summer in review: croatia

If you've been following my recent posts here you're probably aware that I recently visited Croatia. We headed out to Zagreb at the end of June so we could hit up INMusic Festival where we saw Pixies, The Black Keys and Foals, before travelling over to Pula which is on the coast of Croatia in the Istrian Peninsula.

Initially in Zagreb we had a mixture of weather, on the first day it was close and warm but a little overcast and it gradually worsened until we experienced full on thunderstorms for a grand total of 18 hours, mud is not the word! Zagreb was nice, as a capital city it was rather small but enjoyable with a good selection of shops, markets and restaurants. It has really great links to the rest of Croatia, you can get on a coach to pretty much any other town in the country which is really handy if you could only find flights to Zagreb! 

Most of the above pictures however are from Pula. Pula is the largest town in the Istrian Peninsula and it is truly beautiful. Not quite overrun with tourism it still retains its old age charm and feeling of complete escape from home. We stayed in the Park Plaza Histrai hotel and it was really wonderful. It had fantastic facilities with a Yacht Club and two pools, one indoor with spa for relaxing. The room was spotless and provided Elemis toiletries and the staff were so helpful. It was the most relaxing break to follow a few days of fun at the festival. 

In Pula we pretty much spent all day sunbathing and swimming in the sea and then in the evenings headed into the town on the bus for food and exploring. Pula is such an old city and actually has the 6th largest amphitheater in the world so that was great to see. Croatia is such a cheap destination for a holiday as it isn't in the Euro zone and so you're looking at less than £2 a pint in most places (because thats the most important reference, right?!). The coast was wonderful, you're not looking at sandy beaches but rocky azure coast line which is perfect for swimming, as long as you avoid the sea urchins  - I was not so lucky! 

I would definitely go back to Croatia, even return to the Istrian peninsula and maybe get the ferry to Venice for the day.


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