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Croatian Paradise


Stari Grad, Hvar Island

Is everyone in Croatia this summer? Island hopping, driving around the Dalmatian Coast, or doing a yacht week, this is all I see online! I think we can safely say that Croatia is the new Prague of the travel world. I feel so left out stuck here in Spain!

Oh wait (as I pinch myself) I live in Spain, life could be worse. Though I haven’t been going to the beach too much since I am squirreling away all my euros for lots of fun trips in September, I try to make it to the local pool as often as I can so I won’t be embarrassingly pale when I come back to the US in September.

I also can’t complain as I have already been to Croatia, back in the summer of 2009, long before I started this blog. 10 days of teeny bikinis, rocky beaches, clear blue water, cute boys on boats, magical sunsets and the freshest seafood around. Does it get much better than that? I don’t think so.

I don’t know what it’s like now, but in 2009 Croatia was not all that touristy. Mid-July, the beaches weren’t too crowded, the food was cheap, the ferry schedule was damn near impossible to decipher and we didn’t book any accommodations in advance. We would hop off the boat and talk to the old ladies holding signs offering spots in their houses. It was heaven.

I look back at that summer with stupidly idealized perfection, and I can’t wait to go back one day. I’ve already decided to do a yacht week next August. Who’s with me?

Have you ever been to Croatia? What’s your dream European beach destination?


The capital of Croatia, we only passed through here for a day on our way from Slovenia to the Plitvice lakes. It has a cool modern, young vibe that I tend to find in some of the smaller eastern European cities.


Plitvice Lakes

A must if you are ever in Croatia. These natural lakes look fake they are so blue. The only downside was no swimming is allowed, even when it’s blisteringly hot out. It’s easy to spend a whole day wandering around the extensive park.




Hvar Island

My favorite place in Croatia. Beautiful hidden beaches, turquoise water, lavender fields galore and boats everywhere. It couldn’t have been more perfect.













A big harbor city, Split is really interesting because the old quarter is built right into Roman Emperor Diocletian’s palace. So as you walk around it, you are actually walking around an ancient palace. So cool!




Zadar is another city on the coast in Croatia. We passed though here on our way to catch a ferry to Pula. It was a sleepy quiet city in July, but with lots of good places to eat and relax on the water.

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13 Responses to Croatian Paradise

  1. Jenna August 16, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

    I’m dying to go back to Croatia! I was there in 2006 and it also wasn’t touristy at all… but then again it was the off season. I was in Split, Dubrovnik, and some National Park whose name I can’t remember. One of the best travel experiences yet though… we had an absolute blast! Next time I’ll definitely have to make it to Hvar, Zagreb, and the lakes! Your pictures are beautiful 🙂


    • Elizabeth Carlson August 19, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

      Thanks! I want to go back to Dubrovnik! Didn’t make it down there on my trip, it was too far! I can’t wait to go back either 🙂

  2. Mike August 17, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    I never had Croatia on my radar, but with you (great photos by the way) and other travel bloggers writing about it, I am going to try and check it out next year! It looks beautiful. Safe Travels !!!

  3. Kaley [Y Mucho Más] August 19, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

    Mario’s godmother went there, and I was very surprised because I’d never considered it. But once I did, I started seeing it’s such a beautiful country! Your pictures are gorgeous.

  4. liilo October 5, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

    Croatia isn`t Eastern Europe 😉

  5. Olivia March 18, 2014 at 6:13 am #

    Liz, is there an easy way to get from Zagreb airport to Havr Island? I’m trying to go, but I don’t think I would rent a car! Any tips would be so appreciated! Thank you! Olivia

  6. Jadran June 28, 2014 at 12:11 am #


    there is no direct flight. What you can do is to take flight from Zagreb to Split (0:30h) and then taje ferryboat from Split to Hvar (1:00h). More info of Hvar:

  7. Amelia January 9, 2015 at 10:26 am #

    Hey Liz,
    Girl. You are awesome. I’ve always been a travel addict, but it wasn’t until recently that I’ve had the courage to go out and adventure on my own. This blog of yours has definitely been a huge inspiration! I’m heading to Croatia myself in February for a week of bliss, and I could not be more excited. Thanks for being such a badass. 🙂

  8. Nikki February 8, 2015 at 7:51 am #

    Great pictures! It looks like you had an amazing trip 🙂 I’m thinking of traveling to Croatia this summer. Did you ever have any problems traveling there alone? Was it pretty easy to get around the language barriers?


  9. Alexandria D. August 12, 2015 at 3:02 am #

    Beautiful pictures as always! I don’t hear much about the eastern European countries like Croatia and Slovenia as vacation spots. Thanks to you, I know more and have an interest of going to them. ^_^

  10. Nixa November 14, 2015 at 12:00 pm #

    it’s a pity people know so little about Croatia, and this is probably one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Adriatic sea is small, crystal blue and clean, with over thousand islands, one more beautiful than the other. Over 1800 kilometers of stunning coastline is full of amazingly beautiful beaches, with numerous historical places to see, charming little towns and breath-taking natural beauties. Besides, every summer there are so many things to do there, especially these last few years. Some of the best beaches in Europe, for partying 24/7.

  11. Sasha August 18, 2016 at 8:41 pm #

    Plitvice Lakes are the jewel of Europe to be sure to visit if you are traveling to Croatia.

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