We arrived in Split early in the morning after catching the dreaded night train from Ljubljana. I was not looking forward to this in the slightest and as I suspected it was the worst. I made my bed and tried to get some sleep but we were very delayed and while at a standstill in Zagreb it was hotter than the sun in our tiny, 6-bed cabin. There also appeared to be a bloodstain on the bottom of the bed above me which was unnerving. Once we got moving and got some air in the train it was all good though and I slept until we got to Split.
We arrived at our hostel Al’s Place where Lizzy’s friend Kiah was already staying. This was an interesting place, Al is quite the character. Also the bunk beds were just two normal beds stacked on top of each other with some wooden blocks in between:
I mean, what?? Luckily I got the only non-bunk bed in the room, which also happened to be right under the air con – hehe. But it is really cheap and if you’re not planning to spend much time in the hostel (and don’t mind potentially being squashed to death in your sleep) then who cares? Al is British and he’s a bit of a character to say the least. He wouldn’t let us use the hostel facilities before check in, but once he allowed us to shower and cook breakfast we headed to one of the beaches. On the way we met the cutest cat EVER.
We sat with her for ages and gave her water out of one of my cat tupperware pots. We named her Daisy. This beach was a pebbly one which I much prefer to sand, plus this one was less busy. We hung around on the beach and in the sea for the afternoon and got back to the hostel at night and cooked our own dinner.
The next day Lizzy was ill and unable to leave the hostel, so Kiah and I went to check out the sandy beach. This one was busier and had more shops around it and there was a really fun looking inflatable thing in the sea which I wish I’d brought enough money to go on 🙁
We got up early the next day as we’d booked a trip to Krka National Park through the hostel. It cost 200 HRK for an air conditioned bus ride to the park and back. It didn’t include entry to the park (85 HRK for students) but it was worth it not to have to bother with public transport, and to have air conditioning. I think it only worked out 30 HRK more expensive than the bus. After it dropped us off we had to get a boat ride to the park entrance (free).
Once in, we went for a swim in the waterfall. This is why we chose to go to Krka over Plitvice, although we wish we could have gone to both, but you can’t swim anywhere in Plitvice. This was a lovely relaxing (and cooling) time and we stayed in there till we were wrinkled.
We then ate lunch and walked around the park. There are 2 routes you can do and, as Lizzy still wasn’t feeling very well, we took the short route around. This was enough in my opinion, it was boiling and a lot of it was uphill, and we saw plenty of the waterfalls. I’m not sure if you get to see more on the other route.
We popped into the museum, which was a collection of old farming tools. And then there was a little walk over some rivers near the exit which was lovely. On our last day we went back to the beach to relax as I was also starting to feel unwell at this point. I bought a tin of tuna for Daisy and we sat feeding her while everyone looked at us like we were crazy.We went out for dinner and some juice at this healthy juice bar and bought some souvenirs.
We really, really wanted to go to Hvar and I’m sad we didn’t get to because. Maybe next time! That concluded our interrailing trip and we flew home the next day 🙁 truth be told I kind of miss sharing a bedroom with 7 other people, is that weird?
Previous interrailing post here.