Solo Trip To Zadar, Croatia Part 2 Day 3

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Day 3 of my trip here was spent wondering around Zadar’s beautiful old town. The journey was around a 15 – minute bus ride from the Donat Hotel where I was staying. The journey cost me 10 kunas which was around £1.15 in sterling pounds or €1.31 in euros at the time of being there.

What the video if you would like to see this beautiful old town. You will also get to see the sea organ, which was definitely the highlight of the day! It was so fascinating!

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Solo trip to Zadar, Croatia Part 1

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If you read my last blog you will know I was feeling a little worried about this trip…. Well, there was no reason to be! I had the most amazing time!

Watch the video below which shows my arrival and first day in croatia. If you want to learn more about where I stayed scroll down to read.

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Where I Stayed

I stayed at the Donat Hotel * Please not this is not a paid review*

I found the hotel basic but clean, the staff were very pleasant and helpful, Although, I do have to admit the restaurant staff were extremely miserable!

The food is buffet style with a fairly good selection every day and is served at breakfast, lunch and dinner. However, all the drinks are not all-inclusive! Red wine, white wine, beer, juices, sprite, coke, coffee and tea are all included in the package, everything else you are required to pay for. Many people were unhappy with this in the reviews, I for one was fine with this however, I did understand why people were disappointed. Correct me if I’m wrong but, all-inclusive usually includes all drinks but exclude champagne or branded drinks in the package.

The Hotel is located on a huge complex along with other hotels. In fact, the hotel has two separate buildings, one where the restaurant is located and the other where the reception and bar is located, this is the one I stayed in. The beach is pretty much on the door step of this building and is less than a 3-minute walk from the other building.

In the reviews people complain of the hotel being situated in a remote area, which is somewhat true to some extent. The surrounding area is quiet, but is rather enjoyable and not touristy. Outside the complex is a restaurant, gift shop, super market, ice cream shop and the beautiful harbour. Also, right outside the complex is the bus stop where you can take a short bus journey into the centre.

I really had no problem with this hotel and would recommend it as a very good choice to stay in zadar, especially if your looking to stay somewhere cheap and cheerful. It’s incredibly cheap! I paid £243 for the entire trip which included flights and airport transfers! *Please bear in mind this was booked for October and prices will vary*

Zadar, Croatia/ Feeling Apprehensive

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October 2019, I took a four- day trip to Croatia. It’s a place I had wanted to visit for quite some time, but never imagined I would get there so soon, at the beginning of my solo travel journey. You see, I travel on a low budget which can be restricting, I never really choose the destinations, in fact, it’s almost like the destinations choose me.

How much it cost

I found the four- day package all-inclusive holiday at loveholidays.com for the price of £243. This price also included transfers to and from the airport! Ok, it’s out of season, but regardless it was a fantastic price! I was completely thrilled!

Feeling Apprehensive

I’m always apprehensive just before I’m due to travel, especially if I’ve never travelled to the country before.

A couple of days before due to travel, I began to get a little nervous, which led me to start reading reviews on my accommodation. I had already read some of the reviews prior to booking however, as the nerves kicked in I began to read the reviews extensively.

There were quite a few terrible reviews on the hotel, of course, this lead to me to question what I had actually booked!! I didn’t realise just how many bad reviews there were!

The majority of bad reviews were about how rude, miserable and unhelpful the staff were at the hotel. How the hotel was not all-inclusive as the alcoholic drinks we’re not included except red wine, white wine and beer. People also complained about the location of the hotel, saying it was in an isolated area with nothing around it. Other complaints included the state of the hotel, room size, cold water etc.

After reading all this, I was absolutely dreading it! Nevertheless, I told myself it was only a 4-night stay and surely it wasn’t going to be so bad.

I will share how this trip went on my next post along with more hotel details.

Thanks for reading 🙂

Video: Salou, Tarragona, Spain

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For those interested, I managed to film some clips of my time in Salou and Tarragona over a period of 48 hours.

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Hotel Details:

Disclaimer: Prices may vary depending on your party size and the time of the year you plan to travel. All details are based on my own experiences, please do not take all details at face value.

Hotel Best Cap Salou

On the first night, I stayed at the Hotel Best Cap Salou. My one night stay cost £34 which included breakfast, although I didn’t have to pay for this as Onethebeach.com foot the bill due to the hotel mix up. I thought it was a very reasonably priced hotel especially due to its location and the facilities it has to offer. It’s located in a tourist area, however, it’s not a hustle and bustle area, in fact, you will be guaranteed tranquillity as it’s set right on the sea. That being said, there are also good bus links in the area with bus information workers directing you in the correct direction, to the Salou Centre etc.

The Salou Pacific

The second hotel was the salou Pacific (my original hotel booked).

Cheap!!!

This hotel is a cheap budget hotel. I tend not to stay in the 4 and 5-star hotels as frequent travel will be costly unless of course, you have millions in the bank, which I don’t! Also, I do not like the idea of staying in a hostel, not that there is anything wrong with its just personal preference. I like my privacy.

The hotel cost me €109 for a whole 7day stay!! It was well located, had all the facilities I needed and most importantly was clean. What more could I ask for? Oh, wait! Free-Wifi which isn’t available, but nonetheless everything else was absolutely fine.

No cleaning Service

The hotel does not offer a cleaning service it’s basically like just renting an apartment. I actually preferred this! There was no bother of having to think about the housekeepers coming in. I brought my own cleaning products for €4.50 and kept up with the cleaning myself. Some people prefer not to have to do anything on holiday, but I clean up even when there is a service of housekeeping so it made no difference to me.

Clean Towels

You can get clean towels at the reception in exchange for your used ones

Deposit and rules on leaving

There is a €50 per person deposit on arrival this is given back on check out after a quick inspection.

To get your deposit back you are required to clean the apartment. By this, I mean to ensure the kitchen area is cleaned, wash the dishes put them away and wipe the sides down. You do not have to spring clean it as it will be cleaned after you leave, you just need to tidy it as you found it.

You also need to take your rubbish out to the bins, which are directly across the street. (Do not leave any rubbish whatsoever).

Do all this and you get your deposit back 🙂

The hotel is in a fantastic location with excellent links to Cambrils, Tarragona, Barcelona and is only a 15- 20-minute walk from the promenade (or bus it and get there in 5minutes). I would highly recommend this hotel for the budget traveller.

Thanks for visiting:)

A Day In Tarragona/ Catalonia, Spain

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Tarragona is a port city situated in north-east Spain on the Costa Daurada Although, it only sits 100 km to the south of Barcelona, It is by far less known. It’s full of well-preserved medieval and roman charms and is listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO.

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The majority of tourists visit Barcelona and the more popular locations such as Madrid, Seville and Valencia. It’s surprising how many people have never heard of Tarragona here in the UK, especially since it is located only 11 km from Salou, the hugely popular British tourist destination.

Now I have to admit, I had never heard of it myself until I was searching for a city to visit on my 6th day in Salou. I come across it on trip advisor and was completely blown away by the pictures and reviews.

That morning I made the 15- 20 minute journey by bus for €2.50, I was so delighted I did! It was full of wonders!

I got off the bus at Tarragona bus station, google maps directed me to turn right and to walk straight ahead.

After 5 minutes of walking, I arrived at the beautiful port.

I was then lead slightly to the left off the port to this bridge.

I could see the views of the Amphitheatre as I walked further along the bridge.

Tarragona Roman Amphitheatre

This Roman amphitheatre built approximately in the 2nd century sits on the coast just of Rambla Nova. Initially, it was used for battles of the gladiators and fighting and hunting of animals. Later on, it was used for undertaking executions of people who were sentenced to death.

Circ Roma

Directly across the road from the amphitheatre was the Circ Roma (Roman Circus). Circ Roma is the underground open-air ruins of the 1st century where horses and buggy racing took place.

Admission is €3.30, free for children under the age of 16 years. €1.70 for groups of over 25 people, pensioners, students and one parent families.

Inside is spectacular! Full of dark underground tunnels. I didn’t get as many pictures as I would have liked but here are a few.

I made my way up the building, stopping to admire the contents inside until I reached the rooftop. The views from the rooftop were stunning!!

A 10-minute walk from here is the Roman walls and the cathedral.

The Cathedral

The cathedral is a Roman Catholic Church from the late 11th century and was declared a monument in 1905. The architecture inside is truly astonishing!

More wandering

I found a little people square surrounded by shops and cafes where I stopped to refuel. It was the perfect place for people watching and taking in a bit of the culture, as many locals seemed to be here with their dogs.

After here I wandered into the centre and browsed through the shops, whilst also wandering down the side streets.

I was entirely fascinated by this little cosmopolitan city, it completely took me by surprise! There were lots of little hidden gems everywhere! I could go on and on but then this blog would be far too long. I would highly recommend visiting this place, it’s especially worth visiting if you’re in Salou, Barcelona or any of the other nearby destinations.

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My favourite Travel Essential: The Cooler Backpack

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Have you come across cooler backpacks yet? They’re the coolest cooler bags in the form of a backpack!

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I’m the proud owner of one and I must say, it’s become one of my most beloved travel essentials.

It was thoughtfully purchased for me as a means for keeping my lunch fresh whilst on long days at work. There are refrigerators at my places of work, though most of them are dirty and look like their growing penicillin. As a person who works in multiple places, it has most certainly come in handy and quite possibly saved me from death a few times. However, I have now found a new purpose for it.

Great For Minimal And Cheap Travel

I recently took a four-day trip to Croatia. As it was a cheap getaway for only a few days, I didn’t want the extra costs of luggage fees. Also, I wanted to challenge myself to experience minimal travel so, opted to take the only backpack I owned and it saved me so much money.

As someone who usually likes to take pretty much every clothing item and pair of shoes, I thought It be a would be a struggle yet, surprisingly it turned out to be more than adequate for everything I wanted to take!!

Great for saving money, whilst out and about

My trip to Croatia was all-inclusive, but I was never around the hotel for every meal. Although I wanted to take full advantage of my all-inclusive status, I also wanted to spend my days exploring which meant I’d miss some meals. So, whenever I was out and about instead of spending money eating in restaurants I’d take fruit from the hotel buffet, buy sandwiches and cold bottled water and store them in my backpack. The refrigerated cold bottled water would act as an ice pack and I would frequently replace them as I drank them through the day. This helped the contents inside to stay even cooler!

Effortless To Travel Around With

It’s comfortable to wear and sits comfortably on the shoulders. There are padded adjustable straps to help with a more satisfied fit. It’s so comfortable you’ll forget you even have it on your back!

Easy To Clean

It’s easy to clean without damaging the materials. I usually use disinfectant wipes on mine but, soap and water is fine.

It’s Contemporary And Stylish

I often get compliments when I use it, and this is often before people know it’s a cooler bag. I get great pleasure in showing people it’s a cooler bag haha. They’re usually really impressed and ask where it was purchased from.

Being a frequent traveller comes with great costs. I’m always looking for ways to save money and sometimes the smallest of things can save you so much money. If you’re a frequent traveller, likes day trips or takes lunch to work I would highly recommend investing in a cooler backpack.

Click here to see the full details for one similar to my backpack. ( same brand name)