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Europe » Croatia » Istria » Livade October 24th 2020

En route to Pula we drove through the Lika region, which is located on the Eastern side of the Velebit mountain ranges. Some weeks ago when we hiked in Plitvice the foliage season has just begun and we could not enjoy the full color festival yet. Now it was in full swing. The deciduous trees presented themselves in great splendor, with all the numerous shades of yellow, brown and red on their leaves. The other mountain range we crossed on this journey to Pula is called Gorski Kotar. The European route E65, which we had to take to cross it, connects Budapest and Zagreb with the Adriatic Port of Rijeka. Gorski Kotar is a scarcely populated mountainous region between Karlovac and Rijeka. Because two-thirds of its surface is forested, it is popularly called the green lungs ... read more

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Vodice October 22nd 2020

Vodice for us was not just any town along the coast. It is the home town of our good friends Ana and Tomislav and their families. We stayed there on and off between August 23 and October 24, experiencing it as a bustling tourist town and as a small local coastal town, where its citizens live as a tightly knitted community through the off season months. Vodice has during peak season more than 40'000 inhabitants. Once the locals are among themselves you will find hardy 10'000 inhabitants. In summer all sorts of tourist activities are on the agenda. Off season, fishing, everything around boats, olive oil and wine making and similar stuff take priority. We have seen many different things in the two months in Vodice and its surroundings, experienced the heat of the summer as ... read more
1. About Vodice
1. About Vodice
2. Neighbor Tribunj

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Starigrad October 18th 2020

The mountain range of Velebit we have described a bit in an earlier blog as we travelled from Vodice to Zagreb. Now it was time to stop there and do some hiking. Hiking in summer can be tough, as it is excruciatingly hot (temperatures can reach 30C). Hiking there in October is tough as it can be very cold. In winter temperatures drop to -20C. What is always expecting the hiker is the total unpredictability of weather, a fast changing weather situation, with high winds and sudden dense fog, but also its intimidating beauty. The mountain range stretches about 150km from North-West to South-East following the Adriatic coast. It is a weather divide, separating Croatia into a Mediterranean climate zone on its western side and a Continental zone on the eastern side. It is also a ... read more
Velebit Eastern side
Nenad loves to drive
up there you go Nui !!!

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Sibenik October 14th 2020

Only 15 km from Vodice lies the town of Sibenik. A regional commercial center today the city has a 900 yrs old history. Best travel to Sibenik from Vodice with the Jadrolinija ship, a small passenger boat (unlike its big brother ferryboats we used to go to Brac). It takes a while (about 90 minutes), as Jadrolinija stops on the islands of Prvic and Zlarin connecting these islands with the mainland. Unlike other cities along the Adriatic coast, which were established by Greeks, Illyrians and Romans, Sibenik was founded by Croats. It was mentioned for the first time under its present name in 1066 and for a period of time, it was a seat of this Croatian King Kresimir. For that reason, Sibenik is also called "Krešimirov grad" (Krešimir's city). Between the 11th and 12th centuries, ... read more
its getting cold
really cold
entering Sibenik Canal

The temperatures are falling, the days are getting shorter and the wind is getting stronger on the Dalmatian coast, signaling the end of the summer. Even the few tourists who braved their governments Covid rules and stayed in September are slowly travelling back to their homes. Only Nui and Nenad are still here, enjoying a face of the coast Nenad never experienced. Quiet, romantic harmony of nature with the small local community of inhabitants, who live here all year round. Vodice has barely 10'000 inhabitants throughout the year, compared with the 40'000 and more during the four months of tourist season. In the coffee shops topics about the grape and olive harvest, wine and olive oil making and fishing of course become of central importance. We managed to set up an adventure harvest day with friends ... read more
the most famous picture
autumn impressions

Europe » Croatia » Central Croatia » Varazdin September 20th 2020

Croatia's North East is comprised of 3 administrative subdivisions (zupanije or counties, in Thailand provinces), Zagorje, Varazdin and Medimurje. In the very top bordering to the east to Hungary, to the north-west to Slovenia with about 30 kilometers of Slovenian territory separating it from Austria, lies Medimurje, Nenad county of origin, with its capital city Cakovec. Despite being the smallest Croatian county by size, it is the most densely populated one (excluding Zagreb itself). There are slopes of the Alpine foothills in the north-western part of the county, the Upper Međimurje, making it suitable for vineyards. The south-eastern part of the county, the Lower Međimurje, touches the flat Pannonian Plain, which stretch into Hungary. The flat parts of the region are also largely used for agriculture, which mostly includes fields of cereals, maize, pumpkin and potato, ... read more
impressions of Cakovec

Europe » Croatia » Central Croatia » Zagreb September 18th 2020

After many wonderful days and adventures on the Adriatic coast, Nui and Nenad decided to explore the second face of Croatia, away from the coast, its hinterland. The massive mountain chains of the Dinaric Alps and a few smaller mountain ranges of Velebit, Biokovo and Velika Kapela, slice through the country from North to South, following the direction of the Adriatic coast. The highest point rising to 1'831 meters, making the land rough mountainous, rocky and steep on the West and hilly, full of forests and pastures on the East. These mountains serve as a climate divide as well. West of the mountains you find Mediterranean climate, East of them Continental. We experienced this to its most extreme impressive form, as we travelled from Vodice to Zagreb. We left the coast 9AM at 28 degrees with ... read more
St Marks Church
Croatian 'White House'
Heart of political Croatia

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

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