After a long weekend in Hvar we took the ferry back to Split and rented a car to drive up to Istria, the largest (and a super beautiful!) peninsula in the Adriatic Sea. We decided to break up the 6h way from Split to Pula by visiting the waterfalls in the Krka National Park that is located approx. 70 mins from Split.
Bring your bikini…
The Krka National Park offers a range of sights from beautiful waterfalls to a tiny island (Visovac) in the Krka river that was settled by Franciscan monks in 1445. If the weather is hot you can also swim in some parts of the waterfalls :) We didn’t have enough time to visit the island as we had to continue our drive up to Pula so there are no photos of it in this post. The Visovac island is supposed to be very pretty and quaint though, so if you have a bit more time in the Krka National Park, make sure to check it out.
.. and comfy shoes!
It takes around 20-30 mins to walk from the visitor centre to the waterfalls. It’s a hiking path though, so you’d need some comfy shoes. There is also a shuttle bus that takes you from the visitor centre to the waterfalls and back. We decided to hike to the waterfalls and take the bus back :)
There is a pathway that leads through all the different little and bigger waterfalls in this part of the Krka National Park. It took us around one hour for the whole way but we stopped a lot of times and we also had a break for swimming.
Aren’t the Krka waterfalls super stunning? The entire area looks like an enchanted forest from a fairytale! To see for yourself, book your trip to Croatia! It’s such a beautiful country with extremely friendly people. I will post more about my Croatia trip soon! X
Brac is a Croatian island in the Adriatic Sea which can easily be reached by ferry from Split. The island is popular for its beach Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape) and its windsurfing conditions. Brac is home to traditional architecture and cosy little villages. It’s the perfect Croatian island for travelers searching for beautiful and quiet days. These are my top 3 reasons why you should visit Brac.
Three Reasons Why You Should Visit Brac
1 The Beaches
The number one reason why Brac is a popular travel destination is the beauty of its beaches. The most famous one is Zlatni Rat Beach near Bol which has a very long stretch that is especially popular with windsurfers. But don’t only stick to this one. There are pretty beach spots nearly everywhere on the island. Just take a bus or taxi and start exploring. There are lots of hidden gems that are located in remote and quiet areas. Best to ask some locals for their advice. We ended up at a beautiful beach that also offered scuba diving classes. The beach was so beautiful with almost no tourists :)
2 Quiet Island Life
Brac is not known for having lots of celebrities strolling through the villages nor are there big yachts at Brac’s harbours. If you want this, just hop over to Hvar. Instead Brac allows for a peek into a rather authentic and most of all quiet Croatian island life. To have the full experience, don’t just stay on Brac’s beautiful beaches but venture out to explore the rest of the island with its little villages and incredibly friendly people.
3 Lovely Coastal Villages
For travelling back in time to a more quiet life, just visit one of Brac’s idyllic coastal villages. The village and harbour of Splitska make the perfect getaway if you are seeking some relaxed time away from today’s hectic lifestyle. There are a number of private rooms and apartments to rent. Milna is another beautiful spot with lots of fishermen’s houses where time has stood still.
And apart from my top three reasons why you should visit Brac, here are some more suggestions of things to do in Brac: Raft on the river Cetina, explore the beautiful bays around Brac by a skippered boat, visit the Korcula Island with its beautiful old town, go fishing, visit a winery, go scuba diving, hike for beautiful views of the island, learn kite boarding or windsurfing. And of course, eat your way through all the lovely restaurants in the villages :)
How to get to Brac?
Just fly to Split and take the ferry or catamaran over to Supestar, the capital city of Brac. There are several ferries per day (14 in summer & 9 during off-season) and the journey takes around one hour. There are also ferries that transport cars if you are on a road trip. There are so many beautiful islands in Croatia and so much to see! To plan your full Croatia road trip, get the latest Lonely Planet on Amazon here.