Split was the first stop on the Croatia & Slovenia road trip. We flew from London to Split and spent one night there before taking the ferry to Hvar the next afternoon. Lots of friends were already arriving that night with the rest flying in the next morning. I was still in recovery mood from my cold so I only joined for an early dinner and then went straight back to the hotel to watch movies. It turned out that this was the right decision :) The others went on until 3 am and some of them had a bit of a rough morning the next day. I, on the other hand felt much better the and managed to squeeze in some sightseeing in Split before we took the ferry to Hvar.
These are the photos from the walk through the old town of Split. If you haven’t visited Split yet, add it plus the beautiful surrounding islands to your travel bucket list!
During the girls road trip that I did last September, Ljubljana was the penultimate stop. We arrived just in time for dinner in the evening and continued further on to Lake Bled (our last stop) on the next day after sightseeing in Ljubljana.
We rented a loft in a former aristocratic townhouse that had been converted into a hotel. The loft had two floors for the four of us which was perfect. There was also a huge bathtub which we used for a little bikini / SPA session with lots of bubbles later that night after coming home from dinner. Nope, these photos will not make it onto the blog :)
DINNER in Ljubljana
We had dinner at Manna, a lovely restaurant with really good Slovenian food. We were seated on the upper floor which had a perfectly cosy ambience. The waiters were incredibly friendly and the food was delicious. We decided to order a 7 dish tasting menu which meant that we spent quite some time at the restaurant. Of course, all courses were accompanied by the matching wines :) I definitely want to return to Ljubljana again to try out some other restaurants and maybe experience their nightlife. A lot of people say that the Ljubljana craft beer scene is amazing so while beer isn’t my go-to drink, I might give it a try!
Sightseeing in Ljubljana
The next day after breakfast we joined a historic walking tour. The first hour was really interesting and explained all the major buildings around the market place, as well as the meaning of the various sculptures and bridges.
Bye bye Walking Tour
As we were just coming from a long weekend on the beach in Hvar and Pula, having planned for mostly warmer temperatures, we were not really prepared for the colder weather during our day in Ljubljana. Even layering up with all sorts of jumpers didn’t help much anymore after one hour of moving at a snail’s pace. So we ditched our lovely walking tour to warm up in a coffee shop.
Off to the Castle!
After some hot coffee we felt much better and decided to visit Ljubljana Castle. Lucky us, there was a funicular that brought us up to the castle – no need to walk up and freeze even more. The views from the castle are really impressive. Yet the castle museum as such was a bit underwhelming. I prefer it if things are left rather ‘authentic’ so you can imagine how people lived there once. Ljubljana Castle is a bit too modern now for my taste. But it’s still worth visiting, so do plan in some hours for this part of the sightseeing.
Where are the girls?!
I was so distracted with taking photos of the beautiful views that I didn’t realise that the girls continued with their tour of the museum without me. So when I turned around, I was on my own. Haha, took me a while to find them again as, of course, my phone’s battery was quite low by that point.
The Boat Ride
I finally found them again around an hour later when we were all meeting in time for the boat tour that we had booked for 3 pm. Lesson learnt for travelling with more people: It might come in handy to book some activities in advance for the day. Well, or just make sure your phone is properly charged :)
The only good thing about the boat tour though was the fact that I found the girls. During the first 30 mins we passed by pretty much nothing noteworthy at all. And it was cold and RAINY. Of course our boat had outside seating only. Yeeey. By the time that we finally arrived at the famous bridges of the old town we were chilled to the bone and wet. At least I got to take some pretty photos.
One Day in Ljubljana – Impressions
I teamed up with Slovenian designer – she is based in Ljubljana :) – Sanda Vidmar for the giveaway of this adorable bird earring The Little One: a baby shallow earring handmade in sterling silver. The giveaway ends after Valentine’s Day on 15th Feb.
I really love the symbolism behind Sanda Vidmar’s jewellery. The Little One comes with the following words:
‘While learning how to fly, he fell down a couple of times, he hit a tree and got his feathers wet. It didn’t stop him though, oh no. He’s no softie, this one. He’ll go places, I tell you!’
He also has a big brother, which I’m wearing in this post. To see more of Sanda Vidmar’s pieces, hop over to her website here.
You can enter the giveaway via Rafflecopter below. Good luck!
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