wild Croatia: a snapshot from the road

27There’s a lot that I like about Croatia.

Croatia is: clear sea, islands, mountains, and so, so much history. But when I’m asked to describe Croatia, what comes to mind is that it’s WILD and RAW. The beauty of Croatia is in its nature which feels completely untamed.

During our summer over there  we took quite a few road trips. It’s a shame that I can’t bottle up that experience because some of the most beautiful sights were from my passenger seat window. I wish I could share THAT, but it’s not so easy (and the photos are never quite as beautiful) when you use your camera on the expressway. ya know?

And really, even when I have my camera ready, it usually goes something like “WHOA, look at that!” (Zooom, zoom), and all the magic is in the rear view already. For example: all the cool ancient fortresses or churches I saw way up on hills.

Even still, I thought I’d share my attempts. Some of you have bugged me that I haven’t really backed up enough to give you a real impression of Croatia, and it’s true. Over the next however-long-it-takes-me, I want to remedy that.

I took these photos (from the car) on our first road trip to Dubrovnik at the end of May. We almost didn’t take this trip because the forecast looked dark and RAINY. SO glad we took a chance. We hit some light rain at the beginning but the sun was SHINING before long.1 European road trip 3 4 road trip through Croatia 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Croatian road trip with toddler 19 21 22 23 24 25mussel traps croatia26 28 3029 31 32 33 34 35 36 384239 40 41

Of course the whole point was to get to Dubrovnik, which I’ll share in time. Dubrovnik is a lovely, lovely city. Really. And the road to get there isn’t half bad either!

We’ve been getting lots of questions about Croatia as well as requests for recommendations on places to visit. I’m hoping to work on a post just for you guys, but until then please join our FACEBOOK page if you want chat. I’m there! :)

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15 Thoughts on “wild Croatia: a snapshot from the road

  1. Beautiful pictures, I live on the Balkan too, but I’ve never had the chance to visit Croatia. I really want to tho, I have family there too :)
    Hope you had a great visit and made some lovely memories!

    • I hope you get a chance to go soon! I’m sure you’ll love it. :)

  2. kate:

    what an interesting and gorgeous landscape! love it! i’ve just added it to my list of places to visit, thanks to this marvelous photo post. ;D

    kate x

    • Oooh, I bet you have a whole list for next year! I’m guessing you’ll be getting in as much traveling as you can! :)

  3. JaeHi:

    Our trip there was one of the most memorable and enjoyable vacation of my life! Can’t wait to go to Croatia again! SOON!

    • yay, that’s awesome! looking forward to round two! :)

  4. I live quite close to Croatia, so much that it is almost everyone’s holiday destination around here , but I have never been there! Yet. It is definitely on my list. Along with Finland, Norway, Sweden the Netherlands, Iceland, Denmark, Austria, Portugal…basically the entire Continent. Once done with Europe I’ll hit the rest of the world. I’m looking at you, dear lottery ticket!

    • :) You’ll have to get then! Oh yes, dear lottery ticket…we’re waiting on you too, ha. My vote is Sweden, Croatia, and Portugal first…well, those three have a special spot for me. :) ha, I was about to just start listing the others too…who can choose, I’m with you, just throw the whole continent on the list and then move to the next continent! Funny thing about those lists, they never seem to get shorter, just keep adding! :)

  5. Wow! I’m struck by all the ‘space’ there seems to be…coming from England where everything is a little crowded! Very tempting…

    • There really is the ability to feel FREE over there. Cities are tight of course but there are islands (thousands) and countryside and mountains to escape to right quick. Go see! ;)

  6. Beautiful pictures! I backpacked through Europe a couple of summers ago and I skipped Croatia (BIG MISTAKE). Looks like I’ll be planning another road trip soon! Thank you for your stunning photography and opening my eyes!

    Sarah x

    • It’s always good to have a reason to go again, isn’t it?! :)

  7. It looks really beautiful. I’ve heard the Croation coast line is one of the most beautiful in the world, up there with California and Australia. Definitely on the list. How lucky you all are to have gotten to experience it together. Road trips are the best

  8. Mima:

    Thank you Henna for this amazing promotion of my country! I am soooo proud! :) And of course – everyone is welcome! Come and see for yourself! :)

  9. Wow, these pics just made me want to change next years holiday plans!!!

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