CROATIA: Winter in the land of Game of Thrones

Mini Waterfalls at Plitvice Lakes National Park

We have heard of Croatia long ago, but only got to know its beauty when Marshmallow’s lil’ sis vacationed there. Since then, her gushes of the food, nature and people have stuck.

Even though Croatia is typically known for its non-winter seasons and during winter, most restaurants are closed or don’t serve hot food and some attractions don’t operate certain sections and activities, our trip in winter had validated Marshmallow’s lil’ sis’ gushes and more. Generally, we love cold weather, and we especially love visiting Europe in winter as there are fewer tourists and we are better able to immerse ourselves in the cities.

Winter in Croatia brought us through the ice and heat travelling from North to South. Experiencing the extremes, Plitvice Lakes National Park was quietly majestic with its snow and frozen waterfalls while Dubrovnik got us perspiring walking the beautifully preserved city walls with the occasional comfort of cold breezes. If Dubrovnik was that hot on a winter day, we can’t imagine how it will be in summer.

 

Sneaking a kiss in front of the frozen waterfall at Plitvice Lakes National Park
Sneaking a kiss in front of the frozen waterfall at Plitvice Lakes National Park
City Walls at Dubrovnik
With a searing sun on a clear day like this, how could we not perspire?

Every city we went to was charming in its own way. In addition to Plitvice and Dubrovnik, we had also enjoyed Split, Zadar, Pula, Rovinj, Motovun and Zagreb.

See how much fun we had in Pula?
See how much fun we had in Pula?

Funny thing when we went to different cities and spoke with the locals, they commented that Singapore is big. This is weird when Singapore has always been known as a little red dot. Figured it is because Singapore is a city like theirs, but is bigger in size. Only thing is we are a city-state so when people say Singapore is big, we tend to think they are saying we are big as a country. Oh well.

Fireplace in Restaurant at Rovinj
Yup, there was a real fireplace at the fine restaurant we went to – a real treat for Singaporeans

From refined restaurants to street pop-ups to fast dining outlets, we tried them all in Croatia. Not only was the food delicious and ingredients fresh, the people were so sincere and genuinely friendly. We have sweet memories of the waiter at a posh restaurant humouring us with a jug of hot water because we were cold, the elderly owner of a street pop-up treating to us to a liqueur shot each at the end of our meal without looking at our tips and shaking our hands, thanking us for our patronage, and Marshmallow teaching a cute guy at a fast dining outlet to pronounce”sauerkraut”.

Our last day in Croatia was made perfect by a lady working in a bakery; all we had were a few dollars and we had yet to try 2 Croatian pastries so we went into the bakery to ask about the prices of these 2 pastries. Together, they were out of our budget so we asked the lady which she would recommend if we could only have 1. She said she would sell both to us for the little money we have! What generosity.

We spent about $2,200 each for the 11-day trip which included visiting Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slovenia and Amsterdam plus a tire replacement and parking fine. With such a good ‘price’ for all expenses included, we can’t wait to go back again!

Walk in the Wintry Forest at Plitvice

If you are planning to drive for your trip, read our 9 driving tips in Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Slovenia.

By: Chocolate & Marshmallow

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