Split, Croatia—jewel of the Adriatic

Megan Pinckney | 7/26/2018, 11:56 a.m.
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There is a lot to do in Old Town, but the one thing that can’t be missed is a climb to the top of the bell tower of St. Domnius. The staircase is narrow and dark and feels like a hundred steps, but when you finally reach the top, you will get the very best view of the entire city. It left me speechless and amazed.

Another thing that most visitors do in Split is take a day trip to one of the many nearby islands off the coast. We booked a full-day private tour with Portal and explored the Blue Cave and the ultra-lavish island of Hvar, which was definitely a highlight of our overall trip. Our captain was extremely knowledgeable and patient with us. We were supposed to leave at 8 a.m., but didn’t actually leave until about 8:45 a.m. or so. First he took us out to the Blue Cave and handled the purchase of our tickets. It was a busy day at the cave, so we sat out in the bay for approximately 30 minutes waiting our turn, and then explored the inside of the cave with another captain on a much smaller boat for approximately 15 minutes. The cave and its beauty amazed the children we were with, as well as all of the adults. Afterward, our captain took us to a beach on the island of Stiniva that National Geographic had named the prettiest beach of 2016. He then showed us the Blue Lagoon, before heading to Hvar. The island of Hvar quickly became one of my favorite places in the world. If given the opportunity, I would spend a night or two there during my next trip to Croatia. It was lavish, it was hip and most surprisingly, there was a party happening all day around every corner.

If Croatia was not on your travel bucket list before, trust me when I say you should move it to one of the top spots. As soon as you experience the culture, the food and the beauty you won’t be able to regret visiting.

Megan Pinckney (@shadesofpinck) is a retired beauty queen turned lifestyle blogger who loves exploring the world and writing about it.