Spring is coming – but the weather is doing the cha-cha, one step forward, one step back! Have you seen the wildflowers along the highway? I don’t know about you, but when I see wildflowers along the highway, I feel as if I am coming out of a long, dark tunnel.
Early Spring 2018
That being said, Winter has its place here. It’s time to regroup, recharge, and reformulate. It’s a good time to sit by the fire, eat basic foods like beans and brown rice, have a conversation with loved ones, and bond. But the Promise of Spring is something like an explosion of new life – it’s such a drastic contrast compared to (our gorgeous Croatian) winter. Nature is practically shouting – respect beauty, nature and life! Come outside – and enjoy! To which I say, “ok!”
THINGS TO DO IN CROATIA IN SPRINGTIME
Early Spring means – dress in layers. It’s hot at mid-day, with breezes, and chilly at night.
There is a hike being planned on April 8. The 3-hour walk is suitable for anyone without any major disabilities, offering stupendous views of Lake Vrana, the peninsula between the Lake and Sea – and – far into the distance, the Kornati Islands. Unbelievable! This will take place the weekend after Easter and I plan to go.
Anyone who visits here knows that it is unthinkable to not bring a camera. We bought a fancy one during Black Friday, but overall, I use my iPhone with great results. Plus, it is so handy to carry and use…
So, if you are in the area and want more details on the hike, click here: HIKE
THING TO DO IN BIOGRAD
There are always things to do in Biograd, Croatia, particularly if you like to move.
Many bicyclists from our colder neighbors to the north have already arrived, zipping around in their super-light bicycles, biking apparel and helmets. One group traveling on the Coastal highway #8 was being followed by a minibus from the Czech Republic. Many times, we don’t realize what we’ve got right under our noses, then see how people travel hundreds of miles to be right here.
This area is home to many of Croatia’s 8 national parks. I prefer Spring due to the full rush of water thanks to all the melted snow.
Within 100 km you can easily visit Paklenica, Krka, Plitvica, Lake Vrana, and the Kornati Islands. All are under state and UNESCO protection as national treasures.
OVERVIEW OF 8 NATIONAL PARKS
Here is a link explaining the eight parks: CROATIAN NATIONAL PARKS
PLITVICA NATIONAL PARK This is the big daddy of them all, though you will need plenty of time to explore the many trails, boat ride and more. Most visitors who come to Plitvica plan to spend the night at any one of the hotel or BnB’s in the area, and believe me, you will work up an appetite, so those offering an all you can eat buffet are well worth it.
KRK NATIONAL PARK For those with limited time, you can try to see Krka instead, which is kind of a mini-Plitvica and also quite breathtaking. The entire excursion (depending on whether you opt to have lunch in the ancient town islet of Skradin) should take you no more than six hours. Well worth it!
WINE TASTING TOURS
We have some ideas in progress – from the coast to the inland vineyards, with plenty of interesting scenery along the way. More to be discussed in future blog posts!
ADVICE FOR TRAVELERS / GROUPS and FAMILIES
Though many people think of Croatia as “the place” to visit in Summer – yes it is for those who love the beach and hanging out at night – if you really want to explore the ancient cities, hike around and check out the true beauty of Croatia, the best time to visit is Spring and Autumn.
Take my advice – I am a licensed professional tour guide here, with loads of experience!
From Easter to June is an ideal time to come, plus you avoid the big crowds.
**** YEAH – and now for the RECIPE Section —
Sharing with you some of my favorite SPRINGTIME RECIPES 🙂
Seems we are all eating a bit lighter now, and – here is a Springtime favorite, Vegetarian Cheese Pie!
It goes extra well with a nice serving of Homemade Tomato soup – it is much easier than you might imagine!
Hope you are feeling a new energy that Spring brings!
All the best!