10 days. 4 yachts. 4 skippers plus 32 holidaymakers. Croatia. This was how my July started, as anyone who follows me on Instagram will know!
An awesome country, a great bunch of people, so much amazing food and some pretty epic parties – this is my Croatia photo diary… Soooo many great photos, it was difficult to choose which ones to include!
There were 10 people on our catamaran ‘Take Two’ – 1 Swedish skipper, 1 South African, 7 Americans plus me. I was First Mate 🙂
We couldn’t find the onboard fog horn, so Rory filled the void with his vuvuzela…
Fancy dress – lots of nautical outfits, and some rather questionable attire – was a key component of the holiday…
We swam in secluded and deserted coves, where the water was blissfully cool and clear. Only one sea urchin injury was sustained…
We spent an evening in Parmizana, and took a speed boat over to Hvar for a day party at Hula Hula beach bar.
We dined in the most beautiful setting at Fort George, and then danced our socks off when the sun set and the DJ switched to swing music.
Getting in from Fort George at some crazy hour, the wind had picked up and a storm was brewing. 30 minutes after getting into bed, our skipper came a-knocking – we had to move the boats before we were blown off our mooring. A stressful launch, gusts of 50 knots, giant swell and a beautiful sunrise all went down en route to the port of Komiza. We moored up and went back to bed at 5am.
Croatia does fish dinners very well – our dinner at Konoba Barba in Komiza was fantastic – I ate my weight in calamari 🙂
We winched Mara (our boat’s amazing ‘mom’ and unofficial chef!) up the mast to sort out our tangled flags! All the boats flew flags for a dose of patriotism, although they did make us stand out like a sore thumb as we sailed into well-to-do marinas, with music blaring and crew members in fancy dress…
Moored up in the port of Vis, we took a car high into the mountains to Konoba Pol Murvu. An authentic restaurant within a vineyard, we ate the best meal of the trip – a smorgasbord of fish and meat, perfectly cooked in their open oven, and washed down with carafes of red wine and homemade aperitifs, digestifs and Turkish coffee.
We spent one hilarious evening in the Night….Club in the town of Milna on Vis. I don’t think the venue was used to actually having any customers, so our group took over the entire place – including playing our own music through the sound system!
On our penultimate night, we explored Trogir and stumbled across tiny authentic restaurant Antonio down a cobbled street behind the church, where we feasted on salted fish, cuttlefish risotto and amazing steak in roquefort sauce.
On the last day, it was nice to be off the boat and back in a real bed at Vila Tina hotel – although we all still felt like we were rocking on a boat even when we were on dry land! The hot tub was perfect for washing all the glitter and salt off, and we had an eventful time exploring Old Town Split (we sheltered from an insane downpour, and had our car impounded…!).
We took a trip to Krka National Park – on such a boiling hot day, it was perfect to walk through the forests, spotting electric blue dragonflies and fish, and swim below the waterfall.
Very sad to leave – can I go back again next year?