Our late summer vacations were coming closer and we were still unsure what we wanted to do or where should we go. Since we have chosen to visit Slovenia over Croatian coast, we knew we would not spend this vacation in the city. The idea was to spend active holidays with Lota the dog, but we had no idea where to start.
How to organize a hike in a foreign country, in the area which you are visiting for a very first time, without getting lost? We started to look for the blog posts about desired areas, recommendations, and routes, but we did not find much.
Suddenly, I stumbled upon the Slovenia Walking site and you can imagine my happiness when I noticed they published a book of a very promising title, as well. Walking in Slovenia book was just we were looking for (click here to check it out on Amazon)!
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Thanks to its help we managed to plan our trip perfectly. The book is divided into the three sections: car rides, walks, and picnic spots. They covered more or less the whole Slovenia, with the emphasis on the Julian Alps. Between six car rides, 41 walking tours, and various picnic spots, for sure you will find the perfect hiking route for yourself.
While we were planning the trip, we searched the book in order to find shorter and easier walks, perfect for beginners. In one moment we did not know where to start and, in the other one, we had plenty of options. Hiking in Slovenia for total beginners (what would be us) just became so easy!
Over the seven days, we completed 6 walking routes from the book and we can absolutely recommend it. It is written in a simple and easy manner (click to see the example of the walking route), with plenty of descriptions – so in every moment, you know where you need to go, where you can park or find a perfect spot for a picnic.
1) ROBANOV KOT – ROBANOVA PLANINA
Our first stop was the valley of Robanov kot, located in the Upper Savinja Valley, right next to much more famous Logar Valley. The tourists are more eager to reach the neighboring valley and they often skip Robanov kot. Right because this peaceful valley is a perfect place to enjoy the nature without crowds and admire the views to the high alpine peaks.
It took around 2 hours of medium tempo walking (9 km) to reach the last house in Robanova planina and come back to the car. We passed next to the pretty tourist farms in Robanov kot and started the walk. Following target marks along the paved road was simple and, even it was a quite foggy afternoon, we enjoyed every moment. The views were dominated by alpine peaks, with impressive Ojstrica being the highest.
Somewhere in a halfway to Robanova planina we found nice picnic tables and decided to have a quick lunch before continuing. The moment when you exit the little forest and enter Robanova planina is dramatic and fulfilling, just wow! From there you can decide to return or to continue climbing the alpine trails if you feel ready for it. We returned and grabbed a quick coffee at one of the farms before to continuing to our accommodation in Solčava. In total, the trek was very easy and pet-friendly, just perfect for beginners.
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2) LOGAR VALLEY – RINKA WATERFALL
Logar Valley (Slovenian Logarska dolina) was our main reason to visit this region, we fell in love as soon as we saw the first photos and we knew we need to see it in person. People say Logar Valley is the most beautiful glacial valley in the whole Europe. The green meadows, fields of dandelions, alpine peaks and woods make a perfect and almost surreal scene.
You can decide to park the car at the entrance (even though we did not spot parking spaces, all the guides say that) and enter for free. If you wish to enter with a car, the entrance will cost you 7€ per vehicle. The Logar Valley was declared a landscape park in 1987 and all the revenue goes back to the park’s maintenance.
We paid the entrance fee and parked relatively close to the entrance, as we wanted to explore the whole trail on foot. You can choose to walk on the road or a wood trail, which we opted for. We discovered interesting springs, statues, and huts on our way up. It was around 8 km hike until we finally reached the famous Rinka waterfall, one of the highest waterfalls in Slovenia.
We walked on the road on our way down and we found out we missed some spectacular views while taking the wood trail – it was a great idea to explore the both trails. The hike was relatively easy but long. Lota got very tired and so did we. After four hours of walking, we finally reached the car and drove ourselves back to the Ojstrica farm to grab the lunch with the most spectacular view of the valley and the mountain peaks above it.
Read our whole post about a visit to Logar Valley. The beautiful Solčava panoramic road is very close as well.
3) AROUND THE LAKE BLED
The walk around Bled lake is one of the easiest, but the most beautiful walks you can take in Slovenia and every visitor should do it. Easy two hours around the most famous Slovenian lake can be full of the activities. We started at the casino in the town center and went clockwise. Thirty minutes later we found a nice restaurant for lunch and decided to have a nice meal before continuing.
Even the walk is very popular, this September afternoon was quite empty. We wanted to take a pletna (a boat) to go to the island, but we needed to wait for the boat to fill up. We were almost in the half when we noticed an old man renting the rowing boats. 10€ later, we were on the way to the island!
Besides the island, you can check out luxurious villas, rowing center, campsites, eat cream cakes or even swim. This walk is a definite must do when in Bled.
4) VINTGAR GORGE
I’ve been to Bled several times already, but, obviously, I did not do the research well since I had no idea such a stunning place as Vintgar gorge exists in the area! This time we needed to correct this big mistake and pay a visit. The Vintgar gorge is only 5 km away from the lake and you can hike there as well. Since we had few other walks planned for the day, we went by car and parked just in front.
To be completely honest, I am scared of heights and unfenced spaces. I did not expect the gorge will cause that amount of fear. I spent the whole hour terrified, shaking and imagining myself falling down and drowning. If you have any similar fears, think twice.
Besides my irrational fears, Vintgar is even more beautiful than in photos. Marked trails lead you along the river rapids, revealing beautiful and different scenes with every turn. I would love to say how long it takes to finish the trail, but because of my problems, it took us a full hour. If you take many photos and enjoy the beauty, you would probably finish in 45 minutes – then you can choose to come back the same way or take another hike.
5) RIBČEV LAZ – UKANC
The day in Bohinj area would not be complete without the walk around the lake Bohinj. You would need around 3 hours for the full circle, but we decided to walk only half and return by the touristic boat since we wanted to experience them both.
The trail next to the road is away from the lake and full of bikers, so we opted for the other, less frequented side. Starting in Ribčev Laz, we went counter clockwise and discovered beautiful trails, cute lake bays, and animals. During almost two hours walk, only a dozen people passed next to us. After a busy day in Bled area, we enjoyed the tranquillity of Bohinj. We were lucky to catch the boat back almost immediately after we arrived in Ukanc, the little village on the other side of the lake. It took only 20 minutes of a peaceful sail to arrive back to Ribčev Laz.
Alpine peaks around Vogel lake are calling you! Vogel is the one you can easily reach by the cable car located in Ukanc, five minutes walk from the lake. Ten minutes later you can be high in the Alps and choose a hike suitable to your physical condition.
We had only a couple of hours, so we decided to take a short circular trail around Vogel (30 minutes) and grab a lunch at the ski center restaurant. The food was delicious and the views absolutely unbeatable. After the lunch, have a sit in front and admire the views of Triglav and Julian Alps. If you feel more adventurous, you can visit Planina Zadnji Vogel or Šija.
The book highlights 35 other hikes you can take in Slovenia and it was a great investment. We loved the descriptions and all the walks we chose were the perfect fit for our active, pet-friendly holidays. And the most importantly – we did not get lost! 🙂
You can buy the paper version of the book on Amazon or directly from their site if you prefer a PDF. If you are not into books, you can plan your hike using some hiking apps as well.
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Our lives changed completely since we got Lota, the cavalier, in January earlier this year. We had Frida, the pug, for almost seven years already, but she was never very active dog. Her longest travels were to Maksimir park 20 minutes away and favorite activities eating and sleeping. Also, she is not the youngest anymore so her walks are shorter, but more often.
While I was chit chatting with one passenger who wanted to pet Lota in Ljubljana, he asked me how we choose which dog is going to travel with us. My answer was very simple – we travel with the dog which loves to travel. You can teach your dog to ride in a car or to calmly sleep in the hotel room while you are having dinner, but if you are planning to hike 15 km each day and she cannot walk so much then it is better to leave your pup at home or change your travel plans.
You know your dog the best
While planning the travels, make sure the way you travel is suitable for your dog. Active holidays are much simpler with big and more active dogs. When you have a puppy which has less than 8 kg, you need to plan better. Will she be tired after walking more than 10 km? How much can she really handle? Is she in a good physical condition? Is that trip really good for her?
At first, we wanted to go to the coast, but since Lota did not show much interest in swimming, we changed our plans and went to the mountains. Few weeks before we had a “trial run” – we went on a 14 km hike to the local mountain and she handled it very well. We could imagine her running around happily in Logar Valley or exploring the lake Bled. We knew she is going to like the trip and that’s why we traveled with her.
Prepare your dog physically
Going on a challenging hike trip after long winter is probably not the best idea. Even if you spent winter in a gym, let’s be honest – your dog was mainly sleeping next to the radiator. Small dogs are much less active during colder periods of the year and you should not expect they are ready for an extensive hike after the long winter “hibernation”.
With the first signs of spring, start to prepare your puppy for a trip. Longer walks, running in the meadow, easy half-day hikes – all of that will get her muscles ready for the trip. Late summer or early autumn trips are great – your dog was active the whole summer and she can’t wait to run around that meadow.
Think about the weather
Many dogs, including Lota, are very dependent on the weather. If it is too hot, they tire easily, can get a sunstroke and even burn their paws on a hot asphalt. If it is too cold, they will be shaking and they need some winter coats (especially small dogs), they can also get burns on their paws due to the ice and coldness. Spring and autumn are ideal for traveling with the dog.
Also, do not forget the raincoats in the case of the rain and consider the fact a small puppy cannot spend hours and hours outside wet on the rain. Lota starts to shake after 10 minutes approximately so we always need to have a backup option if it is going to rain.
Include different activities
Or in other words, don’t be active the whole day. We rode in the car, we rode in the boat, we rode the boat, chill next to the lake and so on. We were definitely not walking all the time. We gave enough time to ourselves and to Lota to have some rest and recover.
In Bled, after walking the half circle around the lake, we rented the boat to go to the island. She enjoyed the ride, using it to get rest and enjoy the sun, after which we continued the walk. Be aware of your dog abilities and when the activities stop being good for her.
Get ready to carry her
When we are going on longer hikes, I always take a big, thick scarf with us. I can use it to improvise and make a carrier for Lota. She is small, but it is not easy to carry her for the longer period of the time. This way, when she gets tired or in the case of her getting hurt (hopefully never), we are able to carry her for hours if needed.
Also, if you are visiting a place with a questionable level of safety for your small dog, you should consider carrying her all the time. During our visit to Vintgar Gorge, she was in Jaime’s hands. She is naturally very curious dogs and the combination of many people passing by, narrow unfenced paths and river rapids were not a safe environment for her. That’s why she enjoyed the visit like a queen, being carried the whole time.
Bring additional food
Since you are going to be walking a lot, your puppy needs more energy as well. Lota eats small amounts of food, but we ensured she gets more than usual for each meal. She was also getting pet snack and fruits every day. She was walking much more than usual, so normally she needed to eat more as well. When we travel, I always pre-pack her food in small plastic bags so we always have exact portions ready.
Don’t forget the documentation
Last, but not least, make sure your dog’s documentation is up to date and that she received all the shots on time. In the European Union, the puppy receives a passport upon her first visit to the vet. We can travel in more or less all countries of EU without any problems, just out vet needs to put a stamp to confirm her physical condition is good for travel.
If you are going abroad, make sure your dog has all the documentation and shots required, as well that you are familiar with the rules of pet travel – some countries even require a quarantine.
In the end, I must mention that Lota is the incredibly calm dog. She is very curious and often acts like a little explorer, likes to run around and she needs to see everything, but in the situations when she needs to be good and calm – she always is. She was riding a cable car to Vogel like she does it every day, she was chilling in the boat like a sailor and she regularly takes a nap in coffee bars and restaurants.
We take our small dog on the trips which are good for her, which she is going to enjoy and to the places where she is going to be welcome. A decision should you bring your dog along or leave it at home or with a dog sitter is very comprehensive one. There are many details you need to take care of. Please, if you think you or your dog will not be comfortable, leave her at home.
Active holidays with a small dog are very simple if you choose a right destination and your dog likes it. If you are ready for it, go ahead and have the best vacations in your life. 🙂
If you are a pet owner, do you travel with your pet? Would you ever consider this way of travel?
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Our one week in Slovenia passed fast! The trip was amazing and we really loved the combination of hiking in nature, road tripping and discovering charming small towns of Slovenia. Also, we are amazed how pet-friendly is Slovenia and we cannot recommend it enough if you travel with a pet!
Honestly, we were planning to visit Croatian coast and spend some days soaking in Adriatic and exploring islands Dugi otok and Pag. But it was mid-September already and, even though the weather was excellent by then, the forecast was not so promising for the following week. Not willing to risk water would not be warm enough for swimming, we opted for Slovenia. I also became a little bit nostalgic and wanted Jaime to get to know the homeland of my dear grandmother.
At the beginning, it was hard to choose places to visit because, as always, we wanted to visit ALL! After a little bit of research, we decided to go for Logar Valley, Bled and Bohinj Lakes, Ljubljana and several small cities like Ptuj, Kranj, Kamnik or Radovljica.
Read more: Hiking in Slovenia for beginners
One week in Slovenia – where to and for how much?
DAY 1. Zagreb – Ptuj – Robanov kot – Solčava
Our starting point was Zagreb, Croatia and we traveled by car. All places we visited must be pet-friendly because our lovely Lota joined us on the trip. So, we loaded up gas, bought a one week vignette for Slovenia (carefully! every car entering the highway in Slovenia must have valid vignette sticker) and we were ready to go. Our first stop was Ptuj, a cute town close to Maribor, after which we took a local road to Robanov kot and enjoyed our first hike. Already tired, in the afternoon we arrived in Solčava, a beautiful village located on the food of the mountain Raduha.
The first day we did not have many expenses, besides travel cost and accommodation. For lunch, we found a wonderful place during our hike and had a picnic in the meadow, enjoying homemade food and scenery at the same time. In the evening we stopped by the local restaurant (and the only restaurant) in Solčava and shared a pizza and pancakes, together with some beers for Jaime and puddingish hot chocolate for me. It was cheap and surprisingly delicious! Total spend for the day was 136,96€.
- Full tank of gas 53,30€
- One week vignette 15€
- Sodas for the trip 2,26€
- Toll for Croatian highway 6,4€
- Apartment in Solčava 43€
- Dinner in Solčava 17,70€
DAY 2. LOGAR VALLEY
The second day of the trip, we headed to the beautiful Logar valley. Even though we discussed parking in front and skipping paying the entrance fee, Jaime ended up entering with a car. In the end, that was cool because we picked up the car and drove ourselves to lunch in the middle of the valley, in Ojstrica restaurant. After 15 km hike, we were not in the mood for walking with full bellies. We were not really hungry in the evening, but I loved the pancakes in the local restaurant so much, we decided to visit them again. Total spend for the day was 85,30€.
- Entrance fee to Logar Valley 7€
- Lunch in Ojstrica restaurant in Logar Valley 27,80€
- Dinner in local restaurant in Solčava 7,5€
DAY 3. SOLČAVA PANORAMIC ROAD – JEZERSKO – KRANJ – VISOKO
Day three came fast and we were packing our bags for Visoko near Kranj. I discovered some interesting roads like Solčava panoramic road and the road through Austria and Jezersko region, so we decided to drive a bit more. The ride was great, as well as the views we enjoyed around the town of Jezersko. Around noon we reached Kranj, grabbed a lunch and strolled around the city, before heading to our apartment in Visoko, only 10 minutes ride away. We made dinner at home, our traditional soup and pasta dinners while traveling. This day we spent the least money. Total spend for the day was 74,30€.
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Solčava Panoramic Road
Jezersko, lake Plašnar
Kranj city center
DAY 4. VINTGAR GORGE – BLED
Our day trip to Bled turned out to be quite expensive! It was only half an hour drive from Visoko, but we had some problems with our vignette so we needed to buy a new one, or risk getting a fee. Also, Lota’s eyes got infected so our first stop was a veterinarian in Lesce. I found a wonderful vet with big, professional ambulance and we were amazed by service and care they took of Lota!
Before the noon we already discovered Vintgar George and Bled Castle. Soon we discovered all the parking around the lake is chargeable, but we managed to find one parking where we can stay the whole day. Good choice, because we had so much around the lake that stayed more than 6 hours! After a nice lunch, we bought few postcards and souvenirs, walked around the lake and we even rented a boat to visit an island. The cream cakes in hotel Park were a great way to end our day in Bled before we headed back to our comfortable apartment in Visoko. Total spend for the day was 182,30€.
- New one week vignette 15€
- Lota’s visit to the vet 21€
- Entry ticket to Vintgar Gorge for two 8€
- Entry ticket to Bled Castle for two 20€
- Whole day parking in Bled 5€
- Postcards and souvenirs 4,80€
- Lunch in Mlini restaurant in Bled 35€
- Renting a boat for one hour 10€
- Cream cakes in Park hotel 10,50€
- Apartment in Visoko 53€
DAY 5. RADOVLJICA – BOHINJ – JEREKA
Our stay in Visoko came to its end! On the way to Bohinj lake, we stopped in an outdoor museum-town Radovljica where we bought organic cookies for our dogs and tried local cakes. It was a beautiful, sunny day and (after many foggy mornings) we decided to seize the day and go up to Vogel this afternoon. We stayed the night close to the lake, in a small village of Jereka and grabbed a pizza for dinner. Total spend for the day was 136,64€.
- Papi organic dog snacks 4,60€
- Coffee and cakes in Radovljica 11€
- Vogel cable car for two with lunch 32€
- Vogel cable car for Lota 4€
- French fries at Vogel’s restaurant 3,5€
- Apartment in Jereka 69,54€
- Pizza for dinner 12€
Bohinj lake from Vogel cable car
DAY 6. BOHINJ – LJUBLJANA
The day at Bohinj was full of adventures and activities. We walked, rode in the boat, road the boat and enjoyed a nice lunch. We were also highly disappointed with parking solutions and paid way too much for 6-hour parking. Before heading to Ljubljana, the car needed some more gas and Maja needed an ice cream. The hotel in Ljubljana was free of charge through SPG reward points so we treated ourselves to a nicer dinner. Total spend for the day was 138,30€.
- parking fee in Bohinj 10€
- tourist boat one-way ticket for two 18€
- postcard 1,40€
- set menu for lunch 28,80€
- renting a kayak for one hour 9€
- gas 19,95€
- ice cream 1,65€
- dinner in Ljubljana 49,50€
Ribčev Laz, Bohinj
DAY 7. LJUBLJANA – ZAGREB
Even our hotel was paid by points, we still needed to settle the city tax and surcharge for Lota (superhigh 20€!). Right after we headed to the city center and grabbed the breakfast from the bakery. We got some more souvenirs (honey and beer), strolled around the city and found a great pizzeria for lunch. It was already 3 pm and our free Ljubljana tour just started! Tour was great, but long and it already started to get dark. The trip has finished and it was time to go home. Total spend for the day was 84,14€.
- hotel in Ljubljana 22,54€
- buns for breakfast 3,50€
- souvenirs 15,70€
- lunch in Ljubljana 25€
- ice cream in Vigo 6,60€
- Ljubljana free tour tips 10€
- the toll for Croatian highway 0,80€
Tivoli park, Ljubljana
Ljubljana city center
Ljubljana city center
In a week, we visited seven different locations and in total spent 837,94€, including all accommodation and transportation fees. It makes it average of 119,70€ per day of travel for two persons and a dog, or 59,85€ per person each day.
Every day, except the last day, we had breakfast at home as well as I cooked few dinners. Other meals we ate in the restaurants of all categories – from fancy Julija restaurant in Ljubljana to set menu restaurant in Bohinj.
The fact we traveled with a dog cost us 52€ because two accommodations charged additionally for cleaning after a pet, we needed to pay 4€ extra for the Vogel cable car and she got sick so veterinarian in Lesce saved us. If we chose accommodation with no extra charges for a pet, we would easily save 27€ (and we will next time).
To sum up, one week in Slovenia was a great way to spend holidays and we will happily come back again very soon.
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Out travel to Split was our first trip with Lota, if we are not counting simple day trips. We were a little bit anxious how are we going to organize everything, is she going to be happy and what we can do in the destination. We opted for Split immediately after finding our there are several dog beaches in Split.
It was perfect. We could take her to the beach (and hopefully she would swim) in the morning and spend afternoons exploring the city, while she is sleeping peacefully in the apartment, tired from the exciting morning at the beach.
Dog beaches in Croatia have this sign
Unfortunately, there are no many dog beaches in Croatia and if you take your puppy to a regular beach, you are risking getting fined. While we were trying to find a dog beach, in Split they warned us they are really punishing people who bring dogs to the regular beach.
If you would like to enjoy your holidays together with a dog, make sure there is a dog beach around, or find some empty beach with only a few people. If there are other people with dogs, that’s always a good sign!
Beautiful dog beaches in Split
DOG BEACH IN DUILOVO
Right under the hotel Zagreb in Duilovo, you can find beautiful dog beach. It was put in order a few years ago, together with little tents for dogs and showers. Some of the tents are, unfortunately, already broken, but the ones left can provide a good shade for your puppy. The beach is typical Croatian, with little rocks outside and inside and beautiful, clean, blue sea.
Many people are coming here with their dogs, but, as much as we noticed they are coming primarily because of the dogs. For instance, we went there so Lota can be with us and swim if she wants to, but the point was going to the beach together. Most of the other people came so their dogs can swim only.
DOG BEACH IN KAŠJUNI
The following day, we went to the other part of Split – beach Kašjuni under the Marjan hill. I read there was a dog beach, but we had little problems finding it, because there was no obvious signage, until we reached the beach itself. The regular beach is on the right side and dog beach is completely on the left.
You need to climb over few rocks (which is not so easy with a dog and other beach things), but this is the most beautiful dog beach I’ve ever seen. It has natural shade from pines, crystal blue water and lots of privacy. Several people were chilling and enjoying the time with their pets. It is smaller than Duilovo, but I liked it much better.
Even though we put lots of effort in finding the right locations for Lota, she did not want to swim at all. We got her wet so she doesn’t heat up too much, but she preferred to sunbathe and throw herself around on the rocks. Lesson learned. 🙂
We are delighted to say Split has proven itself as a pet-friendly destination. We found the pet-friendly accommodation, restaurants, and bars easily and had no negative experiences. If you are planning to go to Split with your pet, we highly recommend it!
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Booking an apartment in Split was fun! As always, we had some specific criteria – this time, we were traveling with Lota so we considered only pet-friendly accommodation. Because of the same reason, we wanted to stay in an apartment, no a hotel. We felt like she is going to be more comfortable having more space and less noise coming from the other guests.
When we found Split Dreams Apartment lovely studio, that was it. This centrally located, great sized, pet-friendly and nicely decorated studio apartment was booked in no time!
I gave a call to the owner approximately half an hour before our arrival and shortly after we parked in front of the apartment, somebody arrived to check us in. He was friendly and polite, gave us maps and some suggestions what to do around the city and where to eat (the most important tip lol).
Here is the review I wrote on Booking, which pretty much sums how was our stay.
We traveled with a pet and she loved the apartment 🙂 Thank you for being pet-friendly, we truly appreciate it and we hope Lota was a good guest! It was super clean, kitchen had everything we needed to make a simple lunch. Bed was comfortable, TV and AC working excellent. The location was just excellent, 5-7 mins walk from the Diocletian palace and less than five to Luka’s ice cream, but at the same time, it was quiet and calm enough.
So, the location was just fantastic! We were less than 10 minutes away from the city center and Riva. Our favorite thing about the location was that we had a perfect excuse to stop by to grab an ice cream at Luka’s place literally every time we were going to the city or back. Considering the price we paid for it, it was fantastic value for money option! We were in the very center, but yet we did not hear any noise and we were able to get rest.
The apartment was pet-friendly by all means. They were happy to see her when we arrived and there was no any items which could do the harm to her, or unnecessary cables lying around. She found her spot on the bed and enjoyed the time in Split. I must say this was one big apartment previous to reconstruction and there are two more apartments in the same hallway. It probably does not mean anything to anyone, I am mentioning just because she barked a bit when she heard a cleaning lady in the other apartments.
As I mentioned before, we booked a studio Split dreams apartment which was really spacious. There was a bed area, tv, working and dining tables, small but functional kitchen and wonderful and spacious bathroom. And big closets! We could not ask for anything else! Everything was super clean and working properly (AC, TV, boiler, induction hob).
The kitchen had everything we needed during our stay. We cooked fast lunch meals and induction hob was just great for it. This was my first time using an induction so I was particularly happy about it. I loved bathroom design as well! However, the shower door was not made in the smartest way so please do expect you will make everything wet. 🙂
I just hope they already got a dryer for clothes (I suggested it through a review on Booking.com). Split is a coastal city and I believe most of the people do go to the beach – it would make it so much easier to dry the towels afterward. We were putting ours all around the apartment in order to have them ready for next day at the beach.
Another thing – there was a weird fish smell in the apartment during the whole stay. I don’t know where it came from (it was not from withing the apartment and we kept our windows closed most of the time), but I do hope it is an exception.
We had a great time in Split Dreams Apartment! It was everything we wished for and had everything we needed. The location, staff, and facilities made us very happy guests. We will return for sure in this, fantastic value for money, apartment!
Split Dreams Apartment
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Traveling with pets – yes or no?
Even your pup deserves a vacation! That is absolutely true but before deciding to take your dog along, please honestly answer a question should you really do it. In some situations, your dog is going to be happier staying at home, with a pet sitter or even in a dog hotel. Make sure you put her needs first. If the dog is injured, old, pregnant, suffers from motion sickness or gets upset while changing routines – probably it is for the best if she stays at home.
Will the trip be fun for your dog as well? If she is physically ready for the travel, you should make sure you will be able to spend enough time with her. You don’t want to let her alone in an unknown environment for hours while you are having fun outside. Search for pet-friendly accommodations, plan lots of activities where your pet can happily accompany you and think about her more than about yourself. You need to make sure they reach the destination safe and sound as well as enjoy their stay there.
Lota exploring Plitvice © Mexatia
This time, I am going to talk only about car travel, since it is the only way of traveling with pets we are experienced with.
Prepare for travel
First and the very important advice about dogs and riding in the car I can give is – leave the front seat to humans only. Your dog has nothing to do in front. She can disturb you while driving and, if an airbag deploys, it can seriously injure your pet. Also, even it might look cool or cute otherwise, your dog’s head and paws should be in the car. Driving with her head outside of the window may cause ear and eye damage or different lung infections.
Secondly, do not never ever leave your dog alone in a car. Even it may seem like a quick stop for you, the temperature in the car rises extremely fast and the heat can cause serious health damage and even death in no more than 10 minutes! During the cold weather, the car works like a fridge and can cause your animal freeze to death.
Third, your pet should never be able to walk around the car. Put her in the crate (if she is crate trained!), transporter which you can use for airplanes as well or get a dog safety belt. Since our dogs usually travel only short distances, we use the belt to stop them from roaming around the car, distracting the driver.
Also if it comes to an accident, it would stop them from falling out of the car or hitting other passengers. It can literally become a flying bullet. As you can see, unleashed dog in the car can be very dangerous for humans as well, but also she can get serious injuries if it comes to a car crash. Please keep in mind that transporters have been shown as the most protective for the dog during the crash.
If you love your dog, never allow her this ©
Keep the dog calm during the travel
For the longer trip, I prepared Lota’s bed and fixed it on the back seat. I put few toys around, a towel and something to chew. This way she is always comfortable and very calm in the car. Usually, she just looks around and falls asleep fast. However, some dogs get very upset and nauseous while driving in the car. Please check with your vet before giving them any medication.
To avoid any unwanted situation, prepare a first aid kit for your doggy. It should contain your dog details, numbers of vets in the area, antiseptic wipes, bandages, tweezers, blankets, cotton balls and basically everything that can help your dog in an emergency situation or any kind.
Give your pet plenty of rest stops
Stop frequently to allow your pet to exercise, eliminate and drink. Never open a window or door without putting the leash on. Countless dogs have been lost that way! Make sure she always has her collar and ID tag (if she wears any) on. Always have water and portable dog bowl. They are awesome because you can fit them into every bag and ensure your puppy always has enough water.
Also, depending on a destination you travel to and stops you use, be aware of wild animals. There could be spiders, snakes or other animals that might injure your love. Not so long ago there was a story how a cavalier got bitten by a snake right on A1 highway in Croatia. You can never be too cautious!
Lota and Frida playing © Mexatia
Find pet-friendly accommodation
Today lots of people travel with pets and big booking portals like Booking.com and Airbnb developed a filter which is going to help you find pet-friendly accommodation easily. After booking, I always drop a message to the owner confirming that we will be coming with a dog and double check it is fine with them. We did not have any problems finding accommodation of that kind in Croatia, nor we encountered any difficulties while staying in different apartments. Both Lota and Frida are excellent travelers!
When we arrive, we always bring the dog to the apartment first. We let her explore the place while we are bringing the rest of luggage. Frida is more of explorer, but Lota usually just sniffs a bit and then finds her place on the bed. That is her way to say “I approve!”.
Of course, make sure your cutie will not destroy anything in the loft and do not leave her alone too long in the unknown environment. A couple of hours after a long walk or busy day is perfectly fine (she is going to sleep anyways), but if you plan to leave her alone more than that, maybe you should consider leaving her at home rather.
Pet-friendly accommodation in Trogir © Mexatia
Include your puppy into your activities
If you want to take your pup, organize more dog-friendly travels. How does weekend in nature sounds to you? Plitvice Lakes are perfect for a visit with the dog and there is plenty of dog-friendly accommodation around. Our next destination will probably be Bled Lake in Slovenia, about which we heard lots of positive comments when it comes to dog travel.
If your destination has a beach, try to find dog beaches. In Split we found two and we were happy with both of them – Duilovo under hotel Zagreb in Žnjan and Kašjuni beach under Marjan, where dog beach is located on the left side from the main beach.
Today we are lucky because there are lots of pet-friendly places, bars, and restaurants everywhere. In Zagreb, even Ethnographic Museum organized special schedule when you can come to visit with a dog.
Having fun in Zadar © Mexatia
I just want to say that traveling with pets is not easy and you should think it through before you go. But when you find a wonderful dog beach and your puppy plays like a crazy, it is all worth it. And of course, when her cute face is the first thing you see in the morning, wherever you are. 🙂
What do you think about traveling with pets? Do you travel with your pet?
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