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A PRINTED DRESS FOR CATCHING A FERRY IN SUCURAJ, ISLAND HVAR (CROATIA)

What to wear when you're travelling? In summer, I often opt for print dresses because they are fun and seem to go well with anything. I packed quite a few printed dresses for my visit to island Hvar (Croatia). As long as the dresses are comfortable, they are my 'go to' travel outfit. This mixed print dress is one of my favourite travel summer dresses. You have seen me wear it a lot on this blog, especially for hiking and sightseeing (and you know I believe in shopping one's closet). It's a great day to night dress as well, quite easy to dress up and down. My outfit proposal of the day is more casual in tone so you could said that I dressed the dress down. The shoes I choose to go along with this dress are printed sandals from Art brand. I bought them when I was in Split last spring and they're super comfortable (not sponsored).  I also wore a backpack because they are more practical for travelling. I have quite a pragmatic mind when it comes to fashion, and I think it is possible to dress sensibility and stylishly at the same time. As the title of my post indicates, besides my summery styling, today I'll also be writing a bit about the smallest town on the island of Hvar- Sucuraj. I've been to Sucuraj many times, and there are many things I like about this place. Its lovely historical lighting-house is one of the symbols of island Hvar for me personally. I always loved seeing it from a ferry as a kid and I never grew tired of it.


WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN SUCURAJ (ISLAND HVAR)

Let's talk a bit about Sucuraj (spelled Sućuraj in Croatian). I like to share places I love with you. Sucuraj is a touristic city and port. This town is the official centre of the eastern part of Hvar island. It has more than 2700 hours of sunshine per year. Statistically, it is one of the sunniest towns.   It is actually very close to the mainland (5 km), so close that a ferry ride from Drvenik (the coastal port) typically takes less than half an hour. As I said, this town is little, and there are less than 400 inhabitants living in Sucuraj but it is has its own school, hospital and a tourist office.

The placement of this little town is fantastic, it has a view of both sides of the island. If you look at one side, you can see the Croatian coastline and on the other side you can see Pelješac and Korčula. Basically, the city is facing both the mainland and the the sea (since Croatia's coastline is rich in islands, you can always expect the 'sea view' to include islands). One of the things you can do here, besides catching a ferry, strolling around, or enjoying a nice or drink is going swimming or trying out water sports. There are quite a few beautiful beaches to choose from and you can have your pick: sand, peddle or rocky beaches. The sea is crystal clear and the views are phenomenal. You can also do a one day visit thing, catch the ferry, and go back to the mainland the same day.


HISTORICAL BUILDINGS IN SUCURAJ

There are few historical attractions in this town and well and they include: 
- a Franciscan monastery from the 9th century,
- a fortress from the 17th century,
- a church of saint Anthony from the 17century century,
- a church of saint George from the 19 century (that includes remains of a much older church),
- a stone lighting house from the 19 century. 

As you can see, there is a lot to enjoy here. If you a history and nature lover, you're going to love island Hvar. I would definitely recommend the island experience (any island) to everyone and anyone visiting Croatia. This country is simply perfect for island hopping. There are plenty of catamaran and ferry rides to choose for. If you opt for a ferry ride, you can also take your care with you (or bikes if that is what you prefer). Getting around is easier with a car or a bike. Rent a car is also a good option. The ferry ticket from Drvenik to Sucuraj is a more affordable then that from Starigrad to Split (because of a short distance). Typically (and I'm sure this is the case everywhere) the price of the ferry ticket depends on the duration and the length of the ferry ride. If you're visiting Makarska riviera, keep in mind that this place is close by. You can just drive to Drvenik and hop onto a ferry.

I have already wrote about the history of this place. Believe it or not, Sucuraj is more than 2300 years old. During its history it has been destroyed and rebuild many times. As I pointed out in one of my old posts,  Sucuraj was first inhabited by Ilyrians, an ancient European tribe that has merged with the Slavic, Greek and Albanian tribes centuries ago and wasn't preserved as a separate ethnic identity and culture but there are still some remains from that era. European history being what it is, this island has often changed 'owners', that is, it belonged to different states and kingdoms, and as you know, that can be said for most of cities in Europe.  Anyway, the history of this place is pretty interesting and even without the history, it is a very pretty little place on its own. I never stay here for the night, but I hanged out here often enough, especially when waiting for a ferry. I even tried some of Sucuraj's beaches and enjoyed swimming here in the past. Not this time though. We managed to catch the ferry on time and we returned to Mostar city quite early (and that was good because it turned out we had plenty to do here as well).


What else can I say? I always liked this place, possibly because it has such stunning views. I know I'm not the only one, as this place is quite popular with tourists as well. It is probably a good tip to book accommodation ahead. The most popular accommodation in Sucuraj includes private accommodation, apartments, holiday boarding houses and so on. There are  restaurants, taverns and shops, a few lovely ones to choose from. You won't find any five stars hotels though, so if there is what you're looking for, drive on until you get to Jelsa, Starigrad or Hvar city.  These photographs were taken as we were waiting for the ferry and some of them were taken on the ferry as well. The last photograph is the lighting house I told you about. Isn't it a beauty?


 Thank you for reading. Do you like this place? Have you visited any islands in Croatia yet? Do you have your heart set on one? I visited quite a few of them, but there are still more to cross of my bucket list. If there is anything more you'd like to know about Croatian islands, let me know. Have a nice day! I'll be linking this outfit with Nancy's Fancy Friday Linkup and Mica's Weekwear Linkup. 

Comments

  1. Dear Ivana, I love your printed dress, you look amazing! I like this kind of dress myself very much, because it is a simple and comfortable but also very feminine outfit. You paired it perfect with your cute sandals.
    If I remember correctly, I was in Sucuraj many years ago with a sailing yacht ;-) It is a beautyful place.

    xxxxx Nadine

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  2. this post is so lovely and the pics are so mesmerizing...xx

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  3. This printed number is so cute- love all the print mixing!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  4. Hello IvanaI
    My holiday clothing is also the dress, it's the formula that I like the most and the most comfortable for me !! This island is beautiful and I liked knowing that there are many islands on the Croacia, I did not know this, the photos are beautiful! You made an excellent guide for a visit !!
    And your dress is beautiful for a vacation in a place as beautiful as this !!
    xoxo

    marisasclosetblog.com

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  5. There must be so much charm in Sucuraj with only 400 residents. Hvar sounds and looks amazing. The tones of the water are just so beautiful. It is too bad that historical happenings have destroyed original buildings and culture. The lighting house is so lovely! Your dress is super cute for strolling the town.

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  6. Such a lovely place.
    Your dress looks lovely and perfect
    for a day of travel.

    Ann
    https://roomsofinspiration.blogspot.com/

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  7. Sei sempre molto curata nei tuoi look, anche quando viaggi!
    Io invece quando viaggio tendo a mettere abiti il più comodi e pratici porssibile, quindi in estate solitamente viaggio in shorts, t-shirt e sneakers, anche se devo ammettere che l'idea di un vestitino non è affatto sbagliata!
    Sei molto carina e risulti super stilosa pur stando comoda!
    Quanto all'isola di Hvar, io me ne sono già innamorata, spero tanto di visitarla prima o poi! :)
    Baci!
    S
    https://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.com

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  8. I love the print in this dress! I have always wanted to visit Croatia. I heard it's really nice during the summer. Anyway, I hope you are having a wonderful and relaxing holiday. Enjoy your week!
    PerlaGiselle | iamperlita.com
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    1. I hope you'll get to visit Croatia. Thank you.

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  9. What a lovely summer dress! And such a beautiful surrounding!

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  10. You look great and what a beautiful place to visit!

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  11. Posto incantevole e tu bellissima così a colori

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  12. Those are such stunning views Ivana!! And I'm like you. I gravitate to print dresses for much of my traveling. In fact, I have very few solid colored dresses although I'm trying to add some more to my collection.
    XOXO
    Jodie

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    1. I have more printed then solid colour dresses as well!

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  13. I would love to visit there! Happy to see Croatia again! I've been to Korcula, Split, Dubrovnik, Sibernik and Sipan but I really would like to go to the Kornati islands and Lopud again and see more of the mainland.
    Your dress is beautiful and I love taking patterned dressses on holiday too! What a lovely example that one is- it fits you so well!
    It's amazing to hear how old that town is! x

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    1. You have visited even some places I haven't! For example, I still haven't been to Sipan, Kornati and Lopud.

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  14. What a beautiful dress! So perfect for summer, especially with those pretty sandals! I think I'd like to get some printed sandals next summer, I have a pretty plain sandal collection at the moment!

    Hope that your week is off to a good start :)


    Away From Blue

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  15. I'm dying to go to Croatia!! Your dress is so cute :)

    https://mariannyc.com/new-orleans-2019/

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  16. I can see why you like the dress and wear it a lot. It really is beautiful.

    The island looks beautiful. The blue water is so stunning. I'd like to visit someday.

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

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  17. Divne slike, i dobro ti stoji haljina!
    Sve boje mora <3

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  18. Delizioso questo abitino ed ho sempre più voglia di visitare Hvar!
    Kisses, Paola.

    Expressyourself

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  19. Так красиво! Я очень люблю море, но в этом году не смогу туда поехать.

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    1. sposibo Elena, i ya tozhe ochen lyublyu more.

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  20. Che scatti magnifici!!! E il tuo dress? Uno spettacoloooo


    https://nettaredimiele.blogspot.com

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  21. Love this look, Great post! x.

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  22. Such a beautiful dress! I totally agree, dresses are definitely my go-to outfits when travelling, and I love a printed dress for summer too! What beautiful pictures, it looks like you really had such a lovely time! Thanks for sharing, have a lovely day

    Emily
    https://itsemilystephens.weebly.com/

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  23. Oh, what a beautiful scenery and colorful dress!!
    I really love your styling the casual bag and sandals with the elegant dress<3
    Have a great time in your lovely house :)

    akiko

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  24. What a lovely getaway! Love your dress dear, such a fun print.
    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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    1. thank you Jessica snd yes this island is the perfect getaway.

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  25. nice article my friend..
    please visit my blog too

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  26. I love your outfit from head to toe! Comfort is a must when travelling! I've never visited but would love to. The views are so pretty! Reading all of your posts makes me want to go on a vacation right about now.

    xo, Maria
    https://www.miamiamine.com/

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    1. I feel like going on another vacation myself.

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