I’m sat here writing this from our beautiful apartment, overlooking the bay with waves lapping at the shore as the sun disappears from view. Today has been long, hot and full of adventure. If this is a taste of what’s to come then Croatia may just make it onto my list of favourite countries.
The day began at 4am in Manchester. The cold, September drizzle gave us a typically British send off. It was this indifferent, grey weather that I couldn’t wait to escape.
Two and a half hours later and after catching a bit of sleep on the plane we were greeted with the stunning Dalmatian coast. Yachts swooped between islands with the sea glistening beneath like a bed of starlit diamonds.
Stepping off the plane, overdressed and suffocated by the heat I breathed a sigh of relief. The warm caressive the sun complemented by the gentle sea breeze was as close to paradise as it comes. We made the drive through to Split to see what Croatia’s second largest city had to offer. The coastline was expectedly Mediterranean, all the more beautiful for the sun shimming off it.
After parking in what seemed to be the ‘Croatian’ way (throwing the car wherever the street lacked bollards) we meandered our way through the semi-industrial outskirts of Split. Thick black jeans chafing me with sweat did little to dampen my sun-worshipping optimism. My immediate love for Croatia (or at least its weather) was only heightened as we stepped seeming back in time into the Old Town. Nestled at the foot of mountains with a super-yacht filled harbour the shiny white tiles of the large courtyards and promenade bridged the gap between 21st Century wealth and medieval architecture. The juxtaposition made for a city teeming with excitement and individuality. The old Roman fort we found was much more like what I’d expected to find. Streets were no more than two or three feet wide, but five or four storeys high opening out into vast forums, courtyards and Cathedrals surrounded by Roman pillars. The light only just spilled over the top of the high buildings into the narrow streets, offering some welcome respite from the sun.
Having soaked up all that our whirlwind tour of Split had to offer, we began the long, slow, but beautiful drive up the coastline to Primosten where we’d be staying.
As of yet we’ve only driven past Primosten but the town looks postcard perfect from a distance. Built upon a small rocky outcrop its church dominates with the town beneath bulging at the seems of the small island. We continued on to our modern apartment. Jutting out of the rocky cliff face like something from Grand Designs the interior was equally understated and stunning. After unpacking into the modern villa, with stunning sea view vistas from the bedroom we quickly went shopping before heading in for the night.
Whilst today has been uneventful, beginning to explore the Dalmatian Coast has exceeded all my expectations. After finishing tonight off with a beer by the sea and a sunset swim, I can only hope the rest of the week is as today has been.