Croatia Diaries

 Exactly two weeks ago we got up very early to catch our flight to Split in Croatia and even though I’m certainly not a morning person Croatia’s beauty made the short night and endless queue at the check-in fully worth it. When we arrived at the airport we were directly picked up and brought to our hotel that was situated in the lovely village of Baska Voda. I had never heard of Baska Voda before booking our hotel and despite seeing some pictures on the internet I didn’t really know what to expect. When we arrived at our destination I knew we had made the right choice when booking. Baska Voda was simply beautiful, especially its little harbour was picturesque and the view over the mountains was just stunning. You undoubtedly had the best view when swimming in the sea and a sudden regret formed in my heart that I didn’t possess a go-pro to capture that beauty. Anyway, apart from a harbour Baska Voda is also home to countless restaurants, a little market, many cocktail bars (where we might have ended up from time to time, cough), some shops and an old church. This church particularly interested me and I was surprised to see how simple it was kept and that it only had two little windows, one on each side.
While we were staying in Baska Voda, we spent the majority of our time at the beautiful beach, relaxing in the sun, listening to music and in my case, reading as much as humanly possible. Reading is what fulfils and inspires me most and my favourite thing about being on holiday is being able to read all day every day. Does anyone feel the same? We didn’t only spend time at the beach though, we also explored the village and its surroundings further. One morning we followed a trail that led us along the beautiful beaches of Baska Voda and I was surprised to see that even though Baska Voda is definitely a tourist destination you could still find a nearly empty beach, you just had to walk for a bit.  I had heard before that Croatia was famous for its blue and clear water and having seen it myself I can understand what all the fuss is about – when I followed the trail I came across some beaches that looked like they were straight out of a catalogue. I could have stood there for hours just watching the waves crash onto the shore.
One thing that really surprised me about Croatia was how easy communication turned out to be – after travelling to France and Italy I was a bit worried about not speaking the local language but my worries turned out be unnecessary. Not only was staff at hotels, shops and restaurants fluent in English, they were also fluent in German which I really didn’t expect. The only thing I didn’t quite understand about Baska Voda was the diversity of restaurants or well, the lack of thereof. Every single restaurant seemed to have the same menu and being a fussy eater who also doesn’t eat fish, meat etc I basically had spaghetti napoletana for lunch everyday. And even though I love pasta, a variation would have been great. What about fussili or tagliatelle? Speaking of food, breakfast and dinner at our hotel were amazing and formed a contrast to the food at the local restaurants as at the hotel the food was varied every single day. They always had plenty of plant-based options and they even had soy milk for breakfast. A huge thumbs up there. Overall the hotel was amazing, the rooms were spacious, clean and comfortable and staff was friendly. If you are looking for a good hotel in Croatia, Hotel Horizont in Baska Voda will not disappoint you.
All in all, I was more than happy to spend 10 days in such a wonderful location with my family and I hope to return to Croatia again in the future. If you are following me on Instagram you have probably seen a picture of a waterfall and are now wondering if I just pulled that off Google Images and never went there in the first place but don’t worry, I did, I just decided to write a separate post about that as this one is already very picture heavy. So keep your eyes peeled for that, it will also include snaps of Split, the second biggest city in Croatia. So as you can already imagine, I would fully recommend visiting Croatia and Baska Voda in particular, especially if you want to spend your holidays relaxing in the sun.
Have you been to Croatia?
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  • Croatia is definitely on my to visit list, it looks so amazingly beautiful! Shame about the lack of diversity in restaurants although I'm not particularly adventurous with food on holiday anyway!
    Amy xx
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  • Neither am I to be honest. It really is, I'm sure you would like it xx

  • I've been to Croatia few years ago and it's the country I'd love to re-visit soon. The weather is amazing and the place is full with beautiful corners to explore. I do remember sticking to simple meals and trying only few local ones since I am not a fan of seafood which is quite popular there. I once ordered pizza there that was supposed to be with sausages or something like that. Turns out that it was sardines. Never ever I ate something unknown there from that moment :/

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  • I LOOOOVEEEE spending my time on holiday reading, all day everyday, it's literally the best thing in the world. Croatia looks absolutely beautiful, it's on my bucket list. Your photos just prove how gorgeous it is, the sky looks insanely gorgeous in them. I'm so jealous, glad you had an amazing time!
    Becky Shannon xx – Life-by-Becky

  • Wow!! Beautiful photos <33 Amazing places 🙂
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  • It definitely is, I'm also hoping to return soon, it is such a beautiful country. That's true, I don't eat seafood so trying local food would have been difficult. Haha that's horrible, I can imagine your pain. I also don't like to eat anything unknown, especially if I can't translate it haha xx

  • It is, isn't it?! Your holiday snaps look just as amazing. 😉 And it should be on your list, it is simply beautiful. xx

  • Thank you! <33

  • I've never been to Croatia but the weather just looks perfect there. It's currently raining where I am and very cold! I've never been to Croatia but I've heard about it's wonders far too many times to not be curious!

    Sally – DiagonSally

  • Same here actually, I wish I was back in Croatia. You should go one day, I'm sure you would like it xx

  • This looks so nice! Looks like you had a fab time too
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    Amy xx
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  • I did xx

  • Wow your Croatia photos remind me so much of California but of course in a more European way lol. Looks and sounds like you had the most amazing time there though!

    Stacey + thebambieyes.com

  • You're absolutely right, I never compared the two but now that you're saying that I can really see that. I did, thank you xx

  • This place looks amazing. Sounds like you really enjoyed there.
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  • I did. xx

  • Not been to Croatia, but only recently last year realised how beautiful it looks. The waters look gorgeous l, it's just the shame about the pebbly beach. It must be sand for me! Sounds like and looks like you had a great time. It's so nice to get away from reality and just relax. Our holiday feels like it was ages ago now 🙁 such a shame they didn't have more verity for you to choose from, it can get a bit boring when they all offer the same thing.

    Love Hannah xx

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  • oh this place is beautiful, will def consider for my croatia trip!
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  • You should! xx

  • I also prefer sandy beaches although I didn't really mind once I was there because it was so beautiful. I definitely did and yes, it can get quite boring especially because I'm a really fussy eater and usually like about 4 things from a menu haha. It always seems that way, doesn't it? :s xx

  • Kay

    Your travel posts are just THE BEST, hun! Your photos are always so beautiful, I always feel as if I was there with you when I look at them, haha. 🙂 <3 Croatia looks absolutely stunning, my dear blogger friend Ivana is from there and she always posts such beautiful photos of it. So happy to see you do a little travel post on it, I've always wanted to visit Croatia, I love the architecture and the views in general are just so stunning. 🙂 You are right, the water does look like it's straight out of a catalog or something!! It's so beautifully clear! x x Thanks for sharing, hun. Kisses. x

    Kay
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  • Thank you so much, that really means a lot! I'm pretty sure I know which Ivana you are talking about, she always posts stunning pictures. If you get the chance to go to Croatia you should do it, I'm sure you would love it xx

  • I have never been to Croatia but it looks beautiful. I'm a fussy eater at times so I understand your frustration at lack of diversity in restaurants. Baska Voda looks stunning and your photos are beautiful, I adore reading your travel posts they always get me so inspired to travel 🙂 xx

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  • Beautiful photos! I would love to visit Croatia. Glad you had a pretty lovely trip!

    xo, mikéla / simplydavelyn.com

  • wow Croatia is very beautiful! the pictures show a very relaxing trip! 🙂

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  • Thank you, Heather, I'm glad I can inspire you. 😉 xx

  • Thank you xx

  • It is xx

  • Girl you are giving me huuuuuge travel lust.
    I needed to see Croatia like yesterday.

  • Haha Croatia is definitely worth seeing! xx