from Devon in England
are just back from Croatia. We had a great time.
We hired a sailing boat for a week with friends.
(Hardly wore clothes all week!-along with most other
people on boats). Lovely bays to anchor in alone,
and small uninhabited islands to walk about naked
spent another week just exploring around the lovely
coast line on foot.
There were no beaches were we where, between Split
and Zadar, but if you buy some sea shoes from any
market in Croatia, the rocks are no problem.
were easy to find in most places. Just knock where
it says 'Apartment'. They were always clean and
often with great views for very reasonable prices.
The plumbing was often new, but poorly working,
it is fine in a hot place like that. The main thing
you always want in the rooms is a good bed, crisp
clean linen and some water. We always got that.
I think the people have been able to get cheap funding
to sort tourist rooms out since the war. So they
look great, but I'm not sure there were enough qualified
found places all over to strip off on, and usually
other people soon joined us. If you just avoid the
town beach or lido then around the corner just do
your own thing. Not one day where we couldn't find
a place to be bare. Swimming in the sea is to die
for! Warm-clear, full of life and you can snorkel
for hours. Put sun cream on your bum first though!
best place was a tiny island, just off the headland
at Primosten. It is called Smokvica
and the guy who does banana boats etc. runs you
over there. Be warned though. No facilities at all
so take all your own, and play Robinson Crusoe for
a day or two. The Tourist centre told us you couldn't
get there, but you can; just walk around the green
headland to where you see the boats.
people all over seem brusque at first, but we found
the moment you got talking they were all very friendly
and pleased to see you. Older people mostly only
speak German, younger ones are learning English
at school now. But always have a go at some Croatian
yourself first, its easier than you think. We always
like to be able to greet people and to say thank
you in their language.
food was very good. Mostly we ate what they offered
us rather than try to pick from menus. The fish
was how you wish it was in Greece but seldom is
anymore. We shared large plates for two people of
three or four types of Med fish and prawny things,
and shelly things...all very good. The new wines
from Primosten are very good esp. the new red served
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