Advice. Thinking of Split Croatia next?
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I’ve chatted to a few of you on the threads these past few days, and now I want to meet you all!
How about next Wednesday 23rd Sept? I’m happy to arrange it and was thinking To Je To would be a good place. Let me know if another date would be better.
Who’s in? If we can get more than 10 I might be able to make it an official Nomad List meet up.
in split now. anyone around?
Great idea to make it a weekly tradition, and thanks for the suggestion of a quieter place! Works for me, unless I’m on some remote island.
I want to be on the slack too! I’m on Vis and really don’t feel like leaving, even just to come to Split. If I have a connection from the country this evening I could try joining you via skype. Anyone have a skype name to give me? Mine’s littleshiva but I don’t leave it on unless I’m expecting contact.
Awesome @suuzin! Can’t wait to hear about your appartment
@thestboss I’m around until 8th October - at least that’s the plan for now
@hannahvictorius Okay! If you could hook me up with a few cool places to hang out and work from that would be awesome!
I’ll be around the next month. And I’ll be at the meetup, and so will at least one other nomad friend I told about it (probably more). And I found a wonderful apartment!! See you all soon, thanks for setting this up.
I land in Split on the 24th, Would have loved to come and meet you all! Anyone still going to be around from the 24th onwards and fancy hanging out?
The plan at the moment is to meet at To Je To in the old town at around 8pm. If it’s too crowded, then we’ll move onto somewhere else nearby. I’m pretty sure I walked past loads of cool looking bars and cafebars around the old town.
See you all on Wednesday 23rd September.
Will be in Split in the from tomorrow till 28th, looking forward to meeting the other DMs there
Andrea and I are in. Looking forward to meeting the other nomads.
Great! I’ll see if I can make it a Nomad List event, and try and firm up some details too. Heading to Amosfera today, so will have a chat with whoever is there.
Hey! My girlfriend and I are down for a meetup! We have been staying in Stobrec for the last two weeks and have been loving it! Would be great to meet some of the other DMs in town and hear what everyone is up to!
Myself and my girlfriend are arriving in Split on Thursday We’re going to be there (working from Amosfera by the way) for the next month and a bit, so will be cool to meet up with some fellow nomads!
I’m in, and I know another nomad coming into town on Sept. 20 who I’m pretty sure would come. And she knows more I think!
I think that @levelsio is leaving before then though, and I know two other nomads who leave early Friday morning.
I’m in, and I think DNs who are currently in Amosfera would join also. Hope @theunis stays longer
One question is the time, most us in Amosfera work until 21h, and another is the place, if there is going to be 10 of us, we will not fit in To je To in the evening. The place isn’t big and it’s usually full every evening. But on the other hand, it’s great atmosphere and full of expats and tourists.
I’m happy for other location suggestions. I’m new here! We can maybe meet at 8pm and those working later can join us then?
you can count me in too of course
I’m keen - small chance that I may leave split before the 23rd, but I’ll probably still be around. There are 3 other nomads at amo!sfera that would be game too I’m sure.
are you on the slack? if not I can post this in the croatia slack for you.
I am looking for a co-working space in Split, Crotia. There used to a couple of places listed on nomadlist.io but since the recent update they are not there anymore. Does somebody have a place they can recommend me ? I am staying there for 1 month (august).
Bit of an old thread, but if anyone is looking for a co-working space now, one just opened up in the Meje area, which I found also has the best nature walks in Split (forest, beaches). It is Coworking Split, and I worked there, so can vouch for it being a bright, modern space – intimate, but plenty of room to work and meet. The owners are super friendly and welcoming. http://www.coworkingsplit.com/
Here is another picture with the sunset. Are you there this week Peter ? I will be at Amosfera tomorrow. Leaving Split this saturday.
Hey Miquel. I would definitely recommend Amo!sfera. I am there right now, it is great. You just have to get used to take the bus from city center to Split 3, but it’s a short ride and there are many bus.
We are located 2 km east from the city center in second city center, sort of a downtown, right next to University campus.
One of the great things about Split is all the different caffe bars you can find and work from there. My personal favorites are Bajamonti in city center and Mythos on the seaside. But I would recommend trying out these as well: Dvor, Žbirac, F-Marine, Le Mond and Split Caffe.
If you have any questions regarding working, coworking, networking, living and traveling to Split, don’t hesitate to ask me.
In Amosfera now, it reminds me a lot of Hubba in 2013, just before the nomad explosion happened in Thailand.
It has a lot of potential and I think we’ll see lots of remote workers here in the next few years.
Here’s pics I made:
Many cafes in Split have wifi but are not always equipped well for work. They have outdoor seating, with small and wobbly tables and no electrical sockets…
When I was a student in Split, we’d go to study in Lvxor on Peristyle (but not in summer!!!). They have nice large tables, free wifi, quiet atmosphere and coffee is a decent price.
Another place like that, for non-summer time, is Bajamonti on Prokurative (Trg Republike).
Marcvs Marvlvs is good, hidden from most tourists but it’s very small!
I’ll be there for a month or so from September. I’ll definitely be referring back to this
Thanks Ewajoan !
Here is link: https://www.sharedesk.net/spaces/view/3940/amo-sfera/
There is one called Amo!sfera
I was there for a few weeks and couldn’t find one : (
Many thanks ! I will definitely drop by that cafe.
Hi @emondpph, I just spent three weeks there and worked from home, but my favorite bar/cafe there was Marcvs Marvlvs which had a great connection (10-11Mbps). It’s a cozy little bar-cum-library, and the owner is an Argentinian-Croatian poet (though he’s only there on evenings). I imagine it would be a great place to work from during the day if you need somewhere shady and cool.
Hope that helps
I am planning everyday about where and when to go as next place.
Starting from Helsinki, I am staying in Warsaw now, heading to south.
so I may visit Croatia in August. If so, then I will contact you again here.
Hey Toshi when are you in Split ? Maybe we can grab a beer together. I will be there from August 3 to September 3.
I am sorry that this is not a reply, but just a greeting.
I am a nomadic traveling from Finland to Turkey(maybe) in this summer.
I will visit Croatia in this travel.
If you find a good place to work, please share with me!
We plan on staying in Split, Croatia from Aug - Oct or Sep - Nov. My budget is around $600 (around 500 euros) for a 2-bedroom appartment. Is that realistic and are the prices on nomadlist accurate?
I started my search on njuskalo.hr and broker.hr. Got one response so far and the guy told me appartment rates start at 1000eur. In August he said it would ‘not be possible’ to find appartments in my price range because of the tourism.
I also looked at Airbnb. Some nice single room appartments there at 500euros but no 2 bedroom appartments.
Anyone who can point me in the right direction or can refer me to someone? Would be much appreciated!
I’m waiting for 4 more replies, so will update the thread when I get more info.
Im considering to do it for few cities on the coast. Not just apartments but bikes, scooters, lunch/dinner packages etc. I’m even considering to give free apartment for a month to one or two nomads who could set a website up by our guidelines. It all comes down if there’s enough volume and your requirements (mostly price) meet what owners have to offer.
I’m telling you, you locals could set up a service finding local-price apartments and charge a fee.
Especially if you got back to back monthly bookings!
And especially over spring and summer…
I have a friend who used to live in Split: she’s an American woman who now lives up the coast in a town called Drage, but she has connections all over the place and could help you find a place to stay in Split if airbnb isn’t working for you. Her name is Anastasia and her website (the part about apartments in Split) is www.kingsleysuccess.com/apartments/split/ She’s friendly, honest and very helpful. Tell her Little Shiva sent you.
Thanks for the help everyone. I booked a 2 bedroom appartment through Airbnb for the first 6 days in the city centre. I asked 3 owners for 50% off and one of them agreed. If we like the place, we can stay 3 more months at a very reasonable rate. Leaving in 8 days!
@tomislavmamic I’m sending you a PM now. Very interested in checking out your coworking space when we get there!
That is great! See you in Split!
We just got 4 nomads joining us in Amosfera Coworking for next month, it seems that Split is going to be crowded with nomads this fall.
Haha yes! I’m in Amosfera now
You should start taking photos of gatherings at Amosfera!
My 2c about Split (living here all my life)… keep an eye on it and if you don’t find anything this year, try next year. Split is growing very fast in tourism (over 20% increae just this year) so private accommodation and flats for rent almost double every year last few years . That means you can expect lower off season prices every year.
I’m here to help if you need anything. Thumbs up for Amosfera Coworking. Nice place, not in the town center but only 10 minutes by bus (20 min walk) and also very close to student campus.
Hey @FootprintsImprints, thanks for your interest! We have lot events in our coworking space. We’ll organize a learning course for web developers in Split, later this month. Thanks to one of our digital nomad coworkers! Check it out!
But we don’t organize events in our coworking space only, this weekend DNs went together to Plitvice lakes, last week we had a picnic in local park and before that a farewell party for our @emondpph!
Here is a photo of one event we had earlier this year:
PS. If anyone would like to organize a get-together or any other event, let me know, I’d love to help!
I am managing Amosfera Coworking (www.facebook.com/coworkingamosfera?fref=ts) space in Split, Croatia. Few years back, I have worked for a local real estate agency for a month so I got to see how it works from the inside.
Outside the tourist season (July - August), you can get a two room apartment of 50sqm next to the city center for anything between 300 and 500 euro, depending on the location and the quality. This is average. Split has lot of apartments of rent which are usually used by students throughout the year. This means apartment owners try to rent for the whole year, and since it’s students, it’s cheaper. Much cheaper than Airbnb or during the tourist season. 1000 euro per month should buy you a 70 sqm apartment in Peristyle (www.visitsplit.com/en/528/peristyle-peristil).
Also, the best time to look for an apartment in Split is September. It’s before university year starts and 10 000 students come rushing into the city. If you can choose, and you are going to stay here for few months, my suggestion would be for you to come to Split anytime between 1st and 15th of September, book an apartment via booking.com or any other service provider, go to local real estate agency and get them to help you find an apartment.
Usually they charge one monthly payment (the agency), and the apartment owner asks for you to pay on month rent upfront as well as the damage insurance which is usually the same amount (you get this back if you don’t damage the apartment). So if you are taking an 400 euro apartment, it will cost you immediately 1200 euros.
You can as well try finding an apartment by yourself and saving yourself the agency provision. What you can do is find postings of available apartment in local facebook groups of classifieds (better option). Most often local people who need to rent an apartment in Split use local newspaper classifieds Mali oglasnik (online version is available for purchase here: trafika.slobodnadalmacija.hr) where virtually all the rentiers advertise their apartments.
Just be aware it might take longer time for you to find an appropriate apartment, and this gets stressful and tiring. Most probably you will have to check more than 5-6 apartments to find the right one and this takes couple of days.
Last couple of months I have had few DMs asking for help finding an apartment (sorry for not seeing this thread before! ) so I was considering getting this as an additional service by our coworking space. If you are interested in using a coworking space and need help finding an apartment in Split, please don’t hesitate to direct message me. I will be more than glad to help.
Hope this helped.
I am also looking for an apartment in August in Split. There is not a lot of nice appartements left on AirBnb for under $1000, even for a lone traveler. If you are thinking of renting something bigger, maybe we could share.
Thanks so much for your suggestions. Your place looks good Juan!
We’ll be arriving at the end of August, so I’m going to try to negotiate down the appartments on Airbnb.
@FootprintsImprints Thanks! I’ll look for more options on Njuskalo.hr but the companies that list the appartments are not very responsive so far. I’ll keep trying and might have to increase my budget.
How did your search go? i’m currently looking for a place too.
did you find a place off airbnb?
I’m from Split. As other have told you, June-Sep is high summer season and even people that have apartments or rooms to rent to students or locals will rent them out via Airbnb (poor students, have to go home from June to Sep). However, you can always try via Njuskalo.hr, a national classifieds website. To find Split rentals, click on ‘Nekretnine’ > ‘Stanovi’/‘Iznajmljivanje’ and then in the sidebar on the left under ‘Županija’ choose ‘Splitsko-dalmatinska’, under ‘Grad’ choose ‘Split’.
If you don’t have to be in Split, I’d suggest looking into nearby towns of Trogir, Kastela, Omis or Solin, all within 30 min bus ride.
I’m in Split right now with my girlfriend and we’re paying 30euro/night, but it’s high season. I’m sure once it gets closer to your dates you’ll be able to bargain down a bit more, esp for a 3-month stay.
I was able to negotiate down 30% on both apartments asking price, so definitely start there if not 40%.
If there’s any other way I can help, let me know
Season ends August 31, so from Sept 1 prices usually go down
http://airbnb.com/sublets is a good start.
You can negotiate with hosts lower prices than display ed (up to 50%, usually rather 30%) additionally because they all know that after season bookings will go down massively.
Thanks for the suggestion mrgreen!
I’m going to contact some hosts to see how willing they are to lower their prices in September. I’m also thinking about going there for a week during Ultra Europe in July. Search might be easier when I meet hosts in person and can already look at some appartments. We’ll see how it goes.
Beware that prices around Ultra are going through the roof (100€ per day for small apartment is absolute minimum, usually rather 150-200€)
I’m currently keeping an eye out for a month in Sept-Oct. I’ve found people pretty approachable on airbnb, but two bed in the centre of Split for that price might be tough. I’m certainly staying well away until after Aug.
Hi Hannah, thanks for your reply! That’s what I was thinking too. We probably have to reschedule to Sep - Nov, but on the other hand I don’t want to miss the good weather and nightlife.
I find it hard to contact people on sites other than Airbnb . The last email response I got from a real estate company was: ‘Hello, now is to early to look for the apartments.’
More tips are welcome!
Hello, we are US citizens that have been able to stay in Italy past our standard visa stay due to covid. Now we must leave. We want to drive to Croatia as our “out of EU” stay. But I’m now wondering what considerations I need to take care of for my visa. I won’t go through an airport and get my passport stamped. But I assume I need to get my passport stamped as a way to prove I’m out of the EU.
Anyone else travel in and out of Schengen zone via car? Or know what I should do to properly handle the visa situation? I get unclear answers online. Hmm.
Appreciate your help!
I don't have the answer to your question, but have you verified to be sure that as a US citizen you are allowed to enter Croatia? I believe that their border is open for the citizens of a select few countries.
right, I'm working on getting more info on that..if possible. It'll be tricky because I'm not coming from the USA, I've been in Europe for 6 months, but still I have a US passport.
My girlfriend has an american passport : I can confirm that you will be able to cross the border in Croatia with an american passport. It's better if you have some proof that you were not in the US recently.
Croatia has a website dedicated for tourism in the current Covid situation. I cannot post link as i am a new member but you should be able to find it easily. You can even email the border police if you have any questions.
Regarding the question of getting your passport stamped : Croatia is NOT in Shengen as you understood. So my understanding is that you will have to cross the border by car and they will stamp it there. Probably worth to send an email to the border police to check that part !
We are in Umbria until August 31. We've been here since March, but crisis-level visa extensions are over. After that we have to leave the EU. We would like to stay out of the USA (our home) due to it's covid crisis, at the same time we want to be responsible about travel. Ideally we would not travel at all, rather stay hidden in the countryside of Umbria forever until covid is more under control globally, but here we are!
So we must leave the Schengen zone. We should avoid USA. We should avoid long air travel.
We were thinking Croatia.
Do you recommend a route to Croatia? We are open to long train rides. Ideally not long ferry rides. Is there a ferry route under 4 hours? I read about it...I don't see it. If not, the other option is to make our way north and up over to Croatia via train.
I'd appreciate your thoughts and insights!
Umbria is a great green region in Italy and it's sad that you can't stay there longer. I do agree that's best to avoid long air travel or getting back to the US.
I currently remain in Kuala Lumpur and hope to stay here as long as possible – similar to you guys.
While I haven't done the exact route I did make many trips across Europe via buses, trains and cars (carpooling). I'd recommend checking your options via Omio app. They integrate many European transport operators and most likely going by land is quicker/safer/better than going by sea. Please double-check with local officials and regulations.
Hi all, need some help with schengen fuzziness… I’m a US citizen.
Does any know if the 90 day rule applies inside of Croatia. I’m seeing that Croatia isn’t part of schengen but adopts the same visa aquis. This isn’t clear to me.
If someone has a definitive answer please let me know as I’m approaching the 90 day rule in my travel plans and I want to hit Croatia and not have it count.
Thanks in advance.
Croatia is a member of the EU, but not part of Schengen. So, both the border people of the country you are leaving and of Croatia might check your passport. If you are leaving a Schengen country after your 90 days are up, you are more likely to be caught by the exit country, who will arrest you for overstaying your visa. (They say it is a felony, but really only a fine. I’m a US citizen, and in my case, the fine was $250 and a lot of paperwork.) Then you are also on Croatia’s radar for the length of stay.
Unless you have an emergency and have to stay, cross the border before 90 days are up. If you have an emergency, go to the embassy before 90 days are up.
Don’t risk overstaying the visa limit, it’s not worth the hassle.
The Croatian terrestrial internet I’ve used has been 5-10Mbps but faster 4G is very cheap (~$10=3gb) and widespread. I guess it’s an example of lower-level physical infrastructure getting leapfrogged by newer technology.
1-2 days in Dubrovnik will be plenty. Istria is really nice; I’d try to make it up there if I were you. Piran ( just across the Slovenian border, so not an option if you’re at 90 days on your schengen clock), Pula, and Rovinj were all lovely and less crowded than Dubrovnik (but still fairly touristy–this is Croatia, after all).
Best internet connection would be T-HT (Croatian Telecom = T-mobile) and VIP.
TELE2 offers cheaper 4G and have cover nation wide since few months back.
Best coverage on Islands is probably T-HT and VIPnet, they have their own infrastructure so their customers have priority. Even 3G is decent, if you don’t have real need for 4G.
no, it doesn’t. croatia wants to join schengen so it’s implementing the same rules but they’re not a member so days there don’t count.
sure thing. have fun. croatia is lovely. just don’t plan to spend too much time in dubrovnik and make sure you explore the neighboring countries (which I personally prefer).
Thanks. Planning around 10 days in Croatia… Dubrovnik and some coastal spots. How’s internet travelling around Croatia. I saw some reports of 5mb or so in Dubrovnik a year ago.
Then we’re off to explore Italy until mid October
2 days is plenty in dubrovnik unless you use it as a base to do day trips to mostar and kotor.
i found the internet fine, but it depends on where you are, what you need, and where you’re staying.
I’d second this. I went to Dubrovnik for three days, mainly because I wanted to do the Game of Thrones tour and found it a bit boring. After you’ve explored the old town and had a bit of a look around, there isn’t a helluva lot to do. You can go to the beaches or take boats around the islands but I’m not a beach person and I imagine if you are, the beaches would be just as nice and far less crowded in other parts of the country.
I’m thinking of spending August-October in Europe; Berlin was a strong contender, but I’m hearing good stuff about Zagreb. Anyone have any experiences (good or bad) to share?
I live in Zagreb, coming back home from Thailand on 2. May, because warmer days are coming
Most of the people move to the sea side, mostly between 15. July - 20. August, then the city is usually reserved only for people who are at work, even they tend to run away for the weekends outside of town. And city looks more empty during that time.
During this time there is usually lots of road works, because lots of people are out of town, this is a good time of year to do fixings of the streets.
You will also see a lots of tourists especially Chinese people talking photos of everything including you.
Because there are lots of tourists, more and more each year, there are things to do because our Tourist board is working a lot on promoting Zagreb as a Tourist destination.
You would usually walk around city, visit old part of town, buildings, museums, parks etc.
There are also day tours visiting other tourist attractions outside the city, most popular is Plitvice lakes/waterfalls - must see.
Town Samobor near Zagreb is pretty looking place, good for one day tour.
Most of the nightlife is located in city centre. Tkaličićeva or locals say (Tkalča, eng ~ Tkalcha) is the most popular street full of bars, and around main square, eg: Cvjetni Trg.
Sadly not so many things are open after midnight, and there are not lots of places where you can go after if you would like to party. Busiest hours are 6pm - 10pm.
It’s just because all of the people move to the see side, all the nightlife is moved there so most of the clubs are closed.
Good thing is that you are 2-3 hours away from the sea side with bus/car.
If you traveling, try to avoid Fri - Sat, 3 hours become 6, because on weekends most of tourists are traveling home/coming for vacation.
Not likely you can travel with airplane, you can probably go to Split, Pula, Zadar or Dubrovnik only, not so many plane connections.
Things slowely start to get busy after 20. August, when most of the people are coming back, then the nightlife returns back to Zagreb too.
September is usually good month to visit because temperatures are high, around 25 - 30, depends on the year, and there are things happening, people are hanging outside, on Gornji Grad (uptown) there is street festival each evening with live music called Gričevanje, clubs are open with various things to choose.
If you are in Zagreb reception is usually great, and I personally use only 3G, because it’s enough for me. Not sure, but most of them don’t offer 4G for prepaid plans. Maybe there are some tourist promotions which i’m not familiar with, but it changes every year so it’s still early for me to say which one would be ok.
Anyway, best reception where ever you go you should have with Vipnet, T-HT and Bonbon (they use T-HT infrastructure)
For the land line, internet speed is 5Mpbs+, usually everyone has just the lowest speed with flat rate internet, this again depends on where you stay. But the connection is stable.
Cost of living is cheap, just to compare here are some prices:
The city and the centre is actually not that big, you can stay anywhere in around 3-4 stations with Tram, it’s only like up to 15-20 minutes walk anywhere you go.
So it’s not important to stay in the main square circle, just to have a Tram station near, then you will be fine.
After 1pm Tram are driving only every 1 hour and it’s difficult to get anywhere without Taxi.
Just ask for the Taximeter, 10Eur should get you anywhere, and just pay what you see on Taxi-meter no more.
I never had problem because I’m local, but taxi drivers same like everywhere, they want to rip you off.
And always say that you are meeting a friend which is from Zagreb, and you are not first time here, it’s what I do where ever I am.
Hope this helps.
If you would have any questions feel free to ping me.
Hey guys and gals! I’m also heading to Croatia (at least going through Zagreb, but not sure where I’ll end up in the country) in September… hope to see some of you there. =)
Fantastic ! A nice small group of people in a gorgeous villa in a Crotian island sounds like a nice plan. I think we should probably start looking end of next week or so.
What is the best way to all get in touch ? I suggest all those interested, send me your email address in a private message and I will create an email message with everybody included.
Kepp me posted all those heading out in mid September.
@allbombs Try contacting the AirBnB hosts and making an offer. I’ve had a few places offer less than asking on the site, especially if you can confirm a month’s stay. And look a little further out as city centre is in high demand.
Thanks for the suggestions
Arrive in Spilt on Wednesday and trying to find accommodation too.
Looking at Hvar + Vis like many of you, but may setup in Split for a month?
Airbnb is definitely more expensive than I anticipated. Imagine more deals are to be had once I arrive in person and as September approaches?
I’m also open to sharing a house/apartment with the right people. Early 30’s, need to work mon - friday, but up for exploring in the evenings and weekends.
@emondpph - that sounds interesting, although mid-Sept is the beginning of off-season and I think you might do better price-wise…? I am looking anywhere between early or mid-Sept but I won’t know for another few days at least.
Since a lot of nomads are asking about Croatian island wifi and such on different forums, I decided to ask a woman on FaceBook who has been offering to put people in touch with landlords in Split, Brac and Hvar for off-season. Here is what she said:
“Most modern apartments will have wifi, but it depends on the provider. Most islands will have T-com. It depends what speed package they have too. Brac island for example, has good 4G coverage. So you can use mobile wifi router. I have used it successfully to watch Netflix. I worked at a hotel in Hvar Town and internet was awful outside of centre. You need a good gadget though I use TP Link 4G LTE. It amplifies the signal. I use Bon Bon sim card I top up 6 euros and get 5GB data, north of Brac island has a good 4G coverage.”
Also, I looked up T-Mobile’s 4G coverage map and here it is… check out all that great coverage in the sea!
Hi ! I am currently in Split for August. It’s burning hot here, like 40 celsius !
I am also thinking of going a couple of weeks in a Croatian island early september. I was looking at Brac on AirBnb. Maybe there are other/better islands. Really open to any island destination.
I would be interested in joining with one or two persons to rent something bigger and nicer. There are really nice villas with Wi-fi on AirBnb for about 100 - 130 euro per day. So at 3 it could be pretty affordable.
Exemple in Brac:
Korčula (town and island) is pretty chill, and as far as I can remember, has plenty of wifi in cafes, like much of the region. I was there two years ago in August, and it didn’t feel too busy, so I imagine September is pretty good.
Let me know when you’re around as I plan to be on the coast in September too.
Thanks! Vis and Pag are on my list to consider so far too. Where are you planning to go, @hannahvictorius?
Keep in mind that islands usually don’t have a good telecommunication infrastructure and not a very good 4G coverage, so there might be some wifi issues. Also, food and everything else is more expensive on islands. For any specialised shopping (laptop parts, cables etc) you will need to make a trip to the coast.
Vis has always been top of my list, but yet I’ve never made it.
I’ll be basing myself in Split and then day tripping to Brač and Trogir and a weekend in Sarajevo, so it works out better.
I have a feeling Pag may be a bit livelier, but that may not be what you’re after. Vis looks idyllic, but like I said, I haven’t visited yet. One day!
Any reason you’re choosing to base yourself in Split this time rather than returning to Korčula?
A few reasons, but nothing negative towards Korčula.
I want to be in a small city as I’m travelling with my 20 year old brother and like to go and watch the big local football/soccer games. Also, I’ll be travelling up to Sarajevo halfway through my stay and can’t be bothered with the hassle of adding a ferry ride each way.
Also, I’ve never spent more than a day or two in Split, so looking forward to discovering a bit more about the city.
Cool, thanks! I’ll be in touch with you when my plans get better sorted, so hopefully we can meet up!
Also interested in hearing about pretty much exactly the same!
Looks like an old thread, but wondering if anyone has used an island as their base for an extended period, and how that worked out, in terms of Internet and enough services, cafes, etc? I’m planning to be in Croatia for maybe a month or so in September and have grown weary of bigger cities and crowds lately. Looking for something a little more chill and bohemian would be great, if that exists in Croatia - without being super isolated.
It sounds like Split is perfect for you!
It’s not a big city, and outside of the tourist season it perfect for chilling (and getting creative work done!). Also, you can go to any island for a day or two and get super relaxed! When I go to island I can never get anything done, they are just made for relaxing and enjoying! But Split is the place everybody says is perfect size, big enough to entertain you and small enough not to tire you.
You can get wifi on Vis at the Admiral hotel’s café on the riva, as well as in the so-called internet café Biliba one street back (just behind the Admiral hotel) as well at at café Bejbi (there’s one near where the ferry lets you off and one in Kut). In Split there’s a place called Backpacker’s Café at the end of the street where all the ships dock and just before you round the bend heading up to the the big open-air market and the palace. They also sell used books and it’s usually a nice, quiet place to work.
I’ve spent 1 month in Zagreb during summer 2012. A lot of local people were saying surprised that we are going to stay in the city for more than 2 days. Everyone suggested to got to the seaside. Seaside IS amazing (Zadar, Kornati, Split, Dubrovnik) - but you know I really like Zagreb a lot. It’s amazing underestimated city. It’s much more comfortable than touristy seaside if you are doing slow travel. There are a lot of things to do in Zagreb, even in summer when some places might be closed.
Loving it so far! If they could just hurry up fixing the internet. The cost of living is cheap, you can walk everywhere and there’s a lot of cool bars, cafés and restaurants to check out.
Hey @juan, I’ll be heading there later this summer, this thread has me excited.
Would you mind sharing some ballpark figures regarding cost of living you’ve experienced so far? Did you end up using airbnb?
We did @theunis, the place we’re in now is really lovely just uphill from Jelacic square, couldn’t ask for a better location. If you stay longer you can negotiate more, but for our 1-month stays we’re paying 750euro and 650 euro, respectively. It’s significantly more than staying long-term, but still relatively cheap IMO.
Here are the two places, and a third that we viewed and would’ve stayed in if the first two hadn’t worked out. All are well-located, have >4mbps and have plenty to do close by:
Hope that helps, if you’re here before August 15th let us know
Ah that’s great, thanks for sharing!
Will definitely get in touch if I am
T-com owns all the infrastructure, so they’re the safest bet. In my experience 3G/H (SIM) is plenty fast, and you can have 4G if you wish to pay extra. Also, someone should call the provider to fix the current connection, it shouldn’t be that slow.
Thanks Matej! That’s really useful info, I’ll get on it today.
So we arrived in Zagreb today and the internet is a lot slower at our apartment than promised (<1mbps), does anyone know what the fastest provider/service is locally?
It’s always entertaining to see how foreigners see your city
Anyway, just wanted to say if anyone is planing to come to Zagreb, you can drop me a question or two and I’ll try to help! I also offer accommodation via airbnb (lollipop apartment), I believe someone here asked…
Internet is ok - most of the times you get 4Mb/s and it’s true, more and more places provide free wi fi.
I’m on Bali currently. Everybody warned me internet is terrible on Bali, but so far it’s not much different than Zagreb (and I’m not in Ubud)… A bit slower for download, but upload is even better than back home
Spent a month in Zagreb and a few weeks in Split.
I had no preconceptions going into Croatia but it really made me feel at home.
I’ve been there this year and it’s a wonderful city, full of life and good vibe. But I think 2 days are enough for visiting it. It’s not the big. The south of Croatia is amazing, Split, Rijeka and all the south coast… The Lakes are also a must see.
You can find a lot of cafés with wi-fi, it’s everywhere. It’s also cheap to eat and sleep there.
I’m from Portugal, and Croatia and Italy are the bestr european countries I’ve been so far.
Croatia is by far one of the best places I’ve ever spent a summer.
I will say there was much alcohol to be had, and many boat trips around some truly pristine islands. It wasn’t too…educational, but when I went back to do a more historical tour of Croatia it was incredible how much history is there.
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I spent a few weeks in Croatia, specifically Dubrovnik, Hvar, Vis, and Split. Other than Vis, internet was pretty easy to find at internet cafes without having to pay too much. Decent for a bit of work and some Skype calls.
Bear in mind that in the offpeak season, there’s less to do and fewer places open on the islands.
Sold! Zagreb is booked for May 15th and I’m currently trying to sort out accommodation through AirBnB, anyone have any recommendations/links to places they’ve stayed at there?
I was born in Croatia – not Zagreb but I lived there for 7 years as well so it’s a bit hard to see things from the outside
Internet is decent, and free Wi-Fi is everywhere (in Zagreb; not so much in smaller cities). You won’t be getting 100mbit connections (they’re available but few people have them), but for Skype video it should be ok.
If you’re coming in August or September, I’d definitely recommend going to the coast. It’s not that far and in summer months it has a lot more to offer than Zagreb, though of course it all depends on what you’re looking for.
In general, I’d say the most interesting things in Croatia are of the nature kind - there are 7 national parks, the coast is beautiful and there are things to see in the mountain parts of the country as well.
I don’t party much so I can’t tell you how it compares there
The country is quite small so regardless of where you spend most of your time, if you’re going to have more than a couple of weeks I think it makes most sense to travel around. It’s quite diverse and an hour long drive can get you to a totally different environment (i.e. from frozen mountain lakes to sunny coast).
Internet is fine in Zagreb
I’m curious about the same. My ancestry is there and my girlfriend needs to get out of the Schengen Zone by mid-May (we’re currently in Barcelona), so it’s on my short list. My main concern is internet, as I do a lot of Skype video calls for work.
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