Exploring the Dalmatian Coast
Three days ago, I took a bus from Dubrovnik to Split. It cost about 137 kuna one way and about a 4.5hour bus ride – Be sure to ask the attendant at the kiosk for seats on the left side of the bus, so that you can see the beautiful view. Also it may be good to know that these seats are usually marked so be sure to ask to be sitter together if you’re traveling in pairs. Another good info to know is that the buses charge for your bags – In Bosnia it was 2Marks per bag and in Croatia it’s 8Kuna per bag.
If you’re traveling from Dubrovnik to Split get ready for another border check because to get to Split you have to go through Bosnian land. The compensation to the unnecessary border check is the drive- it is very is scenic and beautiful. The calm view of the water makes everything better. I think what makes Eastern Europe so unique and beautiful is the landscape, architecture and geographical location. The red roofed houses at the bottom of the mountains, the magnificent view of the mountain from the bottom, the surrounding clean, clear, calm and blue Mediterranean Sea makes this place just magnificent. Eastern Europe’s charm can be likened to a virgin- pure, innocent and untouched.
I made it to Split at about 8pm. Split is a modern city and very different from Dubrovnik. It has tons of shopping, tall buildings, lots of restaurants, and things you’ll find in big cities. It has an old town and a new town. I stayed in the old town at Old Town Hostel. The hostel staff was friendly and very knowledgeable about the town. They gave good advice on where to visit and eat. They also helped me plan my itinerary within Croatia.
The smallest street in Croatia – according to the tour guide
I think I prefer Split to Dubrovnik because it feels less touristy – it’s more like a normal city. Split has a good mix of tourists and locals versus in Dubrovnik where majority of the folks were tourists. Not saying Dubrovnik is not a beautiful city but I prefer less touristy places when I’m backpacking and exploring a new country – this is just my preference. While in Split, I ate at Appetit restaurant- the food was good and reasonably priced but not cheap. It’s also a very pretty restaurant. I also ate at Villa Spiza and the food here was amazing. It was so good I got a hangover from eating there – I ate there twice. We went on a mini pub crawl to some bars in the city and then to Bačvice beach club which was really fun – I met the cutest English guy there. Btw, most restaurants in Split have wifi.
Flower Exhibition in the cellars of the Diocletian Palace in Split
On day 3 in Split, I wandered around the city for a couple of hours, just walking and taking pictures. I also visited the town of Trogir. I took the bus #37 from Split suburban bus station to Trogir. Get off at the last stop. It cost me 33 kuna round trip.
I enjoyed the cute town of Trogir. It’s a nice place if you want to get away from the rowdiness of Split. It’s a really small town but has a very warm welcoming feel. I walked around the old town and walked across the bridge to the dockyard. I spent about 3hrs exploring Trogir. I stopped at Don Dino restaurant and I couldn’t resist the tiramisu, so I ordered that and a cup of coffee. Trogir is a day trip but if you want some quiet time, you can spend a night there instead of Split.
When I got back to split, I went to Marjan park to get a view of the city. It’s not the greatest view but if you have time it’s a good thing to do. I walked a little in the park – it was quiet and good, just perfect to clear my brain. I left before the sunset because I didn’t want to be there alone when it was dark. It was a good way to end my evening.
Views from Marjan Park in Split