My family and I went on a little vacation to Croatia in August. We were there for 10 days and it was just enough – not too long, not too short. We also took my little 3 year old brother Adam with us, so you can imagine that it wasn’t a completely relaxed and chilled holiday. There were quite a few tantrums involved (every day) but overall, we loved it there and definitely enjoyed our time there.
This was my fifth time in Croatia and definitely not the last time. We stayed at Zaton Holiday Resort, which is in Dalmatia, very close to the city Zadar. The resort itself was very nice, it was recently renovated so everything there was very clean. There were lots of boutiques, many amazing restaurants and enough beach bars to always keep you in good mood 😉 Unfortunately, we didn’t visit them very often because we were too exhausted from running around with our little hyperactive chipmunk all day.
This resort is definitely more of a place for families with kids, as there were many many fun attractions and activities for the little ones, both in the water and on land. Everywhere you looked, you could see a playground. Our little one definitely enjoyed them and got use out of pretty much everything there was.
But the thing he loved most was snorkeling. We got him a snorkeling set on the first day and we couldn’t go anywhere without it for the rest of the vacation. He even snorkled in the little kids pool which is only like a foot deep. But hey, he learned how to swim. Or at least how to float on the water, haha.
The Adriatic sea is a wonderful sight – clear, turquoise sea with plenty of small fish swimming around you. When we went snorkeling (pretty much everyday), we found lots of shells, shellfish, starfish, and the ocassional jellyfish… they scare the crap out of me, but fortunately those were pretty rare. However, I am a huge shark lover and we never got to see a shark. I know, I know, Adriatic sea is no Red sea, we would be lucky if we saw just one small shark there (well, depends how you look at it) but I was still hoping. Oh well. Next time I’ll go somewhere where Great White sharks live and maybe I’ll fulfill my biggest dream and go cage diving. Fingers crossed.
Even with the absence of sharks, we still had a great time. We visited Zadar, walked around the Old Town, listened to the famous Sea Organ and played Hide and Seek at the solar lights, a.k.a ‘Pozdrav Suncu‘.
One day we rented out bikes and went on a bike trip to the small town Nin which is one of the oldest towns in this region, if I’m not mistaken. We found a beautiful lagoon that I later discovered is called Queen’s Beach. The water was amazing, very shallow – great for kids. Lots of people there were covered in black mud that at first sight looked pretty disgusting, but we figured it must have some health benefits. And if everyone’s doing it, we might as well join in. So we went and slathered it all over our bodies, too. That wasn’t the weirdest thing on that beach, though. Sadly, we witnessed a man dying right there on the Queen’s Beach. Supposedly he was a fellow Slovak, enjoying a vacation in Croatia. And so the exciting and adventurous day turned into a rather morbid experience. The rescuers tried to save him but didn’t succeed. There was a corpse lying on the beach, just a few feet away, for the whole 4 hours that we were there. Good thing my little brother didn’t understand what was happening.
On a more positive note, I managed to read a lot. The one thing that wasn’t very good in this resort was the internet. A lot of the times we couldn’t even go online and if we could, it was extremely slow and it wasn’t for long. So what do you do when there’s no internet? That’s right, you read. I read three whole books, and a big chunk of A Clash of Kings which I’ve been reading since March.
Once again, I had an amazing time in Croatia and I will keep coming back. 🙂
Have a beautiful day!