17.06.2010 - 06.07.2010
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Into the last 4 weeks of our 6 month trip and we cant believe we are nearing the end. The money we set aside for our trip is shrinking rapidly and we were wondering if it was going to last us. So now we are leaving Dubrovnik to make our way up the Croatian coast which we have decided to do because it is such a relaxed and beautiful place to be. On the 18th June we arrived in Podstrana, a little town about 10km south of Split. Nothing of any interest here, just a nice beach again and it also broke up our journey and gave us a chance to find some accomodation in Split. The weather was not our friend this time however, so we moved into Croatias most popular city Split on the 20th June. We stayed in private accomodation this time which meant we shared all the houses facilities with the owners apart from the bedroom obviously. This was a little strange for us because whenever you returned after being out all day it felt like you were intruding in someones house, but apart from having to put up with the families noisy kids it was generally very comfortable.
Split is very similar to Dubrovnik with its gated and walled city centres but with a less touristy feel about it. Outside the walled centre however the streets were filled with the usual street traders and pavement restaurants. 3 nights in Split and although we could have easily stayed longer we took a bus to Zadar on the 23st June.
The public transport in Croatia is all very good if not a little limited, it seemed bus/coach travel is the easiest and most economical way to get around. Trains are common in central and northern Croatia and ferries are a good option if you have the money and would like to hop up the Adriatic coast.
We stayed at one of the few YHA hostels in Croatia in an area around 7km north of Zadar and spent 3 days doing not alot again although an 8 hour boat trip and a visit to a salt lake did fill one day. The beach and the crystal clear seas nearby were a big pull for us as the heat and temperature were starting to rise again. We left the Zadar area and made a short hop to a town called Nin on the 26th June, famous supposedly for its beautiful beaches. We did not book accomodation and arrived hoping to be offered some when we got off the bus, of course nothing this time typically, so we walked to the nearest house that offered accomodation and blagged our way into a 3 double bedroomed apartment with a kitchen, bathroom, living room and balcony, all for less than a tenner each. We had played on the fact that we had been travelling for 5 months and had very little money left and found the elderly owners luckily were sympathetic to us, we just had to stand there and listen to their life history for the priviledge of their generous hospitality. No surprise then that we stayed 10 nights and became a home from home almost.