Croatia, beautiful Mediterranean country, today is becoming more and more popular in the world. With its breathtaking beaches and breathtaking turquoise sea, it has become famous within the tourists, even those from opposite sides of the world. But, besides popular tourist centers like Split, Zadar or Dubrovnik, there is much more Croatia can offer to adventurers. There are more than thousands picturesque islands, hidden from the eyes of public, where you can truly rest and enjoy the unspoiled charm of Adriatic.
If you are a true adventurer, there are numerous tours Croatian agencies who offer travel routes appropriate for every taste, age and interest. The best way to experience Croatia’s coast is to rent a boat from one of many Croatian charters. I've looked on-line and found agency with perfect route, which I think would satisfy everyone, no matter how refined taste they have. It is a seven days cruise that involves sailing in Istria archipelago, the largest peninsula in the Adriatic Sea.
The journey starts in Pula - one of Istria's most authentic cities. Town has a flourishing life apart from the tourist business. It's an important seaport and shipbuilding center and has an industry dating from the days of Austro-Hungarian domination. The center of town is covered with Roman ruins, the most impressive of which is the spectacular Roman amphitheatre.
Near Pula, Brijuni islands are stretched along the south-west coast of the peninsula. There is The National Park of Brijuni, where you can enjoy geological-paleontological or archaeological tour, safari, ethno park and great number of exhibitions. Also, they have amazing collection of dinosaurs footprints, over two hundred of them visible across the island! For those who want to take a break from the summer heat, there are many beautiful beaches, surrounded with forest and crystal clear sea.
Next stop is Unije. Thanks to its favourable position, water springs and fertile ground, Unije was widely known throughout the history. There are no cars on the island, only little tractors that the locals use to carry goods from the ship. Island has peaceful atmosphere which is complemented by many native animals like sheep, goats, horses, cows, pheasants, partridges, rabbits, etc.
The third days destination is Ilovik, the Island of flowers. The location of Ilovik is ideal, situated in a small bay and protected from the north with the uninhabited islet of St. Peter, where the local cemetery is located. The coast is easily accessible thanks to the numerous coves. The largest one is Parzine, on the southeastern side of the island. Parzine has beautiful sandy beach, perfect for couples or families with children. Parzine is also a perfect place to enjoy beautiful sunsets.
Then, there is Ist, the highest island belonging to the group of Silba islands, with its 175 m high peak Straza ("The guard"). On Straza there is a small church, providing excellent view in all directions. The village Ist is situated at the end of the bay, protected from wind by a large pier. The village is spread over a low-lying piece of land connecting two big island hills, so when seen from the distance the island Ist looks like two separate islands.
Next stop is small village of Premuda, located on the island with the same name. It has about 50 inhabitants but the population strongly varies during the summer season. The original occupation of the inhabitants is cultivation of olives and breeding sheep, but in the last few years they have become involved with tourism. There are three restaurants on the island, where you can try amazing Croatian specialties.
Last of those beautiful, dreamy places is Mali Lošinj - the biggest settlement on the island of Lošinj. It is situated in the Augusta bay, which is the biggest closed bay of the island. Mali Lošinj is surrounded by the island's most beautiful coves and beaches. You can spend your last day in beautiful Kadin Beach which is located at the entrance of the town of Mali Lošinj. If you’re lucky, you will even see some playful dolphins.
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