|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Apartments Penga are situated on a village Planikovica near Okrug Gornji on beautiful island Ciovo.Offering closeness to the sea & a beautifful view from big terrace. Our apartments offer an ambiance of peace and quietness and is also close to a beautiful sand beach with lots of bars and restaurants. We can certainly say that our apartments can offer you and unforgetable experiance for its unique position surrounded by beautiful mediterranean pinetree forrest and fresh clean air and also the cleanest sea in Mediterrania. Nearest village Okrug Gornji offers every thing you may ever need-shops, post, bankomat, ambulance, boat and jetski renting and sea excursions. On our beautiful sand beach there are 15 caffe bars with friendly surrounding and night party's every couple of days. Our apartments are located 5 km from beautiful historical mediterranean city Trogir with almost 3000 years old history and beautiful roman architecute with many museums & all the things you may need. Welcome!
Rent-A-Scooter: We offer Rent-A-Scooter for our guests. The scooter is 50cc Piaggio Zip and we can provide helmets for two people.
1 Free Dalmatian Specialty Dinner: We offer a free Dalmatian speciality dinner for guests who choose to stay in our apartment for more than ten days. The dinner consists of famous Dalmatian fish and sea specialities, or the vegetarian option, along with fine home-made wines. This can be arranged for a day and time of your choosing.
Getting there.: Direct flights from Heathrow, Gatwick, Norwich, Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham and other regional fly to Split (code SPU) most days.
Easyjet fly Gatwick to Split every day from the end of April 2008 until the end of September 2008. They also fly Bristol to Split every Saturday and, starting 21st. May 2008, every Wednesday.
Holiday Options fly Gatwick, Bristol, Manchester and Birmingham to Split on Saturdays from May 2008.
Croatian Airlines fly Heathrow to Split every day.
Flybe fly Birmingham to Split every Saturday from 10th. May 2008 to 4th. October 2008.
Ryanair fly Stansted to Zadar (about an hour and a half by car or coach) every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday until 4th. October 2008.
Fly from London Stansted or Liverpool to Ancona in Italy with Ryanair and take overnight ferry across the Adriatic. SMC and Jadrolinija both offer overnight sailing to Split.
25% deposit is paid on our Bank Account. The balance is paid 30 days before the arrival.
We are a middle aged family, we went on a two week vacation in Villa Caroline with our two children (16 and 18 years old). Our primary decision factor when choosing the apartment were reviews from other guests. It was our first trip to Croatia, and we have fallen in love with friendly local people, climate, very clean sea, sunshine and bright blue skies. Caroline and her family are very warm and friendly hosts, they helped us in every possible way they could. Although they are very busy, they found time for us, and advised us what places and restaurants to visit.
Apartment was very comfortable, clean, and the atmosphere was delightful. Although it is equipped with air condition, we have only used it a couple of times during the day, because the temperature was pleasant.
During our stay, we took a couple of days to relax and recharge our batteries, so we got to know the local area better. After that we visited surrounding area, beautiful roman island-city Trogir which is over 2000 years old. In Trogir we have visited Kamerlengo fortress, city hall, St. Lawrence cathedral (Radovan's portal is a must see!), etc. We sat for a cup of coffee on the main square in front of the cathedral, it was beautiful. About 30 kilometers from the apartment is beautiful city Split with world famous Roman emperor Diocletian's palace. On our children's recommendations we have visited Klis fortress, just north of Split, where part of Game of Thrones TV series was filmed, the view from the fortress is absolutely stunning!
During our stay, we had dinner in a couple of restaurants famous for dalmatian specialties – grilled sea fish, scampi and pasticada with gnocchi, delicious dalmatian specialty. Food was excellent and the prices were affordable. We have also grilled fish in a large barbecue in courtyard of the apartment (available for guests from the apartments).
We were pleasantly surprised with dinner made by the hosts for all guests from the apartments. The atmosphere was perfect, along with home-made wine and dalmatian fish specialties. Mrs. Penga made all sorts of different meals, from grilled fish, octopus salad, traditional pies and scampi buzzara, the food was delicious.
There were guests from other countries on the dinner, after couple of glasses of wine everyone started singing songs, from rock ballades to traditional songs from their countries, we all felt like at home. Long story short, it was a great vacation, and we will definitely come back!
The property as a whole was every clean and tidy, the studio apartment myself and husband stayed in was very cosy and clean!!! We also had our 3 Springer Spaniels with us, they loved it, as Caroline and husband and even their son was very welcoming of them, and they were allowed to go in all gardens, I think my cheeky Troy even went to say hello to them in their private dwelling!!! But they really didn't mind!!! I fell in love with Croatia, we stayed for a week, and couldn't fit everything in, we caught the boat to Trogir several times, that side is beautiful with it's many resturants in little courtyards through the rabbit warren of little cobbled streets. We also took the boat to Split again it was beautiful and lots to see!!! We also went to Sibernik this is also a must see!!!! From the apartment you take a 5 minute walk down the hill and your at the beach!! I will warn the hills are steep!! But well worth the effort of walking them!!! I would happily go back here, the owners where very helpful and very easy to talk with!! I would defiantly be recommending this property to my friends/family, and I am seriously thinking about going back next year!!!!
We spent a week for a second time in this cozy and tidy apartment. Perfect place for relaxing holiday with long walks and canoeing around the beautiful island enjoying the sun and the sea. Caroline and Ivo are most helpful hosts, thank you! We warmly recommend.
The Norwegian couple staying in apartement 2 in July 2011 wants to thank Caroline Penga and her family for a lovely stay!
Caroline gave the best service, from booking to departure. She picked us up at the airport, and even stopped at a supermarked so we could shop some groceries. And we where told to come and ask her about anything anytime. She was the most wonderful hostess.
The apartement is small, but clean and nice, and you have everything you need, including a lot of towels. You allso have access to washing macine. The outdoor area for this aparment is small, and have evening sun, so its a bit too hot to sit there before the sun goes down, But you have access to the big terrace above if you want.
There is 2 steep roads to climb going home fro Okrug/ main beach, but it is worth the sweat because of the quiet area.
We agree to all the other reviews, so we will not repeat it all.
So, what to do in Okrug? Main beach can be ok a day or two, but a bit too crowded to our taste. We liked Camping Rozac ( google it), a 40min walk from the apartment. You can see it if stand on the big terrace. You walk at the end of main beach and 7-8 min further on. Bring water. There is an ok bar there ( you get coffee), and an ok restaurant. We allso visited Camping Lamadusa, a good walk to get there, but you can allso take a taxi.
Best reatuarant is Leonardo, but go to Trogir allso ( better restaurants). Recommend late afternoon, the narrow streets there are packed after 20.00h. Boat from Okrug every half our. Allso visit Split. Boat from Trogir takes 1h ( can allso go by bus). Split is a nice town for shopping. And visit the Palace, and eat at place recommended in Lonely Planet guide for Kroatia. Here we recommend you to go from Okrug in the morning,allso because of the amount of people and because going to Split is a one-day trip if you go shopping!
You have to really see the Adriatic sea, so hire a boat/ go yacht excursion! We went for a 10 hour trip, including brekfast and lunsch,fruit and all drinks included (wine, coffee, water) and had the most fantastic day, visiting the small islands around Ciovo, swimming in the most blue lagoons you can think of, for about 520Nkr pr person (we where 9 persons)
For a Norwegian prices are comfortable, paying under 300NKR for dinner for 3 persons including beer/ coke. Big pizza 50NKR, big beer 25NKR. Pay, mostly cash ( in kuna).
But: you MUST join Caroline`s fishbarbeque!
Our first time in Kroatia, not the last!
My girlfriend and I booked a week stay at the property and from landing at Split into warm, wonderful weather to leaving in the exact same conditions we were never disappointed once. The apartment was clean and Caroline and her husband were incredibly friendly and helpful, the property is a 15min walk to the main beach where most people settle for the day as there is lots of little cafes and bars where drinks and lunch can be had while enjoying the sun and the amazing water which was so warm and relaxing. If you want to head to Trogir the ferry from the main beach goes every half hour and is a cheap way to get into the old town for touristy things or just for a meal out in the evening. We went to Krka which was amazing and booked with one of the travel guides on the main beach for a decent price, I would thoroughly recommend going canyoning which comprises of donning a wetsuit, helmet and lifejacket and floating down an amazing canyon and through gentle rapids. Caroline cooked a feast of a meal for everyone staying in the apartments on the friday and everyone had a great time talking and enjoying some wine in the warm evening. While we were there temperatures were on average 32deg celcius and we had a very enjoyable time and would recommend it to everyone.
From our welcome at the airport to our goodbyes outside the departure lounge, Caroline and her husband couldn't have been more helpful. The apartment was clean and well kept - everything worked and we had all the necessary cooking utensils - though we did bring a sharp kitchen knife and that came in handy. There is a small supermarket only 5 or 6 minutes walk away and there are bigger ones within 15 minutes or so from the apartment on foot. The sea was beautiful and clear and we swam from the shingly beaches or the rocky outcrops - the nearest being only 5 minutes down the hill, though we walked towards the main town a bit and used the shingly beach. It was very safe and friendly and there seems to be just about no crime - an ipod lay undisturbed on a towel near us for a whole afternoon! The beach mats in the apartment are very helpful, but you should buy some of the gel swimming shoes which almost everyone wears - they really help when getting in and out of the water. Do be aware that there is a steep climb to the apartment from the beach, so if you're not good on your feet then you'll want a car. If you don't mind the walk then you can manage without - we did. There is a regular boat service to Trogir and buses and boats go to Split throughout the day. Portal Travel in Trogir organise lots of trips and we had a great day at Krka National Park with and excellent guide. We also booked an island trip from one of the operators down at Okrug beach and that was worth doing too. On our last evening, Caroline invited all of us who had booked for a fortnight to dinner at her apartment where she served up a wonderful meal, with lots of homemade (and very strong) wine (and with special dishes for the fussy vegetarians - us!). On our last day we left all our bags at the apartment while we went to Trogir and Caroline's husband picked us up in time to get us to the airport. If you don't have a car it's well worth paying to be collected and dropped off. It was a lovely fortnight, very relaxing and just what we wanted, and Apartment 2 provided an ideal base for all we wanted to do.
There are isolated beaches and coves within walking distance and Okrug beach, with it's beach side cafes and bars, is a few minutes walk away. The local harbour area has several good restaurants and is a busy, lively place during the season. The World Heritage Site of Trogir is about half an hours walk away. Here you will find a colourful daily market and a Sunday fish market and stunning architecture spanning nearly three thousand years. Visit the fascinating Roman city of Split, enjoy the bustling capital of Dalmatia and the Emperor Diocletian's Palace. The lakes and waterfalls of Krka National Park are a pleasant, relaxing and cool experience. Consider an organized trip which includes a visit to Sibenik and a boat trip to the main falls. The small islands of Drvenik Mali (small) or Veliki (big) is an hour by ferry from Trogir. Typical Mediterranean country walks with beautiful bays, sandy beaches and a handful of bars and restaurants.
Other Activities: nudistic beach, rent-a-scooter