It’s 3:45am and my Uber is waiting for me outside. Under any other circumstance, being out my door at this type of hour would bring out the dark side of my character but today I am travelling somewhere special and guess what? I don’t even need my passport. One of the perks of living in Croatia is that I have everything I ever need either at my door step, or just a few hours away. By 4:30am I am well on my way to Sibenik by bus and in a back and forth texting marathon with my best friend in London for business, who is out partying in Soho with my old party buddies.
Eventually I manage to fall asleep only to be triggered by the word “cigani” which means, once again I am sharing bus space with a pair of gypsies and from that moment onward I am kept awake by a conversation revolving around who is going to be sleeping with whose sister. That’s my kind of luck on public transportation.
My sleep is now disrupted, I am more than an hour away from a decent coffee and bathroom as I pass by my 21 old year old self. Hacienda was a night club I drank like a fish at one or two nights in my early twenties. I partied along to Axwell on the decks and literally watched the sunrise as my best friend and I walked home bare foot, like gypsies. That was almost ten years ago, a decade flashes before me- how did it go by so fast?
I arrive to Sibenik by 9:30am, head straight to a cafe, order a coffee and fix my face in their bathroom. There is not enough Chanel concealer to cover the bags under my eyes, there never will be.
I meet with the girls from Putopis, connoisseurs of travel itineraries for prospective tourists of the beautiful country I now call home, Croatia. This isn’t my first visit to Sibenik City, the city of fortresses, I visited with my parents 9 years ago but nothing has really changed. It’s small enough to waste a few hours in and head to the next location. We wander through the old town, taking instagram worthy images and wondering how the elderly make it to an from their flats with these steep stairs. I suppose in Dalmatia no one really complains, life is simple and life is a lot slower- We must adjust to the rhythm of the city.
We pass Pelegrini Restaurant with views of Šibenik Cathedral I’ve already got intelligence that it’s apparently the best place to eat in the region but are too late to book a table for three for Sunday lunch. There’s a buzz inside, already at 10:30am.
As we make our way up through the Old Town and up towards the fortress, we are met by an entry fee. For 50kn each (approx. 7€), we then carry on to St Michael’s Fortress, which was completely restored in 2014, adding a new dimension and attraction to the city.
We then make our way to Skradin (by car), a small town still part of Sibenik but still beautiful none the less. Skradin is also 1 of the 5 official entrances to Krka National Park. The girls decide to take me up another fortress, one with many more high and steep stairs, I attempt to vlog and walk at the same time but my endless enthusiasm for vlogging is met with reality, best I focus on the path ahead, there is no time for personal injuries.
At the top of the Fortress of Turina, the once blue skies are now covered with clouds. I say a little prayer that at our next location the skies clear up. It doesn’t really matter because rail, hail or shine, Croatia never fails to impress.
As you know, my life revolves around good food and where else but Konoba Dalmatino? Rated #1 in Skradin out of 25 places to eat in on TripAdvisor, Konoba Dalamtino was the perfect way to transport our tastebuds to the heart of the Adriatic. I decided to kick off the summer season early and order my seasonal favourite, Octopus and chickpea salad and the girls opted for a chicken pasta with roasted vegetables.
Krka National Park
From Skradin port we hop onto a boat that will eventually take us to a part of Croatia that would take my breath away. The boat road to Krka National Park is about 25 minutes long and even though it’s a little windy, I forgive mother nature as clear blue skies appear!
Not since my visit to Plitvice Lakes National Park (Watch the vlog here – 79,000 views later) have I “Wow-ed” and “Oh My God-ed” for hours, in the same sentence. Although I have prepared my outfit for Krka weeks ahead, the cool-ish wind has me fearing my nipples will be the show, not the one thing that I came to see, the star of the park, Skradinski Buk, the mother of all waterfalls. I notice some braver souls than me bathing in the crystal clear waters. Skradinski Buk was one of the experiences I listed on my Epic Week in Croatia and and it was even better than I imagined. I’ll have to return when the weather warms up and get in that water with a GoPro.
Nothing beats a homemade dinner after a day of sightseeing and immersing yourself in the country that continues to baffle you with it’s beauty. I was lucky enough to have my accommodation sorted at Agroturizam Duvančić which has become famous for it’s wine barrels turned bedrooms. If it were up to me, I’d say that the hospitality is number one here because I’m all in for anywhere where I feel right at home.
● Read my full review of my stay at Agroturizam Duvančić here.
Krka National Park, again
A ten minute drive from Agroturizam Duvančić brings you to another waterfall still part of Krka National Park called Manojlovac Slap Waterfall. It’s about a 900m walk from the main road and as you head down a dirt trail of loose rocks, the thundering sounds of a waterfall are heard the closer and closer you get to a communal area overlooking the magical Krka River.
Hold up, it doesn’t end there!
I have one more special place to show you, still part of Krka National Park and one that caught me by surprise. Visovac is a monastery on a small island in the middle of Krka River and while it’s possible to visit the island by boat, I was able to witness it’s beauty from a cliff top.
How does it get any more better than this?
Travelling To Croatia From The UK?
Croatia is a little over two hours away from the United Kingdom by plane. Monarch Airlines has just launched direct flights at Zagreb’s newly opened Franjo Tuđman Airport so getting to and from this stunning country has never been easier. Fly into Zagreb, spend a day in the capital city, use Vollo to book a bus and head down towards the coastline, don’t forget to stop by Plitvice Lakes or Krka National Park on the way.
I promise you won’t regret it!
WATCH THE VLOGS
I hope this quick little recap has inspired to add a few extra locations to your bucket list on your next visit to Croatia. But I would love to know if you have visited Krka National Park? Or UNESCO listed heritage site, Sibenik? Have you eaten at Pelegrini or Dalmatino? Would you stay at Agroturizam Duvančić for a night or two?