Why Croatia Needs to Be Your Next Destination
After living in Ireland for a month, I began a solo backpack adventure into Eastern Europe. Crafting the perfect itinerary took weeks of drafting and research and rewriting until, finally, my perfect trip was planned (roughly). My first three days alone were to be spent in Pula, Croatia. At the time, I really knew nothing about Croatia except for beautiful photos I had seen on Pinterest, which in my opinion is plenty enough of a reason to travel somewhere. I chose to travel to Pula because there are very cheap flights from Dublin to Pula. With a mild climate, gorgeous coast, and great people, Croatia absolutely needs to be your next travel destination. It is super affordable for those looking for an inexpensive trip. If possible, try to set up your own transportation to and from the airport because cab drivers overcharge tourists.
Rather than stay in the city, I opted to stay in an apartment in a residential area a short walk from the coastline. This is very common and the entire neighborhood was full of families on vacation. I stayed in Mamich Apartments, which was the perfect size for someone alone or a couple. Each night that I was alone I returned around dinner time and enjoyed the evening’s cool air from my balcony.
Why does Croatia need to be the next destination added to your bucket list?
Think Mediterranean mixed with Italian with some seafood. Croatian food is delicious and inexpensive. On my trip I ate one meal out a day and utilized the grocery store for the rest.
Everyone that I met was incredibly kind to me. In fact, I met someone who offered to show me around to all of her favorite beaches, take me into the city to see the sites, and go to her favorite pizza place! Without her friendliness I would not have even realized how much of the coastline there was to explore.
The Roman architecture
The Romans conquered the peninsula in 177 BC and during the Romanization, Croatian cities were filled with distinct architecture. Pula’s amphitheater and forum are both used regularly for concerts. The Roman amphitheater, pictured below, is a much smaller version of the colosseum in Rome and it’s stunning. Walking the city streets feels like taking a stroll through history.
If you have more than three days…
Visit the capital city, Zagreb, and venture out to one of several stunning national parks such as Plitvice Lakes National Park, Krka National Park, or Kornati National Park.
Visit Croatia if you are looking to spend your entire vacation relaxing or if you want to be adventurous and enjoy the outdoors.
For solo travelers: I felt very safe in Pula and highly recommend adding this city to any European adventure.
Have you been to Croatia?