Adriatic Paradise: 25 things to know about Sailing in Croatia

By , 16 May 2017, 14:28 PM 25 Things to Know about Croatia
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Total Croatia Sailing will go live next month; the newest addition to the Total Croatia News family. It will be covering all aspects of pleasure sailing and competitive sailing along the Croatian Coastline; delivering up-to-date news and insider information.

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1 - WEATHER
If you didn't already know, the Croatian coastline’s climate is typically Mediterranean; warm and mild. In Spring, by mid-March, the Croatian season is well into its stride; warm, dry weather makes it a great time to go sailing, cycling, hiking or touring around cultural attractions. By mid to late May, in Southern Dalmatia with air temperatures of around 20°C, the sea is warm enough for swimming. July and August are the busiest months of the year for tourists in the Adriatic and a great time to sail in Croatia. Peak-season daytime temperatures can soar to 28°C, however, sailing in coastal breezes is a pleasure. If you prefer less crowded waters and slightly milder temperatures, May, June or September, October may be more suitable. Autumn is a good time to enjoy Istria and the National Parks like the Plitvice Lakes and the River Krka, when the lush, woodland colours and the mixture of deciduous and evergreen trees are at their best. Now, wind in Croatia is an inexhaustible topic; locals discuss wind directions daily, using their names like old friends and blaming ailments on them at any chance. Bura is the brute to avoid; a dry, very cold Northern (from NNE to ENE) wind. It blows over coastal mountains and can cause a lot of trouble, especially to inexperienced sailors because of it’s strong gusts and rapid change of direction. If you are sailing in Croatia, anybody and everybody will be happy to advise you on the wind.

 

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2 - CLEAR WATER
Croatia is home to a better part of the Adriatic Sea. In 2016, the European Environment Agency ranked its’ waters in the top 4 in Europe for quality; 94.2% of the samples from over 700 beaches returning excellent or good results. The Adriatic is a fairly shallow sea, with depths rarely reaching over 50 meters. However it’s not the depth or the size that makes Adriatic so great, it’s the clarity. The water is so clear you can see the sea floor at 5, 10, even 15 meters depending on location. Croatia’s warm sea can reach over 25°C in Summer; making it perfect for swimming and water-sports, even in deeper regions.

 

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3 - TONS OF ISLANDS
There is an endless amount of islands to explore when sailing the Croatian coastline. The huge length of coast measures 5,835km, including it’s 4,058km of islands and reefs. In total, there is a staggering 1,185 islands, islets and reefs; the largest are Krk and Cres and surprisingly, only 69 are inhabited. This small percentage of inhabited islands is an indicator of just how unspoiled Croatia is; a peaceful and idyllic, natural region to explore by sea. These uninhabited islands that dot the long, Croatian coastline are diverse in size, shape and terrain; they make perfect anchor spots for those who appreciate a little escapism. If you are inclined to go hunting for your own private island, a decent list can be found here. The most popularly-sailed islands are the Central Dalmatian islands, Hvar, Brac, Vis and Korcula; and the impressive Kornati archipelago just a little more North.

 

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4 - NATURAL BEAUTY
Croatia boasts a total of eight National Parks. Brijuni, Kornati, Krka, Mljet, Paklenice, Plitvice Lakes, Risnjak and North Velebit have a total, combined area of 994 km²; 759 km² of that is on land and 235 km² is water. The most popular Croatian National Park is the Plitvice Lakes, followed by Krka and Brijuni. Another notable area of Croatian beauty is it’s Nature Parks, of which there are ten. Each of these parks are maintained by a separate institution; overseen and funded by the government ministry of nature conservation. As expected, there is also a huge number of beautiful beaches in Croatia; some are large and popular, like Golden Cape (Zlatni Rat) located on Island Brac, while others are small and secluded, like Stiniva on Island Vis. Majestically surrounded by high rocks; charmingly, small Stiniva was awarded Best Beach in Europe last year. For sailing enthusiasts, there are many quaint pebble beaches; hidden away in secluded bays, only accessible by boat.

 

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5 - HISTORY
Many of Croatia’s best-preserved architectural monuments are Unesco world heritage sites. These include Dubrovnik old town contained within magnificent medieval walls, Split old town with the Diocletian Palace at it’s heart, Trogir old town is home to medieval houses and a Romanesque-Gothic cathedral, the 6th-century Euphrasian Basilica with it’s glistening Byzantine mosaics in Poreč, the 15th-century Gothic-Renaissance cathedral in Šibenik and Stari Grad Plain on Hvar is home to an Ancient Greek parcel system. There are a further 16 “tentative” Unesco sites, which include the medieval hill town of Motovun in Istria, the 16th-century Veliki Tabor castle in Zagorje close to Zagreb, Varaždin's Baroque buildings and castle, Zadar's Romanesque churches, Korčula town’s medieval centre is built on a tiny fortified peninsula, Ston’s medieval defence walls and the salt pans of Peljesac. To say the least, Croatia is steeped in history.

 

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6 - SPLIT
Croatia’s second largest city, after the capital Zagreb, is a living, breathing monument. The ancient city’s core holds walls and buildings that are more than 1700 years old. The Diocletian palace was built as a retirement home for the Roman emperor at the turn of the fourth century AD. Some parts of the palace, including the sphinx and columns, date back even further at some 3500 years old. Inhabitants became collectors of the passing ages; the city is full of Egyptian, Greek, Roman, medieval, Romanesque, Gothic, and neo-classic influences. Today, Split is a modern city with plenty to offer visitors; restaurants, film festivals, regattas, green markets, fish markets, history tours and classic opera and ballet performances at the Croatian National Theatre; built in 1893, it’s one of the oldest in Dalmatia. A guided tour is a savvy way to get acquainted with the city; while a walk around Marjan hill on the peninsula of Split, with Croatia’s second largest city, after the capital Zagreb, is a living, breathing monument. The ancient city’s core holds walls and buildings that are more than 1700 years old. The Diocletian palace was built as a retirement home for the Roman emperor at the turn of the fourth century AD. Some parts of the palace, including the sphinx and columns, date back even further at some 3500 years old. Inhabitants became collectors of the passing ages; the city is full of Egyptian, Greek, Roman, medieval, Romanesque, Gothic, and neo-classic influences. Today, Split is a modern city with plenty to offer visitors; restaurants, film festivals, regattas, green markets, fish markets, history tours and classic opera and ballet performances at the Croatian National Theatre; built in 1893, it’s one of the oldest in Dalmatia. A guided tour is a savvy way to get acquainted with the city; while a walk around Marjan hill on the peninsula of Split, with it's dense foliage and gorgeous views is the absolute ‘piece de resistance'.

 

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7 - ISLAND HVAR
The ‘it’ place to be seen in Croatia. Beautiful Hvar town lies at the foot of steep cliffs, looked down upon by the impressive Hvar Fortica. A picturesque setting to approach by sail; the clear-watered bay is always a hub of activity and has a view of the nearby Pakleni Islands. Despite it’s traditional, terracotta-roofed towns and easy-island-life attitude, Hvar is famous for its vibrant nightlife. You can find some of the swankiest bars, restaurants, and clubs in Dalmatia here. As you may well imagine, Hvar does become very busy in the summer season, especially in July and August. The Pakleni islands, situated just across the water (during the season, there is a taxi boat every 30 minutes), possess their own points of allure; botanical cacti gardens scattered with colourful art installations at Meneghello, drinks at the water’s edge in Bar Laganini and dance until dawn at Carpe Diem. Back in Hvar town, climb the marble streets and steps to the Fortica for an unparalleled view.

 

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8 - ISLAND VIS
Once shrouded in secrecy, Vis was the main naval base for the Yugoslav People's Army; the island has a philosophy of “Life is easy, people are complicated”. The still-present tunnels, bunkers and remnants of wartime are an incredible contrast to the tranquil vineyards and olive plantations of the island. The main harbour, Vis Town, spills down the hillside into the marina and there are crumbling forts dotted among the pines of Mount Hum at the island’s centre. Luka Rogacic cove is a secluded, natural harbour; home to an abandoned, submarine pen. Dropping anchor next to this gaping, submarine-shaped chasm in the rocky hillside is a historical experience and a reminder of how easily, peaceful life can be bored into by war. The relic is almost alien in this otherwise tranquil paradise and touring the pen by dinghy can be quite surreal. Both nearby, the Blue Cave on Island Bisevo and the Green Cave on Island Ravnik, are an easily reached and worthwhile sight when sailing.

 

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9 - KORNATI NATIONAL PARK
The Kornatis are the largest and densest archipelago in the Adriatic with over 150 islands. According to legend, the Kornati Archipelago is God’s masterpiece. GB Shaw said, “On the last day of creation, God desired to crown his work and thus created the Kornati islands out of his tears, breath and stars.”. Located on the Southern side of Dugi Otok are cliffs that go up to a height of 160m and collapse down to a depth of 85m. The islands are mostly barren and riddled with cracks, caves and rugged cliffs. The bare landscape highlights interesting rock formations; a beautiful contrast against the deep-blue, shimmering Adriatic. Sailing through the islands is a great experience and requires decent skill; the water and wind funnels through the islands in an unpredictable manner and even the most regular of Kornati sailors can be surprised. The Kornati Cup, one of the largest regattas in Croatia with over 100 competing yachts, is a fantastic opportunity to experience sailing the area with other keen sailors and the brightly, coloured spinnakers against the muted, rocky landscape is enchanting.

 

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10 - DUBROVNIK
A tourist mecca that you’re obliged not to miss. Despite Dubrovnik’s overly touristic tone, it is a truly awe-inspiring city, especially when approaching it by boat. Dubrovnik has always been a busy and popular destination in Croatia and even more so recently; people are visiting it because the hit fantasy-series, Game of Thrones, was filmed here. Regardless of how entertaining the TV programme may be, Dubrovnik deserves better. It holds it’s own stories of unscripted adventure, culture and hardship. The heavy bombing of Dubrovnik in 1991 horrified the world, but the city has bounced back with vigour to enchant visitors again. Old stone, baroque buildings traced with narrow lanes of marble-stone steps hold museums rich with art and artefacts, all overlooking the deep, azure Adriatic Sea.Dubrovnik’s impressive walls and towers have stood proudly around their city since before the 7th century and it’s nearby island, Lokrum, is home to a little salt-filled lake linked to the open sea; the island’s own little Dead Sea (Mrtvo more). Neptune’s fountain in nearby Trsteno is also a bewitching little itinerary stop.

 

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11 - ZADAR
Zadar is a vibrant, lively, yet intriguing city. The ‘Kingdom of Dalmatia’ was a crown land of the Austrian Empire in the 1800’s and Zadar was it’s capital city. Nowadays, the mix of medieval churches, an old town of Roman ruins, coastal setting and brutalist tower blocks give it a quirky and unique character. All set on a small peninsula, it has many ferry connections to the surrounding islands. The cosmopolitan bars and engaging museums all contribute to Zadar’s ‘arty’ feel. Perhaps this city’s two most novel attractions are the nature-interactive, water-side, art installations; the Sea Organ and the Sun Salutation, both created by Croatian architect, Nikola Bašić. The Sea Organ is an experimental musical instrument, which plays somewhat random, yet entrancing music as waves from the sea pass through tubes located underneath a set of large, marble steps. The Sun salutation is a wide circle set into the pavement nearby; it’s glass plates collect the sun’s energy during the day before commencing a colourful light show from sunset to sunrise. This multitalented attraction also collects enough energy to power the all the harbour-front lights.

 

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12 - PLITVICE LAKES
Plitvice Lakes National Park is a ‘Heaven on Earth’ forest reserve in central Croatia and it’s worth a day day trip away from the boat. It is one of the oldest National Parks in Southeast Europe and the largest in Croatia; known for it’s chain of sixteen lakes, joined by superb waterfalls, that extend into a limestone canyon. Hiking trails wind around, alongside and across the water and an electric boat links the twelve upper and four lower lakes. At the lower lakes, Veliki Slap, a roaring, 78m high waterfall can be discovered. This series of beautiful lakes, limestone caves and waterfalls were named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979; it’s deep woodland is inhabited by deer, bears, boar and rare birds. You can reach the Plitvice National Park in about an hour and a half from Zadar. This spot is a year-round delight; colours in the thick forest transform with the seasons and if you happen to be visiting during a snowfall in Winter, the sight of huge, white icicles reflected on the turquoise water of the lakes is unparalleled.

 

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13 - KRKNJAŠI BLUE LAGOON
Idyllic isolation can be found at the Krknjaši Blue Lagoon on Island Drvenik. This stunning anchorage is around thirteen nautical miles from the city of Split in Central Dalmatia; quite shockingly so, as it feels a world away. The lagoon’s sandy bottom is perfectly visible through it’ shallow, turquoise waters and the island’s coast is dotted with small sandy coves that feel both safe and relaxing for families with small children. The hidden lagoon’s calm, crystal clear waters are a peaceful spot to unwind; a within-reach, solace from the Summer buzz of Split. There is a small, restaurant nestled amongst the trees on Drvenik that can be accessed by dinghy at the North end of the lagoon; as anticipated, it serves simple, fresh seafood. With it’s unspoilt horizon and serene, outdoor soundtrack, Krknjaši is the perfect spot for catching the sunrise or the sunset.

 

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14 - SALTWATER MIR LAKE
One of the most significant phenomenon of this region; Mir lake is situated on the island of Dugi Otok, just above Telašićica bay, This lush spot is most easily reached by the water, making it a top, off the beaten track destination. It is a stark contrast to its neighbouring Kornati National Park, where the white, barren, rugged cliffs against the deep-blue Adriatic are an eerie and wonderful sight. Mir lake is fed by underground channels that run through limestone to the sea, it's water is much warmer than the sea. Not only a stunning sight, the lake's muddy bottom is believed to do wonders for your skin. The surrounding area is thick with pine, olive and fig trees and officially uninhabited; a popular yacht spot for those seeking an escape from civilisation.

 

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15 - KORČULA
An island of many Greek legends and myths; the legend of Cadmus and Harmony, the legend of Kerkyra and the legend of Antenor to name a few. Korcula is also the hometown of Marco Polo; a medieval Venetian merchant and world renowned writer and traveller. The island provides the chance to see his birthplace and scenes from his life at a dedicated museum. Korčula traditions remain strong, with age-old religious ceremonies, folk music and dances still being performed. The annual Korkyra Baroque Festival is a ten-day festival showcasing a selection of the world’s leading ensembles and soloists of Baroque music. Furthermore, the town of Korcula is well known for a traditional sword dance, Moreska, whose romantic storyline tells of the conflict between Moors and Christians. Popular throughout the Mediterranean in 12th and 13th century, this dance has been performed in Korcula for over 400 years. One of the most popular Croatian whites is produced from pošip grapes, of which the majority are grown on vineyard-plentiful Korčula.

 

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16 - MLJET
A lush, green island; according to Greek mythology, the nymph Calypso kept Odysseus prisoner here for seven years. The Island possesses a National Park and two, sea-connected, salt lakes located at the North end of the island. Mljet is unspoilt, covered by a dense forest; rich with nature and wildlife. The island is inhabited by small, Asian mongooses; the cute, but tough, critters were imported in the 1800s to eradicate snakes (which there's none of now). The sea around the island is abundant with fish and marine life. In October, Mljet still receives around seven hours of sunshine a day and temperatures average at around 20˚C. Known for it’s wine, olives and goat’s cheese, this true gem of a destination is easily reached by sail; however, can also be reached from Dubrovnik by ferry. Odysseus’s cave and the nearby reef Origan are both a beautiful and entertaining adventure and, with about 50 inhabitants, the tiny Pomena harbour on the West end of the island is a delightful spot.

 

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17 - WINE
Altogether, there are more than 300 geographically-defined wine-producing areas in Croatia. The continental region in the north-east of the country produces rich, fruity whites. On the north coast, Istrian wines are similar to those produced in neighbouring Italy and further south, tastes lean towards Mediterranean-style reds. Along the Dalmatian coast and on its islands, local grape varieties and microclimates results in some highly individual wines, and some of Croatia's best known. The coastal wine region has a Mediterranean climate; the long, hot, dry Summers and short, mild, wet Winters are well suited to wine production. Keep an eye out for Dalmatian-indigenous grape varieties; such as PlavacMali, the child of Zinfandel and Dobričić. Just North of Dubrovnik in the town of Drače, there is an active wine making process that is truly compelling. At a certain sea depth, where the temperature is stable year round, there is an underwater wine cellar inside a sunken boat. After being aged on land for three months, the wine is stored in clay jugs known as amphorae, a common article of ancient Greece, under the sea for between one and two years. It is believed that the combination of the amphorae and the underwater ageing process gives the wine a specific, pleasing, pinewood aroma. Travellers can join experienced divers to explore the hidden, watery, Edivo Vina winery for a wine tour like no other.

 

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18 - RAKIJA
Rakija, a strong, fruit brandy, is the Croatian secret weapon against all that is enemy to man. It will destroy bacteria, relieve stomach or muscle pain and disinfect a wound instantly. On top of it’s evident medicinal use, it is a tasty drink that is used in celebration of any possible occasion. When Rakija is passed around you are witness to the true hospitality of a generous Croatian and this beverage is a true testament to the efforts of Croat fathers and grandfathers passed. The clever Croatians can make a Rakija out of almost anything; a truffle or a pine tree (a particularly rare variety). The process involves fermentation and distillation of fruit, vegetables, various herbs and even trees; depending on desired flavour. The lowest amount of alcohol found in Rakija is around 20% and the highest legal percentage is around 60%; although, some home-brews have been said to be as strong as 80-90%. Available in all parts of Croatia, it makes great gift for those you left at home.

 

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19 - CROATIAN CUSINE
Croatian cuisine is heterogeneous and has been known as "the cuisine of regions". The food in the coastal region takes influence from Greek, Roman, Italian and French cuisine; it is truly Mediterranean and as expected, the prosciuttos and olive oils are excellent. Eating in Croatia is a celebration and a time to bond; many traditional Croatian festivities are strongly linked with food, and every holiday has it’s typical dish. Coastal and island dishes include brbavice (small shells), octopus, sea urchins, snails, mussels, grilled fish (especially Bluefin tuna), prawns and various forms of calamari. Seafood is not all; many islands, such as Brač and Pag, are known for their incomprehensibly delicious, spit-roasted lamb. The food here is flavourful, fresh and even the most mediocre looking restaurants have surprisingly tasty dishes on offer. Watch out for Paksi Sir (a hard, sheep-cheese from island Pag), Peka (a stew-type dish, cooked encased in glowing embers), squid-ink risotto and lavender-infused desserts.

 

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20 - MARINE LIFE & SNORKELLING
The sea in Croatia is glass-clear, and extremely clean. The usually pebbled sea-bed, especially in shallow waters is often completely visible. The Adriatic Sea is a safe place to swim and snorkel with no sharks or dangerous species lurking in these waters. Even though the underwater life is not as exciting, or as colourful as it is in the tropical seas; the seabed is full of charming sea urchins, starfish, crustaceans, shellfish, sponges, and fish. Furthermore, there is also a number of ship wrecks along the coastline to explore. Brijuni is one of eight Croatian National Parks that is a super snorkelling spot; an archipelago at the South coast of Istria. The islands, like most of Croatia, have rich history dating back to Roman times and some of remains are still located underwater. In Veriga Bay, you can explore underwater archaeological sites on a guided tour. Being a National Park since 1983, fishing in the area is strictly regulated; allowing the underwater life to be better preserved and richer than elsewhere. Keep an eye out for two protected species; the pen-shell and the date-shell. If you can and prefer to dive, then Island Vis’ military past gives a unique experience. There are over twenty dive sites on the island; explore sunken merchant ships from the Greek and Roman period, submarines and planes now subdued by the salty water.

 

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21 - DOLPHINS
In 2006, the Croatian government declared a nature reserve around the Island Losinj , where the sea serves as home to more than 120 dolphins, specifically the bottlenose dolphin. Bottlenose dolphins are the most recognisable and well-known member of the oceanic dolphin family; they eat around 15 kilograms of food per day; their diet consists of a wide variety of fish, squid and octopus. There has been a decline in the dolphin population throughout the Adriatic and Losinj’s protected waters provide scientists with valuable information about their habits and behaviour. Dolphin lovers can take get involved with an organised dolphin-watching excursion; however, if sailing in this area, it is likely you will encounter them anyway. Volunteers are usually welcome at Losinj dolphin reserve and you can help the cause by sponsoring a dolphin. Since 1993, ‘Dolphin Day’ has taken place in Veli Lošinj; this year the dates are June 30th to July 1st. On this day, visitors are invited to Veli Lošinj to learn about activities around, future aims and the people involved with the Adriatic Dolphin Project.

 

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22 - MANY SAILING OPTIONS
There are many different styles, sizes and types of boats available for rental and charter in Croatia. You can motor or sail, you can include or crew or rent a ‘bareback’ boat. Even 1-3 day sailing trips can be added in to an otherwise, land-based trip. Six-berth sailboats start at less than €1000 per week, with these prices rising during the Summer high-season. By law all charter companies in Croatia require the skipper to hold an International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft (ICC) or a Day/Bareboat Skipper license from an approved national sailing association (ie. the Royal Yachting Association in the UK). Day/Bareboat Skipper courses are open to sailors with five days, 100 miles and four night hours of experience on sailboats. The courses are enjoyable, and can make a rewarding holiday in themselves. Croatia also requires skippers to have completed a GMDSS-VHF radio course, which can be completed in a single day at certified centres. There are dozens of companies offering bareboat charters, though all are strict with regard to sailing certificates and radio licenses.

 

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23 - MUSIC FESTIVALS
Croatia’s music festival scene is flourishing, the incredible Adriatic coastline makes a stunning setting; beaches, islands, lakes and meadows all playing host crowds of delighted music lovers. Here is a small handful of the diverse, coastal festivals on offer.
 - Hedonistic ‘Hideout’ is held on the glorious crescent-shaped Zrće Beach, Pag Island in June. It’s pre-parties, boat parties, pool parties and after parties attract a young and ‘up-for-it’ crowd. The music of offer is deep house and techno.
 - Resonant ‘Seasplash' is set in and around Pula’s 19th-century Punta Christo Fort on a beautiful peninsula. Running in July since 2002, it is Croatia’s longest running festival. It’s sound is an eclectic mix of dance, reggae, hip-hop, ska, R&B and dubstep.
 - ‘Ultra’ is a massively popular electronic dance music festival held at Split's Poljud Football stadium. The world’s biggest, superstar DJs whip the 100,000-strong crowd into a frenzy in July.
 - August’s Soundwave has an amazing setting; a natural amphitheatre overlooking a beautiful sandy beach with crystal clear waters, close to Tisno. The dance music is blasted at beach stages, boat parties and open-air nightclubs.
 - Set in the same Punta Christo Fort as Seasplash, ‘Outlook’ brings hip-hop, reggae and dubstep to a range of unusual stages; a dungeon, moat, courtyard, harbour, meadow and beach. It's opening takes place in Pula’s Roman Amphitheatre in late August.
 - Environmentally friendly ‘Obonjan’ takes to the entire Island Obonjan, off the coast of Šibenik, in late July. This festival delivers an experience that combines music, yoga retreats, talks and local food with a gourmet touch.

 

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24 - SPORTS & REGATTAS
Croats are athletic by nature and Croatia’s unspoilt, azure seascapes and dramatic rocky landscapes offer a stunning backdrop for the active tourist. Some of the most impressive mountain ranges have been declared National Parks (such as Risnjak, Paklenica National Park and North Velebit), and all are criss-crossed with networks of hiking paths, mountain biking trails, rock climbing and caving spots. Rafting and canyoning are also an activity that is growing in popularity; the River Cetina near Omiš and the River Zrmanja near Zadar are both ideal locations. On a larger sporting-scale, the competitive sailing scene is alive and well in Croatia and many charter companies organise regular ‘friendly’ regattas for visitors. The Kornati Cup is one of the largest charter-based regattas in Croatia with over 100 competing yachts sailing through the Kornati islands. Croatia has been host to several world-class sailing regattas such as the M32 catamarans, RC44's and selection events for Olympic sailors. The buzz surrounding these events is electric. To be involved in this aspect of sailing or even to witness these regattas on the water is an immense experience.

 

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25 - THE PEOPLE
Say goodbye to the hustle and bustle of the average 21st-century existence. Croat’s schedules do not dictate their lives; their lives dictate their coffee-filled schedules. Croatians strive for a better quality of life and because of this mentality, they are a nation of pretty happy people. With an appreciation for the simple things in life, perhaps a lesson learnt from childhood Summers spent with grandparents (Baka and Dida) on the Adriatic coast; their culture is passionate and proud, their history is abundant and their home-made olive oil is a delight. Croatians will feed, drink and laugh their way into your heart. Avid conversationalists, they are witty, funny and very sarcastic; Croatian people are as captivating as Croatia itself.

 

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  • Traffic is heavy on the roads towards the coast and the continent, on the roads to tourist centers along the coast and in ferry ports. Drivers are invited to adjust the driving speed to road conditions and also to keep the safety distance. Today (21/22 July from 10pm to 6am) on the Adriatic road (DC8) in Rijeka in the underpass Žabica traffic will be proceeding over one lane in both directions. Traffic ban on freight vehicles exceeding 7.5 t on some roads in Istria and in the coastal area: -Saturday, 22 July from 4 am to 2 am -Sunday, 23 July from noon (12:00) to 11 pm. There is no traffic ban on the motorways and on the state road DC1. Sections of the roads closed due to roadworks: -on the DC1 state road in Lučko (Zagreb) between Gornji Stupnik and Svetonedeljska street -on the state road 29 from Novi Golubovec (crossroad DC29, DC35) -on the DC502 Smilčić-Pridraga state road. Traffic is regulated by traffic signals/one road lane is free only: -on the DC1 state road in Knin until 31st July; -on the DC1 state road at Mostanje and on the section Sučević-Otrić. -on the DC8 Adriatic road on the section Zaton Doli-Bistrina; -on the DC66 Pula-Most Raša state road. With the sunny and dry weather, more and more cyclists and motorists are on the roads. Other vehicles (such as cars or trucks) should look carefully for bicyclists before turning left or right, merging into bicycle lanes and opening doors next to moving traffic. Check your mirrors and be aware of blind spots before turning. While at a stop sign or red light, make a complete stop in order to let bikers pass, and check for unseen riders. Respect the right of way of bicyclists because they are entitled to share the road with you. Cyclists are not immune to traffic violations: pay attention to red lights and practice arm signaling!
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