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Travel Diary | Croatia

We’ve just returned from an amazing 11-day break in beautiful Croatia. Having previously visited other Mediterranean countries such as Greece and Malta, I knew that Croatia would be a winner and it sure didn’t disappoint. Here’s a little overview of our trip:

Where We Stayed

We stayed at the TUI Adriatic Beach Resort, an adults-only hotel located in the small town of Živogošće in the Makarska Riviera (approx. 2 hours from Split). The hotel is nestled between the towering Biokovo Mountain and the blissfully calm Adriatic Sea. One thing that immediately struck me about the hotel is the dramatic scenery that surrounds it. Whether you’re chilling by the pool or lounging on the beach, the views are simply stunning.

Sensimar Adriatic Beach, CroatiaSensimar Adriatic Beach, CroatiaSensimar Adriatic Beach, CroatiaSensimar Adriatic Beach, Croatia

Hotel highlights:

  • Stunning location on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast.
  • Spotlessly clean, modern and spacious.
  • Two restaurants, the Dalmatino buffet restaurant (all-inclusive) and the Culinarium à la carte restaurant. On our final evening, we treated ourselves to a meal at the Culinarium for the Chef’s Degustation Menu. It was 248 Kuna per person (approx. £30 each) for a four course meal, and each course came with a complimentary wine that suited the dish. It was delicious!
  • Three bars (Pool, Lobby, Mojito) with brilliant bartenders serving a wide range of cocktails.
  • Great activity schedule including fitness classes and guided walks during the day and live entertainment/quizzes in the evenings. There were also additional activities you could book onto such as wine tasting, a cocktail masterclass and olive oil tasting.

Sensimar Adriatic Beach, CroatiaSensimar Adriatic Beach, Croatia

What We Did


TUI run a shuttle bus service to Makarska, which is the nearby harbour town on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast. We spent the day strolling along the harbour, wandering into the little side streets and stopping off for a G&T and a bit of people-watching. The old town is in Kačić Square, which looks very picturesque with the mountain peaks in the background.

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Island Cruise – Hvar and Brač

Setting off on a boat from Makarska Harbour, we headed to the islands of Hvar and Brač. We first docked at the port of Jelsa in Hvar, where we had some time to explore and have an Aperol spritz by the harbour side. We continued our journey to Bol in Brač, where we took a taxi boat to the idyllic Zlatni Rat beach before making our way back to Makarska.

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Krka National Park

Without a doubt, the highlight of our trip was visiting Krka National Park. As you wander through the woodlands, you can’t help but marvel at the natural beauty of the cascading waterfalls and lakes. Being surrounded by such spectacular nature is a breathtaking experience, it really is a must-see if you ever get the chance.

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Here’s a short video of our trip to Croatia:

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