July 15th- 19th, 2016
Arriving in Split it took the bus 1hr to drive the final 3 miles in the city. Split’s Population, normally just above 160,000, had doubled on this particular weekend thanks to Yacht Week and the music festival Ultra. Two major attractions none of us were aware of.
(Side note: a few months later we would befriend a couple who had met in Split on these same days. One attending Yacht Week and the Other Ultra. Small world 🙂
Aside from the transportation chaos the two events took place just outside the city which allowed for walking everywhere to be pretty straight forward and most of the time crowds weren’t any more over baring than any other tourist destination.
The Croatian coast is too pretty to pass on a photo op.
the same can be said for their ice cream.
Trg Peristil, an ancient Roman square, where we sat sipping coffee on the steps and people watch for a bit as we tried to imagine what life was like some hundred years ago.. cliche and touristy absolutely, but the crowds and men dressed as roman soldiers working off tips in exchange for photos still don’t take away from the incredible atmosphere the ancient architecture provides.
Being budget mindful travelers we opted to island hop via the car ferries connecting many of the surrounding islands. One suggestion if doing so would be to find a schedule and depart early. If you’re not an early bird perhaps spending the big bucks on an actual island hopper boat tour might be the better option.
We first visited Hvar before taking a short boat trip to the tiny island of Jerolim.
On the tiny bow tie shaped island of Jerolim Siobhan & I exploded the entire perimeter, while Mel & Leah relaxed at the Nudist (optional?) Beach
View from a fortress just above the small town of Hvar
The following day we set out for a guided kayaking adventure off the big island of Brac. Despite’s the strong wind and somewhat challenging sea we were rewarded with blue skies, & clear water. Before finally returning to the small village of Sutivan.
After nearly three weeks with our travel companions Melissa & Leah we spent our last evening together doing what we do best. Drinking wine & eating a delicious meal. Though this special occasion did call for having to order every dessert on the menu.
After walking nearly 6 miles from our Airbnb in Split to the Le Meridien in Lav, Siobhan & i were glad to spend our final day in Europe doing absolutely nothing but relaxing at this beautiful beach side hotel (especially since we redeemed Points instead of paying cash;)
It was the perfect setting to say farewell to the first three months of our honeymoon spent in Europe…