23 July 2016
5 days on the island of Solta, Croatia
Solta is an island not far from split (a 45 minute ferry ride) and this was my home for 5 nights. I don't usually spend so much time in one particular city, let alone an island but this was an exception. One of my Swedish friends was heading there for a week with her two friends and invited me to tag along on their adventure. For me it was a win win, I was able to go to Croatia, be with friends and also not feel so alone after just saying goodbye to Maman and Ally. It sounded like a perfect solution, except for the fact that we were staying on an island for 5 nights… I really didn't have any idea what I was going to be in for. And for those of you who know me well, you'll know that I tend to think of pretty extreme situations and scenarios and I'm not one who doesn't like to be in control of a situation. So this was something different for me. I didn't even know what our accommodation looked like! I'm not going to lie, I was pretty put off at first… A 45 minute ride away from the main town? Then our accomodation being half way up a mountain! Okay… Well not really, but still it was a big hill! But this trip for me is to have an open mind and have a go with the flow and relaxed attitude, so I just went with the flow. And you know what. It was pretty dam amazing! I mean I don't know what I was thinking was going to happen but I was about to stay on an island in Croatia in the middle of summer... I don't actually think it could be bad at all!
The first two days we actually just relaxed and settled down on the island. The island isn't actually that small, it consists of a few villages and does actually have roads, so to get to the shops is a workout and to go down for a swim is also a workout (but maybe that's how we justified lying by the beach all day doing nothing?). We had basically our own private beach just a 5-10 walk away from the house we had rented and I am not lying when I tell you this. The water was some of the most amazing I had ever seen! It was the clearest and bluest I have seen, literally straight out of a photograph! It wasn't anything like Australian surf beaches or even the crystal coral beaches in Fiji (which are both equally amazing) but it was like the photos you see of Greece and Croatia, so clear you think you can touch the bottom when really it's 6 metres deep! The temperature was scorching hot and the water was perfect! No waves or tourists in sight. It was a picture perfect location.
The third day we had the plan to go to Hvar… And let's just say plans don't always work out. Essentially we bought the wrong ferry tickets and it was a whole process to get money back and by the time we had worked it out it was going to be to late to go. So we had a change of plans, just spent the day in Split! Split was beautiful and unlike any other European town I had visited. I don't really know what I was expecting, but I was pleasantly surprised. Although, every second person there was Australian and it was full of tourists, so I was actually very grateful to have my own little island for the week. Click here to see a separate blog post with more photos of our day in Split.
Now the fourth day was pretty fun! Well it was an adventure at least! Our 'AirBnB' neighbours had been so friendly and were kind enough to lend us their car for the day so that we could explore more of the island we were on and the other little towns. It was like a mini road trip! We drove around exploring everywhere and trying to find little beaches to swim at. The first beach required careful manuvering down some ridiculous road and before we realised it wasn’t the best idea anyone of us had it was too late and we couldn't turn back… The beach was okay but not as nice as our private beach and probably not worth the stress of trying to get back up the hill… lets just say we got bogged down a little bit. But all went well in the end and we had at least learned the lesson to stay on sealed roads from now on! We spent the rest of the day exploring the island, having lunch and dinner at the cutest little restaurants by the waterfront at two different towns and just having fun. It was great!
The last day was a day of relaxation. All I wanted to do was to swim, read my book and relax, and that's exactly what I did!
See below for more pictures!