Friday, 5 September 2014

Sea Organs and Waterfalls: Croatia || Travel

To continue on from my post on my little trip to Lake Bled in Slovenia, today's post is going to be about my first long trip whilst on my erasmus year abroad. At the end of September, I was lucky enough to travel from Slovenia to Croatia for a total of 3 days. In that short time, I managed to visit a total of 5 places in Croatia! So if you're looking for somewhere to escape to (even through a computer screen!) keep on reading :)

Our first stop was Rijeka, in the northern part of Croatia, the third largest city of the country, at first glance, Rijeka can just seem like a gritty port town which most people dash through en route to the picturesque Croatian islands. However, if you open your eyes wide enough, you will notice the pretty Austro-Hungarian buildings that stand  within the concrete based coastal city. We arrived in the evening and only had time for a short walk around before dinner.

The next day we woke up early and got going, the next stop was Krk island, only 50 km away. We spent the morning exploring and even taking a dip in the glistening blue sea!


Road to Zadar (sorry for bad quality.. moving car issues)

That afternoon we headed down towards the city of Zadar, which is 250km all the way down the coast line of Croatia. The journey took around 4 hours but there was never a moment of boredom, we were all fascinated with the views from our coastal road. As we rolled along, the sun was setting on the beautiful Adriatic sea, I felt like the luckiest girl in the world.

Birdseye view of Zadar (image taken from Google)
We arrived in Zadar early evening, the weather was still warm and we strolled around the beautiful ancient walled city. As you can see from the picture above (stolen from google) the city is situated on a sort of separate piece of land which is attached to mainland Croatia at just one end. We ate some beautiful food and then walked to the most popular attractions in Zadar; the Sea Organ and the Sun Salutation - these are two artistic installations which utilise the power of nature to create beautiful sounds and sights. It was one of the most magnificent performances I have ever seen, if you are ever anywhere near Zadar, it is definitely worth it to visit purely for the Sea Organ and Sun Salutation. To end our beautiful day we got lost in the outskirts of Zadar trying to find our hostel, which actually turned out to be an apartment in the basement of someones house! However skeptical I was, the family were very lovely and we enjoyed our night there.
Sun Salutation (image taken from Google) 

The next day was going home day but we weren't departing without a fun day full of activities! We asked the owner of the house we stayed in if there was anywhere near that we weren't to miss before leaving. The lady of the house recommended a small town close by called Nin. The lady stated that this is the oldest town in the whole of Croatia and therefore has significant historical importance. We decided to take her advice and give little Nin a visit.

Nin, Croatia
Nin was a beautiful little fishing village. After a short walk in the rain, we decided to carry on to the National Park.

It was an incredible trip and I would recommend Croatia to everyone! Have you ever been? Any tips to share?

Elle xxx

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