I went to Croatia in the summer of 2012 (such a long time ago!). It was the start of September and the weather was absolutely gorgeous.
I didn't know much about Croatia before, so I was really curious to explore the country.
Split and Dubrovnik were the two cities I wanted to see. Here's a map so you can see where the two places are located:
The city of Split was the first stop. Split is really lovely, with a nice seafront where you can eat and have a stroll, and just enjoy the tranquil pace of life.
I rubbed the toe of Gregory of Nin (the statue, not an actual person because that would be really awkward....)! It is said that rubbing his toe while thinking of a wish will make that wish come true!
Split is also home to the Cathedral of Saint Domnius, which has a beautiful clock tower that you can climb to have a great view over the city and the sea.
Book accommodation right here:
To get from Split to Dubrovnik, I recommend getting a coach (long-distance bus). It takes 10 hours, but you get to admire the stunning view of the coast the whole way (if you check the map, you'll see that the route takes you along the coast). It's definitely worth it. I don't think I've ever seen a sea that blue before. If you can, try to snag a seat at the front so you can look out the window at the beautiful panorama!
Dubrovnik was spectacular. I don't know whether it was before it became popular as a tourist destination, but it wasn't crowded at all! There were a few tourists around, but they weren't crowding the streets.
The city has a central avenue that connects all the little cobbled side streets. The side streets are very charming and narrow (I think I have a thing for narrow side streets, they make really nice photos...).
You can take a cable car to see the amazing views of the Old City and surrounding islands!
Look for a place to stay when you visit Dubrovnik:
Now you know what you can look forward to when you visit Croatia!
In Dubrovnik, you can do a tour of the city walls that go around the whole city. And, you can do parasailing! I highly recommend the parasailing because the views from so high up are mesmerising. I was so proud that I did it because I actually have a fear of heights! Photo as proof (I swear that's me up there, plus the photo was taken with a disposable camera hence the unintended vintage feel):