The Croatian seaside
This blog comes one day later than intended because Bine and I unexpectedly went to the Croatian coast for the weekend 😊. Hence a blog about this because it is certainly a fun part of our life here, the fact that we live less than 2 hours away from the Adriatic Sea. We regularly drive up there for a day, and not just in the summer. We both love and enjoy spending time on the coast.
I was never really a fan of the sea when I lived in the Netherlands. I don’t even remember ever swimming in the North Sea. As children, we sometimes went there for a day with our parents. Take a walk on the beach, get a breath of fresh air, bathe your feet. I don’t think we ever got any further. It never appealed to me anyway, swimming in the sea. I found it to be scary and dirty. That is, until Bine first took me to Croatia, to the sea.
Wow! How beautiful it is there! Gorgeous towns and small villages with beautiful old buildings, rough rocks, cute little bays with pebbles, and first and foremost, the clearest water I have ever seen. You can swim meters and meters away from the coast and you can still see the bottom, even if it is already very deep.
From the first moment, I was hooked, and we have already pretty much explored the entire Croatian coast, all the way to Dubrovnik. It is beautiful everywhere. We ourselves are not very enthusiastic about Istria because it is where most of the tourism is located and it is not always as clean as we would like. We prefer Dalmatia, especially the island of Pag. But the mainland is also great: Zadar, Šibenik, Split. All beautifully beautiful places with a lot of history.
On Thursday Bine had picked up the idea to go to the sea again on Saturday. Because of Corona we had not been this year, so it was about time. In addition, we heard stories from friends and via television that it was not at all busy in Croatia because of the crisis. As Slovenes we can still cross the border without measures, so we decided to go for it. Because we wanted to try something different we went through the island of Krk, where we usually go, this time continuing with the ferry to the island of Cres and then over a bridge to the next island of Mali Lošinj, because we had never been there before.
Due to circumstances we arrived later than expected and the plans we had for Sunday unexpectedly fell through, so we decided on the spot to stay overnight and make it a weekend. We didn’t have anything with us, but you don’t need much at the sea anyway 😊. I quickly bought a toothbrush, toothpaste, shower gel and a comb from a local drugstore and then we went looking for a room. Fortunately, it was found fairly quickly because they usually do not like to rent out rooms for just one night. It turned out to be much busier than we had thought. Tourists enough!
Fortunately, we found a nice spot at a cozy beach bar where it was not very busy and we could enjoy the water. In the evening we had dinner at a nice restaurant on the boulevard and at 11 o’clock pm we took a lovely dip under the almost full moon. How romantic is that? We had our electric cooler with us so the next morning we could eat a sandwich with a cup of milk on the terrace of our room and then we quickly went out to sea again. Early in the afternoon, we drove back to the ferry and then stopped in Malinska, on the island of Krk, for a walk along the sea and a nice dinner, before driving back home.
Unfortunately, it was about 12 degrees cooler when we got home than on the coast and even today it is cloudy with showers 🙁. Fortunately, the end of the week will be warm and sunny again because today I would prefer to drive back to Krk asap!