Monday, 4 August 2014

Postcard from Trogir - first stop on our Croatian tour


View of Old Trogir


Sorry I've not blogged in a while but I have had a bit of a break and been away for a glorious 10 days in Croatia. Not glorious in terms of the weather unfortunately (which was subject to storms and flash flooding) but glorious in every other respect. From the history to the landscape and the coastline, Croatia is back on the map as far as visitors are concerned and it is obvious they have decided to make this a place that is firmly on the 'cool' radar.

We flew in to Split airport on Easyjet - a mere 2 hours 15 minutes hop, and as we had time to kill before booking in to our accommodation in Trogir we decided to lunch and sightsee in Split itself. Of course we had a car  and it does make all the difference to your experience as there is just so much on this coastline to explore!

Split is home to Dioclesian's Palace which is still part of the living, breathing fabric of the place. Market traders still trade from inside the palace walls as do hoteliers and restaurants, businesses and banks. It is truly awe-inspiring and well worth a visit. Lunch was served in an internal courtyard and I couldn't resist grilled squid fresh from the sea!

Trogir is just 20 minutes from the airport and is one of the many walled towns you will find dotted along the entire length of the Croatian coastline. Each one has it's own distinct character and this is no exception. It is compact (you can easily get to know it well in just a day or so) yet with enough life to keep you amused. We stayed at the Villa Kampanel which was a 2 minute hop over a bridge to the main gate of the walled town. The perfect location to get away from the tourists at the end of the day there is a warm welcome from the young and enthusiastic team. It is only the second season of operating on a bed and breakfast basis (extra charge for breakfast) but they do seem to have got things right. Comfortable beds, brilliant bathrooms and airy bedrooms - we were very impressed for the £50 it cost us for a double room per night!

Here are some of the photographs from this part of our 10 day Croatian tour!

Split Old Town

Grilled squid with garlic


Split

Split restaurants

Waterfront at Split

Medieval doorway in Trogir Cathedral

View from Trogir Catherdral

Croatian Flag

Seafood supper in Trogir

Trogir around the harbour



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