We heard time and time again from people how expensive Croatia is, when we told them we were heading to Croatia. We prefer to avoid marinas and tourist hot spots, so this hasn't been true for us. We're on a boat to find the places people on land can't get to (or not easily), so Croatia has been perfect for us. There are an amazing number of beautiful anchorages to choose from and only a handful you need to pay for. The staff are helpful, and will always offer an alternative bay that is free.
So to summerise our experience...
We've fallen in love with the clear, blue water..
..the stone buildings with terracotta roofs...
... the church spires...
..the football graffiti (the Split football supporters club was founded on 28 October 1950 and their graffiti is everywhere!)...
.. the sunsets...
A fantastic time. All the better for having visitors to share it with. Thanks Croatia.
I woke up and went into my parents room, where I got my presents. A lavendar pack (they love herbs in Croatia), a fidget that can light up, a water gun and a mug. The mug has a beautiful tree with the word love on it. The water gun had three bullet holes and the lavendar pack had Mljet written on it.
Today is it going to be 40 degrees -SUPER HOT!!
Soon it will be time to go out to lunch at a pizzeria, then we'll come back for cake. I can't wait!
Our neighbours in the super yacht brought out their Fat Boy Blob - Gees we would have loved a turn! You jumb on the belly from up high and the person on the head goes flying!
Lastovo only has one real town, it is perched on the side of a hill and one of its unique features are the fumar or Chimneys. No two are the same.
We found a nice place to anchor off, just outside Vbroska, not to many FKK's on the beach (a new term we are coming a little too familiar with). The girls hop in the dinghy to untie the lies so we can motor down the narrow harbour and into town. A large hoverfly (think huge blowfly crossed with a wasp) lands on Camille's knee and draws blood. All three dash back inside the boat to hide until the coast is clear, amazing how fast they can move when they want to!
Once everyone has calmed down we head in to this sleepy little town. A pretty place and cheap by Croatian standards - 550 kunas to tie up to the quay. Next thing Camille gets a wasp stuck in her sandal and is left with a sting in the arch of her foot. Lucky she's tough!
After spending the day in Hvar we went and picked up a mooring in the small Pakleni Islands just out from Hvar. We're planning on bringing the cousins here in a couple of weeks. Just an awesome place.
Our new kiwi friends put us onto this spot and over a few drinks at Mamato bar we watched the American's cup together.
Photo credit to Larry & Lee
After a small hiccup checking in (turns out Saturday isn't a good day to choose), we've found Croatia to be a lovely unspoiled place, with so many bays to choose from for the night.
Unfortunately, we had go on past Dubrovnik to check in but we''ll definitely stop on the way back in a few months time.
We're an ordinary family of 5 dreaming, planning and now beginning our adventure around the Mediterranean (and further afield), having an awesome time! Look out for our boat and come and say hi.