10 of us just had a fantastic holiday in Arbanija, Islan Ciovo, near Split Croatia. We stayed in Villa Irena, which is in fact 3 seperate apartments and offers great value at £1,700 for 12 beds for 2 weeks!!
The best apartment is the three bed upstairs with the balcony, which is where we all congregated as we had the whole place to ourselves. The other two are ok, clean but basic. All have air conditioning which is a necessity as it was between 29 and 36 degrees whilst we were there and about 27 at night!!
The beach is literally just across the road and is great, very few people on it and very clean. All the beaches are pebbly and there are lots of sea urchins so protective shoes are a must. You can buy these from the local market or from the market in Trogir where they are a bit cheaper. Very near to the Villa is a small market and a bar. The staff are friendly and helpful and most have some english.
With regard to travel, there are regular and very cheap buses to and from Trogir (£1 each way) and you can get ferry and boat trips from Trogir. A one way trip on the ferry to Split was about £2.20!!!
None of us had been to Croatia previously and we were all delighted. The scenery is absolutely stunning, the Adriatic is clear, warm and really inviting at all times of day or night. It is very salty tho and can sting your eyes initially.
We visited some of the smaller islands including Solta, all of which are really beautiful and the trips are very reasonably priced. Trogir is a lovely market type town and has a traditional market which sells fruit veg and holiday trinkets. We also visited Split which is remarkable for its incredible architecture and fabulous location.
Eating out is very very reasonable and excellent quality generally especially on the harbour front in Trogir, pasta's and pizza's are brilliant and the local beer Karlovasko is great and pretty cheap too.
We are all going back as soon as possible to do some more exploring of the fantastic country.
Strongly recommended for a very very enjoyable and great value holiday. Feel free to drop me an email if you want the contact details for Villa Irena and I'll send you a few pics!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Irena is a family owned property located in fisherman's village SEGET Donji just 1,5km from the centre of Trogir. Villa is composed out of five self contained apartment units sharing a common swimming pool area. ... more less