Summer time and time for another adventure…this time with my equally adventurous & foodie sister. We had decided to head to Croatia to experience the much-raved about coastline…1,778km-long coast and 1,244 islands! The Adriatic coast and it’s clear sapphire waters have attracted a lot of visitors in recent years…my sister is a fan of being in the water, I’m a fan of being by it in the sunshine! We also snuck in some Greek-time as well at the end to maximise our Balkan foodie experience.
We selected a trip by GAdventures - a travel company I love using because they favour small backpacker-style adventure trips which means you meet other like-minded people and see loads of interesting things but all without you needed to be regularly sorting out hostels / transport etc yourself - ideal!To kick off our trip we met in Zagreb, Croatia’s capital city at midday. We ditched our backpacks (at what turned out to be the wrong hostel!) before walking into the city centre for a little explore.
To be honest, I’d never heard of Zagreb before our trip - in my mind, Croatia was a coastal country and islands but, according to the Lonely Planet, “Zagreb is a great destination, with lots of culture, arts, music, architecture, gastronomy and all the other things that make a quality capital.”
Dolac Market -unfortunately finishing up as we arrived so we made a note to return the next day
Iced coffee pit-stop
Entertaining ourselves on the 'bustling' cafe-lined streets...
|Everyone needs a bear-chair!|
We poured over the menu offering up hearty meat dishes and potatoes, selecting our tasting treats of ćevapčići (small, slightly spicy lamb popsicle meatballs) and an ill-formed stuffed crepe which came with ham, mushroom & lots of local cheese, producing an odd and not-that-pleasant taste!
Overall, Zagreb had nice pedestrian cafe/bar streets but unless you’re really into museums, you can do everything in half a day, maximum.
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