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Like Croatia but not Croatia

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SimonBridges Thu 11-Jan-18 21:37:24

I'm vaguely looking for somewhere to go.

I've been looking at Croatia but what I'm getting is that it's getting to be busy and overcrowded.

I kind of like the way it has a mix of old town and architecture with sea and sun.

Any ideas anyone? Is there anywhere in Croatia that isn't as busy as Dubrovnik.

No children, but would need to be in the holidays as we both work in schools.

Kit1411 Fri 12-Jan-18 09:43:37

Bulgaria is nice, I went to Sunny Beach.

PineappleTits Fri 12-Jan-18 09:44:57

Riga in Latvia is gorgeous

ButFirstTea Fri 12-Jan-18 09:46:20

Lisbon although obviously it's not central/eastern Europe.

NoBallsHere Fri 12-Jan-18 09:47:27

Barely anywhere in Croatia is a busy as Dubrovnik. Try Split or Zadar. Or next door Montenegro which is very similar but much cheaper.

Purplerain101 Fri 12-Jan-18 09:48:05

Lisbon in Portugal is amazing! I preferred it to Dubrovnik and it’s so pretty with lots to see and do. It has the quaint town feel even though it’s a city and there’s lovely big beaches very nearby too.

Kentnurse2015 Fri 12-Jan-18 09:49:00

Montenegro is lovely!

LuckyBitches Fri 12-Jan-18 09:49:10

Lake Ohrid in Macedonia is lovely. As is Perast in Montenegro (not so great for beaches, though). Also Lipari in Italy.

EmmalinaC Fri 12-Jan-18 09:53:53

Slovenia? Ljubljana is a beautiful city. And the Slovenian lakes are wonderful too.

tigerdog Fri 12-Jan-18 09:54:00

I think most of Croatia isn’t as busy as Dubrovnik, except perhaps Spilt and Hvar. We went in late June/early July, which obviously isn’t our school holidays (although lots of other kids around) but didn’t find it too busy. We went to Korcula and Vis which were both lovely and fairly quietl. Dubrovnik, Hvar and Split were all pretty busy but manageable and not unpleasantly so. I don’t know how much worse it would get in the school holidays though. Further North and the small islands are probably the way to go. Ferry travel was dead easy - we booked them all in advance on the internet, and didn’t need a car at all. Also, we stayed in a hotel about a mile or so from Dubrovnik old town, which had a private beach - so we mixed our time with walking around the old town and relaxing in relative peace and quiet - it was a good mix and as we often did the walk twice a day, plenty of exercise, although there were also frequent buses. Serbia looks beautiful from pictures I’ve seen of others holidays but I’ve not been there myself.

leccybill Fri 12-Jan-18 09:58:59

Stay in lovely Cavtat and just taxi boat it to Dubrovnik on the days when the cruise ships aren't in?

SimonBridges Fri 12-Jan-18 23:12:07

Oh staying outside Dubrovnik and going in might be a plan.

timetomoveon Sat 13-Jan-18 04:48:03

Like others said, almost everywhere isn’t as busy as Dubrovnik. In the summer, there are cruise ships every day.
Korcula, Brac, Krk, Zadar, or Istria area are all great. Even Hvar isn’t as busy as Dubrovnik.
I like Split too - much prefer it to Dubrovnik.

IntoTheFloodAgain Sat 13-Jan-18 04:57:15

Pag isn’t as busy as Dubrovnik and lovely.

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