We got home from Croatia on Monday evening and it was a lovely, relaxing time. We shot the vacation on my film camera, and the soft, dreamy quality suits the trip perfectly.
We spent the first two days in Split, and the remainder of the trip on the island of Vis. Hvar is the more popular island to visit, but Vis is quiet and peaceful. I suppose it depends on what kind of trip you’re after if you want to go to busier Hvar, or Vis, which is further out and slower-paced. I’ve also heard Vis is more beautiful, but I haven’t been to Hvar, so I couldn’t say personally.
The “old city” of Split is the main attraction of the city. It was built inside of the ruins of the Roman emperor Diocletian’s palace, so you see a mixture of architectural styles in one small, dense area. It was lovely to walk through and get lost in all of the narrow cobbled streets and stumble upon sweet homes and shops.
The beach we saw in Split wasn’t amazing (especially after seeing the beaches in Vis)– I recommend only staying there for a day or two before heading out to an island. Before you leave, you should see the old city, climb the rickety/horrifying bell tower, and eat at Paradox (a delicious wine and cheese bar). I would also recommend eating at De Belly, a hip-looking design hostel with a cheap/tasty restaurant in the old city– so good we ate their twice!
Travelling from Split to Vis was very cheap (£12 roundtrip)– in fact, a lot of things are cheap in Croatia. Accommodation can be a little pricey in the high season, but food, wine and beer is very affordable. The fish is so fresh that I ate it for almost every meal!
Vis is beautiful, and there are not a whole lot of travel tips out there about it, so I’ll write a few.
1. You will need a car or scooter. If you love mountain biking, then go for that, but for the average person if you want to get to the good beaches/vineyards, you will need a car. It’ll be around £35/day. Which brings me to…
2. Driving on the mountain roads is scary. It’s worth it, but you should just know.
3. Our favourite beach was Zaglav, which was sandy, but Srebrena was also nice (shown in the first picture). Those were the only beaches we went to outside of the city of Vis. The beaches in the city aren’t quite as nice– in particular Grandovac had a lot of litter.
4. Boccadoro was the restaurant that served my favourite dinner, and my favourite breakfast was a raw food restaurant that I can’t remember the name of (sorry!).
5. The lattes are too milky. Way too milky.
Overall it was a a wonderful trip, and I hope that my tips can be a help to you if you want to visit one day. If you’ve already been, please tell me about the things you loved (or didn’t love) in the comments!