Renting an residence in Croatia might be one of many best issues you are able to do, however the course of could be a bit scary for westerners like myself.
After I started seeking to hire an residence on or close by one of many islands in southern Croatia I started my search on-line. I began my search on Criagslist, however after I was unable to seek out something of curiosity there, I started performing random Google searches for flats within the cities I used to be desirous about.
Finally, I ran throughout a web site with a whole bunch of residence listings and there was one itemizing that actually obtained my consideration. The residence was comparatively cheap, got here with limitless Web entry, and it was simply two blocks from the seashore within the metropolis or Orebic, Croatia. I had discovered the right residence, however I used to be involved about utilizing my bank card on what seemed to be a considerably dodgy Croatian web site.
Fortunately, there was a telephone quantity on the web site, so I referred to as the quantity and crossed my fingers that the individual on the receiving finish spoke English. Sadly, the primary individual I spoke with didn’t communicate English, however he was in a position to cross the telephone off to a girl in his workplace who did and she or he instructed me that if I have been on this residence that she must contact the residence proprietor and ask them if I may keep there for a whole month. I then requested the girl to additionally ask for some form of a reduction as a result of I’d be staying for thus lengthy. The girl mentioned “okay” after which instructed me that she would e-mail me again within the subsequent 24 hours.
Nicely, the subsequent day got here and went and I by no means heard something, so the next day I referred to as the quantity on the web site once more. This time the girl I had spoke to beforehand answered the telephone and I defined that I had but to listen to from her. She apologized and mentioned that she had referred to as the household who owned the home the place the residence was situated, however that the household had but to reply her calls. She mentioned she would hold attempting and contact me as quickly as she heard something.
So once more I sat and waited. However the subsequent day I obtained an e-mail from the girl saying that she had reached the household that owned the residence and so they mentioned they’d be completely satisfied to have me stick with them for a whole month, that there was certainly free Web entry, and that I may keep of their residence for a reduced fee of simply $684 USD for your entire month.
To verify the reservation, the girl from the Croatian rental agency requested that I pay her a deposit of what I consider was about $80 USD. She defined that this $80 was to be held by the rental firm and that the remaining $604 was to be paid on to the household that owned the residence upon my arrival.
That is the place I obtained slightly nervous. I used to be afraid that I would give this girl my bank card data after which she’d go to city with it. Both that or I’d present up on the residence in Croatia and the household would demand extra money than what was agreed upon over the telephone. I in all probability had just a few different fears on the time, however I ultimately gave the girl on the telephone my bank card data and figured that if she did go to city with the cardboard I’d simply cancel the bank card and get a brand new one. With that executed, my reservation was made and I now had a brand new house to sit up for as soon as I arrived in southern Croatia.
About two weeks later I arrived by boat on the Peljesac Peninsula the place the tiny city or Orebic is situated.
Utilizing the cellphone of a stranger, I referred to as the household that owned the residence I used to be to be staying in and the husband, a tall, scary trying man carrying a striped polo shirt, got here all the way down to the dock to choose me up in his automobile. His English wasn’t the best, however I may perceive a lot of what he was saying and after a short introduction we loaded my issues into his automotive and he drove me roughly one mile down the seashore to his house on the south aspect of city.
The photograph above exhibits the road we drove by to get to the home the place the residence was situated. The photograph under is the precise home that I lived in throughout my keep in Orebic. Like most of the properties in Croatia, the primary flooring of the home was the realm that the household lived in. The extra two tales have been full of small flats of assorted sizes and shapes. My residence is the one on the third flooring with the balcony on to the appropriate of the satellite tv for pc dish. Contained in the sliding glass door that you would be able to see from this image was my tiny residence.
That is the household that owned the residence I used to be in. I’m on the left, the daddy is within the center, the mom is on the far proper, and their daughter is standing in her mom’s arms. All of them have been extraordinarily good. The mom’s English was one of the best, so I spoke to her most frequently. The daddy, nonetheless, was extraordinarily desirous about internet design… and since that’s a part of what I do for a residing we spoke just a few instances about his web sites and the way he may use the Web to get extra individuals to return and keep in his flats.
The photograph under exhibits the surface deck space the place the household frolicked a lot of the time whereas I used to be there. They might sit outdoors on the desk on the again aspect of the deck whereas speaking, consuming and smoking. And each time I approached the home on foot I’d look there first to see if the household was in or not.
That is the within of my tiny residence on the third flooring of the household’s Croatian house. There was one giant mattress and a small one within the nook that will have been excellent if I had had any company.
On the opposite aspect of the room was a small fridge with a sink and a double-burner sizzling plate that didn’t really work. Fortunately, the household had a transportable sizzling plate that they gave me so I may cook dinner my meals whereas I used to be there. I ended up consuming lots of soup, zucchini, yogurt, cookies and juice after I was in Croatia. The residence had a tv as nicely, however it didn’t really work.
After I first arrived on the house, these 4 treats have been left for me within the residence. I’m not precisely certain what you name them, however they have been fairly good, particularly since I used to be so extremely hungry after I first arrived.
That is the lavatory contained in the residence. It was small, however it was all I actually wanted.
And that is the view I had from the residence’s balcony. This was one of the best half about staying in Croatia – the views!
I spent many hours simply sitting outdoors, consuming meals, consuming varied Croatian juices and staring off on the quite a few islands floating within the distance.
That is the neighbor’s home.
Sundown in Orebic, Croatia.
My residence in Orebic, Croatia turned out to be the most effective locations I stayed throughout my whole 9 months in Europe. It was low-cost, stunning, and the household that owned the residence constructing was extraordinarily type and accommodating.
The one factor I’d do completely different subsequent time if I have been to remain in Croatia is that this: When you hire an residence or home in Croatia by a rental company, you find yourself paying extra as a result of the company takes a reasonably large share of the worth you pay. If, nonetheless, you’ll be able to contact a household straight and hire the residence or house straight by them, it can save you some huge cash. My $684 residence in Croatia in all probability would have value $600 or much less if I had simply gone straight to the household and made my reservation by them. In order that’s my little tip for you! When you can, make your rental agreements straight with the individuals you might be wishing to hire from and you’ll save lots of dough.