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“Beautiful Croatia” 5 of 5 stars
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Split, Croatia
utah
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“Beautiful Croatia”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2009

We had not been to Croatia before, but saw pictures of the Dalmatian coastline and it looked beautiful. We had a time share with Interval International, and exchanged our week for one week on the Island of Brac pronounced (Brahsh) at the Waterman's Holiday Club in the town of Supetar.(stands for St. Peter)
August 21, 2009 we flew to Dusseldorf, Germany, then into the Split, Croatia airport. We were able to exchange our dollars for kuna at the airport bank with low exchange fees. Outside the airport were several buses, we found the bus going to the ferry on the Island of Brac. The buses were labeled where they were going. It was about a 50 min ride into Split. The country is beautiful, with olive trees, certainly not tropical. This is the warmest time of year to visit with the temps in the high 90's and 60-70 % humidity. We were dropped off at the pier. There were several stands of people selling everything from clothing to watches, shoes, and produce.
We could see the ferry about 3 blocks walk away, with our luggage it wasn't hard to get there. They also had carts with people to hire to carry your bags for you. We bought tickets to Supetar for about $6 dollars. The ferry Jadrolinija was huge, diesel trucks were loading on with about 50 + cars. The lounge was air-conditioned for the 50 minute ride, bathrooms and beverage services available. I could hardly tell when the ferry left the port, very smooth ride. When we arrived at Supetar we were amazed at the quaint clean downtown area. It is mostly a vacation destination, only 3,000 people live there. I am not sure if that accounts for tourists in the summer months. The city center is wrapped around the harbor. It was beautiful, people were nice, most knew English, but Croatian, German, and Italian are the dominant language. Most people under 30 years of age knew English. We had about 5 blocks to walk to the Waterman’s Club, staying at Villa Diana. The Adriatic Sea was 200 feet from our front door. The room was clean, quiet, pretty plain, but had a refrigerator, 2 tv's, a safe, tub and shower, patio, and sitting area besides the bedroom. The AC worked wonderful. No WI FI in rooms but they do have service at Hotels and an internet café for about 8 dollars an hour.
The food in town was excellent, and not expensive, we tried to use our credit card where we could, make sure you look in the window of the café to see if they accept credit cards. Banks are the best places to exchange money into kuna.
We rented bicycles, but the scooters looked fun. You can ask anywhere where to rent bicycles, this guy who owns the shop is really nice. His shop is close to the market square. He runs a large rental with bikes in Supetar, Split and somewhere else? We rode to the market to buy their fabulous bread, cheeses and meats. The bicycles were about 70 dollars for the weeks and were in good shape with a rack on back to tie down purchases.
The water was warm, but had mostly rock beaches bring your water shoes, because your feet will hurt on the rocks. We did snorkel but not a lot of different kinds of fish to see. We still enjoyed it. Water pretty calm. There are a couple of sandy beaches on the island but we didn't have a car or scooter.
It is very clean and safe place to visit. I was never nervous or concerned about my safety at any time. Olive trees, pomegranates, limes, and other fruits didn't recognize. It is a dry Island, the water and electricity arr brought from Split by cables and pipes under the Adriatic Sea. We were able to drink the water right from the tap and it was good water. The food was excellent. Lots and lots of tasty gellato. You can bargain shop with the vendors but not in the stores so much, their prices are set.
We rode to several towns along the shoreline, but they have a wonderful bus service that drives all over the Island many times a day. Other places we visited were Script the oldest city in Supetar with a museum, and Postira, one of the places they produce olive oil.
We signed up for a tour at a local travel service for a trip to Dubrovnik this is a must. We took a hydrofoil (fast boat) to Makarska, another beautiful area along the Dalmatian Coast. We boarded a large air-conditioned bus with a very good driver. We drove 3.5 hours along the coast, going through the corner of Bosnia, beautiful scenery to Dubrovnik, you need a week to explore this area . But, we had only 5 hours, we stayed with in the walls of the Old City most of the time. Everyone in Croatia that we met there were friendly and once again we felt totally safe.
We spent approximately $1200. 00 dollars the week we were there. Not bad for bicycles, transportation, gifts, and food. Hope to add some pics. Other places we visited were Script the oldest city in Supetar with a museum, and Postira, one of the places they produce olive oil. Wonderful experience, would go again!!!

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“Not very special”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2009

We stayed here for 3 nights and had a lovely hotel - see le meridien lav. The area feels safe and the views over the sea are spectacular. The city itself was just any old city. The diocletian palace was certainly charming and you could meander down all sorts of narrow pathways and discover pretty sights almost as though following an ancient maze. A highlight was hearing a group of priests singing with the benefit of incredible acoustics in ruins just next to the museum, the downside was the smell of urine surrounding us. Generally food is exceptionally bad and very expensive. If you are happy to live off pizzas they are cheap and taste good but for me one pizza in a week is enough! Please make the effort to visit Krka National Park if in this area. It is beautiful and peaceful and put a huge smile on both my husband, daughter and my faces - but be prepared to walk up steep hills and over rugged paths. We stupidly took a pushchair and ended up carrying it around. The Croats are very friendly and helpful and adore children, they made such a fuss of our 11 month old daughter.

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Brooklyn, New York
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“1,700 Years of History at Your Feet”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2008

Just about everything you want to see in Split is within the walls of Roman emperor Diocletian's Palace, completed in 305 AD. It's a compact area and you'll easily find your way around the narrow alleys. Make sure you visit St. Domnius Cathedral, well over 1,000 years old. You could climb to the top of the bell tower there for a view of the city, but I found a better spot: Walk exactly 10 minutes to the left of the palace and then up some (well, more than just "some") stairs and paths in the neighborhood of Marjan. By the time you reach the tiny St. Nicholas Church (1219), you'll be rewarded with an even better view, without any tourists at all (I was there alone, with a baby green lizard passing by), and it's free.

In town, the outdoor markets sell everything from prosciutto to pantyhouse. The waterfront promenade is delightful, especially at night, when it's cool and the locals gather, and they all seem to know each other. I was fortunate enough to stumble upon a band performing there, so keep your eyes and ears open as you stroll along with your refreshing ice cream cone.

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Laval
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Excellent place to relax”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2007

- Awsome resorts on the adreatic sea...
- City and surrounding still in develpment
- Friendly people
- Scuba diving not easy due to strong waves
- Can access Split via speed boat from Venise

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Palo Alto, California
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229 helpful votes 229 helpful votes
“Very pretty”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2007

Croatia, it is important to remember, is still an emerging country, with an emerging country's problems. The massive construction sites, the subtle dinge of poverty, is masked just enough by the citizens' intense nationalistic pride. Walking around, or even just driving around, the city, it's easy to be disappointed by the amount of dirt piles and orange construction cones that have replaced the trees in many places. But to venture out onto the sea, though, is breathtaking.

I went sea kayaking when I went to Split this past summer, and it was amazing. The depressing lean-tos become shantys by the shore, the sand dunes become distant hills that one can barely see beyond the pirate-looking ships docked everywhere.

See Croatia, by sea, not by land.

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