After Slovenia comes Croatia. We love the coast and the stone beaches here. Therefore, we decided to discover this country even more and stayed for another 3 weeks. Although, our trip should not be a fast trip, but rather a slow discovery trip.
19 years ago, Pablo wanted to visit Croatia . He was very fascinated by this land (coast, history etc.). Only we did not decide to travel to a war country at that time.
From Slovenia we traveled directly to Senj. We deliberately left out Istria, since we were there already in 2017. Zagreb is also omitted, since it has recently a night train to Zagreb and we are a train family. We want to discover with our car corners that cannot be visited by public transportation.
So, we ended up in Senj. T. has been recommended by a scout fellow the book "the red Zora". Since the red Zora lived in Senj, precisely on the castle Nehaj, we naturally had to visit this place on our way south. We spent 2 nights in this windy seaside village.
On the 1st of November our journey continues to Split, one of the larger cities in Croatia, with 250'000 inhabitants. The city is big, and not at all cozy. We live in an Airbnb apartment about 30-45 minutes’ walk distance from the old town. The building is huge, something we do not know from our hometown Biel / Bienne. The apartment is ingenious and simply equipped with everything. The hosts were very accommodating and showered us with kisses and presents. The Croats are very lovely people and the children are the most valuable thing.
Of course, like any tourist, we are fixated on the old town. It covers a very clearly area directly on the sea. Due to its structural integrity, it is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. We do not always want to drive our big van through the area, so we decided to use our feet. Fitness should be healthy 😊.
After our 3-day stay in Split, we continued to Marušići, where we were invited for 2 nights with a couchsurfer. As it turned out, our hosts were from Brazil and took over this hostel in Marušići for a year on their backpacker trip through Europe. It is low season and the rooms were not booked, so we were allowed to nestle in in a 3-bedroom dorm. The girls were immediately excited. There was always something going on; play with the dogs, play a round of foosball with another guest or the host. We cooked and ate together uncomplicated on the sofas in the common room.