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Thursday, 11 December 2014

I ♥ Croatia - Korcula & Ending In Luxury In Dubrovnik

This post has been incredibly delayed, so delayed that you would be forgiven for thinking that it was never coming. Sorry about that. BUT it is here now and we're about to share a whole lot of Croatian beauty and luxury with you. Believe me this place is worth a visit and hopefully the post will have been worth the wait too.

Writing this is making me miss every minute of the trip and there couldn't have been a more perfect place or way to end it. Croatia is beautiful; the water is clear, the towns are beautiful with cobbled streets and something hidden behind every corner and the scenery is breathtaking.

The main tourist area in Korcula is tiny, especially when you look at it on a map in comparison with the whole of the island. But you know what they say, good things come in small packages, and this is no exception to that rule. Very croatian - lots of tiny cobbled streets, good food and beautiful views. There are some great bars, a particularly good find was this one at the top of a turret.

Only accessible by a nice steep ladder, this bar (apparently) provides stunning views of the surrounding area. Now I say apparently because we only made it up here at night (oops) so missed the good stuff. However I imagine the views would be similar to those we witnessed at the top of the local tower. 

Along with taking a wander around the streets of Korcula, soaking up the culture and sun, by this point in the trip we had become full blown water babies and no place was complete without a water based activity. Cue the canoe. (or kayak... I'm never sure).

When we set off I'm not sure exactly where we thought we were aiming for but what I do know is that it is definitely further away than where we got to. Here's a little drawing on a map of where we decided to take a break...

And to point out how small this area is on the whole island...

RESPECT to anyone who can keep going for hours on these they are hard work! We stopped to take in the surroundings, have a chat... and take some selfies and by the time we were ready to get paddling again we had been pushed backwards so far that it was like starting all over again (against the tide). Worth it though, you can't beat just bobbing along in a canoe in the middle of the sea with views like these, and honestly the photos really don't do it justice. 

Unless of course you managed to get a great deal on a five star luxury hotel in Dubrovnik... 


We arrived (after getting up before six and travelling for an hour and a half with ripped clothes, no make up... and a bin bag full of food - classy ladies) to a beautiful hotel surrounded by sea, with its own private (rocky) beach, spa, variety of restaurants and pool and bar with a view. After having spent a couple of nights in less than ideal situations this was to die for! We got to the room, slipped on the slippers and dressing gowns and began to make the most of all the facilities.

Now I am sure Dubrovnik is a beautiful place. I'm sure there are amazing restaurants, cultural hotspots and incredible views. But if we're honest we parked ourselves by the pool and didn't leave the hotel for two days. And it was great.

Over the course of our travelling month we crammed in as much as we possibly could into every day and didn't want to miss out on anything. So, by the end, it was so nice to have a couple of days relaxing by the pool, sipping on our cocktails and of course we had to have a little trial of their spa treatments...

OK we did leave the hotel - we couldn't miss it all! But we definitely haven't seen everything Dubrovnik has to offer and it would be great to go back and fully explore Dubrovnik by day. By night, however, we've got that covered. We took a short bus ride both evenings to have a look around the town and it really is lovely. The food was great and there were actually thunderstorms one night which meant incredible views of lightning over the sea. The town is surrounded by walls and, again, there are lots of cobbled side streets with hidden bars to make the most of. To top our stay in Dubrovnik off, Meli made a friend...

This month was one of the best of my life, we experienced such a variety of culture, architecture, landscapes and experiences and I couldn't recommend it enough. Every place had something different to offer and we made some great friends along the way. If you're thinking about it - do it.

The great thing about travelling Europe as well is that everywhere is so close and so different. We only picked one area to go for and if these places don't appeal to you well you must be mad! But there are so many other places you could go which have something completely different to offer.

There's a lot to think about when planning trips like this and you can make that planning as complex and organised as you want or just up and go. To make things easier we'll be getting a post together about planning the perfect route, do's and don'ts when travelling and picking that all important travel partner. If you have any questions or suggestions on what you would like to know please let us know in the comments below and we'll taylor the post to you!

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