A week in Croatia

Brendan and I headed off to Croatia for a week. I’m now back in Germany and on the train heading back to Freiburg with the unwashed look and no doubt smell…

We met up in Stuttgart at the airport and cunningly camped a night in a nearby paddock. On Thursday we flew to Split and spent the day driving up the coast and swimming in the delicious warm water. We camped the night near a national park and wanted to go for a little trot through the park in the evening but they were ‘closed’ (meaning there was nobody there to take our money, just a guy blocking the entrance). It seemed like the spirit of national parks was being abused so we wandered around the back way and had a look around.

On Friday we drove further up the coast to Zadar. We touristed around the two towns a little before we finally ended up further up the coast outside a little town named Starigrad. We found a fantastic little camp site there named Camp Stine. The folks there were very very friendly and laid back. The camp is right down by the seashore on a number
of terraces. They treated us like friends and offered us beer on the house and to collect things from the local store for us.

On Saturday it was off to the island of Rab about 1.5 hours drive northwards. We had a short ferry crossing before driving to a kayak company there. I wrote about kayaking on Rab in a separate post so I’ll go onto Sunday evening where we drove back to Camp Stine once more. We went for a walk in the national park near the camp on Monday and headed down to
Zadar again via Bosnia-Herzegovina on Tuesday. We met a couch surfing lass in the evening in Zadar and then drove South camping somewhere along the coast. On Wednesday we went and visited a canyon to the South of Split. We swam in the river and I went running for a bit in the hills. Then back to Split where we tried to find some rocks for some soloing above the sea but couldn’t find any. Instead we found some fish to scare as we dived from a large anchor jetty off the shore.

We drove back to Trogir in the evening and amused ourselves looking for a
restaurant in the windy streets of the old town for a while before settling on one. After our seafood dinner we headed North and found a hovel to free camp in for the night. An early start and we were flying back to Germany.

Market (Trogir, Croatia)Sometimes we worry about Brendan (Croatia)

Above left: The market in Trogir had lots of delicious fresh fruit and goodies. Above right: Sometimes we worry about Brendan.

Dalmatian Coast 3 (Croatia)Statue in Šibenik (Croatia)

Above left: The water on the Dalmation Coast was a delicious turquoise colour. Above right: Even statues need kisses.

Meow (Croatia)Fly away (Roški slap, Croatia)

Above left: The cats of Šibenik like to keep an eye on proceedings in the town. Above right: A friend we met along the way in Roški slap.

Camping on the coast (Camp Stine, Croatia)

Above left: Camping at Camp Stine certainly beats the nasty overcrowded campgrounds in Italy and Austria.

 Brendan does some bouldering (Croatia)A small elephant (Croatia)Faster than a speeding snail (Croatia)

Above left: Brendan got excited by some rocks and had to climb them. Above middle: We found a small elephant while wandering around. Above right: The local wildlife. We were faster than a speeding snail during our walk through the park near Starigrad.

Brendan at Camp Stine (Croatia)Trogir (Trogir, Croatia)

Above left: We can highly recommend Camp Stine. Super friendly owners, not crowded (while we were there), right near the sea, free wifi. They even gave us a couple of complimentary beers when we arrived. Above right: By the seaside in Trogir.

Brendan by the sexy shop (Trogir, Croatia)The last dinner (Trogir, Croatia)

Above left: Brendan has to make the tough decision between the wine shop and the "sexy shop". Above right: The last dinner… So to speak…

Evening in Trogir (Croatia)

Above: Trogir is quite nice and only a few kms from the airport if you fly to Split.

Free camping (Croatia)About to leave (Croatia)

Above left: On our last evening we decided to try some free camping and hid our tent by the side of the road in some trees. No problems. Above right: My, we do have a lot of toff.

Sea kayaking, Rab Island, Croatia

We are waiting at the ferry terminal on Rab Island , Croatia for the ferry that will head back to Jablanac on the mainland in half an hour. We’ve just spent two days kayaking
around the island. We came over here on Saturday morning and hired a couple of single kayaks from a very laid back kayak firm/family in Rab. Then it was onto the water and off.

The weather was as usual perfect and the water was an amazing turquoise colour. It reminds me of the Soca river in Slovenia.
Unfortunately, there was an abundance of older topless German women hiding in every little inlet ready to pounce. However despite this slight drawback the island was very
nice. It reminded me a little of the Abel Tasman. In parts the bush looks similar from a distance. The rocks are white and there are lots of little
inlets to hide in.

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Above left: Brendan in his kayak on the Adriatic Sea. Above right: We camped the night on a small island Sv. Grgur.

After a couple of stops to go swimming in the delicious warm water we came across an old Slovenian dude in a sea kayak. We paddled with him for the
next hour or so until my weedy little not-used-for-many-years arms gave up and he kayaked off into the setting sun that was not yet setting due to it
being summer and all. We continued on at our pace and reached another island off to the North of Rab named Sv. Grgur where we met our Slovenian friend
again. We pitched our tent on the island and wandered around for a while. In keeping with our experience of Croatia so far the island was sparsely vegetated and very dry, many white rocks, pine trees in parts and other trees I couldn’t identify. Our Slovenian friend saved the day after our cooker failed to start proving that MSR Whisperlite International cookers do indeed require their fuel filter.

Kayaking near Rab Island (Croatia) resize Rocks on Rab Island (Croatia) resize

Above left: View from the kayak near Rab. Above right: We found some nice rocks to climb around on Rab. We found a spot to get out of our kayaks and did some deep water soloing around the rocks.

Today (Sunday) we headed away from our satellite island in the morning back to Rab Island. There a nice little spot presented itself to us to do some deep water soloing. We parked our kayaks in a little cove and braved the spikey rocks for some premium soloing. We kayaked off for bit until we found a tiny beach for lunch that wasn’t inhabited by saggy boobies and man bum.

After lunch we had a long paddle around the end of the island and then back to Rab. And now we’ve crossed over on the ferry and we’re heading south. I am on insect swatting duties (a few buzzy things have found their way into the car) while Brendan navigates the windy roads.

View towards the mainland (Rab Island, Croatia) resize View while kayaking (Rab Island, Croatia) resize

Above left: View of the mainland. Above right: View from our lunch spot.

Above: Deep water soloing on Rab Island.