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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Brac September 10th 2020

The island of Brac is located 15 km (representing a 50 minute ferry ride) off the coast of Split in the Adtiatic sea. To get there we had to board a Jadrolinija ferry and did this with our car. Nenad has been to Brac quite a few times with a yacht when sailing the archipelago of islands, but always stayed only in the marina of the town of Milna for an overnight stay. So he was looking forward visiting this time the island Brac, a place famous for beaches, mountain views and its marble stone quarries, besides historic sites and good restaurants of course. It's best known for the white-pebble beach Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape), a favored wind and kite surfing site outside the resort town of Bol. Our ferry cut across the calm waters of ... read more
on the ferry
Seagull or Galeb
Brac Supetar

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split September 7th 2020

101 km South of Vodice following the Jadranska Magistrala (Route no 8) lies Split, the second largest city of Croatia and by far the biggest and most important city in Dalmatia, despite only having 160'000 inhabitants. Since the end of the war Croatia experienced a massive shift and decline of its 4.1 million population. Migration from the impoverished countryside along the Serb and Bosnian borders to Zagreb and migration of the younger population to other EU countries, made the population shrink by more than 300'000. Split is known for its proud and laid back people, fashion conscious ladies, its rich history, music, art, its promenades and a million and one cafes and restaurants, and of course for Hajduk Split, its local football club. Ahhh not to forget Goran Ivnisevic, the only Wimbledon champion Croatia has (so ... read more
Old city of Split
Riva during mid-day
Our room with a view

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Tucepi September 2nd 2020

The Makarska Riviera stretches for 60km between the towns of Brela and Gradac with the main town being, of course, Makarska, South of Split. The Riviera is one of the most famous tourist locations on the Croatian coast, and is popular with visitors for its numerous beautiful beautiful beaches, pine trees, sparkling water and peaceful bays. The area is known for the impressive Biokovo Mountain, which overlooks the coastal area. The Biokovo massive is the second-highest mountain range in Croatia, between the rivers of Cetina and the legendary Neretva, raw, naked and intimidating rock formations glaring at the visitors on the coast. River Neretva, who has not heard of the movie the "Battle of Neretva", a 1969 Yugoslavian partisan film. Based on the true events of World War II, the Battle of the Neretva featured a ... read more
Roof top veranda
a perfect sun downer

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik September 1st 2020

All the way in the South of the Croatian Adriatic coastline lies a city often described as the "Pearl of the Adriatic" and certainly internationally the most know city of Croatia, Dubrovnik. It surpasses the international popularity of the capital Zagreb, certainly within the tourist community. In the recent decade Dubrovnik became the victim of its own success. A massive over tourism developed crowding the city with masses, arriving by cruise ships or charter flights. Especially in the old city it became impossible to walk the narrow streets, and finding space in cafes or restaurant became a logistical challenge, spoiling the enjoyment of visiting and the prices. And then came Nui and Nenad and everything was different ! Dubrovnik was deserted. Hotel prices halved, restaurants offered 20 to 30% discount on food and beverage and flexibility ... read more
City Walls western aspect
The empty Stradun
Impressions of Dubrovnik

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Zaton August 31st 2020

Driving towards Dubrovnik from Split, you have to cross the Bosnia-Herzegovina / Croatian border. 10 minutes later driving the Magistrala down you cross it again reentering Croatia. For more explanation on this weird set up, see the blog on Jadranska Magistrala. Anyway 13 km after you've reentered the Croatian territory, there is the most important turn, absolutely not to be missed by oysters and mussels enthusiasts. At the town of Zaton Doli travelling South you will turn right, leaving the Jadranska Magistrala towards a town called Mali Ston. 10 minutes later driving slowly a road with spectacular views you will reach your destination. Carefully maneuver through the narrow roads around the medieval city wall, to reach the small marina. To your left you will see a restaurant called Kapetanova Kuca (Captain's House). To the right you ... read more
Approaching Mali Ston
Riva Mali Ston

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Skradin August 28th 2020

Changing the scenery from sea to lake. from waves to waterfalls. Not too far from Vodice one very popular place for holiday goers and locals can be found. The Krka National Park with its waterfalls of the river Krka. It was formed to protect the ecosystem of the Krka River and is intended primarily for scientific, cultural, educational, recreational, and tourism activities. It is the seventh national park in Croatia and was proclaimed a national park in 1985. The Krka National Park is a spacious, largely unchanged region of exceptional and multifaceted natural value, and includes one or more preserved or insignificantly altered ecosystems. The Krka Waterfalls area has the second highest density of lavender in Europe, hence the high frequency of wasps and bees in the area. Especially in the summer 2020 wasps due to ... read more
17 waterfalls connected

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Zadar August 23rd 2020

The official English translation for this coastal road the Croatians call Jadranska Magistrala (officially called State Road D8) is misleading. It is not a highway at all, but a scenic, winding road along the Croatian Adriatic coast. If you are in a hurry, take the freeway. It is toll road, which was built further inland, courtesy of the EU and other private investors. If you have time, we do recommend to slow down and explore the coast, stopping in picturesque fishing villages for delicious fish and seafood, at scenic bays for a swim and historically significant places for your personal cultural enrichment. The D8 is the Croatian section of the Adriatic Highway, running from the Slovenian border through Istria via Rijeka, Senj, Zadar, Sibenik, Split, Opuzen and Dubrovnik to the border with Montenegro. Most of the ... read more
you in Opatija too ?

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Vodice August 23rd 2020

We arrived in Vodice and were ready to set up our Dalmatian Base Camp here. Courtesy of our friends Ana and Tomislav, who are from here and who's families lives here, we had not just a place to stay, but a home! The hospitality we received was exceptional and Nui and I have the Condics and Rocas much to thank for. More about our Vodice stay and the visits of its surroundings will be featured in the very last Croatian Short Story. Hence bare with us and keep following......... read more
welcome ice cream
a beautiful apartment
with a view from the veranda

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split November 29th 2019

After spending our last marks on breakfast, some drinks and scarves we hopped in the car and departed Mostar. A little over an hour into the drive we reached the border between Bosnia and Herzegovina and the final country we’d visit during this trip, Croatia. We had expected the border to be a little busy given there are quite a lot of day trips from Mostar to Split and vice versa, but we were pleasantly surprised when we discovered there was hardly a queue. From the border crossing we opted to take the slightly longer route via the coast. The first part of our drive in Croatia was through lovely mountainous scenery; the autumn leaves were stunning. The scenery changed dramatically after we drove through an almost 3km long tunnel through the mountain and out to ... read more
The old town of Split
Looking towards Željezna Vrata, Diocletian's Palace
Main Square, Diocletian's Palace

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split October 14th 2019

Today we are informed that the train is not running from Zagreb due to repairs on the tracks. Therefore, it is necessary to board a bus for two hours and then reconnect on the train. Travelling through the Croatia countryside there are rolling hills packed with trees in full autumn foliage. The scenery changes to the mountain range of Mount Mosor and then again to flat rich farmland. It is gorgeous unspoiled nature. Waking up the view is palm trees, and the Adriatic Sea, with a 24C temperature. It is time to abandon jackets and don capri’s, sandals, and sunglasses. The Riva promenade parallels the water and leads to an old city. The entire day is spent meandering down ancient corridors, visiting unique shops, and eating just outside the Palace at Villa Spiza’s. The following morning ... read more
Angle Parking Only!
Entering into town
View across the harbour

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