Insider Info: Croatia’s Best Kept Secrets Revealed
When you go to a touristic destination for a holiday, you expect to rest, enjoy the scenery and do a bit of sightseeing.
So do we.
But, after a while, you realise that the best sights are not the ones usually advertised, so you start wondering. Well, wonder no more. We’ve decided to share with you the hidden beauties of Croatia, and we’ll start with Dalmatia.
The island of Sipan (Šipan) is the largest of the Elaphiti Islands and is located some 17 km north-west of Dubrovnik and has only about 400 inhabitants. It is separated from the mainland coast by the Koločepski Channel. This island was once a summer retreat for noblemen from the mainland, and after visiting, you will understand why. It is just so tranquil and relaxing.
To get there, use “Postira” ferry from Dubrovnik to Šipanska Luka, which is the main settlement on the island. Enjoy delicious and fresh seafood and local wines and watch the dust settle over the panorama of small islands to the north. However, choose to stay in Dubrovnik if you don’t want that much peace.
Because you need to explore Dubrovnik’s walls. Our advice would be to choose the less known entrance on Svetog Dominika which is close to the old port. Climb up, and enjoy the view. The city is in your palm. Afterwards, it’s a short walk to the cable car on Petra Kresimira for the Napoleonic Imperial Fort on Mount Srd (Srđ) for breathtaking views.
After that, hire a boat, best time to do it would be in the late afternoon to avoid the cruise ships and begin exploring nearby islands: Mljet is wonderful if you enjoy walking, Hvar is simply breathtaking if you like nightlife and Brač if you like stunning beaches and modern vineyards (an excellent chance to taste some of the local vines).
Finish the journey at Korcula (Korčula), and stay overnight because you don’t want to miss the amazing Moreska Sword Dance. Take a look at this official video
Most people use the peninsula of Peljesac (Pelješac) as a gateway to Korcula (Korčula) and the islands, which is really a waste because it offers so much more. The towns Lovište and Mali Ston have some of the best seafood and shellfish in Croatia.
In addition, as you wave through the mountain roads, you’ll see glorious vineyards, well worth photographing. The beaches here are much more inviting to those that just want to relax and enjoy as they are much quieter than the mainland
The truth is, wherever you go in Croatia, you won’t be disappointed.
The stunning alpine scenery, tumbling into the sparkling Adriatic creates a myriad of blues and greens. As you can see, Dubrovnik and the islands are well worth visiting, but we’ll give you a tip. If you need to save some money for the boat ride, there’s a cheaper way to enjoy them. Stay in the marvellous seaside towns of Cavtat and Trogir. Both are stunning, interesting, convenient for the airport and just a short bus or boat ride away.
Trogir is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage list because it is the best-preserved Romanesque-Gothic complex not only in the Adriatic but in all of Central Europe. You will most certainly be mesmerised by its grandest building, the church of St. Lawrence and its numerous buildings from the 13th century.