If you mention to anyone that you’re planning on spending a sunny holiday in Europe, I’m going to bet that most people will automatically envision you on the Spanish coast, sipping a cool beer in the Algarve, living the gorgeous life in the French Riviera. So, the key here is to bedazzle and surprise them by saying you’re actually planning on hiring a car in Croatia!
Ah!, Croatia, Croatia! How do you constantly fall off the tourist radar when you have that magnificent coastline, with warm and clear waters just waiting for a dip? Or, if you’re as amphibious as I am when seaside, for those long mediterranean soakings that can pretty much give you fins and gills.
Just a couple of years ago I had the chance to indulge in one of said long-term exposures to the balmy waters of Croatia. I had a car hire in Split booked and eventually found myself in an absolutely exquisite beach, surrounded by mountains. At first, I was suspicious of the pebble beach but, as soon as I set foot in the water, I was as hooked as whichever fish I resembled after spending – literally – hours floating around in absolute marvel of the whole setting.
Now, I had heard about yet another pearl of the Adriatic, probably the most famous Croatian destination of all, yet so underrated when it comes to being pinpointed as an idyllic tourist spot. I drove my car hire to Dubrovnik, which a good cousin of mine once mentioned as his favourite holiday ever. I wasn’t prepared for that.
I absolutely was not prepared for the endless feast… of the eyes that ensued. I got there at night, mainly because I wanted to bid a very fond and proper farewell to Split. I split the scene late and got there around midnight, expecting a phantom city when I arrived. My friends, was I ever wrong…
As much as I like travelling abroad, I’ve been living far from what I really call home for a few years now. Whenever I get to a new city, one of the first signs of civilisation I look for is the existence of good pubs. Through the acquaintances I made in those very entertaining hours spent there, I got all the recommendations one would ever need. I even recruited a guide of sorts in local cool guy Sinisa, who eventually convinced me nearby Makarska was – at least! – worth a visit.
If you are feeling a little tired of the very usual destinations, don’t hesitate: treat yourself to a Croatian holiday. Remember good old Richard when you do, and don’t forget to come and leave me a comment, thanking the brilliant supremacy of my recommendations.