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Croatia: Undiscovered nor not?

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Trogir, Croatia

When we went sailing in Croatia in September I posted a photo of a lovely scene on Facebook. Someone raved about its beauty and commented that it is an “undiscovered” part of the world.

I thought about that a bit questioning this comment. While many areas of Croatia are remote and undiscovered, I had been reading about overcrowding in Dubrovnik. The locals have been protesting the masses of tourists taking over their home.  They are tired of the thousands of people the cruise ships spew out on stops between Venice and Greece

Game of Thrones Creates Interest in Croatia

Another reason for Croatia’s popularity is that Game of Thrones has been filmed in a variety of historic venues in Croatia. Game of Thrones tours have popped up to meet the demand for seeing these locations like the one pictured above.

I asked our skipper, Deni, whether he thought Croatia was “undiscovered” and he laughed. “Oh we’ve been discovered all right.”

Deni, Croatian skipper
Deni, Croatian skipper

The Croatian native said he has seen huge increases in hip and happy Europeans who descend on the Croatian Islands in the summer to party. He shared that there are even “party cruises” on boats like the one we were on that take people to the beaches and the happening party places like Hvar.

Hvar
Hvar

They advertise their vacation trips saying they are “in the know” about the hottest places to hang out. He also commented that many Europeans who have traditionally vacationed in Turkey are now heading to Croatia because they view it as safer.

Croatia: a great place to sail

We weren’t part of the Game of Thrones or the party group. We joined many sailers who go to the Dalmatian coast because it offers some of the best sailing in the world—mostly in May and September—before and after the party season.

Croatian Sailing
Croatian Sailing

It isn’t as hot and the wind is better than in the summer season.

At the airport in Split, where sailers fly in and out to board the boats in Trogir, I chatted with a woman from Antwerp who asked me, “Why do you come here? Don’t you have good sailing at home?”

Of course, we have good sailing in the US, but this got me thinking.  I decided to devote this blog post to answering her question.  Why  is Croatia such good place to sail.

Croatia Sailing
Croatia Sailing–Stari Grad

First of all there are vast waters to sail where the wind is strong but boats are protected from open water by the hundreds of islands along the coast. Perfect.  The landscape is truly beautiful and unspoiled.

The little villages are charming. Many are only accessible by ferry or small boats so they aren’t overrun with tourists. Cruise ships can’t get into the small marinas.   We love the winding streets, historic churches and charming traditions.

Croatia
Stari Grad, Croatia

 

Croatia Village
Trogir,  Croatia
Starigrad, Croatia
Milna, Croatia

The restaurants are fabulous. The servers bring you platters of fish caught that morning. You choose what they are going to cook for you. The emphasis is on fresh, delightfully prepared dishes.

Croatia restaurant
Croatia restaurant, Paklinski

There’s a wonderful camaraderie of sailers. The boats line up  along the village docks.  It’s fun to be part of the group.

Sailing in Croatia
Sailing in Croatia

We did experience some rough weather one day,  but with an experienced skipper in charge we felt totally safe. It was actually quite exciting.

pop up storm
pop up storm

Here are a few images of what you might see if you visited the islands on the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia.

restaurant sign in Croatia
restaurant sign in Croatia
Croatian scene
Croatian scene
Tourist boat, Croatia
Tourist boat, Croatia
Croatia
Vrboska, Croatia
Croatia
Vrboska, Croatia
Croatia
Vrboska, Croatia
Croatia
Vrbpsla. Croatia
Croatia
Paklinski, Croatia
Croatia
Vrboska, Croatia
Croatia
Milna, Croatia

Thank you to JoAnne Tompkins for contributing several photos to this blog post and for you and Jon for  being such a great sailing companions.

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Susan J. Smith
Susan's career includes writing for newspapers, lots of community work and a wonderful family life. Now she is enjoying traveling, photography and writing for DesignDestinations and Grand Rapids Magazine. She welcomes you on her journey and appreciates your comments.

Comments

2 Comments
  1. posted by
    Judi
    Nov 13, 2017 Reply

    Love the photos but would really like them to be identified, other than just ‘Croatia’. Sailing looks like a grand idea! Sorrry to hear that Hvar is now a ‘party’ town!

    • posted by
      Susan J. Smith
      Nov 13, 2017 Reply

      Thank you for your comment, Judi. Good suggestion about more specific identifications of the locations. I’ll go back and do that this week where I can. Yes, it is sad about Hvar. I think the article I read about it (in New York Times) said it got wild in the summer. The best sailing is May and September when it was lovely and peaceful.

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