My family and I booked Katarina's apartment because we were looking to stay in a great place near to Split. We definitely chose the right place. Podstrana is also ideally located if you want to explore Split and the surrounding areas, but not necessarily stay right in 'the thick of things'. The apartment was brand new, exceptionally clean and the balcony - well, it is something else, and definitely made our stay very special. It has wall-to-wall sunshine from morning until sunset and the views looking out to sea, simply amazing. You could not secure a better view at the prices charged if you were to book with a hotel or apartment via a travel company. Our family holiday experience was definitely made by our time spent on that balcony!
Not only that, we arrived late on a Saturday evening and Katerina's mother was there to welcome us to the apartment despite the late hour and lack of notice. Katerina's grandparents live downstairs who were absolutely lovely - providing us with delicious figs, inviting us in for drinks without being obtrusive and offering toilet rolls and clean bedding and towels that we did not actually need.
We had such a lovely time during our first visit to Croatia. We have visited many of the Greek islands over the years in our search for that 'holiday feel' without being bombarded with British type pubs, Irish bars, karaoke etc. Fortunately, Croatia ticked all of the boxes and more - and dare I say it, far more than the Greek islands? The country is beautiful, historic, European, cosmopolitan, very reasonably priced (especially in comparison to those countries who have the Euro) and we will definitely return to see more.
As we hired a car (driving experience also very good - no problems at all), we were also able to visit a fair few places around, including Split, Zadar, Omis, Trogir (via a boat trip) and Sinj courtesy of reviews via Trip Advisor. All very beautiful, and in spite of the high season, very easy to get around without feeling hassled, stressed etc. (Btw, do not miss the zip-wire experience at Omis as it is absolutely fantastic!). :-)
This was our first AirBnb booking, but if our first experience is anything to go by, will definitely not be the last. Superb holiday memories are made of this!