ve actually heard of!  There were boats every 10 minutes from Hvar to Stipanska, and even better, you can head there through the day to admire it’s beauty when it’s not dark and take in a bottle or 4 of pink champers.  (Not a good idea while sunbathing.  Well at least if you expect to remember any of it anyway….)

Hvala Hvar.  (That’s thanks in Croatian ha ha)

Next stop – Korcula (Pron Korch-ela – as we discovered after we left).  A teeny weeny island which had a bar at the top of a tower (Massimo), which you have to climb a tiny set of ladders to get to.  The cocktails were pretty impressive too.

And we spent our last night in Dubrovnik, again beautiful but we didn’t really have that much time to explore before coming home.

What a way to spend 10 days.  And all totally bargainous.  Book your Ryanair and Easyjet flights today!  J  (And drink Croatian wine instead of Jaeger Bombers).
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