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A (cheap) room with a view: A perfect Croatia sunset

Updated: Aug 29, 2020

Day 3 of my time here, and I've decided. I'm in love with Croatia. It's beautiful, it's historic, it's full of life - and it serves up the best sunsets in the Med. Currently in Dubrovnik for the last blow-out with my university friends before we go our separate ways, the past few days have been nothing but the Mediterranean high life. And better yet? Views like the below are available from even the most budget accommodations options in Dubrovnik.

Croatia Sunset by Fottles

Dubrovnik: not your typical beach holiday

Okay, I've got to admit. As students, the latter part was probably the most attractive thing about arranging a summer trip to Croatia. A couple of us have jobs lined up, but most of us face an uncertain summer of balancing on the brink of poverty after this jolly little holiday. We booked an Airbnb just outside of Dubrovnik, with double rooms, a big terrace, a few balconies... and HUNDREDS of steps up a steep, steep hill to the entrance. It was cheap, but it was big and it was beautiful. But man, once we hopped on the bus and travelled 10-minutes down the road to the Old Town, we started really exploring Dubrovnik and quickly realised that we had totally underestimated how beautiful a summer holiday in Croatia would be.

One thing that was a bit of an immediate bummer was the lack of beaches. The waters of Croatia are crystal clear and inviting, but you'll be jumping in from a rocky edge! I'm not used to a beach holiday without the sand, but after 10 minutes, you start to wonder why you ever went to sandy beaches in the first place. Despite the distinct lack of the typical white sand beaches you might expect on the Mediterranean coastline, a summer holiday in Croatia still serves up the best of the Med and more. Gorgeous seafood restaurants overlooking the ocean, island adventures, cosy bars on candlelit terraces, beautifully historic cities and mesmerising sunsets.

I'm glad we picked Croatia.

I'm currently awaiting the results of the See the World with SPAR, and I could not think of a place better suited to distract my anxious mind. Stay tuned to see if I win the chance to travel the world as the UK travel reporter for SPAR International! Again and as always throughout this process, THANK YOU to everyone who has supported me along the way. No matter what happens, it's been an exciting adventure.

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