Tuesday, April 23, 2024

WANDERLUST: Stunning beauty! – Croatia

Croatia is one of the most famous European summer vacation spots. Located in southeast Europe it’s made up of over 1000 islands that makes for a perfect place to sail for the summer. A page out of superyacht chef Jamie Neben’s diary.

As some of our crew live in Croatia, we spent a few weeks just out of Split, the second largest city in Croatia. Split is known for its ancient architecture and is a hot spot for film locations. The ancient city is incredible! A walking tour is highly recommended.

The tour takes you under the city, into the basement of the old palace which is perfectly preserved due to 100s of years of rubbish being dumped beneath the streets. If you want to try local food, do visit the Palma Fast Food Grill, and try the Cevapi-kind-of-a-grilled meatball and Villa Spiza— they do a daily menu.

Our view from the marina was the Kozjak Mountains, a mountain chain in the Lavanttal or Nordic Alps. We scouted a route, made a few wrong turns but made it. I recommend this hike if you are in Split. You get amazing views of the city and harbour. You can also walk along the ridge line and end up in the Klis Fortress, a place-to-be if you are a Game of Thrones fan.

Next on my list was Dubrovnik, a travel destination for foodies. I’d been past a few times on the yacht over the years but only seen it from my porthole. I wasted no time in going through the drawbridge into the ancient city. The City Walk Wall tour gives a fantastic view of the city. You may even recognise a few areas as the King’s Landing from the Game of Thrones.

On my way from Split, I made a pitstop near Imotski, (a small town on the northern side of the Biokovo massif in the Dalmatian Hinterland of southern Croatia near the border with Bosnia) to find a small lake named Rogoznica. It’s also known as Dragons Eye because of its elliptical shape. Unfortunately, it being summer, the lake was completely dry but five minutes up the road is Red Lake, an incredible sinkhole with high cliffs and caves.

Croatia has some amazing National Parks, Krka and Plitvice Lake National Parks have beautiful waterfalls and fantastic walking tracks.

Until next time Dovidenja.

Related: WANDERLUST: Exploring Tahiti – a Polynesian dream destination

Jamie Neben
Jamie Neben
Notes from superyacht chef and photography buff, Jamie Neben’s travel diary.
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