Where should I go in Croatia for a low-intensity, beach-centric break?
March 3, 2014 9:11 AM Subscribe
I'm going to Croatia this summer (mid-June) for a friend's wedding, and I have about a week before the wedding to see the sites. I need to end up in Varazdin, Croatia for the wedding, but I'm interested in the beaches. What should my itinerary be?
I (late-20's American female) will be traveling with another woman about my age. Our main interest is relaxing--beaches, cafes, nightlife, nature (though nothing too extreme/strenuous). I'm more interested in history/museums than she is, so suggestions where I could split off for a bit would be good. She has a more flexible budget than I do, but I am hoping to spend $1500+/- (not including the international airfare). Do-able?
Should I plan to slowly make my way north or just plan to fly/train/bus to Varazdin from wherever we are? We were thinking of flying in to Dubrovnik and using it as a base to see the islands and possibly work our way up to Split. Is there a better option given our interests? Is it better to use a different city as base? Or to plan to sleep in a different city every night (we were tentatively thinking about booking a room for the week via airbnb or something similar)? Any must-sees or places to avoid?
Was also thinking of trying to fit a day or two in after the wedding to see Zagreb (alone). Worth it? Somewhere better to spend the last two days?
I'm in the beginning stages of research and just trying to get a sense of what makes the most sense logistically. I've traveled to Europe (including Eastern Europe) before but it was about 8 years ago, and I didn't do any of the planning (large group trips). Any recommendations about trains/buses, hotels, restaurants, beaches, bars, etc. will be useful!