Saturday, August 30, 2008

Primosten, Croatia August, 2008

A nice little vacation spot located on the Adriatic coast in Croatia. Primosten is a small town that goes back some 500 years. It’s located about 500 kms by car from Udine and is surrounded by seven small islands. The water? Crystal clear. The only drawback though is the fact that, unlike Greece, there aren’t many (if any at all) sandy beaches, just rocks (and if there were sandy beaches, the place would be simply packed with tourists from Italy, Austria, Hungary and other eastern European nations). To find the sandy beaches you need a boat in order to get to the small islands. But once you get past the rocks on shore the swimming is great!

The food? Rather good, not too many restaurants mind you, but the ones that are there also serve good, fresh fish. Croatia at the moment isn’t in the European Union (nor in the Euro zone), so some currency conversion is the call of the day. We rented a small motor boat twice while we were there. A 2-hour boat ride ran us about 34 euros, including the gas 8and the young lady renting the boats the first time didn’t even charge us for the extra hour). The hotel (Zara) was rather nice with a GREAT buffet breakfast. The people? Very nice and hospitable I must say (with more than one that speaks an acceptable English) but the Internet connection was pretty bad. We also took a short drive to Split, a port town, but didn’t find it terribly nice (a lot of white high-rise buildings that were reminiscent of the former Yugoslavia).

The odd thing was thinking that some 10 years ago Croatia was involved in a terrible war with its neighbours. Funny to now see how things are “normal” in that part of the world with vacationers from all over the world taking in the sun and the water (all pics by M. Rimati).

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