I, with two colleagues, had the pleasure of a week’s vacation based at the apartment-David on the island of Ciovo. The apartment, in a very modern building, has all the amenities expected, with kitchenette, washing machine, crockery, cutlery etc. It sleeps two comfortably, but since we were three adults we rented, at half price, the adjoining apartment, that is self-contained as well. Before booking we thought it might take away from our experience to have accommodation without a view of the water, but after arriving and being within a few minutes from the bay, we realized it wasn’t a hardship. We would bathe each morning and evening to begin and end our day in the warm clear water. The whole coastline there is publicly available – a nice touch.
There is plenty to do. We hired a car to get around, but a compact one since many of the roads are charmingly narrow. The island is connected to the mainland by bridge at a small town called Trogir, so no waiting for boats. Trogir has a castle, a lovely church, and markets to satisfy the interests of all types of tourists; and is typical of several small towns along the coast there. A little further off is the provincial capital of Split famous for its association with the Roman Emperor Diaclesian who choose it, out of all the cities in his empire, to retire to as the most preferred of all. He had good taste. It is full of ancient buildings, a cathedral, many watering holes and restaurants, a lively harbor, and artists galore.
We heard Croatia was the poor mans Italy, which is true, but in many ways it’s actually nicer. Croatia has an incredible coastline with over 1000 islands, big and small. There are island-hopping boat tours of which we took one. A little further off on the mainland are national parks famous for their unusual waterfalls. We visited the one at Krka where the scenery is spectacular. We highly recommended a visit.
September 2012 Richard Harrison RTH12000@yahoo.com