Islands & Boats: Croatia

Split

After a few spanners to our plans on a week off work, we decided to book a spontaneous trip to Croatia for some sun and adventure.

We based ourselves in Split which was perfect for exploring the nearby islands. The old town of Split has a lovely atmosphere, it’s built around the remains of a Roman settlement including Diocletian’s Palace which makes up about half of the old town! It’s more like a fortress than a palace. The white stone buildings are beautiful and you can easily lose an afternoon wandering through ally ways finding cafes, shops and ice cream parlours.

Another thing to see is the bell tower attached to the cathedral in the centre of town. The views from the top across the rooftops to the harbour side are awesome…so Becky tells me. I got up the first set of staircase and there was no way I was going any further. The steps that continued clung to the walls of the tower, with openings on all sides. My fear of heights spun me out and I waited whilst Becky took in the views from the top.

The coast of Croatia was what drew us to the county and Split has its fair share of amazing crystal clear water. To the west of the old town you can walk along the rocky coastline and jump in at a number of swimming points, perfect to cool off from the summer heat! To the east of the town is Split beach. For us, it wasn’t our cup of tea. It’s a concrete waterside with pumping music and a smell of the drunken night before. To get away from the crowds we hired a pedalo with a slide and took ourselves out to sea for some splashing around.

Although we loved Split, what made this trip special was the islands we visited and being on the ocean waves.

Čiovo

Čiovo was the first island we visited and our first jump off the boat into crystal clear turquoise water. And from what we are used to, the chilly Atlantic coast of South West England, the warm water was a total treat! We stopped on the island and had lunch in one of the small stone buildings on the rocky hillside. The bay we were anchored in was quiet with only a few small houses dotted on the green hillside. A perfect introduction to island life.

Drvenik Veli

Krknjasi bay to the east of the island aka the blue lagoon is stunning. We jumped off the boat for a swim around in the sunshine and to mess about in the water. We snorkelled around but the sea bed was empty apart from sea urchins in their plenty!

Šolta

We stopped at Maslinica on Šolta, a small quant port village. It was a nice place to sit for a couple of beers in the breeze. We didn’t have much time to explore the island so we’ll have to come back!

Vis

By far our favourite island. A two hour ferry from Split takes you to the island of Vis, the farthest inhabited island off the Croatian mainland. We arrived in the town of Vis on the eastern side and hired a scooter for the day. It was the perfect way to explore! We travelled from coast to coast on our little green bike passing vineyards in the sunshine.

The town of Komiža, is the other main settlement on the island on the western side. It’s a lovely little harbour town with lots of cafes along the water front. Although it was busy with people eating out for lunch, it had a peaceful and chilled atmosphere.

One of our favourite places on the island was Stiniva Beach. It’s a must see for many of the boat trips that come to the island but we arrived from the top of the cliff on our scooter. Flip flops and sweaty feet were probably the worst footwear situation imaginable on the loose track which seemed to get steeper and steeper as we went. We stumble down the cliff face for about 20 minutes, it was sketchy as hell but well worth it when we reached the bay. A beautiful pebble beach hidden away in the cliffs with still clear water glinting in the sun.

After more beaches, vineyards and stunning views we made our way back to the town of Vis for a beer and waited for our ferry back to Split.

Thanks Croatia. You were a blast ❤️

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