A sunny, coastal destination with a steep mountainous ridge running alongside the stunning deep blue Adriatic. Scenic views paired with ancient monuments make Croatia an incredible place to visit.
This was a week long vacation with my girlfriend to Makarska on the coast for the first half, and Split for the second half. Straight out of the gate, we were met with the wonderful hospitality of the Croatian people.
Having rented a car from the airport, ten minutes out, I'd driven off the road and I'd put ourselves into what potentially could have been a messy and very costly situation. Our car teetered on the edge of a rocky slope, which was the result of trying to reverse on a small side road in an unfamiliar (manual, right-hand drive) car. Each time I tried 'reversing,' we inched ever forward, telling myself 'this will work!' Pride finally got the better of me and I decided to get help before certain disaster. We were fortunate to locate two locals (no English) and they went out of their way to help us, towing us away, and to right the car without incident or damage. As it turns out, (unbeknownst to me) a trick with the gear shift was necessary to reverse the car! Many thanks, and we were on our way.
The second case of great Croatian hospitality happened a couple hours later when we arrived at our place in Makarska, down the coast. Our place was steps away from the beach, great view of the sea and mountains and through AirBnB (which I might add, is a great service). We were greeted by the host family, and greeted we were! We entered a flurry of folk music, homemade cakes, and strong thick alcohol, all of which produced by a family of locals having lived there for generations. Beats hotels for sure.
We visited for a week at the end of September, after the tourist season died down,which was ideal. Crystal clear blue sea, mountains, ancient ruins and adventure sports. Go check out Croatia. You won't be disappointed.