Touring Trip of Central Europe (July 2008)

Part 3: Croatia (14th-18th)

After a night in Opatija at a beachside hotel we drove down the Croatian Coast to an apartment we had booked in Primosten, near Šibenik. Good weather at last, which we had until we returned back up the coast a week later. On the way we stopped at an old town called Zadar but were not too impressed, and also stopped at a marina to book a boat trip later in the week to the Kornati Islands National Park.

After we had settled in to our beachside apartment (with wonderful views of the bay and town) we walked up to the top of the town. We wondered why so many others were making there way up there with us. We arrived at the Church to find many gathered there to witness the sunset from the graveyard. It was spectacular.

The following day we visited Krka National Park. You are taken on a bus from the car park to the cascades where we followed a boardwalk and ended at the main cascades where you can (and I did) swim under the falls. Afterwards we drove inland, across a limestone plateau, 50km to another part of the park where it was a lot less crowded.

Next day we went on our boat trip to Kornati Islands National Park. You pass many islands whilst being served a fish lunch, and being serenaded by a trio, before being taken to an island with a salt lagoon. We witnessed a strange sight at midday of a halo at some distance around the sun – formed by very high hazy clouds of ice crystals.

The following morning we set off for Dubrovnik on the coast road, first stopping at Trogir Old Town, where we admired the buildings and the motor yachts on the quayside. In the afternoon we stopped for a swim on the beautiful Makarska Riviera, after which the road went through part of Bosnia.