TripReporter’s regular testing family, Carole and Jason and their young boys Evan and Andy went on an exciting road trip with their VW campervan through ten countries, 2,920 miles and nine campsites.
In the North of Croatia, at the other end of the coast to Dubrovnik, is the Gulf of Kvarner, surrounded by forested mountains tumbling down to the sea.
A two-hour ferry ride from the city of Split, green and mountainous Vis is a gem of an island. A former military base, it’s only been open to foreign visitors since 1989, so it’s relatively undeveloped and unspoiled, while still having all you need for a comfortable stay.
Croatia’s many islands are legendary, but there is one particular island that gave up its island status to join the Istria mainland in 1763. The wonderful town of Rovinj had clearly decided it was rich and powerful enough to withstand Europe’s various wars and diseases, which through its island independence, managed to do so for centuries. .However Rovinj needed to expand and through some ingenious 18th century engineering it was connected to the mainland. More than enough reason then for me to begin exploring Rovinj Croatia’s little jewel..
It may not have the rep of Hvar or Brac, but Korcula is set to be the next hot island in Croatia. It already has a Relais & Chateaux hotel, excellent restaurants, decent sandy beaches and something extra few islands offer – exquisite architecture and the rich culture of layers of ancient civilisations.
There are few seaside resorts which also happen to be home to magnificent Roman ruins and the jumping-off point for several spectacular islands. Which may be why Split is emerging as one of the world’s great new pleasure playgrounds, with a feel that’s more Cote d’Azur than Eastern Europe. I’m looking forward to Exploring Split
King’s Landing was looking particularly impressive from where I was standing, perched atop adjacent Fort Lovrijenac, or The Red Keep to you and me, itself a veteran of many Game of Thrones locations.