Our last 4 nights in Croatia were spent in Split, mainly because our ferry to Italy was from Split so it made sense.
Our campsite was right next to the sea with the beach about 5 metres from some of the pitches, which I am sure in the summer people fight over to get. We were offered the pitch with the fantastic views but in the end had to make the decision to pitch the tent in the corner as close to the wall as possible. It was so windy we had to hide. Tent up we then hid away from the weather and into the warmth of the van. If the wind wasn't enough it then decided to thunder and lightning and then rain. When I say rain I mean RAIN. It pissed it down.
I believe it doesn't rain much in Croatia as they don't seem to have allowed for drainage anywhere., and when I ventured outside to see if the tent was surviving it was sitting in a massive puddle. I complained about the weather for the next 4 nights as it was pants and I hate packing away wet tents.
Our ferry left for Ancona at 9pm which gave us a day in Split. We had to leave the campsite by 12 and most shops were closed due to it being Sunday so we had seen the majority of Split by about 2. We then had 4 hours to burn. We ended up walking around the town 3 times and stopping off at a different cafe each time on the way round for a drink and to also dodge the rain.
Boarding the ferry wasn't the same as Dover either, it was more like a game of tetris. Luckily we were first in so drove straight in but everyone else including lorries had to reverse in, and it looked like a lot of work.
When we booked the crossing we were offered a room for an extra fee. Due to saving the pennies we decided not to. This was the worst idea possible. Due to the bad weather it was a terrible crossing and trying to sleep on a hard floor with the boat rocking to and fro with a gentleman trying to quietly blow up an airbed wasn't my idea of a nice crossing. We thought it would be a relatively quiet ferry as well, being quite late and all, but as soon as we set sail the world and his (Italian) brother came into the room where Vick and I were and started getting out their food and wine and talking very loudly. Next time we will get a room.
We will miss our eastern Europe part of the trip. Even though we just scraped the side of it I feel we will return to explore a lot more.