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Road trip through Croatia with a baby

Our first vacation with Sofie was to Ibiza when she was 9 months previous. It was a nice time, solely flying was not such a success with her. That’s the reason we decided to go by automotive this time for a Four week street trip. We did not know prematurely how far we might get with a baby, nevertheless it turned a trip to recollect.

I all the time needed to go to Croatia once more and then ideally go down the complete coast to Dubrovnik to the south. Croatia is situated in the coronary heart of Europe on the gorgeous Adriatic coast adjacent to Italy, Slovenia and Hungary. There are more than 1,185 islands on the coast of Croatia, most of them uninhabited. Sufficient to discover!

Dalmatia coast

Automotive trip with a baby

When Sofie was 11 months previous we had never pushed a long distance within the automotive with her. So it was a massive gamble for us how she would really like a automotive vacation to Croatia. I read properly on the web and our largest problem was sleeping in the course of the lengthy drive.

By way of I got here across the one journey cot that may go utterly flat. I assumed that was useful, as a result of research has proven that babies can’t stay within the maxi cosi for too long. The carrycot is completely protected and meets all security laws for a automotive seat.

As well as, it’s the healthiest type to take a long drive with your baby to your holiday destination. With a 5-point belt your youngster is securely fixed and since the carrycot could be utterly flat your baby can sleep comfortably and safely in the automotive.

Jane Matrix Mild

I was instantly enthusiastic and afterwards the carrycot turned out to be a “lifesaver”, because Sofie might sleep nicely in the automotive, so we ultimately drove over 2,000 km with her! You can’t only buy the journey cot but in addition lease it.

It's as straightforward as you need to attempt first. Do you need to know more concerning the carrycot? Take a look at their lively FB page with fun competitions here. We had the Jane Matrix Mild on mortgage and I feel it's actually an invention and a should for a automotive vacation with a baby.

Sofie within the

Autoroute and overnight stay in Croatia

Our last stop in Croatia was the island of Brac off the coast of Cut up, about 1,600 km away. We decided to not journey with a baby for more than 6 hours a day and to divide the trip to Croatia into three days. Our first stop was in southern Germany the place we had booked a nice B&B (condo Held, Mimberg) in Bavaria.

Breakfast within the backyard at Appartement Held

The most important wellness complicated in Slovenia

The subsequent day we drove on to Slovenia and simply before the border with Croatia we had booked our second stop at wellness middle Terme Olimia in Podcetrtek. This wellness complicated is the most important in all of Slovenia! Terme Olimia has 2 totally different wellness facilities and you can find a giant variety of indoor and outside swimming pools.

Terme Olimia, Slovenia

In addition, they have 9 kinds of totally different saunas and numerous health amenities. For youngsters it’s actually unbelievable as a result of as a visitor you also have free entry to the 3000 m² open air water park aquapark Aqualuna.

The water park has numerous exciting slides, a few of which trigger a considerable rush of adrenaline, such as the Kamikaze, Giant Twister and the spectacular King Cobra slide.

For the little ones there’s the Aquajungle, youngsters's pools and a swimming pool solely in jungle theme with totally different animals out of your jungle and waterfalls. Guaranteed enjoyable and one thing for everybody.

King Cobra, Aqualuna

We slept in Lodge Sotelia and had a household suite as a result of we thought it was useful with a small baby, but you possibly can ebook a lot of various lodging varieties from flats, lodge rooms to even luxury (glamping) tents. Do you need to know what that looks like? Then take a look right here on the vary of wellness lodge & flats Terme Olimia.

Luxury Tent, Terme Olimia

We and Sofie have been so completely happy here that we spontaneously booked an extra night time. From lodge Sotelia you possibly can stroll in your bathrobe out of your lodge room through underground tunnels to the tropical swimming pool. This was the first time for Sofie and she or he screamed with pleasure 🙂

With a special wristband you could have access to the varied rooms and in addition the dinner was included. Each evening there was one other in depth cold and hot buffet and the food was good and attractive. For us, a buffet is right because you by no means have a very long time with a baby. All of the waiters have been super sweet to her and Sofie actually loved all the attention she acquired.

Sadly we have been only right here for two nights and the subsequent day we went on to Croatia. In case you are in search of a successful household vacation in lovely Slovenia, I can undoubtedly advocate Terme Olimia.

One of many many swimming pools of Terme Olimia, Slovenia

The place to spend the night time in Croatia?

Our first stop was the island of Brač off the coast of Cut up. Brač is the third largest island in Croatia and greatest recognized for the special “Zlatni Rat” seashore within the form of a flared headland. We now have been right here for a week in a pretty condo which is basically perfect with a baby.

Should you click on the hyperlink above you will notice the place we spent the night time in Brac and what we now have all carried out. From Brac you can also make lovely trips to the mainland or go to the gorgeous waterfalls Krka (national park) near Cut up.

The gorgeous island of Brac, off the coast of Cut up

We found it best that we have been traveling by automotive because that made us flexible and we all the time had the automotive at hand when Sofie had to go residence for a nap. Even in case you are traveling through Croatia, a automotive vacation is right since you see so many lovely locations that you wouldn’t normally see for those who select to fly.

The coastal areas of Croatia

Dalmatia has probably the most natural beaches in Croatia and is situated slightly below Istria. Because we have been touring through southern Croatia to Dubrovnik, Dalmatia is the perfect destination to rejoice your holiday in Croatia.

Dalmatia coast, lovely pebble seashores

The Dalmatian coast on mainland Croatia has a lot to offer vacationers: clear blue water for swimming and snorkeling, lovely sunsets, medieval structure and delightful beaches.

The pure coast of Dalmatia

Makarska Riviera, a hidden secret

The Makarska Riviera is a lovely spot on the Dalmatian coast, situated between the cities of Cut up and Dubrovnik. It is residence to some of the lovely stretches of seashore in Croatia.

Makarska is situated in a sheltered bay surrounded by the rocky high mountain range Biokovo, the second highest in Croatia. From the highest of St George's mountain at 1762 meters, you possibly can see your complete Dalmatia area and even the Italian coast in clear climate.

In addition to incredible climbing alternatives, the mountain vary acts as a buffer towards the tough continental local weather and in addition offers the rich Mediterranean vegetation on the coast and long sunny summers. In the summer, the primary sq. of Makarska is crammed with open-air eating places and cafes, while behind the church within the shade, the day by day open-air market sells recent seasonal vegatables and fruits.

Makarska can also be the port of arrival in the event you come by ferry from the picturesque island of Brac. The journey from Sumartin to Makarska takes about 50 minutes, however be on time because only a limited number of automobiles can journey on this boat.

The seashore of Tucepi, Croatia

An important hotspots of the Makarska Riviera are the seashores, surrounded by fragrant pine forests and a sparkling turquoise sea. Makarska seashore is a long curved stretch of pebble seashore, behind which runs a shady, palm tree-lined promenade.

You possibly can lease pedal boats and jet skis, so it's a great spot for families. However in addition to swimming within the deep turquoise Adriatic Sea, the world additionally gives a lot of mountaineering and mountain biking pleasure.

The rugged coastline of the Makarska Riviera is delimited by well-marked sandy paths. To the south of Makarska is a 2.5-kilometer-long footpath amidst pine forests, which at some factors runs alongside the edge of the cliffs above the ocean and provides unimaginable panoramas.

The trail first arrives on the pristine seashore of Nugal, which is characterised by cool and refreshing sea water from underground freshwater springs that rise right here.

Sundown at TUI Blue Jadran

Tucepi, the perfect family vacation spot

After Nugal comes Tucepi, a cozy small-scale city on a lovely boulevard underneath the pine timber. The attraction of this small but lovely city is the 3 km lengthy pebble seashore, one of many longest seashores in all of Croatia.

Immediately above the seashore is a boulevard where pine timber present shade on these scorching summer time days. The boulevard with all types of small outlets and eating places runs all the best way to the neighboring town of Podgora. In Podgora you will see a nice harbor and you’ve got a lovely view of the picturesque coast and crystal clear sea.

TUI Blue Jadran Lodge, Tucepi

TUI Blue Jadran Lodge in Tucepi

Are you in search of a Four star lodge on the Croatian coast with the service of a 5 star lodge? Then you’re on the right place at TUI Blue Jadran. The design lodge has been utterly renovated and has only been open for a yr. The lodge has shiny and trendy rooms and a lovely view of the Adriatic Sea. You even have rooms with direct entry out of your balcony to the personal pool, how cool is that!

Virtually every room has a separate front room earlier than you enter the room with a desk and closet area. Ultimate for if you end up staying with a infant, as a result of you possibly can place the baby behind the wall within the baby mattress with out waking up to an excessive amount of noise or mild. This was one of the essential reasons for selecting this lodge for me. In the long run we enjoyed our keep here so much that we booked on the spot.

Lodge room, TUI Blue Jadran (in the background island of Hvar)

Toilet, TUI Blue Jadran

Youngster-friendly lodge TUI Blue Jadran

When you ebook a stay at TUI Blue Jadran, it is on a half board basis, which signifies that you will also receive scorching meals in addition to your lodge keep. Every night there was a cold and hot buffet with actual life cooking. We found the food incredibly tasty and the selection monumental. From tasty finger meals appetizers, to recent fish from the plate and plenty of selection for dessert.

In case you are on vacation with young children, then I feel a buffet is actually superb because you would not have to attend long on your food and you may sit down like that. The lodge has a lovely outside terrace with views of the ocean and the island of Hvar. Virtually each night you’ll be treated to a deep pink sundown right here (see 4th photograph above).

Restaurant terrace TUI Blue Jadran

Tučepi has a lovely coastline, lovely beaches and a pleasant environment in the small town instantly on the water. It’s a good place for peaceable and enjoyable family vacation in Croatia. Interested by TUI Blue Jadran? View more pictures of this new Four-star lodge right here.

From Tučepi i it is just a 2.5 hour drive to Dubrovnik. This street also goes alongside the coast and offers lovely views. About halfway through the route you move the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina. This half takes only half an hour earlier than you enter Croatia again. From here it is just an hour's drive to Dubrovnik where you will feel like you have been again prior to now.

Do you additionally need to go on a metropolis trip to Dubrovnik? Then read my experience and ideas the place to stay with a baby here. From Dubrovnik we took the night time ferry to Bari within the south of Italy. To be continued…

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