Dustbin lids and palaces

After the fabulous waterfalls of the Krka National Park, we continued our journey southwards down the Dalmation coast. After a run of rural campsites, we were back in the city for our next stop at Split (Camping Stobrec).

Ali was miffed that all the sea-front pitches were taken and we had to settle for a spot a few metres back from the waves. The sea was a bit green and none of us felt like a dip. This was the busiest site we had been in for a long time, and we were pleasantly surprised to see a couple of GB registration plates. Both belonged to older couples who were on extended trips – one pair had been on the road for almost 2 years and were soon to return to England. Inspiration for our retirement!

We’re usually too tired to cook on a travelling day, so we headed to the campsite restaurant where 2 pints of beer and a pizza the size of a dustbin lid could be had for a mere 8 pounds. Croatia is generally excellent value for money, especially the alcohol (hurrah!) which is cheaper than coca-cola.

We continued our so-far fruitless search for a camping table, but we did manage to find a shop selling kubb (‘viking chess’), the outdoor game that we were introduced to by the Swiss family we met earlier in the trip.

Split exceeded our expectations – we called in more out of obligation that desire to see the sights – how wrong we were. The old palace in the centre was crammed full of history, and the narrow streets meant no engine-powered vehicles. Dot and I climbed the ancient tower (of course) for amazing views of the town and harbour.

Two nights was as much city campsite as we could take so we woke up early and headed for a random site halfway between Split and Dubrovnik. Luckily for us Camp Viter was a winner, a peaceful site right on the water, and Dot made friends with the owner’s daughter over a game of Kubb.

A rare day of torrential rain had us all bunkered down with DVDs and Harry Potter audio-books, but the next day was one of the hottest so far. This, of course, called for a dip in the sea, something the locals find hysterical as it’s still far too cold for them.

Next stop Dubrovnik, for our last 3 days in Croatia, before we encounter our first big ferry crossing, across the Adriatic to Bari.


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