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CROATIA, Orebic, June 2016

 

In the near future I very much like the idea (which I will materialize) of living near the sea side for at least few years. I’m in love with the smell of a sea, seaside vegetation and the sound of waves. I adore sunbathing somewhere private where we can be nude and free and where there’s peace and quiet for us to relax and read and mainly just be. Where our pooch can run free and enjoy the water. I adore evening walks where there is romance in the air and people are generally more content and happier. Not to crowded, not to lonely. Somewhere in the middle. Everything slows down here and there’s no real rush.

My partner and I were always fond of “our” Croatian sea side. We explored quite a bit and are keen on exploring some more in the future. Despite of living in England for 3 years already, we will always enjoy getting back to coastal Croatia. After a year and a half in England without a proper sea side vacation – we had a lovely opportunity (since being between jobs) to take a few months for ourselves and visit family and friends in Slovenia and Croatia and ofcorse visit the long longed Croatian seaside.

We drove down south to a coastal city Split Croatia –it  is the second largest city in the country and a largest city in the Dalmatia region. City was originally built around a fortress-like palace built for the retired Roman emperor Diocletian, where the locals sought refuge many centuries ago. Despite initial appearance, the city is not a small tourist town. It extends over a large area, well beyond the ancient city center. We’ve spent a day there, went for a nice vegetarian lunch and encourage Gaia to swim in the sea.

Because it was still quite early for a blossoming summer here in Croatia – we decided to go further south to a Peljesec peninsula with a small charming town Orebic. We boarded a ferry and came into a little coastal town which was very romantic in the evening. We had about half of hour of driving to the other side of Peljesac, witnessed a beautiful reflection of the sea and it’s little and big islands on the top of the hill and drove down to a small apartment we rented for 14 days somewhere in the middle of peninsula overlooking the island of Korcula.

It was modest apartment with awesome balcony overlooking the sea. I usually like to sleep in as much as I can, since I quite like staying up late, but a seaside smell and the morning sun somehow manages to drag me out of the bed in earlier hours. I loved to walk to the market in the morning to stretch my and Gaia’s legs and get some fresh bread, veggies and breakfast. After the breakfast we went to the beach and enjoyed it properly with lots of swimming, sun-bathing and reading. Than usually went out for lunch or cooked something from scratch from lovely local produce.
We took some day trips to different sides of the peninsula and my favorite place was Cempresada pod gospo – that is a small church up on the hill where you can park the car and than we walked 1km on the gravel road with our dog to come to breathtaking place with stunning views on island Korčula, Mljet, Hvar and Vis + Franciscan monastery.

One day we planned a trip to the island of Korcula. We went there with our car by ferry to be able to explore the whole island through out the day. Firstly – where the sun was still low and bearable to be exposed to for a few hours straight we went to the most known beautiful pebble beach with clear water in the bay of Pupnatska Luka  situated some 15 km away from Korcula Town. It is a small, easily-accessible beach on the south coast, with clear swimming waters and gently sloping pebbles shingle, making it an ideal beach to enjoy swimming and sunbathing.
We stayed for few hours, with a company of only a few people scattered through the coastline – it wasn’t the main season for holidays yet in this early June. After this we went on a car trip to explore the surrounding places worth stopping by and just had some fun exploring. Towards the evening we drove to a city of Korcula which was founded on a peninsula in the northeastern part of the island Korcula. It is considered the most beautiful medieval town in Croatia and one of the best-preserved medieval cities in the Mediterranean. Medieval walls and towers surround it and they give it a special charm. The streets are arranged in the shape of fish bones in order to reduce the impact of cold winter winds.

For such a small town Korčula comes to life at night! Street performers, tons of wonderful live music, and if your lucky you will stumble upon a wine festival in one of the town squares. It was a lovely town which fed us very nicely for our dinner. And when the night was closing in, we cached ferry back to the apartment to rest after a whole day around.
The last few days we took it rather easy and spontaneous, on a slightly cloudy day we went to explore the other half of the Peljesac, which is filled with charming little villages and lovely locals eager to chat to strangers. Lots of local places to eat or drink with stunning nature around them and ever crystal blue sea.

After these 14 days of Peljesac we drove back up north via coastal road and explored the future places we would like to visit next time. We came near Senj, where H’s parents own a house 20 minutes up the hill, where we spent next 3 weeks of vitamin sea. This is the place which I love and adore, we’ve been coming here since we first meet back in 2012 – almost 6 years ago. We explored lots of what the surroundings of this area has to offer. And it will be forever in my heart as one of my favorite places on the sea side.

 

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