I had it a long time on my list already and finally we booked holidays in Croatia for July / August 2015! As from time to time I need a change, we decided to do something new - an 8 days sailing
trip from Split to Dubrovnik! If there are any sailors reading this right now - I have to admit we were on a sailing boat and we're sailing only one day completely without any help of the motor.
It's probably not comparable with a real sailing adventure but I don't care, sailing for beginners is perfect for me :). We booked the trip through Gadventures as we made some great experience with that company in Thailand, Costa Rica and Panama previously.
Arrived in beautiful Split, we got a very nice B&B in the centre of town, surrounded by the historical city walls. I immediately fell in love with Split, the nice bars, restaurants in all the narrow, ancient streets - it's just beautiful. Only downside: For spending a day at a nice beach you rather take the local bus (there are not in walking distance), but as we had still enough time on and in the water during the sailing trip, we took once the bus to a really nice and calm beach. The food in Croatia is amazing if you love the mediterran cuisine as I do and the nightlife seems vibrant too.
After 2 days in Split we were ready for the boat! Toni our skipper for the next days welcomed the group. We were a mix of Swiss, Canadians and UK's. We got some introductions about the boat and soon we headed to our first island for having dinner. Usually we spent the evenings / nights in a haven and were cruising during the day.
Here is a little overview about the different stops we had, summarized by our skipper Toni:
1.Stomorska (island Šolta) – Bar Africa
2. Milna Hvar,our day trip to city Hvar ,and dinner in the nice restaurant ,back to the boat !
3. Early wake up for me and Ben ,navigataion to the green cave at little island Ravnik,stop in a nice bay,catching a good spot in the city Vis,and then a funny millitary tour with Toni no 2 :)
4.Long day to the Korcula city,sailing,lunch on the way,and stunning Korcula,.Drinks,tattoos,. :)
5.stoping in the nice bay , and navigation to Island of Mljet,. Nice lamb "ispod peke " (under the bell )
6.cycling national park ,and enjoy in swimming in there,nice greek salad,and navigation to the port of Šipan,. a lot of booze,early start,playing killers :) some of us end up in bed at 9 PM,am woke up at 2.30 searching for others :P
7. Dubrovnik ,pearl od the Adriatic , dinner in "traditional Korean restaurant " ;) and nice last night,.
8.Our morning coffee and goodbye kisses…
It's hard to say which island I liked the most, every island was special in its own
Solta - small island, you get into the local life. Nice Beach Bar "Africa".
Hvar - nice lookout point over the town and the island, young party people love the island
VIS - interesting history, highly recommend the military tour there.
Korcula - hometown of Marco Polo - I loved it. Nice tower bar.
Mljet - Lovely nature. We did a bike trip there and had a yum traditional lamb (isbod peke)
Sipan - was nothing special for me.
Dubrovnik - agree with the words of Toni. It's indeed the pearl of the Adriatic - but you can imagine very touristy too. However it was a highlight ending the tour there and spending some more days in Dubrovnik.
Before heading back to Split, we decided to do a day trip into another country - welcome to Montenegro! It was a nice tour seeing another landscape, sometimes it reminded me to Switzerland.
To summarize it was very relaxing spending days on the boat, swimming, reading, doing not much and enjoying the fabulous food! Thanks to some apps I saved my top check-in's and can provide you herewith my personal tipps about food and accommodation I can recommend here:
We stayed at Studios Aurelia Palace - I can't think of a better accommodation, it was great!
Kod Sfinge - very friendly staff & fresh food!
Mazzgoon - Wonderful location, cool waiters, great food!
Stella Maris - good place to try the
traditional lamb (isbod peke)
Segreto Pasta & Grill - Yummi Food!
The Buzz Bar - Great cocktails & Live Band!
Marco Polo Restaurant - I will never forget this amazing tuna steak!
Defne - Romantic dinner place and the lava cake - Oh my god!
You will find everywhere lovely gelaterias with ice creams like in Italy! Don't miss those out!