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?
Fantastic sunset view from our room at Vis.
View of Stiniva bay.
Itsy bitsy spider on the way to Tito’s cave.
The harbor in Komiza by night.
The blue cave by Bisevo outside Vis island.
Stunning view of Dubrovnik Old Town
The market in Dubrovnik old town.
Quiet main street in old town Dubrovnik.
Beautiful ocean view on the crossing between Dubrovnik and Lopud island.
More photos and information about Dubrovnik can be found in the posts Photos from Dubrovnik and Lokrum, Hello and goodbye Dubrovnik and Restaurants in Dubrovnik.
Split and Trogir
View of the old town in Split.
The harbor front in Split.
Main square in Trogir.
Trogir bell tower.
View of Trogir.
Trogir by night.
Church in Trogir.
The church on the mountain behind Trogir.
Sailing from Trogir to Kornati islands
The Cornati Islands.
Prvic Luka on Prvic island.
The waterfall in Krka. It was much more crowded than it looks…
A sheep or a dog….?
Bay of Kornat Island.
Kornati island sunset.
The moon and nothing else around. Kornati islands.
Preparing peka lamb.
Peka lamb. A MUST try local food when in Croatia.
Stary sky over Kornati Islands.
Mir, the salt water lake at Dugi Otuk. Kornati islands.
Yet another nice day, sailing in Croatia.
A short hike at the island Zirje, Kornati Islands.
Sunset in Primosten.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
The harbor has room for approximately 15 visiting boats, and the managing tavern also offer toilets and showers included in the harbor-fee.
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.