CROATIA

The last week of my vacation I and my friend decided to go road tripping in Croatia. Flying into Dubrovnik, driving north to Pula and flying home from there.

Day 1: Dubrovnik Airport – Mlini Riviera

Landing in DBV. First of all: a very nice place for spotters.

We got our car, found our Air BnB and drove to explore the Mlini Riviera.

A couple of hours at the beach, and later on dinner in the Old Town of Dubrovnik. Followed by a drive up to Mount Srd, to see the sunset.

Day 2: Mlini – Promanja (Makarska Riviera)

Left the Mlini Riviera in the morning and drove to Makarska. Driving through a part of Bosnia and Herzegovina on the way. Luckily no queues at the borders.

Stayed in a small place called Promanja. We found a quite crowded beach, so we bought ourselves some floaties, so we could escape the shore. Floating around and snorkeling the rest of the day. Crystal clear water 😍

Ate dinner and finished right in time for a sunset swim on the beach. Well spent evening.

Day 3: Promanja-Trogir.

Left Promanja in the morning, drove straight to Omis for breakfast, and then further to Trogir, a few minutes north of Split.

Once again, we found a beach and spent the day at the sea with our floaties.

In the evening we took a stroll in a beautiful Trogir, watched yachts and ate dinner in the marina.

Day 4: Trogir-Vis Island-Trogir

Drove to Split to catch the ferry to Vis in the morning. We spent the whole day in Komiza, before we headed back to the mainland. A very nice island, not as touristy as the other places we have visited. Tasted the gelato of my life in Vis (hot tip from me)!

We had our dinner when we got back to Trogir, at a really cute restaurant in the middle of the old town.

Day 5: Trogir-Zadar.

First stop in Krka National Park to see the waterfalls. Actually a little dissappointed, as the park was very crowded. We might have been a little late, but we got to see what we came for. On the way back to the car we also got a refreshing shower of rain. After this little excursion, we drove further to Zadar.

In Zadar we spent the afternoon at the beach. For dinner we went to Nin, a cosy little town nearby. Had a delicious black dough pizza at Mad Duck. Highly recommended.

Day 6: Zadar-Pula.

The longest drive on our roadtrip. Drove through some mountains and the temperature dropped from 35° to 13° during our drive. As we were getting closer to the coast, the temperatures fortunately rose again.

Spent our last day at a small beach in Pula. Floating around in the waves and chilled out on the cliffs. Watched the sunset from the beach, before dinner and a stroll in Pula city centre in the evening. AND a gelato (of course).

GDANSK GUIDE

Either for shopping, food, beaches or history Gdansk is a good choice. Amongst Scandinavians Gdansk is a very well liked city as it’s so close and a weekend here can be decently affordable.

How to get to Gdansk Old Town from the airport?
I either get picked up by my boyfriend or I book an Uber to get home. An Uber from the airport to Old Town will cost you about 45PLN/100NOK/10EUR and take about 20 minutes. Depends on the traffic of course.

Where to stay?
IBB Hotel Dlugi Targ. A modern and clean hotel in the heart of Old Town. Cheap and good location.

Invest Comfort/BraBank is a nice alternative too. Here you can book short-term apartments for a nice price. Prices depends on season. The location is a little more “off” than the hotel mentioned, but still a maximum 3 minute walk to the restaurants.

What to do?
Museum of the Second World War. A good experience and a lot of important history. The building itself is quite modern and cool. The museum also arranges guided boat trips to Westerplatte. And if you’re into history it might be interesting to visit Stutthof, a concentration camp from WWII.

Visit one of Tricity´s beaches. If the weather permits, for sure. In my opinion Brzezno Beach is the nicest beach close to the city. Not that busy, but still alive. Stegna Beach is very nice too, and not touristy at all, but thats close to Stutthof and Sztutowo.

Oliwa Park, the most beautiful park in Gdansk. Beautiful flora and a lovely place for a refreshing walk.

Sopot Molo. If you go to Sopot you might want to take a walk at the molo. During the most busy summer months you need to pay 8PLN/18NOK/1.7EUR to visit the pier. And please keep in mind that Sopot during summer is crowded. Sopot is also known for their big spas and beaches.

Where to eat?
First of all. For breakfast, go to Cafe Libertas. Cute little cafe and the best breakfast spot in Gdansk.

If you want some tasty vegan/vegetarian food you should try Manna 68. A small and cosy restaurant with a lot of interesting dishes on the menu.

One more vegan/vegetarian restaurant to recommend is Vegan Port. (Close to Galeria Baltycka).

For Gdansk´ best pasta go to Glowne Miatso Italian. This restaurant has a good atmosphere, delicious food, but a small venue. It might be necessary to pre book a table.

If you crave anything Mexcian, Pueblo is the place to go. The food is tasty and the atmosphere and the venue is very Mexican. It is always full, so you should pre book a table.

I have only tried one of the burgers at Rednek, but that´s the one. The veggie burger with sweet potato fries and a add-on pineapple on top. OMG, so good!

Ryz in Oliwa. They offer very good thai food. Combine it with a walk in the Oliwa park.

Last but not least. Slony Spichlerz. Kind of a food court, with several restaurants to choose from. A very cool place. Highly recommended.

(I also would like to add Yummy! into my little guide. Here you´ll get the craziest milkshakes (or actually freakshakes), insane pancakes and a real sugar rush. A friendly warning: a visit here will triple your daily calorie intake.)

Anyway, this city has thousands of restaurants and I have only tried a few.

Shopping?
Forum Gdansk is the mall closest to Old Town. You´ll actually find what you need here. Stores like Zara, Massimo Dutti, Oysho, H&M, Max Mara, Sephora, Douglas and so on.

If you want more, you can have a ride with the tram to another mall called Galeria Baltycka. I think one way is about 3PLN/7NOK/0.7EUR. Or you can book an Uber, and pay approx. 17PLN/38NOK/4EUR. Kind of the same stores as in Forum.

And as that wasn´t enough, it is a new, huge mall in Gdynia called Riviera. Actually Tricity´s biggest shopping centre. By car from Old Town Gdansk, you´ll be there in approx. 25 minutes. To avoid completely chaos, I would reccommend to go to Riviera in one of the week days. (If you decide to go to Riviera/Gdynia, you have to grab a lunch at Pasta Miasta!!)

Keep in mind that in Poland all stores are closed on Sundays.

Thats all for now. We doesn´t feel 100% done with the exploring of this city yet, so I might add some more in the future.