Hvar, Croatia | August 22nd 2018
I am finally home from Europe and the trip was amazing! We went to several different places over the past two weeks and I have so much to cover, I hardly know where to start. Before I begin, I want to say that while I was there I decided not to get an international plan for my phone. The only time I could use it was on wifi, which was in a few of the hotels, because of this I was very rarely reaching for my phone. It gave me the opportunity to fully unplug and enjoy the trip in it's fullest. I left my phone in the hotel room everyday and wasn't using it at night. If you ever have the opportunity to do this I highly recommend it. Sometimes we get so caught up in social media and what is going on in other people's lives we forget to live in the moment of our own. So the next time you are with family or friends or on vacation, put your phone aside and disconnect for a little while. It truly feels great. "Hang up and Hang out" as Jeremy likes to say.
Now to the good stuff. We started our trip in Hvar, Croatia which is an Island you can get to by boat out of Split. We stayed in a hotel right on the water that was about a 10 minute walk to the main town on a pedestrian path along the water which was very convenient. There was also two beach clubs and two restaurants on the water in front of the hotel. Everything you needed was right there.
On our first full day we hung down by the water in front of the hotel until it started to get too crowded. Despite that the water was incredible. It was the perfect temperature for August and so clear. Be prepared though, because the beaches are not sand, they are all rock.
We then walked into town right before lunch. We got a taxi boat to take us to a more private beach and restaurant called Robinson. Robinson is a family owned restaurant tucked away in a little cove about 10 minutes from the harbor. They don't have a menu you can look up online because their menu is made day to day based on what they have. It was a cool experience because there is no better way to fully immerse yourself in the Croatian culture. One thing I will say is that there were a lot of bees there when we were eating on the picnic tables outside. Afterwards, we hung out at their beach, which was rock as well. They have some lounge chairs out for their customers to enjoy so we stayed the rest of the day. There was a good amount of people, but far less than at the hotel. I would definitely recommend taking a trip over there if you wish to get away from some of the crowds. The town can get filled with tourists and young partiers that it can get overwhelming at times so we loved to get away a bit.
That night we went to Dalmatian for dinner which we HIGHLY recommend. The service was impeccable and the food was even better. It is a mix of Italian and Croatian cuisine. If I were to suggest any dish I would tell you to get one of the gnocchis, they are amazing. You need to go to this restaurant if you visit Hvar, but make sure you have a reservation.
The next day we went out on a boat that was captained by a local from Hvar. We were gone all day long. He picked us up right at the hotel around 10am and we didn't get back until 5:30pm. It was really interesting to see the island from a different perspective. He took us to different coves to go swimming, different beaches and he even let Jeremy wake surf behind the boat. It was very cool to be able to do that and go swimming with no fear of anything beneath you since there are no large creatures in the water there. We also could not get over how clear the water was! You should definitely try and see the island this way.
After lots of swimming he took us to a small town on the coast to do a wine tasting. The best part is that there was a wine cellar underwater where they stored all the wine. It was a very cool experience. After that he took us to a cove filled with boats that had 5 restaurants lined up next to each other. We went to the one he said was his favorite and was owned by one of his friends. Another very good meal. Overall it was one of our favorite days in Hvar. Our next stop was Dubrovnik, Croatia! Stay tuned for a post on that!