Friday, 8 July 2016

Croatia - Starigrad-Paklenica

Shall we continue the summer holiday posts?

View of islands, Croatia


Leaving Krk Island, we headed back to the Croatian mainland and followed the coast southwards towards our next destination, Starigrad-Paklenica. Sticking to the coastal road provided us with absolutely stunning views on the way and we easily passed the time gazing out at the sparkling blue sea, with  bright islands dotted just off the shore. 

We arrived in Starigrad-Paklenica around lunchtime, checking ourselves in to yet another lovely booking.com apartment. Car unloaded and a quick grocery shop (as a bustling tourist town, Starigrad-Paklenica has plenty of small supermarkets along its main road), we headed straight out to explore - and make the most of some very welcome sunshine!

Sea at Starigrad-Paklenica in Croatia
Blue sea at Starigrad-Paklenica, Croatia We wandered happily along the seafront, watching the gentle waves, studying restaurant menus and just generally enjoying the feeling of warm sunshine. Feeling hungry, we made our way to another of the small supermarkets to pick up a picnic lunch of bread and cheese and settled ourselves down in a spot by the water to enjoy it.

Unfortunately, as was becoming a bit of theme with this holiday, the weather had other ideas and the familiar rain drops were making an appearance. We scooped up our books and towels and walked back to our apartment to wile away the time with card games and getting ready for dinner.

Boat moored at Starigrad-Paklenica, Croatia


The first night in Starigrad-Paklenica we went to a grill restaurant on the main road for dinner and we ate while enjoying the views over the sea. The lovely thing about coming at this time of year is that we clearly avoided the real tourist-season. The town was peaceful, not crowded and we had no trouble finding spaces to eat or sit by the sea.

The next morning we packed our beach bags and found ourselves a pretty little spot pretty much opposite the end of our road. We shook out our towels and settled down to read in the warm sunshine, cooling off with dips in the sea and strolls along the seafront.

Boats at Starigrad-Paklenica, Croatia
Ladybird on pebbled beach at Starigrad-Paklenica, Croatia

Lizards on the beach at Starigrad-Paklenica Croatia


It was obviously a day for staying close to home, because we didn't get further than the end of our road for dinner either! Tempted in by the delicious smells of pizza, we sat down for a tasty meal before walking back up the road to pack our bags and get ready to move on in the morning.

Starigrad Paklenica Croatia on Ginevrella


From Starigrad-Paklenica, we continued our journey on southwards to Trogir - which I will be posting about soon!

Jennifer
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8 comments

  1. There was a big grin on my face when I opened this post. I'm from Croatia and I love this region. Looking forward to seeing your post about Trogir. This little city is a true jewel...and the catedral is spectacular, isn't it? I think my fav part is the fortress, though.

    Thank you for choosing Croatia for your vacation<3. Your photos are truly beautiful! You captured this place perfectly.

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  2. Croatia looks like such a beautiful holiday destination - definitely one on the list to visit next! :) xxx

    Sarah / Sarah Smiles

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  3. i would absolutely love to visit one day, looks so amazing!

    danielle | avec danielle

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  4. Beautiful photos! The views look amazing

    hannatalks

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  5. This place looks so idyllic! The road trip was such a good idea.

    Jane / deluminators

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  6. Croatia has been on my wish list for so long! I'm hoping to go to Dubrovnik in October! The views there are just stunning!
    xo April | April Everyday

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  7. Wow the sea looks so beautiful and calm there. And those view - just stunning! I want to go to Croatia!

    COLLEENWELSCH.COM | An LA Lifestyle Blog

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