On the eastern edge of the Adriatic Sea lies Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, an area rich in history and natural beauty. I visited Dubrovnik last year, lured by tales of Croatia’s Mediterranean climate and lifestyle and budget-friendly accommodations. Although I adored Dubrovnik, I’m more of a nature girl than a city girl, and so on our third day in Croatia I was ready to explore beyond the city walls. By then we had seen dozens of posters and pamphlets advertising boat tours, and so we headed to Dubrovnik’s harbor to sign up for an island-hopping adventure. I’m sharing some images of the Dalmatian Coast scenery and a couple of wacky seagull videos for you avian aficionados.
Dozens of tiny islands lie just off Croatia’s coast, waiting to be explored.
This is one way to enjoy the sights, but if you’re feeling a bit more ambitious, join a boat tour!
Joining a tour on a boat like this one is easy. If you’re staying in a larger city like Dubrovnik, head for the harbor. You’ll find multiple operators offering all kinds of trips, from short journeys to all-day island-hopping trips that include meals. One operator offered tours in boats decked out like pirate ships (probably a big hit with the kids). Visit with a few before you commit so that you get a better idea of pricing and destination possibilities.
Once you’ve found your tour, it’s time to set sail and enjoy the views along the coast!
The coastline is often rugged and rocky…
Just like a postcard!
I read that you can apply for a license so that you can pilot your own boat in Croatia’s waters. Wouldn’t that be fun!
If I knew how to sail, I’d want to do it here.
We joined a tour that stopped at several small islands, with picturesque harbors like this one…
…and this one.
One of the towns we passed along the coast
Of course you can always find seagulls along a coast. I’m a bird nut, and to my delight we were able to get up close and personal with these guys on our boat tour, thanks to our captain.
So this is our charismatic captain, feeding the seagulls after lunch. Check out the two short videos I’ve posted below. Yes, he’s putting fish parts in his mouth for the birds to grab, which is kind of gross, but you have to admit it’s entertaining. He has an unbelievable rapport with these birds!
Feeding the Seagulls from RuthinColorado on Vimeo.
So now watch how the captain signals to the birds that the meal is over. They understand and start to leave, and the captain waves good-bye to his friends–a gesture that I find SO endearing! We gave him a standing ovation.
Waving Good-Bye to the Seagulls from RuthinColorado on Vimeo.
I hope you enjoyed the journey along the Croatian coast. You can find more love for Croatia at the links below:
Mljet National Park
Myths and Pleasures of Mysterious Croatia