Just returned from a lovely 2 week break in Zaton Mali, Croatia. Zaton Mali means little bay. It was a beautiful area, very peaceful and quiet, which was how i wanted it! There was a supermarket, bus stop and about 3 restaurants within a 20 minute walk. You could walk further around the bay to Zaton Veliki for more if you desired!. No high rise hotels here!
We had a lovely appartment, that looked out over the entire bay,on the sea front. 4 steps down into the sea, perfect setting. Spent alot of time sat on the balcony, enjoying the scenery. The weather was a bit mixed, quite alot of cloudy days, some showers and even a thunder storm one night, which we sat on the balcony and watched.
We were 20 minutes drive from Dubrovnik, there was a regular bus service or taxi if you wished. We purposely wanted to be outside Dubrovnik, as it gets very busy with cruise ships coming in daily. We went into Dubrovnik 3/4 times. Its a great place to walk around, sit at a restuarant, people watch, eat and drink etc. We did a walking tour and the cable car ride (that was hair raising!). It reminded me very much of when i went too Venice, with its narrow streets. I liked it alot, although the crowds grate on you after a while, and it was heaven to retreat back to Zaton Mali.
Lots of swimming done, a lovely boat trip to the Elafiti Islands on a replica Galleon ship (great day!), a boat trip to Lokrum island, a couple of visits to Cavtat and a day trip too Montenegro. Montenegro is only an hour away and well worth a visit.
It was very good value for money, i suppose because they use the Croatian Kuna not the Euro, although as i understand it by 2019 they will switch over. So go visit while you can!
The people were very friendly, the children learn English at school so no language problems to worry about. Food was very much catered towards the tourists, pizza, pasta, meat etc. Lots of fish available, which i enjoyed! I would have preferred to try traditional Croatian cuisine, but it was not on offer where we went too.
Would i go back? Definitely! Where we stayed was perfect, the owners were adorable. The whole region is just stunningly beautiful. There are lots of places we didn`t have time too visit.
I love taking photos, so have attatched a selection. I wont bore you with all 1100+ :/ lol.