After a very hungover morning, it dawned on us that our last day in Hvar had arrived. We were so upset as we’d loved everything about the island – the friendly people, the beautiful scenery, and the party atmosphere around the harbour at night and in the beach clubs.
It also feels incredibly safe. Everyone on the island is there to holiday and have a great time, much like Ibiza – but the difference is being able to leave all your belongings on the rocks whilst you go for a dip, not worrying that it won’t be there when you get back. Everyone looks out for one another, and that’s something I think is quite hard to find!
When we finally managed to lift ourselves from the poolside sunbeds, thanks to burgers and juices from the pool bar, it was time to get ready for a final night at Hula Hula. If you follow me on Instagram or read my previous post, you’ll see how much fun we’ve had at Hula Hula already.
…if those aren’t happy faces, I don’t know what are!
Is it me, or does that guy look like Mr DiCaprio!?
If you head near the entrance to the bar, you’ll probably see this – great entertainment, but it’s more difficult than you’d think!
Once the corks of numerous bottles of rose had popped, and the sun had set once again over Hvar, we nipped back to the hotel to get ready for dinner. One thing I love so much about travelling in Europe is that people eat much later than back home in the UK, and it’s usually so sociable and incomplete without decanters of wine!
We walked from our hotel down the hill and into Hvar’s harbour, wandering through alleyways to find the best spot to eat.
It’s always a good sign when a restaurant is packed out – even at 10.30pm – and amazing aromas from the kitchen greet you as you walk past. So we found our spot and sat down.
With a little help from our waitress, we picked her recommendations – squid risotto, calamari, and fresh tuna steak. It was all delicious!
With an early start the next day to move on to the next stop of our Croatian tour, we went for a final walk round the beautiful town.
Before heading back for some last minute packing and onto our next stop…
We were set for Split, further up on the Croatian mainland, which can be reached pretty easily by ferry. The views weren’t bad as we pulled in to the port!
Luckily, we were staying in an apartment pretty close to the port, so we dropped off our suitcases and set off in search of the famous Diocletian’s Palace. Considered to be some of the most imposing Roman ruins in the world, it’s Split’s main attraction.
We went on a little tour round, and came across some beautiful buildings, including this church.
For a few kuna extra, you can climb up the famous bell tower…
I warn you now – climbing the tower is scarier than it looks! It’s very narrow and the flights of stairs never seem to end, so make sure you wear the right shoes and not flip-flops like we did(!) Also watch out for the bells ringing, they scared the life out of us when they started as we reached the top!
The views, however, are pretty spectacular.
Having survived the tower, we found this gorgeous little spot for food.
We gorged on gnocchi and seafood pizza – with such an Italian influence on their food, Croatian cuisine is just divine with an abundance of fresh seafood, pizza, and pasta. During our time in the country, we’ve also got pretty obsessed with these amazing lemon beers.
Meandering our way back to the apartment through the Palace, we booked ourselves onto a trip to Krka National Park to see its famous waterfalls.
Later that evening, we stumbled across this beautiful old wine bar, The Diocletian’s Wine House.
Complete with its own Roman gardens.
How do you like these hats we found!?
The next day, we set off on our organised tour to Krka National Park and its iconic green waterfalls that you can actually swim in! Apologies for the grainy photos here – in typical fashion, my ‘waterproof’ camera died the first time I took it into the sea when we arrived in Dubrovnik! So we had to settle for a disposable camera, but you get the gist.
Visiting Krka was a true bucket list moment. I felt so lucky to be swimming in these amazing, picturesque waterfalls that you see so often on Instagram travel accounts. I would recommend it a hundred times over!
When we arrived back, we made the most of the last Croatian rays we’d catch for a while.
And enjoyed ice creams whilst walking along the riviera. Croatia, it’s been a true pleasure!
But tomorrow, onto pastures new…