How To Book A Perfect Apartment In Croatia

How To Book A Perfect Apartment In Croatia

How To Book A Perfect Apartment In Croatia

So you’ve decided to choose Croatia as your holiday destination and now you need to arrange the accommodation for yourself and your group – don’t worry, here are some tips on How to book a Perfect Apartment in Croatia which will make your stay in Croatia the best possible experienc

Pick The Location

The next step after picking the location should be determining what kind of budget do you have for your rental apartment which will narrow the choice of apartments you will look at. For example, if your budget is 60 € per day in high season, don’t expect to find a luxury apartment with a sea view and a pool in that price range. If you want to stay somewhere near the beach, keep in mind that the closer the apartment is to the sea and the beach, the price will be higher than for the apartments which are located a bit further from the beach or don’t have Seaview.

If you find an apartment you like which is a bit over your budget, consider booking the apartment in pre- or postseason. High season for most apartments in Dalmatia is from mid-July to mid-August, however, due to the mild climate, the weather is nice and warm from mid-April to late October, which is also when the accommodation prices are much lower. For example, June and September are the perfect time to visit Croatia – the weather is nice and it will be much less crowded so you will be able to enjoy the attractions and landmarks without long queues.

Determine Your Budget

The next step after picking the location should be determining what kind of budget do you have for your rental apartment which will narrow the choice of apartments you will look at. For example, if your budget is 60 € per day in high season, don’t expect to find a luxury apartment with a sea view and a pool in that price range. If you want to stay somewhere near the beach, keep in mind that the closer the apartment is to the sea and the beach, the price will be higher than for the apartments which are located a bit further from the beach or don’t have Seaview.

If you find an apartment you like which is a bit over your budget, consider booking the apartment in pre- or postseason. High season for most apartments in Dalmatia is from mid-July to mid-August, however, due to the mild climate, the weather is nice and warm from mid-April to late October, which is also when the accommodation prices are much lower. For example, June and September are the perfect time to visit Croatia – the weather is nice and it will be much less crowded so you will be able to enjoy the attractions and landmarks without long queues.

Choose The Apartment

After determining the location and budget, you are now ready to look for various listings and see what’s out there. You can use some of the popular online booking platforms such as Airbnb and Booking.com – just keep in mind that the listings on these platforms are not strictly regulated which means that in some cases the advertised amenities or listings will not match the apartment you will see upon your arrival. Additionally, booking with local travel agencies also presents a safer option of accommodation rental since you have the security of working through a legal business which can vouch for the accommodation you are renting (they usually personally visit all of the accommodation they list) and can be at your disposal for anything you might need during your stay – from organizing boat trips, transfers, catering and chef services, etc.

One of the indicators of the amenities and price range for the apartments is the star categorization, which is usually noted in the listings. Private accommodation in Croatia is heavily regulated, categorized and rated. Rooms and apartments are awarded one to four stars depending on size, amenities, and service (although the one-star category is being phased out, now applying only to older accommodation units). The goal is to enforce a certain standardization and to coordinate apartment categories with hotel categories, which means that a three-star apartment should roughly correspond to a three-star hotel.

Another thing you should take into consideration while choosing the apartment is the location of the apartment. If you’re looking for privacy, peace, and quiet you should look for the apartments which are located a bit outside of the popular places and bigger cities but be prepared that you might not have a large selection of restaurants and grocery stores nearby. If you want to explore the landmarks and attractions or enjoy the nightlife, a more centrally located apartment might be a better option.

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Inform Yourself What’s Included In The Price

Nothing will make you feel angrier than arriving on-site to find out what isn’t included in the price. Pretty much none of the owners in Croatia will charge you separately for the utilities, the use of washing machine, parking or air conditioning (though maybe some time ago you could find those that would charge these amenities extra), but it’s always better to inform yourself on time if maybe there are some extra costs which were not included in the quote you have to pay upon making the reservation. These extra costs are usually noted in the listings. For example, some of the owners will charge the final cleaning fee. Another additional cost is the local tourist tax.

In most of the cases, tourist tax will be included in the price of the accommodation, but in some cases (mostly in aparthotels and larger apartment complexes) it is paid separately on arrival. Tourist tax varies depending on the place you stay in and it is normally around 1-2 € per night per person for all visitors older than 12 years, but make sure you check out if it’s included in the price of accommodation or not. If you’re traveling with a pet, check if there is an additional cost for your pet for that specific accommodation

Consider Your Length Of Stay And Arrival Time

While booking the apartment, you should consider the length of your stay and the arrival time to the apartment. If you’re arriving by airplane, your flights to the nearest airport will probably be available only on certain days of the week. Most apartments in Croatia have a minimum number of days which you have to book the apartment for (the so-called minimum stay), which will vary depending on the location, type of apartment and season. For example, apartments in Split will usually have a minimum stay of 1 or 2 nights, while the apartments in some smaller coastal towns will have a minimum stay of 5-7 nights in high season (July and August). Some luxurious apartments will also have a policy of 7 nights minimum stay with changeover days only on Saturdays, which means you can only check-in and check out on Saturdays, which is why it is important you inform yourself about these kinds of policies on time.

Most apartments will also determine allowed check-in and check out time. For example, you can check in the apartment between 14:00 and 20:00 and you have to check out by 10:00. Since most of the apartments in Croatia are privately owned, they normally do not charge later check-ins and if they do not have another guest arriving on the same day when you are checking out, they might also allow you a later check out free of charge. However, some apartments might charge later check-in and check-outs so make sure you inform yourself about their policies.

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Travelling To Croatia After COVID-19 Pandemic

Travelling To Croatia After COVID-19 Pandemic

  • July 13, 2021
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Travelling To Croatia After COVID-19 Pandemic

Here is the complete Guide about Travelling To Croatia After COVID-19 Pandemic

The year 2020 is anything but typical. The coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) which has paralyzed most countries and left us on lockdown in our homes has changed the way we think about and go on with our everyday activities. The uncertainty it has created will surely impact our plans, especially those related to travelling. Even though at this time it is nearly impossible to predict when the restrictions and measures most countries currently have in place will be lifted, traveling as we know it will be changed even after the countries open their borders.

At the time of writing this article (04.05.2020.), Croatia has 499 active cases, 80 dead and 1522 recovered. The overall numbers are showing that the infection is decreasing in the last weeks, restrictions and safety measures are slowly being lifted and things are finally looking better, which has encouraged us to think about how will travelling to Croatia look like after the pandemic and to give some predictions for the season 2020, based on the current advice and predictions made by Croatian government officials and epidemiologists. These predictions are merely based on the assumption that the travel restrictions will be lifted in time to allow travelling to Croatia during the summer, or at least part of it. We will also let you know what measures have we taken to secure the security of travellers in these hard times.

Avoiding Bigger Cities And Populated Areas

Travellers who decide to go to Croatia this summer might want to avoid bigger and popular cities and book a property in smaller towns or rural areas nearby.

For example, Trogir and Čiovo island might be considered as a better alternative to Split or Dubrovnik, as they are much less populated in general but still close enough to all attractions which travellers might want to visit during their stay.

Private Accommodation And Camps Might Be A Safer Option Than Hotels

Following the previous note, post-pandemic travellers might feel safer in booking private apartments and houses than going to large hotels and resorts. There might be an increase in staying in camps, due to the current advice on spending time in the open spaces and avoiding closed and crowded indoor spaces.

Social distancing might also be easier to follow if you book a house which will be reserved just for your group instead of sharing a hotel with numerous other guests, especially if the house is located in a more remote area, further away from the center.

Longterm Stays Are More Recommendable Than Shorter Stays

In the last few years, we have seen an increase in shorter stays in Croatia. Travellers preferred staying in various different places for a shorter time, which has allowed them to change the scenery and see as much as they can in a short amount of time. This will probably change after the pandemic.

Longterm stays in one place will prove as a safer option than travelling through various airport hubs, ports, or bus stations due to avoiding the risk of exposure.

Hosts And Restaurants Will Also Have To Adapt To The New Situation

Everyone is aware that the pandemic has changed the way we will travel this year and maybe even next year as well. Renters will have to disinfect and clean their accommodation more often and more detailed than they used to, following all the necessary precautions and advice directed by epidemiologists and other health services.

Linen and towels will be washed in higher temperatures, the apartments and houses will have to be disinfected after each group and cleaned more often to secure the safety of the guests.

Many restaurants in the coastal areas have already decided to offer delivery services so instead of going to the restaurant, guests will be able to enjoy the specialties from the comfort and safety of their accommodation. There is already talk about how all the restaurant and cafe workers will have to wear gloves and masks and that there might even be plexiglass partition panels between each table to secure maximum safety. Also, we have already recommended to all hosts we work with to make cancellation policies for this year more flexible so that travellers feel more secure in booking accommodation. We are also encouraging renters to open bookings for the year 2021 so that the groups who have to cancel their reservation due to the pandemic have the option to reschedule for the next year.

Travelling By Car Will Probably Be Safer Than Traveling By Airplane

When it comes to epidemics, airports are among places of higher risk. Most of the airports in Croatia are now closed and even if they get opened for regular flights during the summer and the safety measures dictate that there has to be a distance between each passenger in the airplane, it is questionable how many charter companies will be able to comply with these measures and if it will even be profitable for them to conduct their business this way at all.

Travellers will probably feel safer travelling by car, which is why Croatia is an ideal destination for them, due to its good road connections to other European countries.

To find out more about coronavirus in Croatia and the possibility of travelling to Croatia, here are some links with useful information:

https://www.koronavirus.hr/en

https://mint.gov.hr/en

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Transfer Services in Trogir and Split

Transfer Services in Trogir and Split

Transfer Services in Trogir and Split​

Arranging An Airport Transfer From Split Airport

If you are arriving by airplane or bus to Trogir and Split, you might find yourself in need of transfer services. Instead of arriving at the airport or bus station and waiting for shuttle buses or trying to catch a taxi which might charge you a lot more for your transfer, it is always a better idea to arrange your transfer beforehand. That way you can always be sure there will be someone waiting for you at the airport upon your arrival to take you directly to your accommodation, without unnecessary waiting.

Benefits Of Arranging An Airport Transfer From Split Airport

As mentioned earlier, booking an airport transfer will ensure that there will be someone waiting for you as soon as your plane lands. The driver will wait for you at the entrance of the airport holding a sign with your name on it so it will be easy to find them as well.

There is no hassle with trying to find the taxi lane while carrying your luggage or waiting for a taxi to arrive. Also, when you book a transfer you will know exactly how much you will pay for your transfer – so no uncomfortable surprises at the end of the ride and no hidden costs.

If you want to take a shuttle bus you might end up waiting for up to a half an hour or longer for the bus to arrive and even after that you might be dropped off far from your accommodation and end up taking another taxi from the drop off point to your villa or apartment – all of that will be avoided with a previously arranged transfer.

Another benefit of arranging an airport transfer is that you can also do it last minute – even an hour in advance so you can arrange your transfer while waiting to board your plane.

Renting a car at the airport might seem a good idea at first – if you’re ready for the roads on the Croatian coast. Most of the coastal cities in Croatia are old cities formed in ancient or medieval times – which also means that sometimes their infrastructure will not always be as it is in the “newer” cities with carefully planned streets. Due to geography, a lot of streets are narrow and steep so if you’re traveling by car do not expect wide boulevards and roads everywhere you go, especially in the cities. If you’re not a confident driver or don’t have the patience to explore the infrastructure of a new town in another country or you don’t mind figuring out the easiest route to get to your accommodation – getting the airport transfer might be a better option for you.

Don’t worry if you want to make a short stop at the grocery store on your way to the accommodation to pick up a few necessities – when you arrange the transfer, drivers will be happy to assist you (and even recommend some great supermarkets on the way) without you have to worry about taximeter running – the price you pay is always fixed.

What to see while in Trogir or Split?

Transfer services are a great way to explore the historical landmarks and attractions around Trogir and Split. You can simply arrange a transfer to take you pretty much anywhere you want – and as easily as that you can arrange with the driver when to pick you up for a return transfer to your accommodation. Booking a return transfer as well will in all cases result in a lower price than booking two separate transfers with different companies, after all.

While in Split and Trogir, there are some great places you can see during your visit – Klis fortress, the ancient ruins of Salona, UNESCO protected palace of the Roman emperor Diocletian in Split, UNESCO protected old center of Trogir with the impressive Kamerlengo fortress, UNESCO protected St. Jacob’s Cathedral in Šibenik, Church of St. Donatus and sea organ with Greeting to the Sun installation in Zadar, Krka Waterfalls and even Plitvice Lakes and Dubrovnik are easily reachable from Trogir and Split. Dubrovnik is famous not only for its walls and fortifications but also as the King’s Landing from Game of Thrones, which surely contributed to its word wide popularity in recent years. Don’t miss the city’s white limestone streets, the lovely old town of Stari Grad or scenic Mount Srđ (take the cable car to the top for some magnificent views).

If you’re a history or art admirer, Trogir and Split also have various museums and galleries you can visit during your stay – Split City Museum, Archaeological Museum, Ethnographic Museum and impressive Meštrović Gallery in Split or see the famous Kairos in the Benedictine monastery of St. Nicholas in Trogir.

In any case, whatever you decide to see, be assured that booking a transfer will be the fastest and most convenient way to get you there.

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How to spend holidays in Croatia

How to spend holidays in Croatia

How To Spend Holidays in Croatia

If you’re planning to spend your summer vacation in Croatia we have good news

Looking for a more exciting holiday? Don’t worry, Croatia has more to offer than just beach, sun and sightseeing – take one of the more adventurous tours such as rafting, zip-line, quad/buggy tour or scuba diving tours. Adventure activities are perfect for those looking for a more active vacation – and you will definitely have something to talk about once you return home. If you are inexperienced, there is nothing to worry about – most of these activities are suitable for beginners or have options that are meant for those with less experience. Just make sure to check if there are any health or age restrictions you should know about beforehand.

Visit A National Park

Croatia is a country of many natural attractions and places of untouched nature under some degree of protection. Croatia has 8 national parks, which represents the highest degree of protection for natural attractions and if you spend your holiday somewhere on the coast, you will surely have at least one national park or another protected area somewhere near you so if you are nature lovers don’t miss a chance to visit. The most famous national park in Croatia is, of course, Plitvice Lakes which due to its location in central Croatia, makes an ideal stop for tourists traveling from the north of the country to the coast. With its easy and accessible walking trails, boardwalks suspended over the turquoise water, magnificent viewpoints and beautiful waterfalls, this is the type of place which is perfect for visitors of all ages. It is also convenient to visit Plitvice Lakes on a day trip from coastal cities such as Zadar, Šibenik, Split or Trogir. Sure, you will have to spend some time in the car/bus but the beautiful scenery and perfect pictures you will have as a reminder of your visit to Plitvice Lakes will undoubtedly make it worth it.

If Plitvice Lakes is not quite on your way, Krka Waterfalls national park presents an equally stunning choice. Krka national park encompasses nearly 27,000 acres along the Krka River in central Dalmatia and is easily reachable from the towns of Split, Trogir, and Šibenik. In addition, unlike Plitvice Lakes, national park Krka still allows swimming in selected areas inside the park.

Explore Diocletian’s Palace In Split

If your holiday takes you somewhere near Split, the second biggest city in Croatia and the capital of Dalmatia, don’t miss a chance to explore its old city core – with the palace of the Roman emperor Diocletian in its center, around which the city of Split was formed and which is now declared UNESCO World Heritage Site. Split is the cultural center of the region and a vibrant place that perfectly blends ancient and modern. The palace is the perfect start point for exploring Split – whether you just want to wander between the ancient walls and soak in the history or carefully explore the landmarks and attractions – such as the Temple of Jupiter (originally a Roman temple later converted to a baptistery in the 11th century), Cathedral of St. Domnius (originally built as Diocletian’s mausoleum) the Bell Tower (which visitors can climb and enjoy in the fascinating view of Split from bird’s perspective) and the Peristyle.

Visit Dubrovnik – The Pearl Of Adriatic

When you think of Croatia, one of the first associations is Dubrovnik – the pearl of Adriatic, one of the most beautiful coastal destinations not only in Croatia but in Europe as well. Dubrovnik is famous not only for its walls and fortifications but also as the King’s Landing from Game of Thrones, which surely contributed to its word wide popularity in recent years. Don’t miss the city’s white limestone streets, the lovely old town of Stari Grad or scenic Mount Srđ (take the cable car to the top for some magnificent views). Dubrovnik is also very easily reachable if you’re staying in Split or Trogir – there are various tours and organized day trips to visit this magnificent old town.

Visit Trogir

Trogir is a charming medieval town on the Dalmatian coast which is often overlooked due to it’s much bigger neighbors- the cities of Split, Zadar, and Šibenik. Nevertheless, due to it’s a historical and cultural value which dates back to ancient times, it is not only worth visiting but is also a great starting point for exploring natural, cultural and historical attractions Dalmatia has to offer. From Trogir, you can easily reach Split, Krka Waterfalls, Šibenik, and Zadar – even Mostar in the neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina is just 2 and a half hours of driving away

Take A Speedboat Excursion To Nearby Islands

One of the best ways to explore Croatia is to book an organized boat excursion which will take you to nearby islands – after all, Croatia is famous for its many islands and islets (over 1000) and what better way to see as much of them as you can than hopping on a speedboat which will show you the best nearby landmarks and natural wonders? For example, if you find yourself around Split and Trogir, some of the most popular boat tours are the so-called Three island tours and Five island tours which will take you to explore the archipelago of nearby islands – Drvenik, Šolta, Vis, Hvar, Pakleni islands and so on. If you decide to book a Five island tour, you will have a chance to visit one of the most popular natural attractions – the famous Blue Cave on island Biševo.

Pump Up Your Adrenaline And Go On An Adventure Tour

Looking for a more exciting holiday? Don’t worry, Croatia has more to offer than just beach, sun and sightseeing – take one of the more adventurous tours such as rafting, zip-line, quad/buggy tour or scuba diving tours. Adventure activities are perfect for those looking for a more active vacation – and you will definitely have something to talk about once you return home. If you are inexperienced, there is nothing to worry about – most of these activities are suitable for beginners or have options that are meant for those with less experience. Just make sure to check if there are any health or age restrictions you should know about beforehand.

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