Ready for a holiday in Croatia? These places and flavors are recommended by Ewelina Sadura Marinović, this year’s winner of a special prize: Bloger Friend of Croatia.
The representative office of the Croatian Tourist Board in Poland has again awarded a special Traveler’s award for a blog that can set an example for others. This year, Ewelina Sadura Marinović and her Polako.eu were given the title Bloger Friend of Croatia. Ewelina lives in sunny Dalmatia. He shares interesting information about Croatia and practical tips with readers on the Internet.
Holidays in Croatia are a tradition for many Polish families. Anyone who has not yet been on holiday to the Adriatic will certainly want to know what to remember before going on a trip. Croatian regulars and first-time visitors alike are eager to find out which off-the-beaten-path attractions await us. We asked Ewelina Sadura Marinović about this and not just that.
NG.pl: What are the biggest differences in daily life between Poland and Croatia?
Ewelina Sadura Marinović: Let me start with the attitude of the locals towards life itself. Croats are a very nice and cheerful people, so being with Croats every day has a positive effect on me. Life in Croatia is slower, but also happier than in Poland, and I don’t mean here, just the sunny climate. The locals smile daily, are very positive about life, they can joke about themselves and their failures, which is not so common in Poland.
For me, life in Croatia is much healthier than in Poland. It’s definitely influenced by the fact that my daily life is on an island, not a big city. Closeness to nature, fresh air and easily digestible food – I see a big difference between this life and my previous life in Poland.
Every day in Croatia should start with a good coffee, take a deep breath and tell yourself it’s beautiful! That’s what I’ve learned here – to appreciate and enjoy every moment.
How is Croatia in the low season?
Very different from during the summer season. Quieter, quieter and certainly less crowded.
Shortly at the end of summer, the inhabitants of many tourist destinations leave for the Croatian capital and leave their holiday homes, which means that in some coastal towns only half of the population remains. Life is more idyllic then, residents meet in cafes for coffee and conversations.
Visually, Croatia in the low season is even more beautiful to me. When all the tourist frenzy is gone, nature takes the first place and nothing obscures it. You can then take a deep breath and enjoy the local beautiful landscapes.
If anyone is considering coming to Croatia outside the summer season, I definitely recommend it as it is a good time for unhurried sightseeing and getting to know the country in depth.
What places are worth visiting, ignored by guides?
I think there are many such places in Croatia and I probably don’t know most of them yet.
I really enjoy discovering Croatia “in my own way”, ie not sticking to the routes indicated by the mentioned guides, but going completely different directions. Such frequent deviation from the road has always led me to a nice place, and frankly I encourage everyone to travel spontaneously because it is a lot of fun, but also a satisfaction that we saw something new.
If I had to point out places that I found without a guide that really impressed me, they would be: the Krčić waterfall (near Knin), the Vranjača cave (30 kilometers from Split), the Tounj Bridge – supposedly the only two-storey stone bridge in Croatia (located in the Lika – Karlovac region), the gorge of the Zrmanja River, or even a picturesque cliff with a small church – Crkva Gospe od Prizidnice (eilandiovo Island) .
What practical advice do you have for people preparing to go to Croatia?
I think the preparations for the trip should start with booking accommodation and I honestly don’t recommend looking for accommodation on the spot as in high season it is really hard to find vacancies.
Before departure, it is good to check the validity of your documents, children’s papers and car insurance, to apply for an EHIC or to take out travel/health insurance for the period of departure.
Croatia is a sunny country, so don’t forget to pack protective creams with high filters in your suitcase to protect us from the sun’s rays. When planning a vacation on the Adriatic, it is worth taking special bath shoes that protect our feet from close contact with sea urchins and facilitate walking on the coastal rocks.
It’s also a good idea to prepare a small, handy first aid kit with basic medical supplies, including: pain relievers, hydrogen peroxide, bandages and plasters, and sunscreen.
When planning a family trip to Croatia and young children are traveling with us, I recommend a holiday in June or the first half of July. August in Croatia is very hot and packed with tourists, which can be exhausting for our kids. September is a very friendly month for a peaceful rest. The sea and air temperatures are perfect at this point and the beaches are slowly becoming quieter and less crowded. If, on the other hand, we are the entertaining type, we like evening outings to clubs, partying until dawn and lots of attractions, then August is a good choice.
How does Croatia taste? What dishes should you try on a Croatian vacation?
Croatia has a variety of tastes and each region offers its own specialties and dishes with a long tradition.
In Dalmatia, seafood and very light meals predominate. Here simplicity is important and less is more. On the Adriatic, I recommend trying black risotto, grilled fish with the addition of blitfish (this is a variety of leafy beets) and mussels stewed with garlic and parsley in white wine.
If you like meat, try lamb, for example baked under a pitch (a special dish that is covered with grilled heat) or pršut, ie ham dried in the sun and wind and smoked with local oak smoke.
If you go inland to Zagreb, for example, I recommend eating Zagrebačka odrezak, a cutlet filled with ham and cheese, at least once.
The region of Istria is especially precious truffles and all dishes with their addition, such as spaghetti with truffle sauce. Istria is also famous for a pasta called fuži. In this region, it is also worth trying dishes that have the suffix buzara in their name, ie meals prepared with seafood.
A good dish is not possible without good wine, which is not lacking in Croatia. For white wines, I recommend Malvazja from the region of Istria, Graševina and Traminac, and for red wines – Plavac Mali, which is most popular in Dalmatia, especially on the islands of Brač and Hvar, and on the Peljesac peninsula.
As for small snacks and preserves, I recommend burek, fritule, homemade honey – the one with lavender and rosemary is delicious and irreplaceable for breakfast pekmez from Podravka šljiva, ie plum marmalade. Of course Croatia is also delicious fruit: oranges, figs, pomegranates, grapes and even kiwi. Any visitor to this country will find the right taste for himself.