As you may know a few weeks ago I took a nicely timed holiday (actual holiday, not on a trip) to the beautiful town of Split in Croatia with one of my very good friends. Due to limited time off together we were only there for 3 days but gosh we packed a lot into those days and I’m now looking back over the photos very much wishing we had longer!
One word of warning; we flew with Thomas Cook because they were cheaper – lovely flight & crew – and I was naive enough not to read the small print properly leading to a £65 each charge to put our cases in the hold because they were over 6.9kg. So that’s just a tip to save any of you all a bigger charge – make sure you know what you can bring on! And it’ll teach me not to deviate from the airline I know and love best!
We, unfortunately, timed our visit badly and came immediately in between the nice hot sunshiney weeks – but it was still warmer than England and the sun was welcomed – so our first day was full of rain. I don’t just mean drizzle or even the usual English rain – it hammered it down and blew us off our feet. However, determined to make the most of our 3 days we used this day to explore the town and despite nearly ruining my phone with water damage I got a few nice piccies because well Croatia is just beautiful!
However, I will warn you that Croatia don’t really do cafes like we do in England – they’re more of ‘bars that serve coffee’ so when we tried to take refuge in a nice cute cosy cafe, we couldn’t find out anywhere!
There was, however, the lovely underground cave market (it probably has a name but I’m unaware) just off of the square by the Diocletian Palace which was our saviour in the pouring rain – and super warm! The market was showcasing lots of homemade Croatian jewellery – particularly bracelets, Croatian souvenirs & all the lavender (never knew lavender was such a big thing in Croatia) & lavender related objects which smell divine!
And of course, like the true Brit, we endeavoured to taste all the delicious ice cream – absolutely amazing because they’re so close to Italy (and Italy do the best gelato in the world just saying) and like true home comfort gals we found one delicious place and instead of trying different vendors, fell in love and returned another 3 times over our 3 day break!
Go to Riva guys!! Just on the right when you come out of the market to the harbour along the strip where a load of fancy restaurants are! They did the most incredible ice cream – flavours we sampled include; kinder, dark chocolate, ferrero (YES – it had bits of nutella in it!), mint & oreo!
The wonderful thing about Split is that everything was in walking distance! Our lovely Air BnB was just 10 minutes from the harbour and the town and just a little further along to the beach.
In the centre of the town immersed in the Roman-like walls was the Diocletian Palace and the lovely Square. It was also lovely to visit it in the evening where live music was playing and we sat and ate our ice cream while listening & watching the moon!
Where to eat:
Pizzeria Bakra – Just down a little street tucked away across from the harbour was one of the most amazing pizzas I’ve ever tasted! I do love a good pizza and this place was delicious, and well priced too – with some really lovely staff. We didn’t quite finish them but they made for excellent lunch the next day.
Makamaka – Once I saw this place on Where’sMollie’s Instagram I had to make a visit and taste these delicious Acai bowls. I took my friend (who had never tasted one before) and we both felt nicely satisfied for a full day exploring waterfalls post acai goodness!
Bistro-Toc – We stayed in one night to cook up some veggies and eat on our lovely terrace, but for our last day we wanted to head out for some last night good food and so we went back to the street Pizzeria Bakra was where we found a wonderful bistro recommended by our Air BnB host. Amy went for the seafood mac & cheese (delish!) and I went for the Veggie Quesadilla (lots of lovely veggie & vegan options!). The staff here were absolutely wonderful and it was definitely a favourite for the locals as we arrived and it was packed and the lovely staff let us wait and have drinks outside and saved an indoor table for us to eat!
I decided I had too many incredible photos to showcase to put into one post so I’ve split (no pun intended) it into two and have included some more excursion info in another soon-to-be published post!
Safe to say, I adored our brief visit to Split! It was a lovely small town and the architecture was gorgeous – not to mention the ice-cream. It was also brilliant for accessing other islands off the mainland, which I definitely recommend visiting. We did take a small trip to Hvar (next post) and I wish we’d had time to explore more of the stunning country!