Croatia is Beautiful

Tripoto
7th Jun 2017
Photo of Croatia is Beautiful by Priti Turakhia

Statue of Nikola Tesla who was born in Croatia but lived his life in the USA

Photo of Zagreb, Croatia by Priti Turakhia

Street Art in Zagreb

Photo of Zagreb, Croatia by Priti Turakhia

The Square outside the Cathedral of Zagreb

Photo of Zagreb, Croatia by Priti Turakhia

The Ornate entry to the Cathedral

Photo of Zagreb, Croatia by Priti Turakhia

Mirogoj Cemetry..2.5kms from the Zagreb Cathedral. 10 mins by Direct bus from the Cathedral bus stop.

Photo of Zagreb, Croatia by Priti Turakhia

Art at the Cemetry

Photo of Zagreb, Croatia by Priti Turakhia

Snapshots of the Cemetry

Photo of Zagreb, Croatia by Priti Turakhia

Rest in Peace..The only sound in this place was that of birds and the swaying branches

Photo of Zagreb, Croatia by Priti Turakhia
Day 3
Photo of Dead Sea, Lokrum, Dubrovnik, Croatia by Priti Turakhia

Sea water enters this inland pool through an underground passage. They say that when there is a storm, the sound of the waves in this pool can be heard from afar. Lovely place to swim in. Aqua shoes recommended. Go early to avoid crowds. Lokrum is a lovely island just across from the Marina at the Old City. It is less than half an hour by Ferry . It is a lovely place to go to in order to get away from the crowds in the Old City of Dubrovnik.It was the highlight of our stay in Dubrovnik.

Chapel at Lokrum

Photo of Dead Sea, Lokrum, Dubrovnik, Croatia by Priti Turakhia

Approaching Lokrum by ferry from Dubrovnik. There are regular ferries and the ride is around 15-20 mins. Lovely clear waters .

Photo of Dead Sea, Lokrum, Dubrovnik, Croatia by Priti Turakhia

On return from Lokrum, view of Dubrovinik from the Sea

Photo of Dead Sea, Lokrum, Dubrovnik, Croatia by Priti Turakhia

Rector's Palace -Dubrovnik

Photo of Dubrovnik, Croatia by Priti Turakhia

View of Dubrovnik Marina

Photo of Dubrovnik, Croatia by Priti Turakhia
Day 4

Fransiscan Monastry, Dubrovnik

Photo of Franciscan Monastery, Dubrovnik, Croatia by Priti Turakhia

We hired a Car from Dubrovnik. Trsteno is less than 20 kms from Dubrovnik. View of the pier from the Arboretum at Trsteno. Lovely place, worth a visit. There is a side path to walk down till the pier. Keep your swimming clothes with you in order to have a swim in the magical waters of Trsteno.

Photo of Arboretum Trsteno, HAZU, Trsteno, Croatia by Priti Turakhia

The very famous Fountain at the Arboretum. This garden has been shown as the gardens of the Kings landing in the Game of Thrones Series.

Photo of Arboretum Trsteno, Trsteno, Croatia by Priti Turakhia

We stayed at Kastel Sucurac instead of Split. Seven Kastels ( Castles) together make up the town of Kastella. Lovely charming, quiet villages populated mostly by locals and very easy travel to Split by local bus. It is possible to travel to Split by train too, I understand.

Photo of Kaštel Sućurac, Croatia by Priti Turakhia
Day 5

Sea front at Kastel Novi. We loved the time we spent exploring the Kastels.

Photo of Kaštel Novi, Croatia by Priti Turakhia
Day 6

A lovely small Old town around 16 kms from Kastel Sucurac. Less crowded than both Dubrovnik and Split and nice to wander around in for half a day.

Photo of Trogir, Croatia by Priti Turakhia

View of Bay from Fortress Kamerlengo,Trogir.

Photo of Trogir, Croatia by Priti Turakhia

The Castel at Kastel Gomilica. Some shots of the Series Game of Thrones were taken here.

Photo of Croatia is Beautiful by Priti Turakhia
Day 7

Lovely National Park. Definitely worth a visit . Go early to avoid crowds. The most popular waterfall is Scradinski buk . A bus will get you part of the way to this waterfall from Lozavac entrance. A narrow walking path takes you all the way to the waterfall. Swimming is allowed in marked portion

Photo of Krka National Park, Lozovac, Croatia by Priti Turakhia
Photo of Zadar, Croatia by Priti Turakhia

Beautiful sunset at Zadar sitting on the marble steps on the sea side listening to the deep notes of the Sea Organ as the sun went down.

Day 8

Lovely sculptures in cities of Croatia. This one was on the sea side of Zadar.

Photo of Zadar, Croatia by Priti Turakhia

View of the Forum from our Apartment in Zadar. The Main square of the city was called Forum in Roman times and the tradition carries on .

Photo of Zadar, Croatia by Priti Turakhia
Day 9

Sculpture of Croatian poet Antun Gustav Matos. We are back in Zagreb. Last two days in Croatia. We loved the city of Zagreb. It is a city of art, flowers, music and statues everywhere.

Photo of Zagreb County, Croatia by Priti Turakhia

Statue of Croatian writer Miroslav Krieza at Tuskunac in Zagreb. Tuskunac is a forest which starts from within the city of Zagreb itself.

Photo of Zagreb, Croatia by Priti Turakhia
Day 10

From our Apartment we could see gardens on the rooftops of several buildings in the neighbourhood.

Photo of Zagreb, Croatia by Priti Turakhia

Pink Building in Varazdin.

Photo of Varaždin, Croatia by Priti Turakhia

Quiet Empty streets of Varazdin. It was a pleasure wandering around. The day was cloudy and occasional drizzles.

Photo of Varaždin, Croatia by Priti Turakhia

The Stari Grad or Fort of Varazdin. Now a musuem.

Photo of Stari grad Varaždin, Ulica Ivana Kukuljevića Sakcinskog, Varaždin, Croatia by Priti Turakhia
Day 11

Our last day in Croatia. We wandered around the green horseshoe..a series of parks set in the shape of a horseshoe of which the Botanical Gardens are a part.

Photo of Zagreb, Croatia by Priti Turakhia

Zagreb National Theatre

Photo of HNK Zagreb, Marshal Tito Square, Zagreb, Croatia by Priti Turakhia

Snapshots of Zagreb in the quiet of the morning.

Photo of Zagreb, Croatia by Priti Turakhia

Botanical Gardens in Zagreb. Lovely quiet space with hundreds of flowers blooming and plants and trees from different parts of the world. A lovely way to spend an hour or two.

Photo of Botanical Garden, Trg Marka Marulića, Zagreb, Croatia by Priti Turakhia

My Husband and I visited Croatia for the first time. We found it to be a beautiful country with lovely friendly people. I found Zagreb to be the most beautiful city that I have ever been in. Croatia was not as cheap as we thought it would be but still less expensive than many countries in Europe.

Travelling: We took a return flight from Mumbai to Zagreb and a one way flight from Zagreb To Dubrovnik. We hired a car in Dubrovnik and returned it at Zagreb Airport when flying out . Roads were excellent and GPS works wonderfully. We drove everywhere.

Accomodation: We stayed in Studios and apartments throughout. Booking through booking.com and airbnb . Dubrovnik was the most expensive. Beware if you book accomodation in the old town you may have to climb many many steps and it is a pain with large suitcases like we had. Check this point before booking in any of the old cities. Old city buildings rarely have elevators and I think we lugged our bags up stairs in every place we stayed in.

Car Hire: We booked through Rentalcars.com ( Sixt ) (If hiring a car make sure you ask for a new car with fitted GPRS so you don't have to seperately pay for it). We did not take any extra insurance cover.This was our personal choice. The car company provided a basic cover with excess of Euro 1050/-. We opted for full tank to full tank option for the fuel. We opted for an automatic car. Manual gear cars were available for as little as Rs.5000/- for 8 days.

Parking: Most of the Old towns ( Zagreb, Dubrovnik,Split, Varazdin,Trogir) don't allow cars . Parking is difficult and can be expensive. As far as possible use local transport for visiting these places or park a little far from the main centre. Please note you cannot park for more than an hour in Zone 1 Areas. We ended up paying a hefty fine because we did not know this.

Language: Most people understand English. We did not face any problem in this respect. Indians may find their pronunciations easy since we have ch and sh sounds in our language too. In Croatian language c is pronounced as ch, j is pronounced as y.

Food: It was easy to find vegetarian food. Most restaurants would have a few vegetarian choices on their menu. Most apartments had basic sugar , salt, oil and tea bags. I carried some basic Indian spices and we sometimes cooked our own food.

Currency: Croatia has its own currency called Kuna. During our trip the exchange rate and 1 kuna=Rs.10/-

Markets: Every city/ town has a morning market every morning where fresh vegetables, fruits,cheese, wine, oils, meat etc are available. We shopped mostly for fruits and ate fresh fruits almost everyday. The Cherries and Peaches were to die for.

Main expenses for the two of us.

*Flight Tickets..Rs.103,000.00; * Visa: Rs.15000/-; *Accomodation: Rs.45000/- *Rental Car: Rs.17000/- Automatic Car Open Astra .

*Other expenses : Food, Tolls, Entry tickets, Car fuel Rs. 70,000/-

Useful Websites:

www.frankaboutcroatia.com

www.chasingthedonkey.com

http://www.secret-zagreb.com/

www.cntraveller.com

Hope you find this post informative and useful and most of all inspiring to make you visit Croatia .I hope to visit Croatia many times in the years to come.

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