It is Saturday the 12th August 2017, tempers are as high as temperatures and traffic congestion combined with heat wave Lucifer, is making the usual picturesque Adriatic Coast look more like a bad sitcom than the holiday you had in mind. Welcome to Croatia in August.
Continuing our look at some of Croatia's premier real estate through the eyes of Sotheby's Croatia International Realty, a waterfront property with direct access to two beaches others can only reach by boat.
After the Parliament adopted the Law on Concessions a couple of weeks ago, multiple cases of concession holders banning locals from beaches have been reported. The latest comes from Dalmatia, where a woman named Barbara Buličić was asked to leave the beach at the Brown Beach House Trogir on Čiovo island on July 16, 2017.
Maybe it's a middle age crisis, maybe I just found new affection for the nature, but I really got to love hiking (and biking, too, but that's another story). It doesn't need to be anything super-demanding and challenging, and most often it isn't, even nice walking tour somewhere around Split is satisfying enough. Luckily, I bought excellent book "Daytrips from Split" as soon as it went out, I even wrote an article about it back then.
A weather for a weekend that just passed was wonderful, unlike the incoming one, and tempting. Choice was Čiovo, an island closest to Split, but accessible only via Trogir. Watching from Split, Čiovo (pron. Cheeowo) looks as close as the one can swim over, and its most eastern part actually belong to Split. Still, it's almost as any other island - small boats are sailing there during the summer because beaches on Čiovo are nice, and winter brings half an hour drive to Trogir, and then over the bridge to the island. It's also possible by bus - take a number 37 from Split, and then local one to Slatine on Čiovo.
The most attractive destination on Čiovo is Our Lady of Prizidnica, small 16-century church at cliffs on the southern shor of the island. From Slatine to this point it's a pleasant walk on the local road, very well marked with signs. Once you get to the crossroads, just follow signs and it will take you to the top of the unique cliff, with a view toward Šolta, Drvenik, Brač, Hvar, even Vis.
Tranquility around this beautiful church is incredible, just sit and enjoy silence and a view. You can go all the way down to the sea, by easy-going steps. It's even possible to reach church if you are sailing, just anchor next to it and climb up. In a few days, on December 8, church will be open due to a holiday called Immaculate Conception of Blessed Virgin Mary.
After visiting Prizidnica, go back to the road, and turn to the gravel path to Glava (Head), or the eastern-most Čiovo cape from where you will have one of the most beautiful view of Split. It's another nice walk, and then you can simply go back same way, or take longer route that will take you over the Čiovo ridge, back to Slatine. We took the first one, it's about 10 kilometres route, available here.
Additional feature, beside enjoying views and fresh air, is an oportunity to pick a lot of herbs, even spices, like sage, rosemary, lavender, origano, and even picking some wild fruit like those from the strawberry tree http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arbutus_unedo. When you return home, or to your car, scents will be overwhelming.