Summer, sun and sea! Ok we know – living in Ireland – it’s impossible to get that in autumn… like really impossible! However if you travel a bit into the South of Europe you can find many places that are still warm and soothing for your soul. For example Croatia! The best about this beautiful country, it is dirt cheap! If you like to eat out in the evening with  a proper 3-course dinner and wine you will surely not spend more than €25 each.  That’s one of the reasons why I’m a big fan of this country! Now, I found a deal on for you that treats you well :)

Fly from Dublin to Zadar and take a taxi to your hotel, since it’s quickest and very cheap. 4-star Hotel Ilirija will welcome you in the town Biograd Na Moru. It is a decent hotel with happy guests that have rated it on Tripadvisor with 67%. the hotel is located directly at the crystal clear Mediterranean Sea. The town hosts a picturesque historical centre, so you can take a stroll in the evening to one of the many restaurants through the Old Town and along the promenade of the harbour. super romantic and relaxing!

The hotel itself does not have a pool, but I chose it regardless of that because the beach is really just one step from the hotel. So if you’re a pool fan, then this isn’t the right choice for you. However if you like swimming in the sea, and love water sports, then this is ideal. The marina is right at the Ilirija so go on a boat trip to the famous Kornati Islands or discover the surrounding area and take a trip to Zadar. Croatia is something for everyone, whether you’re a beach person, the outdoorsy type or a city breaker, you’ll find it all there!

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