This time I´m not really going to write about just one place, it´s more of a combination of two trips to the same country I did in the past, something like a #flashbackfriday but on a Sunday. The most fitting description I found on the web was #postsomethingonyourblogsunday, and I´m going to shamelessly adapt it for our blog.
So: two trips, both of them to Croatia, to the isle of Brač and the town Tučepi. The first one was two years ago, a summer trip with my friends, were we spent 4 nights and 5 days at the isle of Hvar. Our only goal was to have a good time, and frankly, we didn’t have troubles with that on Hvar. Over the day we chilled on the beaches near the town of Jelsa (the town´s beach was a construction site, but as we had a car we drove to some beaches nearby). Most of the time we spent on this mostly concrete beach (which was a minus), but it had some of the clearest water I have seen in my whole entire life (I spent hours just looking at it), so it balanced out.
You can also visit some places if you are into sightseeing – we visited Stari Grad, which I would recommend if you are into medieval merchant towns. While there we ate at the restaurant Konoba Pharia and they had some really good, fresh fish dishes.
The nightlife on Hvar (more precisely, the city of Hvar) is bonkers – everyone and their mother is having a good time. There were people from all over the world, and everybody is just looking to party and have fun. It is just plain amazing. I would recommend some of the beach bars (Hula Hula beach & bar or Carpe Diem Hvar), because where else can you dance and drink in the open next to the sea?
Just a little tip – Hvar and its nightlife is a bit pricey, so your wallet is going to thank you for a little bit of preparty at home.
My other trip I wanted to talk was Tučepi. It´s a small coastal town also located in Croatia. I went there with my fiancée and our goal was to relax, charge up our batteries and enjoy every moment we had together. The town isn’t really flashy – it´s a smaller town with 1763 inhabitants (according to Wikipedia), but the scenery is straight up amazing. You have the mountain Biokovo watching over Tučepi which results in some of the most beautiful sunsets, and the coastline is like from a postcard.
When you are on the beach, you will always have a view on the clear sea and the isles of Hvar and Brač. Another thing I also loved was the smell: if you ever experienced the salty smell of fresh sea air mixed with the smell of pines coming from the woods, you will know what I am talking about. I get dizzy just thinking about it.
The only thing we put effort into was getting a tan. We did this on the beach Jadran which is nearby a hotel. The beach had showers, toilets and once daily two ladies visited on a small fishing boat and sold fresh fruit. We tried some other, but agreed that the Jadran beach was the best place to spend our days.
Also, on a side note, a must-have for a day on the beach for a lot of people is a book, and I got my hands on the novel “City of thieves” by David Benioff. I would recommend it, as it reminded me how fun reading can be – its easy readable and I “devoured” it in 2 days.
Now back to the town: if you are into partying Tučepi wont really be for you – you maybe should drive to the nearby town of Makarska as it offers those possibilities. Tučepi is more of a family-friendly type of place with a lot of nice restaurants. Of course, you should try their fish dishes as you won´t get fresher fish than in a coastal town.
We had the luck to be there at the time some kind of seafood festival, the fisher’s nights (ribarske noći) took place. You can get a whole mackerel and a little cup of Bevanda (a drink typical for the Croatian coastline; it’s a mixture of, most commonly, red wine and plain water) for 20 Kuna (the Croatian currency; 1€ is around 7,4 Kuna). The experience was special as for that time I felt I had everything I need: My loved one was there, we had delicious food and watched the sunset over the sea. It was perfect!
The Croatian coast and the Adriatic Sea are always going to be special places for D and me, as we both spent almost every summer vacation since we were kids there. If you like the sea, nature and good food, I beg you to visit it, and promise you won´t regret it.