Pictures from Croatia

I just booked a ticket to Croatia in July, so what better way to “celebrate” than looking at photos from my previous trips to this magnificent country?

Have you been to Croatia? What is your favorite place?

Vis island

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Fantastic sunset view from our room at Vis, Croatia

Fantastic sunset view from our room at Vis.

Fantastic view from our room at Vis, Croatia

View of Stiniva bay at Vis island, Croatia

View of Stiniva bay.

Stiniva bay at Vis island, Croatia

Itsy bitsy spider on the way to Tito's cave at Vis Island, Croatia

Itsy bitsy spider on the way to Tito’s cave.

Tito's cave at Vis Island, Croatia

Tito’s cave.

Sunset over Komiza, Vis Island, Criatia

The harbor in Komiza by night. Vis island, Croatia

The harbor in Komiza by night.

Komiza by night. Vis island, Croatia Nice and fresh seafood in Croatia

The blue cave by Bisevo outside Vis island, Croatia

The blue cave by Bisevo outside Vis island.

 

Dubrovnik area:

Stunning view of Dubrovnik Old Town

Stunning view of Dubrovnik Old Town

View of Dubrovnik old town

The market in Dubrovnik old town

The market in Dubrovnik old town.

Dubrovnik old town, Croatia

Quiet main street in old town Dubrovnik, Croatia

Quiet main street in old town Dubrovnik.

Old town in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Beautiful ocean view on the crossing between Dubrovnik and Lopud island, Croatia

Beautiful ocean view on the crossing between Dubrovnik and Lopud island.

Sunset, Croatia Dubrovnik sunset

More photos and information about Dubrovnik can be found in the posts Photos from Dubrovnik and LokrumHello and goodbye Dubrovnik and Restaurants in Dubrovnik.

Split and Trogir

View of the old town in Split, Croatia

View of the old town in Split.

The harbor front in Split, Croatia

The harbor front in Split.

Main square in Trogir, Croatia

Main square in Trogir.

Trogir bell tower, Croatia

Trogir bell tower.

Trogir houses, Croatia

View of Trogir, Croatia

View of Trogir.

Trogir harbor, Croatia

Trogir harbor.

Trogir by night. Croatia

Trogir by night.

Church in Trogir, Croatia

Church in Trogir.

The church on the mountain behind Trogir, Croatia

The church on the mountain behind Trogir.

Church on the mountain behind Trogir, Croatia Fishing boats near Trogir, Croatia

Hvar island
Hvar harbor, Hvar Island, Croatia Hvar town, Hvar Island, Croatia Street in Hvar town, Hvar Island, Croatia View of Hvar town, Hvar island, Croatia View of the harbor in Hvar town, Hvar island, Croatia The harbor at Hvar Island, Croatia

Sailing from Trogir to Kornati islands

The Cornati Islands in Croatia

The Cornati Islands.

Prvic Luka on Prvic island, Croatia

Prvic Luka on Prvic island.

The waterfall in Krka, Croatia

The waterfall in Krka. It was much more crowded than it looks…

Another sunset, Kornati islands, Croatia Boats on calm sea in Croatia Kornati islands, Croatia

A sheep or a dog.... Kornati islands, Croatia

A sheep or a dog….?

Bay of Kornat Island. Kornati, Croatia

Bay of Kornat Island.

Kornat Island, Croatia

Kornati island sunset, Croatia

Kornati island sunset.

A deserted restaurant at Kornati islands, Croatia

The moon and nothing else around. Kornati islands, Croatia

The moon and nothing else around. Kornati islands.

Clear blue water. Kornati, Croatia

Dive in! Kornati islands, Croatia

Dive in!

Preparing peka lamb. Croatia

Preparing peka lamb.

Peka lamb. A MUST try local food when in Croatia. Kornati, Croatia

Peka lamb. A MUST try local food when in Croatia.

More sunset, Croatia

Stary sky over Kornati Islands, Croatia

Stary sky over Kornati Islands.

Mir, the salt water lake at Dugi Otuk. Kornati, Croatia

Mir, the salt water lake at Dugi Otuk. Kornati islands.

Yet another nice day, sailing in Croatia

Yet another nice day, sailing in Croatia.

A short hike at the island Zirje. Kornati Islands, Croatia

A short hike at the island Zirje, Kornati Islands.

Primosten, Croatia

Primosten.

Sunset in Primosten. Croatia

Sunset in Primosten.

 

 

Epidavros

Epidavros is a very popular harbor, so in order to get a spot there, we had to be there around 14.00. From Vathi it should take approximately 2,5 hours to get there. We had a slow morning, and stopped in a nice bay close by Epidavros for a swim to cool down from the heat. The remains of an old house was supposed to be seen under the surface, but we could not find them. But at least all of us got a nice and long swim.
Epidavros harbor
Arriving in the harbor of Epidavros, we got one of the few available spots. As we were at shore at lunchtime, we decided to make it easy and just buy some gyros.

One of the great attractions nearby is the old Epidaurus Theater. It is about 30 min drive from the port, and it usually cost 40€ to have a taxi drive you and pick you up again. It is recommended to spend at least 1,5 hours there. It would have been great to see this enormous ancient theater, but the heat set us back, so we relaxed partly in the shadow at the beach, or out in the cooling water instead.

In the evening we had dinner at a great restaurant called To Perivoli, meaning under the oranges. It was a few minutes walk away from the harbor, situated in a beautiful back yard with orange trees (surprise, surprise…!) We could go to the kitchen and point out what we wanted to order, and chose some mixed grilled meat and seafood, and some chicken in lemon sauce. For starters we had Cheese Zaganaki (fried cheese) with honey and sesame seeds, and also some fried small fish. Everything was really tasty, and we certainly did not go to bed feeling hungry.
To Perivoli restaurant
The next morning we woke up to a magnificent sunrise, accompanied by the calming sound of the small fishing boats going out for today’s catch.
Sunrise
A few of us went for a walk, leading us to an old amphitheater (not to be mistaken for the big one) and further to the Church of Virgin Mary on the top of a hill.
Amphitheater
Overall Epidavros is a very pictorial harbor, with charming streets and squares, and some nice sights. I regret that we did not go to Epidaurus Theater, but if I am ever nearby again, I will definitely do that!
Overview of Epidavros

Vathi

We started off sailing for a few hours before the wind disappeared. Going by engine for a little while, we finally stopped for a cooling swim outside Aegina Marina on the island of Aegina. We prepared lunch on board, before heading towards Vathi.

Vathi is a small fishing village on the Methana Peninsula that is a part of Peloponnese. As it is attached to the mainland, it is also possible to get there by car. The charming village has some small fishing boats and a few taverns along the harbor, but no shop, so there is a small van coming every morning with groceries. If you come by car instead of boat, there are a few rooms for rent. It is the perfect place for finding peace and quiet.
Harborside in Vathi
Fishing
One of the attractions nearby is the volcano. Or at least, what they call the volcano. The owner of one of the taverns drove us up in the mountains. From where he left us, it was about 15 min uphill walk along a very pleasant trail with great views. The landscape can pass as volcanic, but when we arrived at what was supposed to be the volcano, I was really more a cave. So if you expect a volcano you will be disappointed, but if you settle for a nice cave and breathtaking views along the way, it is definitely worth the trip!
Fantastic view from the "volcano"-trip
The harbor has room for approximately 15 visiting boats, and the managing tavern also offer toilets and showers included in the harbor-fee.
Vathi harbor

Sail away!

Sailing is a great way to explore an area, so we gathered a group of friends and rented a sailboat. Including a captain, that is. It is off course possible to rent your own boat, but as none of us are capable to take charge and manoeuvre the boat safely, that was what we had to do. And even if we could, I think it is a better experience to have a captain that knows the area and where to go.

Our booking was arranged by Nautic Sailing, a Norwegian company that use their local contacts.

We arrived at the pier in Alimos/Kalamaki marina and were introduced to our captain, Tomasz. We talked briefly about what we planned for the next week, and agreed to see where the wind would take us.

The experience when we were shopping for food and beverages was absolutely fantastic. A car picked us up at the pier and took us to the beverage store. We chose what we wanted and paid there, and they would transport it to the boat. Another car picked us up, and took us to the grocery shop. The driver was waiting while we were shopping, and took us back when we were done. Very smooth, and the service was included. Very professional.

As a few of us had been on a similar sailing trip in Croatia a few years ago, we had experienced that the best solution is to make breakfast and lunch on board. That way you are free to stop for lunch wherever suites you. It is also wise to have some extra food, in case something unexpected happens and you do not get to the port with the restaurants you planned.

Our boat was a 45,1 foot Sun Odyssey (2001) named Meridien. She had four double cabins, but if needed it would be possible to sleep in the salon. Even though it was an “old” boat, it was in good shape.