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Summer in Croatia

August 29, 2017

Summer in Croatia was a bliss and it feels like I was there last week, when in reality it’s been almost 2 full months since I’ve returned to Helsinki. Can you believe that there are only 3 days left of August and pretty much after that the Summer is over? I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that I had to pull out my Fall coat and put a scarf on for the first time in a while…

I have been travelling back to Croatia every Summer, so this one wasn’t any different either, yet every Summer holiday I had in Croatia in the past 9 years has been different than the previous one. Each year I have re-descover my love for the old, medieval towns on the Southern coast, beauty of the christal clear, turquoise sea, old, huge pine trees and the never-ending sunshine!

Oh yes, I had tons of sunshine inside of 1 months stay in Croatia and I could feel how much benefit it did to my overall well being. I felt as if the darkness and toughness of the long Finnish Winter has disappeared from my system inside of couple of days just by lounging by the beach and listening to the waves while staring at the gorgeous view that was surrounding me anywhere I looked.

I brought many books with me to this trip and I was planning to read a lot but I simply couldn’t find any concentration to do that while I was at the beach, the peace I’ve felt just by being there was so overwhelming that I felt like my soul was getting “rebooted”.

I’m seriously not exaggerating when I say that Summer in Croatia is the best Summer I could ever recommend to anyone. It’s truly a pure paradise on the earth and there are so many beautiful places such as old cities and breathtaking nature to visit. It is also a place which accommodates all of the ages, from the little babies and toddlers to young people like myself towards the elderly ones. If you want to party – there’re incredible bars and clubs which are hosting some of the best parties I’ve ever been to, every day of the week. If you want to have an incredible foodie trip, you can satisfy all of your munchies in many different traditional and not so traditional restaurants which offer some of the best fish dishes you ever had in your life. If you want to experience the nature there are so many beautiful islands which are well connected with the coast as well as National Parks which are truly out of this world… So preserved and so unique. If you want to have a luxurious retreat or a sailing adventure, Croatia is the place to go, simple as that!

I would like to point out couple of my favourite spots in towns of Sibenik and Split but I give you my word that places like Zadar, Trogir and Dubrovnik are FILLED with gems too, so wherever you decide to go, you will have a blast! 🙂

*Where / what to eat:

You just HAVE to try pizza in Croatia! I swear to you that Italians got nothing when it comes to Croatian pizza. The most delicious pizzas I ever had were in fact outside of Italy, so… Ehm! Anyways, my favourite pizza places in Sibenik are: Solaris Trattoria, Stari Grad and in Split it’s Portas.

After the most important statement had been made :D, I would wholeheartedly suggest you to eat as much fish and seafood as you can because Croatia is one of the places where you’ll get the most prime and freshest catches ever delivered straight to your table and prepared in such a delicious way that you’ll be talking about those dishes for years to come.

My favourite places in Sibenik are: Pelegrini, Stari Grad, Tomaseo and Nostalgija. Yum, yum! Also worth mentioning are Konoba Boba and Guloz.

Something else – For the best ice cream in Sibenik go to Ka Grom and for the best cakes to Life Palace, for the best ice cream in Split and the most amazing cakes ever go to Luka’s. For the best burger go to Bounty and for the best vegan/ vegetarian food in Sibenik go to SHE

Some of my overall favourite places in Split are: Brasserie on 7, Bokeria, Chops and Grill, Bota Sare.

*What to see:

There is so much to see in Sibenik and Split that it would take you a month to check through all of the spots I would like to recommend you to check out but def. do take a moment to find: St.Jacob’s cathedral and fortresses of Sibenik, Dioclecian’s palace in Split, a stroll through both cities’ old towns is a must, visit to National Park Krka and Kornati Islands as well as a walk by the sea promenade in Split are a musts. Also, visiting Market squares in the both cities are where the true core of the community is and you can meet some of the most interesting locals there as well as get the best fruits and veggies, fresh flowers and much more.

*When to go:

I would suggest you to go mid-end of June or end of August to avoid the worst crowds and overpopulated tour guides through the cities, overly booked restaurants and too stuffed beaches… No pleasure in that believe me and you can only get annoyed instead of enjoy the magic of these two wonderful cities.

*Best beach:

In Sibenik it’s Solaris Beach at Solaris Beach resort or any beach in Primosten city. In Split it’s def. popular Bacvice beach. 🙂

*Where to stay at:

There’re numerous hostels, hotels, private apartments, etc. to choose from but I would recommend you Life Palace, D-Resort and Hotel Ivan in Sibenik, DeBelly, Radisson Blu and Adriatic Queen villa.


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  • Reply Veera Bianca August 29, 2017 at 1:13 PM

    GUUUURL, you are killing me with all this delicious food! Lucky you’ve got a reservation for sushi later as otherwise I could not handle all the levels of yum! 😀

    • Reply natali karppinen August 29, 2017 at 9:36 PM

      Heheh, yep and we did dine so well! 😀 Someday we have to eat together in Croatia too!

  • Reply Hairwonderfulday August 29, 2017 at 1:53 PM

    I heard that Croatia is absolutely stunning and all your photos clearly showing this! xx

    • Reply natali karppinen August 29, 2017 at 9:35 PM

      It absolutely is and I’m happy that you could get that vibe from my photos. 🙂

  • Reply Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog August 29, 2017 at 2:07 PM

    You look beautiful! Croatia looks so fun!

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  • Reply Shloka August 29, 2017 at 5:26 PM

    Your summer looks amazing from the beautiful blues of the ocean to the fabulous food and outfits!


    • Reply natali karppinen August 29, 2017 at 9:34 PM

      Thank you so much Shloka, I’m happy that you liked this post!

  • Reply Zoran August 29, 2017 at 5:54 PM

    I like your blog

  • Reply Courtney August 29, 2017 at 8:48 PM

    It looks so beautiful there! I just love the scenery, and what you wore.

  • Reply Alex August 29, 2017 at 11:50 PM

    The pictures are gorgeous ! Thank you for the recommendations !

  • Reply Katya August 30, 2017 at 1:40 AM

    The photos are so beautiful and relaxing. I also love your outfits.

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  • Reply Shannon August 30, 2017 at 2:55 AM

    It looks amazing there! I’d love to visit someday! And the food looks delicious!

    <3 Shannon

    • Reply natali karppinen August 31, 2017 at 7:01 AM

      Thank you my dear Shannon for this comment! I hope that you will visit Croatia someday!

  • Reply a trendy life August 30, 2017 at 10:37 AM

    Croatia is so wonderful country. Kisses

  • Reply La chica de la maleta August 30, 2017 at 2:53 PM

    What a wonderful post! I really enjoyed your writing and the pics. I visited Croatia once a lot of years ago, Watcheing yor post I ve concluded that I must repeat. Best from

    • Reply natali karppinen August 31, 2017 at 7:00 AM

      Thank you so much! I’m so happy to read that you’ve been to Croatia already before and that you’re wanting
      to go back for a visit again. 🙂

  • Reply LENA August 30, 2017 at 5:38 PM

    Beautiful photos! …and now I’m hungry! 😃

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  • Reply Angie August 30, 2017 at 6:27 PM

    Croatia dreams! Love the colors.

    • Reply natali karppinen August 31, 2017 at 7:00 AM

      Thank you Angie! Yes, Croatia is wonderful, so worth the visit!

  • Reply Tia Teilli August 30, 2017 at 8:45 PM

    Kisses from Croatia 🙂

  • Reply thelittleblondie August 31, 2017 at 5:44 AM

    nice !!!

  • Reply Mariama Rebecca August 31, 2017 at 11:48 AM

    Croatia looks very beautiful. The food looks very yummy.
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  • Reply Maj-Britt August 31, 2017 at 12:30 PM

    Mmm the food looks so delicious😋. I’ve just been to Croatia for one day as part of our cruise but I should definitly go there again!
    Kisses from Germany,

  • Reply Nina Nguyen August 31, 2017 at 6:23 PM

    Such a great post! I would love to visit there one day!
    xx- Nina

  • Reply Mary M August 31, 2017 at 11:35 PM

    Honestly, this post has everything, loving all of your looks, the food and places also look divine!!

    Have an amazing week,
    Mary x

  • Reply vale September 1, 2017 at 1:02 AM

    Loving this post, beautiful places and beautiful you, my dear friend…my dream would be to visit Croatia and have you as my guide 🙂 Kisses

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  • Reply Lucy Mitchell September 1, 2017 at 2:13 AM

    Oh wow, The place, the food, your outfits, everything looks amazing!
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  • Reply vaessa September 1, 2017 at 11:39 PM

    aww these photos are amazing

  • Reply Amy Arnold September 2, 2017 at 2:00 AM

    So glad you did a recap because it just looks so lovely! All your photos are so pretty. You can definitely tell it is your happy place!

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  • Reply Talina September 2, 2017 at 2:10 AM

    Your photos are absolutely beautiful – it seems like you had the perfect summer in Croatia! xo

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  • Reply Raquel Boscá September 2, 2017 at 2:17 AM

    Oh, Croatia is just amazing! I love your pics and love the whole look you wear 🙂


  • Reply telma September 3, 2017 at 7:16 PM

    Lovely place and photos 🙂

  • Reply Raquel Boscá September 4, 2017 at 11:56 AM

    Love the pics and the place, it’s beautiful and colourful! and you look really nice 🙂

    Kisses dear!

  • Reply Jessica September 4, 2017 at 7:08 PM

    Looks like you had a blast this summer. Love your photos!

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  • Reply lin October 9, 2017 at 4:23 AM

    Beautiful Croatia, even the food makes me feel so summery <3

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