Over the last month I have been helping a few friends plan their trip to Croatia. Instead of telling the same story over and over again, I thought I would take time to share our Croatian journey here on Tribe Vibe. We were looking for a summer holiday that would suit the needs of children ages 4, 6, 7, 9, and 11 years old, 4 parents, and 2 grandparents. Croatia came to mind almost immediately - for good reason. It checks many of boxes related to a perfect vacation - beautiful sea front, green national parks, interesting history, old town European charm, nice people, enchanting islands, delicious food and wine, and (of course) the gorgeous walls of Dubrovnik. There are two main ways to explore Croatia - either by land in a car or by sea. We, of course, opted for the road version given my aversion to boats of any kind. Our route included stops in Rovinj, Split, Mlini, Dubrovnik, Ston and Mali Ston, and Plitvice Lakes.
Our first stop on this fantastic holiday was a stop on the Istrian peninsula sea port of Rovinj. Although the Airbnb apartment (the yellow one in the photos) we rented was a 20 minute walk from the town centre, we enjoyed strolling though the neighbourhood. The boys thought it was a great location as there was a local soccer match playing at the foot of our street. We were also able to walk under many awnings of grapes and kiwis (a first for us to see kiwis growing.) There was also a nice little balcony off our apartment that was perfect to eat our morning breakfast purchased from the bakery across the road (another score!)
The old town of Rovinj, is a fantastic maze of old European charm. Street after street of cobblestones, crumbling stonework, and fresh hanging laundry. It doesn't get more European than this! The highlight of the old town is the climb up the streets to the Church of St. Euphemia.
At the Church of St. Euphemia there is an impressively scary bell tower and accompanying rickety wooden staircase to the top. Every step was worth it given the reward of a spectacular view of the city. I dare you to see for yourself :-)
We also filled our time riding bikes along the Adriatic coast. The kids loved it! For them, it was one of the highlights of the whole trip to Croatia. We rode down the paths, played on the rocks beside the sea, and repeated many times!
Plus, with five kids in tow, we were always on the lookout for wildlife along the way. Another highlight for the kids.
In the evening, the port comes to life with restaurants, street performers, and people out enjoying the evening with friends and family. A stroll along the boardwalk looking at boats and eating ice cream is the perfect end to any day. All together, Rovinj was one of our favourite stops in Croatia. If you have a chance, don't miss it. Next stop, Split.